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Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

Scareduck A cynical PR ploy (230 comments)

The real interesting technology is going to be in the batteries. The chargers will be a place where he would invite competition and exploration, so long as he doesn't get hit with patent trolls (the point of retaining the patent in the first place). The chargers aren't all that interesting.

about a month and a half ago
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NSA Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images

Scareduck Re: 1984+100=2084 (136 comments)

In an energy-starved future with people in government who view power as unlimited, Game of Thrones sounds reasonable.

about 2 months ago
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In SF: an App For Auctioning Off Your Public Parking Spot

Scareduck "Tech bro"? (427 comments)

"Tech bro"?

Go home, Slashdot, you're drunk.

about 3 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

Scareduck In the future (566 comments)

H-1B visa holders will be gay married for immigration purposes, so their employers will only have to use one H-1B slot.

about 3 months ago
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US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

Scareduck So full of nope: Bruce Schneier on this (197 comments)

Right here:

... given what we now know, do we trust that the government wouldn't abuse this system and kill phones for other reasons? Do we trust that media companies won't kill phones it decided were sharing copyrighted materials? Do we trust that phone companies won't kill phones from delinquent customers? What might have been a straightforward security system becomes a dangerous tool of control, when you don't trust those in power.

And this, ultimately, is the problem with those who keep repeating that we should just trust the government. It implies we should also disengage our brains.

about 5 months ago
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Geeks For Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries

Scareduck Not too surprising (730 comments)

Contemporary political thought seems to be about electing the right king.

about 8 months ago
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Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom

Scareduck One of the most obvious and false tropes (671 comments)

One of the constants about startups is their youthful employee base -- young people have less economic baggage and less experience, and so can be had cheaper. Obamacare makes it much more expensive to hire such individuals by forcing companies to provide increasingly expensive health care, if even one employee ends up in the individual plan! Obamacare is not liable to make entrepreneurial activity more likely, but less.

about 10 months ago
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NYT Publisher Says Not Focusing on Engineering Was A Serious Mistake

Scareduck Even if they had, it wouldn't have mattered (148 comments)

The NYT is a hidebound unionista redoubt, resistant to new ideas from within or without. They think like employees, not entrepreneurs. And that, ultimately, is why they will fail.

about 10 months ago
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TSA Orders Searches of Valet Parked Car At Airport

Scareduck Re:The joys of private property ... (453 comments)

Nonsense. The problem here is using a third, private party to elide the Fourth Amendment.

1 year,6 days
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The Twighlight of Small In-House Data Centers

Scareduck An explicit return to the failed timesharing model (180 comments)

People pitched the timesharing computing model for a lot of reasons, lack of control of the hardware and the software rental treadmill being two of the largest. Every time I hear someone gushing over The Cloud and Software As A Service, it's history repeating itself.

about a year ago
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Evidence For Comet-Borne Microfossils Supports Panspermia

Scareduck BA link (169 comments)

Here. Interesting stuff.

about a year ago
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Huge Geoengineering Project Violates UN Rules

Scareduck That panicked sound you hear from the left (319 comments)

is the sound of horror at people doing something about global warming that they don't approve of. Ultimately, this proves the old saw about Greens = Watermelons (green on the outside, red in the middle).

about 2 years ago
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How Internet Data Centers Waste Power

Scareduck A sales pitch and a loaded gun (170 comments)

"Buy our product or we'll agitate for standards that make them mandatory." It's shit like this that annoys me mightily about the NYT.

about 2 years ago
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How the Critics of the Apollo Program Were Proven Wrong

Scareduck DRINK! (421 comments)

Is this some sort of drinking game? Because, AWESOME!

about 2 years ago

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Obama asks Congress to delay digital TV switch

Scareduck Scareduck writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Scareduck writes "President-elect Barack Obama is asking Congress to delay implementation of the digital TV switchover, currently scheduled to take place on Feb. 17, "warning that the TVs of millions of Americans could lose their pictures because of major problems in the government's preparations". "According to the Nielsen Co., about 6.8% of U.S. TV households, or 7.7 million homes, were unprepared for the digital switch as of last month, meaning they had no TVs capable of receiving a digital signal. The percentage is higher in Los Angeles, with 9.46%, or about 535,000 homes unprepared for the switch." One wonders what this looks like in various large markets nationwide."
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