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Study: Social Networks Have Negative Effect On Individual Welfare

macraig Re:"Moderation?" Don't you mean "Censorship?" (66 comments)

There's also this dying art called self-moderation that would make forced moderation or censorship unnecessary. Too much to ask that humans rediscover that ethic, I guess.

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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

macraig Outsourcing is Darwinian (233 comments)

This is the inevitable consequence of outsourcing. We've altered the local economies of those countries and the sucking sound is reduced, and so now the "outsourcing" will flow where the vacuum is now strongest... which perhaps just happens to be right here in our own back yards again.

What goes around comes around. Or something like that.

about two weeks ago
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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

macraig Looks familiar (171 comments)

Their copper "foam" reminds me strongly of the brass "sponge" that I use to clean the tips of my soldering irons. I wonder if there's a DIY cooling project I've been missing?

about a month ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

macraig Communism is dysfunctional socialism (619 comments)

Can we please stop letting dogmatic capitalists distort the conversation about the relative value of socialism?

about a month ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

macraig Now if only... (219 comments)

... we in the USA could also tell the CIA to GTFO.

about a month and a half ago
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Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

macraig Ouch! (133 comments)

Nothing hurts worse than these synthetic bee stings.

about 2 months ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC, Part 2 (Video)

macraig Re:Didn't answer anyone's questions directly, did (42 comments)

And once again the minority voice - you and I and perhaps two other people - will get buried under a mountain of dogma and apathy. Nothing will change with Slashdot for the better (common good), which is the result Lessig should expect from all his efforts attacking symptoms rather than the "root" causes. "RootStrikers" is a misnomer and Lessig a fragment of the problem rather than a solution incarnate.

about 2 months ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC, Part 2 (Video)

macraig Re:Didn't answer anyone's questions directly, did (42 comments)

I was speaking in general, you nutter! Of course I noticed the transcript in this instance. None of which is relevant to my original rant.

about 2 months ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC, Part 2 (Video)

macraig Re:Didn't answer anyone's questions directly, did (42 comments)

Ditto. Textual information trapped in a linear non-searchable video has always pissed me off. It serves the interests of the talking head and his masters more than it does my interest of having maximal access to information. Talking-head videos are a means of controlling and limiting access to information. But I digress and was trying to stay focused in my rant....

about 2 months ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC, Part 2 (Video)

macraig Didn't answer anyone's questions directly, did he? (42 comments)

Was this more of the new-and-improved Slashdot we can expect in the future? Historically these answers-your-questions posts were just that, direct responses from the interviewee to users who asked questions. What did we get here? A video chat with very generalized non-specific answers and primarily just an opportunity for Lessig to promote his cause and himself. It was one big spammy two-part advertisement, essentially.

Could you be any more disingenuous, Slashdot and Dice? Forget the silly mutinous talk over the Beta redesign; this is behavior deserving of a pitchfork-wielding geek mob.

about 2 months ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC (Video)

macraig Wow, what a misdirection. Thanks, Slashdot. (148 comments)

The title of this post was, "Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions...", but what we got in response was a trendy video interview with generalized responses, not the promised (or at least implied by past history) direct responses.

Is this all we can expect from this sort of post in the future? One more nail in Slashdot's coffin.

about a month ago
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Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

macraig Re:And yet... (270 comments)

I did read to the end of the article. I did read what you quoted. It is not a restatement of my proposal, not even an ambiguous one. "Back in the 1990s" every mile of copper was privately owned by either the telecom that built it or a bigger Borg that assimilated it.

He's still talking about legislation and rule-making as a poor attempt to resolve the problem. It hasn't worked before, ever, and it won't work now.

about 2 months ago
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Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

macraig And yet... (270 comments)

... McMillen gets it wrong, too.

Net neutrality isn't achieved through regulation at all. It's achieved by public ownership of the physical infrastructure and demoting the ISPs and even backbone providers to contractor status serving the common good. What would happen if American roads and highways weren't for the most part publicly owned and instead were all toll roads privately owned by the construction companies that laid them? Who would benefit from that situation, do you suppose?

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

macraig Chasing symptoms and not the real problem? (308 comments)

Mr. Lessig:

Have you read Crispin Sartwell's article in the latest June issue of The Atlantic? Mr. Sartwell seems to make arguments that imply that efforts such as that of RootStrikers and the Mayday PAC are merely nibbling at the edges of the true problem and not addressing it directly. If the hierarchies of wealth concentration and governance are inextricably linked through a Principle of Hierarchical Coincidence, then will you unlink them merely by legislating campaign finance reforms? For that matter, would even a round of revolutionary head-chopping do the job when so many other heads have been groomed and eagerly await the same chance at dominance?

about 2 months ago
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Mad Cow Disease Blamed For Patient's Death In Texas

macraig Re:TX Law (132 comments)

It ain't India, that's for sure. Can't disparage it but you can damned straight slaughter it and serve it up with a dash of A-1.

about 3 months ago
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FTC Lobbies To Be Top Cop For Geolocation

macraig Revolving doors (39 comments)

Since these "commissions" like the FTC, FDA, and FCC have even more obvious problems with revolving doors then even the DoJ does, I doubt it would be a good idea at all to hand this off to the likes of an FTC staffed by former Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and telecom execs.

about 3 months ago
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The Brakes That Stop a 1,000 MPH Bloodhound SSC

macraig Re:Who needs brakes? (262 comments)

So you saw what I did there.

about 3 months ago
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The Brakes That Stop a 1,000 MPH Bloodhound SSC

macraig Who needs brakes? (262 comments)

Why not just skip the brakes, save the money, and eject the driver/pilot and let the sucker crash and burn? Could be an awesomely popular YouTube video.

about 3 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

macraig Very poorly written article (338 comments)

I knew of Derek Khanna, but didn't know that his skill wielding English was so deficient; if that is now his day job, he should most definitely quit. That was the most poorly written article I've seen at a journalistic Web site in many years.

about 4 months ago

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Can TOS force binding arbitration?

macraig macraig writes  |  more than 5 years ago

macraig writes "I received an e-mail update from AT&T Internet Services today, notifying me of changes to the Terms of Service (TOS). The first change, and the one which concerns me, is this:

  • Arbitration Agreement. We have added language that requires customer disputes with AT&T regarding AT&T Internet Services to be submitted to binding arbitration or small claims court. Arbitration is less formal than a lawsuit in court and often faster. In addition, AT&T will pay for all costs of arbitration, no matter who wins, as long as your claim is not frivolous.

(By publicly quoting this e-mail, I'm sure I'll burn in Hell, or at least get dragged into court by AT&T for copyright infringement.)

Is this legally defensible language? Can they, after the fact of a contract, slip in language that actually limits the legal recourses which might otherwise be available to the other party, such as a traditional suit in full court or a class action lawsuit? Would any court actually uphold or defend such language? If so, might this be the defining moment when AT&T customers like myself should consider getting the heck outta Dodge and taking our Internet dollars somewhere else?"

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Phoenix launches for Mars after delayed launch

macraig macraig writes  |  about 7 years ago

macraig writes "Somebody should report on the launch of Phoenix early this morning. I'm not bothering to submit a real article because I know better than to expect anything I submit to be approved. Somebody who groks the politics of article submission should do it, though...."
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macraig macraig writes  |  more than 7 years ago

macraig writes "On the heels of the Patricia Dunn et al scandal at HP comes an article titled "Staying undercover on the Internet" as part of the November 2006 issue of HP's Technology at Work e-mail newsletter. The newsletter summarizes the article: "When you surf the Web, you leave behind a trail of information about you and your online activities — and this can be misused. Fortunately, you can stay undercover and protect your privacy".

Perhaps HP should have released an advance copy of this article to the reporters and others whose privacy it violated? Can a corporation that authors articles that seem to demonstrate concern for consumer privacy, on the one hand, but wantonly violates privacy when it suits its internal purposes, on the other, really be trusted to hold our privacy in suitably high regard?"
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macraig macraig writes  |  more than 7 years ago

macraig writes "As reported in Yahoo! News, yesterday Brazilian scientists and geologists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced their discovery that the Amazon River once flowed in reverse of its current direction, during the middle Cretaceous Period. When the land mass that became South America separated from what we now know as Africa, a mountainous ridge was formed along the eastern coast of the new continent, causing rainfall to drain west because the Andes range had not yet formed."

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