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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

zippthorne Re:Restoration (99 comments)

What does this have to do with the clone-copy continuity problem?

To take the bait, though, how are libertarians of all people going to be seen as a source of oppression?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

zippthorne Re:Dial up can still access gmail (334 comments)

Which doesn't bode well for the continued existence of their "dial-up only" email provider continuing to stay in business and provide that email address. Submitter should migrate them over to gmail or other large, likely-to-have-plenty-of-warning-before-service-stops web mail company sooner, just to inoculate against the possibility of an unexpected cutoff (presumably they stay because they don't want to lose contact with people using that email address, but they will lose contact pretty quick if the provider goes out of business.)

about two weeks ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

zippthorne Re:not sure that we want it controlled (119 comments)

The problem with a nuke war is the huge number of people who would suffer and die as a result of it, so I fail to see how the same number of people suffering or dying in a "natural die-off" would be any kind of improvement.

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

zippthorne Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

does disbelief constitute a more logical position than non-knowing?

about two weeks ago
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

zippthorne Re:Restoration (99 comments)

That won't work. Even if you create a will leaving everything to your clone-copy, anytime you travel your clone-heir would be stuck in probate for months afterward and the government would demand a huge cut of your net worth.

about two weeks ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

zippthorne Re:Of course we can (140 comments)

Which would be a medical cause of death....

about two weeks ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

zippthorne Re:If the finger print reader is anything like the (600 comments)

Did it take a laser printer?

'cause that's all the Mythbusters guys needed for pretty much every fingerprint reader they tested (admittedly, before the iPhone 5s came out, so I suppose there could have been some advances since then)

about two weeks ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

zippthorne Re:10 and 2 is for older cars (326 comments)

Do race cars have power steering? I'd think it would add a decent bit of weight and sap a non negligible part of their engine power allotment.

about two weeks ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

zippthorne Re:Nobody wants this (326 comments)

More importantly, my car has a built in hands free that I can operate by voice. Why should I not be allowed to use it.

Bad example. It's counter-intuitive, but apparently hands-free doesn't actually reduce the risk of a distracted driving accident.

If we really want to make the roads safer, give me the power to arrest the dipshits that fly around me on the Interstate doing 20 miles above the speed limit and changing lanes like they are at Daytona.

You really shouldn't be in the middle lane if people are passing you on the right. Also, If the average speed is 20 over the posted limit, there are a number of states whose traffic laws I think could be interpreted to mean that you are the one who breaking the law and creating a hazard by not keeping up.

There is a technical solution to texting while driving (and also eating cheeseburgers while driving, which iirc is far more dangerous...). It is called autonomous cars. Then you can text and pig out all you want because the car is in control. Once we have one that is demonstrably safer than human drivers, we just need to find a way to deal with all the irrational ninnies who will want to keep the human in control of the vehicle.

about two weeks ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

zippthorne 10 and 2 is for older cars (326 comments)

It's 9 and 3 if you have an airbag, according to the NHTSA.

I'm skeptical as to whether there has been any benefit to 10 and 2 since power steering became common.

about two weeks ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

zippthorne Re:Not just Reno (444 comments)

"spinning reserve" means they're basically burning coal for nothing, right? 0% efficiency to back-up the renewables? So we should attribute the carbon emissions for spinning reserve to the renewables?

I guess the question is, factoring in the spinning reserve, how do the carbon emissions of the renewables actually compare to just having straight coal plants?

about two weeks ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

zippthorne Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

So, you want to build pressurized bike tunnels? I think it could work, as long as you have an elevator at the "stations"

about three weeks ago
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$10 Bet Brings Researchers Closer to Industrial Scale Graphene Production

zippthorne Re:Confusing summary - here's my version (74 comments)

So, it's fine as long as we don't go around breaking it up and dispersing it into the air, and our solution if it ever becomes commonplace will not be to just stop using it in new construction and take extra care when removing old construction, but to actively go in and smash up the walls of old buildings to make sure it gets broken up and dispersed to maximum effect in an occupied building.

about three weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

zippthorne The real solution (819 comments)

The real solution is to start a fare comparison site that displays and sorts on more than just price/time, (leg room, width, amenities, etc) possibly with a user-rating component built-in.

about three weeks ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

zippthorne Re: Unconstitutinal (376 comments)

Interesting. Has the argument been made that the car doesn't have agency, and therefore can't be held responsible for its actions?

about a month and a half ago
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Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

zippthorne Re:Am I not getting it? (109 comments)

It has fixed focal length? Did they forget to consult with optics engineers? No one in the design group owns a telescope or a pair of binoculars?

about 1 month ago
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China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products For Government Use

zippthorne Re:You may have been asleep for the past 20 years (115 comments)

Android is a linux distribution put together by Google, with Google extensions and optimizations. Not sure with that has to do with the argument that Microsoft is less open source than Apple and was not "banned" from government procurement, therefore the motivation for China's action is probably not open sourc-y-ness.

about 1 month ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

zippthorne Re:Punishes fans? (216 comments)

Sounds like the obvious answer is "Then don't watch it."

This is not necessarily the same thing as not paying for it, though.

But I can see this article isn't about rationality, but about "I want to watch it" and "I want it to be free" and "I want it available under my terms".

An important question is: who paid for the stadium?

I'm not sure the FCC ought to be involved, but any city paying for a stadium ought to negotiate, as part of the deal, that their residents can watch the games on free TV or on at-cost tickets or something until the city gets back its investment. Also, maybe we should stop electing star-struck fanbois who keep giving away the farm any time someone famous comes to town.

about 1 month ago

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Putting your money where your keyboard is.

zippthorne zippthorne writes  |  more than 6 years ago

From my comment here:

Clearly, there are a number of people here and elsewhere that desire for easily duplicatable artistic works to be available for as large a number of people to enjoy as the ease of duplication makes feasable. At the moment, the regular market is not providing this, leading some to resort to black market solutions.

But the problem with the black market solution, and also the "get rid of copyright entirely" solution is that the pendulum swings too far the other way. Removing the ability for people to become professional artists would reduce the amount and quality of such works.

Creative Commons addresses part of this issue by providing a means for artists to donate all or part of their work to the public domain, but their scope and means are not adequate to the problem at hand.

What we really need is an organization (or many) charged with the task of buying works into the public domain. It should not be too difficult to estimate the total monetary value of the various works and thus the total remaining monetary value. If a rights-buying organization offered the remaining monetary value, a rights-holder would be irrational not to sell and realize the remaining value *now* rather than letting it trickle in.

Since there is little profit in this area, such organizations would probably have to be funded mostly by donation, and with limited budgets, would have to carefully choose the works purchased. I propose that one method would be to maximize the total lifetime monetary value of works purchased. Such an organization would eventually snap up the more popular works, but mostly quite a ways into the tail due to limited budgets. Another organization could buy "good" works, for whatever value of good that they choose, etc.

Such organizations could be established right now under the current copyright framework, and if people are as opposed to perpetual copyright as they claim to be, donations should be available in spades. So, where are they?

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