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Comment: Re:track record (Score 1) 157

by AK Marc (#48935405) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One
You also have the greater power of 4 vs 2, for higher takeoff weight, greater climb rate, and such. If your 2 engine aircraft can climb with one engine, then it's similarly oversized. No 4-engine aircraft in passenger use today can climb with only one engine. So if your 2-engine craft can, then you've made the same problem you are complaining about.

Comment: Re:when? (Score 1) 244

by AK Marc (#48934091) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?
Then we should have it everywhere, as the states are the size of sale. That, and the smaller states are closer to the density and distribution of Europe. So why don't they have it? It comes down to the people. We like our monopolies abusing us. If not, why do we keep voting for politicians that force them down our throat (on both sides of the isle)?

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 3, Interesting) 244

by AK Marc (#48934071) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?
But the others subsidized the build. We subsidized the service. There's a difference.

Also, unbundling caused 1000s of CLECs to pop up. But that was too much competition for the bells, so CLECs were shut out, restoring the monopoly/duopoly (depending on location). Had the unbundling continued, locking out bells from their own network, then we'd be much better off than Europe. But the government is bought and paid for (both sides), so we got the government we deserve by voting them in.

Transforming the copper/fiber network to a distribution-only model is what works best. Anything else fails.

Comment: Re:Built to reduce risk of fire? (Score 1) 130

by AK Marc (#48933577) Attached to: Former NATO Nuclear Bunker Now an 'Airless' Unmanned Data Center
He never said never use any risk mitigation, but that the risk mitigation in this case seems excessive for the risk involved. Fires are rare, and in the case of the NYSE, the fire in the data center affected only one pod, and was quickly extinguished,. They all are.

The problem with fire isn't the fire, it's that the fire triggers automatic responses (disconnecting the power), and the room is sealed while the fire is investigated, before the power can be turned back on. So the "fire" almost never does damage beyond the system it started in, but will almost always take out a data center for a day.

Comment: Re:grandmother reference (Score 1) 462



35 merchants for a third party reseller sold the keys that someone bought from EA Origin using stolen credit cards.

Yes, Kinguin, an authorized reseller of Ubisoft, resold keys that were later invalidated for having come through "questionable" channels.

Rather than honoring the keys bought through an authroized reseller, Ubisoft, canceled them and is offering refunds (for the people who bought a real key from a real and authorized reseller).

That should be illegal. The "legal" answer would be for Ubisoft to honor all the keys that have been purchased, and track down the illegal person in the chain and hold them responsible, not hold the end user responsible for having bought a key from an authorized Ubisoft reseller.

Comment: Re:In related news (Score 1) 246

by AK Marc (#48933283) Attached to: Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

Do you know what mark to market means? How do you do that with a bond that has no functional market?

If there is no market, then the value is zero. Which bonds do you assert have no value?

People that take loans they know they cannot pay are without blame when they cannot pay their loans?

I never said that. I'm saying that when the "high risk" group has a low level of defaults (well under historical averages), that it's not that group's fault when the frauds of the rich white male bankers are revealed.

But in the US, poor are only poor because they are lazy, so if you blame the poor, you are "safe" as they are all worthless sub-human creatures that deserve no sympathy. So they are truly the last group that's safe to discriminate against, regardless of what the oppressed rich white males assert.

Comment: Re:inflation embiggens numbers (Score 1) 506

by AK Marc (#48929241) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever
That's hilarious. The "liberal media" in Texas is owned by oil companies. The stories about all the earthquakes around Dallas explain how it's not fracking, and if it were fracking, it's a good thing, as the more common smaller earthquakes release pressure, preventing a larger one later.

And I'm referring to Belo, whose owners have ties to the West Texas oil fields. No, Mobile doesn't own Belo, but the owners of Belo have ties to oil.

Comment: Re:inflation embiggens numbers (Score 1) 506

by AK Marc (#48929199) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever
Paying for the services you use is not ethical? They use roads, education, police, and all sorts of services. If they had their $22B in cash under their mattress, there are countries that would invade to take it, so they use the military much more than anyone else.

Comment: Re:No Kidding (Score 1) 216

by AK Marc (#48929143) Attached to: Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away
Indent isn't meaningless. But there's no reason to double-space an indent. It carries a reading meaning, related to nesting of code.

Code "feels" smaller when it's compact. Also, having a single spacing method uniform across everyone makes for easier cut-and paste sharing. Having one person space things differently than another will result in decreased readability.

Comment: Re:grandmother reference (Score 1) 462

by AK Marc (#48927917) Attached to: Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers
35 official Ubisoft resellers sold keys. Rather then honoring keys sold through official channels, Ubisoft revoked them, and refunded them. That seems silly.

Also note, the total number of keys purchased fraudulently was not disclosed, nor was the number voided. Apparently, Ubisoft is banning and making people demand a refund to get a refund. Some people may think that they did something wrong, and won't ask for a refund. This will result in theft by Ubisoft. Because anyone who doesn't ask for a refund won't get it.

The "proper" way to handle this is to honor all the keys and try to recover money from the fraudulent distributor.

Comment: Re:I prefer a tablet for some things to a smart ph (Score 1) 279

by AK Marc (#48927395) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

for me.

Yay, you are unique. but that doesn't add anything to the conversation. Most professional photographers will tell you "the best camera there is, is the one you have with you." The camera on the phone is popular because it's always with you. That's the "value" in the phone. It's so small and convenient that you *always* have it with you.

the only thing a tablet is better ar is battery life

You must not have kids. Or friends. Most tablets can survive a drop from 3 feet onto unpadded outdoor carpet (the standard cheap office carpet, glued to hard concrete, with no padding). However, I've never seen a laptop survive that. Maybe the special ruggedized ones could, but they are always much more expensive and much slower.

There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom. -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923