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Comment: Your argument is invalid (Score 2, Insightful) 547

1. Decide your position
2. When findings are presented that call into question your position, find any flaw with said findings. Preferably one that can't be verified.
3. Present flaw as proof that the findings are not only invalid, but through being invalidated prove your position

Comment: Re:Fail by all posters so far on the issue (Score 1) 692

by BadPirate (#46040739) Attached to: Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

It's a tough issue. As a tech worker in the Valley, I came here knowing I'd be moving into an area with one of the highest costs of living in the US. At the same time, I came in after a job that had a salary that was way above where I moved from. The people in SF are pissed because they were there during the tech market down turns when cost of living was lower, and now the influx of new jobs and economic prosperity means that the rent is going up as well. What's the alternative? Hiring freeze here in the valley? Export jobs to Arizona? Make them all live in Sunnyvale? (What about the people who live there and pay rent?). Shut down the busses and the SF workers will move back to the valley, which is already one of the most population dense areas in the US. Where the cheapest 60 year old 3 bedroom home you can find is ALREADY over 1/2 million dollars? I live in that house. And I know my neighbors don't want a huge influx happening any more then the folks in San Francisco. I guess the truth of the matter is... Deal with it, it's how the system works here. You want a cheap house and a low paying job that can afford it? Move to Vegas. You want an opportunity to live in the beautiful bay? Work hard, hand out resumes, and get a job in SV. Everybody resists change, especially if it doesn't benefit them, but change does and will happen, the wise choice here is to adapt, and only support the systems that you agree with.

BTW, I totally support taxing the corporate bus routes for using the public bus stops in SF, and utilizing that money to improve SF's crappy public transit system. Wouldn't be a need for so many buses if Caltrain wasn't so damn expensive, or ran more frequently.

Comment: B- (Score 1) 47

by BadPirate (#45065273) Attached to: Since Snowden Leaks, NSA's FOIA Requests Are Up 1,000 Percent

http://www.wcl.american.edu/lawandgov/cgs/about.cfm#scorecard -- Kind of a useless measurement if it's not comparative, but there is LOTS of data there, and most of it indicates that despite the fact that the NSA spying programs were "revealed" during Obama's administration (they existed for Bush too!) -- There are good signs that the government is taking steps towards better transparency as promised, and progress in this area has been ongoing, making the "most transparent" statement a true one, but leaving a long way to go to be desired.

Comment: Re:curious, as Oracle has its challenges growing (Score 1) 692

by BadPirate (#44578677) Attached to: Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

Are you talking about Oracle or Apple?

1. "sky-high support fees" -- 9 straight wins in JD Powers customer satisfaction surveys, free support
2. "snaky sales pitches" -- Apple doesn't hard sell? Not really appropriate.
3. "bait-and-switch" -- Bought iPhone... got iPhone? (?)
4. "Failure to patch Java Holes" -- Well, they have stopped including Java with OSX because of the security holes, so I guess that counts as "Patching"

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 29

by BadPirate (#44576461) Attached to: Google Multiplies Low-Tier Bug Bounties By Factor of Five

Or conning people into using Chrome in the hopes they will find a nice bug and collect the bounty.

With around 40% (or more) of the internet using Google Chrome, and around 2 billion individual internet users, we can round down and say that google chrome has around 700 million users.

I'm sure that at best the bug program might encourage 1000 security researchers (who weren't already using chrome) to use chrome...

So Google's "Con" would be to give away thousands of dollars in hopes of increasing their install base by 0.00001%

Or... they are simply "giving researchers more incentive"

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