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Comment: Re:Careful With This Logic (Score 1) 191

by BasilBrush (#48939253) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

That's often not the case. Most raw materials come from parts of the world where there is much poverty. Huge amount of value. But it's not distributed to those people. There's a small percentage of usually corrupt people in the country that do very well, but most of the value of those materials is generally taken by foreign multinationals aided by international organisations such as the World Bank and the IMF.

Comment: Re:Absolutely fair.. (Score 1) 114

by BasilBrush (#48884565) Attached to: Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

Losing the additional security that closed source gives over open source.

Note that the phrase "There's no such thing as security through obscurity" is a nonsense. Security through obscurity alone is poor security. But it does indeed add a level of security when combined with other security practices.

Comment: Re: a better question (Score 2) 592

by BasilBrush (#48844955) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

Even most of those getting an iMac really want a real tower (such as a Mac Pro) but are stuck with the iMac because they can't afford it.

This isn't true. Marco Arment for example bought a Mac Pro, then traded it in a year later to get an iMac. Clearly he could afford the Pac Pro, but the year later iMac offered a better display, without compromising the speed.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin (Score 1) 290

by BasilBrush (#48828023) Attached to: Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

In a rational market, the stable price of any commodity will be slightly more than the cost of production + distribution.

That's a no true Scotsman definition. For any number of examples that contradict the idea, you can just say "well they aren't rational markets."

For example, where I come from bottled water is more expensive than soda, and about the same price as milk. Has been for years, probably decades now. That makes no sense from the production+distribution side, and is stable. So you'd just say it's irrational. Without having defined rational other than the implied "doesn't conform to your model."

I don't disagree with you that "The peak price of Bitcoin was pretty much a classic case of a bubble caused by irrational speculation". But I'd take it further and say that ALL of the value of Bitcoin is speculation. Without a government backing it, it's worthless, other than to speculators.

Comment: Re:Apple is a horrible counterexample (Score 1) 141

by BasilBrush (#48827973) Attached to: Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

Sorry, but the other poster is right. 1997/8 was essentially a reverse takeover of Apple by NeXT. Not just Jobs, but the rest of the XeXT management team also. And Jobs had plenty of time when he knew he was dying to put the company into a state where it would continue in a good direction. None of your examples come from the last 16 years, and there's no reason to think that current Apple would ever become anything like the mismanaged company of the late 80s early 90s.

Comment: Re:the Edsels keep on coming (Score 1) 141

by BasilBrush (#48827901) Attached to: Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

Google Glass is real, completed, and released.

It's none of those things. If it was, Google certainly would not have stopped selling the developer prototype. They'd have ramped it up into full production.

Google Glass is dead in the the form demoed. There's a chance they might come up with some different concept. But there's a bigger chance that this removal of the Glass team from the Google incubator is a first step to selling it off or closing it down.

"The algorithm to do that is extremely nasty. You might want to mug someone with it." -- M. Devine, Computer Science 340