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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

bogaboga We have the best form of Democracy in the world... (122 comments)

When looking at a five-year-old article by Nate Silver that looked at political donations by car dealers, fully 88 percent of those donations went to Republican candidates, and just 12 percent to Democrats. That possibly suggests a propensity among Republican state legislators to support the interests for car dealers over those of electric-car buyers. Is the small bit of evidence enough to make a case?

But we have the best democracy you can fine anywhere. It doesn't matter if our legislators are being bribed indirectly, or get embroiled in obvious conflict of interest matters.

Welcome to the USA!

Ohh wait, let's preach to the world about free markets.

yesterday
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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

bogaboga Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (173 comments)

Which is why the fine print exists in those other agreements.

Agreed.

But it doesn't exist here beyond the wording of the GPL itself. So asking the creators of the GPL in this instance will get you nowhere because their opinion on the matter lacks any weight, its what the actual wording says which determines what you are beholden to.

So let's agitate for fine print in the GPL to aviod any ambiguity.

3 days ago
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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

bogaboga Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (173 comments)

the creators will tell you what it was intended to do, the court will tell you what it actually does.

No.

The creators will tell you what it was intended to do and what it actually means within that narrow GPL context.

That is what is important and that's why we have the so called fine print in all agreements I have come across. No?

3 days ago
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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

bogaboga Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (173 comments)

...4) What type of integration between proprietary code and GPLv2 licensed code will result in creating a "derivative work" and subject such proprietary code to the terms of the GPLv2?

It upsets me that this question will be answered by those who [probably] know nothing about software and code. Why won't they ask those who created this GPL? Wouldn't they surely know better?

3 days ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

bogaboga They used the wrong attack angle (191 comments)

These publishers used the wrong attack angle. They should have negotiated some nominal fee say US$100/yr in return for Google linking to their sites as it saw fit.

Their argument would be that the relationship entranches Google's mindshare among users and furthers its hegemony in search. That can't be bad for Google.

Google would have come to the table.

4 days ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

bogaboga An important point left out... (280 comments)

The cost of rooftop solar-powered electricity will be on par with prices for common coal or oil-powered generation in two years, and the technology to produce it will only get cheaper...

...as production continues to be in low cost, high productivity countries like China and India which can export to the US unfettered.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

bogaboga But we have freedom of speech... (398 comments)

On-the-record interviews with displaced workers are difficult to get. While a restrictive severance package may be one handcuff, some are simply fearful of jeopardizing future job prospects by talking to reporters. Now silenced, displaced IT workers become invisible and easy to ignore.

We aren't like those other countries where citizens are muzzled. Over here, we have the first amendment. Oh wait...Yes, I am referring to the constitution.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese CEO Says "Free" Is the Right Price For Mobile Software

bogaboga Can somebody direct me to some examples? (133 comments)

"Chinese companies are so good at making free but high-quality products," ...

If these companies are so good, where are some of their "high-quality" products?

about two weeks ago
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How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

bogaboga I will lose out! Sadly! (216 comments)

A speed of 800Gbps would equate to downloading 33 HD films â" in a single second. Samsung hopes to launch a temporary trial 5G network in time for 2018's Winter Olympic Games

I will be retired at that time, sadly! That means my activities will be of no consequence at all. That's not good. Can't they do it sooner?

about two weeks ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

bogaboga Yes, go ahead...Blame Apple (189 comments)

In its bankruptcy documents, GT would later accuse Apple of using "bait-and-switch" tactics, and said the terms of the deal were "onerous and massively one-sided." (Emphasis mine...)

And Apple gets blamed for this shortcoming? Why did GT sign on the god damned dotted line?

about three weeks ago
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How Facebook Is Influencing Who Will Win the Next Election

bogaboga According to who? (72 comments)

The company insists that it favors no particular ideology and that its efforts are âoeneutral.â The first part is likely true, but the second is not possible.

That second part may still be possible if our learned friends *cough* lawyers *cough* are involved.

about a month ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

bogaboga I agree with the IT workers' take... (459 comments)

they argue that racial bias, along with lingering impressions of what a 'techie' should look like, loom much larger than any pipeline issue.

Having once taught one of the most difficult to understand topics in mathematics, many of my students, after getting comfortable with me, told me they didn't expect me to be their teacher when they forst saw me. On one occasion, at the beginning of school, a this particular class continued with their business instead of acknowledging my presence at the podium, till I called the class to order.

Where I now work, members of the public will gravitate toward an office assistant to help them solve a problem instead of talking to me directly. This assistant then has to advise them to talk to me if anything is to be solved. I am the chief here.

I have gotten so used to this treatment that it doesn't bother me anymore.

about a month ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

bogaboga Re:That's what happens (392 comments)

Funny thing is we would have gladly removed all tv services but they would have charged more for the service going Internet only.

Question: Is this legal/lawful? What chance [of success] do I have can if I filed a law suit against this kind of practise?

about a month and a half ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

bogaboga I expect some stupid suggestion... (443 comments)

...that if we can't ask the Russians how to do these things reliably, "we can at least ask the Indians who went to Mars recently."

about 1 month ago
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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

bogaboga Facebook is really trying... (130 comments)

I say that because I was one of those who thought that after about a decade of existence, its usage would be on the wane. I guess I was wrong. They are really trying to remain relevant.

I salute them for that even though in my small world, Facebook is still of no consequence.

about 2 months ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

bogaboga Wow, wow...wait a sec! (232 comments)

"Its a terrible company" City Councilor Gary Rosen said. "In my opinion, they should not be welcome in this city. Comcast is a wolf in wolfs clothing; its that bad."

Who would have imagined this? In the world's largest free market economy. Oh wait! Is it, really?

I am waiting for Obama to preach to the world about the so called free market. Why not let it in so that the market decides?

about 2 months ago
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Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

bogaboga Google's forgoten its obligation to shareholders? (134 comments)

Though this move is surely good news to those workers, I hope Google hasn't forgotten its obligation to [its] shareholders.

Can someone please tell me how this move increases shareholder value, which should be Google's top priorities?

about 2 months ago
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Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation

bogaboga Good for them. I am not surprised... (107 comments)

Who would want to be bought by Google, only to be "destroyed" like so many promising companies' products have?

I now see that it's [not] always about the money.

about 2 months ago
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Indian Mars Mission Beams Back First Photographs

bogaboga Proud of India... (113 comments)

...and let the USA know that there's another country that can do technologically advanced stuff at much less cost and fanfare.

To the Indian government though, I suggest the next project be here on planet earth:

That is, to make public toilets as easily available as every other space power.

about 3 months ago

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Here's why PBS, the most trusted American public institution, won't do Android

bogaboga bogaboga writes  |  about a year ago

bogaboga (793279) writes "You might be wondering why this American institution PBS, doesn't have a compelling Android footprint. I was wondering too; until they provided the answer. I have read their missive and I am left wondering whether they didin't find support for various screen sizes on Android developer website. Are their concerns legit? What company has developed Android applications that are a beauty to work with on various screen sizes? How can we debunk this stereotype about Android?"
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Wikipedia's "Please Donate" requests irk m

bogaboga bogaboga writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bogaboga (793279) writes "Wikipedia's regular requests for donations are stirring up controversy in some quarters. From a former employee to ordinary users.

Ars technica has a writeup on this issue. In standing up for the status-quo, Jimmy Wales, the founder, puts up some defense saying in part "...Wikimedia Foundation has a relatively small staff (23 members) and all its content is free. Donations help the organization cover the increasing cost of bandwidth and help improve the site's software..." In the same piece, it's reported that Wikipedia's own volunteer administrators and editors have had a strong negative reaction to the donation banners since they do all the work for free already, and wonder what is up with its increasing budget.

Question is: What's your take on all this? How can Wikipedia survive?"

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Microsoft's pay-as-you-go computing business model

bogaboga bogaboga writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bogaboga (793279) writes "CNET reports that a U.S. patent application number 20080319910, published on Christmas Day, by Microsoft details the software giant's vision of a situation where a "standard model" of PC is given away or heavily subsidized by someone in the supply chain.

The end user then pays to use the computer, with charges based on both the length of usage time and the performance levels utilized, along with a "one-time charge."

Microsoft notes in the application, that the end user could end up paying more for the computer, compared with the one-off cost entailed in the existing PC business model, but argues the user would benefit by having a PC with an extended "useful life."

Here is my take: I wonder what EULA would come with this, but can certainly say that I will not bite because I always leave my PCs on and I am not a fan of ongoing scheduled payments to companies."

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A first look at Internet Explorer RC1

bogaboga bogaboga writes  |  about 6 years ago

bogaboga (793279) writes "TG Daily reports that Microsoft quietly released the first update to its IE8 beta 2 to its closest partners last week. This new version only scores a dismal 12/100 on the Acid 3 test, though the score improves significantly if one leaves the [browser] window open for at least a minute. It is marked as "Release Candidate 1". What do Slashdotters think about this release?"
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Will a Solid State Drive notebook as a server do?

bogaboga bogaboga writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bogaboga (793279) writes "I am intimately involved in setting up a Debian based email system in a remote area where we'll be using solar energy to power our computers. When I took on the position of System Administrator, the blue print had been for a traditional Debian based "white box" as a server. With the advantages of flash based Solid State Drives (SSDs), I am inclined to replace the white box server with this type of notebook. I have read over the internet that these notebooks are more versatile and have between 25% to 30% better performance over hard drive based systems in various tests. Needless to say, if adopted, we will save on space, power, and have the advantage of a less noisy environment. I have also seen a video that appears to support these claims.

I'd like to know from slashdotters whether anyone has worked with such a system and whether it would be able to handle the workload involving receiving about 450 emails and sending about 200 on a daily basis. It will be doing some basic file storage as a samba server too. I have not yet selected which notebook to use and would very much appreciate some advice on this issue as well."

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