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Comment Re:Key facts (Score 1) 118

1. She claimed she did not knowingly send or receive classified info through her server. It's quite possible somebody ELSE sent her classified info when they should not have, and didn't label it properly. Whose "fault" that is, well, we will wait and see.

She was Secretary of State. She didn't think classified stuff would be flowing through that server? Uh huh.

2. The "office" server she should have been using was NOT designed for classified material either. (There was a separate system(s) for that.) Thus, her home server being more of a secrecy risk than the regular office server is a questionable claim.

But when her email was subpoenaed it would have been turned over in a timely manner, without her getting to choose which emails got turned over.

3. Messages that were deemed to have classified info were either mostly or entirely re-classified after the fact. The scope of this is still under investigation.

See #1.

4. Using a home server was NOT illegal at the time, as long as a copy of each work message came from/to a gov't server, which would typically be the case. (So far they have not found a non-copied work message that I know of.)

True. This is how we know that when she cherry picked her messages to turn over, she left quite a few out. "Chelsea, meet me at Starbucks at 3" is quite different from "Hil, this dude will give me $500k for a speaking fee if you don't hold fast to calling them a terrorist supporter".

5. She has admitted twice that her "home server" decision was a poor decision.

Mostly because it turns out that wiping the server made things worse, considering there were ways to reconstruct messages that weren't deemed "important" by Hil.

6. Jeb also has "email problems" such that if the two face off in the final election, the email issue is mostly a wash.

The only reason I would ever vote for Hillary is if Jeb were her opponent.

Comment Re:Total Innocence (Score 4, Interesting) 118

Doesn't matter. First, she should have known that as SoS classified information would be flowing through that server. Second, she was ordered by a court to turn over all her emails. She stonewalled as long as she could, then printed out some of the email (the ones she deemed 'important'), then wiped the server and claimed there were no backups.

You or I would be sitting in a jail cell awaiting trial for either of these. She's not only running for president, she's got a large majority of idiots willing to vote for her. I don't give a squat about her positions on any issues. She is corrupt, slippery, slimey, and elitist.

I sincerely hope Biden runs. Not because I think he'll win, but hopefully that will be the final straw that brings other, better democrats out of the woodwork to run for president. As things go now it's looking the the repubs are going to win the White House next year.

Comment This is why Qualcomm is in trouble (Score 3, Interesting) 150

They blew it a year or two back when Apple announced their new chip had 64 bits, QC was sitting there with only 32 and 64 not on the drawing board. Then they botched their first 64 bit chip, now Apple/Samsung have taken the high end smartphone market. Neither uses a QC chip anymore.

On the other end, QC just isn't organized to make cheap chips. They have too much management, too much bloat, too many side products that don't pan out (Digital Cinema, MediaFlo, Mirasol, etc).

What's really sad is upper management, starting with Paul Jacobs I suspect, drove the company into the ground. Now they're laying off 15% of their workforce (minimum, speculation is there will be another wave or two after this month's layoff), while Paul and Steve are raking in 8 figure salaries and bonuses.

/QC employee '96-'08
// Friends still there tell me it hasn't been fun there for 3-4 years now
/// Best job I ever had. sigh

Comment CSB time (Score 4, Interesting) 491

Back in the mid 80s I was on a business trip to an Air Force Base in Utah (Hill, I think, but I visited a lot of AFBs back then). As luck would have it there was a demo happening for some VIPs and I got to watch. They had some old tanks set up, then these ugly-ass airplanes came in and shot them up. I'll never forget the BRRRRR of the gun, the tanks exploding, and about 30 seconds later tinkle tinkle tinkle. I asked the guy I was with what the tinkle was, it was the brass hitting the ground.

That was the first and only time I ever saw an A-10 in action.

Comment I miss laser tag (Score 1) 16

Used to have a couple companies in San Diego where you could play. Sadly, both went toes up some 20 years ago. I thought it was a great way to get some exercise, blow off some steam, and have fun.

The one closest to me (a mile away) made the mistake of printing 2 for 1 ads in the local free paper (The Reader). Used to pick up 10-15 of the things, cut out the coupons, and use them all the time.

Comment I worked for Qualcomm for years (Score 2) 111

There were 3 chips: baseband, RF, and PMIC. The baseband had 2 or 3 CPUs (earlier ones had an ARM 7 for I don't remember what, then they an ARM9 to run the phone and a more powerful ARM11/ARM13 to run BREW, then Android). The RF chip did the radio stuff, and the PMIC did all the power control (Power Management IC). Each baseband chip was optimized for a specific RF and PMIC chip. You could swap them out with what I understood was a lower level of efficiency. As I worked for Qualcomm I was never exposed to non-QC chips.

The display, keypad, battery were generic, use whatever you want. QC didn't make displays, nor keypads, nor batteries.

They also had a single chip line (SC1x/SC2x if memory serves), they took 3 dies (baseband, RF, PMIC) and stacked the dies atop each other in a single package. The idea was to sell them for, I think, $6 each for low cost phones. Add a display, keypad, battery, and case and you've got a cell phone.

I retired when Snapdragon was showing up on my "upcoming stuff" memos.

/ this is greatly simplified at the chip level (e.g. the PMIC let the phone vibrate)
// Wish I'd stayed a couple more years
/// hell, wish I was still there, it was a great place to work. Although former co-workers say that changed 5-6 years ago.
//// retirement isn't what I thought it would be

Comment I knew OS/2 was doomed (Score 1) 284

At the time I was running OS/2. Microsoft announced it would release it's next OS by the end of the year (1995), figured that gave IBM a year to get their act together. Went to Comdex an Jan/95, headed straight to the IBM booth, and started asking OS/2 questions. Nobody in the booth knew what OS/2 was. That's when I knew OS/2 was the walking dead.

I found it ironic OS/2 ran more legacy apps that Win95 did. I found it maddening that of the apps that didn't run under Win95, Microsoft had an equivalent offering that did. How many word processors and spreadsheets didn't work on Win95 but ran fine on OS/2?

"Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas." - Ian Fleming, "Casino Royale"