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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

troll -1 Great time for an experient, America (292 comments)

This is perhaps a fertile and opportune time for an engineering solution. We should open up a chunk of the airways to the public and let everyone hack at it until something is found that works for everyone. People always talk about interference but I'm not aware of any limitations in physics on information density other than quantum bits. Other than the normal FCC power restrictions anyone should be able to use the airways. The current system doesn't innovate when it comes to interference because it doesn't have to. There's no incentive. There's no reason why every wireless device can't talk to every other wireless device in a mesh network other than FCC restrictions. Currently your iPhone or Android can talk to a tower but it can't talk to others around it on the same frequencies. Why not? The current system is inefficient. Is it not? Here is a list of ingredients for an experiment.

  1. 1. Some bandwidth. Get this at the next FCC auction. Crowdfund it.
  2. 2. A way to modify out phones s they can talk to each other.
  3. 3. Some mesh protocols so people can form networks.

If the tragedy of the commons applies only to finite resources then the above network should be a lot more efficient than the current one. Remember now, Verizon, et al. It's just an experiment. You guys are engineers too, right?

13 hours ago

Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

troll -1 What does this mean for the data center? (270 comments)

Why hasn't the price of data centers come way down with new storage technology? For example, why not keep a few terabytes of offline storage in your desk drawer instead of paying $$$ for tapes? If tapes are more reliable then what level of duplication is needed for disks to be as reliable? This combined with the multiplier effects of no_AC_necessary solid-state ... why not big data center in small closet? If the data center is inefficient, why is it still around? Latin me that, my trinity scholard.


California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

troll -1 why? (459 comments)

Is this requirement based on science or an irrational fear of computers?


Early Bitcoin User Interviewed By Federal Officers

troll -1 Free speech but not trade (90 comments)

You think you are free because you can say what you want but you are not free. You cannot trade with anyone, anywhere, anytime. For some reason freedom to trade was never considered a basic human right. From a functionalist perspective trade is to the modern state what speech was to the church. Both affect revenue.


California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

troll -1 Can we opt out? (226 comments)

How free are we if the state can take control of our electronic devices and we have no option to opt out? What does freedom mean if the state can tell manufactures what features phones must have? Can I build my own phone that doesn't have this feature? Can I sell it to you? Will they put me in jail if I do? Will they put _you_ in jail for being in possession of a non-government phone? When things like this happen in countries like China everyone jumps on the bandwagon and says how great America because we are free but when it happens in America for some reason it gets justified.


How To Read a Microbiome Study Like a Scientist

troll -1 Ask about everything (53 comments)

Those questions should be asked of asked of all health claims including the benefits of vitamin C, fish oil, anti oxidants, and crystal therapy. It's amazing the amount of crap people believe where the evidence is either insufficient or the research flawed.

about a week ago

Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

troll -1 So much unnecessary trouble (582 comments)

Why can't they be like the UK and Scotland where they all sit down and discuss it over a nice cup of tea? Then if they want their independence they can have it. No big fuss.

about a month ago

Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

troll -1 Stockholm Syndrome (140 comments)

I first heard about regulatory capture in an economics class where it was referred to a the Stockholm Syndrome for regulators. It's a well documented phenomenon: It also doesn't help when regulators are guaranteed well paid future jobs within the industries they are currently supposed to be regulating.

about a month ago

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

troll -1 This is not the President's job (382 comments)

Article I, section 8 of the Constitution clearly takes the power to regulate commerce out of the hands of the Executive and gives it to Congress. And if it's not interstate commerce then it's up to the states.

about a month and a half ago

FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones

troll -1 Re:Luddites on the loose. (199 comments)

But it's only commercial delivery that is banned. You can deliver beer to ice fishermen by drone, no problem. But as soon as you are compensated for the effort it becomes illegal. How is this technology supposed to grow if you can't fund it?

about 2 months ago

Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Earns One Million Dollars In Less Than a Day

troll -1 Re:Two Problems (164 comments)

why so many problems, my friend? what's wrong with making a profit? somebody told me pyschology is a psuedo science. what do you think of that?

about 3 months ago

Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Earns One Million Dollars In Less Than a Day

troll -1 feel the love (164 comments)

I wonder what implications being able to raise money for a common cause like this will have on the future of business. Will the top corporations of tomorrow be crowdfunded by people commonly wanting a particular good or service? What happens if you add virtual currency and 3D printers into the mix? Is this what Alan Watts was talking about when he referred to money as being an illusion? It's all in your head, man. Da future.

about 3 months ago

China Cracks Down On Bitcoin, Cuts Off Exchanges' Bank Access

troll -1 Re:Unsubtle how? (100 comments)

This is an affront to freedom my friend. Banning technology is bad for everyone. They are basically saying a P2P computer program cannot be run because wise people have determined it's bad. Reminds me of a Kafka novel.

about 5 months ago

More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

troll -1 where is the data for this study? (367 comments)

The NSC cites McEvoy et al (2005); Redelmeier & Tibshirani (1997) as the source for the 1 in 4 stat. I don't see a ref Saurabh Bhargava and Vikram S. Pathania (2013) Correlation does not mean causation, folks. Let's not forget that.

about 4 months ago

New Stanford Institute To Target Bad Science

troll -1 Re:This is where the money is short sighted. (86 comments)

they REALLY got it in the ass because of their actions

What does it mean for the tobacco industry to have "got it in the ass"?

about 5 months ago



troll -1 troll -1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

troll -1 (956834) writes "Mice are dichromats, they have only S and M cone pigments. They don't see color too well. But now researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of California at Santa Barbara have successfully transformed their vision by introducing a single human gene into a mouse chromosome. Jeremy Nathans, one of the authors of the study, describes it as 'the same evolutionary event that happened in one of the distant ancestors of all primates and that led ultimately to the trichromatic color vision'."

troll -1 troll -1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

troll -1 (956834) writes "Lawrence Lessig, a law professor at Stanford, has an op-ed in the NY Times entitled Make Way for Copyright Chaos which references the Viacom vs YouTube case. What's interesting about this article is that it gives some historical perspective on copyright law and the courts. Up until Grokster, Lessig says the attitude of the courts was, "if you don't like how new technologies affect copyright, take your problem to Congress." But in the Grokster case the court seemed to rule against the technology itself, cutting Congress out of the picture. He also explains that Viacom is essentially asking the Court to rule against the safe harbor provision of Title II of the DMCA which apparently protects YouTube and others against liability so long as they make reasonable steps to take down infringing content at the request of the copyright holder. Lessig doesn't give us any insight into who's going to win but he does conclude that "conservatives on the Supreme Court have long warned" about the dynamic of going against Congress when it comes to copyright."

troll -1 troll -1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

troll -1 (956834) writes "According to The Register the Brazilian judge who ordered youtube blocked because of a so-called sex video has reversed himself. Earlier slashdot story is here. From the article, "Sao Paulo state Supreme Court Justice Enio Santarelli Zuliani clearly thinks things have got a bit out of hand, and has accordingly 'asked the companies to unblock the site and let him know why they can't simply prevent the video from being seen'". Apparently the judge doesn't understand how youtube works. See the video here"


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