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'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

StripedCow Re:Hotter Earth (172 comments)

The problem with that is that it will cool down the inside of the Earth.
You can have a look at the movie "The Core" to see what will happen then...

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

StripedCow Re:"print" vs "digital" is pointless distinction (282 comments)

Perhaps we have moved towards an "on-demand" style of consuming.
We're not reading an article anymore because an editor assumed we had to read it.
Instead, we're reading an article because we were actively looking for it.

2 days ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

StripedCow Lottery (799 comments)

Perhaps we should move to a different voting system:

In politics, sortition (also known as allotment or the drawing of lots) is the selection of decision makers by lottery. The decision-makers are chosen as a random sample from a larger pool of candidates.

3 days ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

StripedCow Re:Idealizing Democracy (799 comments)

Really? Democracy, the end of history?

Democracy is a system which is somehow stable, for the ones in power have no incentive to change it, and the people's voice is transformed/interpreted in such a way that it has no effect.
So yes.

3 days ago

52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

StripedCow Re:Don't take the job (108 comments)

I have *0* respect for a person who submits to photographs, fingerprints, credit checks or drug tests to get a job.

I work for a modeling agency, you insensitive clod!

3 days ago

Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

StripedCow Passé (98 comments)

The space elevator is so passé.
I'd rather see they research things like molecular biology. There's so much more to gain there, imho.

Anyway, it is nice to see that they do more than developing boring online office applications.

3 days ago

How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

StripedCow Wouldn't trust Apple (193 comments)

I wouldn't trust Apple. When this becomes successful, before you know it, they will force other manufacturers out of the market. Look at how they are controlling the app-store, and forcing developers to not compete with Apple's products.

3 days ago

52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

StripedCow Hah! (108 comments)

That's a factor of 100 less than what's available in Facebook's and Google's databases separately.

3 days ago

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

StripedCow From TFA (136 comments)

For example, I have some processes that involve visual basic scripts that run on a windows virtual server and send data files to a Unix server that reformats the files using Perl, preparing them to be ingested into an Oracle database.

I guess that answers the question of how many times one can curse in one sentence.

about a week ago

Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

StripedCow More evidence (292 comments)

Patents are slowing down innovation.

about a week ago

Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

StripedCow Re:Level of public funding ? (292 comments)

If Einstein hadn't had those insights, someone would have, probably within a decade of 1905.

Incorrect. According to patent-officer's logic, no person can come up with the same idea as anyone else.

about a week ago

Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater

StripedCow Hardly surprising (256 comments)

After all those oil spills recently, this story hardly surprises me.

about two weeks ago

Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

StripedCow We need those tribes in the USPTO... (351 comments)

These tribes, that have never been in contact with western civilization, could be very helpful in the USPTO.
Being void of any reference to technology, we could use them to figure out whether patent applications are truly non-obvious inventions.

E.g., if a tribe member can figure out "slide-to-unlock" by himself, then we can be sure that it is obvious stuff!

about two weeks ago

Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

StripedCow Re:How does this simply not move the goalposts? (342 comments)

Anyway, if trades are load balanced over various machines using various constraints (for instance, not just the user's ip address), those timestamps must also be distributed.

about two weeks ago

Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

StripedCow Re:Yes, yes it is. (408 comments)

A Patent is technically REQUIRED to not be obvious to a person 'skilled in the art' when given information of the prior art.

This patent was obvious to a person skilled in the art of sliding to unlock.
So what is the big deal here?

about two weeks ago


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