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Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

mbkennel Reason is pretty simple (101 comments)

People will buy "Airtime By Google" more then "Airtime By Sprint" because Google doesn't (yet) have a legacy of toxic customer disservice.

Any Virtual Mobile Network Operator (there are quite a number, I'm on Republic Wireless) has to pay the marketing to acquire customers and take financial risks on payment terms.

The difference is that Google could help Sprint & TM with technical capabilities, backend networking, and organizing

Also Google will gain direct understanding about the performance and capabilities of wireless networks to inform them about how to design Android. And Google will learn how to run a wireless network, which they will eventually do from their satellites.

Google wants to run a comm system which will seamlessly transfer from wifi to terrestrial wireless to satellite wireless, and sell ads by the exabyte.

2 days ago

Jim Blasko Explains BitCoin Spinoff 'Unbreakable Coin' (Video 1 of 2)

mbkennel Re:Useful changes (55 comments)

| How about a cryptocurrency that targets an inflation rate that is known to be economically stable, say 2%, by standardizing on a openly evaluated standard basket of goods. You know, how actual currencies work but without the middlemen of the reserve banks

Because you can't do that without reserve banks. And you can't have banks without a way of pricing money through time, and you can't price money through time without a debt market.

Hey cryptocurrency boosters, are you up to loaning bitcoin or something less popular for 10 years?

4 days ago

Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

mbkennel What else? (308 comments)

What would be in done in any normal situation.

Find the person responsible for engaging in the illegal activities. Charge the person with those activities. Find the owners of the property. If that property is part of evidence of a crime, then store it unmolested as evidence.

If an owner is convicted and given a fine, sell the property to pay the fine, and give any remainder to the owner. Sentence the owner according to a law. If the owner is not convicted, give the property back to the owner with an apology.

about a week ago

Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

mbkennel Re:I do not understand the self-flagellation (479 comments)

Where's the bitching about under-representation of people over 40?

There are oodles of people who want these jobs, and are very motivated to get them, and have specific industry experience, and don't need any hand-holding, coddling or emotional kisses.

Oh yeah, fuck them.

about a week ago

Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

mbkennel why bother with gold? (290 comments)

sounds pretty useless. Crude oil will never collapse to zero.

about two weeks ago

Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

mbkennel Re:Bitcoin (290 comments)

| The Roman Empire fell apart because the gold coin was debased with less valuable metals and made worthless over time.

turned around, causality is

| Since President Richard Nixon took the U.S. off the gold standard in the early 1970's, the U.S. dollar has become increasingly worthless over time

One individual US dollar has become increasingly worthless. "The US Dollar" as a system, is increasingly powerful and useful over that time, and there were and still are many useful and profitable investments which more than make up for the depreciation built in to one single dollar. And precious metals are not a very good one.

| P.S., Some people believe that the world central banks are surpressing the prices of precious metals to prevent people from realizing how worthless the dollars are in their wallets.

In that case, don't fucking fight the Fed!

So they're printing increasingly worthless dollars are yet so powerful that they can suppress the precious metals EVEN MORE? And by printing so many more worthless dollars? How does that work exactly?

They didn't manage to suppress the equity market, the real estate market or the bond market, which can also, even more effectively, make people realize "how worthless their dollars are" by increasing even faster than a dollar. What's up with that?

PS, if you advocate a gold peg, go see Greece: it is suffering tremendously under the same equivalent peg of their currency to a German Euro. The message from facts of 1930-1933 was very clear: the countries in a major recession which depreciated first, came out better economically.

about two weeks ago

Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

mbkennel yay for Bitcoin speculators!! (290 comments)

They are making the consequences of economic folly, like doing anything monetary or serious with bitcoin, plainly obvious and providing a valuable public service!

Bitcoin is a total fail as a currency because there is no bond market in bitcoin. Why would there be? Any of you bitcoin hoarders up for lending bitcoin for 10 years? Didn't think so.

If you want a tangible commodity, there are many options to buy and hold them.

Bitcoin is a success for anonymous money laundering and illegal activities.

about two weeks ago

HTTP/2 - the IETF Is Phoning It In

mbkennel Re:Alarmist much? (161 comments)

| First, 'SPDY was a very good prototype' followed by 'the most hideous of SPDY's warts removed' was summed up with 'the IETF can now claim relevance and victory by conceding practically every principle ever held dear

aka "not worshipping doe-eyed at my political whinging"

| in return for the privilege of rubber-stamping Google's initiative.'.

aka "they wanted to ship something that works, now"

Sure, it should be called 1.2 and not 2.0, but that's marketing BS anyway.

about two weeks ago

Thync, a Wearable That Zaps Your Brain To Calm You Down or Amp You Up

mbkennel funny you say "vibrate".... (154 comments)

Because the Thync device is NOT electrical stimulation, it is transcranial ultrasound.

about two weeks ago

NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

mbkennel Because Congressmen retaliate. (200 comments)

I have family members who worked in NASA at high levels.

NASA has no power compared to a powerful Congresdroid scorned.

The consequences to NASA for publicly embarrassing Congressdroids over embarrassing pork insisted upon by such droids would be so much worse. The retaliation droids would in return destroy the primary science goals and missions of NASA.

Stennis was mentioned, back many years ago, as a prime geographical centroid of pork though hardly the only one.

about a month ago

Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

mbkennel Re:They will either change their mind (183 comments)

"If google won't pay, some other news aggregator will arise and will offer the same service but with payment to news sites."

With what money?

about a month and a half ago

Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

mbkennel Re: I thought the lower receiver is the weapon.. (353 comments)

| Quite simply, guns did not create our gang problem

Guns of course increase the substantial collateral damage from the gang problem.

about 3 months ago

Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

mbkennel Re:Both are bad but not comparable. (235 comments)

Ever talk to a "Tea party group"? They would certainly describe themselves as rabid enemies of the administration.

about 3 months ago

Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

mbkennel Re:She's.. (235 comments)

| If I were a government spook and I was trying to crack a reporter's computer, I would use an off-the-shelf exploit, not something that pointed straight back at the government. I presume that computer spooks know where the black-hat marketplaces are, and thus where to buy new cracks as they go up for sale.

They weren't interested in exfiltrating information off her computer.

If you were a apparatchik and wanted to Send A Message, you'd use whatever you had conveniently available and was ready to use, and not something which could be dismissed as an accidental hack.

Why did Putin have that defector assassinated in London with polonium of all things? Why not an auto accident or a "robbery"? To make it absolutely clear who did it.

Note that this malware may be something 'off the shelf' for certain agencies (e.g. FBI/DHS). The government is large and heterogenous, with distinctly different motives and management. The people who really get into the nitty gritty of the black hat malware and know how to use it. (e.g. NSA) could be distinct from the ones who get "weaponized" malware ready to use in a package, "For Official Use Only".

about 3 months ago

Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

mbkennel Re:The Internet is our best weapon (289 comments)

| It is slow, but very sure to penetrate and destroy dictatorships and repressive governments worldwide.

Indeed, as a political tool, the largest success has been when very successfully deployed by ultra-fundamentalists to destroy dictatorships and repressive governments for the benefit of totalitarian religious repression and atrocity.

Other than that, has there been any political outcome successful by the values of Western states? I am unaware of any.

about 3 months ago

Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

mbkennel Re:PARC monument (121 comments)

| If the original Macintosh had shipped with a Smalltalk interpreter in ROM, the world would be a hugely different place.

It would have been 2x as expensive and 5x as slow, and a flop.

All the original Mac programs were exceptionally hand-optimized 68000 assembly.

On his NeXT project, Jobs had Objective-C built in, whose object model is nearly Smalltalk, at a time when C++ was the overwhelmingly dominant object-oriented language. And so NeXT had the first major commercial operating system with a serious object-oriented API---and in 1989, programming and using the NeXT was so far ahead of everybody else other than the commercially irrelevant Lisp machines.

So I don't think Jobs was as ignorant as one imagines---he surely heard from people who knew the deep details.

about 3 months ago

Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

mbkennel "general market" computers (121 comments)

meaning that they would be competitive and useful to the commercial and scientific markets simultaneously. IBM was thinking in the monetary sense, which makes sense as a business.

A small embedded CPU in a radiation-hardened box is a 'general purpose computer' by the theoretical definition but nobody would buy one to play games and do the wide variety of tasks a PC does today.

about 3 months ago

Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

mbkennel Re:A better link for the story (571 comments)

"Overall, McGuire says the Lockheed design “takes the good parts of a lot of designs.” It includes the high beta configuration, the use of magnetic field lines arranged into linear ring “cusps” to confine the plasma and “the engineering simplicity of an axisymmetric mirror,” he says. The “axisymmetric mirror” is created by positioning zones of high magnetic field near each end of the vessel so that they reflect a significant fraction of plasma particles escaping along the axis of the CFR. “We also have a recirculation that is very similar to a Polywell concept,” he adds, referring to another promising avenue of fusion power research. A Polywell fusion reactor uses electromagnets to generate a magnetic field that traps electrons, creating a negative voltage, which then attract positive ions. The resulting acceleration of the ions toward the negative center results in a collision and fusion. "

The axisymmetric mirrors are obviously the traditional fusion mirror part of it, but there's some other recirculation technology which is the secret sauce.

The Wikipedia page on Polywell reactors describes a difference between "magnetic mirror" and "cusp confinement" mechanisms.

about 3 months ago

Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

mbkennel Re:wow (571 comments)

Humans, the species, will biologically survive. That's not an issue.

Human technological civilization, supporting 10 billion people, could collapse with a 98% die-off. That's a big enough catastrophe for me and there's still 200 million left. (Far, far, more than the gorillas.)

And yes, large scale global warming (we are straight on 'worst case scenario') and nuclear war are the most likely potential catastrophes. Fighting over dwindling oil and cool could do it.

Many crops die with excessive night time temperatures.

about 3 months ago

Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

mbkennel weapons applications (571 comments)

Of course you can use the strong neutron flux to make weaponizable Pu-239 from inexpensive U-238 lining the outside. You could more easily turn on and off the neutrons to enhance the desirable -239 production and less of the 240 production compared to fission reactors.

about 3 months ago


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