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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

trout007 Recording industry had brief monopoly. (281 comments)

Music has existed as a business since before history. It only became a huge industry when recording and cheap players became available to a mass market. We are now past this point. Previously recording music required huge amounts of capital in equipment and copying and distribution. But now copying and transmitting are essentially without cost and recording and editing equipment is on the same scale as the instruments. The huge music industry is dead. What will replace it is a return to the past. Paying for the experience of a live show.
Recordings will serve mearly as advertising.

It's nice when you have a natural monopoly buy enjoy it while it lasts.

5 hours ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

trout007 Re: I never thought I'd say this... (314 comments)

You have never really tasted an orange unless you picked it off a tree.
They don't do well in transport. I hated citrus until I moved to Florida.

yesterday
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

trout007 Re:Federal Overreach (146 comments)

Right. If there is one thing the federal government is good at is breaking up cartels.

yesterday
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

trout007 Re: I never thought I'd say this... (314 comments)

There are pros and cons to living anywhere. Cities have great access to all sorts of good and services but can be expensive. Rural areas are much cheaper but have difficult access. Suburban areas are a compromise.

Why tax those that live in high cost cities to pay to provide services to rural areas. Isn't the cheap cost of living in a rural area a natural subside?

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

trout007 Re:What classes do you take? (391 comments)

This was my intended meaning of mastered.

mastery
: knowledge and skill that allows you to do, use, or understand something very well

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

trout007 Re:Tag Line (391 comments)

More like mocking those that supposedly follow his teachings and yet froth at the mouth when it comes to bombing foreigners.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

trout007 What classes do you take? (391 comments)

What does a Liberal Arts Degree mean these days? There used to be a traditional Liberal Arts education that included theology, grammar, reasoning, rhetoric, philosophy, arithmetic,logic, geometry, music, astronomy, etc. I could see how taking these as formal courses would help someones critical thinking. But how many people with LA degrees have mastered these?

3 days ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

trout007 Re:Yep. (150 comments)

And if you don't pay the penalty?

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

trout007 Re:Yep. (150 comments)

Most of the things you complain about are due to regulations. An airline would be happy to sell you a ticket for cash. A bank would be happy to open a numbered account. As for rentals of course the owner wants to see evidence you are a trustworthy person.

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

trout007 Re:Yep. (150 comments)

The difference is people voluntarily give data to these companies where as you are forced to give information to Healthcare.gov. It would be the same as if the IRS was hacked.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Harness E. Coli To Produce Propane

trout007 Re:Glucose (82 comments)

Thank you.

I managed to get the full article. They authors do state this is not an entire process but only a way to take glucose from other process and turn it into propane which should be easier to separate from a reactor since it's a gas.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Harness E. Coli To Produce Propane

trout007 Re:Environmentally-friendly? Hello?! (82 comments)

Unless you use plant biomass which takes that carbon from the air. That is why I was trying to find what they used as a feedstock.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Harness E. Coli To Produce Propane

trout007 What is the source of energy? (82 comments)

Is there a better write-up somewhere? It only says it uses fatty acids. What is the source of these fatty acids?

about two weeks ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

trout007 Re:Another building full of robots? (157 comments)

This is a result of artificially low interest rates. Any time you build manufacturing capability you need to do a cost/benefit analysis of how much to automate. I've done this analysis in the past when I worked for an automation house. The main factors are the local cost of labor and the interest rates. In times where interest rates were high (I have lived long enough to see this) and there was high unemployment so people would accept a lower wage it always made sense to hire more people than machines. The reason is a person is productive on an assembly line after a relatively short training period where it takes a while to design, manufacture, test, and install production equipment. The equipment is also a large capital investment and when interest rates are high you can sometimes get a better return just sitting on the cash or not borrowing it in the first place.

When times are good and there is low unemployment and interest rates it makes sense to more fully automate.

If we would let the market set interest rates the pace of automation would be naturally limited.

about two weeks ago
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Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

trout007 What is safe? (200 comments)

You are right. The ignorance of many people on the subject of radioactivity is amazing. I don't know why, maybe because nuclear seems magical. But the radiation produced by an isotope is inversely proportional to the half life. People complain about nuclear waste that will be radioactive for a million years. Sure but that stuff is pretty safe because of that long half life it doesn't produce much radiation. It's the short lived isotopes that are really dangerous because of the amount of radiation they put out. Luckily you don't have to keep them long until they decay to safe levels. It's the stuff right in the middle with half lives in the 10-100 year range. They are radioactive enough to be a health concern but also take a long enough time to decay. Of course the type and energy level of the radiation needs to be factored in as well.

about two weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

trout007 Re:A change in diet - from what? (588 comments)

This is just my personal experience but I went from eating a heavy refined sugar and carbs to a high fat diet and everything improved with the exception of LDL.

about two weeks ago
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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

trout007 This is the Congressinal Rocket not NASA. (211 comments)

NASA never wanted to build this rocket. It was forces in them from Congress. Plus NASA doesn't build rockets it overseas other aerospace contractors.

about three weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

trout007 Re:demography & culture (579 comments)

That seems to reinforce my theory on lack of women in STEM. People look at STEM and think this is where the smartest people go. Not entirely true. The people in STEM are smart BUT they are also are not typically social. I don't mean they don't get along with people but that isn't their priority. The work is the priority and working with other people interested in the work is fine.

What the really smart people that are social do are become entrepreneurs, politicians, doctors, and lawyers. Since women will tend to be more social I think that is the reason you don't find as many in STEM. Not only do they have to be smart but not focused on social aspects. Most of the female engineers that I've worked with that actually like engineering tend to act more like a stereotypical engineer. Focus on the work and not on the social aspects. They are nice people but there focus isn't on making you like them but getting the job done.

about three weeks ago
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CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

trout007 Re:what's wrong with cherry picking? (110 comments)

I don't see it as wrong. This is how all technology gets developed. Early adopters pay for the tech and those that wait get the benefits. You can get the latest phone for several hundred dollars or get one 4 years old for a tiny fraction of that. Same with car tech. Every little standard feature on an econobox started as optional equipment on luxury models.

about three weeks ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

trout007 Re:Geoengineering wars to come (140 comments)

And I thought my wife and I fighting over the thermostat was bad.

about three weeks ago

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