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Comment Re:"there was no acknowledgment that ..." (Score 1) 142 142

IBM had a customer base in large systems and global infrastructure matched by no one.

FTFY.

34 years ago, the personal computer industry was t-i-n-y. Therefore, it was ripe for exploitation and expansion by *lots* of companies when IBM "validated" that single-user computers were worthy of use by the masses.

Social media was in (almost) the same situation 10 years ago: MySpace was used by a relatively small, but dedicated group, and there were competitors, one of which was Facebook.

It wound up dominating, and has locked up that domination of "the masses" just like Microsoft has.

Comment Re:"there was no acknowledgment that ..." (Score 1) 142 142

Does that mean they should not have tried to compete?

It's easy enough to "clone" hardware and relatively software like MS-DOS, Lotus 1-2-3, etc.

Much more so to clone Windows, it's gargantuan API and wide range of end-user (Office), developer (Visual Studio) and Enterprise software (Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, etc).

Similarly, cloning those petabytes of user data in Facebook, plus it's API, plus convincing users that there's a reason to change is well nigh hopeless.

Comment Re:NASA says $10Bn (Score 0) 248 248

still pennies compared to the waste in ...

The problem is that waste is endemic to massive government projects. Most of the voting populace want these wealth redistribution projects more than they want the onerous rules, regulations and oversight needed to eliminate waste.

Comment Re:Hawking *can't* be so stupid... (Score 1) 208 208

I dunno.

ISTM that *constantly* blasting out Very High Wattage radio waves in *every* *spherical* *dimension* is just... wasteful. Really, really wasteful. Not to mention really polluting of the EM spectrum.

A constellation of satellites each scanning it's own region of space seems more efficient. They could also use LIDAR in the same way that we make 3D models of rooms and caves.

Comment Re:Hawking *can't* be so stupid... (Score 1) 208 208

active radar is something that a more advanced race will need more powerful versions of to track things in their solar system

Why not use transponders?

And if they're really advanced, they'll point their radars relatively close to the plane of the ecliptic where all the stuff is.

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