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Comment: Re:Story is false (Score 1) 86

by LynnwoodRooster (#47793771) Attached to: Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title
I recently started a new tech company. One of my business cofounders knows essentially nothing about engineering, tech, or production - but he is a heck of a sales and marketing guy. Just because he cofounded a tech company does not mean he understands tech - at all. Just like being a CTO does not mean you know anything about marketing and sales.

Comment: Profit centric, not customer centric (Score 1) 130

> Let there be no doubt that Microsoft's actions in this controversial case are customer-centric.

Nonsense. It is protecting their millions, even billions of dollars of international business, especially for their hosted email services, to make a public display of fighting this court order. It also helps protect their US business: publicly refusing a US order helps provide a history of customer privacy awareness when they try to resist a Chinese or Russian or EU court order for US held data.

And this is not an NSA "Patriot Act" order, which don't require judges and can be far, far broader than a typical search warrant or subpoena.

Comment: Re:This is huge ... (Score 1) 130

by phantomfive (#47793451) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

If America can force Microsoft to reach out to Ireland for data, then Germany (etc.) can force Microsoft to tunnel into America, right?

Germany can try. Or they can seize all Microsoft assets in Germany, and kick Microsoft out. Argentina recently did exactly that to a company from Spain.

Comment: Re:re I don't care (Score 1) 130

by phantomfive (#47793445) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

You can't apply U.S. laws to the world at large, regardless of your 'legal' standing.

You can apply it to US citizens, no matter where they are in the world. There is plenty of legal precedent for this (you have to pay taxes on money made outside the US, for one example).

You can also apply it to corporations.

+ - Is the New 8 Core intel Processor Really the Ultimate CPU for Video Editing?->

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Earlier this weekend Intel announced 3 new “Extreme” processors based on the Haswell-E i7 architecture including a new 8-core i7-5960X CPU. But how does this new processing king preform as part of super high end video editing machine alongside the new X99 chipset and DDR4 memory and do more cores more important than a higher clock rate?

Photographer Dave Dugdale and JJ Guerrero from ASUS decided to check these questions out and recorded and extensive video looking at some of the interesting questions that has to do with building a very high end system for editing 4K videos with the latest hardware around (as long as you have deep pockets...)."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Yeah hand signals (Score 1) 214

by MichaelSmith (#47792769) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Consider this scenario. I am merging right to make a right turn.

  1. Indicate right
  2. Wait for a car to give way
  3. Merge one lane to the right

This doesn't work with automatic cars because they don't understand hand signals. Instead I just have to merge and hope the overtaking cars are going to give way. If this behaviour becomes common, people will start merging without indicating in the expectation that automatic systems will take care of the resulting conflict.

Comment: Wouldn't edibles have the same effect (Score 1) 104

by SuperKendall (#47792597) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

If pot becomes legal in all states, I hope there are warnings on the marijana cigarettes like there are on tobacco cigarettes.

Is that as likely to cause cancer? It does seem like smoking anything is a bad idea, but perhaps tobacco has something that makes it more likely to develop issues...

However there's also another way to get MJ into your system, edibles. If you were using it for medical purposes a medicinal brownie seems like a more appealing application than does smoking...

Comment: Re: How Does SpaceX Do it? (Score 1) 48

by CrimsonAvenger (#47792555) Attached to: NASA's Competition For Dollars

No matter how bad environmental problem become, earth will still be better than anything which we could plan to reach. Fixing the problems here woll have a fraction of the cost whcih fixin them by flying away would have.

So, what's the plan for dealing with the Sun's inevitable transition to a red giant?

Space is where we need to be for the long term. And when I say "long term", I don't mean "three or more Congressional election cycles"....

Comment: Re:Stop being so impatient.... (Score 1) 214

by westlake (#47792443) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

The same reason worlds fair showed tech that will be coming out in 5-10 years. Its' fun, it's cool. It also show they are thinking long term and not quarterly

GM's "Futurama" of 1939 looked to the world of 1960.

Futurama is widely held to have first introduced the general American public to the concept of a network of expressways connecting the nation.

Bel Geddes assumed that the automobile would be the same type of carrier and still the most common means of transportation in 1960, albeit with increased vehicle use and traffic lanes also capable of much higher speeds.

To meet these assumptions, four general ideas for improvement were incorporated into the exhibition showcase.

First, that each section of road be designed to receive greater capacity of traffic. Second, that traffic moving in one direction could be in complete isolation to traffic moving in any other. Third, segregating traffic by subdividing towns and cities into certain units that restrict traffic and allow pedestrians to predominate. And fourth, consequent traffic control for predetermined maximum and minimum speeds.

Through this, the exhibition was designed to inspire greater public enthusiasm and support for the constructive work and planning by engineers and public officials who had contributed so much toward improvement of streets and highways.

Futurama (New York World's Fair)

For 30 years the Burma-Shave signs delivered about 30 seconds of entertainment with no significant changes in the size of the signs or their spacing. That says volumes about the enormous investment in infrastructure that Bel Geddes was proposing and the political will needed to make it happen,

The best laid plans of mice and men are held up in the legal department.