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Linus Torvalds Receives IEEE Computer Pioneer Award

SETY Git can be seen as his more important contribution (141 comments)

"Git can be seen as his more important contribution"
Umm no. The early 1990's were dark days. Linux was/is a big deal. Where would we be without Linux? It changed the world! The same can't quite be said about Git (although great in its domain).

about 6 months ago

Up To a Quarter of California Smog Comes From China

SETY Weird summary (259 comments)

"These winds push Chinese smog over the Pacific and dump it on the western US, from Seattle to southern California."
The smog probably actually covers western North America. I highly doubt Chinese smog hates the US so much that it only goes from Seattle to San Diego.

about 9 months ago

Why Australian Telco's Plan To Shape BitTorrent Traffic Won't Work

SETY Pure Greed (84 comments)

20% of people do 80% of the work. 20% of the people do 80% of the innovation.20% of the people use 80% of the bandwidth.......Seems to be how the world works.
Maybe charge 5 cents per gigabyte, ie somewhere within 10x of the (telcos) cost and get rid of the socialist business models. The greed never ends.

about a year and a half ago

In Vitro Grown Meat 'Nearly Possible'

SETY Re:why not use meat (260 comments)

Beef Is grown in New Mexico on range land, 1 acre per cow. Beef is grown on a high corn diet in other parts of the country. Beef is grown in Europe on a different diet. A rumen is an amazing thing. So if we decide corn is bad for some reason then the government can put a massive tax on it and beef cows will eat something else and meat will be more expensive in the store. Simple economics.
If you add enough taxes and costs to a farmers input costs because farming is "bad" then maybe laboratory meat will be cost competitive, but that is a big maybe.

about 2 years ago

27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

SETY Re:Was the gun legally obtained? (2987 comments)

You do realize where the biggest (almost all) source of black market guns in Canada is? The US needs to get their shit together,whether that is mental hospitals or strict gun control I don't know. Someone has to get some balls and take responsibility instead of nothing changing after evey massacre.

about 2 years ago

Inside an Amazon Warehouse

SETY slideshow pictures for non-working browsers: (206 comments)

about 2 years ago

Canadian Spying Case Proves Floppy Drive Isn't Dead Yet

SETY Re:Make fun of them all you want. (148 comments)

Not that I really disagree, but from Canada's point of view who is a serious threat? China launching a marine invasion and holding the second biggest country on earth? The only serious threat to Canada is the USA and that war would be over rather quickly, so why bother with a huge military to defend against that?

about 2 years ago

Apple Says "No" To Releasing New Dock Connector Specs

SETY Could the new 9 pin connector take a micro usb? (393 comments)

Would it be possible for the 9 pin apple connector to hold an adaptor that is flush with the phone and take a micro-usb? I thought there was some EU directive that wanted phones to all have a micro-usb connector?

more than 2 years ago

4K UHDTV Hardware On Display in Berlin, And On Sale In Korea

SETY 4k Monitor (137 comments)

How about a 4k or 8k 27" monitor? They can market it as a TV if they want too.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Dr. Ramsey Faragher About Navigation/Positioning Technology

SETY GPS cost not coming down (104 comments)

We bought our first GPS receiver in 1992 for $1500. Today we have GPS receivers for pennies in your cell phone with better accuracy. Why have costs not come down on higher end systems? Patents? Lack of Competition? For instance, in agriculture you buy a 1500$ receiver and the vendor sells you different levels of $2000 software unlock codes to go from 8" to 4" to 2" to 1.5" to 1" accuracy. Are they selling the receivers initially at a loss?

more than 2 years ago

The Google Transparency Project Transparency Project

SETY free speech (50 comments)

"But what about democratic countries like Canada and Germany, which nonetheless have anti-hate-speech laws that are inconsistent with American free speech guarantees?"
  What exactly are these free speech guarantees you speak of? It almost seems like you are implying that the US has free speech with zero or no restrictions???

more than 2 years ago

Canada's Online Surveillance Bill: Section 34 "Opens Door To Big Brother"

SETY Re:Corporations doing evil vs Govt doing evil (178 comments)

Ahh, but you are forgetting one thing. The people in Canada have one power the US doesn't have, they have the power to vote governments out (ie decimate the party). See Campbell/Mulroney or the recent Liberal defeat.
Yes they may jave 5 years to wreck the country, but at least you know you can get rid of them. In the US, with all the gerrymandering there are so many safe seats the equivalent could never happen.

more than 2 years ago

Google Close To Launching Cloud Storage 'Google Drive'

SETY encrypted files (205 comments)

We need a "just works" encryption system for this, so google doesn't know what is stored.

more than 2 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

SETY Thanks! (1521 comments)

Many hours wasted here over the years, but definitely a very big net benefit.

more than 3 years ago

Court Says California Stores Can't Ask Customers For ZIP Codes

SETY Re:Have to punch it in at the gas stations now (461 comments)

Except it is very anti-tourist. My "zip code" has letters in it. I can't type it in, thus pay at the pump has ceased to work at most gas stations in the US. Major pain in the ass.

more than 3 years ago

Usage Based Billing In Canada To Be Rescinded

SETY Re:The situation is much more complicated than tha (364 comments)

Bell/Rogers/etc are a monopoly. AKA a market failure, thus heavy government regulation is required since there is no real competition. Allowing bandwidth to be charged at 2$ per gigabyte is ridiculous when it really costs pennies. Have all the charges you want, but at 7 cents a gigabyte.
Bell/Rogers/etc are in the TV business, they want expensive bandwidth charges to run companies like netflix out of business.
What I find appalling is that the CRTC (regulator) should have investigated what bandwidth actually costs (all costs) and then put a proper return of 15% and regulate it.

more than 3 years ago

Last Available IPv4 Blocks Allocated

SETY IPv6 /48 prefix (312 comments)

I want a IPv6 /48 prefix from my ISP. That is all. Tunnels are great for testing, but really they have had years and years and years to prepare.

more than 3 years ago

Closing In On 1Gbps Using DSL

SETY Re:Missing the point (230 comments)

"That 10 MHz bandwidth can provide 60 Mbit/s of data throughput."
You sir have just won a Nobel prize if you can prove that!

more than 3 years ago

Animal Farms Are Pumping Up Superbugs

SETY Re:I have an idea to stop the need for anti-biotic (551 comments)

Troll? What is the relationship between cows eating grass and not needing antibiotics. Dairy cows are given antibiotics to treat mastitis. That probably is 90% of antibiotic use on a dairy farm. Unless you are talking Monensin?


about 4 years ago


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