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House Passes Amendment To Block Funds For Net Neutrality

Starcub Re:The usual. (393 comments)

That's not at all what they're doing here. The article is intentionally misleading.

No, you are the one who is being misleading. The article refers to an ammendment to HR 1, the FY 2011 appropriations bill. It's an earmark plain and simple. They know this is the only chance they will get with the current senate/president to pass this. I'll note that the last time repubs tried this, the pres vetoed the CR and made the repubs look bad.

more than 3 years ago

Science Programs Hit Hard By Proposed Budget

Starcub Re:Medicare bigger than DoD, Social Security close (395 comments)

The SS system is and was designed to be a direct transfer of income from the young to the old. Not in and of itself a terrible idea, but due to changes in life expectancy and demographics it just doesn't work any more.

-- SS was designed as a trust fund that congress subsequently made vulnerable to federal spending.

-- The SSA has increased the retirement age to account for increased life expectancy.

-- You left out 25% of the federal budget for corporate welfare, which they should cut completely before they even think about threatening the trust fund.

more than 3 years ago

FCC Wants Net Neutrality Suits Stopped

Starcub Re:Not suprising. (108 comments)

Premature not because the rules haven't been published, but because the FCC probably has no intention of enforcing them, and even if they attempted to, they would probably fail in the courts, again. Despite what the FCC says publicly, there is now certainty in the market, which is why we're now seeing more companies than just Comcast jump on the bandwagon to stovepipe the net.

more than 3 years ago

Comcast-NBC Merger Approved By FCC

Starcub Score one for the Dems (268 comments)

Comcast has a large presence in the DC area and they are the largest cable provider in the country. Now the people that get internet service from a company that has a worse customer service reputation than the IRS can look forward to all the liberal media bias they can handle. There's more incentive for the republocrats to become even more homogeneous.

more than 3 years ago

Bill Gates Is More Admired Than the Pope

Starcub Re:Problem: (470 comments)

Hey, never underestimate the power of "Has never covered up a massive multinational paedophilia ring" on your CV...

Yeah, apparently "Cheated on his wife and lie to everyone about it." would have worked much better!

As for the pope, he admitted the problem and gave pedophile priests the smack down. He also addressed the root of the problem at the seminary level.

As for the top 3 on that list, only one is physically capable of admitting fault, and I don't think any of them honestly do anything to fix the messes they create.

At least the pope didn't preside over an institution that sunk the world into a multinational crisis; the pope's constituency is still quite healthy. Did they restrict this poll to members of wall street, or is this country really becoming a mental institution?

more than 3 years ago

Balancing Choice With Irreversible Consequences In Games

Starcub Re:Unforgivable games (352 comments)

The worst adventure game I've ever played like this is "Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender"...

I was ready to hunt down the game developers, one by one, Rambo-style.

You see, the game really can transform women into macho masculine action figures!

more than 3 years ago

EPA Knowingly Allowed Pesticide That Kills Bees

Starcub Re:One More Bush Era Screw Up (410 comments)

Modern republicanism is absurdly vacuous...

I find myself rolling my eyes at these partisan political posts. The modern democratic party is slyly vacuous. To prove that every administration is equally capable of rewarding its own economic beneficiaries in short order, watch as Slick barack and julius genouchie sell out the public with smiles on their faces by refusing to regulate the internet by pulling what slim foundation that still exists out from under themselves and blaming someone other than themselves (the courts or republicans, whatever, it doesn't matter) for the resulting disaster.

People need to realize that politics in this country is all about money vs money where competitive interests are at work. When it comes to money vs the people, there is no competition, the people don't have any money.

more than 3 years ago

68% of US Broadband Connections Aren't Broadband

Starcub Re:Meanwhile, in Japan (611 comments)

So the real question is why American broadband was redefined to a low number like 4 Mbit/s?

Probably because the FCC doesn't want to have to regulate the internet under the net neutrality rules it adopts. The FCC has to at least appear to make an effort to regulate the net in fullfillment of it's responsibility to protect consumers. However, the latest (and probably last) proposal the chairman has drawn up is weaker than what was promised by both the chairman and the president. Among other glaring problems, the latest proposal rests ambiguously on the same basis that the court has already ruled against and ignores the court's advice on how to go about creating rules that the FCC can legally enforce:

more than 3 years ago

Stem Cell Tourist Dies From Treatment In Thailand

Starcub Re:Aim for the real problem. (451 comments)

An embryo from in vitro fertilisation will absolutely never become a person unless it is placed inside a human womb.

The point is it has the potential to become a person, and should be considered as a person, and not a means to profit.

Please provide links to back up your facts. Don't take this wrong, I am not saying you are wrong, but providing links is a valuable way of sharing your knowledge because simply stating something as a fact does not make it a fact. Help us out.

You don't have to look far, a google search would have provided multiple hits. From the wiki, read the section on adult stem cells:

more than 4 years ago

Stem Cell Tourist Dies From Treatment In Thailand

Starcub Re:FUD (451 comments)

Agreed. I also suspect that the AC is not in fact a doctor, or they would know about the lax requirements in other countries for obtaining a medical degree and certificate, and particularly, the unscrupulous work that some 'clinics' do WRT stem cell treatment. There is a reason it's labeled "stem cell tourism". In fact IIRC, CBS recently did a documentary on the problem of snake oil stem cell clinics operating in South/Central America that lure desperate unknowning individuals to their clinics without any intention of providing them a cure, but sell their treatment as such anyway. The article certainly didn't seem like FUD to me.

more than 4 years ago

Stem Cell Tourist Dies From Treatment In Thailand

Starcub Re:Aim for the real problem. (451 comments)

If you ever experience a nocturnal emission or go through a menstrual cycle without producing offspring then you are the same type of baby killer as the embryonic stem cell researchers.

I can't believe you would say something like this and imply that the poster you replied to was irrational. Sperm and egg individually will never become a person, but an embryo will be (and should be considered as) a person.

The fact is that you can derive pluripotent stem cells from sources other than embryo's (like the lining of an umbillical cord). The poster you replied to was correct, support for research using human embryos would drive an industry for their harvesting, just as there is a market for sperm and eggs. It should be noted that abortion is bad both physically and emotionally for a woman, which is why manyt physicians refuse to perform the procedure. We already are finding it difficult to keep those who worship money from killing babies that are partially born, and you don't think there is reason for concern?

more than 4 years ago

Quantum Dots Could Double Solar Energy Efficiency

Starcub Re:How much energy are we talking about? (112 comments)

The only thing that I'm unsure of is whether you can concentrate the light in nano-confined cells as much as you can in bulk material cells.

I would think that quantum dots might be ideal for use in a grid array of something like the dye-sensitized collectors that have recently been developed. I don't think that current saturation would be an issue, as the leads will be distributed evenly at each quantum dot. The problem I see is that increasing the area used for contact wiring will mean increased non-radiative losses. The article states that the wire contacts will be made of semi-conductor material as well, and semi-conductors typically have lower conductivity/higher loss than conductors. Supposedly they are trying to overcome those losses by using a partially generative material as an intermediate between the conducting leads and PbSe cells?

more than 4 years ago

World Cup Forecasting Challenge For Quants

Starcub Re:Bias (111 comments)

Secondly it isn't just about stats at something like the world cup where there are very few second chances and It is a game where you can completely dominate the opposition and still lose to a single error or bad ref decision.

When I was in college, my buddies and I would frequently bet our money on the dog races. They published detailed stats for every race and you could compile a statistical profile of each performer. In fact, I wrote a program that attempted to predict the position of each dog in the race as the race progressed. However, what was not provided and could not be predicted is what dog would lose it's footing and go tumbling to the far rail and which part of the pack he would take with him.

more than 4 years ago

Congressmen Send Letters, Hope For Net Neutrality Fades

Starcub Re:The FCC should go ahead and do this (427 comments)

If the FCC has the authority to classify ISPs as "telecommunications providers" instead of "information providers" it should do so regardless of what Congress says

According to the SCOTUS Brand X descision, the FCC does indeed have the authority to make this classification. So, yeah, the FCC should tell those pol's to stuff it were the sun don't shine. I can't believe those pol's would be so stupid as to actually put their names to these letters.

more than 4 years ago

Congressmen Send Letters, Hope For Net Neutrality Fades

Starcub Re:The Letters (427 comments)

Quoting from the republican letter:
"And tens, if not hundreds, of billions of dollars have been invested in broadband networks in reliance on the classification of broadband services as information services [as opposed to a telecommunications service]"

I couldn't figure out if these congresscritters were trying to say they gave industry all this money in return for promising they could work in a regulatory environment favorable to the industry, or wether the industry gave the pol's all this money in return for the same assurance!!!

The letter was signed with a bunch of scribbled signatures with no associated typed names.

Is this letter just a bad joke?

more than 4 years ago

Titanium Oxide For High-Density Optical Storage

Starcub Re:One thing missing though: (172 comments)

Optical media are still much cheaper than flash. This new tech would do two things:
1. Reduce the cost of the media and,
2. assuming the laser can switched to scale, increase bandwidth likewise.

Dailytech ran an article a few days ago that said some researchers used a scanning electron microscope to precisely place dots in a latice at about 4nm a side to create what looked like optically switched transistors. It sounds like these people are using the same tech to create a higher density re-writable disk.

A 1x DVD drive transfers data at about 10Mb/s, A 1x Blueray drive currently tranfers data at about 36Mb/sec. If they can increase the density 1000x over Blueray, then assuming the transfer rate can be scaled similarly, then theoretically the transfer rate of such a drive would be ~25920Mb/sec or 3200MB/s!

Of course, the overall storage market will drive when and if this tech becomes available.

more than 4 years ago

The Economist Calls For "Open Source" Biology

Starcub Re:And so it begins (80 comments)

This person decides to destroy all human life, because they hate mankind (picture some enviro-nut).

Or, someone might decide to wipe out all human life AND sea life (picture some oil executive).

more than 4 years ago

Water Not a Good Enough Guide To Find Alien Life

Starcub Re:But without water, there's no life (as we know (184 comments)

If life is just an evolved entity composed of randomly assembled machines, as some biologists claim, then it begs the question of wether or not there might be 'life' out there that is not water based, but based on say, sand -- or silicon.

more than 4 years ago

The Telcos' Secret Anti-Net Neutrality Strategy

Starcub Re:The awful part of Net Neutrality is the name... (457 comments)

Btw, Net Neutrality is quite desirable *until* we have more choices of Internet Providers.

While this might help in the short term, I think that history has shown that companies tend to form monopolies and arrangements with each other with the purpose of controling prices to their advantage. IMO the need for regulation and consumer protections especially in markets as important as this will always exist.

more than 4 years ago

The Telcos' Secret Anti-Net Neutrality Strategy

Starcub Re:Since when were ISPs the bad guys? (457 comments)

Agreed, I subscribe to the Free Presses mailing list and though they do seem to have liberal political interests that I don't always agree with, according to what they say in their mailings they are interested in policy that will make it hard for private conglomerates to control too much of the spectrum and in ensuring that local interests have access to spectrum as well.

more than 4 years ago



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