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Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

Olorion Re:Monopoly Claims Are Only A Cover Story (107 comments)

Probably payback for the U.S. raking Chinese company Huawei over the coals.

In case you've forgotten, a congressional committee accused Huawei of installing spyware into the equipment it was selling, and even hauled the company president into the Capitol, forcing him to give testimony. Uselessly, of course, as that was a hanging committee, and there was no way the poor guy could prove his innocence. It's impossible to prove a negative. There was an enormous media circus, totally humiliating the company.

Worse, thanks to Edward Snowden, we now know that the U.S. corporations (like Huawei's competitor, Ciso) were the ones installing spyware into their products.

So now it's payback time.

yesterday
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New Education Performance Data Published: Asia Dominates

Olorion Re:Study is flawed -- compares cities to countries (263 comments)

PISA does show how much U.S. schools suck, on average. I think that was the point of the test: to prove how rotten the inner cities are -- and how cold and heartless the average American is, that they can allow such rot to continue in the richest country in the world.

about 8 months ago
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Chinese Rare Earths Producer Suspends Output

Olorion Re:not with a bang, but a little heard whimper. (265 comments)

China is nowhere near mining out all their rare earths.

Not every country is as short-sighted as the U.S. The Chinese government can see that they will soon exhaust their rare-earth reserves. Total depletion might be 30 years off, but to the Chinese that is every soon indeed. So their government is doing something about conserving their supplies.

about 2 years ago
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The Linux-Proof Processor That Nobody Wants

Olorion Re:oversimplified (403 comments)

The decoder and the register renamer are on the critical path, so the power they dissipate is far out of proportion to their sizes.

about 2 years ago
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Intel Dismisses 'x86 Tax', Sees No Future For ARM

Olorion Re:Speed versus complexity (406 comments)

That's why ARM has the compact Thumb instruction subset.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Freemium Doesn't Work

Olorion Re:Free2play in games... (321 comments)

The days of becoming another Bill Gates are gone.

You can't become another Bill Gates or Larry Ellison because of Bill Gates and Larry Ellison -- not because of Open Source.

You can''t pull in huge monopoly rents like Microsoft and Oracle, because if you start looking even remotely successful, these companies will eat you. But you can make a bit of money: notice that Red Hat, an open source company, earns a billion dollars a year.

more than 2 years ago
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China Reveals Its Space Plans Up To 2016

Olorion Re:Why China won't take the lead in space (218 comments)

Continuity is more important than high tempo.

A country need only do enough to keep the engineers in practice and the aerospace infrastructure healthy. More than that is unnecessary -- it's nice to have, but not strictly needed.

Lack of continuity, however, can be fatal. Due to Congress's unreliability, NASA has no launchers left. The space shuttle is gone, and so is the Saturn V. Probably permanently gone, as a lot of knowledge has been lost. The U.S. is like a manic depressive: it's unstoppably giddy one year, suicidally gloomy the next. As I look back at all the lost decades since Apollo, I conclude that slow and steady, a continuous progression, would have been better by far.

Slow and steady is what I see from China. In the end, they may win.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Can Remotely Kill Purchased Apps

Olorion Re:doubt it (389 comments)

Ten years ago, the Internet, especially the high-speed Internet you need for comfortable downloading, was not as pervasive as it is now. Software bought as retail boxes was still important. So MS could not have forced a walled garden on everybody; I have little doubt that they would have done it if they could. They can now.

more than 2 years ago
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Graphene Spun Into Meter-Long Fibers

Olorion Re:Definitely is graphene (159 comments)

No, the one being misleading was you. You wrote: "Graphene oxide and graphene are two different materials. As different as iron and rust, particularly in electrical properties."

The Nature news article says explicitly that the Zhen and Chao material is "conductive"; graphene oxide is an insulator. So the new material, however imperfectly reduced, is undeniably closer to graphene than to graphene oxide. It's definitely closer to iron than to rust, to use your analogy.

Implying otherwise, as you have done twice, is deceptive.

more than 2 years ago
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Graphene Spun Into Meter-Long Fibers

Olorion Definitely is graphene (159 comments)

RTFA. Graphene oxide is an intermediate stage. From the article: " A final chemical reduction treatment turns the long strings of graphene oxide back into graphene."

So the final product is definitely graphene.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Was Hypercard Killed?

Olorion Re:Open Source to the rescue. Not. (392 comments)

Because most open source programmers (like, 90%) have a PC background, not a MacOS 6.x background. Most of us don't know HyperCard's capabilities and are therefore unaware that it might be worth cloning.

more than 2 years ago
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Life-Bearing Lake Possible On Icy Jupiter Moon

Olorion Re:Lethal radiation Bombardment (112 comments)

The layer of ice on the surface of Europa is estimated to be up to 100 km thick. That is a huge radiation shield.

more than 2 years ago
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Senate Set To Vote On the Repeal of Net Neutrality

Olorion Re:Another Kink (345 comments)

Actually, I want real network neutrality. I don't trust the government to provide it, they have proven to be entirely untrustworthy in that regard.

The U.S. government is only potentially an enemy of the Internet (and I will fight any encroachment on our freedoms). Whereas Comcast et al have already declared their intention to block websites when they are given the to power to do so: that threat is how they plan to extort some revenue from independent sites. Given a potential menace and an actual, proven one, I'll take the lesser of two evils.

I don't trust the ISPs, either, but every time there has been a problem with them blocking or throttling anything, it didn't last very long once people started complaining.

The blockages didn't last because the ISPs probably broke the law. If their actions ever became legal due to the death of net neutrality, look out. Do you really think our freedoms will be protected by the Great Firewall of Comcast?

more than 2 years ago
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Senate Set To Vote On the Repeal of Net Neutrality

Olorion Re:Another Kink (345 comments)

> Yet somehow you're willing to go ahead and provide the government with even more control over [the Internet].

False. To me, net neutrality means nobody controls the Internet, and that is as it should be.

Why are you so anxious to kill net neutrality, giving Comcast and AT&T almost dictatorial powers over what websites their customers can see? If net neutrality dies, the Great Firewall of Comcast will rival the Great Firewall of China.

more than 2 years ago
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Senate Set To Vote On the Repeal of Net Neutrality

Olorion Re:Another Kink (345 comments)

> That's a pretty far-fetched bit of tin-foil-hattery you have there.

This is what a member of the 1% would say, of course. Perhaps you are one of them, or perhaps their propaganda has so crippled your brain that you fail to see what is in front of your eyes.

As hard as you try, you cannot ignore the evidence. Why were the mainstream media so unified in their "WMDs in Iraq" message? Anyone who looked impartially at the issue was *easily* able to say that was nonsense. But apparently none of the major media saw the truth -- despite their reputation for supposedly good investigative journalism. Could all of them have been incompetent, all at the same time? Very, very unlikely. The most probable conclusion is that they were deliberately lying to us.

These days, only a fool can still believe that our media is free.

The evidence of media dominance by the 1% is blindingly obvious. So it follows that they will want to crush as many alternative voices as possible, especially those on the Internet. The death of net neutrality will silence them.

more than 2 years ago
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Senate Set To Vote On the Repeal of Net Neutrality

Olorion Re:Another Kink (345 comments)

Net neutrality is about far, far more than some ISP's profits.

The death of net neutrality is the death of the last independent voice in U.S. politics. You doubt this? Remember the deafening shouts of "WMDs in Iraq !!!" from practically all the mainstream media channels. Where were the dissenting voices? Basically, only on the Internet.

If net neutrality dies, then companies like Comcast and AT&T will have the power to silence web sites they dislike. Since these are giant corporations, their agendas will of course align with those of the mainstream media, and all the protest sites will die. The U.S. media will have largely one voice, the voice of the one-percenters, and dissent will be silenced.

This outcome is undoubtedly the main intent of the one-percenters, especially in these days of the Occupy movement. The powers that be desperately need to kill net neutrality for the same reason that Mubarak tried to turn off the Internet during the occupation of Tahrir Square by the riff-raff. Our rulers know that good communication is essential to any successful revolution, and they are determined to cut off all possible channels of dissent.

Now perhaps you are one of the 1%, or work for them. Perhaps you like having a media landscape that rivals China's in its depth of censorship. But I don't.

more than 2 years ago
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Libya Elects Engineer To Acting Prime Minister Post

Olorion Re:Electing an engineer means jack-shit (188 comments)

You don't have to be a sinophile to notice that China is by far the most successful example of a country lead by engineers. Other nations may have had an occasional nerdy leader, but as far as I know, only in China have the engineers completely and continuously dominated for generations.

Which may explain why China has been growing so steadily despite the financial implosions occurring in the U.S. and elsewhere: engineers tend to cope better with reality than lawyers do. A good bridge stays up; and no amount of the sort of fakery that dominates American businesses these days can turn a bad bridge into a good bridge. I think it's high time the U.S.'s political and business establishments got a dose of engineering reality.

more than 2 years ago
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Libya Elects Engineer To Acting Prime Minister Post

Olorion Re:Electing an engineer means jack-shit (188 comments)

And everyone knows plenty of lawyers who are evil and corrupt. Does that mean all lawyers should be disqualified from politics? Of course not.

Now that we have China's successful example, we should at least consider allowing engineers to reach the top. An engineer as leader can be very good: the Hewlett-Packard company was founded by engineers and continued to be hugely successful while it was being run by engineers. But look at it now.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best EEPROM Programmer For a Hobbyists?

Olorion Re:Don't give up on serial (165 comments)

Serial ports are sloooow, especially if you have to do the programming repeatedly, such as when you are developing firmware. A USB-to-RS232 adaptor won't speed the downloading of your data, since the RS232 bottleneck is still there. Trust me, I've been there, done that (without the USB adaptor). I got really tired of transferring 64K bytes at 9600 baud every time I needed to do a bug fix.

My company bought a true USB programmer capable of 1 megabit/s downloads, and it was a huge improvement. The device was expensive at the time ($700) but very much worth it. I won't bother telling you the name of that programmer, since you should be able to buy the equivalent for $100 or less these days.

more than 2 years ago

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