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  • Apr 22, 2017 @ 03:39am

    All sources have an inherent bias

    This article plays as if government data is somehow unbiased. Each person or organization biases the data. Without bias there is no information. To make an observation assumptions must be made and a way to measure that data determined. Simply deciding to use your vision to look at an object biases the observation to a light filled environment that changes the environment it there were no light (think of a room full of cockroaches that scatter when the light comes on).
    Government is biased to state funded institutions and the people attracted to government always have a bias of the use of coercive force to get funding. Large businesses like the coerciveness of government to get their way.
    Non government entities such as individuals may make different, and also valid solutions that get short shrift when large data powerful entities produce ideas, boundaries and studies that conflict with the interests of the state or large corporation.

  • Mar 21, 2017 @ 10:11am

    Copyright infringement baloney

    What is copyrighted is the software. This extension about what device you can read it on is unconstitutional.
    The US Constitution under powers granted to Congress:
    To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
    The writings and discoveries are protected, not the method of interacting with them.
    This extension of the DMCA is clearly unconstitutional.

    If you bought it legitimately, and you did not copy it, the method of display should be immaterial.

  • Mar 11, 2017 @ 09:34am

    A few Bankruptcies will make IOT a lot more secure

    The Internet of things is simply a bad idea. Working in an area where security was essential we did EM sweeps to keep bugs out and never connected to the Internet. We used couriers to transfer sensitive information and kept the Internet separate from the networks where sensitive information was processed. .
    The Internet of Things is so insecure and provides so many avenues into your information, that it is a nightmare happening right before our Eyes. The answer is to make the technology safe by making its sellers legally liable for security breaches.
    Cars being hacked for assassinations is a simple and quick example things happening that require much better security. The people that allow communication with your equipment are held legally liable for both criminal and civil acts is the market way of making these careless bas**rds a little less careless. A few bankruptcies could make the IOT a lot better.

  • Feb 22, 2017 @ 11:17pm

    Politics on a sports channel

    What about all the political commentary on a sports channel. People watch sports to escape their daily lives, not to be lectured on how you should behave by bunch of social justice warriors.

  • Jan 28, 2017 @ 11:28am

    Foreign nationals rights.

    The rights of foreign nationals are exactly those rights given under treaty, or the rights granted by each ones specific visa.
    The assumption is that a foreign national is an agent (acting in the interests of that nation, not necessarily a spy) of that nation. Nations with large exchange (Mexico, Canada, UK etc.) have very specific treaty rights that include their Citizens and nationals being treated the same as US Citizens in the USA only if they are here under the color of law. Nations outside of these specific nations (China, Russia, North Korea, etc.) the rights are only rights of not being tortured, etc.
    Not everyone is the same both the Government and the "civil rights community" need to remember this.

  • Jan 06, 2017 @ 02:52pm

    Of course a state actor that does not value free and open speech wants full control over what its citizens(subjects?)say. Why is anybody surprised?

  • Apr 03, 2015 @ 06:33pm

    1984

    We have been having the discussion for a very long time. In 1984 I was working on both diamond and Gallium Arsenide at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) to get faster switching times for semiconductors. Silicon is king because it fabricates relatively easily. One or two very expensive devices may be made using other technologies, but after over 30 years nothing has yielded the wonders of silicon. Cheap fabrication is the key and nothing else is on the horizon. By the way after studying technological prediction at AFIT I found that there is an average 100 year time line to technological development; the first 50 years make the technology, and the second 50 years distribute it. After that it remains essentially unchanged until completely replaced. Silicon electronics is following the pattern fairly precisely.

  • Nov 01, 2014 @ 05:50pm

    No "objective" point of view.

    Journalism has never been and will never be unbiased. As a scientist (I have worked as a Physicist and a Chemist) the idea that someone cannot be unbiased is fiction. To make any observation you must take a point of view, that is set up boundaries to decide what to report and not to report. The language, point of view, instruments used (Eyes ears, other observers) make the observation biased. There is a Journalistic point of view taught in schools, an Aristotelian point of view, a Christian point of view, a Buddhist point of view, etc. Each makes decisions about what is important and what is not. The "polarization" in American politics and culture in general reflects a split in the point of view in the country, primarily between urban(Cities and inner suburbs) and rural (outer suburbs smaller cities and countryside). The divisions are real,the perceptions are different and in many cases are not able to be compromised. The different realities can be addressed by a live and let live attitude.

  • Oct 18, 2014 @ 05:52am

    Antibiotic resistance

    Bacteria mutate quickly. I presented with a specific antibiotic, bacterial mutations that are resistant to that antibiotic are favored. and you get antibiotic resistant bacteria that are favored. However, in the absence of those specific antibiotics the bacteria without extraneous functions (such as antibiotic resistance structural alterations) will be out-competed by non-resistant bacteria. The solution here is to take certain types of antibiotics out of circulation for a period, say 5 years and reintroduce them. If this is done cyclically then we will have ways to counter "resistant" bacteria.

  • Sep 21, 2014 @ 11:40am

    A little late for lawsuits

    Gulliver went to the Island of Laputa. so should we see a Suit from Jonathan Swift to all parties for stealing the idea of floating rocks?

  • Aug 09, 2014 @ 03:08pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    The problem is basic economics. A place has to have something to sell in the first place. A service such as a Harbor,A manufacturer that transforms goods form raw materials or partially finished goods or perhaps agriculture, fishing mining or forestry. If there are more people than the local production can support, then the wages go down. If Walmart displaces local stores, then the people doing the actual production will keep more of their money and the people not producing should move. I have several times during my life when the local economy dragged.

  • Aug 09, 2014 @ 03:33pm

    The original reason for patent and copyright

    In the US constitution
    article 2 section 8 (powers given to Congress)
    To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
    First the authors(and artistic work) and Inventors are rarely able to reap any profits in the current system, so in my opinion the constitution is being violated by the current legal structure.

    The original time was 17 years the thinking was thus:
    A person needs enough time to recover the time money and effort to make an intellectual property, and a time of about 17 years or so is enough for anyone to make back the effort and incentivize new work.
    What happened is companies lobbied congress to extend copyright past any reasonable reimbursement for the work. To have an author set for life as the result of say two or three years work was not the intent.
    The intent is limited times to encourage arts and sciences. The longest possible limited time would be about 25 years and that would make back any long capital investment with profits.
    Disney is the biggest culprit in extending the copyright laws to ludicrous times getting copyrights extended to 100 years.
    Monopoly is against most parts of capitalism, so the limited times originally granted, worked well and returning to those limited times would serve to break up many of the large offenders to free markets, throug the free market process.

  • Jul 09, 2014 @ 05:51pm

    Re: Bureacratic self contradictory admisnstrative law

    How can they do this without a jury of my peers?

    Amendment 6 - Right to Speedy Trial, Confrontation of Witnesses. Ratified 12/15/1791.

    In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

  • Jul 03, 2014 @ 07:42am

    Who does and ndoes not deserve nonprofit status?

    Society of Automotive Engineers and United States Pharmacopeia (USP) are two organizations which it the same standards so they should loose non-profit status too. What About the National Geographic Society and AARP whose board members are self appointed and take in massive salaries and bonuses in lieu of profits?