* Posts by Josh Fisher

8 posts • joined 23 May 2009

Assange 'threatened to sue' Grauniad over leak of WikiLeak

Josh Fisher

Really?

What an ego buster! My father used to tell me as a young man, "If she'll jump in bed with you, then she'll jump in bed with another. Superman is dead.", refering to the character of the young ladies I dated. Leading an organization consisting solely of people who steal information for a living, how can he possibly be surprised to find that one of his own has stolen from him? I'm quite sure the US intelligence agencies are glad such an egotistical fool is working against them, rather than for them.

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It's non-stop fun in Zero Carbon Britain, 2030

Josh Fisher

re: Fischer Tropsch

Here is a link to rather interesting research on synthetic photosynthesis being conducted at the University of Cincinnati in the States, http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nl100550k?cookieSet=1&journalCode=nalefd

As to Utopian social issues, has anyone ever actually read Sir Thomas More's "Of the Best State of a Republic, and of the New Island Utopia"? This 16th century tripe that coined the term manages the "wonderful" society by dividing the people into two classes, those who enjoy the benefits of the wonderfulness, and those slaves who provide it for them. So, indeed we may be heading for Utopia if the Greens get their way. The author points out that if the livestock are cut to 20%, then one would have to be a wealthy Lord to afford meat. Well, that would indeed be a Utopian society. The Lords live luxuriously in an ideal World with no carbon-based problems, and that wonderful World is provided to them by the happily sacrificing slaves. Yes, a wonderful world it would be.......for the Lords.

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Pirate Party UK sinks on maiden voyage

Josh Fisher

Re: Not worth voting single issue party

Heh! Yes, aren't all socialist parties everywhere single issue? My guess is that the thousand odd voters who voted for Pirate Party candidates were simply voting against the incumbent. Given the record of those who supposedly represent me here in the US, simply voting against all incumbents is beginning to look like the logical choice.

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Virgin to offer 100Mb/s broadband by year's end

Josh Fisher

Re: Minimum/Sniffing

Of course they can. Sniffing only increases latency, not transmission rate. They claim high transmission rates, but make no claims of ultra-low latency.

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China swings at Clinton as Schmidt fudges exit plan

Josh Fisher

re: Realistic conversation

A straight flush beats all the aces. I'm not sure I follow you. The US is China's largest export destination. While the US is China's 4th largest import supplier, the trade deficit is still around 337 to 71 (in billions of US dollars). Some 23% of China's exports are to the US, while only 5% of US exports are destined for China. Since China's total exports are not drastically larger than the US exports, I fail to see how a slowing of the Chinese exports to the US would not be actually rather good for the US economy. It would likely be good for the Chinese economy as well, since it would lessen their exposure. And of course, if the US economy did keel over and die, then the Chinese economy would be decimated from the loss of 23% of their exports.

Likewise, dumping a wad of US dollars all of a sudden would trash their own cash surplus due to their heavy exposure. I have to disagree with your assessment. The Chinese-US economic situation is one of mutual assured destruction, in like manner to the Chinese-US military situation. They will work together, or they will go down together.

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US immigration dodge is permanent

Josh Fisher

Kudos for trying

At least they're trying something else. Seems to me the "old system" has been defeated on any number of occasions, so why not try another approach? There are only a few criminals out of the tens or hundreds of millions of passengers, so it is quite a needle-in-the-haystack problem. Can't blame them for trying.

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Microsoft can still sell Word

Josh Fisher
FAIL

Re: Crime Pays

Firstly, there is no crime. This is a civil case. And it is most ridiculous that i4i, or anyone, is awarded a patent for encoding data in XML. In a way, MS brought this upon themselves, ironically, as they were one of the parties responsible for pushing the concept of software patents in the first place, though they certainly were not alone in that. Hopefully, MS will win this appeal and the court will establish that encoding data in XML is not patentable. Perhaps, then, in future the US PTO will not award a patent for the programmatic encoding of text in UTF8. Have the patent offices of the world gone mad, or is stupidity a job requirement?

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YouTube flooded with porn

Josh Fisher
Happy

Old Story

When I was a teenager in 1976, pornographer Larry Flint of Hustler magazine fame, was being tried in my city on obscenity and organized crime charges. As part of his defense, I suppose, he sent pamphlets to thousands of homes containing the most sickening photos of horribly wounded American and Vietnamese soldiers as well as civilians. The title of the pamphlet was something like "War...the Real Obscenity", the idea being that it was perfectly legal for him to send the disgusting war photos, but a photo of a naked girl would land him in court. That this sort of thing happens on You Tube does not surprise me in the least. The format and technology is the only thing that has changed. Really, it's the same old conundrum. Who gets to decide what is or is not obscene.

Nevertheless, I find some of the subject lines of these posting amusing. "The End of Innocence with the Introduction of Kernel Knowledge? "....hmmm....does that insinuate that Linux author Linus Torvalds is not innocent?

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