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As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow To a Trickle

zblack_eagle Re:42 cents a play? (665 comments)

Do you work for Verizon?

about a year and a half ago

Italian Supreme Court Accepts Mobile Phone-Tumor Link

zblack_eagle Re:From TFA: (190 comments)

The court said the research was independent and “unlike some others, was not co-financed by the same companies that produce mobile telephones.”

Some implies a minority. Single study < a minority < the majority. Which implies that the majority of the research "not co-financed by the same companies that produce mobile telephones" says no

about 2 years ago

Teen Suicide Tormentor Outed By Anonymous

zblack_eagle Re:It's all tied together (550 comments)

The quantity of gametes produced by and the possible reproductive frequency of each gender are grossly disproportional. As a male I am (theoretically) fertile at all times from puberty until I die and am not biologically constrained to fathering children once every nine months. Social stigmatization, morals, ethics and child support aside, I am want to spread my seed as much as possible. Women, however, are relatively constrained in their ability to reproduce and it is much more expensive for them. Not to mention it being historically dangerous for them (not from fundamentalists, but from death in childbirth).

So biologically women are generally more selective about who they mate with. However, that doesn't mean that male-dominated societies haven't attempted to tip the scales in their favour somewhat.

about 2 years ago

How Facebook Can Out Your Most Personal Secrets

zblack_eagle Re:IF YOU HAND THEM OVER IT WILL TAKE THEM !! (467 comments)

If you are hiding it, you SHOULDN'T have joined such a group.

Of course I haven't RTFA, but from the summary:

...a privacy loophole on Facebook—the fact that anyone can be added to a group by a friend without their approval.

So they didn't join the group; a 'friend' added them

about 2 years ago

Judge Posner Muses on Excessively Strong Patent and Copyright Laws

zblack_eagle Meanwhile... (100 comments)

...your bought representatives don't give a shit

about 2 years ago

Sweet Times For Cows As Gummy Worms Replace Corn Feed

zblack_eagle Re:Cows eat Grass (432 comments)

...the germs are not going to suddenlty reverse the mutation simply because you changed your diet.

However it is possible that the mutation that allows resistance to antibiotics is disadvantageous in the absence of antibiotics when competing with non-resistant strains, and so non-resistant strains would become dominant again.

Just an idea. Not agreeing with the anecdote above

about 2 years ago

The Motivated Rejection of Science

zblack_eagle Re:Suprising how? (771 comments)

Someone clearly hasn't had to deal with door-to-door salespeople and other forms of unscrupulous marketing

about 2 years ago

Australian Attorney General Pushes Ahead With Gov't Web Snooping

zblack_eagle Re:Thanks, Australia! (148 comments)

Note: this is why our referendum for becoming a republic in the '90's failed, as it was basically about keeping the current system while eliminating the queen (and "her" token governor (general) representatives) as head of state. That and it was designed to fail, as the proposed changes were put forth by the then-prime minister who is/was a monarchist.

about 2 years ago

Australian Attorney General Pushes Ahead With Gov't Web Snooping

zblack_eagle Re:I find this hard to believe (148 comments)

My housemate is a member of PPA (I'm a member of the Greens, which also oppose this), and from what he has told me PPA hasn't even got itself around to being registered as a political party yet.

Problem is that Australia is just like Canada, the US, and the UK: in national/federal elections, most actual votes cast are *discarded*

Citation please? We have preferential voting here, not the bullshit first-past-the-post of many other countries

about 2 years ago

Australian Agency Rules Facebook Pages Responsible For Comments

zblack_eagle Big Deal (141 comments)

Advertising Standards Bureau:

The Advertising Standards Bureau administers a national system of advertising self-regulation through the Advertising Standards Board and the Advertising Claims Board. The self-regulation system recognises that advertisers share a common interest in promoting consumer confidence in and respect for general standards of advertising.

Self regulation, eh? So the whole decision is effectively meaningless anyway. And if the Australian advertising world at large decides that it's a load of bollocks, then chances are the ASB will change its tune anyway. With it being pretty insane to label public comment on an "open" forum advertising

more than 2 years ago

Neutrino-Powered Financial Trading In Our Future?

zblack_eagle Low latency? (275 comments)

It's still higher than that of within the same building or block as the exchange.

Unless the trading exchange is located at the centre of the Earth. Now there's an idea...

more than 2 years ago

Jack Daniels Shows How To Write a Cease and Desist Letter

zblack_eagle One Word (402 comments)

Why can't more companies act this way towards one another?


more than 2 years ago

Meebo Discontinuing All Services Except for Meebo Bar

zblack_eagle Re:eBuddy (121 comments)

If it has stopped advertising by hijacking users' IM statuses I may reconsider it

more than 2 years ago

Samsung Sues Aussie Patent Office In Apple Suit, Apple Sues Back

zblack_eagle Re:Competition == Irreparable Harm (160 comments)

From your link:

Samsung’s new Galaxy S3 now ranks as the UK’s most popular handset based on live searches and sales, according to the Mobile Tracker.

Assuming the accuracy of these statements, the current rate of sales of the Galaxy SIII is exceeding that of the iPhone 4S. I think it's more surprising that the iPhone 4S is selling so well several months after it was released than a top-end brand new phone selling better than it. Only time will tell whether the SIII ends up being truly more popular than the 4S.

more than 2 years ago

A Day In the Life of a "Booth Babe"

zblack_eagle Re:"just no respect" (687 comments)

There's respect for achieving great things, and then there's respect for being a fellow member of our species. I'm guessing it's the latter that they want.

more than 2 years ago

Beneath Africa, Survey Finds 'Huge' Water Reserves

zblack_eagle Re:Oh no (292 comments)

"Gifts" from the west only result in laziness

Also known economic circumstances as dumping. The local costs of production can't compete with 'free', and so local production is stymied by what is effectively first world governments subsidising domestic production.

And we get all indignant when China does things for "cheap".

more than 2 years ago

New CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Even Worse Than SOPA

zblack_eagle Re:Cant stop a moving train (234 comments)

As a foreigner, I may just be talking out of my arse here, but perhaps a constitutional amendment is in order?

more than 2 years ago

CSIRO Develops 10 Gbps Microwave Backhaul

zblack_eagle Re:And yet, somehow, (121 comments)

I pay less for 500GB/month at 100mbit today than I did for 80GB/month at 20mbit five years ago.

However, I do wish that locally mirrored content wasn't counted towards quotas. Then maybe we could somewhat reduce (not eliminate) our relative reliance on our international links

more than 2 years ago

Women More Likely To Unfriend Than Men

zblack_eagle Re:Hah (135 comments)

A guy can ejaculate a lot more frequently than a woman can get pregnant and give birth. While people may not think about it consciously, it's the relative scarcity (or abundance) of the genetic material produced by either gender at play.

more than 2 years ago


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