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Comment: Re:Punch cards (Score 2) 104

by ShanghaiBill (#47952517) Attached to: Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

What other storage medium, besides rock carving, can survive an EMP blast?

Nearly all of them. Flash media, including SD-cards, SSD, etc. should survive. A HDD that is powered off, should survive. The biggest threat is to anything that is connected to mains power. The power supply in your desktop computer may die, but a powered off laptop should be fine.

Comment: Re:No more cash in the bank? (Score 4, Insightful) 105

by ShanghaiBill (#47942515) Attached to: Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research

I do wish it didn't involve reducing the size of their research operations.

Why? Microsoft has a long history of hiring many top researchers, and then doing very little with the results. It is much better for those researchers to be more productively employed elsewhere. The researchers will have little trouble finding new positions in Silicon Valley, where talent is in high demand.

Comment: Re:Wrong type of machine for Dremel (Score 1) 103

by ShanghaiBill (#47942193) Attached to: Dremel Releases 3D Printer

I take it you've never actually used a 3-D printer?

I have used both 3D printers, and a Sherline table-top CNC. The amount of operator skill needed for CNC is far higher. You need to be able to plan and code the specific sequence of steps, the spindle speed, gear backlash etc. You need to know about cutting fluids, metallurgy, work hardening, when to use "climb" milling, etc. Even after ten years I still learn something new every time I talk to an experienced machinist.

Comment: Re:Spot on (Score 1) 152

by ShanghaiBill (#47941917) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

Because they sold the rights to sell those items with restrictions on competition (franchises called dealerships)

Baloney. Tesla never sold any franchise rights. Other recent entrants only established franchises because they were required to do so. It is reasonable to have laws regulating how franchises work, so small dealers don't get unfairly crushed after they build the market. It is not reasonable to require a manufacturer to establish dealer franchises.

Comment: Re:Finally, an honest Internet company (Score 1) 71

by ShanghaiBill (#47933957) Attached to: Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco

Can we go ahead and explain to Uber and Lyft that they need taxi licenses and to pay their share or gtfo.

False analogy. AirBNB should pay the hotel tax, because the playing field should be level. But to rent a room, you just need to pay the tax. You don't need to spend a small fortune for a "hotel license". Taxis, on the other hand, are a racket based on enforced artificial scarcity.

Comment: Re:at least the nuclear weapons will be gone (Score 1) 489

by ShanghaiBill (#47929681) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Why would an independent Scotland be spurned by the EU?

It is unlikely they would be spurned, but it is also unlikely that they would be allowed to join with all the same exceptions that were given to the UK. They would have to join as a full, paying member.

Comment: Re:well (Score 2) 198

by ShanghaiBill (#47918873) Attached to: WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

MS delivered the tablet first. Should they have won?

Of course not, because there was no "contract" for a single provider of all tablets. There should not be a "contract" for delivery of space cargo either. NASA is doing it wrong! Instead of "picking a winner" they should be building a competitive market. Each delivery should go to the low bidder for that delivery on that date.

Comment: Re:Well, if you're going to push... (Score 1) 156

by ShanghaiBill (#47913819) Attached to: Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

Let me Xerox off a few examples of when similar Noun/Verb phrases lost their trademark in the past.

One of them isn't Xerox, which is still a valid trademark. Most people say "photocopy" as the generic term. I have seldom heard "Xerox". I don't ever recall anyone using "Google" as a generic verb for search, as in "I googled for it with Bing."

Comment: Re:NSA scorecard on on truth? (Score 1) 200

by ShanghaiBill (#47911683) Attached to: New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

dude authorized to lie to your face declares they didn't find anything

So what if he really didn't find anything? Why should someone be obligated to report a crime to the criminals before reporting it to the public? Car analogy: You see someone stealing your car, and call the police. The police arrive and arrest the thief. When the case goes to court, the judge throws the case out, because you didn't try to negotiate with the thief before calling the police.

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