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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

sillybilly Re:Does this mean no more Gnome desktop? (686 comments)

By the way when it comes to both competition and sustaining genetic variability, the understood rules are that life is ego based, there are different levels of ego, everyone is responsible to look out for themselves first, then for their families next (in this order, as there are plenty of divorces, and the self comes before the family in them all), then for their "kind", be it their race, color, religion, ethnicity, nationality, or even things such as being "gay", "wiccan", "Harley Davidson", or "heavy metal fan," etc, all falling under the term "identity." You have the right to your identity. To illustrate it with a relatively uncharged and infrequent issue, it's not in harmony with the tao to force indian immigrants to marry chinese ones, when they each wish to marry their own kind, or stay within their "identity." Indian people will care about everyone, but will feel extra responsibility in caring about indians, compared to caring about, say, chinese folks. It's only natural to expect that. Same goes for jews, blacks, hispanics, etc., but whites as a group have affirmative action for now, where by law, they are required to go extra length and extra care based on race, to compensate for past wrongs. So much for competition and ego. When it comes to sustaining genetic variability, your ultimate argument is that one must survive, not at any cost of course. So the question is what is too much cost? If it came down to humans surviving vs. all other species going extinct, we would pick humans surviving, in a speciest way. But when it came to a single human vs. a whole ecosystem of species, such as the Amazon rain forest, well, we can always make more humans, and you don't live forever, so there may be a lot of humans willing to drink the hemlock, Socrates style.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

sillybilly Re:Why not go back to the old SP system and stop t (565 comments)

There is some weird javascript now on Slashdot that keeps jumping the cursor to random places in your text in middle of typing a word, and sometimes overwrites a word remotely, kind of like typing into google search instantly gets autocomplete results, only possible if every single letter is submitted as you type. Back in the old days you could fill out the google search box, then click search, before any network traffic, same with these slashdot submissiion boxes. It might be the browser though, not slashdot, but I'm ashamed of all the grammatical errors in my postings. Btw there is no psychotherapy that relaxes your mind better than coming on Slashdot and bitching. For mental health purposes.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

sillybilly Re:Why not go back to the old SP system and stop t (565 comments)

Basically the new trend in computer business is to remove your ability to locally store files, and keep everything in the cloud, for free now, later blackmailed. This is done by forcing everyone onto smartphones, away from traditional PC's with local file storage. When they hold all your data, all your data is in the cloud, how much is access to your own resume worth to you? $59.99 per access instance? That's cheap! When you need to get a job they will all require electronic submission of your resume, and the only way to create that is on the cloud, because locally stored files are a threat to national security, terrorists might compile an AI (artificial intelligence) that hunts all humans down and eats them alive (by being smarter than any human, hacking into any factory and composing satellite and cellular controlled robots to download itself into, ending up with millions of mobile robots smarter than humans). So when you can only "safely" create any computer related bits and bytes only in the cloud, and there is a team of 12 people paid to watch what you create, then once you create such an electronic resume, and gets approval from all 12 to be safe, it will cost you $59.99 per per job submission instance, to cover the cost of security, inspection of what you created. How many jobs can you afford to apply to then per day? And they will only accept electronically submitted resumes, like medical records are mandatory to be electronic anymore. The jobs are the future are increasingly guilt based, such as prison labor, because noncommuting, local workers, with communal lunches, communal bathroom facilities are the only "slaves" able to compete in the global jobmarket and being able to save 55 cents from the $1 per day that they get paid, because 45 cents is what their housing/food/utilities costs add up to. The other job is "telecommuting" without gasoline cost, where you sit at home and get paid to watch traffic cameras and report suspicious activity, or, as mentioned above, be an observer in the cloud and be one of the 12 inspectors who vote and "agree" to release a resume somebody typed into the "wild," to a job submission database. It's all just a matter of security. Old school "secure", nonchipped mechanical typewriters are gonna be really highly prized in the future, as long as you can figure out a way to type on toilet paper, because all other information storage paper will be banned, to save trees. In fact, the french have bidets, where you don't get to use any paper whatsoever, instead a water jet rinses your privates - I never done it, but from my college french who used to live in France, heard it's strange at first, but you can get use it and like it. Must be kinda like anal sex, strange at first, but people can get to like it. And it might become a necessity, because the Obamacare contraceptive requirement is nonsense, Mr. Obama is not aware that in the US we're not able to follow 5 simple instructions to the letter - in fact where I work there is a job that requires writing numbers in sequence on sheets of paper to label parts, and I don't think there was a single time we hit 10000 on the mark, it's always off by 3, or 14, etc. - so we can't even follow one simple instruction, let alone the 1500 steps necessary in organic synthesis to make a contraceptive drug, there is always something messed up, and then you end up with a "mystery" drug that you sell as a contraceptive, but you don't actually know what it is. Unless it's made by Koreans, Japanese, or Taiwanese, because they are the only ones (except maybe some Swiss, Brits, Germans, and UAE folks) who can letter to 10000 on the mark, but not ones born in the US(they are like the rest of us) but raised in those countries. In US drug factories one way to fix problems is to import a critical mass of people from the proper places, say 80% of the workforce that is actually executing the organic synthesis steps. You need insane people who will lose 20 lbs during graduation from high school, like in Korea, where they get so stressed from studying trying to pass the exams, and don't even have a prom. I got some "Canadian Pharmacy" antibiotics from guess what, India, and out of ampicyllin, doxycycline and erythromicyn only erythromicyn functioned, because it's made by a soil fungus, whose enzymes can follow genetic instructions to the letter, as opposed to the other stuff made by people, who cannot follow simple instructions. People relying on contraceptive drugs to not get pregnant when suing will be told they forgot to read the fine print. Which is a great way to increase our population in the US to better compete with population densities of Japan, Korea, China, India and Indonesia. But if you're serious about contraceptives, anal sex is a really simple and cheap one, and women can get used to it. The ancient rules about the sins of Sodom, Gonorrah and Onan no longer apply in face of global human excesses, and massive extinction rate in other species, as back in ancient times there were relatively few humans, and out of 20 children 2.1 were expected to survive, barely maintaining population levels. Today, if everyone has 20 kids, all 20 might survive, and we have a problem. In face China has a 1 child policy, they already claim they have a population problem. But the US is fairly empty in a lot of places.

2 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

sillybilly Re:Does this mean no more Gnome desktop? (686 comments)

Apropo "vast layers of layers of wrappers for layers of abstractions for wrappers for 3rd party libraries", I bought MS DOS on Ebay the other day, but it was only sold as a 5 1/4" floppy for full 4.01 retail version (retail until I read the fine print, comes with GW Basic) so I got a 5 1/4 floppy drive too to build my own system. What joy it is to watch a computer boot off a 5 1/4 floppy. You can't get more bare to the metal with direct hardware access than DOS. In fact, the intergalactic Borg(I'm saying this to help my ex-doctor keep her job) run DOS(disk operating system, disk being key, meaning if you have more than 250 KB of precious data floating in volatile RAM, you're not doing something right. I power off DOS by cutting power to it, and it loves it.) on their peripherals, 16 bit, and genetically varied high bit Unix on their mainframes. Like queen bees carry genetic variety but there is no need for the worker bees to not be identical copies of each other (btw, losing key worker bees can collapse a hive, so for hives that get trucked a good policy is to never have all the key workers out at the same time. Btw bee drones serve no function other than creating genetic variability by showing up at drone congregation areas to gang bang a queen that shows up and fall to a glorious death. Unlike humans, she can later manually manage which eggs get which sperm.) The biggest issue in computer security or computer science in general these days is lack of genetic variability. Life is all about competition, but also maintaining genetic variability. Every time I played Age of Empires and saw the "You Are Victorious", that reminded me of "You are left alone." In FreeCiv you can win without being alone, in fact you can play to see how few RIP's you can get before your ship reaches Alpha Centauri. When you hit yourself with antibiotics and all that's left is Clostridium Difficile in your guts, it gets so pissed from being lonely, it sends you into anaphylactic shock. The wonderfully efficient potato won the competition of foodstuff grown on 7 acres in Ireland in the 1840's (because 7 acres was not enough to sustain a family of 5, (because 2 kids are not enough to sustain population levels)), and being a monoculture, it was vulnerable, and caused starvation. The bananas biggest problem is no sex life, lack of genetic variability. The biggest problem of Software today is lack of genetic variability - we used to have DEC VAX, SGI Irix, IBM AIX, HP-UX, SCO, BSD, Linux, BeOS, DR DOS, PC DOS, MS DOS, WinNT, Win9x, Novell Netware, OS/2, Mac, Next, and now all we have left are WinNT, Mac, Linux, all friggin bloated beyond belief. I'm talking things where you store files on local disk, not smart phones or cloud bullshit devices. Of these, Linux is the most genetically varied, and it's sad to see Gnome for lack of funds, but there are plenty of other window managers. In fact Lighthouse Puppy 4.1.2rc1 with Mariner (i.e. KDE), completely lacks Gnome, the default, IceWM is surprisingly usable, and only rarely do you need to boot into the bloat of KDE. Unfortunately Web standards are moving so fast, and everything is getting DRM'd, that genetic variability in browsers, or even in such simple things as pdf readers, will be a thing of the past, as Adobe Acrobat is the only one able to handle the standard DRM. We have these fake companies pretending to be competing - Adobe, Microsoft, Corel, Apple etc. when in fact they are one and the same gang.In fact Microsoft sent a cash infusion into Apple right after the antitrust trials, else we'd be left with WinNT and Linux only. By the way apple was never serious competition to Windows, as a Rolls Royce or Lexus is not a serious competition to a Cavalier or Corolla. Luckily the days we get ARM and GoogleOS, but we used to have x86, MIPS, RISC, Alpha, etc, and even in x86 Cyrix, Via, AMD, Intel, to not even talk about the variety of graphics cards back in the 90's. Now it's all system on chip, cheap, no more graphics cards, bye bye.

3 days ago
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"Fair Trolls" To Fight Patents With Patents

sillybilly Re:that's like sucking dick with dick (113 comments)

With patents existing everybody in the world learns to bend over backwards to tie their shoe laces, just to circumvent patents of doing it the "normal" way, bending forward. So you have a lot of crazy things going on in society, all because you have a patent system. There is no monkey see, monkey do, it's no! Bad monkey! Stop imitating! That goes against the very fiber of human nature, humans being the apex, the greatest of great apes.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientific R&D At Home?

sillybilly Re:Einstein had no lab (398 comments)

Just read up on gravitons at wikipedia.

"the graviton is a hypothetical elementary particle... postulated because of the great success of quantum field theory (in particular, the Standard Model) at modeling the behavior of all other known forces of nature...

However, attempts to extend the Standard Model with gravitons have run into serious theoretical difficulties at high energies (processes with energies close to or above the Planck scale) because of infinities arising due to quantum effects (in technical terms, gravitation is nonrenormalizable). On the other hand, the theories of general relativity and quantum mechanics are incompatible at such energies, so from a theoretical point of view the present situation is not tenable. Some proposed models of quantum gravity attempt to address these issues, but these are speculative theories."

There you have it.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientific R&D At Home?

sillybilly Re:Einstein had no lab (398 comments)

The term c appears in electromagnetic space. All the Universe we know is mainly electromagnetic, you and I are chemistry, interactions of atoms through electrons, electromagnetic. So is the light that we see, and all electromagnetic ways to measure time and distance, including atomic clocks up in outer space orbit. However, nonelectromagnetic things may not obey the constant c. One major thing up in the air still is gravity waves, if they exist at all, and what speed they propagate with. The hard nuclear interactions of neutrons/protons, as far as I know have been successfully integrated with quantum-electrodynamics, but gravity interactions are still a dangling sore outside of a grand unified theory of everything we can experimentally observe, as far as I know it's still perplexing and ununderstood, except via some string theory requiring 46 dimensions, 42 of those folded up onto themselves. We don't really like theories of 46 dimensions. "Give me 10 parameters, and I can come up with an equation that fits most of an elephant. Give me 11, and I can fit the tail too" used to say one of my professors.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientific R&D At Home?

sillybilly Re:Einstein had no lab (398 comments)

Einstein's lab was a remote lab across the Atlantic from Switzerland, at Case Western Reserve University, more specifically the Michelson-Morley experiment on a pool of liquid mercury, coming up with the interferometry experimental measurement/conclusion that the Earth is not moving through the aether. Therefore the concept of aether was a superfluous one as far as science and Occam's razor was concerned and was abandoned. Theoretical researchers still ultimately rely on experiment. Michelson Morley did not come up with the theory of relativity, but they did a wonderful job as objective experimental scientists, trying to measure our planet's speed through aether, and "failing" so wonderfully at it. What a waste of money on setting up the whole rig? All that liquid mercury? Not really. Sometimes a failure to obtain a measurement result is the greatest success, and they published their "failure" objectively, without fear. Most of the great scientific advances are in the perplexing details of unexpected, "erroneous" results.

However their result was not totally unexpected, as the Maxwell equations themselves already predicted such a thing, paradoxically, by containing a velocity term c. In the Newton/Galileo worldview, x and dx/dt, position and speed are undetectable, relative (even though Newton did talk about moving through "absolute space" when spinning a bucket of water, but Galileo did not, when telling about the flies not gathering aft in a ship, or his measurements of dropping feathers in a vacuum, or from the leaning tower of Pisa, countering Aristotle's claim that motion, dx/dt is consumed, and correctly ascribing that to friction, to external forces.) Only d2x/dt2, acceleration is revealed by the Universe, as a (inertial) force. Newtons mechanics, his laws, is all about forces, about d2x/dt2. All Einstein did was incorporate the Maxwell equations with this previous idea of Galileo about the relativity of inertial reference frames, that still did check out through the Michelson et.al. experiment, force a system where even with c present there is still inertial relativity and only acceleration manifests itself, and show that the classical Newton/Galileo system was a special limiting case of the old one. It's all really simple if you're willing to give up your prior convictions based on new experimental facts, even if those convictions were related to the most basic of basic things in your image of the world around you, to x and t.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientific R&D At Home?

sillybilly Re:Do what you enjoy... (398 comments)

Problem is there are too many investors who are dying to make it big on your piggy back. I personally would like to grow algae, for biofuels, since I read somewhere that they are the fastest growing organism on the planet. Some forms are responsible for most of the nitrogen cycle binding of atmospheric nitrogen, for fertilizers. Some are grown for food, not very tasty. But the word is they are the fastest growing organism, fastest carbon absorption from the atmosphere. That means I haven't personally seen it, or the issues with associated with it, I only read about it. And since the Clinton administration gave up on the whole thing, I might go through the same steps they went through, and realize, aha, that that and that is the reason why it's really not worth it, some ergonomics, or killer efficiency issue. I'm also not a biologist, and don't even want to be, but as a hobby, watching things grow, I might slowly learn some details. Because maybe there is a way to have a really efficient biofuel industry. If not algae, something else? I don't know. I simply don't know.

I'd do it as a play, as a hobby, any of these things, because I'm curious, because I know if if does work it's very important, but sure as hell not gonna jump into debt over it, promising quick wealth left and right, trying to convince some investors that this is the next big thing, and then have them screaming down my back looking for some quarterly profits. And me having to tell them hold on, patience, I'm not even sure it works in the first place, or I don't have an answer yet, may not have one for a decade. If you have money to throw away, you can give it to me, but I can't promise anything, until I'm convinced of anything, or I find anything. You simply can't talk like this as a professional, as an entrepreneur, you're almost obligated to stretch the truth. And then lies turn into greater lies, and you start to believe your own lies, and get totally stressed. The fun is gone. Blind profit mongering, wishful thinking that there were anything there in the first place when there really isn't, when you really really want something, that clouds your vision and objective judgment. Above all one has to be realistic.

Sometimes, if there is a will, there still isn't a way, and recognizing that is important, for the big picture, or each individual steps, and know when to give up, and when to pursue, efficiently. That's efficient home research, based on play, curiosity, that you can't find inside a corporation, where every project has to be funded with a clear expectation of profit $=%margin expected x %chance of success > some threshold, has to be "sold" to upper management in terms of statistical profit probability, with MS Powerpoint presentations that stretch the truth, and leave out important details, (by assuming you know all the relevant details at the outset which is obviously not the case, otherwise it would not be called research,) setting a plan to follow, a project timeline, things to check, a plan that puts blindfolds on you along the way to not notice something, or chase something based on simply your curiosity to understand, because that subbrach has no funds allocated to it, and petitioning for it is too much bother, all the funds are allocated based on the master plan approved by corporate signature, and do you want to restart the whole approval process, possibly screwing yourself out of the funds you already have by putting doubt on what you initially claimed to be so certain of, do you want to shed a light of incompetence on yourself, instead of shutting the hell up and being happy you got funded, that you have a secure job til the project funds run out, and simply stick to the plan and do your job as you're supposed to, instead of wondering off track left and right, and not meeting any deadlines. Are you crazy? Inside corporations we're serious about making money, and we don't just show up to play around, for our mere personal entertainment, or to satisfy our own curiosity, and waste years with playing without ever coming up with anything.

That kind of stuff you have to do at home. Especially when you're not the top expert in a field, and have to walk the same steps that others before you walked, to see for yourself. Repeat basic science, basic things that are technology of the 1750's, or even 1950's. No corporation or reasonable investor is gonna spend money on your personal entertainment to learn such things, and in fact you may be held liable for fraud. But you can spend your own money, and time, for your own personal entertainment. Things like EEG. You have to do it at home, because at work, time is money. At home, you can watch tv, or play in your man-cave/woodshop/garage/lab. At home time is not money, and nothing is urgent, therefore you can relax and enjoy yourself.

more than 3 years ago
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Quantum Teleportation Achieved Over 16 km In China

sillybilly Re:Philotics (389 comments)

My sincere condolences, but as a consolation, you may take comfort in the thought that your cat is still alive and well in an alternate universe.

more than 3 years ago
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"Fair Trolls" To Fight Patents With Patents

sillybilly Re:that's like sucking dick with dick (113 comments)

The balance between individualism and collective equality, in an economic sense, is encoded in the overall tax rate. At 80% tax rate, or even church donation rate, the community/committees decide the course of actions, and there is very little left for individual decision making. If the community sufficiently returns back this money to make its individuals prosper, then they may prosper, but they might easily ignore individuals and their wishes, and instead push their own personal agendas of grandiose egotistical greatness projects. At 2% tax rate on the other hand, individual people vote with their money on the course of economics, but very few grandiose things get ever built, such as a bridge, space station, or an effective military warplane carrier. With too many taxing entities, the intent might be to let people be free, and only ask for 1-2% each, such as local/state/federal/insurance1/insurance2/monthly fee1/monthly fee2/etc, but the overall effect is that we have many committees making many decisions, none of them well funded or powerful enough to make a real difference in building a grandiose thing, and the individual is completely stripped of economic power to vote on what's good or bad in economic production, and has to constantly opt for the cheapest, though economically costly and wasteful choices, wasteful because of improper balance of quality and cost. We're heading toward a point in the USA, where, lacking sufficient credit/bankruptcy statute of limitations expiring every 7 years, where people keep spending virtual money that doesn't really exist, or it's other people's money, so lacking such a source of money, people are forced into making bad economic decisions on having to purchase the lowest possibly quality in everything, including homes, cars, services, just to make ends meet.

more than 3 years ago
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"Fair Trolls" To Fight Patents With Patents

sillybilly Re:that's like sucking dick with dick (113 comments)

In the USA I know I'm worth less than Tiger or Lebron. Not worth as a human being, in the eyes of a law, but worth salary wise. They should get paid more for what they do. And be able to buy whatever they want on it. "Enforcing" economic equality is a difficult issue.

more than 3 years ago
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"Fair Trolls" To Fight Patents With Patents

sillybilly Re:that's like sucking dick with dick (113 comments)

In the United States of America, We The People, believe than all men are created equal, and hold this truth to be self evident.

In the Soviet Union, We The People, went a step further: we guaranteed and enforced it.

more than 3 years ago
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The Economist Calls For "Open Source" Biology

sillybilly Re:And so it begins (80 comments)

Artificial, or just naturally advancing superbug-biology is a serious threat to mankind and all other higher life forms, and could be one of the reasons that we don't see much intelligent life trying to talk to us from outer space. The unity of multicellular lifeforms - together we stand alone we fall - can provide to specialization necessary where braincells get developed, and in exchange for food, they provide the other cells with strategic decisions, such as where to run. And boy, is maintaining a large brain expensive, or what? 1/5th of power consumption in the body is by braincells, when mass is 1/20th only. In any case, you and I are multicellular organisms, and our constituent cells, together, through cooperation, specialization, and code of ethics, seem to be more successful than single celled ones, at survival. But the battle is not final yet, it may just be that lower, disorganized single celled organisms evolve that wipe out all the multicellular ones. Imagine the natural evolution of a virus that figures out a way to attack and destroy all eukaryote cells. Even if it's just a human specific disease. Especially with air travel these days, epidemics can spread very quickly and quarantining is difficult.

The answer to such issues is simple - "Biosphere 2", and similar, fully hermetically isolated biospheres, that have contact with the outside world only through an energy exchange, but no matter exchange. No disease can get in or out. A prime example is space stations. Going to space and successfully living as pockets of fully isolated life is an almost mandatory security issue for mankind and the rest of life, whether it's about a nuclear holocaust, or artificial or natural superbug/epidemic-disease evolution. When you achieve that, then you can say, there, single celled life forms can't build a space station, and put a jungle/biosphere in each of them. Then you can say that the survival guarantee of all life, including single and multicellular, could not have been possible without multicellular, that multicellular is worth it. The issue is divergent evolutions, where each pocket gives you different lifeforms given a few million years, but the danger of extra variety is preferable to almost certain doom.

Also creating pockets of life like this, and sending them off to distant worlds, such as Voyager 1 and 2, may buy enough time so that when AI smarter than us gets developed, and hunts us, they are limited by the speed of light, and can't catch us, or at least we get a century til they catch up with us, and can deliberate in the meantime on whether to program even smarter AI to defend, in those 100 years, at the risk of it hunting us too, but hopefully not. I don't know about you, but having to choose between a scenario where there are no humans left in the universe being destroyed by the AI created by humans, vs. one spacestation making it very far, and escaping by sheer luck, with people living for trillions of years from now, I would prefer the 2nd scenario. It may seem like aggression, aggressive conquering the Universe, by exploration, like Columbus going to the new world, why we can't just stay put where we are and live happily, but it can be done without aggression, especially if the universe is mostly empty of other life, unlike in the case of Columbus.

more than 3 years ago
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"Fair Trolls" To Fight Patents With Patents

sillybilly Re:that's like sucking dick with dick (113 comments)

The Communist's main argument against the "old "exploitative" capitalist system was that social "progress" cannot be halted. Those who stand in the way of progress are antirevolutionary instigators looking to bring back a social system of inequality, are looking to turn back the clock, to reverse history. In communism there is equality, guaranteed and enforced by the state: property accumulation is limited, nobody can own two homes, if you get a new one, must give up the old one. There is a fair rationing of resources, to eliminate hogging of resources by a few, making sure there is supply left for everyone to prosper. Such as how much gas you're allowed to buy a month, and to save gas on a national basis, on Sundays only the even or odd numbered license plate cars are allowed to drive, alternating each weekend. Also random brownouts for random amount of time was a daily "rationing", over-consumption limiting task.

Now there is two sides to every story, and exploitation, property(das kapital, fetishism) and wasteful overconsumption has its sides too, but saying "let's go back to a world where people can own two homes, two cars, and buy as much gas or potatoes as they want to" is like saying let's go back to a world with no patents. Software or otherwise. Where you're free to do whatever the fuck you want! We already do? It's too late? Can't turn back the clock, the natural progress of history? Oh where have I heard that argument before.

Property is a limit. No trespassing here. So is forced equality and non"free"market limits on consumption. No owning two houses or two of anything, per capita. Well, how is freedom maximized? Anything that says "you can't."

Here is my view on patent trolls: You can't do that thing because I invented the technology, and it cost me a lot of money to develop, and you could not have come up with the same thing without copying it from me. What? Give me a break, it's totally retarded, we've been doing this since mid 90's. But did you patent it. No, we just do it. Since when exactly. Since 1996. Well, we have the patent from 1995, so payup. Wait, wait, I made a mistake. We've been doing it from 1994, here is "written", documented proof. Oh, that changes everything. Really? Really?

To me the real worth of patents is free textbook "background of the invention", if it's even written in a half readable form, which, otherwise would be available from standard literature in a world without patents. "Let it be known to the world that I invented..." Shhhh, keep it secret. If I find out, or invent the same thing, I can do it too. The only thing we can't do is "lie", such as saying this item is made by Coca Cola, when it's an off brand Cola. What about the "secret" ingredients that Coca Cola puts in, and patents, and expire in 20 years. Yeah right. Let's give them 5000 years of protection so they tell us the secret. Are you crazy? Let them keep it secret, if anyone else comes up with similar stuff, so what? As long as you don't lie, and once a secret gets out it's public domain, so what? What's wrong with that kind of world? Which is how it used to be in the old days, when iron working was invented. Everybody learned. Or paper making, gunpowder, etc. No patents. Even with patents there are legally allowed "trade secrets", and in fact there are "trade secrets" not fully "disclosed" in patents and happen to be "conveniently" left out, or simply the text written incoherently and boringly enough not to be understood by anyone else than its writer. Policing such an abuse is impossible - only the "inventor" knows he's leaving something crucial out, but you don't know what he knows. How do you catch him or get him on it? Or that the quality of the text is "intentionally" confusing and complicated? You can't. It's a hopeless endeavor. That's why the patent office is backlogged. They can't do their job because it can't be done. I'm willing to say that living in a patent-free world of guilds and guarded trade secrets, and encryption, which is present and available anyway, is not so unthinkable. Patents are not release of secrets anymore, as a main effect on society. Patents are trolling anymore. As in "how can we stop everyone else from doing anything so we can eliminate competition". I say keep your secrets. If it gets out, c'est la vie. You can still do whatever you've been doing the whole time, but you can't raid the whole world and tell them stop! You can't do this, you can't do that, stop doing that, quit scratching your ass that way, or bending over that way, because I "own" the method, the technology. What do you mean? What about freedom? Freedom of expression? Freedom inside your own private home, freedom from abuse from entities of power, such as the government, patent collecting trolling corporations, etc. Which is the way abuses happen all the time, by entities of power. Yes we have to be careful people don't abuse their children inside their private homes, or do something that's a public safety and security issue, but the reasons for most writing most of the amendments were that the abuses by entities of power were much more frequent and prevalent than the sacrifices in public safety and risk of ethical abuses made by allowing the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc. amendments to the bill of rights to exist.

more than 3 years ago
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"Fair Trolls" To Fight Patents With Patents

sillybilly Re:that's like sucking dick with dick (113 comments)

Yeah, ultimately nobody on Earth can afford to stay outside the coalition, including every single corporation and every single one of the 6 billion people. Why can't we call the DPL public domain? And then you're automatically in? The DPL is just another superfluous contraption that serves no purpose, other than drain resources out of everyone with no apparent benefit in return, if every single person and corporation has to be part of it. Somebody has to fix the patent system. Its original intent was to remove secrecy and promote innovation, but these days it neither removes secrecy (have you read any recent patents, like post 1990? they don't "teach" like they used to back in 1890"), and retards innovation of others. We might as well be better off going back to full public domain of everything, and keep your secrets. Which you can anyway, patents are an incentive not to, but it seems they cause more harm to society than benefit anymore.

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NASA Planning Lunar Mining Tests, Other New Tech

sillybilly Re:Can't we do this for the coal mines? (79 comments)

As far as weather goes, every Earth-August there is an asteroid-monsoon season on the Moon, when it rains tiny little rocks. Transparent umbrella technology that lets the sunlight through but bounces the hail coming at you (or your solar panels), with 11 km/s, does that exist? Made of moon-based-materials? You're talking heck of a titanium springs and heavy gauge artillery proof aluminum-oxynitride-like shields. I don't think anything can take 11 km/s, other than an atmosphere that burns it all up. One wonders how come none of the GPS/TV satellites get hit, or the ISS. Is it only a matter of time, or the chances of getting hit by an asteroid are that much smaller than getting hit by lightning down on Earth? Well, if I count the shooting stars, and the number of lightnings, lightnigs do occur more frequently. In fact anyone walking outside in broad dayling in August risks getting killed by a falling asteroid that didn't get sufficiently buned/vaporized by the atmosphere. But the chances are indeed less than getting hit by lightning, at least down on Earth, for the post-combusted, falling all the way to the surface, meteroids..

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Ball Lightning Caused By Magnetic Hallucinations

sillybilly Re:Doesn't explain... (269 comments)

I think it's safe to say that ball lightning is a phenomenon of the past, and it's very rare anymore, it's no longer being observed at the rate that it has been through the centuries.

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Microsoft Tips the Scale In Favor of HTML 5

sillybilly Re:wow (325 comments)

A few corrections are due here: PNG is not exactly GNU PNG, but close enough in stance and philosophy to be called sibling-like related. PNG originally stood for "PNG is Not Gif." It is an internet phenomenon, like Linux and most "free" software, it was developed by volunteers in 1995 as soon as the submarine patents on Gif's surfaced, to be a patentless, open and "free" replacement to royalty demaning Gif's. Moreover MS did not "flock" to PNG, they were even a bit sluggish with the adoption. They may in fact have licensed GIF, and simply added PNG support because of the technological superiority to GIF's. Nevertheless the lessons learned in PNG vs. Gif might be interesting in regards to H264. Of course there is a way to mysteriously take out and make disappear all the developers who exhibit volunteering tendencies, and these days, the same PNG vs. GIF might go down differently, with all those freedom-touting voices gone. Lots of people die mysterious deaths, suddenly, unexpectedly and very young. These days.

more than 3 years ago

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