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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

TheSync Re:Easy solution... (587 comments)

The easy solution is to make highrise apartment and office buildings illegal through zoning.

Or make high-rise apartment buildings LEGAL so that more people live closer to their job instead of in the suburbs.

LA has too many parts of its "urban" area zoned as single-family residential (compare with Manhattan).

2 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

TheSync Re:Experienced it recently (587 comments)

My brother and I were actually heading down to the Sunset Strip a couple weeks ago for a concert and my brother decided to try the Waze route.

raining hard

Dude, when it is raining hard, the 405 Sepulveda pass and the 110 Cahuenga pass became parking lots. If Waze took you over the hills, I'm sure that was the fastest route, even if it seemed like it was long!

2 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

TheSync Exactly! (587 comments)

"Waze has caused trouble for LA residents by redirecting traffic from Interstate 405 to neighborhood side streets paralleling the interstate. "

Exactly, that is why I use Waze, so when the highways get backed up, I can go around them on the surface streets!

If you can't take the traffic, move to the suburbs!

2 days ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

TheSync Re:Over what time interval? (528 comments)

The Digital Cinema Distribution Master (DCDM) contains uncompressed audio and video, but timed text elements like subtitles are stored in XML.

DCDMs are turned into the Digital Cinema Package (DCP) for distribution to theaters, which is an encrypted file of JPEG 2000 video at a max 250 Mbps.

about two weeks ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

TheSync Re:We've already seen the alternative to regulatio (93 comments)

These days, when you hop into an Uber X, it's a less consistent experience. Sometimes it's a lost out-of-towner

I find this in "normal" taxis in New York and Chicago. The drivers are asking me where things are. I'm thinking "do you know what a GPS is?" Then they don't take credit cards (or the credit card reader "isn't working") or they do so by rubbing a pencil on a piece of paper on top of your card and you see the charge a month later.

about two weeks ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

TheSync Re:A few good parts of regulation... (93 comments)

Because the walk from Bellagio to New York New York is complicated by City Center, it's a pain in the ass 20 minute one-mile hike

That is a failure of Bellagio, New York New York, and City Center, not of taxis. Next time, let your invisible hand direct you to a more walkable area like downtown Vegas.

about two weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

TheSync Re:Algorithm (602 comments)

I don't mind Starbucks not paying taxes in the UK, as long as they pay a fair share of taxes somewhere.

In 2012, Starbucks had operating income of about $2 billion and paid $674 million in income taxes.

In the last 12 months ending Sept. 27, 2014, Apple paid $14 billion in income taxes on $52 billion operating income.

Of course both of these companies paid significant amounts of sales taxes as well as income taxes.

about two weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

TheSync Re:Algorithm (602 comments)

Say they do 6% of their global business and revenue in my country. OK, then whatever profits Apple makes world wide throughout their empire throughout all associated companies, you've got to pay tax in my country on 6% of it.

So if a company can't make a high profit in your country, they simply would never invest in business operations in your country if you are going to tax them on revenues instead of profits. Sure, that is one scheme.

about two weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

TheSync Re:It is also sad (523 comments)

It is also sad that kids these days no longer know how to use a quill to write.

Quill?!?! I say the kids need to learn how to write Akkadian cuneiform in clay with a blunt reed.

about two weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

TheSync Re:Bad Helmet Design (233 comments)

Why does the helmet only have padding on the inside?

Most football concussions now come from "rotational acceleration", the twisting of the brain inside the skull. It is much harder for a helmet to protect against there than "linear acceleration" forces, the helmet has to literally slide around the head.

about two weeks ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

TheSync Re:But who's going to support the welfare state? (338 comments)

John D. Rockefeller basally created the modern petroleum industry, dramatically advancing technology, and reducing the price of oil for customers.

Cornelius Vanderbilt was an early steamboat and shipping entrepreneur, and dramatically improved the operation of railroad lines into New York City.

Andrew Carnegie greatly enlarged the US steel industry, including the first serious of the Bessemer process. Personally, Carnegie was a leader in the American Anti-Imperialist League, in opposition to the U.S. annexation of the Philippines. He also gave away 90% of his wealth to philanthropies.

All three of these men created companies that enhanced the lives of consumers.

about three weeks ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

TheSync Re:America's loss is Africa's gain (338 comments)

will we be seeing more high-tech startups opening shop in Africa and Central America?

If you want a tech job in Central America, check out Tecoloco (which was a high-tech startup itself).

about three weeks ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

TheSync Re:Perspective (338 comments)

top 1% AGI is $388,905 (in 2011, the most recent year for which the IRS has final data, reference).

about three weeks ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

TheSync Re:Stupid (130 comments)

Netflix is no exception - they produce House of Cards and it's available exclusively via Netflix.

No, "House of Cards" is produced by Media Rights Capital and licensed for initial distribution through Netflix.

In Australia, "House of Cards" was shown on Showcase, a Foxtel-owned premium cable channel. In New Zealand, it was shown on TV3 broadcast channel. In India, it was shown on Zee Cafe cable channel, and in Latvia is was on LNT. It also has been released on DVD and Blu-ray.

Want to stream movies like Lawrence of Arabia and The Shawshank Redemption? I'm sorry, they're only available on Playstation Vue.

"Shawshank Redemption" is on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Redbox Instant.

By the way, Comcast also buys early access to Sony films, including American Hustle and Captain Phillips.

Even on TV networks, companies swap content and distribution. For example, "The Mindy Project" is produced by NBC Universal, but distributed on the Fox broadcast network. "How I Met Your Mother" was produced by Fox, but distributed initially on the CBS broadcast network.

I think you underestimate the desire of Hollywood to distribute TV shows and movies through all appropriate mechanisms, though at the appropriate time and price points, in order to maximize revenue.

about a month ago
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Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

TheSync Department of Education (134 comments)

Perhaps the federal Department of Education is just a complete boondoggle?

Have schools really benefitted from this department, which was only formed in 1980? Has the quality of education gone up since then? Have the costs come down?

about a month ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

TheSync Solutions to non-Problems of the Internet (308 comments)

Here is a list of solutions to non-problems of the Internet:

Clipper Chip (1994) - "those terrorists will encrypt where the bomb is!"

Communication Decency Act (1996) - "a.s.b. will destroy our country"

Net Neutrality (2013) - "I think my Netflix is too slow, so let's make some crazy rules about it, even though I have no idea about the realities of modern ISP interconnections and protocols"

This too will pass...

about a month ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

TheSync ESA PR sucks (188 comments)

I think the ESA media relations is pretty bad. There is really no explanation of what is going on now...

about a month ago
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SpaceShipTwo's Rocket Engine Did Not Cause Fatal Crash

TheSync Best case scenario of a bad situation (150 comments)

This is a horrible event, but for the future of Virgin Galactic it is one of the better scenarios for the failure not to be in the rocket engine itself (which is always a challenging situation, putting the strength of materials at the edge of breaking), but instead on a faulty deployment of the feathering system. Hopefully it should be simply to work out a solution to avoid pre-mature feathering.

about a month and a half ago
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Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

TheSync Re:H1B applicants are people too (190 comments)

H1B applications contain personal data (of the type Slashdotters are usually passionate about protecting),

Slasdotters believe in lots of freedoms except the freedom of movement of labor. Because they believe in the religion of nationalism.

about a month and a half ago
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Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

TheSync uh.... (190 comments)

Privacy?

about a month and a half ago

Submissions

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.SCOT TLD "Priority Registration" Deadline Approaching

TheSync TheSync writes  |  about 3 months ago

TheSync (5291) writes "Calico.UK, the registrar for the .SCOT top level domain, is advertising "priority registration" ahead of general availability of the TLD just in time for the Scottish independence vote. Scotland of course has no ISO 3166-1 two-letter country code at this time, and even if it wanted one after independence, many natural choices like "SC" are already taken, but then again UK domains tend to use .UK instead of the ISO 3166-1 code "GB"."
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Australia's Failed Government-Owned Broadband

TheSync TheSync writes  |  about 9 months ago

TheSync (5291) writes "Sold as AUS$43 billion gigabit fiber to the home (FTTH) solution, Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) project is now the project is now years behind schedule and $30 billion over budget. The NBN has only 78,000 fiber subscribers, with a price of $93,000 per subscriber. Also most of those subscribers chose 25Mbps/5Mbps service rather than 100Mbps/40 Mbps speeds. It is unclear if NBN will be killed or changed into a fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) system."
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California seeks to shut down coding bootcamps

TheSync TheSync writes  |  about a year ago

TheSync (5291) writes "VentureBeat reports that the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) sent cease and desist letters to Hackbright Academy, Hack Reactor, App Academy, Zipfian Academy, and others. These bootcamps have not yet been approved by the BPPE and are therefore being classified as unlicensed postsecondary educational institutions that must seek compliance or be forcibly shut down. Unless they comply, these organizations face imminent closure and a hefty $50,000 fine."
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Dark Matter Found in Cold Gas Clouds

TheSync TheSync writes  |  about a year ago

TheSync (5291) writes "Astrophysicist Jessica Werk of the University of California, Santa Cruz studied light from 38 quasars using the Hubble Space Telescope. By looking at the spectral fingerprints in this light, she found that galactic halos harbor at least 10 times, and possibly up to 100 times, as much cold gas as researchers had estimated. If her estimate is correct, it would account for the two-thirds of galaxies’ baryonic matter that astronomers have been looking for. This could go a long way to explaining where all the "dark matter" is."
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"Cosmos" remake coming to FOX in 2014

TheSync TheSync writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TheSync (5291) writes "The long-awaited remake of Carl Sagan's amazing "Cosmos" series, "Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey", will be coming to FOX television next year. It will star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Surprisingly, Seth MacFarlane of "Family Guy" fame is an executive producer. MacFarlane was introduced to Carl Sagan's widow Ann Druyan by deGrasse Tyson, and MacFarlane helped them pitch the show to FOX executives."
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NY AG Subpoena's Craigslist for Post-Sandy Price Gougers

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheSync (5291) writes "In the wake of Hurrican Sandy, the New York State Attorney General has subpoenaed Craigslist, demanding that the site identify more than 100 sellers whose prices on post-Sandy gas, generators and other supplies were of an “unconscionably excessive price” during an emergency. AG Eric Schneiderman said: “Our office has zero tolerance for price gouging [and] will do everything we can to stop unscrupulous individuals from taking advantage of New Yorkers trying to rebuild their lives.""
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Dyle Mobile TV launching on MetroPCS in 2012

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheSync (5291) writes "Twice is reporting that Dyle Mobile TV, the consumer-facing brand launched by Mobile Content Venture, announced that they are partnering to enable MetroPCS customers to watch live, local broadcast television on their mobile phones later this year. This service uses the new ATSC A/153 Mobile DTV standard that allows existing television stations to provide mobile digital television service in addition to their existing HD signals."
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Venezuela's Chavez calls for Internet Regulation

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TheSync (5291) writes "The AP reports that Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is calling for regulation of the Internet and cracking down on false Web stories. In a televised speech, Chavez said: "The Internet can't be something free where anything can be done and said. No, every country has to impose its rules and regulations.""
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Massive Rube Goldberg Machine Rules YouTube

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TheSync (5291) writes "US indie band OK Go has filmed a music video with an awesome 4-minute long Rube Goldberg Machine done in a single shot. The machine is timed to the parts of the song, and actually "does things" to the band members. The video is #1 YouTube's most-watched video of the week, with over 3.5 million views. The video was produced with MIT’s Media Lab and Syyn Labs, and contains the MAKE Magazine car from the 24 Hours of LeMons."
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FTC to Regulate Blogs

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheSync writes "The Washington Post is reporting that the Federal Trade Commission is planning to regulate blogs. They are concerned about bloggers who receive compensation from the companies whose products they blog about. The regulation would clarify that rules against deceptive and unfair business practices apply to bloggers. So if Slashdot gets money or non-cash support from Linux vendors and they put up articles about how bad Microsoft is, watch out!"
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"Definitive evidence" for ancient lake on

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheSync writes "Eurekalert reports on "definitive evidence" for an ancient water lake on Mars. A UC Boulder research team has discovered evidence of a shoreline on Mars of a 3 billion year-old lake 80 square miles in area and 1,500 feet deep (roughly the equivalent of Lake Champlain). Images came from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Water carved a 30-mile-long canyon that opened up into a valley and forming a large delta during a time when Mars is generally believed to have been cold and dry. The lack of additional, lower shorelines, shows that the lake dried up very quickly."
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First Images of Memories Being Made

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheSync writes "Eurekalert reports that researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill and UCLA have captured the first image of protein translation that underlies long-term memory formation. A fluorescent protein showed the increased local protein synthesis during memory formation, which requires cooperation between the pre and post-synaptic compartments of the two neurons that meet at the synapse."
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Mortgage Securitization Software Author Mea Culpa

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheSync writes "New York Magazine has an article written by Michael Osinski, an author of early software to enable collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs). He even created a language for mortgage-backed bonds called BondTalk. He says "I never would have thought, in my most extreme paranoid fantasies, that my software, and the others like it, would have enabled Wall Street to decimate the investments of everyone in my family. ""
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UK and Obmama to Rate Web like MPAA

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheSync writes "The NYT reports that "A British cabinet minister says the government is considering a plan to work with President-elect Barack Obama on a new ratings system for Internet Web sites..to protect children from inappropriate material...similar to the one employed by the Motion Picture Association of America". Creepy!"
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Why does Slashdot hate/ignore Economics?

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 6 years ago

So on today's article Supplies of Rare Earth Elements Exhausted By 2017, we have these comments rated +4 or more:

The problem isn't economics, it's the idiots that try to invoke it in the way we see them doing here. The fact that the price of a commodity increases when it's in short supply doesn't cure the shortage or make it less of a problem; it merely allocates what supplies remain to those who are willing to pay the most. It's a manifestation of the shortage, not an explanation of it.

In a severe food shortage, yes, the price of food shoots up. People who can afford it continue to eat well (albeit at the expense of other things), but others starve. As far as your typical affluent conservative is concerned, the market has efficiently "solved" the problem.

Economics is the new God of the Gaps. You don't know the answer? Silly old physical laws getting in the way? No problem; Economics dictates that someone else will be motivated to come up with a solution. It's impossible? Why, that just makes it more valuable!

If you are a true economist, then fuck off and play with your stock markets and leave actual science to actual scientists.

I don't know why so many people who may otherwise be informed are so hateful of economics. It is a bit like the reaction from creationists.

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WiFi Cardboard Horn Antenna

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I had my summer intern to build a cardboard horn antenna for testing long distance 802.11b connections. Here are three pictures of it: 1 / 2 / 3. It has about 10 dB gain over a PCMCIA card wireless NIC. The antenna is based on this design.

We tested it across the Memorial Bridge in Washington, DC. Not only were we able to get a signal, but from the DC shore near the Lincoln Memorial, we were able to pick up wireless access points in Rosslyn, VA.

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