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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

crunchygranola Re: Government Intervention (469 comments)

Wish I had mod points. This comparison vaporizes the feeble excuse offered by the poster to defend the corrupt practices in the U.S.

2 days ago
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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

crunchygranola Sigh - a Slashvertortial (396 comments)

We have gotten used to "slashvertisements", transparently thin submissions that hype some product or service.

Are now going to have to live with "slashvertorials", transparently thin submissions that hype some political viewpoint?

New York City was forecast to get 1-2 feet of snow, and got just under 10", while on the adjacent Long Island snow falls exceeding two feet have occurred. This is "scare mongering" based on "questionable models"? Really?

3 days ago
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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

crunchygranola Re:This doesn't sound... sound (327 comments)

...he has a terrible track record on real world predictions of global financial events from the housing bubble to the state of the EU...

If by "terrible track record" you mean "extremely good" and "the best in the business" then yes, otherwise no.

Though humorously put this is a nice summary of his very good prognostication record.

I perused a number of sites claiming to show his "errors", but mostly they either (like you) have no specifics about these "errors", or else if consists entirely of made up stuff. Krugman is not always right about everything in economics, but when he is wrong he admits it and analyzes why he erred, and thus he learns from his mistakes (unlike so many others).

But he is an unabashed liberal, and you hate that - I get it. You've made an emotional commitment to hating him, and thus have no use for actual facts.

3 days ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

crunchygranola Re:No we are not them. Re:"They" is us (338 comments)

Odd - you forgot to include that other Federal tax schedule that collects as much money as does the "income tax", the "payroll tax" (just as much an income tax as the "income tax"). This tax is a flat 12.4% up to about $120,000 in income. I'm sure you just forgot.

Factoring that in you discover that every one in the Middle Class pays a higher tax rate than the capital gains tycoons.

3 days ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

crunchygranola Re:There's a whole industry based around Elite Pan (338 comments)

Luckyo should have explained that he is from the Bizarro Planet where the rich don't the legislation they desire, and the entire legal system is not designed around protecting their property.

3 days ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

crunchygranola Re:Regulation what a fucking joke (338 comments)

And Bill Gates comes up as number 4 on the list of modern super-rich.

Looking a tiny handful of individuals hardly presents a full picture. If you look at the wealth that the top 1% possesses you see that we are back up to the same level of inequality as the Gilded Age peak, which was in 1910 (note that the IMF charts are 4 years old and fail to capture the most recent wealth surge at the top). If we have not yet passed into a level of inequality greater than the 1910 peak, well, we are no more than months away.

3 days ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

crunchygranola Re:Solution (338 comments)

Cite one country in Africa where this actually happened.

3 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

crunchygranola Re:Good for Disney (420 comments)

After seeing a truly execrable trailer for "Strange Magic" (an upcoming animated movie, with the story provided by Lucas), I don't think there's anything JJ Abrams could possibly do worse than George Lucas.

Now you've done! Up until this moment not one person has referenced the infernal pestilence that issues forth from George Lucas's pen when he tackles a fantasy theme.

Now, by mentioning Strange Magic you have awakened my nightmares of Willow also written by George Lucas. The horror! The horror!

about a week ago
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The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

crunchygranola Re:I thought (197 comments)

after reading the article, im still confused as there isnt enough info to really make anything of this

Yep. There is much less to this than meets the eye.

In addition, a list of most common passwords will always have defaults and obvious simple strings as the top candidates, this will never change. What would be more useful to know is whether the relative proportion of passwords fitting this description is declining (I doubt it, but we need to see the data).

about two weeks ago
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A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

crunchygranola Re:building municipal broadband is prohibited (160 comments)

So if you support such nonsense, WHERE in the Constitution does it grant the Federal Government the power to regulate internet providers?

Its called the "commerce clause" and even "originalist" extraordinaire Anton Scalia has no problems with that (see his concurrence in Gonzales vs Rauch).

When you can show me an Internet system that only provides service within a state, and does not transmit packets across state lines, I will believe that that one particular system (but not others generally) should be free from Federal regulation. Otherwise the power to regulate interstate commerce in the Constitution provides the authority. This was uncontroversial in the 19th Century when the Interstate Commerce Commission was created (1886) to regulate railways, and did so within states, since they carried interstate commerce.

about two weeks ago
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Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

crunchygranola Re:Nothing has been lost! (290 comments)

Could you imagine being a store that only sold their goods with Bitcoin? They would have to reprice their entire inventory every hour to insure that they are making a profit on what they're selling!

I can see it now. Target prices all of their merchandise in a fictitious store currency called "Target Dollars", and they have big marquee in the front of the store showing the current Target Dollar to Bitcoin exchange rate. And then when you checkout, you find out exactly how want bitcoins are required to walk out of the store with your purchase.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

crunchygranola Re:Power Grab (417 comments)

You can find an even more intrusive example, endorsed by none other than 'Mr. Originalist' Anton Scalia himself in Gonzales v. Raich (2005) in which the Supreme Court held that medical cannabis grown at home by a patient for her own exclusive private use (also at home) was properly regulated by the Federal Government (i.e. prohibition enforced), despite state law to the contrary, due to the interstate commerce provision.

This case was rather similar to the Wickard case, which Scalia also explicitly endorsed in his concurrence.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

crunchygranola Re:Power Grab (417 comments)

The internet, like TV, radio, telephones, telegraphs, etc., is prima facie a medium for interstate commerce,

No, it's not. The wires crossing state lines are "prima facie" a medium for interstate commerce. The wires within a state have nothing to do with interstate commerce because no products or services move across state lines over them.

Wow! Which state is it that has no 'products or services' from other states moving over its wires? That's as bad an Internet connectivity as North Korea, maybe worse!

Or perhaps it is because they reach an asymptotic limit at the state line, and become undefined? And are created ex nihilo upon entering the state? There are no wires that only exist between states but not within any of them.

Of course, logic has been thrown out the window since Wickard v. Filburn. After that, picking your nose in your basement might be considered "interstate commerce".

Based on the above, I would say 'logic' is not your strong suit here. And the bone you have to pick is with the 19th century, during the heyday of laissez faire, not 1942 and the New Deal (Wickard v. Filburn). Regulation of 'local lines' owned by companies that use them for interstate commerce has uncontroversial when the Interstate Commerce Commission was created in 1882 - it did exactly what you claim is illogical.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Planning New Rules For Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Emissions

crunchygranola Re:Who's in charge, again? (202 comments)

Oddly enough, I don't believe you. Please substantiate.

about two weeks ago
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Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

crunchygranola Re:Islamists don't need the internet (319 comments)

Catholic church went through a reformation otherwise they'd be burning Muslims at the stake.

Know your history before you pass judgement.

Look up the Reconquista. The Catholics drove the muslims out of Spain and through the inquisitional killed all muslims that did not convert to Catholicism on the spot.

You should brush up on your own history. As much as I despise the Inquisition, the Crusades (where massacres were indeed common), and other depravities of Christendom which are real - I must protest when imaginary depravities are added to the list.

The Catholic Church never burned Muslims at the stake. They burned Christian heretics at the stake. Thus self-proclaimed Christians, suspected of being Muslims or Jews in secret, were burned alive (if they confessed to being secret Muslims or Jews, then they received the 'mercy' of being strangled before being burned). But the execution was not for being Muslim or Jew, it was for practicing Christianity in a heretical manner. The Inquisition had no authority over non-Christians.

Also the assertion that "through the inquisitional killed all muslims that did not convert to Catholicism on the spot" is flatly untrue. Muslims were actually permitted to stay for a time after the Reconquista's completion, then once the monarchy (not the church Inquisition) decided that Muslims would no longer be tolerated, they were given the choice of conversions* or expulsion. The mass executions of Muslims you imagine never happened.

*A bad choice as it turned out. Any self-proclaimed Christian in the lands controlled by the Iberian monarchies who had Jewish or Muslim ancestors was perpetually suspected of heresy, and in danger of persecution/prosecution by the Inquisition.

about three weeks ago
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Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

crunchygranola Re:Umm, no. (187 comments)

The nice Indian mathematician does bring up some nice cogent and logical things.

But he also leaves out some points which are fairly damning to the argument that the Indians had much to do with this. Many/most non-Indian historians of mathematics seem to believe that the key Indian document here was very likely based on earlier (non-Indian) traditions. In other words, it was just a copy of stuff from Mesopotamia.

I'll quote the wikipedia article on the Theorem (which in turn supplies full quotes from the scholarly document if you hate wikipedia):

"Van der Waerden believed that "it was certainly based on earlier traditions". Boyer (1991) thinks the elements found in the ulba-stram may be of Mesopotamian derivation."

That makes any claims that India "discovered" the theorem really really weak by any definition I would think.

I have actually read Van der Waerden's books on Mespotamian mathematics and astronomy (I have copies of them at hand). His "belief" is not evidence of any kind. He is simply supposing, without any supporting evidence.

And Boyer, who wrote his history of mathematics 50 years ago (1991 is a reprint, he died in 1976), was no expert in ancient mathematics. He has been called the "Gibbon of Mathematics" which is a very good analogy, since Gibbon's work represents a compilation of everything known and believed about the Romans, written from the perspective of an 18th century European, complete with moral interpretations drawn from contemporary cultural viewpoints. It was a work that says at least as much about Gibbon and Europe of the time, as it does about the Romans. Similarly Boyer's beliefs represent the assumptions of a western scholar trained in the 1930s.

No one has yet shown any evidence at all that the suryas actually draw from Mesopotamian sources. Saying it doesn't make it true.

about three weeks ago
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NASA's New Horizons To Arrive At Pluto With Clyde Tombaugh's Ashes

crunchygranola Re:And (108 comments)

And would they have sent his ashes if Pluto had been demoted already?

You are confused. Pluto was not "demoted". It in its old (inaccurate) classification it was the smallest and last planet to be discovered, a Johnny-Come-Lately.

What Tombaugh really did was discover the first of a whole new class of objects - the Kuiper Belt Objects that extend far past the planets. And Pluto is its king - it is the largest and most prominent of all the KBOs (Eris, is queen, having the exact same diameter as far as we can tell, but is more distant and dimmer).

Discovering a whole new class of objects beats discovering yet another planet.

about three weeks ago
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NASA's New Horizons To Arrive At Pluto With Clyde Tombaugh's Ashes

crunchygranola Re:If this gathers more press than the science... (108 comments)

... It's as scientific as taking another picture of the bottom of the ocean.

"Yup, it's sand."

Who cares?

Says the AC who does not know the Abyssal Plain is covered with clay not sand! Your knowledge of the ocean evidently begins and ends with a day at the beach.

You make a good Exhibit A why scientific study of the Universe is necessary.

about three weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

crunchygranola Re:Start with Venus... (319 comments)

It seems a bit frightening to start out on the planet we actually have to live on. This is not good engineering practice. If we make mistakes, it would be nice to do it on a planet where the consequences aren't quite as critical

My proposal is that we should start out by gaining experience by modifying another planet. Let's work on terraforming Venus.

While I agree that it is a bit frightening to start with Earth - we are already doing it in a vast unplanned, unregulated experiment.. The purpose of these proposals is to evaluate techniques to offset the world-wide climate modification experiment already in progress. Not doing anything about that current experiment that is still accelerating as releases of the the major climate modification chemical increases year after year is a lot more frightening.

about three weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

crunchygranola Re:Start with Venus... (319 comments)

The average surface temperature of Venus is 462 degrees C (863 F). That's hotter than Mercury. How long would it take for it to cool down enough to be tolerable for human habitation?

According to this analysis the time could be as short as 200 years, if we cut off all sunlight falling on Venus so that it radiates heat away as fast as possible.

This assumes though that there is no problem with having 460 C rock only 30 m below the surface. The upheavals that will develop as the crust shrinks, creating fissures, may complicate this optimistic scenario.

about three weeks ago

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