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

troll -1 Stockholm Syndrome (138 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.

5 days 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 week 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 a month 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 2 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 2 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 4 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 4 months ago

Network Solutions Opts Customer Into $1,850 Security Service

troll -1 I'm dumbfounded (405 comments)

Contact your credit card company and dispute the item. I've heard rumored that credit card companies tend to take the customer's side as a form of insurance against losing a customer.

about 6 months ago

Google Glass User Fights Speeding Ticket, Saying She's Defending the Future

troll -1 Re:Reinforcing the term (464 comments)

Oh I respectfully disagree. It specifically says "television" in the law's title right here:

It always happens that old laws need to be revised to accommodate new ideas and technology. Google Glass may turn out to be widely useful and who knows if in some way it won't ultimately save lives by disseminating the power of information. The California legislature may pass some crackpot laws occasionally but I have a hard time believing they're anti-technology. The court will have to interpret the law and the lawmaker's intentions.

about 6 months ago

Dallas PD Uses Twitter To Announce Cop Firings

troll -1 Welcome (118 comments)

The new perp walk.

about 6 months ago

Dallas PD Uses Twitter To Announce Cop Firings

troll -1 Re:Unlikely to last (118 comments)

I have a feeling that it will end at some point in the near future with a lawsuit....

But cops make press announcements all the time. What the diff? This is just a new meduim.

about 6 months ago

Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

troll -1 Evidence that gun laws don't work in America (934 comments)

America is not like Europe. If strict gun laws worked then you'd expect Chicago's gun crime to be low instead of among the highest in the nation. All the criminals in Chicago have guns, irrespective of what the law says. The only people affected by these laws are law abiding citizens who may want to protect themselves. Banning guns would make us all safer if you could ban them from everyone, everywhere.

about 6 months ago

FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

troll -1 Re:It definitely *IS* a ruse ! (539 comments)

But racketeering is now terrorism. Make us all enemies of the state and you can lock us up without a trial.

about 6 months ago

How Ya Gonna Get 'Em Down On the UNIX Farm?

troll -1 The command line is more efficient (606 comments)

In many ways the GUI system of icons is similar to the pictograph system of ancient Mesopotamia. You have one symbol for everything you want to express. The Phoenicians had a much better idea, an alphabet. You have a finite number of letters and an infinite number of words and sentences (I believe I'm quoting Noam Chomsky on the infinite part).

If you are limited to commands that contain only five lower case letters, then the number of possible commands is something like 26 to the power 5 which is over 10 million. It would be difficult to navigate through that many icons. The point-and-click method of using icons is just not as efficient as an alphabet with letters that make up words that make up a language.

about 7 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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