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Isaac Asimov's 50-Year-Old Prediction For 2014 Is Viral and Wrong

RelliK bullshit (385 comments)

Just as with Nostradamus, bible, etc. "predictions" they kinda sorta came true if you squint at them the right way. And there are enough true believers to parrot praise in unison. However, a more objective look reveals that these "predictions" are way off.

A guaranteed income,

Welfare, housing assistance, charity. It's rough, but the basics are provided for if you go out and get them.

That is NOT guaranteed income. Welfare (in US at least) has existed since 1935, so that's hardly a prediction.

mass joblessness,

Underemployment. College grads are flipping burgers.

Not to the level that was predicted, and certainly not to the level afforded by guaranteed income.

and strict population controls

China did it. But yeah, it's really not a problem for first-worlders. Asimov didn't see that coming.

Precisely. *One* country has a problem with overpopulation. And their solution is NOT strict population controls, but economic disincentives for families that have more than one child (so it costs more, but rich families can afford it).

would all have much, much larger effects on the world we live in

You're using the term "would have" like these things didn't come to pass.

Because it fucking didn't. Quit trying to see things that are not there.

about 3 months ago

Decades-Old Rambus Litigation Against Micron For RDRAM Tech Reaches Settlement

RelliK Re:This is horrible news (82 comments)

Because US patent system effectively legalizes extortion. Some manufacturers rolled over and paid "licencing", but others, like Infineon decided to fight. The jury in Infineon v. Rambus ruled in favor of Infineon, but then Rambus appealed to the federal circuit and got that decision overturned. PJ, of groklaw fame, put it thusly: "federal circuit has never seen a patent it didn't like".

This is just a short summary, you can find more info if you like. Rambus extorted money from pretty much everyone who has so much as touched RAM.

about 4 months ago

Decades-Old Rambus Litigation Against Micron For RDRAM Tech Reaches Settlement

RelliK This is horrible news (82 comments)

This is absolutely disgusting. Rambus is the ultimate patent troll. For those not familiar, here is some history.

Back in the 90's, Rambus became a member of JEDEC, an industry consortium of RAM manufacturers. JEDEC rules require members to disclose any patents that are relevant to the technology being discussed. Rambus didn't. It sat in on the meetings, listened, and modified its pending patent applications to cover DDR RAM. After the new RAM standard was adopted, Rambus surfaced its submarine patents and started suing everyone left and right.

Add to that the fact is that Rambus itself does not manufacture anything -- it's a technology licencing house that has a few engineers and an army of lawyers -- and you get a perfect example of a patent troll.

about 4 months ago

Birthday Song's Copyright Leads To a Lawsuit For the Ages

RelliK Or how about this (442 comments)

Everyone gets initial copyright term of say 10 years. After that, it can be extended by 1 year if the copyright holder pays a fee of $100. To extend it for another year, the fee increases to $200, then $400, $800, etc.

The intent is to give everyone a limited copyright protection. Then, if the copyrighted work is truly valuable, the copyright holder can extend the term by paying a fee. But, the fee increases exponentially every year. The exponential increase in the copyright extension fees reflects the cost to society to extend this monopoly. At some point, extending it will no longer be profitable.

The net result is that all the "abandonware" enters public domain quickly, but authors can still milk truly valuable works -- for a while.

about 10 months ago

Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

RelliK Re:will not stop the publishers from making DMCA r (648 comments)

> And it would be trivial to do so with a system WITH DRM restrictions.

false. The way DRM works is that the content is cryptographically encrypted. And only the vendor has the decryption key.

> Say, what percentage of MP3 players support Ogg and FLAC? Just curious.

pretty much all of them.

1 year,29 days

Outrage At Microsoft Offshoring Tax In the UK, Google Caught Avoiding US Taxes

RelliK Re:Politicians don't want to address the real prob (768 comments)

> I have no presence in the US, not having lived or worked there for 20 years. However, because I haven't (yet) handed back my US passport, the US thinks I ought to be subject to income tax. No other developed country claims the right to tax people who neither live nor work in the country.

I already explained that this is completely backwards. This rule should apply to corporations, not individuals.

about a year ago

Outrage At Microsoft Offshoring Tax In the UK, Google Caught Avoiding US Taxes

RelliK Re:Change the tax structure (768 comments)

> The US already does that for personal income tax, but surely you can see the issues:

Yes, it does and this is completely backwards. Individual US citizens (who have presence in only one country at a time) have to pay taxes on their entire income, even if it was made outside US. Corporations (who have presence in multiple countries at the same time) can segregate their income by country, which allows for these accounting tricks.

> And you will happily pay personal income tax to the USA and the UK and France and Germany and Japan, right? When they declare you owe them for whatever reason?

1. UK, France, Germany, etc. cannot declare that I owe them anything because I have no presence there.

2. All of the countries you listed have tax treaties, meaning that tax paid in one country is deductible from the tax due to another country. The result of that is that you do NOT pay US tax + UK tax + France tax + ..., but rather max(US tax, UK tax, France tax, ...). This does create a question of how to fairly allocate taxes among the different countries, but that can be worked out with international agreement.

about a year ago

Outrage At Microsoft Offshoring Tax In the UK, Google Caught Avoiding US Taxes

RelliK Change the tax structure (768 comments)

The reason these loopholes work is that multinational corporations can allocated their costs to high-tax countries and profits to low-tax countries. For example, a US operation "licenses" some software from a subsidiary in Cayman Islands or pays for "consulting services" that end up eating up all of the profits. Through these tricks a US corporation ends up with near-zero taxable income, while all the profits are transferred to tax havens.

The solution is to tax ALL profits, regardless of which country they were supposedly "earned" in. That way, transferring profits to Bermuda or Luxembourg will have no effect.

about a year ago

AMD Hires Bank To Explore Sale Options

RelliK Re:AMD was better (226 comments)

You are either stupid or you are being deliberately misleading. I can see 7 i3's launched all the way back in... Q3 2012. Nothing before that, and no mainstream i5/i7's. All the other Core CPUs in that list are for laptops (sockets BGA1288 and FCBGA1023).

In contrast, every single one of the AMD CPUs supports ECC and that has been the case since AMD64 launched.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education

RelliK I had the exact same realization (1142 comments)

As Dawkins himself points out, evolution is quite good at optimizing away traits that are detrimental to survival. Therefore, there must be some advantage to religion.

Humans are no longer subject to traditional evolutionary pressures (starvation & predation). We are the apex predator. The only animals we have to compete against are other humans.

There are only two ways one group of humans can outcompete another group:
1. increase their birth rate
2. destroy the other group
All successful religions promote both of the above goals. (Or, conversely, a religion is successful to the extent it promotes them).

Here are some of the traits that successful religions encourage:

- improved internal cohesion & loyalty. Religions provide certain rules for dealing with other people. These rules must, at the very least, incorporate reciprocal altruism ("do unto as you would have them do unto you").

- enhanced xenophobia. The hatred of the outsiders (particularly those who believe a different set of fairy tales) is proportional to the internal loyalty. Realistically "love thy neighbor" applies only to the members of the in-group, while the outsiders can face anything from discrimination to turture & death. It's no coincidence that so many wars have a strong religious component.

- increased birth rate. There is a strong positive correlation between religious belief and fertility. This is partially a side-effect of the religious dogma (e.g. ban on contraception, sex education, and, in general, infantile attitude towards sex). It can also be part of deliberate strategy (e.g. Quiverfull movement today, mormons in 19th century, etc.)

- coping mechanism. Turns out religious people are, on average, happier than non-religious. Probably because when something good happens, it's evidence that god loves you, and when something bad happens, it's part of god's plan and he loves you.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. I'm sure you can think of more. But the point is, successful religions encourage believers to have more babies and kill off the non-believers.

about a year ago

Unredacted Filings Reveal Claims of Juror Misconduct in Apple vs Samsung Trial

RelliK Re:He didn't disclose what he wasn't asked (282 comments)

"With regards to the Seagate suit and subsequent bankruptcy, Hogan says the court required jurors to disclose any litigation they were involved in within the last 10 years -- which he did. The 1993 Seagate business fell well outside that time range."

That's what this Hogan guys says, but there was no 10 year limit. He made that up. The exact question the judge asked was:

THE COURT: Okay. Welcome back. Please take a seat. We had a few more departures in your absence. Let's continue with the questions. The next question is, have you or a family member or someone very close to you ever been involved in a lawsuit, either as a plaintiff, a defendant, or as a witness?

That's why they have transcripts, you know.

about a year and a half ago

"Severe Abnormalities" Found In Fukushima Butterflies

RelliK sharks? (189 comments)

Will they grow lasers on their heads?

about a year and a half ago

Canadians Protest Wind Turbines

RelliK Re:here's the 'why'... (533 comments)

> Quite possibly because wind turbines are horribly ecologically destructive, economically costly devices which are actually an energy net-loss for the size necessary for industrial generation, while costing taxpayer money to subsidize someone else's false industry? That, and they're annoying (at best) to live near.

haha, not. Not even close. Environment impact of wind turbines is far far less than that of coal power plants. And claiming that somehow they are "energy net-loss" just makes you look stupid.

about 2 years ago

Canadians Protest Wind Turbines

RelliK the NIMBY crowd (533 comments)

To the guy carrying the sign that says "my property value is now $0" I want to say: sell it to me for $1. Surely, if he truly believes the property is worthless, any money he can get from it is pure profit.

I really want to hear what are the supposed "health problems" attributed to wind turbines. Amazingly, the same people who protest wind turbines have no problem with coal plants spewing ash and sulfur dioxide on their land.

about 2 years ago

French Court Calls Free Google Maps Unfair Competition

RelliK Re:This was predicted to happen two years ago (238 comments)

> Well, you try to create a search service that is not free (= funded by ads) and I think you will quite soon realize what Google has done to the prices of online search. But that really was not my point.

(btw, were you aware that web search was free (= funded by ads) for a decade before google?)

> Google search is a monopoly in the sense that most people use it and the google.com front page.

you clearly don't understand what a monopoly is. Please at least *try* to comprehend the definition. NeutronCowboy posted a good link. "most people use it" has absolutely nothing to do with it.

more than 2 years ago

Meet the Strange Bedfellows Who Could Stop SOPA

RelliK Re:Corporatist (231 comments)

> Mostly agree with your post, but the part I quote there is just plain wrong. 10% of a $10000 income is $1000. Even if the rich pay half that percentage, 5% of a million dollar income is $50,000. The rich pay more than the poor in taxes, period, end of story.

uhhm... that's an idiotic statement. Do you expect everyone to pay the same absolute amount regardless of income? In your example above, would you consider it "fair" for a person with 10k income to pay 50k in taxes or for a person with 1M income to pay 1k in taxes?

The statement "the taxes are lowest on the upper class" means precisely that, as a percentage of income the taxes on the top 1% are the lowest they have been since 1929.

> Don't say the rich pay less taxes than the poor -- it just makes you look math-impaired. They don't.

uhhm.. yes, they absolutely fucking do! That's largely because the rich derive the majority of their income from dividends and capital gains, which, for some idiotic reason are taxed at only 15%. That leads the rich people who are not assholes -- like Warren Buffet, for example -- to lament that they pay a lower tax rate than their secretary.

more than 2 years ago

Northeast Passage Becomes Viable Trade Route

RelliK Re:negative feedback loop? (363 comments)

In addition to what ColdWetDog said, I want point out a *positive* feedback loop: decreased albedo. Ice is white and reflective. It reflects most of the sunshine back into space. Water is dark and absorbent. It absorbs most of the sunlight, which leads to greater heating, more ice melting, etc. Positive feedback loop.

about 2 years ago

IRS Auditing Google

RelliK Re:oops (328 comments)

> Then you've never looked at the income of the Federal government before and after tax breaks. It almost invariably goes up.

uhhmm... bullshit. Please provide a reference to back up that statement.

more than 2 years ago

Smart Power Grid Could Wreak Havoc On Itself

RelliK easy (331 comments)

Existing grid can *already* support converting 70% of all the cars to electric, provided that they all charge at night. You really do not appreciate the difference in power usage difference between day and night. Build more power plants & transmission lines and you can get that number even higher. The article is a troll, btw.

more than 2 years ago



RelliK RelliK writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RelliK (4466) writes "Hi,

I am tired of Ballmer's BS and I want to send a response. Somebody has to stand up and say something, and so far I have heard nothing from our "leaders". However, a response is necessary and must be circulated far and wide. I can't think of a better forum to place it on.

Mr Ballmer,

Lately you have made a lot of noise with your vague threats against Linux. Indeed you were quite livid in your assertions that Linux infringes on some of Microsoft's unspecified patents. However, no amount of yelling, dancing, or chair throwing can make up for one crucial deficiency in your claims: you have so far failed to specify what it is you are complaining about. So, Mr. Ballmer, if you want to be taken seriously, here is what we, the Linux community, want you to do:
  • Provide the list of all patents that you believe pertain to Linux.
  • For each alleged patent, explain why you believe it applies to Linux.
  • Provide the exact source code coordinates in Linux (file, version, lines of code) that you believe infringe on said patents.
Should any of your claims prove true, we would be happy to remove the offending code from Linux. However, in the absense of the above information, we can only conclude that you are making things up. The strategy of vague, unspecified allegations and innuendo has already failed for your minion, SCO. You, of all people, should know that, Mr. Ballmer. The Linux community shall not be intimidated.

Your assertion that Open Source has no respect for intellectual property rights is baseless. On the contrary, because the code is open for all to see, it is impossible to hide illicit proprietary code in Open Source software. The same cannot be said about proprietary developers who often "borrow" Open Source code. Indeed, Microsoft itself has time and again shown disdain for intellectual property rights of others. Most recent example of that is $1.5 billion judgment against Microsoft in a patent dispute with Alcatel-Lucent. Further, while purporting to assert patents against Linux, Microsoft is at the same time arguing before US Supreme Court that software cannot be patented.

In conclusion, Mr. Ballmer, the moment of truth has arrived: either specify your claims or stop your libelous accusations."


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