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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 two weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 3 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 4 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 4 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)

As production of LED bulbs increase their costs will go down.

about 4 months ago
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Interview: Ask Forrest Mims About Rockets, Electronics, and Engineering

grouchomarxist Re:Make: Electronics (120 comments)

Don't need to judge by the cover, you can read an excerpt here.

I recommend the book highly.

about 4 months ago
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Add USB LED Notifications To Your PC With Just a Bit of Soldering (Video)

grouchomarxist thingm blink(1) (129 comments)

Thingm has a similar series of products called blink(1). It runs for about $30, but it is not widely available now. They recently finished .

about 4 months ago
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Explorer Plans Hunt For Genghis Khan's Long-Lost Tomb

grouchomarxist Re:Qa'an (243 comments)

You're correct. The apostrophe isn't used in English for a glottal stop, but it is used when other languages are transliterated into English, like "T'Pol".

about 5 months ago
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Explorer Plans Hunt For Genghis Khan's Long-Lost Tomb

grouchomarxist Re:Qa'an (243 comments)

The apostrophe is often used to represent a glottal stop like in the English "don't". Perhaps whatever language the "Qa'an" version comes from uses a glottal stop. Given the large number of languages and the variety of ways of representing those languages in Roman characters you end up with a great number of representations.

about 5 months ago
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Reports: Apple To Buy Israeli 3D Sensing Company PrimeSense

grouchomarxist Re:Patents (81 comments)

Apple and Microsoft are at a patent truce. They co-own the patent holding company RockStar.

about 5 months ago
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Australia Spied On Indonesian President

grouchomarxist Re:Nearest neighbour (213 comments)

You're both right and wrong.

Right about Papua, wrong about Tasmania. Tasmania is part of Australia. (Or perhaps this is some Australian joke?)

about 5 months ago

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Physicists claim detection of dark matter

grouchomarxist grouchomarxist writes  |  about a year and a half 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  |  about 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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