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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

ShanghaiBill Re:Well, if you're going to push... (101 comments)

Let me Xerox off a few examples of when similar Noun/Verb phrases lost their trademark in the past.

One of them isn't Xerox, which is still a valid trademark. Most people say "photocopy" as the generic term. I have seldom heard "Xerox". I don't ever recall anyone using "Google" as a generic verb for search, as in "I googled for it with Bing."

10 hours ago
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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

ShanghaiBill Re:NSA scorecard on on truth? (187 comments)

dude authorized to lie to your face declares they didn't find anything

So what if he really didn't find anything? Why should someone be obligated to report a crime to the criminals before reporting it to the public? Car analogy: You see someone stealing your car, and call the police. The police arrive and arrest the thief. When the case goes to court, the judge throws the case out, because you didn't try to negotiate with the thief before calling the police.

yesterday
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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

ShanghaiBill Re:Renewable (79 comments)

Why not just use directly the renewable energy in first place?

How are you going to power a car in New Jersey with sunshine in Oman?

yesterday
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

ShanghaiBill Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (270 comments)

The zealotry you people show in defending the U.S. Constitution makes religious extremists look like moderates.

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

yesterday
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

ShanghaiBill Re:Not about ease, about authority (226 comments)

No, it's about an overly complicated solution to a problem that can be solved with much simpler means.

All of your "simpler means" require manual human checking by the "lunch lady". The whole point of the new system is that there IS NO LUNCH LADY. It is designed to eliminate a human from the loop. If the lunch lady was earning $40k (much more if unionized), and her position is eliminated, then this $20k system will pay for itself in six months.

yesterday
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

ShanghaiBill Re:Not about ease, about authority (226 comments)

No, its about teachers having no friggen clue what their job is.

Running the cafeteria is not the teacher's job.

What better life lesson is there than "Lose your money, you don't eat."?

At least in California, it is illegal for the school to let a child go hungry. If they don't have money in their account, then it goes into deficit, and they send emails nagging the parent. I know this because I forgot to fund my kid's account a few times. Most parents pay for the lunches on line, so very few kids have cash for bullies to steal.

yesterday
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

ShanghaiBill Re:Expense (437 comments)

What if someone really just wants a car that polutes less, made by an industry that polutes less?

Then that person is irrational. For ]what you spend on a Tesla, you could eliminate ten times as much pollution by investing in attic insulation or LED lighting. You could eliminate a hundred times as much by investing in contraceptives for women in Africa or South Asia.

4 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

ShanghaiBill Re:Expense (437 comments)

Tesla is selling $100k cars

Tesla is selling a luxury product to environmentalists. Most people buy their cars because they want to help the environment, and they want to drive a status symbol showing their green cred. Tesla's customer base is likely to be influenced by their "fully renewable process". So it is good marketing. Other companies are selling to different customers that are buying their products for reasons other than ostentatious environmentalism.

4 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

ShanghaiBill Re:Not just Reno (437 comments)

Germany is well on the way to doing this on the scale of a whole country. It just takes some political will.

I guess they used up all their political will on solar subsidies for one of the cloudiest places on the planet, and they had none left to stand up to the anti-nuke lobby. Which is why Germany is now burning record amounts of lignite (brown coal), one of the dirtiest fuels.

4 days ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

ShanghaiBill Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

I call it shitty.

Is it shitty enough for you to DO something about? There are two things you can do about it:
1. Vote Libertarian on November 4th
2. Vote Green on November 4th
Both the Libertarian Party and Green Party have promised to put a stop to the spying.
98% of the people don't care much about the spying, and will vote for business as usual.

4 days ago
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Top EU Court: Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publishers' Permission

ShanghaiBill Re:Well now. (101 comments)

Time to create a library that sells coffee and snacks.

My local San Jose Public Library has a cafe, with coffee and snacks. I assumed that was common.

4 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

ShanghaiBill Re:Wrong Title (496 comments)

In every Federal election, either the Democrats or the Republicans advocate for peacable overthrow -- that's how elections work.

When people say "peaceable overthrow" they mean actual substantial changes in policy, rather than just rotating new people into position. There really aren't a lot of big differences between the parties. Obama has wound down the war, but with ISIS, now it looks like it will be wound back up. Gitmo is still open. Even Obamacare was designed by Mitt Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts.

But what the "overthrowers" fail to realize, is the reason there is little difference between the parties, is that both have coalesced around the median opinion of the voting public. Our government is about what we, on average, want. America is a prosperous country, that mostly respects individual rights. So any advocates of global socialist utopia, anarcho-syndicalism, or whatever, will have a hard time convincing many people that they can do better. Things are pretty okay.

5 days ago
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When Scientists Give Up

ShanghaiBill Re:Easy solution (347 comments)

As long as it's not Shell (supported the Nigerian military junta)

Nigeria has not had a military junta for 15 years.

Unocal (supported the Burmese military junta).

Burma has, since 2008, been progressing toward full democracy, and the Burmese people have been using their new found freedoms to murder each other in numbers that were impossible under the military dictatorship.

5 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

ShanghaiBill Re:Wrong Title (496 comments)

Advocating peacable overthrow is completely ineffective ...

It is ineffective because it is supported by less than 2%. That is how many people typically vote for someone other than the two party hegemony. Most of those voted for either the Libertarians or the Greens, which have completely opposite views on almost every issue. If you want to overthrow "the system" you need to figure out what you intend to replace it with, and convince more than a tiny fringe to support you.

5 days ago
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When Scientists Give Up

ShanghaiBill Re:Easy solution (347 comments)

The energy industry has stopped funding climate research when they're last few attempts to fund climate change denying scientists backfired.

Please don't use fuzzy phrases like "the energy industry". Instead, you should name and shame the specific companies involved:
1. Exxon Mobil
2. Koch Industries

... and that is pretty much it. Other energy companies have not been significantly involved in AGW denilism.

If you care about the planet, or even about the principle of scientific integrity, you should avoid these companies if possible. Koch is hard to avoid, because they do business deep in the supply chain, but Exxon is easier. Next time you need to gas up, please drive past the Exxon station, and fill up at a more responsible company.

5 days ago
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First Intel 14nm Broadwell Core M Benchmarks Unveiled

ShanghaiBill Re:Battery life (51 comments)

Let's hope the manufacturers will use the lower power consumption for prolonging the battery life rather than cutting down the capacity of batteries for cost saving :/

Actually, let's hope that they do both, in different devices, and let consumers decide for themselves whether they want longer battery life, or thinner/cheaper devices. When I come home at the end of a long day, my smartphone usually still has a 90% charge. I don't need longer battery life.

5 days ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

ShanghaiBill Re:Maybe (257 comments)

Funny, whenever I shoot guns there are never dead human bodies left around.

You should improve your aim and trigger squeeze. Try to focus your eye on the front sight, rather than the target. Practice dry firing until the trigger drops without your gun moving. Use a small caliber weapon until your accuracy improves, then move to a larger bore.

5 days ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

ShanghaiBill Re:Maybe (257 comments)

You typically don't swing a gun right up to the moment of firing.

Other differences:
1. A hammer produces a shock perpendicular to the wrist, tangent to the swing. A gun pushes directly backwards up the wrist toward the elbow.
2. The sharpness of the force is different.
3. Gunshots leave behind dead bodies with bullet holes in them, while hammer blows leave behind finished carpentry projects.

5 days ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

ShanghaiBill Re:When can we stop selling party balloons (296 comments)

So how does that work?

The helium in the atmosphere slowly dissipates into space. But it is also replenished by helium leaking out of the ground, where it is generated by radioactive elements emitting alpha particles (which are helium nuclei). At about 5.5 ppm, the source and drain are in equilibrium.

about a week ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

ShanghaiBill Re:containment (296 comments)

It would be interesting to know the pressure these drives operate at. If it is just room pressure, then I don't see how you could refill it unless you had an outgress valve as well as an ingress valve, in order to flush it.

WD's website says the helium is "low pressure", whatever that means. But regardless of the pressure, when the helium leaks out, it will not be displaced by air. It will leave behind a vacuum. The helium will leak out, but nothing will leak in to replace it. It will stop leaking when the partial pressure equals the concentration of helium in the atmosphere, about 5.2 ppm.

about a week ago

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