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'Iceman' Gets 13 Years For 2nd Hacking Offense

gravesb Re:Good. (289 comments)

Which is why banks have to cover losses in some instances.

more than 4 years ago
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Bill Gates Responds To Apple iPad

gravesb Re:For those who didn't RTFA (503 comments)

I think Siri will be the killer app. I tried that thing on an iPhone 3G, and I've never seen voice recognition work as well. As it improves and becomes more useful, it might just replace the keyboard for most tasks on the iPad. If Apple is smart, they'll buy the company up so that it really differentiates the iPad from other devices.

more than 4 years ago
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FCC Inquires About Controversial Verizon Fees

gravesb Re:Compare to cease and desist notices (178 comments)

I wish that were true. I suppose it might be different for some departments, but no matter how many hours I work in a week, I get the same salary. If I put in 70 hours one week, I get paid for 40.

more than 4 years ago
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Scientific Journal Nature Finds Nothing Notable In CRU Leak

gravesb Re:Need to start over (736 comments)

If it is done independently, then we don't need to rely on the old work. Anything done from scratch would be valid, assuming it could be replicated. And I think if there is still contention over an area of science, we should apply the principle generally.

more than 4 years ago
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FCC Inquires About Controversial Verizon Fees

gravesb Re:Compare to cease and desist notices (178 comments)

Government attorneys are sunk costs and not paid by the hour. There are opportunity costs to suing someone, but there is negligible outlay of additional funds.

more than 4 years ago
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Scientific Journal Nature Finds Nothing Notable In CRU Leak

gravesb Need to start over (736 comments)

First, these guys are assholes who should never work again. That does not mean, however, that their work is incorrect. The problem is that everyone is working at two or three levels removed. Stop trying to analyze the source code. None of their theories is scientific unless we can replicate the tests. Write new source code to map whatever raw data is still around. If that comes to similar conclusions, then maybe the harm is minimal. (The harm to science as an institution is great, I think, at least in the mind of the public.). If it comes to wildly different conclusions, then we can work from there. Any work that is based on data no longer available should not be considered valid.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Files "Emergency Motion" To Ship Word

gravesb Re:seems reasonable (221 comments)

The injury is to the plaintiff, not Microsoft. MS is probably arguing that any harm to the plaintiff is not irreparable, and that later monetary damages will cure any harm.

more than 5 years ago
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"Cash For Clunkers" Program Runs Out of Gas

gravesb Re:Best of a bad idea (594 comments)

Because small businesses are notorious for stuffing money into mattresses. If you want to encourage spending, there needs to be a stable tax plan. But threats of higher taxes in the short and long term, threats of new regulations and restrictions keeps people from investing. Why am I going to buy bonds when I know the government might screw with the system and limit my returns. Worse yet, why am I going to buy bonds when the gov't is going to come in and make sure I get nothing--see, GM.

more than 4 years ago
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"Cash For Clunkers" Program Runs Out of Gas

gravesb Re:Wow (594 comments)

I'd be willing to wager that you aren't giving people money back. I pay taxes, and am not eligible for the program. Since we are closing in on less than half the population paying taxes, I bet at least some of the people taking advantage of the program don't pay taxes, or at least pay less than $4,500. It is redistribution.

more than 4 years ago
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"Cash For Clunkers" Program Runs Out of Gas

gravesb Best of a bad idea (594 comments)

Subsidizing new cars isn't a great idea. The government is still moving money around, which is inefficient. Its like moving energy-there is some loss for administration at the least. When the government does it, they have to raise taxes, which creates disincentives on the margin. This ends up being another bailout for the auto industry as well. If the industry really needs all of the money we are giving them, we should have let them collapse and move all of that capital to places where it would actually do some good. But, if we are going to do the whole stimulus thing, and we aren't going to cut taxes like we should, then this seems like a marginally acceptable way to do it.

more than 4 years ago
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Company Awarded "The Patent For Podcasting"

gravesb Thanks again, /. (202 comments)

for making me click through to get to the actual patent. Anyway, from reading some of the patent, it looks like they were trying to patent something at least somewhat interesting and unique. However, claim 1--the only independent claim--pretty clearly covers iTunes, among other prior art. I am not sure if it was bad drafting or bad intent, but I would not bring this to Apple's attention if I were the company. I've read some patent applications were the value added was miniscule, and the only way to see it is to look at some of the prosecution history. Maybe that's the case here, but I am too lazy to dig through the history. With a filing date of 2003, I doubt this will survive much scrutiny. That sucks if this company was trying to do something interesting. That's great if they are trolling.

more than 5 years ago
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The Battle Between Google and Facebook

gravesb Re:Well I for one (202 comments)

The problem is that the target isn't you, or the general slashdot audience. It is the advertisers, and they are interested in easily suggestible numbers. The more people, and the more suggestible, the better. Facebook also seems better targeted to guiding people to what they didn't know they needed-the advertisers' best friend. I think control of the Internet in this sense means control of advertising dollars. Like you, I'm going to stick with Google and discount anything I see on Facebook. But like you, I am in the minority. The real question is what the majority of people on the Internet will do.

more than 5 years ago
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Tesla Nabs $465M Government Loan To Build Model S

gravesb Re:Green Car on a Budget - Innovation Not Required (505 comments)

You do realize that your post contains internal contradictions, in addition to misstated facts? The American car companies would love to live on high margin cars, such as pick-ups and SUV's, but they are forced by CAFE standards and two-fleet rules to make small, cheap cars in the US. That screws with profit margins. Ford is the top selling car company in England, and GM is tops in China. Until recently, Chrysler was a German company. Things aren't as clear as you imply. And, if Americans bought whatever was cheapest, then they would buy the American cars. They don't, however. Look at sales figures-the cheapest cars are never near the top.

more than 5 years ago
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In Round 2, Jammie Thomas Jury Awards RIAA $1,920,000

gravesb Re:What are the lawyers thinking? (793 comments)

If there isn't a new trial, what did her attorneys preserve for appeal? Anything? Was there an objection to the jury instructions?

more than 5 years ago
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Supreme Court Declines Case Over Techs' Right To Search Your PC

gravesb Re:Reading comprehension (485 comments)

The police seizing evidence illegally is different than a private party doing so. The case you linked to does not stand for what you are asserting it for.

more than 5 years ago
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The Great Ethanol Scam

gravesb Re:just tax carbon (894 comments)

When you drive, you don't pay the full price of driving. The damage you do to the environment is unaccounted for. This is an example of market failure. The government imposes a tax roughly equal to the damage you do through polluting. Then, you are paying the full cost for your activities. Since you now have better information, or better yet, are forced to take into account all of that information, you make different decisions in the market place. That is how a tax would allow the market to decide.

more than 5 years ago
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The Great Ethanol Scam

gravesb just tax carbon (894 comments)

Stop the subsidies, tax carbon to account for externalities, and then let the market decide. The negative effects of biofuels have been on display ever since the Dutch dropped palm oil. Instead of the government pushing this obviously failed product, they should make sure that consumers bear the entire cost of their decisions and let companies develop a way to reduce fossil fuel consumption. And less biofuels means the price of my beer goes down, dammit! Won't someone think of my beer?

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Kills Community Before It Begins

gravesb Re:contrary (247 comments)

Not all companies are motivated purely by profit--that's just the legal default. There are entire classes of corporations dedicated to things other than making money--non-profits, for instance. Even for profit companies, such as Google.org, can have goals other than profit maximization, as long as they specify those goals in their by-laws. I am unsure that purely profit motivated companies are even the majority, as it seems every student has a non-profit registered these days. For profit are definitely the largest by market cap, though, as people generally donate money to non-profits, and invest money in for-profits.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Kills Community Before It Begins

gravesb Re:Maximizing short term or long term profits (247 comments)

Very true, and I wish more large shareholders--pension plans, for example--would do so. The problem is when a majority shareholder wants a large, short term profit and pressures the company to maximize short term value. The board can hide behind the business judgement rule, but then the shareholder will replace them with someone who will maximize profits in the short term.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Kills Community Before It Begins

gravesb Re:contrary (247 comments)

Bond holders lend money to a company; shareholders own part of the company. Since the shareholders own the company, the board and CEO work for the shareholders. That is why they must maximize shareholder value. Then the shareholders can take the money they make and spend it how they like. Saying a corporation is evil is a silly, populist gloss over the way things work. Corporations are neither good nor evil. The people who own them are. Corporations maximize shareholder value, and then we, as shareholders, determine whether that value is used for good or for evil. Sorry- not all of that was directed at you, just the definitional part at the beginning.

more than 5 years ago

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