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Comment: Re:can be under emergency authority, but political (Score 1) 88

by John.Banister (#49499011) Attached to: Incorrectly Built SLS Welding Machine To Be Rebuilt
I'm not saying you're wrong, but Cheney's ties to Halliburton make a difference. Even as an adult understands the reason why a stove element glows red, anyone experienced in politics knows there needs to be a bidding process that will stand up to an ethics audit if you're thinking of giving a contract to an outfit that used to employ you in a management position. If they didn't have time for the bidding, one of the other two or three companies should have been picked.

Comment: Re:there's a strange bias on slashdot (Score 1) 187

I have it on good authority that a monopoly exists when a specific person or enterprise is the only supplier of a particular commodity. Google does not have a monopoly. Title Seven, Article 102 of the Lisbon Treaty addresses "a dominant position within the internal market or in a substantial part of it." A company doesn't have to have a monopoly to be subject to special extra regulation by the EU, just the largest percentage of market share.

Comment: Re:Cyanogen Inc != CyanogenMod (Score 1) 175

by John.Banister (#49492849) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps
That wouldn't be the way to go. Rather, CyanogenMMod would be a parallel product with extended features and a faster update cycle. After a year and a half of the two running in parallel, they release the message "We've regretfully decided to stop future development of the original flavor CyanogenMod after the next update as the vast majority of our users prefer CyanogenMMod, so we're concentrating our efforts there. We have the greatest regard for our original flavor CyanogenMod users and will leave the last update available for download until it is utterly obsolete."

Comment: Re:Valve needs to use their clout (Score 1) 309

by John.Banister (#49482077) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly
Valve might be better off aiming their Linux gaming resources in the Iris Pro direction. Intel is nicer to Linux, and the rate at which their graphics hardware is improving is fast enough (and getting enough synergy in the thermal and power requirements) that they'll be overbearing Nvidia's revenue stream at the bottom end before long and quickly catching up from there.

Comment: I searched for "advertisement" on Google (Score 2) 245

by John.Banister (#49476337) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges
and the only advertisement was for adwords. Then, I searched for 'adwords competitors' and found competitors to adwords among the search results, but still no advertisements from competitors to adwords. This seems like the sort of thing they're complaining about. But, while I use Google search as if it were a utility, I don't think search is considered to be a public utility at this time. When I think about an analogy other than common carrier requirements, what comes to mind is requiring the Parcelforce logo and phone number be painted onto a corner of DHL vehicles so that people might consider the alternative service.

Comment: Re:A Recognition Algorithm That Outperforms Humans (Score 1) 91

by John.Banister (#49466201) Attached to: Killer Robots In Plato's Cave
I agree. I'd much rather see a large drone release a little drone that homes in on one guy and shoots him than I would see that same drone release an explosive missile that blows up the guy and the seven people standing next to him. If we're going to kill people with drones (and, I'm not saying we should, but it sure looks like that's going to be happening), we should use all the technology we can to reduce collateral damage as much as possible.

Comment: Re:Another way around the cap (Score 1) 442

According to http://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-processes-and-procedures/adjustment-status that same form is used for "Adjustment of status." They say

Adjustment of status is the process by which an eligible individual already in the United States can get permanent resident status (a green card) without having to return to their home country to complete visa processing.

and also

Employment based categories most often require the intending U.S. employer to file a Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker, for you.

After that, you apparently file form I-485 for yourself.

I think employers helping their existing H1-B's to obtain permanent resident status would show that they're not interested in the extra negotiating power the employee's non-resident status gives the employer. OTOH if they're not willing to help their current H1-B employees obtain permanent resident status, but they still petition for more H1-B's, this shows legislators clearly that they consider lack of residence as desirable in an employee.

Comment: Re:Get over it ! (Score 3, Insightful) 370

by John.Banister (#49422793) Attached to: How the Pentagon Wasted $10 Billion On Military Projects
Hell yes, I can complain about it. There's always a huge list of deserving but unfunded Federal projects that would actually work that could have been paid for with that money. The problem isn't trying something that didn't work out. The problem is putting this kind of money into something when the reasons why it didn't work out are simple and obvious enough to fit into short paragraphs in that article. It's not just 20-20 hindsight. It's people telling those who saw these problems on day one "you may be right, but lets just build it and find out" when they're the ones getting paid to do the building. For less than half a billion dollars you could hire a lot of incredibly smart people who could explain with simple diagrams and small words why a given project is conceptually doomed and throwing a couple billion dollars at it can't be classified as anything other than pork. Then, the people thinking up these projects could keep trying until they come up with something that, should it fail, will do so for reasons that are actually complex and unforeseen.

Comment: Re:I do not understand (Score 1) 538

I agree that this change would be a lot more workable if it happened for all states simultaneously. I think relative importance would remain about the same if that were to happen.

After such a change, there would no longer be "safe states" or "write-off states" candidates would have to be doing the heavy campaigning everywhere for every electoral vote because they could no longer help themselves to the votes of any state's outnumbered voters. Moreover, third party candidates could get an elector just by getting enough votes for one elector, which would be a much lower bar than winning an entire state.

More importantly, if voters in a state are able to provide an elector for their candidate of choice, even though the majority of voters in that state have a different opinion, then these voters will feel more like the act of voting actually provides them with benefit.

Comment: Re:I do not understand (Score 1) 538

Every state other than Maine and Nebraska uses plurality, but irrespective of that, are you saying that if every state did proportional presidential electors, then every state would be irrelevant? I agree that a state that does proportional electors won't look to be as fine a prize as a state with the same total number of electors where the candidate thinks they can get them all, but if every state does proportional electors, then the candidates have to campaign the same everywhere, because then every vote counts, and you can't write off the voters in a state where the other party has a majority. This would be a lot better for our election based system of government. As you point out, it would probably take a constitutional amendment to make this change, because very few state governments want to be first on something of this nature. However, stronger connection where a voter thinks "my vote helps my candidate" regardless of the opinions of the majority of voters in that state would be a very good one and especially helpful to third parties.

APL is a write-only language. I can write programs in APL, but I can't read any of them. -- Roy Keir