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Comment: Re:What about Snowden (Score 1) 270

by MikeMo (#49131929) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy
Yes, but the specific issues which MAY have caused China to dump these products is not spying on US citizens, no? It's spying on China that they care about, which, in my view, Snowden had no righteous reason to divulge. Sure, spying on US citizens is bad and anti-constitutional. He may have done us all a favor bringing that to light. Just how did it help us, and what righteous standing does he have, by disclosing the details of our abilities regarding foreign entities?

Comment: Re:Lasers are easy to stop (Score 2) 517

by MikeMo (#48998149) Attached to: The US Navy Wants More Railguns and Lasers, Less Gunpowder
In 1970, I happend to be aboard the USS Providence, a medium cruiser with 6-inch guns, when we tested rocket-assisted 6-inch shells from the unmodified main gun. They had a range of roughly 80 miles. Don't know why they where never deployed, perhaps they were too expensive or unreliable.

Comment: Re:Manual config (Score 1) 64

by MikeMo (#48936691) Attached to: D-Link Routers Vulnerable To DNS Hijacking
It seems most consumers will only buy whichever router is the cheapest. They have no concept of quality, performance, features, configurability, etc. when it comes to routers. So, router makers have to keep making them cheaper and cheaper or they don't sell at all. Kinda like the whole PC market, only worse. Obviously, they get to the point where they barely run, barely have any thermal headroom, have the cheapest possible components, and buggy firmware.

Comment: Re:AIDS is bad (Score 1) 102

by MikeMo (#48449891) Attached to: Apple To Donate Profit Portion From Black Friday For AIDS Fight
You do understand that a tax write-off only allows you to decrease your tax burden by a partial percentage of the donation? For example, if they donate $1,000, their burden is decreased by $260 (using their advertised US tax rate of 26%). So, it is nice on the tax side, but it still costs then $740 net.

It's not like it's free money.

Comment: Re:Set the record straight (Score 5, Interesting) 109

by MikeMo (#48178303) Attached to: iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac
I shouldn't feed the troll, but you have to know that not every screen made by LG is the same as every other one they make. In addition, the rest of the layers in he assembly have a lot to do with the visual results, and those might be different from other screens you will see in the future (there are no other 5K screens shipping at the moment). And then there's the control circuitry (an Apple proprietary chip is involved in that) and the software that drives it. So yes, the results may be much better than the competition even if LG makes those screens, too.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 305

by MikeMo (#48170275) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review
I'm sure the phone is powerful enough to compile, I just can't imagine trying to actually do it. Further, I suspect you are somewhat forgetting that this is really a phone, an appliance, and not really a computer, even though it has one inside of it - just like a microwave.

Can you write scripts like that on anything? A script that "knows" the state of another app? ( a real question, not a troll. ) It sounds like you want something similar to Applescript, which allows you to write a script which actually launches whatever apps, invokes the methods exposed by the app via the script library, and then does something else, no?

If so, I think the reason Apple excludes such a thing is twofold: one, sandboxing and security is difficult with such a beast, and two, .0001% of their customer base wants such a thing. Heck, it's almost dead on the Mac. It would be pretty awesome, though!

As for ethics, they haven't excluded this because they secretly have a heart of cold iron and a desire to hurt, they've done it just because it isn't desired sufficiently.

Documentation is the castor oil of programming. Managers know it must be good because the programmers hate it so much.