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Sony selling off VAIO computer business

billcarson You forget the most important part (1 comments)

They'll fire 5000 people. Only around 300 are expected to find a new job at JIP.
I wish them the best.

about 10 months ago
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First New Generic Top Level Domains Opening

billcarson Re:When will that P2P DNS system become reality? (198 comments)

> Even in a block chain type system, domains or TLDs would be
> awarded first come, first served (like today with the hierarchical
> system) and then transferred from one party to another (like today).

I'm not really sure if I can follow you here. There is no rule that says
a domain name must be indefinitely associated with a certain owner.
Key signing of a domain name could be limited in time with a voting system
that repeats on domain name expiration. Revocation certs could be issues
if a domain name is abused.
Also, I don't really understand why you'd want to introduce a central block chain?
In a decentralized DNS system, I would think a GPG-like schema seems more fit?
The P2P distribution would then be limited to a simple DHT.
(though I admit I am not very knowledgeable on this topic).

about 10 months ago
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First New Generic Top Level Domains Opening

billcarson Re:When will that P2P DNS system become reality? (198 comments)

Well, but how is that different from the current DNS cache poisoning problems?
A strong authenticiation scheme like DNSSEC could solve such an issue.

about 10 months ago
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First New Generic Top Level Domains Opening

billcarson When will that P2P DNS system become reality? (198 comments)

A few years ago a bunch of people from Sweden announced they would create a distributed, non-trackeable DNS system. What happened to that?

about 10 months ago
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IBM's PC Junior Turns 30, Too

billcarson Re:Not as bad as the reviews made it seem (178 comments)

Maybe there were price differences between the US and European markets? Back then we didn't have the Euro,
but it would have been around 450â for a C64 I guess. Nobody I knew that had a C64 used floppies, as the floppy drive
was too expensive. Everyone used tape around here.
According to Wikipedia the price for a C64+Disk drive was around 900$ at that time: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...
And that only gave you a computer with basic, limited expansion and no monitor.
I'm not denying that the PCjr was expensive, IBM was always a premium brand,
but you did get something more than the average home computer.

about 10 months ago
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IBM's PC Junior Turns 30, Too

billcarson Re:Not as bad as the reviews made it seem (178 comments)

True, but a C64 with a floppy drive and monitor would exceed the 1000$ barrier as well.
The lack of dedicated graphics memory was an issue yes, but there were expansion packs for that.

about 10 months ago
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IBM's PC Junior Turns 30, Too

billcarson Re:Not as bad as the reviews made it seem (178 comments)

DOS was more than just some FAT routines. There was a program loader, driver model (albeit a very naive one), system services (I/O, etc.), basic system tools (format, debug, command.com, etc.).
For what PCs were at that time, it was probably the best you could whish for.

about 10 months ago
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IBM's PC Junior Turns 30, Too

billcarson Not as bad as the reviews made it seem (178 comments)

The keyboard was horrible, yes, but that was fixed within months (I think people could swap the keyboards for free?).
But for the money you got a lot more than the other home computers: a floppy drive, a computer that had a real
operating system, 128K of RAM!, compatibility with most PC applications, etc. Plus this was the computer that made
the Sierra Adventure games shine! (the enhanced graphics and sound made Leisure suit larry a lot better looking than its PC counterpart).
The BIOS interrupt changes may have caused some problems (the keyboard was mapped to the NMI, so you couldn't
touch it while transfering files f.i.) or compatibility issues, but that was only of minor concern at the time.
I still don't consider the PCjr a poorly engineered machine. There were better contenders in that category (some of the Franklin PCs, for instance)

about 10 months ago
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Actually, It's Google That's Eating the World

billcarson Re:Hipsters are killing (have killed?) SV. (205 comments)

I don't know why this got modded up. The "hipster generation" wasn't the one that killed research.
The "hipster generation" wasn't the one that shifted focus on short-term profit, that effected mergers between tech giants
(only to be followed by closing down whole divisions or offshoring everything). You blame these guys for trying to find their way
into a market that was already rotten before they entered it?

You mention various semiconductor companies. Who was it that killed about every CPU architecture that isn't x86?
Who is the generation that is again awakening interest in other ones (ARM, MIPS64, etc.)? I'm not trying to defend these
design/poseur types you see on every occasion, but their doing is not what killed Silicon Valley.

about 10 months ago
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Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

billcarson Re:A question on food availability (1043 comments)

Thanks for the response!
I'm surprised to hear that's only 2% of the population, but I guess that is not including the workers that don't own soil/cattle themselves.

about 10 months ago
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Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

billcarson Re:Math, do it. (1043 comments)

No, but you can replace them by importing cheap foreign labour (actually more like modern slavery), which results in the same thing.
Only thing stopping them from doing that would be local legislature, but I suppose some lobbying would solve that.

about 10 months ago
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Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

billcarson Re:Math, do it. (1043 comments)

That is assuming those companies are willing to stay in the U.S. when minimum wage were to increase.
Take for instance the Benelux: a lot of companies there moved to Germany in the last 20 years because the minimum wages over there are lower.
I guess U.S. companies would shift to Mexico or other neighbouring countries as well. Either that or they would collectively raise their prices, so that the net cost of living for these people would not (significantly) increase.

about 10 months ago
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Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

billcarson A question on food availability (1043 comments)

As a non-American, I was unfamiliar with this food stamp program (we don't have specific food-oriented services here in my country, it's up to the local communities and cities to provide welfare benefits).
However, when I look at the number of participants per state, I notice the rural states (Wyoming, etc.) are way lower: http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3899
My question: why is this so? Is it a problem of logistics, or is the average American farmer better off than the ones who live in the cities?

about 10 months ago
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2014 Will Be a Big Year For Commercial Space Travel

billcarson Re:Nonsense! (61 comments)

The one does not exclude the other.

about 10 months ago
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US Coast Guard Ship To Attempt Rescue of 2 Icebreakers In Antarctica

billcarson Re:Isn't it ironic? (382 comments)

I guess your response shows how hard it is for people to distinguish between genuine comments and comments ment as mockery/outlet. I have never been found guilty of trolling (and certainly not in a language that I am not fully familiar with).
I don't read newspapers of Murdoch; here in Europe those only have a minor share of the market, just like the global warming debate only has a minor role (most people that opposite it here are just out to get the energy taxes lowered).

I guess I'll have to take lessons and be more careful next time.

about a year ago
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The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

billcarson Re:Overpopulation destroys Middle Class (674 comments)

isn't it a bit naive to project essays of 30 years ago on today's economy? What would f.i. be the reasoning behind the rising energy prices? Don't we clearly see that there is a massive shortage there?
The 1980-1990 period may have started with economic woes, but there were a lot of unforseen events that caused energy to sink to never seen lows (discovery of oil in the atlantic ocean, end of the gulf wars, collapse of the soviet union, etc.). You just can't compare that situation to now. No increase in productivity is going to make up for that.
I'd love to believe that the world population would evolve like a logistic distribution, where we slowly reach a sustainable equilibrum, but reality seems to show that the exponential trend continues, and we are heading straight into massive overpopulation, with probably war as a result (unless you see war as a long-term solution to keep population within reasonable bounds).

about a year ago
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US Coast Guard Ship To Attempt Rescue of 2 Icebreakers In Antarctica

billcarson Re:Isn't it ironic? (382 comments)

I wasn't specifically referring to your comment, but to that irate response I've got to what I intended to be a joke (I'm not a researcher, why should I contest their research?). However, my point was: if you are so devoted to your subject that you can't take any amusing comments, than I doubt it you can hold a constructive debate on that subject, and I doubt it you can write an objective report about it too.
The whole setting of "don't you dare to attack our point of view or we'll break your leg" reminds me of the religious views I had forced upon me during my childhood, and in my opinion gives scientists a bad name. Science is in my opinion about publishing the results and letting the world know. Whether the people are convinced and want to change their behaviour is a pure political debate.

about a year ago
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US Coast Guard Ship To Attempt Rescue of 2 Icebreakers In Antarctica

billcarson Re:Isn't it ironic? (382 comments)

If you start arguing about science topics like it's a religion, then I no longer consider that debate related to science either.
I'm not denying any science publications (all signs seem to point they are indeed right), but I hate these so-called "scientists" that try to force their views upon me. I already had that treatment with religious nuts years ago.

about a year ago
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US Coast Guard Ship To Attempt Rescue of 2 Icebreakers In Antarctica

billcarson Re:Isn't it ironic? (382 comments)

Maybe someday you'll look back at this reply and realise it was unnecessary harsh.

about a year ago

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Silicon Valley could be heading for a new stock collapse.

billcarson billcarson writes  |  1 year,22 days

billcarson (2438218) writes "Even though for most of us the recession is far from over, analysts are worried the technology sector might be heading for its next bubble. Technology stocks are at records highs at the moment. Companies that have no sound business plan have no difficulty in raising capital to fund their crazy dreams. Even Yahoo is again buying companies without real profit (Tumblr). Andreessen Horowitz, a major venture capitalist in Silicon Valley is already pulling up the ladder. Might this be an indicator for more woe to come?"
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