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Organic Pollutants Poison the Roof of the World

motoservo Re:DDT gets a bad rap (114 comments)

You talk of DDT toxicity in humans as if that were the only concern. DDT almost single handedly wiped out entire species of birds and fish (including our American emblem the bald eagle). If that's not a canary in a coalmine?

about a year and a half ago
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BitCoin Value Collapses, Possibly Due To DDoS

motoservo Re:Well the ultimate value of a dollar is (605 comments)

A slight inflation on currency is desired by a currency issuing state. It encourages investment. And there's nothing like (de)flation to stop an economy in its tracks. Your dime example is flawed, silver is just an arbitrary substance just gold and just like paper. Anything of value is worth precisely what two parties are willing to agree on during trade. Nothing more, nothing less.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Source For Bill and Document Management?

motoservo Re:My Workflow (187 comments)

Arg. Pardon the typo A used Kodak i1220 goes for about the same and can scan a stack of documents or photos at a second per scan. And the photo scanning is on par with any of the cheap flatbed photo scanners that flood the market these days.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Source For Bill and Document Management?

motoservo Re:My Workflow (187 comments)

A used Kodak i1220 goes for about the same and a stack can scan documents or photos at a second per scan. And the photo scanning is on par with any of the cheap flatbed photo scanners that flood the market these days.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?

motoservo Re:life-long updates (687 comments)

Amen, brother. DRM works just fine on me. I don't use wareze sites, or torrents, or anything like that. But if I go to a web site and the software is a free download with payment optional, I probably wouldn't pay. All it would take is requiring a simple serial number for me to cough up some dough. It's alarming how many self-righteous, entitled, dweebs work in IT. Make them pay.

about a year and a half ago
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A High-Tech Pedicab Dispatch System at SXSW in Austin (Video)

motoservo Re:What? (66 comments)

In Austin, pedicabs can go places motorcabs can't. And they don't wait in traffic in places motor cabs can go--but are usually stuck. Also, in Austin, the usual ride is from 6th street to warehouse district. Which is about 5 blocks. Just enough to kill your buzz if you're walking in Summer heat, or kill your feet, if you're a chick in heels. Motorcabs don't even waste their time with a 20 second ride for 5 blocks. It just pisses them off.

about a year and a half ago
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A High-Tech Pedicab Dispatch System at SXSW in Austin (Video)

motoservo Re:Not new (66 comments)

Are you saying your "regressive-as-hell southern city" has this exact dispatch system? Or, that you have pedicabbing? Austing was the first city in the USA with any significant Pedicabbing business. It started in earnest around Y2K and by '02 there were about 30 cabs on the street already. I know, I was a cabbie in one of them. By 06 or so there were well over 150 cabs, and god knows how many there are now. I travelled a bunch back then, didn't see pedicabs in NY or SF or LA or anywhere else I visited circa 02.

about a year and a half ago
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In Defense of Six Strikes

motoservo Re:There always is the alternative... (354 comments)

I'm always amazed at how many people think because they were successful in ripping off the music and movie business for so long, en masse, that somehow that's their moral imperative? This world is seriously jacked up, and that mentality is the most obvious face of it. Grow up, people. Stealing music isn't *sticking it to the man*, you just just it to yourself by severely limiting the amount of good music that's come out over the last two decades.

about a year and a half ago
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Among Servers, Apple's Mac Mini Quietly Gains Ground

motoservo Re:They are neat little boxes (367 comments)

I spent days trying to get a Ubuntu desktop running for a scanner than didn't have Mac driver, screw that. Hadn't set up a linux desktop in ten years and figured there'd have been progress in the ease of setup -- nope. I have no issues with working on them remotely but I don't care what you say: homemade linux boxes are still a pain-in-the-ass compared to commercial alternatives. I ended up installing Windows via bootcamp and it works like a charm. I use a Mac Mini under my big screen at home, it's both an entertainment and web server. I used to pay for shared hosting at Dreamhost for a dozen or more (small) sites I've built and maintain for clients. I cancelled Dreamhost and serve them from the Mini, no problem, money saved. Mini's rock.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Chrome Getting Audio Indicators To Show You Noisy Tabs

motoservo Lame approach (155 comments)

I was just telling somebody a few days ago how we need to see what's sending audio to the OS from the OS itself. Finding an errant audio source among multiple tabs from multiple browsers across multiple desktops would be a mess. Better, a drop down as part of the volume menu bar icon that shows where the audio is coming from and provides a toggle.

about 2 years ago
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USPS To Launch Line of Smart Clothing

motoservo Re:and they wonder why they dont make money... (206 comments)

Congress needs to reinterpret the meaning of the requirement in the Constitution that provides for the USPS. The intent, I believe, was to simply to provide a channel of communication among the citizens. That in mind, the federal government should shut down the USPS as we know it and just provide net access to all. I read that the FCC is already working on that so shut down the letter operation, with all the brick and mortar, and problem solved.

about 2 years ago
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Google Watchers Expect Company-Branded Stores This Year

motoservo Re:Wonder where they got that idea. (86 comments)

We'll see who they copy. If Google puts their stores in areas with high pedestrian traffic (malls and busy strip centers), then they've copied Apple. Gateway only had "destination" stores, in areas with cheap real estate that were by and large only accessible by vehicle. That was a significant difference in the two companies approach to retail.

about 2 years ago
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As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow To a Trickle

motoservo Re:Doom and gloom, except when it isn't (665 comments)

How does capitalism factor in to the fact that 90% of music is stolen these days? Back when people paid for music there was a flourishing industry that created professional musicians by the boatload: Beatles, Stones, Zep, Floyd, etc. Music like that required lots of nurturing from the labels. Motown used to essentially send all their artists through a rigorous in-house school. These days musicians make music in between shifts delivering pizza. Bottom line is, we all caved the music industry, each and every one of us who ever took music without paying: which is essentially everybody. Then we bemoan the musicians for not making anything good for the last 15 years. And we point the finger at the music industry as the ones at fault.

about 2 years ago
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Tech Firms Keep Piles of 'Foreign Cash' In US

motoservo Re:corp tax vs capital gains (427 comments)

I've been saying the same thing, tax capital gains as regular income and do away with corporate tax. And in doing so, do away with treating corporations as "people".

about 2 years ago
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Linus Chews Up Kernel Maintainer For Introducing Userspace Bug

motoservo Re:Arsehole (1051 comments)

There's two kinds of people in life, the ones who take ass kickings without fighting back--and then blame themselves for it. Then there's those that fight back. The ones that defend Torvold's tantrums are those wussies in that first group.

about a year ago
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Linus Chews Up Kernel Maintainer For Introducing Userspace Bug

motoservo Re:Still.... (1051 comments)

Every time Linus opens his mouth he sounds like a baby after somebody took away his lolly. This has been going on for years now.

about a year ago
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Facebook Ordered To End Its Real Name Policy In Germany

motoservo Re:Bullshit-o-meter (471 comments)

I, for one, really appreciated that Facebook forced real names. After a few years on myspace and lists upon lists of nicknames that changed daily left my friends list kind of useless. This, separating friends from other groups, and not letting people "pimp" their pages were the main things that made FB clearly better, IMO.

about 2 years ago
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Samsung Claims iPad Mini, iPad 4, New iPod Touch Also Infringe Patents

motoservo Re:And the winner is RIM (124 comments)

Yeah, it's obviously to be "seen" with it. Because holding a 2mm thick phone shaped thing that from five feet away looks like every other 2mm thing when in a palm of a hand is all about impressing people? Couldn't possible be for what the user is actually doing with said device. I think people that make comments like this must have really had a hard go at it--socially--and somehow every body else in the world must be some fake wannabe who just wants attention. Grow up.

about 2 years ago
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NASA Pondering L2 Outpost, Return To Moon

motoservo Re:reason for going to the moon... (122 comments)

There is not a constant "dark" side of the moon. Only a far side. And the telescope would be blinded by the sun for half the month. Would be better, I think, to just have a telescope in space and have it always pointed away from the sun.

about 2 years ago
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Obama Says 3% of GDP Should Fund Science Research And Development

motoservo Re:Administration (753 comments)

We are dangerously close to the point that the rest of the world will say enough is enough and stop buying our debt.

[citation needed]

Speaking on the sidelines of an Asian central bankers' meeting in February, Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of China's central bank, asked: "is it time for China to consider using the reserves somewhere else, instead of concentrating too much on the United States?"

China Daily article here.

To this I quote John Maynard Keynes: ' If you owe your bank manager a thousand pounds, you are at his mercy. If you owe him a million pounds, he is at your mercy.'

more than 5 years ago

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