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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

StripedCow Fine with me (193 comments)

I regard journalists, even those at Fox News, as higher than actors and hollywood middle-men, like netflix.
At least journalists are trying to tell *real* stories, twisted or not.

The sooner they render themselves obsolete the better.

2 days ago

Venus' Crust Heals Too Fast For Plate Tectonics

StripedCow Why? (131 comments)

Without plate tectonics, carbon would build up in the atmosphere

Why is that?

2 days ago

Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

StripedCow One word: FUD (270 comments)

See subject.

2 days ago

Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

StripedCow Re:Solution (240 comments)

Just like a company can hire 1000 people, a company could hire a 1000 companies.
Those companies, are, however still able to work for other companies as they see fit.
So the "economies of scale" are automatically transformed into a hierarchical structure, where each component is easily replaced by another component.

3 days ago

Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

StripedCow Solution (240 comments)

Just allow companies to only grow up until they have, say, 1000 employees.
After that, they can only split.

What this solves:
No more conglomerates, companies form modular structures, output of 1 company can be reused by another company at a useful granularity.
This leads to much more competition, where previously only monopolies or quasi-monopolies were possible.
This, in turn, reduces and redistributes power.

3 days ago

Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

StripedCow The problem with blur (126 comments)

The problem with "artistic" blur: shrink the image a bit, and the blur is gone!
(Try it and be amazed).

4 days ago

'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars

StripedCow Re:Hotter Earth (174 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...

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

StripedCow Re:"print" vs "digital" is pointless distinction (285 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.

about a week ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

StripedCow Lottery (816 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.

about a week ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

StripedCow Re:Idealizing Democracy (816 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.

about a week 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!

about a week 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.

about a week ago


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