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Hearst To Launch E-Reader For Newspapers

stevejsmith Re:The joy of flipping pages? (143 comments)

Similarly, the smell of newsprint and the act of folding and unfolding each section is very much tied up in my overall experience of reading the paper. I don't think that any e-reader, no matter the spiffy features, could replace all that.

That's exactly why I hate newspapers - they're so fucking inconvenient. Granted, I grew up with free news online, which beat the hell out of the Philadelphia Inquirer (here is just one extremely bullshitty long-form piece I found on their website in about 2.4 seconds, after wading through the four stories about solid precipitation falling from the sky).

On the other hand, I'd be willing to bet that I read more newspaper articles than you. It's amazing how much you miss by only reading one media source. Efficiency and breadth are much more compelling factors for me.

more than 5 years ago
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US Antitrust Judge Examining Windows 7 Documents

stevejsmith Re:Now, that's interesting. (225 comments)

Microsoft's day is coming (see: decline of the desktop computer, where Windows dominates, and Apple's increasing share of the laptop market), and I agree with you that Microsoft should have fallen earlier, but it wasn't because of a lack of antitrust regulations and government bureaucrats poring over code to make sure it's up to their standards. Face it: if you're going to give people monopolies on their intellectual output (i.e., copyrights and patents), the market will coalesce into a monopoly.

more than 4 years ago
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US Antitrust Judge Examining Windows 7 Documents

stevejsmith Re:What if they had broken Microsoft up? (225 comments)

I love the h1'd "My brother is getting married" part. Also, this guy's a terrible HTML coder - he vacillates between using quotes and not, doesn't keep a consistent case in his tags, missed the body end tag, etc., etc.

more than 5 years ago
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US Antitrust Judge Examining Windows 7 Documents

stevejsmith Re:Now, that's interesting. (225 comments)

Amen. Face it - Microsoft's monopoly is crumbling in the face of Apple, netbooks, and cell phones, and to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure that the government stepping in and regulating computer code was gonna make it happen any faster.

more than 5 years ago
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My handwriting ...

stevejsmith Re:Same as 4th grade (613 comments)

Humans design machines that are efficient to work with. In the case of modern day computers, this means relying on two things - algorithmic efficiency and processing efficiency. If we can develop fast processors, we don't have to spend as much time tweaking our code, and can thus get things done faster. This is the whole premise of scripting languages: not the most efficient things, but damn easy to work with. You can go back to a world of writing in assembly, and like living as a subsistence farmer, it will be a very difficult life, but will not result in much happiness as you look around you at how your life could be.

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Software Piracy At the Beijing Branch Office?

stevejsmith You're too small to be on their radar (614 comments)

At least in Romania, where piracy is also widespread, the only companies at risk from these sorts of things are large companies owned by politically-involved people. Prosecutions for software piracy are often pretexts for some other political offense. If you're just a small design shop, I don't see how it would benefit any bureaucrat to come after you.

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How many phones do you have? Count wired phone extensions, cell phones, smartphones, and installed VoIP apps on all computers th

stevejsmith Re:Inquiring Gamers Want to Know (504 comments)

Democracy rose in popularity pretty steadily...not necessarily quickly, but generally steadily in the sense that democracies rarely devolved back into dictatorships. Communism on the other hand definitely peaked in its popularity and is heading steadily downward. It's possible for it to rise again, but given how hard it's fallen (there have been a lot of communist states in history, and they're pretty much all gone), I kind of doubt it.

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How many phones do you have? Count wired phone extensions, cell phones, smartphones, and installed VoIP apps on all computers th

stevejsmith Re:Inquiring Gamers Want to Know (504 comments)

You don't think the fact that it hasn't happened yet, despite the high-water mark of support for communism having passed decades ago, is a sign that people don't want to live under communist regimes?

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How many phones do you have? Count wired phone extensions, cell phones, smartphones, and installed VoIP apps on all computers th

stevejsmith Re:Inquiring Gamers Want to Know (504 comments)

You know, it's funny, it always seems to end up that way. I wonder why...

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Data Privacy Day Wrap-Up

stevejsmith ...hopefully not. (18 comments)

but hopefully it will grow over time

Hopefully not. How the hell else do you think that news and video is going to get paid for without targeted advertising? (Music obviously will always be able to fall back on live performances, which is good since it would be pretty annoying to listen to ads for music.) Traditional online advertising is both annoying and inefficient – there's a reason why people actually sort of enjoy reading ads in when they're targeted to them (think: magazines).

more than 5 years ago
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How do you get to work?

stevejsmith Re:Missing option: (887 comments)

It's not just Euclidean zoning (the Sim City-style residential/commercial/industrial stuff) that discourages walkability â"Âit's also density caps, minimum parking regulations, setback requirements, etc.

Houston, for example, lacks traditional Euclidean zoning, but those other restrictions cause it to sprawl just as much as an other American city.

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What Will Spam Be Like In 20 Years?

stevejsmith Re:Spam will be gone, but advertising is forever (284 comments)

Why are you so sure that the trust systems will be so stupid as to allow such a thing to happen? There are so many ways that you could engineer around this that it boggles the mind. One such possibility is for systems to notice when e-mail patterns change to match those of an infected node, and to then red flag that account and do any number of things to alert the user to the problem and even do filtering of the outgoing e-mails.

more than 5 years ago
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Can the Auto Industry Retool Itself To Build Rails?

stevejsmith Re:SUVs (897 comments)

Now U.S. car companies are paying the price for trying to satisfy the market.

No – they're paying the price for a tariff on imported light trucks and SUVs which caused US-based automakers to ratchet up their production of the vehicles above the market equilibrium.

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What Will Spam Be Like In 20 Years?

stevejsmith Spam will be gone, but advertising is forever (284 comments)

Spam will be gone, but advertising will become less annoying but way, way more effective. But it's not a bad thing - it's part of the transition from broadcast media to narrowcast media, and from paid content to free content. The advertising will be so targeted that you actually won't mind sitting through it, because it will be for products that you might otherwise consider buying anyway.

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Are Biofuels Still Economically Feasible?

stevejsmith Let's hope they're not (186 comments)

Let's hope not. Biofuels based on corn and other food crops are bad for obvious reasons, but even non-food biofuels have their risks - among them degradation of the American/Canadian Great Plains, ecological degradation in the Third World, and the risk of invasive species (most of these non-food biofuels are fast-spreading grasses).

The most ecological energy policy is to stop the government from subsidizing oil (by building suburbia with land use restricitons), subsidizing coal, and subsidizing water. There is no magic fuel out there that will allow us to consume infinite amounts of cheap energy - nature made extracting energy expensive for a reason, and the government needs to get out of the business of trying to make it easier.

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Time To Discuss Drug Prohibition?

stevejsmith Re:Yes and No... (1367 comments)

(cocaine rather than crack)

This is a point that is not mentioned nearly enough when people discuss drug policy - cocaine can be pretty bad, but it's nothing compared to crack. And you'll notice that crack is an overwhelmingly lower-class drug - even the crack dealers do coke, not crack. So it's very reasonable to believe that crack use would all but disappear if cocaine were legalized.

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Time To Discuss Drug Prohibition?

stevejsmith Re:Dear God Yes (1367 comments)

it'd probably cut back on all those unfortunate chippers who accidentally OD because they didn't know how strong their new batch of heroin was

This is a very important point. There are only two ways to unintentionally die of a heroin overdose: 1) you underestimate the purity, or 2) your dealer has cut the heroin with benzodiazepines. Both of these are direct results of the war on drugs, and deaths from these two causes would be reduced almost to nothing if heroin were legalized, as its purity and dosage would be properly labeled, and impurities would not exist (either because of government regulation or market competition, depending on where you stand in the statist-libertarian ideological spectrum). There is a third cause - mixing with alcohol - but most heroin addicts only turn to alcohol when they don't the money for heroin (or, as much heroin as they'd like), and if heroin were legal, it would be very cheap, and there'd be no reason for anyone to substitute alcohol (a substance much more dangerous and debilitating than heroin) for heroin.

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more than 5 years ago
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Network Neutrality — Without Regulation

stevejsmith Re:human nature (351 comments)

I'm interested to find out your sources for the claim that government encouraged low density planning.

Seriously?? It's not blindingly obvious??? I mean, this is really a topic that could be stretched on for volumes, but here are some places to get yourself started: Euclid and zoning, roads and the Great Depression, and then the ultimate comparison: what the free market built vs. what the government built. And let's not forget that VA home loans (the primary vehicle of homeownership in the immediate post-war years) were restricted primarily to single-family developments at a time when the housing stock was not nearly as suburban as it is today. There is actually a blog devoted to exactly the idea that free market development is significantly denser, more urbanistic, and more environmentally-friendly than what's come out of contemporary American land use policy, and pretty much every post is an example of what you're looking for -- marketurbanism.com. But don't take anyone's word for it: see for yourself. Go find old buildings (excluding rural/farm buildings), and you'll see that they are way denser than your typical 2008 suburban development. Now, of course this is attributable more to the automobile than anything else, but ask yourself: how did the automobile become so widespread? Clearly private entrepreneurs weren't making fortunes off of building roads -- this was the government's work.

I also understand that freedom is more important to you than market efficiency.

This is 100% false. I have absolutely no interest in abstract concepts like "freedom" -- for me it's all about which system humanity would be better under. If state planning worked, I'd be all for it -- I don't have a dog in this ideological fight. I'm purely a pragmatist.

And in a libertarian system, that is all government is for: to protect the property of the rich from the poor.

I'm an anarcho-capitalist. I do not believe in the government in any form. I don't mean to be rude, but you're assuming a lot about me that's just not true.

Again, I ask: what does your system offer non-property owners?

Property is but one productive input. Knowledge (i.e., "labor") is the most valuable, and it's difficult to monopolize that (unless you have the government behind you enforcing IP laws and censorship, that is!). But like I said, "my system" isn't what you think it is -- under anarcho-capitalism, if you yourself do not have the means to protect and defend your property, nobody will protect your "right" to it for you. It's a system that makes owning property a lot more onerous for non-occupants, which is something that I'd think you'd like.

more than 5 years ago

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stevejsmith (614145) writes "Apple Insider writes, 'Advanced Micro Devices chief executive Hector Ruiz said Wednesday that Apple Computer will eventually use its microprocessors alongside those from Intel. ... Adding AMD as a supplier would be simple for Apple because the company has already adapted its Mac OS X system software to work on Intel chips, which use the same instruction set as AMD, Ruiz said. ... Apple has declined to comment on the report.'"

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