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Comment: Re:do they have a progressive view? (Score 1) 328

by LWATCDR (#46792577) Attached to: Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

Funny thing is that people think that I am saying that outcome would be a good thing.
The simple truth is that the Supreme court ruled that marriage is in the hands of the state voters already when it overturned the defense of marriage act. The judges are exceedingly unlikely to change that ruling because if they do then it will also open up the door that polygamy is protected as well.
If same sex marriage was protected under the constitution then it would have over turned the Protection of marriage act on constitutional grounds.
Think of it more as a prediction of the weather than a desire of the result. It will have to come down to a constitutional amendment.

Comment: Laser printers from the mid-late 90s (Score 1) 674

by phillymjs (#46791589) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

I had an Apple LaserWriter Select 360 (built around a Canon engine, IIRC) that I bought new in 1994 last me until mid 2011. HP was putting out some damned good printers back then, too, before Carly Fiorina came in and turned HP into peddlers of second-rate shit.

Honorable mention to the TV in my basement, an RCA F35751MB-- the biggest CRT TV I could find in 1994. I don't yet own a flatscreen, because I'm just letting them get better and cheaper until the RCA finally gives up the ghost.

Comment: Re:Nothing new - Always had tech jobs (Score 1) 328

by LWATCDR (#46789639) Attached to: Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

Actually probably not. Harris and the other aerospace companies employ a lot of programmers. But a degree in CS is not usually considered an Engineering degree. Also I would say that someone with no degree at all or one that is not in CS would not count as engineers. They are programmers.
And we are talking about per capita. Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft are all in areas that have a large population while Huntsville and Melbourne/Palm City are not large cities.

Comment: Re:FLYOVER (Score 1) 328

by LWATCDR (#46789311) Attached to: Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

And Detroit still makes cars. You will not see it coming until it is too late.
It will take a while or it may never happen but I would not dismiss it. Frankly Silicon Valley is probably no better for the tech industry than Detroit was for the car industry. It is a little bubble and is too confident and or arrogant to see that it has some real problems. The cost of living is really high so eventually start ups will get choked off by the cost of relocating to SV and all you will have in the way of startups will be spin offs of existing companies.
Look at the "inbreeding" of developers and management in SV today.
From a national point of view the over concentration of venture capital is also a problem. Eventually after a few dozen more the VCs will dry up and inovation will move not to other loctions in the US but other nations!
A more diverse and dispersed tech industry is needed. Thank goodness for Texas and the Austin tech hub as well as Dallas and Houston.
Oh and if you do not believe that this can happen? Did you know that the hub of computer innovation in the 1960s and early 1970s was not in SV but in Mass? Companies like DEC and Data General where where the innovation was.

Comment: Re:Nothing new - Always had tech jobs (Score 1) 328

by LWATCDR (#46788695) Attached to: Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

Wow and this is supposed to be news for nerds?
NASA Huntsville is home of the Marshall Space Flight Center.
Melbourne Florida /Palm Bay? The largest town near Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Patricks Air Force Base, the Eastern Test Range, Harris corp, Raytheon, Boeing, and many other companies involved in space flight.
Big Nasa programs in relatively small cities means an extremely high percentage of highly educated tech people.

Comment: WRONG! (Score 1) 234

by Junior J. Junior III (#46788671) Attached to: Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out
Security is not binary. Security is not absolute. There is ALWAYS residual risk. There is no such thing as invulnerability or immortality. Everything can be taken down. Security is not an end state. It is an ongoing process. If you do not continually improve the security of software, by addressing known vulnerabilities, performing a sane risk assessment, identifying threats, and doing what you can to mitigate them, you will regret it. The notion that implementing fixes is pointless because there will always be more vulnerabilities is wrong. Yes, there will always be vulnerabilities. Yes, security is a job that never ends. No, you can't ignore vulnerabilities once you know of them.

Comment: Re:do they have a progressive view? (Score 0) 328

by LWATCDR (#46788459) Attached to: Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

Culture fallows people and remember that the VOTERS in CA passed the law making same sex marriage illegal. A judge decided it was "unconstitutional" and the supreme court just didn't take the case. I am betting the odds are about 80% that Utah and Oklahoma will win their cases and then the ruling in California will be overturned as well.

Comment: Re:Yahoo does make money. (Score 1) 149

by LWATCDR (#46787601) Attached to: Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

Probably the number of people using Yahoo mail combined with the fact that a lot of folks that use it probably are normal people that do not keep up with patches and security software updates.
Not Yahoo's fault for the most part. I was speaking about Yahoo's UI for mail more than security.

Comment: Yahoo does make money. (Score 3, Insightful) 149

by LWATCDR (#46787393) Attached to: Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

I find it so odd that people keep dismissing yahoo because it is not cool.
1. Yahoo actually makes money.
2. Yahoo has a lot of users.
3. Some services like Yahoo mail are still very popular.

I use Gmail as may main account and outlooks as my professional webmail. I use Yahoo mail as my signup email but that is only just habit for me. Yahoo mail is not bad at all IMHO.
For techies Yahoo is history but for a lot of normal users it is still relevant. I am very techie but I still use page as a start page for me.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy