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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

presidenteloco EUgle? (67 comments)

Why don't the Europeans start their own search and ad engine?

Oh, because they would lose?

What I don't understand here is Google does not have a monopoly on search services. They're just damn good at it and the market, with several other choices including Bing!, votes with its clicks. I'm not sure I see what's wrong with that.

3 hours ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

presidenteloco The missing information here: is it feasible? (97 comments)

Is it feasible to make sapphire smartphone screens which are not too shatter-prone? or not?
Are the properties of the material at that physical thickness and expanse just not good enough?
Or could it be done, if done more carefully?

Never mind the bolloxed business deal and manufacturing process in this case, is it feasible in principle at this stage of physics and engineering knowhow?

If so, isn't someone else going to pick up the slack here?

3 hours ago
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Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

presidenteloco Non-neutrality damages innovation (104 comments)

and promotes more total and more entrenched network-effect monopolies.

If you came up with a way better peer to peer movie sharing site that had better quality and paid the actors and director directly through a tip jar which also funded their next productions (just throw the business process patent my way now, I won't even bother applying :-), you woudn't have a fair chance to compete, because the Flixazon competitor's product would be free for the users and you couldn't get into the market.

And because their's was free to end users, network bandwidth would be swamped with use of their service, leaving only low quality fits and starts of movie streaming for you.

9 hours ago
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

presidenteloco In Soviet Russia (150 comments)

The state forgets YOU!

9 hours ago
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

presidenteloco Re:Stop code? (150 comments)

Yes. It's called the robots.txt file, and google search engine respects its wish not to crawl a site.

And this is exactly how this kind of issue should be managed. If some false and defamatory/libelous content is published on some sites, then the affected party should request its takedown, and if refused, then a criminal charge should be sought, or a civil lawsuit should be brought.

We're on the slippery slope to where if I post a photo of a wall of a building on which slanderous graffiti has been scrawled, I can be held liable for that. Or worse, if my future google-glass-like always-on baseball-cap cam happens to catch the graffiti wall because I glance at it, then again I'm liable.

9 hours ago
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

presidenteloco Suggestion: hamper.com (150 comments)

A place where dirty laundry that has been removed from the google search engine can be listed.

This would rely on some kind of time-based diff, or on Google publishing a list of the links it has removed just prior to removing them.

9 hours ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

presidenteloco Re:Economic system (624 comments)

Wish I had mod points. Insightful as hell. Well said.

By the way, "The Economist" worshippers ("The Economist(ake): Make dollars not sense"), enjoy your 100-dollar-bill salad with diamond croutons and a maraschino penny on top for dinner when the shit hits the fan.

2 days ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

presidenteloco Re:Who pays for the infrastructure costs? (516 comments)

FYI demand in summer in many states is highest with mid-day air conditioning, same time as solar peaks.

The grid as a whole needs to add much more storage, and long distance HVDC transmission lines, to balance intermittent power sources.

My general position is maybe start reducing the incentives for solar, EVs etc once we are at say 50% of where we need to get to in the level of penetration of these technologies. Until then, get any additional needed infrastructure revenue from gradually increasing carbon taxes.

Make sure there are both carbon taxes and affordable alternatives to burning fossil fuels.
That's the recipe for a successful transition of the energy system.

about two weeks ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

presidenteloco don't tax alternative energy and transportation (516 comments)

"fees proposed by utilities on customers who install solar and take advantage of net metering, or the ability to sell excess power back to utilities"

this reminds me of the states that are passing taxes on electric vehicles because they don't pay gas tax.

There is a monumental, staggering level of myopia in those who propose and enact measures like these.

We have to transition to ~ 90% of the transport and energy in the economy to non-fossil, in a damn hurry (e.g. 2050), and we are way less than 1% of the way to where we need to get, so why the H3LLLLLL! would anyone be trying to put the brakes on the change already. Insanity, or stupidity of the highest order.

about two weeks ago
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fMRI Data Reveals How Many Parallel Processes Run In the Brain

presidenteloco Re:Ill go further Process is a bad term here (91 comments)

I disagree. One needs the right to use the word "process" in its general but still technical sense: A series of causally related events and states. Often but not always an "organized and constrained" series of causally related events and states. Often but not always achieving or configured/designed/arranged to achieve some particular purpose or end result.

If conventional, present-day computing has borrowed this common English term and specialized it further, fine, but that shouldn't prevent someone correctly using a more general version of the term in a discussion of an alternate information processing architecture, such as the brain's.

about three weeks ago
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fMRI Data Reveals How Many Parallel Processes Run In the Brain

presidenteloco Re:Oh Please Edge Detection and Motion Detection (91 comments)

The nature of the computational problems being solved by the brain suggests that a good processing architecture would be a hierarchy of processing (with feedback of course) in which parallel processing and serial processing take place at many levels in the hierarchy, with the leaf nodes of processing being massively parallel search/matching/associative traversal, but with serial decision / aggregation of result mixed in there. Map reduce anyone?

But that sort of mixed parallel serial computing should happen at different granularities up and down various hierarchies of functional processing organization, and it would not be surprising if at one of those many levels, there were about 50 concurrent instances of computing processes running. Further down toward primitive feature recognition and primitive feature associative inference there would almost certainly be many many more parallel computations going on, feeding up into the higher-level model formation and higher-level concept formation and inference processes.

about three weeks ago
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Using Naval Logbooks To Reconstruct Past Weather and Predict Future Climate

presidenteloco Offtopic: What is with the egregious clickbait (102 comments)

at the bottom of the classic slashdot homepage.

9.5 out of 10 on the annoying and intelligence-insulting scale.

Dice please exterminate this local outbreak of this putrid Internet fungal growth.

about three weeks ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

presidenteloco Secure tokens? You mean like Bitcoin (130 comments)

Hey, maybe we don't even need those credit card companies in the mix at all.

about three weeks ago
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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

presidenteloco Re:Breaking the stranglehold of other countries (332 comments)

Or, you could use grid-scale energy storage, combined with low-loss HVDC long-distance transmission. HDVC lines can be over 2000km long, bigger than an individual weather system, so a network of them can redistribute intermittent wind and solar output effectively.

about a month ago
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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

presidenteloco Puts the rest of us to shame (332 comments)

Our governments, and, oops, those who elected them.

The kind of target they are going for (especially the 2050 one) is in the ballpark of the kind of target we would all have to hit to avoid a complete screw-up on this file.

Are you a betting person?

I think it's great what Denmark's doing, but it saddens me to realize that political will in the rest of the world is so far far off the mark.

about a month ago
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Study: New Jersey e-Vote Experiment After Sandy a Disaster

presidenteloco Re:millions of internet elections (77 comments)

> None of those have a requirement for anonymous voting.

Wrong. Organization executive elections require anonymous voting. And there have definitely been 100s of thousands of those conducted over the last 8 or 9 years.

about 1 month ago
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Study: New Jersey e-Vote Experiment After Sandy a Disaster

presidenteloco millions of internet elections (77 comments)

for organization executives, policy approvals, and stockholder proxy votes have been conducted without incident so far.

A handful of problem cases are to be expected amidst this flood.

I would doubt that the relative incidence of rigging paper-ballot elections is smaller.

about a month ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

presidenteloco This will be wildly successful (165 comments)

in our narcissistic society.

Really, it puts "selfie-sticks" to shame.

Now, if you'll excuse me I need to search for my recent slashdot posts to admire them again.

about a month ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

presidenteloco What's needed is convenient proxy addresses (256 comments)

I mean virtual "physical home" addresses that you can rent, along with the suitable internet proxy server to make you appear to be from that state. Combine this with a "we will deliver your purchased goods to your real address for a nominal fee" service, wrap that all up in a bow, and voila: shiny new car !

about a month ago

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software for home energy conservation

presidenteloco presidenteloco writes  |  more than 2 years ago

presidenteloco (659168) writes "We have some development resources to prototype smart energy grid innovations. What would you like to see? How could people interact over the Internet to help conserve energy? What about a smartphone app tied to your smart home. Any ideas?"
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Looking for smartgrid software design ideas

presidenteloco presidenteloco writes  |  more than 3 years ago

presidenteloco (659168) writes "I work for a polytechnic university applied research group working on a smartgrid testbed project. That is, we are implementing R&D versions of electrical power grid technologies. My team does the software side of the work. One thing we are building is energy management system web applications for residential energy consumers to look at their consumption and set profiles for their consumption depending on energy price. What features should that have? What pricing models would you like to see? Can you think of any social energy management apps? We have some resources to implement prototypes, and are looking for ideas. This is for research purposes and innovation of the grid for environmental and economic and security reasons. Someone might try to commercialize some of it. Do you have any smartgrid software ideas you are willing to share?"
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presidenteloco presidenteloco writes  |  more than 7 years ago

presidenteloco (659168) writes "I have developed a web application that I plan to offer on a subscription or service-fee basis.
Should I make the source code behind it free and open source?

What are the factors I should consider? If I FOSS it, I'll receive possibly some assistance
with refining and extending the software, and some good Karma, but on the other hand,
It will be trivial for anyone else to replicate my business model, or to set up their own in-house
version of my service, with no remuneration for me. Also, the value of the "asset" from an
investment or acquisition perspective would likely fall. Ideally, I'd like to earn a humble living or a
portion thereof from operating web applications that I develop. What would Slashdotters do?"

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