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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

vakuona Re: "the market" = biz managers (192 comments)

I would add that this year, the most commercially successful movies at the cinema have been Captain America, X-Men, Transformers, Spiderman etc. These movies were not cheap to make. Unimaginative, maybe, but not cheap.

about two weeks ago
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The Billionaire Mathematician

vakuona Re:Reminds me of The Wonderful Burt Wonderstone (96 comments)

Oh yes, Europeans just went to Africa to build pyramids without ever thinking to build any where they came from because, you know, that's just how they rolled. Where in the world has that ever happened?

One of the mummified individuals is found who "may" belong to some ancestral group proves what exactly?

What about the other mummified individuals? What about the carving and elaborate caskets and tombs that show people with distinctly African features? Or is anything that doesn't fit your crackpot theory discarded for being too inconvenient?

about three weeks ago
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The Billionaire Mathematician

vakuona Re:Reminds me of The Wonderful Burt Wonderstone (96 comments)

Let's face it, most people who die of thirst/famine are black and have never in 100,000's years done anything to build a technology to help them to survive. It is not my problem that they are too stupid to figure out how to obtain a continuous and adequate supply of clean water!

Besides the obviously racist connotation, you are seriously misinformed.

They didn't "figure" it out because they didn't have to. They survived millions of years because they developed appropriate technology for their needs. They lived in a much more forgiving climate (except for tropical diseases) which didn't necessitate their developing all these fancy gizmos. Unfortunately, much of Africa is water stressed in ways that many parts of Europe just aren't, and no amount of engineering available until a few decades ago could help you there.

These black people built aqueducts and pyramids in Egypt, and built rather impressive cities all over Africa. Well before anyone else was building anything remotely comparable. So, they (we) are not as useless as you imagine.

about three weeks ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

vakuona Re:501(c)(3) Classes (228 comments)

Sure you don't want that to be GNU/LS?

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

vakuona Re:Truecrypt was the hardest thing for the NSA (566 comments)

To be able to determine that someone has a hidden volume, you would have to be able to look at the volume twice - the first time after you first suspect that there is a hidden volume, and the second after someone has changed something in the hidden volume.

There are a few ways this "threat" could be countered in my opinion.

1. Always "overwrite" the free space with random garbage when you use the volume. This gives plausible deniability. if the free space has changed a lot, then it could be because you have written to the hidden volume, or because the programme has just overwritten some portion of the free space like it always does.

2. Assuming the program doesn't allow (1), don't make any changes to the hidden volume once your encrypted disk has been inspected once. Basically, if the only thing that could give you away is making further changes to the hidden volume, then don't make the changes. You will still have access to your files, but won't be able to change the volume.

about 2 months ago
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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

vakuona Re:Well... (493 comments)

Influenza is a disease, which also causes illness!

about 2 months ago
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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

vakuona Re:Well... (493 comments)

Umm, if parents are being stupid, then yes.

about 2 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

vakuona Re:RMS is right. (406 comments)

Why does everything have to be universal or bad?

Is there anything stopping Haiku or Amiga offering to pay for the implementation of the DRM on their systems. Companies will support any platform that can add to their bottom line. If Haiku users want support, they can just pay for it. Or download Linux which is equally if not more free, and comes supported.

Just because things are done in software doesn't mean the choice should be works everywhere or not at all.

about 2 months ago
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AMD Preparing To Give Intel a Run For Its Money

vakuona Re:Just like Bulldozer? (345 comments)

I would also add that unless AMD plans to have a business where it can migrate cheaper chip business to use the older fabs, AMD might well find itself having to manage fabs i.e. run a foundries business to recoup its investment. AMD doesn't really make the cheap as chips chips (the kind of stuff that Broadcom makes), then they should not be in the business of fabs. They ought to let the likes of TSMC who can manage that migration much better than AMD be in that business.

about 2 months ago
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BMW Unveils the Solar Charging Carport of the Future

vakuona Ye of little imagination! (165 comments)

This is a concept. Concepts can be improved!

As long as your commute doesn't run your battery down completely, and as long as you charge tend to recharge more than you discharge through use, a car port like this will keep you topped up.

This could also be hooked up to your mains to supply most of your own electricity.

Maybe, if car makers came together and created standard battery sizes, capacities and forms, you could build in battery swap station to allow your battery to be recharged when you are not at home, and allow your EV to always be swapped onto the battery with the most charge.

about 3 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

vakuona Re:Plan pricing is the same (482 comments)

It can be even worse. When I was looking to upgrade the last time around, it worked out that I g=could get a cheaper plan if I also bought a phone from the provider.

about 3 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

vakuona Re:That's easy (482 comments)

I don't know about the USA, but the last time I was looking to buy a phone, my phone company was willing to give me an interest free loan for 2 years, and give me a cheaper plan than I would have gotten had I kept my old phone. It did surprise me a little, but I reckon they get to make a profit on the upfront sale, so they are happy to sell a phone to me at cost, and they probably can borrow very cheaply, so they weren't even bothered to charge interest on the upfront loan.

So it is not always as clear cut, but then again, I live in the UK where there is actual competition between the phone networks (Vodafone, O2, Orange/T-Mobile and Three).

What is clear is that it is not always the no-brainer that the article makes it out to be.

about 3 months ago
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SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'

vakuona Re: Not a surprise (303 comments)

If you think buying a car and an institution buying a large number of shares in the markets are anything alike (asides from exchanging cash for an asset), then you are hopelessly misinformed.

about 3 months ago
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SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'

vakuona Re: Not a surprise (303 comments)

This isn't predicting the markets. This is gaming them. If I know that a big pension fund want to buy Apple stock, having gleaned this information from unfulfilled orders on some exchanges, I can go out and quickly buy some Apple stock, and then almost immediately sell it to the fund. Why should we allow HFTers to have information before the rest of us. They should wait in line like everyone else. Why can't orders be queued so that the last to place and order is the last to have it filled. And why can't we impose a delay (even a random one) to ensure that one cannot jump ahead of the queue by going to other markets to find the same shares when they find out that someone else is looking for shares.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

vakuona Re:Probably saved more lives with jamming (427 comments)

Yeah, because breaking the law in and of itself is never justifiable, right? As far as lives go, you'd have to offset the number of denied 911 calls that would've saved someone against the number of accidents he prevented by denying cellnet access to all those childadult accidents-waiting-to-happen. Really, it goes either way, and I'll bet the difference he made either way was negligible.

As far as critical infrastructure goes, it should be hardwired, with RF as an emergency fallback. It seems everyone, including emergency responders, politicians, and, apparently, even some technophiles here, need to realize these things are radios first, computers second, and phones/cameras/whatever a distant last. If it's important, hardwire it. If it's important and sensitive, hardwire and crypt it. If you cant hardwire it, then plan the necessary contingencies for when service is denied. Radio is not a guaranteed service. Deal with it. Frankly, the fact that so much already depends on the shitty, overpriced cell nets concerns me more than some guy with too much time on his hands. The fact he was able to do it should be a wake up call, but of course it won't. It'll just result in harsher penalties from lawyer-politicians who think the law defines reality. Meanwhile, the technologies deployed won't change one iota.

The fact that a service cannot be guaranteed does not give someone the right to sabotage it. Everything we depend on in society depends in part on society agreeing that we behave in certain ways, including not sabotaging services that we depend on as society. This is why we don't allow people to pollute rivers unnecessarily, we don't allow people to fly their aircraft without agreeing to obey the instructions of air traffic control etc.

There was a time when hard-line services would not have been considered essential - when just two people had telephones for example, and quite possibly for a long time after that. That changes when people began to depend on them, and one could argue that people now depend on wireless services in the same way.

Hardwires can also be cut (see recent tornadoes) and wireless service may be a lot easier an quicker to restore in emergency situations.

70% (and now possibly more) of emergency calls are now done using wireless devices, so the argument that we should not depend on them is incredibly silly and shortsighted at best.

about 3 months ago
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Google's Business Plan For Nest: Selling Your Data To Utility Companies

vakuona Re:How granular is power company metering currentl (167 comments)

You are not thinking far enough.

Smart meters and thermometers could allow smarter uses of electricity, e.g., at peak times, if your temperature is only marginally above the set temperature, your AC could be switched off automatically. If you are way above the set temperature, the utility would let you keep using your AC until it comes down to a comfortable temperature.

You could even have peak pricing, and maybe you could instruct your AC to only turn on when the price per unit of electricity is below a certain level, unless your house is too hot.

This could be preferable to building excess capacity which will hit your bills, even when you are not using it.

about 3 months ago
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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

vakuona Re:Gatling guns? (157 comments)

Don't know if you are serious...

A failing road car stops on the road. Not always ideal, but generally a controllable event. A failing flying car drops out of the sky. Therefore it has to be orders of magnitude more reliable than your typical car.

Countries around the world have systems in place to control the airspace. Can you imagine how difficult/impossible this task would be with a million cars potentially in the air at the same time.

A flying car belongs in the science fiction category for good reasons.

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

vakuona Re:....indeed. (1116 comments)

The use of the word "rights" really bugs me. There are universal rights which most people agree to, and which, for the most part, do not require third parties to recognise to give effect to them. Free speech is one such. You speak, and the state may not stop you. Freedom is another. The state may not take you and throw you in Guantanamo without due cause.

Everything else is a privilege bestowed by society.

about 4 months ago

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