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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

rlp Re:Anti-competitive behavior is a big deal (312 comments)

Many regulations are in place to assure safety and the public good. However, all too often, the regulated get control of the regulatory agencies ("regulatory capture") and then regulations are created to preserve the incumbents dominant market position and/or business model.

about two weeks ago

Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

rlp Peachy (474 comments)

As a relatively pleased Time-Warner customer I am sooooo looking forward to Comcast acquiring TW.

about 3 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

rlp Windows 8 (611 comments)

Because I really like the idea of a desktop UI attached to a tablet UI with bungee cords (not).

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

rlp Motion Detector+ (408 comments)

Motion detector triggering MP3 playback

(Loud cheery voice) "Intruder detected. Self-destruct sequence initiated ..."

about 4 months ago

How 'Fast Lanes' Will Change the Internet

rlp Re:Real Solution (192 comments)

I agree - but with the proposed Comcast / TW merger, things appear to be moving in the opposite direction.

Also, I'd like to see a defined split between bandwidth and content providers. Allow companies to offer one or the other, but not both.

about 5 months ago

SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'

rlp Tax based on holding period (303 comments)

Simply tax profits on all equities held for less than 5 minutes at 100%. Problem solved.

about 5 months ago

In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

rlp Replace hole with net (405 comments)

They could replace the hole with a net. Then instead of a golf ball, golfers could throw a plastic disc. They could call it, oh, wait, nevermind.

about 5 months ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

rlp The pendulum swings (510 comments)

I expect deaf culture, blind culture, amputee culture, etc. will disappear and the re-appear as implants, prosthetics and other assistive technology gets better and better.

"What you mean you CAN'T see into the infrared and you don't have 100X zoom? You mundanes are so pathetic".

about 5 months ago

Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

rlp "Free" Windows (387 comments)

It's a trap!!

Seriously why would you use something as bloated as Windows for a mobile or embedded device? Why would you use proprietary "free" software, which will become NOT free when the market gets large enough?

about 6 months ago

Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

rlp Pro-tip (357 comments)

When the ship's computer wakes you early to report a strange distress signal from an previously uncharted star system - reset the navigation towards earth and go back to suspended animation.

about 6 months ago

Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...

rlp Skeptical (192 comments)

Paper currency - it's valuable because governments say its valuable and millions of businesses accept it.
Gold - its valuable because its historically been valuable, quantities are limited, and it's exchangeable for paper currency.
Bitcoin - its valuable cause bitcoin miners say its valuable and some very dodgy businesses accept it.

Bitcoin - no, thanks

about 6 months ago

SXSW: Edward Snowden Swipes At NSA

rlp Re:What exact laws were broken? (116 comments)

Bill of Rights - 4th Amendment to US Constitution:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized".

about 6 months ago

Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

rlp Re:Delta Smelt (545 comments)

Humans have been turning desert into agricultural land via irrigation since the time of the Mesopotamians. Most of California is too dry to maintain agriculture and cities without irrigation. Which was working well until the government decided to dump massive amounts of water to protect a bait fish.

about 6 months ago

Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

rlp Delta Smelt (545 comments)

Or California could stop diverting water to protect the Delta Smelt.

about 6 months ago

Wolfram Language Demo Impresses

rlp APL (216 comments)

Someone reminiscent of APL which critics called the first 'write-only' programming language.

about 7 months ago

Ray Kurzweil Talks Google's Big Plans For Artificial Intelligence

rlp At an undisclosed location ... (254 comments)

Sarah Connor is unavailable for comment.

about 7 months ago

I'd prefer military fiction books that are ...

rlp Hard to Choose (236 comments)

My favorite series are 1632 and Honor Harrington. Also, the Harry Dresden series - but that's not science fiction.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

rlp Easy (478 comments)

1) Retract interior cameras
2) Rapidly spray interior of vehicle with paint
3) Extend interior camera

Repeat at 10 second intervals

about 7 months ago

Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

rlp Move (692 comments)

If Google, Apple, and Facebook are not welcome in the San Francisco, I'm sure there are a lot of other places that would welcome them.

For instance, taxes and cost of living are much lower in Ohio. Plus we have all this lovely snow.

about 8 months ago



rlp rlp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rlp (11898) writes "Researchers at the Institute for Astronomy in Zurich are reporting that solar sunspot activity is at a 1000 year peak. Records of sunspots have been kept since 1610. The period between 1645 and 1715 (known as the Maunder Minimum) was a period of very few sunspots. Researchers extended the record by measuring isotopes of beryllium (created by cosmic rays) in Greenland ice cores. Based on observations and ice core records, we are now at a sunspot peak exceeding solar activity for any time in the past thousand years."


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