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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

foniksonik Re:Don't get it (342 comments)

Here's a thought. Your taxes can go to subsidizing farmers. Mine can go to feeding the hungry.

There you go. Conservative and Liberal values (how subsidizing corporate conglomerates is conservative I truly don't know). Taxes applied to what we consider to be important e.g. representative taxation.

My taxes are going to keep people healthy, decrease healthcare costs cheaply, improve the results of education (children perform better when nourished) and generally improve quality of life for all. Think of food and nutrition as the tide that raises all ships.

Your taxes are going to improve the profitability of food producers so they can continue to consolidate that industry in a series of acquisitions and mergers.

Feel better?

about 10 months ago

Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales

foniksonik Re:..or without a background check? (310 comments)

Yeah but your life would suck hard if those guns were used to kill anyone important. Regardless of your rights you would become a person of interest and potentially slapped with an abetting charge. You have no record of the sale so no proof that you did not supply the weapons specifically to have your alleged accomplice commit the crime. Just imagine the Feds showing up to let you know that your firearms were involved in the killing of a US Senator and the suspected you of belonging to a pro-gun militant group, etc etc.

Enjoy those thoughts.

about a year ago

Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

foniksonik Re:1 option here - Comcast (513 comments)

You have to call and give them a hard time. The. They'll reduce your rate. They charge you what you are willing to pay. It's not a fixed rate. Is $25/mo (to get back to $50) for one year worth 3 hours on the phone?

about a year ago

National Ignition Facility Takes First Steps Towards Fusion Energy

foniksonik Re:Temporal Control Circuits (127 comments)

Salt was more valuable than gold. Many other spices as well. Currency was only useful in cities in ancient times. Cities are working economies - a post economic world would have no use of currency. Barter would be the norm. Possibly with some trade (scheduled exchanges of goods between communities).

The only scenario this is even remotely plausible is one where at least 999 of every 1,000 people died catastrophically and in an equal distribution around the globe (leaving about 7 million people worldwide and scattered into small groups).

about a year ago

Target Admits Data Breach May Have Up To 110 Million Victims

foniksonik Re:Target needs to be sued (213 comments)

And which Target do you go to where there's only one checkout line? I'll be sure to avoid that one.

Btw 6 min / 6 lanes = 1 min (keeping it easy for the math challenged).

The Targets I go to have at least 20 lanes plus several POS in electronics. That still seems like I'm under estimating.

1 year,15 days

Next-Gen Windshield Wipers To Be Based On Jet Fighter "Forcefield" Tech

foniksonik Re:Arthur C. Clarke (237 comments)

Hmmm sounds like the patent may have just run out then.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Cheap Second Calculators For Tests?

foniksonik Re:If there is no foundation ... (328 comments)

There are several slide rule apps available on Apple App Store - probably some Android apps out there too. Just saying they exist.

about a year ago

The Battle For the Game Industry's Soul

foniksonik Re:And they're all shit (272 comments)

Try out Don't Starve. Nice Indie Game. Steam or Chrome App. Like a crossover between Legend of Zelda and Minecraft.

about a year ago

No, Oreos Aren't As Addictive As Cocaine

foniksonik Re:Mice = Calorie Hunters (285 comments)

No, they should have put cocaine at the other end. Then we'd know for sure if Oreos are as addictive as cocaine. A simple test made complex by lack of the right resources.

about a year ago

Ed Felten: Why Email Services Should Be Court-Order Resistant

foniksonik Re:Are they completely blind? (183 comments)

adjective: catholic;adjective: Catholic
(esp. of a person's tastes) including a wide variety of things; all-embracing.
synonyms: universal, diverse, diversified, wide, broad, broad-based, eclectic, liberal, latitudinarian; More
antonyms: narrow

That word doesn't mean what you think it means.

about a year ago

The W3C Sells Out Users Without Seeming To Get Anything In Return

foniksonik Re:Anyone noticed (348 comments)

FairPlay is what the parent was thinking of. It's the DRM that limits you to 5 device authorizations but with unlimited lossy "burns" and 10 playlists with unlimited "burns".

It actually wasn't that burdensome - some might say "fair" but the reality was/is that people are happy with lossy lower quality mp3s so the unlimited part was a loophole that voided the DRM in practice. Apple abandoned it ASAP and opted to simply make buying tracks easier than pirating them. Worked pretty well.

about a year ago

Collapse of Quantum Wavefunction Captured In Slow Motion

foniksonik Re:Oblig /. comment (242 comments)

In Soviet Russia it collapses you!

about a year ago

US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test

foniksonik Re:Odd for the country of Intel, Apple and Google (745 comments)

The US has ~316 Million people. 5% have a net worth of 1M or more. ~20% are below the poverty line w no assets and less than 28k annual income, 1.2% live on less than $2 per day. 20% are working poor (no assets), 40% are working/middle class and 15% are upper middle class.

So you have 20% (rich and upper middle class) that have a quality education or personal drive aka self educated. Let's add in 10% to account for the top of the middle class, educated but lacking in opportunity or ambition or just not there yet.

30% of 300 Million, so 100 Million people with a 16 Million buffer. Let's take out the children and elderly, so we're left with 60% of that number (under 20 is ~28% and over 85 is ~12%) or 60 Million.

Unemployment is at 7.5% so we're at 45 Million.

I can't find a good source of jobs by industry at the moment (should be on bureau of labor site somewhere), so I'll just throw out 10% as a rough percentage of people who might be involved in something technical or scientific where they could be innovative in some way.

4.5 Million. Let's cut that in half to 2.25 Million for no good reason and then let's take 2% of that = 45k. That's 45 thousand people who could be starting up the next Apple, Google, etc. It really only takes a few people at the top to provide leadership.

What's my point? I don't know, but whatever it was I showed my work.


about a year ago

Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?

foniksonik Re:How I see it... (1144 comments)

The AAC is already funded, hence the attempts to de-fund it.

The parent post is highly overrated.

about a year ago

Lockheed To Furlough 3,000 On Monday, Layoffs Also Kicking In

foniksonik Re:Who shut down the government? (341 comments)

You are correct but you're still an idiot. Now that you are unemployed and have no healthcare and potentially have pre-existing conditions, you better hope and pray for a change in attitude from the remainder of the House majority. A few days of slow business didn't get you layed off - it was going to happen anyways, this just happened to be a convenient time to do so.

So where does that leave you? COBRA for a few months if you're lucky under existing law and then you get to be a single person (or family) negotiating with a multinational insurance corporation. Have you done that before? If not I'll tell you a trick, lube up real good before you go begging, cause you're going to need it.

OTOH come Jan 1st, you'll get to join up with millions of others just like you and with your combined negotiating power you will be able to get a much much better deal, better in fact than any Corporate plan. Better because you will be paying less than what you plus the Corp would pay (yes they pay for some percentage of the policy, the individual typically pays less than 50%, depending on the size of the group).

Don't be an idiot. Realize that economies of scale are real and that group plans are better than individual plans, regardless of who manages the group enrollment policy.

about a year ago

Scribd Launches a Global 'Spotify For eBooks'

foniksonik Re:ebooks? Project Gutenberg! (53 comments)

So you plan to ignore all books written in the future? 65k sounds like a lot but really unless you have no preferences and read simply to kill time, there are maybe 2k titles in there (and a lot of stuff you won't like but someone else will). Good luck with that.

about a year ago

Cygnus Spacecraft Makes Historic Rendezvous With Space Station

foniksonik Re:Historic? (44 comments)

They both make sense in that there is redundancy. Add the Soyuz with its human transport and escape pod and you've got a pretty good justification for keeping the ISS going. Without all three the ISS becomes a liability rather than an asset.

about a year ago

Rapid7 Launches Crowdsourced Security Research Project

foniksonik Re:Research suggestion (39 comments)

Sounds like a thesis. Go get a grant.

about a year ago



Armed Police Bots with Stun Guns

foniksonik foniksonik writes  |  more than 7 years ago

foniksonik (573572) writes ""On 28 June, Taser International of Arizona announced plans to equip robots with stun guns. [and] the new stun-capable robots could be used against civilians." Non-lethal weapons experts are concerned that the robots will have to stun the suspected criminal for longer periods of time while awaiting human police to come make the official arrest. New Scientist Tech has the short but sweet scoop on this story.

"If someone is severely punished by an autonomous robot, who are you going to take to a tribunal?" asks Steve Wright, a security expert at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.

I for one do not welcome our new stun gun equipped autonomous overlords, but I can guess who might get sued when an innocent civilian gets caught in the line of fire..."

foniksonik foniksonik writes  |  more than 7 years ago

foniksonik (573572) writes "I work at a small company, less than 30 people, and yet the leadership refuses to consider using hosted applications for ANY purpose. They won't consider going to Gmail as a POP email provider, or using Basecamp for Project Management or Harvest for timesheets, Salesforce for CRM. etc. even though these hosted applications would save them a lot of effort/grief as well as time = money.

They claim that there is a huge downside to not 'owning' their own data in these areas and that it far outweighs the savings from not having to manage, maintain and support those tools internally. SO we have created a hodgepodge of opensource versions of the tools (dotProject, timesheet, Sugar) which don't interoperate well together either AND take a lot of time to set up, deploy, configure and customize for our needs. We have competent developers and a team in India we contract to for time intensive troubeshooting... but he time they spend on these apps takes away from time they could be devoting to PAID projects.

What do you think Slashdot? Are hosted apps a money loser, does not having ultimate control of your operational business data (as opposed to your code or other proprietary data) keep you from considering them as a time = money saver? If your company has already made the leap to hosted apps for business use, what are your experiences — good and bad?"

foniksonik foniksonik writes  |  more than 8 years ago

foniksonik (573572) writes ""InKit, a software tool for tablet computers can transform sketched web pages into real ones and hand-drawn code into real programs."

We heard about turning Sketchup models into SecondLife objects earlier... now turn your hand drawn doodles into web sites and applications. This movie demonstrates a new method of creative computer science which promises to put the power of coding into the hands of everyone and even sooner will aid professionals with rapid prototyping of ideas on-the-fly. I'd love to see this using a collaborative whiteboard approach.

The only questions is when we'll see a download link and whether it will be OSS or not?

More information from one of the developers."



foniksonik foniksonik writes  |  more than 8 years ago

This would be great for solar powered applications or processing driven by human body processes, ie: where the voltage won't always be consistent, yet the processor can still function consistently even if not at the same speed... it will continue computing effectively and accurately regardless of it's energy supply without the need for a large (relative to use) battery or capacitor....

I'm thinking of apps like micro cpus for embedded implants or for environmental sensors running on solar power

If nothing else an added benefit would be that they can continue operating at lower speeds while the power supply is running out, slow down operations in synch with amount of battery power left


foniksonik foniksonik writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Instead of www.domain.com let's use us.domain.com and eu.domain.com, etc and then break it down by state/province and then city

This would at least allow for several orders of differentiation.... we do it with phone numbers.. ie: prefixes instead of suffixes

This way you could have multiple companies/individuals, etc. as .com or whatever which would still be semantically correct but have them further identified by their region

You could register: us.va.richmond.shoegallery.com for a website/address for a business named Shoe Gallery in Richmond Virginia

Then someone else who had the bright idea of calling their business Shoe Gallery but was located across the country in Oregon could get us.oregon.portland.shoegallery.com

If the brand is a Registered Trademark in your state, you get to have us.oregon.shoegallery.com

If the brand is a Registered Trademark in the US, you get us.shoegallery.com

You could pay to receive a similar license for use in other countries if you had a presence there and did not conflict with an existing brand

The city level domain would be tied to the business address listed for billing purposes

This would allow non-national brands to co-exist in the same country under the same name (which is perfectly legal to do via DBA and business license per city), though you'd still have to respect Trademark laws ie: you couldn't claim us.ohio.bfe.sony.com just because there was no Sony store in your city.

This would also allow businesses to set up local storefronts more effectively, instead of having to ask for your zip code to determine your locality, then redirecting you... all sorts of interesting scenarios come up in fact.

Firstname.Lastname addresses could be organized more effectively.... though they should be .org (to avoid a new tld) not .com ie: us.washington.medina.bill.gates.org

Notice the extra . between first and last... now Melinda can have her own address too.... and any other overshadowed Gates'ians in Medina, WA can have an address as well... though this still could be a problem for the many (Joe Kim)s in the various 'Korea Towns' but it's better odds than they have now.

And that's the whole point right... to give everyone a fair chance to have an address which is unique AND non-trivial

Without belaboring the point, there are better organizational methods than new suffixes... and in fact those should be reserved for functional purposes as they are now... .com should mean a commercial entity, .org should be a non-profit organization (whether a foundation or simply a family group or individual). Use prefixes to add organizational hierarchies... the most effective and least likely to be non-trivial being regional categories.

Using existing Trademark laws to enforce claims, existing franchises can be respected and yet a mom-and-pop can elect to go with an available local domain in the beginning and then escalate their claim as it becomes a regional brand and then a national brand without having to pay up front. The courts would decide who can claim a national Trademark in the event that two regional brands decided to go national at the same time or wanted to instituted their claim in advance against competing brands at the national level... most likely there would be a payoff/settlement and the business who wanted it the most, had the resources to follow through on their claim would get the name, though the business wanting the national brand would have a tough time if they only had one physical address, no matter how big their bank account is.

The biggest issue would be when a business or organization changes physical address.... they would also have to register a new virtual address, if you move out of your city, or your state... though not as big as you might think at first, no bigger than changing phone numbers or physical address really, simply notify interested parties of the new business web address or individual web address as you would for your street address. Certainly not as convenient as being lucky enough to get yourname.com and keep it forever, but who's that lucky anyways? and do they deserve to get all the glory?

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