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Comment Re:A perfect example of why tech is cyclical.... (Score 1) 88

That's odd. I always thought the quote was from the book "The Eudaemonic Pie" (the true story of the MIT group beating the casinos at roulette), in which there actually was a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway. I suppose the author could have just reused the quote, but it seems like a pretty big coincidence.

Comment Re:Fun Movie, Not Future Reality (Score 4, Insightful) 122

I just watched this tonight with a lady friend. I was bored enough to browse /. on my phone for a little while. Then she grabbed my hand and whispered that I'm supposed to be watching the movie.

Wow - you just casually admit to this? For the sake of others, please never do this again. There's a reason that theaters run the little public service announcements about turning off your phone before the movie. This should be a standard question on a test designed to identify sociopaths: "If you bored while watching a movie in a theater, do you a) suffer silently, b) leave the theater, or c) ignore the rest of the people in the theater that have paid to watch the movie and pull out your phone."

Comment Re:Not to sound like an ass... (Score 4, Insightful) 260

Here's hoping something like Tardigrades evolved on Mars too, if so, they'd probably still be revivable today even after a couple billion years.

An opposing opinion: http://www.popularmechanics.co...

"If Mars is equally lifeless, that will make exploring--and later settling--the planet much easier. We can go there and return without this particular worry, and we can introduce Earth life without concerns that we'll damage indigenous creatures. Astronauts won't have to be quarantined, and the environmental impact statement, or its interplanetary equivalent, will be easier to determine. On the other hand, if there is life on Mars, things get a lot tougher."

Comment Re:No Tablet No Cry (Score 0) 74

I have the Surface Pro 3 as my primary desktop system. This is the note that I sent to our computer support staff when I specced-out what I wanted:

Surface Pro 3 does indeed have a docking station (looks pretty complete):

With this device, I can replicate my current office setup:
DisplayPort 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport (MST) hub

Here’s a link for one model:

This supports two external monitors. The tablet acts as a third monitor. You can actually support two without the hub, but that would entail plugging in a connector every time I return to the office.

With an 8-GB RAM, and 512 GB storage model, I can pretty much duplicate my current laptop and docking station.

I've been rather pleased with this setup. When I go to meetings, I just grab the tablet and go. Performance is good

Not a paid shill!

Comment Supply and Demand (Score 4, Insightful) 417

This is just a rewording of the old saw that illegal immigrants are doing the jobs that Americans won't do -- at salaries that are too low. If the flow of H1-Bs dried up, then wages would rise as the American tech workers would become more valuable. As wages rose, then becoming a tech worker would be viewed more favorably.

With the same evidence, Huff Po could have argued that H1-Bs are depressing wages for American tech workers.

Comment Re: not shock (Score 2) 182

This is hilarious. Projecting the results from a cradle-to-grave communist all-controlling government onto a theoretical libertarian society, when the two philosophies are polar opposites.

Perhaps you should be warning against a continuance of US big-government statism, instead, as the elimination of private property rights contributed heavily to the problems in China.

Comment Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 4, Insightful) 254

It would be beyond nice if LibreOffice could eventually be ported to Qt.

I assume that a large part of the codebase is still responsible for the platform-independent UI that stated with StarOffice. Removing that responsibility from the LibreOffice team might eventually payoff in improving the look-and-feel and freeing resources for feature enhancements.

Submission + - FBI investigation of Hillary's emails is 'criminal probe' (nypost.com)

RoccamOccam writes: The FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s unsecured email account is not just a fact-finding venture — it’s a criminal probe, sources told The New York Post on Wednesday.

The feds are investigating to what extent Clinton relied on her home server and other private devices to send and store classified documents, according to a federal source with knowledge of the inquiry.

“It’s definitely a criminal probe,” said the source. “I’m not sure why they’re not calling it a criminal probe.

Comment Re:Banks vs Manchester. Law, no. Indexes by publis (Score 1) 292

Plus, it doesn't solve any known problem. Fraud didn't go down in the places that required IDs. There were just fewer Blacks voting.

Well, for the one state that I happen to have read anything about this matter (Georgia), black voting participation increased after the voter ID law passed (source: Atlanta Constitution). So, you're wrong.

Comment Re:Likely misdemeanor mishandling of classified in (Score 1) 434

She redacted the contents of each and every email that she provided by not printing the email headers (here's an example - https://twitter.com/davelevint...). As to the binary attachments, did she print a hex dump? Because, that's about the only way to completely reconstruct a Word document from a printout.

Comment Re:Poor choice (Score 1) 434

There is no way that Trump will survive the primary. His negative ratings are just awful. The only thing that he has going for him is name recognition. Once the field narrows, the other candidates will easily pass him by. I'm actually surprised that he didn't run as a Democrat -- he could have shared time with Hillary at the debates. They are rumored to be friends, so this may be why he's running as a Republican. In fact, in 2004, he stated that he self-identified as a Democrat.

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