top Black Friday '14: E-commerce Pages Far Slower Than They Were in 2013
If the network is hitting capacity, why would a network company want to invest in higher speeds, if the gov't is going to tell them how to run their network?
top Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon
Any public money this guy is getting should be taken away. We need to be curing cancer.
top States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth
Homer: Not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a charm.
Lisa: That's spacious reasoning, Dad. Homer: Thank you, dear.
Lisa: By your logic I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away. Homer: Oh, how does it work?
Lisa: It doesn't work. Homer: Uh-huh.
Lisa: It's just a stupid rock. Homer: Uh-huh.
Lisa: But I don't see any tigers around, do you? Homer: Lisa, I want to buy your rock.
top Zazzle.com Thinks Depictions of Pi Are Protected Intellectual Property
This guy is seriously in need of a Streisand-ing. Can we find contact info and/or a review page we can hit?
top Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access
This will spur development of more broadband to people's homes as there is now a double demand for broadband. Google Fiber would then offer a better price to Netflix, and a price war would occur.
top Doom Is Twenty Years Old
It seems like it was just yesterday I was playing this game when it came out. Had a null modem cable to connect 2 PCs in adjacent rooms. Was too short to reach thru the hallway so we had to swing the cable window-to-window to connect. Endless battles between my brother and I. Creating custom levels using the free tools (DCK, I think?).
top Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom
Except taxes went up (including investment taxes) so there is less money for investment.
top The last time I used a dial-up modem was...
Started with AOL. Still remember the tune of my local dial-in number (820-0480). At some point we switched to an ISP (good ole Trumpet Winsock) and used this thing called Netscape and all those other winsock apps (Usenet, IRC, FTP, etc). Also was lucky enough to live near enough to the Software Creations BBS (sysop Dan Linton) so that it was a local call. I remember experimenting with the download protocols (xmodem, ymodem, etc.) and determining Y-modem-g was the fastest.
top Verizon's Plan To Turn the Web Into Pay-Per-View
Verizon owns the fiber so they can do whatever they want with it. If you don't like it, don't use Verizon.
top 97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made
100% of scientists believe that periods of global warming that occurred from 4.6B years ago through 5000 years ago were NOT caused by humans.
about a year and a half ago
top Is Silicon Valley Morally Bankrupt and Toxic?
If you don't like Google or Facebook, don't use them. I don't use Facebook. They can do whatever they want, zero privacy, share all data, etc. Doesn't affect me.
These companies only survive if they satisfy their customers. If they annoy people they will go out of business. No regulation required.
top Sweden Imports European Garbage To Power the Nation
This is news? I've been powering my DeLorean with trash for years!
top Do We Need a Longer School Year?
We are only asking "Do We Need A Longer School Year" because schools are run by the government. If schooling were free market based, that question would be like asking "Do we need a bigger container size for milk?", and the answer would be that parents could choose whatever kind of school they want.
top Apple Gets the Importance of Packaging; Why Doesn't Google?
With the harder Google packaging comes hundreds of dollars of savings. Sounds like a win to me.
top Google Launches International Campaign For Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage
Why does government need to give us a permission slip to be considered married? It's insulting. Marriage is a private contract.
top Verizon Claims Net Neutrality Violates Their Free Speech Rights
...so they should be able to do whatever they want with them. Allow traffic, throttle traffic, it's their property.
If you own a house, you can invite or exclude guests as you see fit.
top Silicon Valley Values Shift To Customersploitation
If consumers are being exploited, why are they staying with the company?
top Fox Sues Dish Over "Auto Hop" Ad-Skipping Feature
The commercial skip is available the next day, and only on the small, well-defined set that is primetime network shows, so I assume Dish simply analyzes the show and sends the commercial start/end frame #'s down to the STBs. So we have yet another case of "illegal numbers" like the DeCSS episode.
What would be interesting is if the STBs were flexible enough to allow peer-to-peer download of commercial frame #'s. Then bored IT nerds could be posting commercial times 30 seconds after a show ended. What would the networks do about that?
Personally I use Windows Media Center and comskip, so all my commercials are skipped automatically, but this is not a regular-Joe type of solution.
In a truly free market, commercial marking would be allowed, but then the networks would simply:
A. switch the advertising to be "in show" with crawls, pop-in graphics in the corners, etc. or B. pay per episode with only short ads like Hulu does ("This episode of CSI is brought to you by Acme Metal Detectors")
top Fox Sues Dish Over "Auto Hop" Ad-Skipping Feature
With internet lines directly to people's TV / tablets / phones a producer of a show does not need a TV network. They just need a vendor like Apple/Google/Netflix/Amazon to stream it to the user. Those are your new big 4 "networks" right there.
top Ask Slashdot: Which Comic Books To Start My 3-Year-Old With?
Search Amazon for "Regis Faller polo". They are a delight for the imagination.
top My First Journal
I'm testing out the journal.