The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"
This was already tried with the Tassimo, T Disc, system. Each T disc has a bar code on the label that controls brewing parameters. The new Keurig VUE system is the same, and will fail miserably, simply because it's not compatible with K-cups. What happened was the K-cup patents expired, so Keurig developed a new, patented, cup design. However, K-cups are now patent unencumbered, ubiquitous in the market, and very cheap to produce. With time, you'll see the price of K-cups come down drastically, in response to competition, and this action will cement K-cups as the de facto standard for single serving coffee.
It will parallel that of Microsoft's Surface RT tablets. Think of K-cups as Windows/x86 programs, with the new system being a Windows/arm platform.
Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access
and what makes you think the corporations wouldn't employ their own militia in the absence of that govt protection?
How About a Megatons To Megawatts Program For US Nuclear Weapons?
Do you have any idea how much it takes to create weapons grade uranium? Umm no.
Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps
We must absolutely do something to disincentivize wealth hoarding; these people are mentally ill to believe it's ok to hoard such vast amounts of money. One simple solution is to institute a tiered tax system that's relative to the national poverty level, for example:
100% poverty level = 0%.
1000% poverty level = 20%.
10000% poverty level = 30%
100000% poverty level = 40%
1000000% poverty level = 75%
10000000% poverty level = 85%
100000000% poverty level = 95%
1000000000% poverty level = 99%
Press Used To Print Millions of US Banknotes Seized In Quebec
Since the federal reserve is a private institution, wouldn't printing new bills be copyright infringement? Furthermore, since the copyright symbol was left off and it was commissioned by the goverment doesn't that mean it's public domain?
What's the value of a copyleft currency? Wouldn't that be just another fiat currency like any other?
GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models
What is the root cause? I drive a 32" LCD TV with my Early 2011 MBP, it worked flawlessly in Lion, but Mavericks I have notice many glitches... I just assumed it was Apple's reworking of the multiple monitor code that was flaky. I seem to recall these machines have dual video drivers. If it's the internal ATI Radeon GPU that is faulty, can you force it into internal graphics mode? Or vice versa?
Is heat a factor? If so, Apple should be able to tweak the cooling thresholds with a firmware update.
Australian Team Working On Engines Without Piston Rings
I'm thinking if you had a micrometer sized spiral grove going up the cylinder wall the oil would stay in the grove to act as a fluid bearing and seal. I think part of the problem is that pistons and cylinder walls expand and contract with temperature.
What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?
The Mac Pro line is assembled in the USA. The argument is moot, I'm more then happy to pay the premium for premium quality; if I were a mechanic I wouldn't hesitate to buy professional tools, and the same is true for the mac. The mere suggestion of building your own system is insane, professionals don't have time to tinker around with a piece of shit personal computer. It's not easy to assemble a production system from off the shelf commodity parts, and anyone suggesting as much has never done professional systems engineering and integration; assuming you have the knowledge, I'd think there would be revenue generating projects you could be working on instead.
This is stupid and pointless. Frankly you can keep your commie windows system, it's the mac operating system that I want anyways.
Multivitamin Researchers Say 'Case Is Closed' As Studies Find No Health Benefits
Hedging bets, I take half a multi-vitamin daily.
US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month
I haven't gotten over being mad about them phasing out buggy whips yet!!
That's what she said.
US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month
Right because putting things like that to a popular vote in a republic is a really sane way to govern.
Actually that might be the way to go, a simple majority is all that's needed for any particular vote; this would engage citizens in government. While you can't circumvent the bill making process that is articulated in the constitution, you should be able add a public vote as a pre-bill step without an actual amendment to the constitution.
In essence, it would be a method of constituent polling, which legislators can use as the basis their actions. Assuming legislators are acting on behalf of the constituents I think this is a no brainer. What are we waiting for? The open source community is ideally suited to build a secure polling system.
No Longer "Noble"; Argon Compound Found In Space
Noble as in inert - it's not supposed to react to form a stable molecule.
Noble doesn't imply non-reactive, all of the noble elements can be ionized, with enough energy, just like any other element. What it means is they have a stable electron configuration. Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton, Xenon, and Radon all have there outermost electron orbital shells filled. This means they're not inclined to give, borrow, or take electrons from other elements, this is why there called noble.
The fact that argon hydride was found in space implies that krypton, xenon, and radon hydride can also be found in space.
Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts
My dog said she wants to incorporate a business, is it ok if she signs with her paw print on the articles of incorporation?
My dog, cat, whatever should be a legal person, that way when it runs off or attacks something I can't be held liable. You'll have to arrest them and arraign them in court just like any other person, furthermore they'll have a right to court provided legal representation. Hopefully the judge will grant them pre-trial release, otherwise they might show bias against four footed persons. However, I'm fairly certain the judge would end up ruling they are incompetent to stand trial. Furthermore, they'll need protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act, since they can't compete with the abilities of humans. Thankfully they'll be eligible for social security supplemental income, medicaid, and medicare. Do they need a bank account, or can I be a trusty for them? What about taxes if they earn a living?
What's a reasonable wage to pay a coonhound for treeing a coon? Are they salaried or hourly?
Coldest Spot On Planet Earth Identified
Giving people a stipend like Sweden is one of the better ideas I've heard in a long time, instead of working to further a few individuals private interests, people would now have the time to dedicate to their own interests, which would be much more diverse and generally non-profit motivated. Myself, for instance, would use my time to further medical research in compounds that can't be patented.
Socialism isn't the answer, but at the same time capitalism isn't ether. We control the world at this point in our evolution, cooperation is critical now, and there is no other way forward.
Affordable 3D Metal Printer Developed Based on RepRap
Isn't an affordable 3D metal printer simply a welder attached to an x, y, z axis table? With a welder you can control the bead size by simply adjusting the feed rate and current. What is the issue here? Just get a mig welder, disassemble and attach it to a robot, then enclose the whole thing in a box filled with inert gas.
US Issues 30-Year Eagle-Killing Permits To Wind Industry
Actually private prosecution is allowed, it's not common because criminal cases that public attorneys decline to prosecute are often not winnable or otherwise worthwhile to pursue. Often there is typically no incentive for a private attorney to prosecute someone. Lastly, they would need to show cause to the judge for why they should be allowed to prosecute someone, and presuming there was enough cause, the public attorney would interlope or take the case back.
It's happened in the past, but is very rare today since nearly every jurisdiction elects an officer of the court to handle this. i.e. the state's attorney.
Microsoft's New Smart Bra Could Stop You From Over Eating
We had food patches, people stopped eating, among other things, so they banned them.
Physicist Peter Higgs: No University Would Employ Me Today
It is a topsy-turvy world where the people in charge are often the least qualified of anyone there.
I see you're just joining us... welcome to the real world.
Elsevier Going After Authors Sharing Their Own Papers
Wait, the public is paying for the research, therefor it is public domain... so what rights are being violated here? Elsevier, nor the researcher, have any rights to the work products that are funded by the public.
Get Ready For a Streaming Music Die-Off
I think the larger artist will actually become the "labels" for smaller artists. It's a natural model, wherein the larger names open their fan base up to smaller artists in exchange for consideration. Opening acts would be signed under the main act, and the main act would take part of cut of the sales of the other acts. Eventually, if the smaller act become popular, they can split off, and the process repeats... it's essentially a talent incubator.
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