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Comment Re:Under what authority? (Score 1) 298 298

That heavily depends on the military in question and the circumstances. Not to invoke Godwin here or anything, but that was a recurring theme among rank-and-file when it came to the engineered destruction of around 12,000,000 lives in mass executions and graves at the hands of Nazis and their sympathizers during WWII. "Just following orders" is equivalent to saying "I'm just a robot and incapable of independent thought". How is that any different than an insanity plea which indicates that you do not have the mental capacity to tell the difference between good and bad?

Sure, as a lowly soldier you're less likely to receive seriously harsh punishment as [hopefully] your personal involvement is limited and some legal issues might not be known to you. But in some militaries - and this I know for a *fact* - you are NOT to obey a known illegal order even if that order comes from the Chief of Staff himself.

Comment Re:Missing link... (Score 2) 141 141

But this does raise the issue which the "Internet money-machine" loves to ignore: That many (if not most) social networks are basically highly efficient copyright-violation engines.

The notion that posting copyrighted material falls under "personal use" is highly questionable when giant, multi-billion dollar corporations run the underlying platforms and are directly profiting from the "personal" retransmission and republication of hundreds of millions of pieces of copyrighted works,

Comment Re:As it was designed to be used... (Score 3, Interesting) 59 59

The problem is that because Google does it first and/or best and/or "sufficiently free for adoption", there tend to not be any well known competing products. As such, everyone ends up relying on Google offerings "by default" and doesn't scramble to create replacements until their hands are forced.

Of course maybe this means that its a good investment to build alternatives to all of Google's offerings, just waiting to take an onrush of new business the moment Google loses interest in them. Then again, that's probably far easier in theory than practice.

Comment Re:Silicon Valley is not the industry either (Score 1) 398 398

Having previously worked in that industry, you could also say that gov't contracting provides a picture of what a tech company would look like if you kicked out all the H-1Bs. Having a general "US Citizen" requirement on an industry commonly populated by anything but, tends to shift things a lot.

Another thing that industry shows, is what things would look like if you removed the "specific known-to-the-west-cost top schools" bias that seems to be commonplace.

Sure, the average level of ability is far lower than what Silicon Valley is accustomed to. But on the other hand, the few high performers tend not to be limited to the groups that Silicon Valley seems to limit their hiring to.

Steve Jobs said two years ago that X is brain-damaged and it will be gone in two years. He was half right. -- Dennis Ritchie