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Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

See Attached Why purchase service from provider in US then? (58 comments)

Say a friend sets up a Google Drive account in Albania, and I add content there.Would that data be subject to seizure? Would a customer, then, be more likely to buy a service from a Non-US service provider, as the privacy laws in the US are so porous? Sounds like a slippery slope to me.

4 hours ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

See Attached Iphone6 - preferred phone of terrorists everywhere (497 comments)

Cmon.. who should really be afraid of the big bad wolf? Are you really doing anything that private? I can see some things like a password repository or CC numbers being so protected, but, seriously ... what are we hiding? While I don't want to pay for a whole class of society to collect and review the contents of my phone, but, why would someone -need- complete protection - to break the law? Watergate stuff? Texting while driving?

2 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

See Attached Re:How does MS get away with it in the US? (421 comments)

Because the monopoly is already sustained when someone buys the system, and therefore is forced to pay the Tax. Thats the Idea. The wild crazy thought that you -might- buy ONLY hardware is whats new here. This is not going to force everyone to use Linux or OS2 or ... (insert favorite OS here).... rather make some competition possible. Did any one see or feel the pressure dumped on OS2 Warp when it was pushed off the table by MS? I tried to purchase my Intel/Zappa P100 board with OS2 instead of WinXX, but the terms changed.. Only WinXX was allowed to be installed. It was then I smelled the rotten fish. Miss my Zappa. Music and Motherboard.

about a week ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

See Attached competition will be good (1 comments)

Currently, my state seems to be a group of ISP monopolies that roughly follow town boundaries. Commoditized Internet access should help us all pay our bills. Globally, we are way behind on the value/cost ratio.

about two weeks ago
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IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

See Attached Will ISV's fill er up? Hard/firmware is ready! (113 comments)

This has huge legs if enterprise level software vendors complie everything for PPC (ahh like Oracle!?!?!). The hardware is great in that its monitored to the deepest levels. Low level checks confirm that the platform is stable for the OS.. Who has had to try to debug a low level Whitebox issue with a memory error, or even main-stream box with a spurious power supply issue? The Benefit of the SMT 2-4-8 will be interesting to head of when coupled with a low latency storage like SSD or flash arrays. Anyway, its great to have options! The cost value will be interesting when you skip the VMWare layer, and bundle in the OS. Should be a great platform if the ISV's pick it up. Can anyone comment on the completeness of PPC vs x86 OS distributions?

about three weeks ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

See Attached So ...you are justifying creation of pandemic? (218 comments)

You are certainly the fool who thinks that we should do something just for the sake of doing it...: "The entire point of gain-of-function studies is that you need to do them in order to confirm a hypothesis" Ok so, you hypothesize that people will drop like flies if I do 'THIS' DON'T DO IT, And don't put thoughts in other peoples heads that its so great or easy to do it. A meaner idiot will do this and send you a copy. Hey.. its ok.. it just had to be done. This is truly the worst case of pandoras box.

about a month ago
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The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

See Attached Re:If you didn't know what you were doing ... (145 comments)

Agreed 100% There is never time to do it right, but there is always time to do it over. Reviews that admit success, but celebrate weakness are not positive experiences. There is another trend of third parties marketing infrastructure solutions to high level management, skipping local subject matter experts. This triples the work we have to do. change is fine, and embraced, but we are paid for something. Provide stability and compliance in a rapidly evolving globalized environment.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

See Attached How about capitalization? (278 comments)

On my Android, the first letter of every word gets capitalized on many sites .. Whats up with that? Is that client side or server side nonsense?

about a month ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

See Attached Shigoto des (216 comments)

Its business. Not Sport. Business. Would be interesting to consider the sum of salaries and expenses to the revenue derived from tickets and broadcast.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask James Cameron About The Deepsea Challenge 3D Movie

See Attached How can we inspire humanity to respect the ocean? (45 comments)

Too often, the ocean is seen as an infinite resource that we are free to plunder at will, and to absorb our garbage with no consequence. How can we get people to respect the ocean as a huge part of the canvas that supports our life directly? How to balance the pursuits of fishing against the need to maintain a breed stock? One day we may realize that the perfect net does not catch all the fish, but thats still a ways off, it seems.

about a month and a half ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

See Attached Re:What do I think? (225 comments)

Digital platforms are the way of communication these days.... after 30 years of being a Keyboard jockey, my handwriting has suffered. But... the process of writing is antiquating, unless you are a carpenter or somesuch. Being able to concoct a document, and review / send/ print / post / submit etc... good stuff. I don't buy the tablet craze, rather the Chromebook/netbook that make sense. We have to compete in global market place. .. . to keep current, gotta keep kids in the game.

about 2 months ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

See Attached Re: Surprise, surprise (225 comments)

Ive used everything from Blackberries to big smartphones to tablets to netbooks to notebooks to laptops to desktops. Most of us /. ers have. The Phone format is good for texting, quick snapshots. Netbooks/notebooks are pretty portable and desktops are solid and can be made into what is needed.. Tablets are sexy and spiffy, but they don't have a good feel for doing what you could get done on a SMartphone or something with a keyboard. people look silly taking pics or movies with Tablets. My Wifes tablet has a bluetooth kb, so its small and light... but a 13-15" net/lap seems optimal for many things ... add a big monitor to a laptop and you have a big screen.... not too bad.... 17" laptop is too big... Cell phone + 15" netbook/laptop and Desktop covers me. Maybe I am hold ing the tablet wrong? My main frustration! But that is just me... a member of the dead tree generation!....

about 2 months ago
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Time Warner Cable Customers Beg Regulators To Block Sale To Comcast

See Attached How has this monopoly thing worked for us all? (80 comments)

The managed monopolies have caused stagnation in service to the end customer, with steadily rising costs. Thats the rub in any monopoly. Why is this permitted? Do we need to start a class action suit to get some competition back in telecom? What is the metric we need to review to show how far behind the US is behind Rest-of-World in this space? This sort of cronyism/protectionism can't be tolerated.

about 3 months ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

See Attached Not going to be ... it IS... (304 comments)

Would a square mile of seawater with no scraps of floating plastic harbor more life than a square mile of seawater with a 10' layer of plastic debris? While it does not seem .. ahh .. traditional, maybe that would be a silver lining. Doesn't make sense to use a plastic utensil for 10 minutes and then relegate it to 100 year of status as trash... The world is not that big ... Plus... not every experience with plastic is bad. Put it another way.. We have huge volumes of Non Biodegradable plastic crap in the ocean... What can we do to make it a positive? Its already happened.

about 3 months ago
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Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

See Attached Who they should be partnering with... (236 comments)

Hate to say it, but the autonomous vehicle folks should seriously confer with the legal profession to ensure that the devices that they make / retrofit will be not fully depleted by the gamers that love to make money off folks with deep pocketses. The number of DWI's will decrease, and the number of sleepy driver issues should fall.There will be some considerations, as the responsible party shifts from John Doe to the Corporate Programmer.

about 3 months ago
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Supermassive Black Hole At the Centre of Galaxy May Be Wormhole In Disguise

See Attached Re:Is wormhole a prediction or a writers dream? (293 comments)

Want to read up on this.. Nephew is working on dark matter and related arts... Time to RTFM !?!

about 4 months ago
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Supermassive Black Hole At the Centre of Galaxy May Be Wormhole In Disguise

See Attached Is wormhole a prediction or a writers dream? (293 comments)

Is there any real evidence that a wormhole would actually pass anything to a remote location, or is that just a writers fantasy? Usually travel does not include being disassembled to your constituent parts midway. OK. Call me a doubter!

about 4 months ago
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Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

See Attached Problem not borne of cash? (335 comments)

Sounds like the problem with Newark schools are the folks that -HAD- a great opportunity to make things better, but diverted it into each others pockets rather than into programs that actually increased the chances that the students would prosper? Is this a small scale version of municipal budgets and quest for opinion and appearance rather than results? I mean .. publicity and appearance over real change?

about 4 months ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

See Attached App and Platform linkage is dead.Software Quality! (285 comments)

In the 80's and 90's there was linkage between apps and OS .. and the Juju was strong. Monopoly resulted. Now in the new era, platform is irrelevant. Same data and capability needs to be made available on all platforms where practical. The Juju pops back up though in places like HealthVault (championed by an outfit that is losing its monopoly) where a subset of functionality is available to non windows users. (yeah.. I was irritated!) Have we reached a point where we should be free of linkage between applications and platform? Lets hope that the app developers (free and closed) can provide value with software quality, rather than platform linkage.

about 5 months ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

See Attached Glorify those that game the system? (342 comments)

Why should we glorify the process of bilking the system, and manufacturing ^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H sucking money out of the stream? The process adds nothing, not to the company or the people or the products. We have been glorifying the gamers for.. a long long time. I recall a visit to a museum in my home town when I was 10 where they had a wampum mill on display that drilled Clam shells to make fake Lene Lenape Indian currency. It struck me wrong then too.

about 5 months ago

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Is Lumbus "Prior Art" in the war for 2d/3d HID?

See Attached See Attached writes  |  more than 3 years ago

See Attached (1269764) writes "SGI was way ahead of its time in so many ways. One of the innovations that didnt catch on was Lumbus: http://hpcv100.rc.rug.nl/lumbus.html
Although it ran only on SGI Indies, it used 2D profile information as input to an algorithm to provide 3D input to a game or process.

Does this serve as prior art for the gaming patent industry? Its not obvious, but it seems to have been done before! Would be great if this would be considered prior art.

Standing in front of a camera and being positioned in virtual space by a comp is heady stuff. Hope this unfetters the programmers at large!"

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