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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

backslashdot Re: Dumps, you say? From the anus? (523 comments)

When was the last time you actually read a historical document yourself? Reading cursive and being able to write it are two different skills. Furthermore it is a skill not everyone will need, since there will be people who did learn it to transcribe whatever it is that is not transcribed. How come everybody knows the name Tutankhamen even though very very few people can actually read heiroglyphs? How is it possible that I know who Tutankhamen is, even though I don't read heiroglyphs very well at all.

about three weeks ago
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Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

backslashdot There is a better drug in my opinion. (102 comments)

It's called favipiravir, and originates in Japan. It was tested on a few Spanish patients and it seems to have worked. The key difference between favipiravir and the ZMapp mAb is that favipiravir is effective even when given in the later stages of infection.

about 2 months ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

backslashdot Re:Simple solution (304 comments)

Umm, how do you truly know she has never cheated? Or does that not matter to you? The only way you can be 100% sure is by "trusting your feelings" and your ability to judge a person's character .. its like believing in God. You don't have any real proof but it feels correct. Not like anyone has been wrong about their spouse or God being the Juju under the tree before.

about 2 months ago
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Z Machine Makes Progress Toward Nuclear Fusion

backslashdot Re:Pulse generation - why? (151 comments)

No. The scientific theory is that a tokamak design will work if you build one large enough. However there is a risk involved since nobody has actually done it. Therefore, somebody has to spend the $20 billion to prove definitively that it works. After that $20 billion is spent, there is no (meaningful) intellectual property to assert because you can't patent a large version of an existing design especially when it wasn't even your idea that scaling up works. Also, the next guy to build one would be able to do it for cheaper since the guy spending the $20 billion would have made all the mistakes.

about 2 months ago
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Z Machine Makes Progress Toward Nuclear Fusion

backslashdot Re:Stop reporting this nonsense (151 comments)

Dude, this project (MagLIF) is a few million, not billions.

about 2 months ago
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Z Machine Makes Progress Toward Nuclear Fusion

backslashdot Re:Pulse generation - why? (151 comments)

Why woud the private sector fund it? There is not much to patent as IP in a tokamak that wont be expired by the time it's built, all the private sector would be doing is spending the initial capital while the competitor copies the design.

about 2 months ago
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How President Nixon Saved/Wrecked the American Space Program

backslashdot Re:I Am Not a Crook (125 comments)

No, he said:
I am not a kook.
And he was wrong.

about 2 months ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

backslashdot Ridiculous (166 comments)

We don't have a right to block private citizens filming our property from the air. I don't see it in the constitution. I would like to be protected from police harassment and legal action taking place based on the interpretation of things supposedly filmed from above occurring on my property. Frankly although I normally respect Sotomayer, I feel she is misguided in this and is doing the bidding of the anti-drone lobby. Do you think government will give up its own right to fly drones? HAHAHA! This is to take away the ability to fly drones, and nothing else. I can understand MAYBE an ordinance against zooming in and prolonged observation of a specific property but the right to fly drones with cameras MUST be preserved. If you don't want to be viewed from above, build a roof. Are we to be banned from taking binoculars on aircraft as well?

about 3 months ago
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Robot Operating System To Officially Support ARM Processors

backslashdot Re: Linux version first? (33 comments)

How is that even possible? Android is essentially a Linux distribution. It's like saying you want it to work on Sprint before it works on a phone network. Though come to think of it Sprint might not be one given their spotty coverage.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

backslashdot Re:Vibration messaging on the Apple Watch (471 comments)

Yeah I guess that one was kind of lame -- I wanted something that could charge the watch in 2 minutes or less while keeping the watch super thin since what I knew of the near field, whole room, or induction chargers is that they would add a few mm of thickness. I didn't exactly have the time, budget, tech vendor roadmaps, and team to sit around do nothing for a few months but kick ideas around and come up with practical ideas for a smartwatch.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

backslashdot Vibration messaging on the Apple Watch (471 comments)

Gee, I wonder where Apple got the idea of being able to send Vibration messages. http://ask.slashdot.org/commen...
I bet they would sue the daylights out of Samsung if THEY tried to implement anything similar.
I guess I'll use that feature :/

about 3 months ago
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UCLA Biologists Delay the Aging Process In Fruit Flies

backslashdot Offtopic -1 (82 comments)

What does this have to do with the fact that Apple copied my idea of smartwatch vibration messaging and filed patents on it even though I have proof at this URL right here on slashdot that I came up with it first. http://ask.slashdot.org/commen...

about 3 months ago
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Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

backslashdot Re:Apple effect (137 comments)

Question is, how do we win round 2 .. which is coming soon. Works start falling out of copyright in 2019, Disney will and other corps will move to protect their monopolies. How can we stop that? Public action stopped things like SOPA.

The term "intellectual property" is I believe a misnomer. There is first of all no innate right to intellectual property. The right to own a copyright is no different than the right to drive on the roads, you have to be given the right by the government on the basis of meeting certain requirements. This is very different from a fundamental or innate right. You have an innate right to free speech, it is not something the government gives you ..it's something you are born with. For example, if you own a physical object, you have the innate right not to have that object taken from you. But the US founding fathers saw that a person had no such innate right when it comes to inventions and art. Ideas are not your property once you describe them. That is why the constitution says that such monopolies on ideas should be granted by Congress *ONLY* IF IT SPURS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE USEFUL ARTS. It is very different from freedom of speech, which you have regardless of the effect on society, a person has no such innate right to monopolize their own inventions and art.

According to the constitution Congress has the right .. "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."

According to that text, it's clear the current Supreme Court is shirking its responsibility by allowing excessive copyright and patent terms. Excessive copyright terms don't meet the fundamental constitutional requirement of advancing the useful arts and sciences. Disney made a lot of money by taking advantage of the expired copyrights of traditional stories such as sleeping beauty, beauty and the beast etc. I mean even The Lion King is a retelling of Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Did Disney compensate Shakespeare for stealing his story??? If Shakespeare's estate still owned the copyright of Hamlet, Disney would not have been able to make Hamlet. This is clearly proof that the useful arts and sciences are being hindered by excessive copyright terms. The first US copyright laws had only a few years in length .. and that was in a time where it was much harder to market one's work throughout the country and make enough money in a short time.

about 3 months ago
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Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

backslashdot Sleazes (170 comments)

The way I see it, id Software's new owners are evil because they even tried to frivolously sue John Carmack, who invented all their games and technology.

about 4 months ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

backslashdot Stream the feed. (455 comments)

In addition to recording, it should stream to the cloud in real time.

about 4 months ago
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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

backslashdot Re:Competition is good. (211 comments)

NASA should wait until July/August 2015 before proposing a new launch system. That's around the same time the New Horizons space probe NASA launched back in 2008 will be reaching Pluto. I believe, hopefully, that the pictures from Pluto will capture the imagination of the public and, by proxy, Congress. That way NASA can propose a totally Giga launch system and get it approved.

Frankly SLS is lame. We're going to be stuck with whatever launch system for a few decades -- possibly longer given politics, so we better get it right. We need to be looking to build something that can scale to sustainable colony establishment class stuff.

about 4 months ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

backslashdot Re:Stupid (200 comments)

The peephole example is not good. It's a violation of privacy to look through a peephole into a hotel room (the lens arrangement won't allow you to see much anyway even if you could focus). My point is that I should be legally allowed to record everything that I am legally allowed to view or hear.

about 4 months ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

backslashdot Stupid (200 comments)

I am 100% in favor of privacy, but there are places you shouldn't expect privacy. For example if you have your lights on and the windows open you can't expect the right to privacy from the street. If you want to get it on with your partner in your backyard without cover, that does entail a privacy risk. You don't have the right to the airspace of all angles to your home. I mean with adequate zoom you could be filmed or watched from an airplane or satellite too. The way I see it, if I have the right to be someplace, I also have the right to record what I see.

about 4 months ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

backslashdot Re:Thank GOD (96 comments)

I guess you need your eyes checked, because I can easily tell the difference between a 1080p tablet versus higher resolution tablets because the pixels are visible even at standard viewing distance.

Anyway, looking at Intel's published die area cost, it adds probably a few pennies to the cost of the CPU to add a 4K decoder. Also, the 4K decoder algorithm didn't have to get developed, it was designed years ago. Once the algorithm is designed most of the process shrink work is done automagically in software. It also has virtually no effect on power consumption to include it, the inclusion of 4K costs very very little per cpu so I am not sure what you are complaining about.

All you luddites do is complain when new technology comes out.

about 4 months ago

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Biohackers are engineering yeast to make real vegan cheese. No cows needed!

backslashdot backslashdot writes  |  about 6 months ago

backslashdot (95548) writes "A collective of biohackers from the San Francisco Bay Area have joined forces to produce the world's first real vegan cheese in baker’s yeast. The aim of the project is to produce a renewable and sustainable, closed-loop food source that will provide the same nutritional value as non-vegan cheese and taste just as great! No cows, cruelty, or animal products needed. Additionally, the project will provide a real cheese for vegans, the lactose intolerant, and those that have food allergies to certain animal-derived milk proteins. A crowdfunding campaign launched on July 1st (today) has already raised nearly 25% towards the funding goal."

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