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Comment: Re:Aaron Sorkin, The Newsroom ... (Score 1) 208 208

Of all the criticism that Sorkin got from the media about The Newsroom, no one seemed to explain why most of the primetime or premier talking heads are white and male.
And it was better, at least in the SF Bay area:
For 40 years, a black man, Dennis Richmond was a noticeable reporter, and for his last 30 or so years on air, an anchor.
Similarly, a black woman, Belva Davis, for over 50 years worked in various news organizations, including 30 years as an anchor.

Comment: Aaron Sorkin, The Newsroom ... (Score 5, Insightful) 208 208

Aaron Sorkin, The Newsroom, and the greatest country in the world

For all the later melodramatic histrionics that did not work, Aaron Srokin hit this subject in the opening of The Newsroom, where just ignoring the evidence for ratings doesn't do anybody any kind of justice.

Transcript and comments from Sorkin:

"Fine. [to the liberal panelist] Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paychecks, but he [gesturing to the conservative panelist] gets to hit you with it anytime he wants. It doesn't cost money, it costs votes. It costs airtime and column inches. You know why people don't like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fuckin' smart, how come they lose so GODDAM ALWAYS!
And [to the conservative panelist] with a straight face, you're going to tell students that America's so star spangled awesome that we're the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom, Japan has freedom, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, Belgium has freedom. Two hundred seven sovereign states in the world, like 180 of them have freedom.

And you, sorority girl, yeah, just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know, and one of them is that there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world. We're seventh in literacy, twenty seventh in math, twenty second in science, forty ninth in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next twenty six countries combined, twenty five of whom are allies. None of this is the fault of a 20 year old college student, but you, nonetheless, are without a doubt, a member of the WORST period GENERATION period EVER period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don't know what the fuck you're talking about?! Yosemite?!!!

We sure used to be. We stood up for what was right! We fought for moral reasons, we passed and struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were, and we never beat our chest. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and cultivated the world's greatest artists and the world's greatest economy. We reached for the stars, and we acted like men. We aspired to intelligence; we didn't belittle it; it didn't make us feel inferior. We didn't identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election, and we didn't scare so easy. And we were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed. By great men, men who were revered. The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one, America is not the greatest country in the world anymore."

Comment: Re:Hmmm... Let's see... (Score 1) 205 205

A couple of decades ago, I worked for an aluminum mining and manufacturing company (that no longer exists as such) where fractions of a penny per pound of product meant winning or losing multi-year and multi-million dollar contracts. People on both sides of the negations admitted in public that it was insane. Safety and environmental/pollution controls were technologies we sold to other companies/countries (Soviet/Russia & China though China at the time didn't seem to care about the safety stuff), but our competitors (well, really it's still ALCOA vs everybody else) seemed to not have to meet the same standards we sold technology for based on the rates of fines for violations. With the same metric, we didn't meet the standards either. So even if consumers are willing to pay a little more for a product (say, from Apple), most of the market is forced to race to the bottom of the price list...

Comment: Re:Apple history (Score 1) 368 368

There was one article many years ago that had OSX running on a DEC Alpha server, but the "problem" with it was the all the fans to keep it cool where "noisy".
So even if the port was booting, that does not mean that it will become a released product.

Kind of like DEC at one time:"We have it now, and you can't have it."

Comment: Re:att and the baby bells (Score 1) 247 247

Ed Whitacre, CEO of Texas-based SBC wanted to retire as CEO of ATT.
So he had SBC buy Regional Operation Bells Pacific Telesis, Ameritech, Bell South among others (and transferred the state that the employees where employed from to Texas so Texas laws applied, that's what I was told when Pac Bell/SBC outsourced me to a foreign company), and then bought ATT and changed the name of the company.
At each step, every state Public Utilities Commission and Fed agencies let him.

I figured Judge Green, who wrote the Modified Final Judgement that broke up ATT (he also wrote much of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act) rolled over in his grave.

Then Ed retired.,_Jr.

Comment: Re:PPC vs Intel vs AMD? (Score 1) 197 197

I seem to recall a single post of OS X running on a DEC Alpha, but the complaint was "it had too many fans."
(Reminds me of a line from Amadeus, a complaint about Mozart's new opera:" Too many notes for the royal ear...")
By that time I'm not sure DEC could have delivered enough volume for Mac desktops, though the Alpha was fabbed by Intel for a while.

Comment: Re:I don't quite understand (Score 2) 185 185

Not DEC, seemingly, but COMPAQ via Tru64 on Alpha. "A Chinese version of Tru64 UNIX named COSIX was jointly developed by Compaq and China National Computer Software & Technology Service Corporation (CS&S)[10]. It was released in 1999."

"This is lemma 1.1. We start a new chapter so the numbers all go back to one." -- Prof. Seager, C&O 351