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Comment: US investors don't own Alibaba the retailer ... (Score 2) 97

by perpenso (#47952361) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

On the other hand who owns Alibaba's 120 billion? Americans now.

US investors don't own Alibaba, the Chinese retail giant. Chinese law doesn't allow foreigners to own a Chinese strategic asset. What US investors are buying is interest in a Cayman Island “variable-interest entity”. Stockholders won't have the usual influence on corporate governance or management.
http://www.marketwatch.com/sto...

Comment: Very much so (Score 1) 265

by Sycraft-fu (#47944575) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

I always thought it was an awesome idea to have a bigass set of computers at home... Ya well now I get paid to manage a bigass set of computers professionally and I'd rather just leave them there, thanks. Also there's no compelling reason to want my own servers for the sort of things I do, VMs work so well. I'll just lease one from somewhere, or spin one up at work.

At home, all my gear is related to, well, home use. More than a non-geek would have for sure but no data center.

Comment: Was Blackberry ever secure ? (Score 1) 494

by perpenso (#47939317) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Blackberry used to be secure until they wanted to sell phones in India and the Indian government demanded a backdoor in order for them to sell phones there.

Was Blackberry ever secure? I thought that they always had the user's encryption key. No backdoors or changes necessary. It was simply that the government demanded that they turn over the user keys that they already possessed.

Comment: Two groups saying two different things ... (Score 2) 181

by perpenso (#47936819) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

No matter how conclusively this is proven, these idiot officials will continue to use Snowden as their scapegoat.

Is there a conclusion? The two groups seem to be saying two very different things.

".. a new independent analysis of Edward Snowden's revelations on NSA surveillance that examined the frequency of releases and updates of encryption software by jihadi groups has found no correlation in either measure to Snowden's leaks about the NSA's surveillance techniques ..."

"... changed communications practices and patterns of terrorist groups ..."

Communications practices and patterns seems much broader than encryption software releases and updates, the encryption software being one of many possible things. Plus what about downloads and usage, wouldn't that be a better metric than a software release/update schedule? Its not clear that the independent analysis contradicts the NSA.

Comment: Re:car sellers are bad even at selling (Score 2) 386

by Beardo the Bearded (#47933475) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

One of my buddies is buying a Leaf.

The problem is this: once you test drive an electric car, you're done with shitty ICE forever. Nothing has better torque, better acceleration... and that's what the gold ol' 'murkin cahs are sold as, muscle.

Put them up against something electric, and these so-called "Muscle cars" are just saggy old curlbros trying to get big arms to draw attention away from their massive beer bellies.

Comment: Is that a serious question? (Score 4, Interesting) 949

by Sycraft-fu (#47928601) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Because if it is, you need to pull your head out of your ass and go and do some extremely basic, cursory, research on the situation in the US. There are for sure some loud fundy Christian that like to whine about science, evolution in particular. However they have had little and less success in pushing their agenda and the US remains a powerful center of scientific research.

Trying to equate the US to ISIS is beyond stupid.

Comment: Re:Ya, but... (Score 2) 391

by perpenso (#47920037) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Can you back that up with data?

http://joshblackman.com/blog/2013/10/28/which-undergraduate-majors-score-the-highest-on-lsat/

The best post-undergrad standardized test for critical thinking skills is the LSAT. Looking at the scores broken down by major, more STEM degrees appear in the upper half, but some, like Computer Science, don't fare too well, getting beaten by many non-STEM fields.

Go find a STEM major to explain selection bias and other related systematic errors in field of statistics. ;-)

Comment: Re:The FSF overreached with GPL v3 ... (Score 1) 181

by perpenso (#47919027) Attached to: Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

They clearly want to be free to f*ck you over later.

Quite the opposite. As an AC reminds us LLVM/clang is modular and better integrates into Integrated Development Environments and other development tools. Its quite the technical win in that respect.

Gcc intentionally thwarts such integration to avoid exposing various internals and creating a possible path around the GPL. I.e. politics is limiting the engineering, integration and usability of gcc.

So there are technical motivations to move to LLVM as well.

One good reason why computers can do more work than people is that they never have to stop and answer the phone.

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