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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

ShanghaiBill Re:Robot factories (262 comments)

Most fast food workers are single mothers

Citation please.

6 hours ago
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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

ShanghaiBill Re:Breaking the stranglehold of other countries (244 comments)

I do see the point of relying on an long standing ally rather than an ( at best ) belligerent trading partner.

Those are not the only two alternatives. A better policy would be to encourage conservation to reduce energy consumption, LED lighting, better attic insulation, etc. Then they could reduce energy imports rather than just shifting them from one source to another.

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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

ShanghaiBill Re:Breaking the stranglehold of other countries (244 comments)

Where are they going to get enough biomass? Farms aren't going to grow low value biomass instead of high value food.

Britain gets enough by importing wood from America, with plenty of subsidies to make it affordable. Everyone, except the politicians, agrees that the policy is idiotic and counterproductive.

yesterday
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First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

ShanghaiBill Re:Their answer to oversubscription as well (233 comments)

Think twice next time you wonder why you aren't getting your advertised speed...

It is unrealistic to expect them to build out enough bandwidth to let everyone max out at the same time. They would need far more infrastructure, and YOU would have to pay for it. Car analogy: If a highway carries 10,000 vehicles per day, do you complain that it doesn't have 10,000 lanes?

yesterday
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

ShanghaiBill Re:Gay? (736 comments)

being homosexual is indeed a behaviour that happens quite naturally in a small minority of people.

As far as we understand it, so is being a pedophile. But I think you are confused. Pedophilia is a medical condition. Child molestation is a crime. They are not the same thing. You can be a pedophile without being a child molester. Pedophilia means you are sexually attracted to per-pubescent children. It does NOT necessarily mean that you act on that attraction. You can also be a child molester without being a pedophile, say, by having sex with a 16 year old (legally, but not biologically, a child).

 

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Australian Gov't Tries To Force Telcos To Store User Metadata For 2 Years

ShanghaiBill Re:Yea no... (56 comments)

It's not possible. Even just storing DHCP data to meet DMCA requests for a very small telco is gigabytes per day.

A gigabyte of storage costs less than five cents. There are plenty of reasons why this is a bad idea, but cost of storage is not one of them.

yesterday
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New Crash Test Dummies Reflect Rising American Bodyweight

ShanghaiBill Re:What about the "old normal"? (140 comments)

What happens when we start tuning our restraint systems for the obese?

Many cars have sensors in the seats that can measure the mass of the occupant, and use that data to adjust the force of the restraint systems.

2 days ago
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HP Unveils Industrial 3D Printer 10X Faster, 50% Cheaper Than Current Systems

ShanghaiBill Re:Where will decent software come from? (106 comments)

I have spent the last 4 nights, 3-4 hours each night, trying to build and install all the dependancies for FreeCAD v0.14 on a CentOS 6.5 box.

I had no problems at all installing on Ubuntu. At the school we installed onto several old Macbooks, and had no problems there either.

The build documentation is crap

Well, duh. It is open source, so of course the documentation will be crap.

And python? Why would a end-user want to learn Python just to create an object?

You don't have to use Python. It is just an option if you want to write macros or script repetitive tasks. All serious CAD programs have some sort of scripting, and using Python is much better than using some quirky, buggy, customized hack like AutoLISP.

2 days ago
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Power and Free Broadband To the People

ShanghaiBill Re:Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (259 comments)

"Natural monopoly" is a somewhat dubious term.

Internet service is NOT a natural monopoly. ISP monopolies are a result of bad public policies. Water and electric service are natural monopolies, because pipelines and electric cables are expensive, and an incumbent with existing infrastructure has a huge advantage. But fiber is dirt cheap. The only cost is the initial installation of the conduit, then dozens or even hundreds of fibers can go in that conduit at little additional cost. So the conduit should be owned by the public, and any bonded company should be allowed to run fiber through it.

2 days ago
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HP Unveils Industrial 3D Printer 10X Faster, 50% Cheaper Than Current Systems

ShanghaiBill Re:Where will decent software come from? (106 comments)

CAD is recognized by the FSF as an area with a lack of suitable Freely-licensed software.

Really? What is wrong with FreeCAD? It is a full parametric 3D modeling system. It can be scripted in Python. It exports industry standard STL. I find it far easier to use than AutoCAD, SolidWorks, or any other CAD program I have used. I have used it for dozens of projects, and have run into no limitations. I have also used it with a 3D printing class at an elementary school for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. They also had no problems with it. The license is GPL.

2 days ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

ShanghaiBill Re:Did they have a warrant? (204 comments)

The point here is that a warrant doesn't allow crimes against innocent third parties.

What crime? Which third party?

2 days ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

ShanghaiBill Re:Did they have a warrant? (204 comments)

I'm not sure getting a warrant allows any entity to break the law as a means to an end.

If they have a valid warrant to do it, then it is not breaking the law. It is illegal for you to break into my house. If the police have a valid warrant, it is legal for them to break into my house. The whole point of a warrant is to allow the police to legally do things that would otherwise be illegal.

2 days ago
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Why Every Cardiac Patient Needs a Virtual Heart

ShanghaiBill Re:Every patient? (61 comments)

Um. Ask me anything?

1. How much does the system cost for one installation?
2. What is the incremental cost of using it for one additional patient?
3. How much training is required to use the system, and to interpret the results?

2 days ago
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Why Every Cardiac Patient Needs a Virtual Heart

ShanghaiBill Re:Every patient? (61 comments)

By and large, better treatment options cost less, not more, than the status quo.

It is not clear that this treatment option is "better". So far there is no evidence that 3D heart models result in better health outcomes. Even if they do, it is not clear that this is the best way to spend healthcare dollars. Doctors love shiny new technology, patients like to feel they are getting the "best" care, and neither has much incentive to care about the cost.

2 days ago
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

ShanghaiBill Re:Theft. (141 comments)

The best solution, as I have stated, is to have the books needed to pass the standardized tests.

Except that the books are not, in any meaningful sense, an alternative to these iPads. These iPads have nothing to do with whether the schools can afford books or not. If the schools turn down the iPads, the chance that Apple will donate chemistry books instead is precisely zero. There is no magic pixie dust that can turn an iPad into a chemistry book. If you want to just ignore reality, then the books are still not the best solution. A better solution would be brain implants that can be preloaded with all the knowledge that these kids need. Another good solution would be for all the countries to declare world peace, and redirect all the military spending into schools. These are all just as likely as Apple donating chemistry books out of the goodness of their hearts.

2 days ago
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

ShanghaiBill Re:Wow $100 Million (141 comments)

S corps are not essentially not corporations tax-wise because people taking your wrong advice.

So? Forming a C corp is even easier. Converting a C corp to an S corp requires an extra form, that takes an additional five minutes of your time to fill out and file. The big corporations lobbied for these tax breaks, but there is nothing to stop little people from taking advantage of them as well.

2 days ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

ShanghaiBill Re:Time for Solidarity? (278 comments)

It's time to organize the world's programmers ... to protect our common interests as programmers.

What "common interests" are shared by the world's programmers? Even with the exploitation, these Indian workers are likely better off than they would be back in India. So Indian programmers likely would want America to keep the H1B program. In my opinion, the proper "fix" is to eliminate H1Bs and give foreign tech workers visas that are not tied to any employer, so that they can come to America and compete for wages in a free job market. I doubt if many American programmers would support that.

2 days ago
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

ShanghaiBill Re:Wow $100 Million (141 comments)

Those special deals/rules aren't available to people. Companies are taxed on profits. Citizens are taxed on income

Except that anyone can form a company for a cost of $0. You can even form a personal corporation for about $300 and about an hour of your time. So all those "special deals" certainly are available to you. It just takes a non-zero amount of effort to take advantage of them.

2 days ago
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

ShanghaiBill Re:Wow $100 Million (141 comments)

it is quite possible that Apple could write-off a donation of around $1000 per device against $350 in cost.

No. The tax laws don't work that way. They can only get a write off for their actual costs. So for a donation that actually cost them $350, they would get a $350 deduction, which would save them about $100 on their taxes.

2 days ago
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

ShanghaiBill Re:Theft. (141 comments)

The school should sell the hardware immediately at 80 percent of the retail price and buy books.

1. The terms of the donation almost certainly prohibit that.
2. When someone makes a donation worth millions to your cause, spitting in their face is generally not the best way to encourage future donations.

2 days ago

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