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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

troll -1 Another consumer rip off (81 comments)

This is a free zero cost medium. The spectrum should be opnened up to everyone with power being the only limitation. We are told over and over the spectrum needs to be regulated because of interference yet for all intents and purposes there is nothing in physics that limits information density until you get to the quantum level. Wireless carriers have zero incentive to combat interference when they have a monopoly on the spectrum. They just charge more. It's also obvious to many engineers that mesh networks are more efficient. But mesh networks decentralize authority and therefore affect revenue so meshing is not likely to be popular with incumbent carriers. All those billions will ultimately be paid for be the consumer while the incumbents have zero incentive to innovate. We should take the spectrum away from business people and give it to engineers who can actually do something with it.

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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

troll -1 Just the beginning (219 comments)

These free trade sites will keep popping up as fast as they are shutdown. The government's position that unrestricted trade is dangerous is untenable.

about three weeks ago
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Is Public Debate of Trade Agreements Against the Public Interest?

troll -1 Free speech but not trade (219 comments)

Interesting how we think we are free because we can say what we want. Yet we are not free. We cannot trade with anyone, anywhere, anytime. I mean you cannot freely buy any product directly from the manufacturer anywhere in the world. Why not? Is it a public safety issue? Is it protecting jobs? Or is it an easy revenue stream for those in power?

about three weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

troll -1 Why? (937 comments)

Why is it so important for people to believe in god?

about 2 months ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

troll -1 Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (288 comments)

Who cares if Uber _is_ a cab company? What moral authority does the state have to stop consenting adults from forming their own contracts and doing business with each other?

about 2 months ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

troll -1 Re:Arrrgh.. (288 comments)

Don't hurt anyone, don't lie or steal from anyone and don't crap where we all live. ...

Most laws are within the confines you set. So what's your point?

But the law that gives the state the authority to restrict carpooling doesn't appear to be within those confines. Consenting adults should have the right to interact and do business with each other as they want without having to get permission first. .

about 2 months ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

troll -1 Carpooling should be as free as speech (288 comments)

Governments today restrict trade just like the church used to restrict speech. We think we are free because we can say what we want but we are not free. We cannot trade with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Freedom to trade is as much a threat to the authority of the modern Hobbesian state as speech was to the church when Galileo was alive. That's why you need permission to operate a carpool. In the future, when the world is more enlightened, freedom to trade will be as much a basic right as speech is today. No higher authority should be able to make it illegal for consenting adults to interact with one another.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

troll -1 Re:Whenever I read stuff like this (223 comments)

The law is meaningless when there is no one left to enforce it.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

troll -1 Classic conflict of interest (223 comments)

The judges in these kind of cases are appointed by the executive, the same branch of government they are supposed to keep in check. This is a problem because the executive has a tendency to appoint only judges with views similar to itself. So it's not surprising these judges often rule in favor of the executive.

about 2 months ago
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New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

troll -1 Re:news for nerds? (215 comments)

The US supports democracies that value liberty and freedom as best we can.

I respectfully disagree. The US naturally supports its own interests wherever it can. United States support of authoritarian regimes. No matter how bad Sharia law might be the Islamic State guys are tired of foreign interference. They've had enough of everything that's happened after Sykes-Picot and they want the right to self determination. It's no wonder they have so much internal support.

about 3 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

troll -1 Free speech but not trade (312 comments)

I find it interesting how everyone emphasizes freedom of speech yet freedom to trade is heavily restricted but is not considered a basic human right. People should be free to trade with whoever they want, when they want, without the need to get permission from some higher authority. Why are we still living under the ecclesiastical guardianship of a hobbesian leviathanical kafkaesque dystopia? Whatever happened to the Enlightenment?

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

troll -1 White House Petition? (643 comments)

The president doesn't have the power to require local law enforcement to wear cameras. Read your constitution ye petition signers. Article II.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

troll -1 Great time for an experient, America (341 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?

about 3 months ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

troll -1 What does this mean for the data center? (316 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.

about 3 months ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

troll -1 why? (506 comments)

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

about 2 months ago
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Early Bitcoin User Interviewed By Federal Officers

troll -1 Free speech but not trade (92 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.

about 2 months ago
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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

troll -1 Can we opt out? (233 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.

about 2 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 4 months ago

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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'."
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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."
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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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