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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

amoeba1911 paying moar already (611 comments)

I'm already paying more than four times that amount for Time Warner Cable! Where does that money go? Oh... here's where my money goes: GREED.

about a month ago

Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

amoeba1911 Re:First hand experience (155 comments)

And it's going to continue until there are real repercussions to sending invalid dmca take-down notices. Right now I can issue dmca take-down for every video ever added to youtube. What's going to stop me?

about a month ago

Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

amoeba1911 works for airplanes? (138 comments)

I suggest trying dimpled airplanes. They go much faster and hence they experience much more drag. It's fairly easy to try this out, all you need is a hammer. Start hammering!

about 2 months ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

amoeba1911 Unified Windows... (322 comments)

Making a single OS that works well for tiny phone screens as well as huge desktop monitors is like trying to make flying cars. It sounds great, and they promise it will fly like a plane and drive like a car... but instead you always end up with a bizarre contraption that flies like a car and drives like a plane.

about 2 months ago

Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

amoeba1911 big deal (47 comments)

Also survived the typhoon:
floating hypodermic needles & other man-made trash
plastic beach ball someone threw into the ocean a year ago
a message in a bottle

They make it sound like it's a big deal, but the long story short: a floating metal tube designed to be in water survived being splashed with water. That is not an accomplishment. If there were people on this metal tube and they survived, that would have been an accomplishment.

about 2 months ago

Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

amoeba1911 money well spent is well spent (76 comments)

In 2014 alone, Internet service providers have spent close to $19 million lobbying on net neutrality

Imagine how much more fiber optic cable you could have deployed for $19000000.. and that's just this year and we're just barely halfway through the year!

Internet is a public utility, and a monopoly. ISPs need to be regulated accordingly, end of story.

about 2 months ago

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

amoeba1911 Re:strong objections (468 comments)

The crash of Air France 447 was caused by pilot error, not a system failure. That news article is from 2009, solar flare was just a stupid speculation until they found the black box. The black box showed the pilots kept pulling the nose up causing a stall.

about 2 months ago

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

amoeba1911 strong objections (468 comments)

What if the electricity fails? What if the camera breaks? What if this, what if that? People had the same kind of very strong objections to fly-by-wire systems, and we've had planes for decades with no physical links between the controls in the cockpit and the control surfaces that move the plane. The number of accidents caused by failure of a fly-by-wire system? None. There are so many redundancies in these systems, it makes it very unlikely to fail.

Next... seeing outside isn't particularly important. Pilots don't really need to look out the window on these planes for flying. Especially when the plane is in fog or clouds, looking out the window can be actually confusing and disorienting and it's much safer to to look a the instruments. When coming in for a landing, the runway has a guidance system that guides the plane right onto the runway (ILS).

Plus, you can actually get a much better view of the outside using cameras and screens.

This being said, this is not an invention and it's not patent-worthy. As others mentioned, NCC-1701 had a viewscreen instead of a window... almost half a century ago.

about 2 months ago

Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

amoeba1911 Re:Infinite Bank Account (385 comments)

To be effective, you don't have to convince "a government", you have to convince all major governments. And you have to convince them to do something that will cause living standards to fall for years to come.

1. Governments are run by people who do the bidding of the "kings". The government is nothing but a middle-man between the people and the kings. Government is a puppet that the kings rattle around to shift the blame away from themselves, aka "we're law abiding, rule following kings; we just happen to make the rules and the laws because we have the government in our back pocket". So replace "government" by what the government really stands for: the kings... and you have my original argument. The kings are better off with their $20 trillion bank account, and they're not going to sabotage themselves in order to make the world a better place for everyone at their own expense.

2. Using the $20 trillion worth of fossil fuel will cause living standards to fall for everyone for centuries to come. Not using the fossil fuels will cause living standards to fall a lot for the kings and their entourage but not much for anyone else. When you do the math, 7 billion people whose living standards fall for centuries vs. living standards falling a lot for a few thousand kings... not to mention if the standard of living of the kings goes down a bit it simply means they have a luxury yacht with a half dozen strippers, instead of a mega-luxury-yacht with dozens of strippers... but if the standard of living for the other 7 billion falls, it means half of them will starve to death.

You're right in the fact that there is no real dilemma... there is no dilemma because they have no conscience and they feel no empathy.

about 2 months ago

Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

amoeba1911 Re:Infinite Bank Account (385 comments)

I'm glad there's at least one person who understood that the bank account I mentioned isn't a literal bank account. This bank account is the ground, the money in this bank is the fossil fuel resource.

about 2 months ago

Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

amoeba1911 Infinite Bank Account (385 comments)

Suppose you had a bank account with $20,000,000,000,000 (20 trillion) in it. That's so much wealth that it can be considered infinite for all practical purposes. There is no monarchy, but with that much resources in your name, you are practically king for life, your children are king for life, your children's children are king for life.

Then one day some hippies tell you that you shouldn't withdraw your money from this bank because it will destroy the lives of billions of people. They're saying we need to invest in renewable energy so save ourselves. So you face a dillema:
A. Keep your infinite bank account, and be the king of a world where billions of people are doomed.
B. Give up your infinite bank account, and be a nobody in a world where everyone is much better off.

What do you choose? What do they choose? Keep in mind, most of those who have this infinite bank account are not the compassionate kind of people.

about 2 months ago

Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast

amoeba1911 Re:Good news! (107 comments)

"God" and "laws of physics" are really interchangeable.

Someone should make a chrome plugin that changes the word "God" to "laws of physics" ... similar to "Coud to Butt"

Romans 1:18-20
The wrath of laws of physics is being revealed from heaven against all the laws of physicslessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about laws of physics is plain to them, because laws of physics has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world laws of physics' invisible qualities--laws of physics' eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Corinthians 1:25
For the foolishness of laws of physics is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of laws of physics is stronger than man's strength.

Peter 4:11-12
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of laws of physics. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength laws of physics provides, so that in all things laws of physics may be praised through laws of physics. To laws of physics be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

about 3 months ago

Mars Base Design Competition Open To Non-Scientific Professionals

amoeba1911 Caves (94 comments)

Humans have taken shelter in caves on earth before they had the means of building advanced structures. We might revert to caves on Mars too until we have sufficient technology there to build our own structures.

about 3 months ago

Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

amoeba1911 Free Market... (260 comments)

This is a good example of how we have a "Free Market" in America... the big business is free to screw you over.

about 3 months ago

Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

amoeba1911 Spring RTS (252 comments)

They should just use the Spring RTS engine. It's far superior to anything Blizzard can conjure up internally.

In other news... Hasbro sues my kid sister for cheating at monopoly by hiding monopoly money.

about 4 months ago

DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

amoeba1911 Re:At least try to understand (347 comments)

Last time i checked all the new iphones have high-definition screens, and some of the newer android devices even exceed HD resolutions. So, a tiny 6" screen has more definition than a giant 600" screen.
Next, you stand considerably further away from a large screen, so a large screen occupies the same area on your visual field as a small screen which you hold closer to your face. The end result is the same.
Based on these facts, there is no technical merit nor reason for charging based on screen size. Instead of coming up with useful services to earn revenue, they waste their time trying to find more ways to nickel and dime their customers.

about 5 months ago

Tech Companies Set To Appeal 2012 Oracle Vs. Google Ruling

amoeba1911 Java stole from C (198 comments)

Why does Java have C's syntax? Java entirely ripped off the C syntax to ride on C's fan base.

If implementing your API based on another language API is a copyright violation, then I don't see why implementing your syntax based on another language's syntax isn't a copyright violation.

This whole case reeks of rent-seeking. It's disgusting and frustrating. Imagine how much faster technology would evolve if people competed by making better stuff instead...

The world of technology has always been a ruthless race, the ones that fall behind get gobbled up. But in the past decade the contenders are spending majority of their time trying to stab the other contenders instead of actually racing. Imagine in the Olympics, 100m dash, the runners are ready to run, the gun goes off.... and the runners start throwing dirt at each other's faces instead of actually racing. Sure, the runner who throws most dirt and kills the other runners will be able to get to the finish line first... but there will be no winners! EVERYONE loses!

about 9 months ago

US Gov't Circulates Watch List of Buyers of Polygraph Training Materials

amoeba1911 Re:Squeeze your butt cheeks (303 comments)

coming soon...
New & Improved Polygraph: Now with 100% more butt-probe to detect butt cheek squeezing cheaters.

about 10 months ago

US Gov't Circulates Watch List of Buyers of Polygraph Training Materials

amoeba1911 how to pass a polygraph (303 comments)

Easy! convince yourself deep down that your lie is in fact not a lie. With enough training, you can internally legitimize even the most absurd nonsense you can think of. There are 6 million Mormons, living proof.


about 10 months ago


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