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China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

grouchomarxist Re: The hypocrisy (192 comments)

> The island was kept as a non-issue until the Japan nationalised it from so called private owners.

No, the island was an issue well before then. Chinese politicians were raising the issue, and Chinese (and Taiwanese) boats were landing on the island before it was "nationalized" (essentially re-nationalized because it was owned by the Japanese government and then leased. The "nationalization" was the cancellation of the lease).

about a month ago
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1958 Integrated Circuit Prototypes From Jack Kilby's TI Lab Up For Sale

grouchomarxist Re:But wait a minute (76 comments)

ICs weren't invented for the space industry, but it is from the space and military industries that the transistor and IC manufacturers received a lot of their initial funding. For both the space and military industries the high costs of transistors and ICs was justified by their space, weight and energy-use savings along with their heat resistance. For business and consumers the benefits didn't justify the costs.

If is wasn't for the space and military industries the development of transistors and ICs would probably have been slower.

Source: Revolution in Miniature: The History and Impact of Semiconductor Electronics

about a month ago
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1958 Integrated Circuit Prototypes From Jack Kilby's TI Lab Up For Sale

grouchomarxist Re:$1,000,000 - $2,000,000? wow (76 comments)

It's more than just a transistor. That it is multiple connected components is what gives it significance in the history of technology.

It's a piece of history. The price tag is determined by those who value history.

about a month ago
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Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

grouchomarxist Re:Desktop integration (167 comments)

Actually that was the goal of the AndroVM project. Unfortunately, that project became the commercial Genymotion project and the goal doesn't appear to be desktop integration, but instead a developer tool. You can use it to run apps, but I don't see any specific integration features.

Otherwise, there is BlueStacks, but it runs on Windows and Mac, but not Linux.

about a month ago
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Unicode 7.0 Released, Supporting 23 New Scripts

grouchomarxist Re:Klingon in more useful (108 comments)

Given that Linear A hasn't been deciphered yet, I wonder how they justify putting it in unicode. They don't know for certain which glyphs are distinct characters yet.

about a month ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

grouchomarxist Re:Creativity (209 comments)

Jobs was the one that turned what Woz made into a company. Woz wasn't interested in starting a company. Jobs had to struggle to convince Woz to leave HP and start Apple. If it wasn't for Jobs, Woz might have spent the rest of his life designing calculators at HP. (HP wasn't interested in the computer Woz created, nor does it seem to have recognized Woz's ability.)

about a month ago
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Ericsson Trial 10Gbps 5G Mobile Broadband Network in Japan

grouchomarxist Re:Ericsson is not NEC (53 comments)

Which report are you referring to? The third link in the article says Ericsson.

about 2 months ago
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Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later

grouchomarxist Re:Proprietary image format (129 comments)

They're fans of APL? I didn't know there were any still around.

about 2 months ago
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Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector

grouchomarxist Re:Intentional sabotage? (178 comments)

They're pushing a new connector for USB too.

about 2 months ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

grouchomarxist Re:Sounds like it's still pretty far off... (117 comments)

You do it too much and people recognize it for what it is. People start ignoring your announcements and your marketing power weakens.

about 3 months ago
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The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

grouchomarxist Re:Govt funding is aberration (279 comments)

> Shockley

Shockley worked at Bell Labs, which was a government approved monopoly that received some of its funding from the government, especially the military. Shockley himself worked on various government committees and as a consultant.

about 4 months ago
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Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

grouchomarxist Google copying Apple...again (321 comments)

There Google goes again, copying Apple. This time getting themselves sued for the same reason.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

grouchomarxist Re:Well... (796 comments)

Next, the book was not meant to be just a story that entertains. She felt very strongly about certain ideals since she transitioned from Communism to Capitalism, and she writes at the very edge of the continuum. You read it, you analyze it, you adopt the ideals that make sense to you and reject those that don't. Not sure why this concept is so foreign nowadays. I don't share her atheism, but I certainly share her ideals on capitalism.

That may be very well for you, but Ayn would say that if you disagree with any of her ideas, especially including atheism, then you don't understand her at all.

about 7 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

grouchomarxist Re:Get rid of those things (944 comments)

Some of the things you originally mentioned like wages, taxes and transportation costs won't be significantly different between LEDs and incandescents. For other things you mentioned the prices will go down as they are mass produced and further efficiencies are found. Of course this will take time and LEDs will probably never be as cheap as incandescents, but at some point in the future they'll probably be at a price where there is no sticker shock.

about 7 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

grouchomarxist Re:Get rid of those things (944 comments)

In this context you only need to get the price down to be close to that of incandescent bulbs.

about 7 months ago

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Physicists claim detection of dark matter

grouchomarxist grouchomarxist writes  |  about 2 years ago

grouchomarxist (127479) writes "Physicists at the University of Michigan claim that they have made the first detection of dark matter. 'Dark matter, whose composition is still a mystery, doesn't emit or absorb light, so astronomers can't see it directly with telescopes. They deduce that it exists based on how its gravity affects visible matter. Scientists estimate that dark matter makes up more than 80 percent of the universe. To "see" the dark matter component of the filament that connects the clusters Abell 222 and 223, Dietrich and his colleagues took advantage of a phenomenon called gravitational lensing. They were able to determine the extent to which the supercluster distorted galaxies, and with that information, they could plot the gravitational field and the mass of the Abell 222 and 223 clusters. "It looks like there's a bridge that shows that there is additional mass beyond what the clusters contain, the clusters alone cannot explain this additional mass," Dietrich said.' Article in nature is here."
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grouchomarxist grouchomarxist writes  |  more than 7 years ago

grouchomarxist (127479) writes "Microsoft is considering selling the Zune subsidized like a cellphone, according to this excerpt on MarketWatch from a PC World magazine interview with Microsoft's Zune marketing director, Jason Reindorp. According to the article: "The spokesman said that Microsoft first considered the cellphone-like distribution plan after seeing interest in its Zune Pass subscription service, which offers monthly paid access to songs on the Zune Marketplace, a competitor to Apple's iTunes store. Though he declined to say how many subscribers currently use Zune Pass, the spokesman said subscriptions rose 65% during January." The PC World interview doesn't appear to be available yet online."

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