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Tim Berners-Lee: Stop Foaming At the Mouth, Twitter

gberke Re:Breaking down barriers ... (307 comments)

Nicely put... "segregate on some metric"... more than just people, though, that's biology.

more than 3 years ago

Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

gberke belief is not science (1486 comments)

Finding the lowest common denominator, believers will equate everything with their belief... no different, they say. Just an opinion.
Science is not an opinion: it is a well formed conclusion based on rigorous discovery, generally demonstrated and always subject to revision but only based on rigorous discovery and inquiry.
Even to the farthest reaches of science, to string theory and worm holes and big bangs there are many hard won steps backed by much research. On the other side, there's just one step: god did it. QED.
The rationality of science under question by people who will have no truck with anything rational.
Skin heads, basically.

more than 3 years ago

Cutting Prices Is the Only Way To Stop Piracy

gberke Re:Why not DRM? (620 comments)

Dead on right. Absolutely. Apple didin't even like DRM... they had to do it.

more than 3 years ago

Time Warner Expanding Internet Transfer Caps To New Markets

gberke gberke (394 comments)

"only" 14% ever exceed?
How about a curve? How many are "this far" from exceeding?
And how about those that transmit almost nothing at all?
This is a back door move to end network neutrality.
A simple solution: regulate the ISPs. They are a utility. They are a must have.
And regulate them now.
Regulation is the best way to control prices at the same time it reduces risk to the provider.

more than 5 years ago

Trying To Find White House Missing E-mails

gberke Re:Oh hey, look, in the distance, that ship... (437 comments)

right on the money: we elected him, we re elected him, we didn't impeach him, (I would have thought the Impeach signs would have bloomed like poppies in the field, but no: too scared.) and the democrats didn't quite "shine"...(after they wanted to prosecute for illegal wire tapping, they added to the law so that in the future it wouldn't be!)
it's chicken to bother with him now. he's gone.

about 6 years ago

"Reality Mining" Resets the Privacy Debate

gberke Re:Privacy as a recent phenomenon (209 comments)

the notion that sharing everything just makes us one big village... that's a narrow view.
the sharing of information in a village where there is a good presumption of common interests, where a whole set of information is known, not just some isolated piece of it.
it is essential that those who have some interest in what we say and do have some interest, too, in who we are and especially our well being as we see fit.
and then there is the matter of law: once you forfeit the expectation of privacy, you have none in law.
this whole bit about "oh, privacy is really nothing..." is very self serving. yuck. now they maybe give you a phone, something in exchange, and it is voluntary. that quickly becomes their right to your information because, umm, you have a phone.
there is a tipping point, when a certain percent of the population is sheep, then all of the population is sheep, at least as far as the predators are concerned. then you don't have to be a sheep to get eaten.

more than 6 years ago

Scientists Add Emotions To Robotic Head

gberke Talking head with so called emotional expressions (124 comments)

Where have I seen that before..... hmmm. George Bush? Reading one of his speeches.
Hey, it worked, didn't it? Wasn't he just in Peru?

more than 6 years ago


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