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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

briancox2 Re:This almost sounds... (140 comments)

I think that's because of the over-use of tongue-in-cheek references to "holes".

4 days ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

briancox2 You're writing this to geeks you know.... (307 comments)

3.14159265358... or something like that. That could be wrong. But my memory is usually worth "Good Enough" engineering.

And I think it's a lot harder to remember ... What the hell do I do with this shotgun again?

about a week ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

briancox2 C'mon! (325 comments)

Look the other way here, please. California is a key source for organ donations.

As the Chinese like to say, "Don't break your brother's rice bowl."

about two weeks ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

briancox2 Re:Climate shift cannot be denied. (987 comments)

And doesn't the fact that no data exists where we do know there were fairly fast variations historically naturally mean that we don't have enough data to make a positive conclusion and must with humility admit that there's just some things we just don't know? Because we do know that past ice ages and climate changes happened very fast.

But, oh no, if you're a climate scientist, you damn well better conclude something...

And so they do.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

briancox2 Re:Climate shift cannot be denied. (987 comments)

That's great. You've found a range that you think matters. Now let's do this over 10,000 years. Is there something you want to call normal in that set? Or even something that is consistant over a long range of time? Oh, things change constantly in that time frame, don't they? So is change unacceptable in this one?

about three weeks ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

briancox2 Re:Climate shift cannot be denied. (987 comments)

And therefor, a well armed populace is the best final defense of freedom.

about three weeks ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

briancox2 Re:Climate shift cannot be denied. (987 comments)

Out of 26 years only 1 is "normal"? At what point should we just conclude that your definition of normal is the issue?

about three weeks ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

briancox2 Re:I have full faith... (987 comments)

The world is less polluted today than it was 30 years ago. And far far less than it was 100 years ago. So isn't that a shrinking pollution problem, not a growing one?

about three weeks ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

briancox2 Re:Yes, it is inevitable. (987 comments)

We can always fund more research. But I'm sure that fact hasn't influenced the previous findings of those researchers.

about three weeks ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

briancox2 Re:Citation Needed (676 comments)

Getting back to the actual topic, Timothy and you both implied that the budget of topic here originated with the House. It didn't. It originated with Barack Obama. That's all I'm saying.

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

briancox2 Re:Perhaps "individuals"? (676 comments)

Hey, now! Corporations are people too.

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

briancox2 Re:And... (676 comments)

Thank you for that question. I'm glad you asked.

The concern here is for the financial well-being of our country. Once a majority population of a Democracy has figured out that they can just vote themsleves gifts from the coffers of the country, that country will certainly head down a swift path to financial ruin. That's why we don't have Democracy.

The founders of the United States fortunately were aware of this history, so they slowed this phenomonon down by deciding upon a Republic. By voting only for Representatives, the direct control of the coffers is taken away from the voters in favor of stability. But even a Republic's financial solvency can be threatened by a majority of politicians out-promising each other over how many gifts they will give people in order to get elected.

The fiscally conservative side of the voting block is very concerned that a number like 70% receiving direct payments could be the tipping point to create the phenomenon I've described above. That may or may not be the case, as many direct payments are for direct goods and services (e.g. Farm subsidies, federal payroll, etc.) But it is a concern that is something we as a country should watch closely and discuss.

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

briancox2 Re:Citation Needed (676 comments)

The political ignorance of you and timothy is, I am affraid to say, embarrassing. Let me explain what has happened here.

The POTUS has made a budget that he suggests to the House of Representatives. You can find and explanation of this on Wikipedia.

You can also know more about this if you would just RTFB that was posted today.

"Calls on the Congress to enact bipartisan commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform consistent with the President’s principles and that builds on the bipartisan legislation that has already passed the Senate, which the Congressional Budget Office has found would reduce the deficit by almost $1 trillion and increase the economy by $1.4 trillion over the next twenty years."

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

briancox2 Citation Needed (676 comments)

Timothy. You claimed that the House originated President Obama's budget proposal. Citation needed please.

about a month ago
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Wolfram Language Demo Impresses

briancox2 The next big IT merger? (216 comments)

A nearly semantic language that can solve problems for the user with the information that they are looking for?

This sounds like Stephen Wolfram is angling for a buyout from an enormous search engine (that has the majority of market share).

Such a search giant busies itself with the trying to stay ahead of a curve that is contantly try to flatten itself. This would be quite the engine for solving that problem...

about 2 months ago
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Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

briancox2 Re:Geez... (333 comments)

I graduated with a degree in Engineering in 2010. There were organized groups and promotions EVERYWHERE on campus to promote all kinds of engineering and programming to women. There was not a single group to encourage men to join nursing. Not a single poster anywhere.

Just because you find one website on the fringes of the internet does NOT mean you have discovered parity. The social obsession to view women as victims at every turn doesn't apply to men. EVER.

about 2 months ago
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Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

briancox2 Re:Geez... (333 comments)

When I start seeing movements to increase the dearth of men in the fulfilling career of nursing, I might start having some actual respect for efforts such as these.

Be welcoming and warm in our acceptance of anyone. But to push them toward something they are not really interested in, just so some people feel better about themselves, is absolute silliness.

about 2 months ago
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All In All, Kids Just Another Brick In the Data Wall

briancox2 Re:Old concept (110 comments)

Humanity in the United States has become far more fragile over the last 30 years.

about 2 months ago

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Google Maps can now make you connect to Wi-Fi networks

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about 4 months ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "A change in permissions requires you to approved Google Maps to have the right to disconnect you from and connect you to the Wi-Fi networks of Google's choice. Given that there is no settings change which can disable this "feature" and no description of why this would be needed in the description of what's new with this update, it's unclear how this will benefit users and when it will be used."
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Samsung claims progress on 5G.

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about a year ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Technology for the next generation of mobile internet connectivity being developed by Samsung promises download speeds that will WOW you. Samsung has claimed that the new technology can download HD movies in seconds. Representatives believe this technology will be available within 7 years. Internet use will mean something completely different in 2020 with data transfer speeds that can provide you with any software package, OS distro or complete TV series while you tie your shoes."
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Firefox: The new 3D CAD software?

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about a year ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Of course, being a question, the answer to the title of this story is "no". But a developer has been playing with the Inspector Tool, which allows you to graphically see the DOM structure in 3D, to design 3D objects. While this is only a proof of concept, it does indicate some very fun possibilities. Now the question is, when will someone create that Firefox Add-on that allows us to design the objects in 3D as well?"
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Google forbids users to loan or resell Google Glass.

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about a year ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Move over DMCA. If you thought purchasing something shouldn't come with restrictions on what you can do with it, Google has taken it another step. Google is requiring people who purchase the first Google Glass. There's no word yet whether they are requiring you to keep them in your possession at all times, though it's unclear how else you can avoid breaking the terms of service if you have friends or family that like to borrow things you own."
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Intelligence lawmakers to amend cybersecurity bill behind closed doors

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  1 year,16 days

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Members of the media and the public will not be able to watch the House Intelligence Committee's markup next week of a controversial cybersecurity bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

Lawmakers will be allowed to discuss what happened in the meeting afterward, and the committee plans to release information about what amendments were offered and how lawmakers voted. But the public will not be allowed in the room, and the meeting will not be streamed online."

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Best Practices for Mechanical Engineers?

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about 2 years ago

briancox2 writes "I am a Mechanical Engineer with a small firm. Recently new computers were purchased and with them cam a new policy that all Engineering computers had to have the same software. Also, the ability to install new software was taken away. The reason given was that this made IT management easier and that it is an industry “best practice”. Also, the IT department would like to have Internet Explorer as the only browser that can be used on the network, to enforce the network’s policies.

My thought is that, while it may work best for some fields, Engineers, even Mechanical Engineers, need flexibility in an IT policy which allows them to solve unique problems as they crop up. Also, being only a lowly Mechanical Engineer, I don’t know if there are ways to enforce these policies on all browsers from the network itself.

Do you know of any standards for evidence that indicate it is better for Engineers to have flexibility with their computers? Do you think it’s still better to lock down the network this way?"
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What's So Bad About SOPA

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

briancox2 writes "... if a government were to make a decision that a current business model was the correct one, and begin passing laws that cement that business model in place forever, then that government does not have the best interest of the entire economy at heart. Instead a true Capitalist system encourages any and all business models to exist. And a government that wishes to promote the ideals of Capitalism does not lend itself to any industry as its personal strong-arm to prevent competitive threats. Instead, such a government would stick to its original purpose of promoting freedoms of its people."
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Desktop: "The report of my death was an exaggerati

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

briancox2 writes ""Sure, it's cute that I can write a quick email from the doctor's office waiting room. But when I need to communicate above the level of Twitter or get work done beyond a quick SSH, I need a real computer.""
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Android vs. Ubuntu – An open letter to Mark

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

briancox2 writes "The news of Google’s acquisition of Motorola’s mobile business is a potential game changer for the mobile computing market. The reasons Google made this purchase were obvious; they needed an arsenal of patents to fight the illegitimate battles of the patent wars to protect Android. As I have described in my previous post, these wars are an unfair and obtrusive burden on the entire tech industry, preventing innovation and bogging down our legal system. It’s too bad Google had to do this. I must admit I feel bad for their position."
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Does Intellectual Property Need a Redesign?

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

briancox2 writes ""The Patent Problem

Patent law in the United States has always been framed with the intent to promote innovation. Because there has generally been a large amount of capital required to produce such innovations as the railroad, the airplane and modern medicines...""

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Desktop: "The report of my death was an exaggeration"

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sure, it's cute that I can write a quick email from the doctor's office waiting room. But when I need to communicate above the level of Twitter or get work done beyond a quick SSH, I need a real computer. http://wp.me/p1d7KZ-2t

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