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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

MachineShedFred Re:Those who can't... (175 comments)

Yeah, because I was being completely and totally serious.

Lighten up, jackass.

yesterday
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

MachineShedFred Re:Easy, India or China (290 comments)

And, ultimately, have the power to shitcan the laws under Article I, Section VII of the United States Constitution:

"Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States: If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law."

If the President really doesn't want something to happen, and the other side doesn't have the 66% + 1 vote to override, that's the way it's going to be.

yesterday
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

MachineShedFred Re:Easy, India or China (290 comments)

Congratulations on painting about 100M people with that brush, because clearly they're all exactly the same.

YOU are the problem with politics in the United States.

yesterday
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

MachineShedFred Those who can't... (175 comments)

It's been said many times - Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach.

yesterday
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The Cost of Caring For Elderly Nuclear Plants Expected To Rise

MachineShedFred Re:Another Brilliant Revelation (246 comments)

Yep, off the bottom end of the scale compared to everything else.

More people die falling off their roofs while installing solar power in one year than have died from nuclear electrical generation in total.

3 days ago
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The Cost of Caring For Elderly Nuclear Plants Expected To Rise

MachineShedFred Re:Another Brilliant Revelation (246 comments)

Things positive about radiation:

Sunlight.
Radio.
Nuclear medicine.
Smoke detectors.

Don't be an ass.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

MachineShedFred Re:Can I run a Hackintosh distro? (337 comments)

OneNote is crippled on every platform except Windows. It only talks to Microsoft cloud crap, rather than the Exchange environment you already own and that the Windows version talks to. It's very aggravating.

This is mostly because the Mac Business Unit at Microsoft doesn't talk with the other teams at Microsoft, and has been putting out crippled versions of Outlook for years. It's a glorified front end for Exchange Web Services, and it sucks completely. I'd rather run the Windows Outlook in a Citrix session than use the Mac version.

about two weeks ago
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China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

MachineShedFred Re:Oh, hi there, threat of extinction (224 comments)

They weren't missiles, they were 1940's style uranium gun-type bombs. And they were more worried about the rest of the world coming in and forcibly changing their political structure, which was the reason they spun up the project to begin with.

It's also why it became completely unnecessary when they finally came to their senses.

about three weeks ago
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China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

MachineShedFred Re:Angry Proliferation Game (224 comments)

It doesn't matter if the silos are targets in the first wave - early warning satellites and whatnot would make sure the silos are empty before the warheads arrive.

about three weeks ago
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China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

MachineShedFred Re:Angry Proliferation Game (224 comments)

I don't think even those nut jobs would be retarded enough to effectively nuke themselves.

Or are you talking about tossing a few at Russia? That would be even stupider.

about three weeks ago
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China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

MachineShedFred Re:Chinese liars (224 comments)

MIRV has nothing to do with first strike. It has everything to do with making anti-ballistic missile systems entirely ineffective.

about three weeks ago
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China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

MachineShedFred Re:Chinese liars (224 comments)

the US does not have MIRVs,

Yeah, except for the Minuteman III, the Trident SLBMs, and the now retired Peacekeeper/MX. You know, only 100% of the US ICBM force.

about three weeks ago
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China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

MachineShedFred Re:Oh, hi there, threat of extinction (224 comments)

South Africa dismantled their nuclear program when it was no longer "necessary" to defend apartheid. They gave up all that crap to the IAEA and signed the NPT.

about three weeks ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

MachineShedFred Re:uh, get rid of the "top X" ranking? (258 comments)

What leads to a more equitable pay distribution is having apps with a more equitable quality distribution.

I'm not shocked that most of these apps never make a dime. Nor should they - they are terrible.

about three weeks ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

MachineShedFred Re:It's not a marketplace.. (258 comments)

And Adobe gets there by maintaining an effective monopoly over the entire creative industry. See: their forced migration to their subscription versions of Creative Suite for all volume license customers in June.

Do you really think that enterprise businesses want "cloud" subscription versions ticking away at operational expense, rather than the perpetual license versions they used to be able to spend capital expense dollars on?

Adobe finally realized that they have the balls of the world's media and advertising business in a bench vise, and that they really like money.

about three weeks ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

MachineShedFred Re:It's not a marketplace.. (258 comments)

Let me see if I can follow the bouncing ball on this one.

1. Some guy writes an app that he had an idea for in his spare time, and it sells well.
2. He then quits his day job and hires a bunch of people, taking on VC and private funding based on a business plan of "I had one good idea, so clearly I'm going to have unlimited good ideas, and there will never be any competition in any idea that I have"
3. When his business plan proves to not be accurate or sustainable, he ends up in financial difficulty.

And this is the fault of Apple / Google ? If anything, it's the fault of the VC guys for giving out money to people that have done no planning whatsoever.

about three weeks ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

MachineShedFred Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (317 comments)

It is considered "Fair Use" as defined in Sony v Universal (the Betamax decision). Because it's private use, and is only considered "place shifting", there is no copyright infringement to be found unless you redistribute the shifted media.

about three weeks ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

MachineShedFred Re:Good luck with that. (317 comments)

They don't even need better lawyers. They need one paralegal that can search American Law Review, where this was already decided in 1999 in the case of RIAA v Diamond Multimedia - the landmark case that makes all portable MP3 players legal under the "space shifting" provision of the Audio Home Recording Act.

There's a reason why the RIAA hasn't tried this shit since that decision - they already failed in circuit court, and on appeal. Does anyone really think they didn't want a piece of the iPod market?

about three weeks ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

MachineShedFred Re:Past due not reported by companies (570 comments)

Then your bank is fucking you big time. I locked a 3.3% 15-year earlier this month.

about three weeks ago

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Microsoft launches FUD campaign against iPad

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "ZDnet has posted an article containing a PowerPoint slide deck that Microsoft is shopping around to Windows-based tablet manufacturers showing how the iPad is horrible for the enterprise. Never mind that half of the things on the slides are incorrect, or are solved using Microsoft's own Exchange / ActiveSync technologies. The more things change, the more they stay the same."
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NTP Sues World + Dog Over Wireless Email Patents

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "Apple, Google, Microsoft, and many other tech companies have been named in a lawsuit being brought forth by NTP, the company that settled a lawsuit against Blackberry-maker Research in Motion for over $600M. I would imagine that this is going to be vigorously defended, as the entire tech industry stands to lose on this one. Also, it's fairly obvious what NTP is about when even CNN calls them a 'Patent Troll.'"
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Oregon speech law challenged in court

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "A lawsuit has been filed against all the county District Attorneys, as well as the Attorney General of Oregon to block enforcement of a new law that restricts the sale of "sexually explicit" material to people under the age of 18. Powell's Books (who claims to be the largest independant new and used bookstore in the world) as well as Dark Horse Comics (publisher of Frank Miller graphic novels) as well as many other bookstores claim that the new law would be impossible for these businesses to comply with. In an affidavit, Michael Powell had to say "Powell's has in stock over 2 million volumes constituting over 1 million titles," Powell said in his affidavit. "We receive on an average over 5,000 new titles per week. Obviously we cannot read each new title to determine whether there are any sexual explicit portions and if so whether such portions 'serve some purpose other than titillation' (even if I knew what that meant).""
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Supreme Court to hear FCC indecency case

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "The Supreme Court of the United States has announced that it will be hearing the FCC's appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision that the FCC has changed it's policy on fleeting expletives without adequate explanation. It's now on the FCC to explain to the Supreme Court why it's policy has changed.

This is also the first time the Supreme Court has heard a major "broadcast indecency" case in 30 years."
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MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "El Reg is reporting that MIT scientists have found a way to reduce the heat load on your standard Nuclear Pressurized Water Reactor from ~1800 C to ~700 C. They found that reshaping the fuel pellets as tubes rather than cylinders that are manufactured for the reactors can greatly increase the amount of heat transfer from the fuel pile to the coolant. This would make for a safer reactor system because you much farther below the melting point of Uranium (2840 C)."

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Clackamas Sucks!!!

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Arrgh.

Stuck out in CLK in the broken ring closet.

PowerBook... barely... has... connection... !

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