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Comment Re:Still uses WebView (Score 3, Interesting) 70

You could write a web browser in any language and claim it is open source, even if you call out to external proprietary libraries to do all of the grunt-work.

FTFY, but only to properly frame the BS that Microsoft is trying to perpetrate. You see, EdgeHTML is quite proprietary.

Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 3, Informative) 413

Agreed - a bluetooth connection is all that is really needed, with maybe the ability to act as a larger remote screen (or device mirror) for what's on the phone (for GPS and etc).

Come to think of it, I can buy an aftermarket kit that does that now... (yeah, this one is double-DIN in height, but so is my existing car stereo kit.)

So why buy a car that will have this built-in (and will become obsolete in less than 10 years) when I can just buy a kit that fits into my car now? Hell, I could bolt this under the dash of an old 1960's era car if I wanted to...

Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 413

Yes and No.

First, I agree perfectly with regards to Fiorina... I wouldn't let her run a gas station, let alone the Oval Office (and note that you and I share vastly differing ideologies and politics).

Second, I don't think Cook will become another Sculley. First off, Cook spent well over a decade under Jobs' tutelage, and likely ran the release of the iPad (not sure, but it's a real good guess). Sculley on the other hand was dragged in from a totally unrelated industry after Jobs got the boot, so the leadership shift was abrupt and way out of line with what Jobs had built.

Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 413

Then Microsoft bailed them out to avoid anti-trust problems.

Incorrect - Microsoft coughed up the cash because they were facing a massive copyright infringement lawsuit that they would surely lose, and took the settlement way out.

Here's the relevant bit:

Here are some backstory that recasts the myth in a different light:

Microsoft's $150 stock investment was the result of a settlement of a lawsuit. In fact, the investment was just an initial payment for other "substantial balancing payments" that would be spread out over then next few years, then Apple CFO Fred Anderson said at the time.

The exact amount of the settlement is still unknown as far as I am aware. I've seen estimates from $500 million to more than $1 billion.

The two companies would cross-license all their existing patents, and any new patents that would become available during the next five years.

That Apple would make Internet Explorer the default browser for the Mac. If this seems strange, then understand that it meant that Microsoft would support IE for the next 5 years, during a time when IE was the primary browser on the market and when sites were designed specifically to support it.

What was this legal action that gave Apple so much leverage over Redmond? It was a strange one: the Apple Computer v. San Francisco Canyon Co. lawsuit.

Comment Re:pay attention (Score 3, Insightful) 149

You do realize that when anyone even suggests shutting down this thing, the suggestion will be immediately followed by " hate the environment! You're causing global warming!" by every ideologue, politician, and corporation with an interest in seeing it continue. Thanks to such demagoguery, it'll stay alive forever...

Comment Re:Same thing that caused the crash in 2008 (Score 3, Insightful) 149

I suspect that the corporate world (and not a few politicians who cashed in on it) knew that it was a shell game from the outset... can't prove it, but seriously, as you said, without any metric for enforcement (or even confirmation), what else could it be?

Comment Re:Judging by the story so far... (Score 2) 367

Few years go by, the data breach exposes me as someone who used that service. My wife leaves me, my kids hate me, my co-workers ostracize me. Have I done something wrong? Maybe, if banging some housewives while single is wrong. Point is, trust is shattered today over something from the past which is irrelevant today.

Actions, meet consequences. Just because your moral compass changed doesn't mean that the consequences of past actions based on previous morals... don't.

On a more personal level, maybe you should have brought this up with your wife *before* you got married?

Comment Re:Ignorance? (Score 1) 236

Theocratic busybodies are no good at answering that question..

False premise: The religious argument is to assume that 'personhood' (for lack of a better term) is present from conception onward: this is not due to being 'busybodies', but out of an abundance of compassion mixed with caution (given the marked improvements in premature birth survival rates over the past few decades, in spite of them happening at smaller and smaller gestation periods? I'm rather inclined to agree with this sense of caution.)

Now at what point does a human first gain anything considered consciousness? That has yet to be proven, but most guesses put it at or around 15-20 weeks of gestation; around the same time the brain forms... but no one knows or can prove either way, and there's no way to tell for certain when the lower mental functions spring into being.

You see, your post is an example of *why* TFA is important... you all too easily ascribe to "theocratic busybodies", what is in reality a compassionate nod towards humanity not knowing enough to set a firm demarcation between clinical procedure, and the externally imposed death of a nascent human being.

But you know, politics and stuff demands mischaracterization, I guess.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 3, Interesting) 315

Yes and No.
(Disclosure: I used to work for Solarworld).

I partially agree because it was the introduction of *massive* tax/tariff subsidies from the EU member governments (most notably Germany) that drove a lot of development and growth, which led to the rise of solar-panel makers like Solarworld, Q-Cells, etc. (all based in Germany). I think only First Solar is the only big boy that's based in the US.

I disagree mostly because solar really didn't get cheap until the Chinese began to flood the market with panels, around 2010-2011 or so. Before China, solar panels cost around $2.50/Wp; after China started the flood, they could be had for as cheap as $0.75/Wp.

All that said, you get what you pay for... Solarworld for instance has the 25-year power output warranty, 17-18% conversion, and high wattage densities (255+ watts per panel), whereas the real low-end Chinese stuff is barely warrantied for a year, might get 10-12% conversion, and might get you 160-200-watt panels (in real-life testing; forget the label's claims).

Comment Re:Opt out (Score 1) 112

Here in the US, Comcast does the exact same thing - if you're a Comcast customer, you can use any 'shared' router after you log in.

I left it alone on my router because I'm so far out in the countryside, someone would have to trespass onto my property just to get within range of it (in which case they'll have bigger problems). Meanwhile, I do wonder if there's a way to 'shotgun' my laptop so that I can use both channels at once...

Anything cut to length will be too short.