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Comment Someday electric cars may be the norm (Score 3, Interesting) 480

Fossil fuels will increase in price again and eventually run out. This may take a long time but first the vast majority of cars will be electric hybrids and then fully electric. The one thing limiting the transition to plug in electric cars is the infrastructure of charging stations or battery exchange locations allowing long distance travel. Then again, long distance travel may done when most towns are connected by electricity powered trains and cars are only for local transportation.

Comment Re:Maybe Cook is jealous (Score 1) 478

Not quite. MSFT has a market cap of $427 billion and Apple has somewhat more than $200 billion in cash, most, if not all, in foreign banks. If that money ware repatriated, Apple might have up to $120 billion after paying federal taxes and even less if there's a California corporate tax, and other state taxes where they do business.

Time will tell whether the huge iPad will sell really well. For some uses, particularly for artists using the pen (which is not yet available) interface, it may work. But making it a keyboard device for real work, I think folks might find a less heavy, OS X based Macbook for $100 more to be more useful.

Not an Apple hater or MSFT lover here. I use Windows and am upset at what Windows 10 is and am considering moving to Apple equipment should my current hardware fail or MSFT not change the Windows 10 paradigm.

Comment Maybe Cook is jealous (Score 1) 478

I guess he didn't think of the tablet with a keyboard running a workbook OS like the Surface Pros. Microsoft sort of tried what the iPad Pro is with their Surface RT, an app based device, and it was an unmitigated disaster. Cook should have learned from that. Leo Laporte today showed an iPad Pro with the Logitech keyboard-case and it was bigger and heavier than his Macbook and only $100 less costly. Apple certainly could make a Macbook with touch using OS X having a removable keyboard. I think it would sell like hotcakes.

Comment Shakespeare wrote in Romeo and Juliet (Score 1) 568

"What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet"

Would Romeo be different if he were named John? (I'm not sure romantic men would like being called a John instead of a Romeo. Then again ...)

Call those who write software whatever they want to be called: it wouldn't change what they do or how people look at them.

There are a lot of professions that attempt to raise their credibility by using an inappropriate descriptive term: political SCIENCE; psychology and sociology as behavioral SCIENCE. Most literate folks, particularly true scientists, take this jargon for what it's worth.

Comment OS2 had Windows 3.1 (Score 1) 262

IIRC, IBM used their compiler to compile Microsoft's Win 3.1 code and the resulting product ran much faster and more reliably in OS2 than DOS. Also, I'm not sure exactly what the controversy was, but did Microsoft develop NT in parallel with IBM's and MS's co development of OS2? Did NT have any OS2 code? Comments, anyone.

Comment Re:What does Mass. Mean... (Score 1) 245

In the case of a plea bargain there's the option of executive pardon, i.e., the governor can grant the pardon and have the record cleared. Often the plea bargain is accepted by the accused to reduce sentence and or fine for all kinds of reasons and not because they did the deed, including legal costs. If there's a cost-benefit advantage to the accused for the plea as opposed to the disadvantage of conviction folks may take the plea bargain even though they really know they're not guilty. I mean, like, in a capital crime, getting out of the possibility of a death sentence vs. life, well, it depends on your point of view.

Comment Re:Lazy defense lawyers (Score 1) 245

If I read the original post correctly, samples were mixed up, not tested, etc. Who knows what other problems there are with stored samples if they even exist any more. I wouldn't be surprised if they're not mislabeled and contaminated with who knows what. Any retesting of the samples would likely be totally unreliable.

Comment What does Mass. Mean... (Score 1) 245

What do they mean, "can't figure out how to repair the damage." This is total nonsense. It's pretty easy to figure out what to do but likly complicated in execution. Everyone that was convicted on the basis of any test performed by the crime lab should have their record cleared and if still incarcerated, released. Next, compensation for any lost income, with interest, should be paid, including legal fees. For those who lost a job or could not get a job because of a phony criminal record should likewise be compensated. Folks who were brought to trial or otherwise inconvenienced but not convicted should also be compensated. It's going to be hard to figure compensation for other kinds of damage to people such as psychological damage, broken marriages, etc. Now, some truly guilty who may or may not have been convicted will benefit from this process, but that's better than not being fair to those unfairly treated. Note, I wrote that persons convicted on the basis of a lab test should be cleared but for some cases other evidence may have been more important for prosecution.

Comment Don't people have to be paid for work? (Score 1) 602

It seems to me this requirement is illegal as people must be paid for work - at least at a minimum wage. Another way to look at this is that such work could be considered slavery which surely is illegal. Also, you can offer people a job but they don't have to take it. And if one gets another job there may be a giant conflict of interest in transferring knowledge, no matter how trivial, from the new job to the slavery position. What idiot in HR came up with this idea?

Comment If gravity involves an interaction between masses (Score 0) 134

It would seem that gravity would be quantized at the level of the smallest particle having mass. Any bulk mass is ultimately made up of these smallest particles and the expression of the gravity of the bulk mass would be the sum of that of all the smallest particles making up that mass. One problem with gravity for the smallest particles is distinguishing it from the much larger kinds of interactions such as electric charge, etc.

Comment Re:Brave polling, but in real life? (Score 1) 258

You don't think the "authorities" are any more honest than other folks. If you've got valuable financial information on your computer with account numbers and, yes, passwords, how long before your accounts would be drained? Of course you shouldn't be putting PWs and account numbers to your bank accounts, credit cards, etc. on your computer, but some do. Then again, everything could be encrypted, even stuff on the cloud, with password access, won't protect you. And of course if you use something like Lastpass, then that one password could be the key to your bankruptcy or at least major difficulty in getting your money back and restoring your credit worthiness.

Leveraging always beats prototyping.