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Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

rssrss The Gating Issue (151 comments)

The gating issue is now screen size and finger size. Nice big high def screens need big batteries to keep them lit. I don't think those items are going to get much smaller.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

rssrss Re:UX (198 comments)

Agreed. invest in ux.

about a week ago

Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

rssrss Re:the bell curve for amenities (72 comments)

There is an inverse correlation between the price of the hotel and the price of the wi-fi. But, even at expensive hotels with $15/day wi-fi, there are things you can do.

At many of those hotels wi-fi in the lobby and restaurants is gratis, and they may be pleasant places to sit while you read your email. Also, it is worthwhile to butter up the desk clerks who maybe able to slip you a password. I have also found that most hotels never change their passwords. Sometimes I have paid once and used it several times.

BTW, Panera's coffee and food are much better than MickeyD's. The wi-fi is usually serviceable. A couple of years ago a storm knocked our cable service for a week. I spent a lot of time at the local Panera.

about two weeks ago

Firefox 31 Released

rssrss AC above (172 comments)

I forgot to sign in before posting. I apologize.

about a month ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

rssrss The Real Minimum Wage Is Zero (1040 comments)

That is right. The law may say that if you employ someone, you have to pay him at least $15/hr. But, the law does not say that you must employ anybody. If a given potential employee can't pull his weight at his wage, you not hire him, or if you did, you will fire him.

Ask yourself how many kids fresh out of high school are worth $15/hr? I think the number is probably less than 3%, the rest of them will be working on their basketball shot or their video game skills.

about 3 months ago

New Federal Database Will Track Americans' Credit Ratings, Other Financial Info

rssrss Re:Mortgages are public records (294 comments)

Mortgages must be recorded in the county land records. The mortgage instrument must set forth the principal amount of debt secured by the mortgage. The amount so stated limits the amount the lender may recieve in the event of a foreclosure sale, although the amount may be increased by interest and expenses.

about 3 months ago

$200 For a Bound Textbook That You Can't Keep?

rssrss It Really Takes a Lot of Nerve (252 comments)

Fortunately for you, most of you have never been in law school (I like to tell prospective law students that there are more amusing prisons in the mountains of Peru.). So you have had no reason to look at a law school casebook.

The name casebook distinguishes them from textbooks used by students in other fields. A casebook consists mostly of the reports of the decisions of courts (most often appellate courts) in actual decided cases. The case reports (thus the name cases) are usually edited to remove material not relevant to the main point the author is interested in (often irrelevant and trivial procedural issues from the lower court), the casebook author often includes notes of contrary or different cases and of relevant statutes.

There is usually no other material created by the so-called authors of the casebook.

Here is the main point. Reports of cases decided by courts are inherently public domain material regardless of their age. The same is true of statutes.

Almost all of the material in a casebook is not, and may not be, copyrighted.

Asserting intellectual property rights over reprinted public domain material is requires nerve to the point of chutzpah.

BTW, the restriction on resale is mostly like invalid as a restraint of trade, and will not be binding on subsequent purchasers such as used book merchants. It is also a violation of the Sherman Act.

about 3 months ago

How Concrete Contributed To the Downfall of the Roman Empire

rssrss Re:Ridiculous (384 comments)

Better yet read this:

Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, ed. J.B. Bury with an Introduction by W.E.H. Lecky (New York: Fred de Fau and Co., 1906), in 12 vols. Vol. 1. Monday

Gibbon's classic work, still the greatest prose work in the English language IMHO, was originally published in 1776.

It is available, free of charge, at the Online Library of Liberty Website at this URL.

They have several different formats including: an HTML version converted from the original text, EBook PDF a text-based PDF created from the HTML, Facsimile PDF, an image-based PDF made from scans of the original book, and a Kindle E-book. OLL has many other classics of political theory and history available fro free downloads.

First Paragraph:

In the second century of the Christian era, the empire of Rome comprehended the fairest part of the earth, and the most civilised portion of mankind. The frontiers of that extensive monarchy were guarded by ancient renown and disciplined valour. The gentle, but powerful, influence of laws and manners had gradually cemented the union of the provinces. Their peaceful inhabitants enjoyed and abused the advantages of wealth and luxury. The image of a free constitution was preserved with decent reverence. The Roman senate appeared to possess the sovereign authority, and devolved on the emperors all the executive powers of government. During a happy period of more than fourscore years, the public administration was conducted by the virtue and abilities of Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, and the two Antonines. It is the design of this and of the two succeeding chapters, to describe the prosperous condition of their empire; and afterwards, from the death of Marcus Antoninus, to deduce the most important circumstances of its decline and fall: a revolution which will ever be remembered, and is still felt by the nations of the earth.

about 4 months ago

Waste Management: The Critical Element For Nuclear Energy Expansion

rssrss Re:No thanks on Nuclear proliferation... (281 comments)

I suppose you have solved the problem of the sun's daily disappearing act.

about 4 months ago

Waste Management: The Critical Element For Nuclear Energy Expansion

rssrss Consider the source (281 comments)

FTFP: "Harvard's Yun Zhou explores the reprocessing of spent fuel."

Why should I care about Yun Zhou's opinion on Nuclear fuel cycles? Is she a nuclear engineer with deep experience in the subject? Is she a nuclear chemist? or a nuclear physicist?

So I will do what the poster of this article did not do, I will Google Harvard's Yun Zhou" It was laborious, I selected those words and right clicked on them. Here is what I found:

"Yun Zhou: Doctoral Student in Sociology, Research Interests: Gender; sexuality and feminist theories; inequality and stratification; comparative sociology; quantitative methodology."

So, she does not appear to know any more about the nuclear fuel cycle that I do. Ho hum.

Good work slashdot, always keeping scientific information in front of the public.</sarc>

about 4 months ago

IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

rssrss Re:We've gone beyond bad science (703 comments)

I reply with facts, and returns with insults.

about 5 months ago

IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

rssrss Re:We've gone beyond bad science (703 comments)

Whose point? And why not. Brazil is in the tropics and it is a major food producer. Clearly higher temperatures in the higher latitudes will not inhibit food production.

about 5 months ago

IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

rssrss Re:We've gone beyond bad science (703 comments)

Brazil's Main Agricultural Products and Exports:

        Sugar: the world's largest producer and exporter.
        Coffee: the world's largest producer and exporter. It controls about 30 percent of the international market in the bean.
        Orange Juice: the world's largest producer and exporter. It accounts for roughly one in every two glasses of orange juice consumed in the world today.
        Beef: Brazil has the world's largest commercial cattle herd of around 200 million head, and is the largest exporter of beef.
        Poultry: With a fast expanding grain belt, Brazil has leveraged its corn and soy production to become the world's largest exporter of poultry meat. Feed accounts for about 70 percent of poultry production costs.
        Soybeans: the world's No. 2 soybean producer and exporter, and one day will likely overtake the United States as the leading producer of the oilseed.
        Corn: No.3 world exporter of corn. Until recently it has been only a marginal corn exporter, keeping 95 percent of the 55 million tonnes-plus of corn produced at home to feed its booming pork and poultry industries. But in the past several years, Brazil has exported around 7 to 11 million tonnes a year.
        Cocoa: Brazil ranks sixth among the world's cocoa growers.
        Timber: With abundant rain, sun and land inside the tropics, Brazil is the world's lowest cost producer of pulp from timber.
        Cotton: ranks no.4 in world exporters of cotton fibre. Brazil produces close to 2 million tonnes of high grade long fibre cotton lint.

- See more at:

about 5 months ago

IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

rssrss Re:We've gone beyond bad science (703 comments)

Well that would explain why Brazil is a major exporter of agricultural products.

about 5 months ago

Should Nuclear and Renewable Energy Supporters Stop Fighting?

rssrss Re:No, because they are not compatible (551 comments)

As I say: These are people who do not want to solve problems, they want to be problems.

about 7 months ago

Extinct Species of Early Human Survived On Grass Bulbs, Not Meat

rssrss Re:Tiger nuts? Not meat? (318 comments)

No. But the album is great. Some of Bruce's best work.

about 7 months ago



Dennis Ritche 1941-2011

rssrss rssrss writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rssrss writes "Dennis M. Ritchie was found dead on Wednesday at his home in Berkeley Heights, N.J.

Mr. Ritchie was the principal designer of the C programming language and, with Ken Thompson, co-developer of the Unix operating system."

Link to Original Source

Use Linux instead of Windows? China won't

rssrss rssrss writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rssrss (686344) writes "Even Communist dictators have a hard time getting organizations under their control to use Linux instead of Windows. 'For a decade now, China has been trying to get business and government users to adopt Unix (and later Linux) as their operating system. Yet most Chinese businesses, and many government departments, continue to use Microsoft operating systems.' Will Russia have any more success?"
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