Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power
The last time I looked, the flip side to a regulated utility was a deregulated utility. Deregulated utilities end up as monopolies.
The other last time I looked, business interests of all kinds turn to governments to maintain their profits, and raise barriers to competition. And spare me the "The problem is bad regulation." That's not the problem.
Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity
Anonymity is not what you think it is on the Interwebs, at least in the U.S. Given the amount of data collected by the NSA, if you posting anonymously becomes a person of interest to Federal law enforcement, then your anonymity is gone as it doesn't take much to figure out who you are by your traffic.
Facingbook certainly knows who you are, anonymous comments included, if you use that site.
Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity
Ok, not really, but what a sensational headline!
Most of the sites using facingbooks and other comment systems ban comments someone, somewhere, in the media property don't like, which turns out to be most of the interesting comments. And then comments just die.
The "Internet is growing up" has many meanings, but the one the most powerful Americans want is one that is a broadcast-only sh!t pipe the broadcaster (Media Monopolists) can endlessly quantize and monetize their viewers. Discouraging comments fits in nicely with those plans!
Microsoft Makes Another "Nearly Sold Out" Claim For the Surface Line
They have a double-digit purchase of the devices and it will be no surprise that the Microsoft people gave them a GREAT deal per unit.
I don't know a whole lot about tablets nor do I care but I test drove one for a while. My nearest experience comparison is with the Android/Play marketplace. If you are an Android user, the interface doesn't have any surprises.
What's hilarious is the almost empty "marketplace." The only thing in it were apps written by the few companies Microsoft hasn't managed to crush or alienate. Of the few apps in the marketplace, imagine single-digit reviews being a heavily reviewed/downloaded application.
The buyer was promised special "support" because so many (double digits!!!!) were bought, but that was an epic waste of the buyer's time. Eventually someone determined to use the thing found someone at Microsoft that knew something about the devices. It wasn't in support, that's for sure. There are apparently a large number of undocumented features essentially paving the way for an "enterprise tablet" inside the Microsoft ActiveDirectory/groupware-whatever jail.
I've got a negative bias because I don't "get" tablets. Me, personally, it's not even close to the Android ecosystem and the blinky tiles do nothing for me. Judging by how many tiny promises were broken and time wasted for the buyer and almost empty marketplace the device is doomed. Microsoft could keep it going though just to say they've got a tablet.
Surviving the Cashless Cataclysm
Let's back up for a minute:
#1 reason for a country to go to an electronic purse is to eliminate the tremendous costs of managing currency. Think about the logistics required to keep money in an economy. It's not just "oh, ship $10 million USD to Las Vegas so peoples can gamble or whatever." It's an ENORMOUS HASSLE. Electronic purses are very tantalizing way to be far more efficient as a currency provider.
Banks and nations have mostly gone to a banking standard with a smart card providing a great degree of fraud protection for online transactions. "ONLINE" means anywhere a trusted network connection/payment terminal is set up. Done. Use a debit/credit card and any number of officious people can get that transaction information. Most of you guys and the girl reading this don't seem to mind this...
What you are attempting to discuss is OFFLINE transactions. This software is sometimes referred to as an electronic purse.
Bob wants to give Joe $10 for a cool Commodore 64 and there's no paper currency in the economy. So, Bob has his smart card and puts it into a dumb, untrusted reader. The reader device asks how much to transfer. Joe then sticks his card in and like magic $10 in value is added to Joe's card and Bob's is credited with no network connection. Can the transaction be fed back to some server? Depends on the electronic purse. Can you have a relatively anonymous system that works? Yes.
Lots worse privacy issues than this. It's just that it's not okay to talk about them. We got to protect ourselves from those Terrists and all.
Where's my mobile phone that is a pay terminal? USA is still in the stone ages making a killing with 'identity protection' schemes and magnetic stripes. Why? Banks make more money and it's pretty cheap.
AMD: What Went Wrong?
A firm with a Monopoly has multiple, permanent advantages. That there is little/no interest in breaking it up is another story.
How do I get back a passion for programming?
Seriously. Polish your interview skills and move on. No one is forcing you to be miserable. Life is too short.
Ask Slashdot: Easiest Virtual Router for ESXi5
Conflicting requirements that cannot be satisfied.
If staff cannot be bothered to learn Linux's routing interface, (not "Linux") then your default answer is to choose whatever routing interface they know already.
Old Arguments May Cost Linux the Desktop
You are calling open source desktops out for things no one in the industry does.
To use a car example, it's like a car with high torque and excellent gas mileage, but ugly to look at and the instruments are labelled differently and in the back seat.
You've never owned a 70's era American car, have you? The funny thing is, some people Loooove those 70's cars.
Where are the open source tech writers? The ones who take that part of the problem and work alongside the engineers to ensure quality documentation?
Under the "help" menu option? If you have geek cred, man FTW!
Where are the open source ergonomic experts,
Are you kidding me? They are working for Microsoft or Apple. You know how Office looks nothing like the OS GUI? That's their hard work right there.
the usability analysts, the aesthetic artists?
Who? What? Is this the geek version of the old Hollywood line "I'm a director."
Who ever does usability studies, or consistency between apps?
When does this happen in the industry? Adobe doesn't talk to Apple or Microsoft when they are designing yet another loose menu. Microsoft's own Office dev team *clearly* does not talk to the OS people.
Old Arguments May Cost Linux the Desktop
For Linux to ever have a shot on the desktop, it would have to stop being Linux. Namely it would have to get some standards beyond the kernel.
Bwahahaha!! You mean, like Microsoft and Apple follow desktop standards? C'mon. See freedesktop for your desktop standards.
it is a rich experience that comprises, well, everything you find on a Windows or MacOS disc.
Oh, look at that, Debian releases desktop-specific disks. If I do nothing during install, I get a full-feature GNOME desktop. If I select options clearly presented, I can have KDE, XFCE, LXDE appear like magic when I reboot. I tell you it's MAGIC!!!!
And since when does microsoft release a full-featured set of applications with their minimal installed OS? Apple? A default Debian desktop install gets you a very good image editor, very good "office" suite, PDF ripping, audio and video playing desktop, great web browsers. Apple and Microsoft cannot make the same claim.
Along those lines it would have to do away with having source be something a user had any idea existed. No distributing programs as source, no recompiling the kernel to make something work, all binary all the time for users.
1999 called and they want you back when this claim was possibly valid...
Rivals Mock Microsoft's 'Native HTML5' Claims
Meanwhile, Firefox remains the red headed stepchild to Microsoft because money talks.
Who Killed Spotify?
Yell and stomp your feet all you want, nothing will come of it.
The point of DRM is to make it sufficiently hard to violate copyright. That's all.
Breakable DRM is a balancing act between looking the other way while entertainment media is distributed as a kind of loss leader, and generating sufficient fear that the RIAA will litigate you for violating copyright.
They don't need to change, they know what you like and have copyright and intellectual property law on their side. Meanwhile your right to repurpose your content has been sodomized with set top boxes. And you like it that way.
Until you stop feeding the RIAA members your money, nothing is going to stop them.
Verizon Net Neutrality Case Rejected
They need time to draft the bill to make this pesky regulation a shadow of its current form. Don't worry, AT&T is helping!
Paul Allen Rips Bill Gates In Autobiography
Is Paul the good guy in this scenario? Nope. Not even close.
Last.Fm Founder Criticizes Apple Over Music Subscription Fees
I imagine the goal of what's left of the music industry is to retain some semblance of control of distribution. That's how they over-charge consumers for their content.
The entertainment oligopoly wants this deal. It marries content playback to hardware. This is a way to regain control of digital distribution and extract way more money out of consumers than a LastFM.
The Fall of Wintel and the Rise of Armdroid
Where is my ARM/MIPS/PowerPC motherboard so I could build a proper workstation?
Because there is no demand for ARM PC motherboards. You would need a different power supply too. No demand for that either. The RAM is different too. The hardware business is very low profit margin, so if an ARM motherboard were available, all of the components would cost you at least 2x what a low-spec x86 board costs. And then there's the problem of limited device drivers.
I currently do all my work on a Powerbook. It is actually nice to know that there are no proprietary, binary blobs available for this system.
Yes, there are. You may or may not be running them, but there are more binary blobs every year for Linux. Another word for them is firmware. Some of the architectures and firmware licenses are crafted such that they can be distributed in Free software. This is not ideal, but practical.
The Fall of Wintel and the Rise of Armdroid
Imagine being the guy they hire to manage an ARM port at Microsoft. Could there be a worse job at Microsoft?
Imagine how the ARM guy has to go around and convince various development, marketing and management fiefdoms built on x86 since day 2 to make an ideological shift to include or even imagine an ARM port.
-The costs will be blown sky-high if only to keep things just as they are right now.
-The resource constraints will be retold as enormous
-The market research will cast the ARM market as "bad" for all kinds of crazy reasons.
This ARM guy will probably quit if he has a brain in his head, or get fired for non-performance.
Meanwhile tiny non-x86 devices will eat away at Microsoft's business until they can't pretend any more and the 'business' collapses.
Jerry Brown Confiscates 48,000 Cell Phones
A libertarian would have the state declare bankruptcy
Ok, declare bankruptcy. Now what? State bond rates *skyrocket* It turns out that would be the first of maybe 25-35 dominos where States would have no choice but to declare bankruptcy.
And then there's all those pesky retirees that hold State bonds because of their perceived security that you've just made near penniless. How do you think that's going to play out?
and nullify the state employee union's contract and pensions.
Ok, done. Now what? How does the daily uninteresting work of running government get done? Who are you going to hire? Probably the people you just fired because they're the only ones that know anything. Now what? They reorganize. Ohh, but there's the false promise of contracting the work out. Ask some of the regular slashdotters in the Military Industrial Complex how well that works. Hint: it doesn't shhh!
I know, I know, I don't 'understand.' Or, it doesn't have to work that way. Well, it does work that way. Libertarian ideals are being sold as a solution to every government problem when in fact, they accelerate the rate of corruption.
Autism-Vax Doc Scandal Was Pharma Business Scam
For *every* *single* I told you so post, I want to know how many had infants at the time of the peak of the hysteria or have infants now. The issue looks a whole lot different as a parent.
In the U.S., there's a complicating factor. Vaccine manufacturers are generally shielded from liability. Where is the manufacturer's disincentive for distributing deadly product?
Not every step forward in medical anything turns out necessarily good. Read up on Pharma's invasion of Psychiatry sometime.
Finally, the choice with my kid was old-fashioned single vaccines. More shots, but essentially the same product that was given to me as a kid. For reasons I really don't get, there was a great deal of resistance to this method by a couple of pediatricians. We just found a pediatrician that had it on hand and did one at a time with time between each one.
My wife buys into this stuff regularly, so my position was not immediately accepted. But she got to the point pretty quickly where one at a time was a good compromise.
First PlayStation 3 Custom Firmware Created
Qemu has a powerpc emulator. when will I be able to run a playstation virtual machine on top of Qemu?