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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Man On Pink Corner Re:Why lay fiber at all when you can gouge wireles (191 comments)

We used to have a great small local magazine shop in this town. Borders moved in. They had books and magazines and a coffee shop and ... all in one place. The local shop was driven out of business. Bad for them. Then Borders lost the competition with B&N (and Amazon) and they have now gone away. It's an hour drive to the closest full-service shop. This competition turned out just great for the local shop, Borders, and the customers in this town, didn't it?

(Shrug) The same thing would have happened to the local shop, with or without Borders. I wouldn't trade Amazon for all of the Mom & Pop outfits, Borders, and B&N combined. The marked worked exactly how it is supposed to work, and the best competitor won.

2 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Man On Pink Corner Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (790 comments)

Just because someone conducted a study doesn't mean the results are valid. Many if not most published studies have serious methodological weaknesses.

2 days ago
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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Man On Pink Corner Re:Why lay fiber at all when you can gouge wireles (191 comments)

They certainly didn't seem very "frightened" of the government when they received tax breaks and incentives to build out the network, did they?

2 days ago
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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

Man On Pink Corner Re:This has been know for a while... (121 comments)

Yeah, I was duped into watching LOST too.

Those aliens are going to be pissed.

about a week ago
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Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

Man On Pink Corner Re: What's wrong with Europe nowdays? (174 comments)

The reasons hardly matter when you consider that the US is the only reason that western European countries didn't spend fifty years as shithole Russian client states like your brothers and sisters in the Eastern Bloc had to. Never mind Japan, which would have become North Korea with weirder cartoons.

Somehow I'm guessing that if time travel is ever invented, you're not going to go go back to 1942 and tell us to get lost.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Man On Pink Corner Re:But (633 comments)

It's a bit late to collect those Ballmer Bucks now.

Also, the Japanese embassy called and said it's OK to come out of your cave now. Or, failing that, at least quit sniping tourists on the beach. There's a reason they don't look like US soldiers anymore.

about two weeks ago
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MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

Man On Pink Corner Re:No matter how much power we gave them ... (319 comments)

I'm rubber, you're glue. Bounced off me, stuck to you. (Am I doing this right? It's been a while since second grade.)

about two weeks ago
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MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

Man On Pink Corner Re:No matter how much power we gave them ... (319 comments)

A leadership who actively pushed a pseudo-norse mythology based on ubermenchen and "racial purity" is not Christianity.

Yeah, that must be why Wehrmacht soldiers' belt buckles were emblazoned with the motto "God is With Us." It was Odin's fault all along, I guess.

Nice try and all, but your argument fails. It fails twice over in the face of the fact that activity from the Vatican itself managed to directly rescue an estimated 800,000+ Jews and similarly-targeted folks throughout WWII (and indirectly rescued far more) - in spite of it being unarmed and surrounded.

As usual with the Catholic Church, most of their acts of charity and compassion are directed towards fixing social problems they actively participated in causing.

about two weeks ago
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Entanglement Makes Quantum Particles Measurably Heavier, Says Quantum Theorist

Man On Pink Corner Re:Uh No (109 comments)

Your question doesn't have a simple answer, but if it did, it would involve signal-to-noise ratio within a given bandwidth. A radio receiver with a bandwidth in the audio range (~10 kHz) can amplify a signal by about ten trillion times its original power or a few million times its original voltage, before hitting the thermal noise floor of -174 dBm/Hz. These figures aren't exact (for one thing, they neglect the impedance change from a 50-ohm antenna input to an 8-ohm speaker) but the basic idea is correct: the noise floor at 25C in a 50-ohm system is -174 dBm/Hz + 10*log(bandwidth) dBm.

You can improve SNR by making your measurement near absolute zero, but you can't get rid of the noise entirely because some of it isn't strictly thermal in nature. Synchronous demodulation can let you recover information from below the noise floor, given a carrier of known phase. There are other tricks and hacks, but the bottom line is that you are still going to be at least ten or fifteen orders of magnitude away from being able to work with 37 significant figures in any real-world physical measurement. Integration times for such a measurement would have to approach heat-death-of-the-Universe durations.

about three weeks ago
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Nest Will Now Work With Your Door Locks, Light Bulbs and More

Man On Pink Corner Re:Internet of Hype ... (163 comments)

always @(story_posted) begin
      first_post = 1'b1;
end

about three weeks ago
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The Billionaires' Space Club

Man On Pink Corner I have a huge problem... (235 comments)

... with the author's conflation of "shooting endangered animals on safari" with the pursuits of a James Cameron, Elon Musk, or Richard Garriott.

So, I guess I took the clickbait, huh.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

Man On Pink Corner Re:Why bother? (421 comments)

nope. but if you go java who cares about oracle? as long as they don't fuck up the jvm too much everything is fine. that's sun's legacy. and in if they finally do, there will be a fork.

How about we wait for the final outcome of Oracle v. Google before being quite so confident about that?

Adopting an Oracle solution because you don't like Microsoft is like buddying up with Beelzebub because you don't like that annoying neighbor who keeps trying to get you to join Amway.

about a month ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Man On Pink Corner Re:Terrorists Win (589 comments)

And yet the ransoms paid by those countries are few and far between

We have absolutely no way to substantiate this claim.

about a month ago
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Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

Man On Pink Corner Re:Lizard Squad? (170 comments)

The DoJ hit Sony with a fine large enough to make Sony miss its earnings significantly for the year, which lead to the CEO leaving

I can't find any other references or details about this at all. Do you have any links to more info?

Wikipedia says only that "The US Department of Justice (DOJ) made no comment on whether it would take any criminal action against Sony." They did apparently have to pay the State of Texas $750K, which at Sony's scale is about the same magnitude as a parking ticket.

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

Man On Pink Corner Re:Lizard Squad? (170 comments)

What in the world are you talking about? If Sony's CEO resigned, it certainly wasn't over the rootkit. In fact, the executive at BMG responsible for the rootkit was promoted by Sony to President of Corporate Development and New Businesses, and later given a seat on the board at Bertelsmann.

about a month and a half ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Man On Pink Corner Re:Finland will save money on napkins (523 comments)

The rush is that life is short and there are more things to learn than any of us will ever have time for. That means you don't want to waste time on things you aren't interested in.

about 2 months ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Man On Pink Corner Re:Finland will save money on napkins (523 comments)

(Shrug) My point is that cursive writing is a hobby, indistinguishable from any number of other worthwhile hobbies. We don't have time to indoctrinate kids in any of those other hobbies, so... sorry, yours doesn't belong in public schools, either.

about 2 months ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Man On Pink Corner Re:Finland will save money on napkins (523 comments)

I agree to some extent. If the time spent learning and drilling long division could be spent instead on mental estimation and (especially) statistics, we'd be better off.

Yes, it would be nice to do all of the above, but that isn't reasonable. There are more new things to teach kids every year. Some old stuff needs to fall off the desk to make room.

about 2 months ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Man On Pink Corner Re:Finland will save money on napkins (523 comments)

cursive writing merits several courses and practice just for the psychomotor training and brain activity involved.

Well, why not just make them spend an hour a day playing Counterstrike instead? That's probably even better for repetitive, thoughtless psychomotor training.

their focus is on training workers and uniforming thought processes. that would be the opposite of education in my handwritten book.

But you just said that was a good thing. I'm confused. Either we should be making students engage in rote, repetitive exercises in classrooms, or we should not. Which is it?
  .
and of course i wonder how you are so sure that there will be many keyobards around in a few decades time ...

Nothing short of a coincident nuclear war, zombie apocalypse, asteroid strike, and nearby gamma-ray burst is going to lead the human race back to handwriting as a data entry method. Anyone who says otherwise has a heavy burden of proof to meet.

about 2 months ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Man On Pink Corner Re:Finland will save money on napkins (523 comments)

Where do you draw the line? Why not make kids extract roots by hand? Run a few iterations of Newton's Method while they're at it? At some point you're just misusing the limited classroom time you have available. Long division probably crosses that line, and cursive writing indisputably does.

about 2 months ago

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