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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

JerryLove Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1109 comments)

Begs an odd question.

The employer didn't not intentionally create nor knowingly permit. The problem with this CEO stemmed from the outside world.

The proximate cause to want to end his employment (yes, I realize that in actuality he quit) was the disruption in the workplace from the outside.

That the source of this disruption was the customer base, and that the cause for their displeasure was political seems not germain to whether the company itself would have been acting in a legal manner should it have been a firing. The obvious question I would put before the law is "can a company be forced to keep an ineffective employee merely because that ineffectiveness is in some way, outside the control of the company, tied to their politics".

Though I have to wonder if this means, in CA, a company can be forced to keep a KKK member or neo-nazi even if they are, for example, a minority outreach non-profit or houacaust museam.

about a week ago
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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

JerryLove Re:Permanent Habitat? (100 comments)

Distance.
- Fuel
- Time in microgravity
Radiation exposure enroute (in fairness, a problem for Mars)
No aerobreaking to land (though perhaps mitigated by lower gravity)
No idea how to get through ice, or what would happen when you did.
Contamination.
Pressure.
Stopping radiation = no radio.
Etc.

When we can have permenant habitats in the deep desert: then we can talk about feasability offworld. The moon is really a no-brainer starting point because of the(relative) ease of short-duration missions and resupply.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

JerryLove So if they (GM/whomever) wanted to buy the company (151 comments)

First they would need to lower the stock somehow... perhaps sewing FUD over 2 fires. If that doesn't work, maybe some campaign about how bad batteries are. That would make them aquireable... if it worked.

about two weeks ago
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NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

JerryLove Re:WTF? (277 comments)

It is an absolute certainty that an infinite amount of monkeys would type an infinite amount of "a"s on their first keystroke. They would also type an infinite number of all other characters on their first keystroke.

There's a classic story. A building with infinite rooms has infinite people filling it and you want to add infinity more. All you do is have everyone move to the room with double their current room-number, freeing up an infinite number of odd numbered rooms. Mind you: some will have an infinitely long move ahead of them.

about two weeks ago
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NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

JerryLove Re:WTF? (277 comments)

Unfortunately: They created infinite heat from their work and basically destroyed the universe.

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions

JerryLove Re:Maybe someone else will? (67 comments)

Though honestly: I think it might be better if B5 was just reshot entierely. There are plot threads that didn't get cleaned up because of unexpected changes mid season (though Talia had a grand exit that, while bringing a sudden end to some plots, was actually very well done, the other two created gaping holes in how the series unfolded). There were, bluntly, cheap-looking sets which would likely not be helped by a higher resolution (See shows like Farscape for better set use). The acting was something of a mixed bag.

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions

JerryLove Re:Maybe someone else will? (67 comments)

The only way to get HD versions of the episodes would be to re-render every single CGI and comp shot, and Warners will never, ever pay to have that done.

That's simply not a true statement.

To his first issue (aspect ratio). There are two possible solutions.
1) Release in 4:3. There's nothing in the HDTV spec that prevents you from putting black lines on the left and right sides.
2) Change aspect ratios when CGI is present (this commonly happens in movies. Batman: Dark knight uses something like 4 aspect ratios)

To his second issue (resolution of CGI): So what. I know fan communities that could reproduce the graphics and have done similar. What they cannot redo is the recorded acting.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

JerryLove Re:Are people not allowed to have opinions? (1482 comments)

But in no way do I support the demonization or boycott of people just because they have a different opinion of something than I do. To me that's a for of bigotry itself, and why would I want to be bigoted?

I'm pretty sure that there are almost no two people on earth who have the same opinion on every single subject. If we go down this road of shunning those who think differently, we all wind up as islands - and not the fun kind with umbrellas in in drinks, for we will have shunned all of the umbrella makers...

I agree.

But that's not really a correct description of this case, is it? He doesn't simply hold a different opionion: He acted (through donations) to try to get laws prohibiting homosexuals from marrying.

There's a big difference between responding negatively to someone's beliefs and responding to their actions.

about two weeks ago
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Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

JerryLove Just black it out? (232 comments)

Aplolgies if this was already mentioned: but why not just put the video in Premiere and black out the 5-seconds or whatever with apple products?

about two weeks ago
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Why a Cure For Cancer Is So Elusive

JerryLove I respectfully disagree (366 comments)

It is true that there are many different types of cancer. I've often been the advocate for "you can't 'cure cancer' because it's not a single thing" , and on many levels it is not.

But I've come to change the conclusion that a single, overriding cure for most-or-all cancers is not feasable. At the root, the same basic event (uncontrolled division) is occuring. Given that there are even mammals which have developed nigh-immunity to all cancers (naked mole rats); it doesn't seem unreasonable that such a universal solution might be available to medical science at some point in the future.

As to the "accumulating mutations" problem. There's an unbroken line of cellular replication between the egg that formed you and the first DNA-based life to form in the oceans 4 billion years ago. Yes: there has been mutation in some of the clones of that cell that have terminated individual creatures over that time, making my scenerio a bit hyperbolic; but I do think that this "accumulation of mutation" within centuries is over-rated and my be (primarily) solvable as well.

If we removed non-cancer from a naked mole rat: how long before it got cancer?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Get Open Source Projects To Take Our Money?

JerryLove For a small handling fee... (301 comments)

I will invoce your company for "transaction services" and then donate the bulk of the funds to the open-source projects of your choice. Feel free to contact me to do so :)

about 8 months ago
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Earth May Have Been Hit By a Gamma-Ray Burst In 775 AD

JerryLove His tree data is wrong (157 comments)

FTA: "In the last 3000 years, the maximum age of trees alive today, only one such event appears to have taken place."

The actual oldest trees are about 5,000 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_oldest_trees)

Though that doesn't devalidate his main point (that this has only happened once in 3,000 years). I just wish he'd fact-check a bit more.

about a year ago
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Why Your Dad's 30-Year-Old Stereo Sounds Better Than Yours

JerryLove Not terribly accurate (674 comments)

The basic article is rather rife with false assumptions and simply wrong information.

Much of the article seems about power (the amplifier)... and I've got gear at my house spanning the past 30 years.
Though he discusses power; let's start with the actual sound quality... a well built amp will work with no discernable loss of soundquality. Period. Decades of testing by basically everyone (not to mention a simple oscilliscope) show that a properly built amp, driven within its limits, has no audiable diviation from "perfect".

It was true 30 years ago. It's true now. If there's "a sound" to your amp either
1) It's deliberate.
2) The amp is junk
3) There's a problem.

So what about power? Well, McIntosh (my 35-year old is 120Wx2) makes amps up to 2,000W right now; and there are others that go higher. Peavy has a class-H amp at best-buy that's 1200W @ 2ohm for a couple of hundred dollars.

But any discussion of power is just stupid without a discussion of load. As we've moved to self-powered subs and smaller mains: the needed power to drive speakers has gone down. Sure you can get a set of B&W800s or such... and for you the high-end store still carries huge amps.

There's so much that can be said but the short of it is, unless you actually screwed up, it is the speakers, not the amp, that determines the sound.

more than 2 years ago
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Best Telephone For Datacenters?

JerryLove Re:Jawbone Bluetooth (110 comments)

But what about the other way? Hearing someone when I've got a lot of background noise. My problem with "in-the-ear" has been that, because the distance is so short and the driver so small, the rate of volume increase / decrease is sharp. In short, I quickly go from "can't hear you" to "too loud, but still can't understand".

more than 3 years ago
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Oil Leak Could Be Stopped With a Nuke

JerryLove Great: (799 comments)

Then I could deal with a radioactive oil slick. At least I could still tan at night.

more than 3 years ago
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Hundred-Ton Dome To Collect Oil Spill

JerryLove Re: It's not one accident (565 comments)

"condemn an entire industry because of one accident"

Well blowouts occur more-than-yearly with oil dumps in the tons. Add to that collapses, sinkings, pipe ruptures, and things like tanker ruptures and the numbers get very signifigant.

This is just an unusually large instance in an unusually noticed spot.

more than 3 years ago
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Avatar Blu-Ray DRM Issues

JerryLove Re:Streaming HD video (376 comments)

But how well will it work in the minivan when the kids want to watch it, or on the plane when work is flying me somewhere?

more than 3 years ago
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US Says 4.3 Billion People Live With Bad IP Laws

JerryLove What everyone forgets about copyright (229 comments)

Copyright was not created back in the days of yore, nor enshrined in the constitution to protect / help the economy.

The express purpose for granting an artist exclusive copy right for a limited period was to encourage the production of more art. (the US constitution is pretty explicit, but so is centuries of common-law before that).

How / why am I having my tax dollar spent on this non-issue. I don't think we have a shortage of art looming, and if we do: I don't see that copyright laws in India are the problem.

more than 3 years ago
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Pumping Sunlight Into Homes

JerryLove Sounds like a light pipe (182 comments)

Yes, we know of windows and skylights (windows in roofs). Neither routs light througout a building.

But light-pipes do. In smaller buildings (houses) they are hemispherical light gatherers with basicaly reflective conduit. In larger strructures, they are fiber-optic.

Cool, but not new.

about 4 years ago
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MIT Finds 'Grand Unified Theory of AI'

JerryLove Re:The real summary (301 comments)

Helicopters can fly, but not because they have wings.

The license you get that allows you to pilot a helicoptor is for "rotary wing aircraft".

Those blades are indeed wings (to the same extent wings on a plane are).

Not that this is related to the actual topic at all.

about 4 years ago

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