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Comment Re:An NDA works and makes for Target to sue (Score 5, Insightful) 233

NDA's are nice...but I've seen them ignored and nothing much could be done about it, unless your company is a BIG one with some powerful attorney's and deep pockets.

Free hint, corporate America - I don't need the actual code in-hand to walk away with anything actually worth stealing from your code.

The implementation amounts to nothing more than mere documentation, to a skilled programmer. The underlying concepts hold all the value, and once I've seen them, you can't make me un-see them. "Oh, what a cool way to schedule garbage collection without sacrificing soft-realtime I/O responsiveness! I'll have to remember that one!" - Done. Your one jewel-amongst-the-dross just became mine.

So whether enforceable or not, the NDA has a hell of a lot more practical use here, as opposed to trying to control physical access to your preeeciousss source code.

Comment Re:Stupid headline (Score 1) 425

The fact that calories instead of joules are used to measure energy stored in food shows that no genuinely new research was done in that area since nineteenth century.

I know, right? Much like all those silly 19th-century-throwback MPG ratings on cars - Those crazy ol' Hollow-Earthers at Tesla and Toyota might as well measure it in furlongs per hogshead of whale-oil!

/ Okay, MPG actually does suffer from many of the same problems as food calories, but KMPL suffers from exactly the same problems despite using nice modern SI units.

Comment Re:Seems like freedom of speech to me (Score 1) 195

Spam is percieved by the recipient, not whomever sends it.

Funny thing about words - They actually have meanings that you don't randomly get to pick to support your entirely fatuous position.


And by the way: How the heck did your response get marked insightful ? Its acually the very opposite of it.

Because I would dare say that most of us can pull up our big-boy undies and just not click the "share" button. If your professional victimhood counts as the most interesting thing about you, however, I can see why you might not appreciate that possibility.

Comment Re:Seems like freedom of speech to me (Score 1, Insightful) 195

Whoah, put down them irons, cowboy! You can just ignore it when Amazon asks if you want to share your purchase. You don't even need to say "no", you just move along with whatever you wanted to do next.

I hate spam as much as the next guy, but "don't click the goddamned share this button" falls juuust tad short of sending 50M emails a day about Chinese V1@gra.

Comment Re:Seems like freedom of speech to me (Score 5, Insightful) 195

without stopping to think "do my friends really give a shit?"

So, basically no different from the entire rest of Facebook?

"I just ate a bag of Doritos" - I don't give a shit.
"Look at these pictures of my new puppy/baby/ocelot/car/hairstyle" - I don't give a shit.
"I just bought a new Dyson Vacuum on Amazon" - I don't give a shit.
"Sally has just changed her relationship status to emotional blackmail" - I don't give a shit.
"I just took a great big shit" - Nope, I still don't give a shit.

Comment Take your buggy whips and go home. (Score 1) 293

No. I don't want any alternative services from you fucking parasites. I have auto insurance because my state requires me to, simple as that. The second I can kick you leeches to the curb, we no longer have a "relationship".

Don't offer me coupons, don't offer me maps, don't offer me roadside assistance, don't offer me advice - "Offer" me your absence. Just dry up and blow away like a good little obsolete industry should.

Comment Re:Clearly I misunderstand this (Score 1) 47

It might make more sense to think of the blockchain not as "a" third-party, but rather, the aggregate universe of third-parties.

No one "owns" it, no one controls it, no "master" copy of it exists anywhere. Instead, it exists as a distributed collection of every BTC transaction ever made, with each distinct block contributed by a random miner.

Or put another way, fish need water to live. You can't really call the ocean a "third party" to their life-cycle.

Comment Re:I didn't know what our contractor was doing... (Score 4, Insightful) 187

They haven't "subcontracted" anything to child miners, as nicely inflammatory as that sounds. They bought batteries, simple as that.

And the battery manufacturer didn't subcontract to child miners - They bought individual mass-produced cells and wired them into the desired form factor and electrical characteristics.

And the battery cell manufacturer didn't subcontract to child miner - They bought the various electrolytes and pre-made membranes that get wrapped up and turned into individual battery cells.

And the electrolyte manufacturers didn't subcontract to child miners - They bought simple precursor chemicals that they use as feedstock in producing highly specialized battery electrolytes.

And the precursor chemical manufacturers - Think names like DOW, DuPont, BASF, Exxon, Eastman, etc - didn't subcontract to child miners - They bought cobalt metal on the open commodities market and turned it into convenient, commonly used reagents that have a million and one downstream applications.

Now - The cobalt refiners, they might have bought directly from the mining companies that in turn use child labor. Of course, they no doubt buy from a huge pool of mostly-legitimate miners and don't have the resources to police every hole in the ground that sends them the occasional barrel of crushed ore.


But yeah, let's blame Samsung here for one small portion of a looong supply chain over which they have little control beyond their immediate vendors.

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