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2 In 3 Misunderstand Gas Mileage; Here's Why

ShinmaWa EnergyStar is a joke (1042 comments)

The depth of a joke that EnergyStar is was put in stark relief when the GAO (through a fake company set up for this very purpose) managed to get an EnergyStar label for a gasoline-powered alarm clock.

more than 4 years ago

US Confirms Underwater Oil Plume

ShinmaWa Re:please remove the gentiles of BP employees (353 comments)

Plus please remove the gentiles of the employees of BP

While I can understand your frustration, I'm not sure how reducing BP to nothing but Jews and Israelis will help.


more than 4 years ago

BP Buys "Oil Spill" Search Term

ShinmaWa Re:In the US. (439 comments)

Really? I got a sponsored link right off the bat on "oil spill"

1. Sponsored link

   Info about the Gulf of Mexico Spill Learn More about How BP is Helping.

more than 4 years ago

J. P. Barlow — Internet Has Broken the Political System

ShinmaWa Re:yes and no (773 comments)

so obviously, we need a strong central authority to monitor and control the economy to keep it healthy.

Caaaaaareful there. While I understand the point you are trying to make, the words "strong central control" and "economy" is basically the approach of Soviet-type Communism, which is as bad than a purely capitalistic one.

The fact is that it has been shown time and time again that the answer to the "Libertarian myth" or "Socialism myth" is not to run to the other extreme, but to sit somewhere in the middle. Reasonable regulation, yes. Central control of the economy, absolutely not. The hard part is to find the definition of "reasonable regulation" as it means something different to everyone.

more than 4 years ago

IBM's Patent-Pending Traffic Lights Stop Car Engines

ShinmaWa Re:Patent-PENDING (423 comments)

Published Thursday. Filed November 14, 2008. But still probably not examined.

Good catch... Published, not applied for.

more than 4 years ago

IBM's Patent-Pending Traffic Lights Stop Car Engines

ShinmaWa Patent-PENDING (423 comments)

adj (postpositive)
1. not yet decided, confirmed, or finished

While it is true that the patent system is completely broken, you really should cut the USPTO some slack here. The patent was only applied for on Thursday. It hasn't even been looked at yet!

more than 4 years ago

Google's Streetview Privacy Snafu Prompts Lawsuit

ShinmaWa Re:Legal or Not, WHY Did This Happen? (418 comments)

Why was the Google StreetView system collecting this data to begin with?

To build a database of open wifi hotspots for Wi-Fi Geolocation to add location-based services to Android, much like how the iPhone and iPod Touch use Skyhook to do the exact same thing.

Glad I could help.

more than 4 years ago

The Telcos' Secret Anti-Net Neutrality Strategy

ShinmaWa Re:Teabaggers are not for small government (457 comments)

As of yet, the internet hasn't failed. How about we wait until it does before we start getting all paranoid

Point well taken, even if it conflicts with the rest of your post. You say that you want to wait here.. but then propose a bunch of changes, most of which would require new laws. You can't have it both ways.

Who says it has to be one centralized one?

You did: Have A regulated (even non-profit) independent company (can't be owned by an ISP) run and maintain the network. I can understand if that is not what you meant, but it is what you implied.

more than 4 years ago

The Telcos' Secret Anti-Net Neutrality Strategy

ShinmaWa Re:Teabaggers are not for small government (457 comments)

Look at the SEC and what good their regulation did. They totally ignored Bernie Madoff (under Bush) and Enron (under Clinton), giving regular folks a false sense of security in the market. If there was no SEC, people wouldn't have a default assumption that the market isn't rigged and they would invest more carefully.

I really don't like comments like this as they are completely unproductive. Why, Fred over there got robbed for all the good the laws and cops did! Guess we shouldn't have any laws or cops at all, giving the folks a false sense of security that they can leave their homes without being armed to the teeth.

*sigh* The idea is not to abolish something when it fails, the idea is to see where something failed and improve upon it.

The answer isn't to regulate the internet, it's to get rid of the whole monopoly provider system. Have a regulated (even non-profit) independent company (can't be owned by an ISP) run and maintain the network, deriving its revenue from the ISPs wishing to use it.

This fails in a number of ways. First of all, you are just replacing a bunch of local monopolies with one big centralized one. With your suggestion of just regulating THEM, you end up really regulating the Internet. Welcome back to square one. Worse yet, your "centralized non-profit" would likely be a Government Sponsored Enterprise. As you say about the Health Department, GSEs don't have a great track record of providing great service, because they have little motivation to do so.

Lastly, the end-point "provider" companies in your scheme would struggle to find some way to differentiate their product from others. Price can only go so far, so then you'll get into network segmentation, walled gardens, "premium content", etc.... Net Neutrality effectively done for.

So, with your scheme you get the worst of both worlds -- you get a huge centralized (and probably government run) monopoly AND no net neutrality to boot.

more than 4 years ago

Google Acquires BumpTop Desktop

ShinmaWa Re:If it's like their other acquisitions (94 comments)

It'll languish for a few years

More like hours. Right after they were bought, the software was EOL'ed. The "Pro" version was pulled immediately and users were given a week to download the Free version.

Whatever Google plans to do with it, they don't want it available in its current form. This leads me to believe they want to kill it on Windows to use on ChromeOS.

more than 4 years ago

Google Acquires BumpTop Desktop

ShinmaWa You aren't imagining things.... (94 comments)

No.. you aren't imagining things. It WAS on Slashdot for about 10 minutes on Monday, specifically talking about the fact that immediately after Google bought them, the software was no longer available for sale and you could only download the free version until... well.. today.

Then it suddenly disappeared, only to reappear just before the BumpTop download cutoff.

more than 4 years ago

The Desktop Security Battle May Be Lost

ShinmaWa Nothing can be "completely secure" (389 comments)

There are several ways to make online banking completely secure.

Sorry, but you just lost all credibility right here. Anyone who claims that anything can be "completely secure" is either a) trying to sell something or b) clueless. You can say something is "more secure" or that something provides better security, but nothing, ever, will be "completely secure".

more than 4 years ago

State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor

ShinmaWa Re:Missing the Point (574 comments)

How this trick works is I have someone - camera at the ready pointing at your laptop, filming... and then I email you a NSFW image. When your email client previews the image, ZOMG you are looking at porn. Guilty!

After seeing the video, I have to admit I was wondering why there was a camera zoomed in SOOOoooo close onto a senator's laptop computer.

I mean, it's not like this was a senator caught playing solitaire in a wider shot. Also, there was supposedly something more interesting going on, like a speech about an abortion bill. Why would a cameraman think to himself, "I know! Let's ignore the speech and zoom in on $randomSenator's laptop screen! That's interesting!" unless he knew something interesting was about to happen....

more than 4 years ago

State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor

ShinmaWa Pot... kettle... black... (574 comments)

This guy is not paying attention, yet will be voting on bills that will affect our entire country.

Speaking of people not paying attention.....I realize that you might not have read the article, but you could have at least read the TITLE, which said he's a state senator -- meaning that he votes don't affect the entire country -- just Florida.

more than 4 years ago

Opera Acquires

ShinmaWa Re:You must be new to the tech industry (78 comments)

Out of interest, what are the great tech buyouts that have worked int he last 15 years? What are the top 5 synergy-tastic deals and where are they now?

I can think of quite a few actually.

Of the top of my head, Google's purchase of YouTube ended up working out very well. I honestly think that without Google's support, YouTube would have died by now (or at least be a few orders of magnitude smaller entity).

Another one I can think of is IBM's purchase of OTI, which led to VisualAge then to Eclipse, which is now used as the platform for just about every IBM software product, from Lotus Notes to WebSphere.

more than 4 years ago

Computer Competency Test For Non-IT Hires?

ShinmaWa Re:Simpler solution... (369 comments)

I'm not IT.

TAG! Now you are.

more than 4 years ago

Parody and Satire Videos, Which Is Fair Use?

ShinmaWa Re:Legal "satire" vs. literary "satire"? (286 comments)

No one said that satire is illegal. What was said is that using someone else's copyrighted material without permission as part of the satire is not protected by fair use. Big, BIG difference.

- Using clips of a movie to make fun of that movie = parody = fair use
- Using clips of a movie to make fun of something else entirely = satire = not fair use

You can agree or disagree with the above, but that's where the courts currently stand on the issue.

(As an aside, Twain, et al, didn't use other people's copyrighted works in their satires)

more than 4 years ago

Why Linux Is Not Attracting Young Developers

ShinmaWa Re:What does Linus always say? (742 comments)

I still use Emacs proudly. I find big bloaty IDEs like Eclipse get in the way

Really, the only thing you are saying here is that you like YOUR big, bloaty thing over someone else's big, bloaty thing. There's really nothing insightful about that at all.

You have a set of tools you are comfortable with, and others have theirs. Each have their merits and each have their drawbacks. What is new is not necessarily an improvement and what is old is not necessarily the best. To discard either out of hand on their "whiz-bangedness" or "tried-and-truedness" rather than on its merits is the mark of a fool.

more than 4 years ago

Fine Print Says Game Store Owns Your Soul

ShinmaWa Re:Make it readable (262 comments)

The kind of thing that's never been tested in court

Except it has been tested in court. Many times.

Step-Saver Data Systems, Inc. v. Wyse Technology - EULA Invalid
Vault Corp. v. Quaid Software Ltd. - EULA Invalid
ProCD, Inc. v. Zeidenberg - EULA valid
Microsoft v. Harmony Computers - EULA valid
Novell v. Network Trade Center - EULA valid

more than 4 years ago


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