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Comment: Re:Why would anyone start there? (Score 4, Insightful) 93

> What made silicon valley was what Texas or North
> Dakota is today. Cheap land, cheap employees,
> friendly government, no one leaving for another
> startup.

You couldn't be more wrong. People leaving for another startup is EXACTLY what made Silicon Valley.

Pretty much all of the Intel founders met at and left Fairchild Semiconductors to form their own company. Fairchild itself was the result of people leaving Schockley Labs. Jobs and Woz worked at Atari and Hewlett-Packard before founding Apple. Palm came from ex-Apple employees. AMD also came from Fairchild employees. The cofounders of Nvidia jumped ship from AMD and Sun. YouTube was founded by ex-PayPal employees. And all that's just off the top of my head.

Smart people meeting smart people, having an idea, and having the freedom to leave their employer to implement that idea, is the vert heart of innovation. The fact that you tout non-compete shackles as a good thing *does* mark you as an "anti employee asshole". You labeled yourself in your very first sentence. It also proves that you just don't get what makes for an environment that generates companies that are not only innovative, but fantastic to work for.

Comment: Re:silicon valley != past silicon valley (Score 1) 93

There have always been a handful of big players that "dominate" the valley. In the past, it was companies like Hewlett Packard, Sun, IBM, Xerox, and Fairchild Semiconductor.

The names change, but the big companies play their role too. A big part of the valley is people getting their start at the big-name companies, meeting people and developing their skills, and then leaving to form their own startups... which something grow up to be the next big name that "dominates" the valley. Remember: The Intel founders all met each other whilst working at Fairchild, and Wozniak worked for HP before co-founding Apple.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 2) 262

by SvnLyrBrto (#49580245) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

Emergency procedure checklists are still on hard-copy in the cockpit. Flight books (and EFBs) are for routine operations and include things like the flight path, loading and fuel, PAX & cargo manifest, approach & landing procedures for destination, alternate, and en-route airports, en-route weather forecasts, and so on.

Comment: Re:Thank Goodness (Score 1) 152

by SvnLyrBrto (#49546091) Attached to: Yellowstone Supervolcano Even Bigger Than We Realized

Well... to be fair, Yellowstone erupting is one of those things that's just so bad that there's not a whole lot of planning we CAN do. About the only possible survival strategy is: "Be in Australia when it happens.". The problem with that plan though is that there are also super volcanos in Indonesia and New Zealand that could do to the southern hemisphere what Yellowstone can to the north.

Comment: Re:The UK Government Are Massively Out Of Touch (Score 2) 191

by SvnLyrBrto (#49513281) Attached to: Assange Talk Spurs UK Judges To Boycott Legal Conference

My position is that there's no legitimate reason for Assange to be subject to US laws in any way whatsoever. Do you consider yourself subject to China's laws regarding to advocating for democracy? Should a UK citizen be subject to Saudi laws regarding pornography or not being muslim?

If Australia has a law obligating him to keep the secrets of third-party, non-Australian, governments; any charges or legal proceedings should be taking place in Australia. For the US to presume to export its laws beyond its own borders is absurd. And its subversion of both the British and Swedish legal systems (And the latters' willingness to do along with it.) is full-out sickening.

Comment: Re:The UK Government Are Massively Out Of Touch (Score 2) 191

by SvnLyrBrto (#49511127) Attached to: Assange Talk Spurs UK Judges To Boycott Legal Conference

Assange is accused of releasing state secrets of a country of which he is neither a citizen or resident, in which he was not present in when he released them, from which he never sought or received a security clearance, and to which he never gave a secrecy oath or signed an NDA.

By what stretch of the imagination do you think he is, or should be, obligated to keep those secrets?

Comment: Re:Pioneers get arrows in back (Score 1) 138


There had been smart phones around for years before the iPhone. And before that, we had PalmPilots. And yet, the first round of apps from the App Store and the first round of apps on Android, were both pretty craptacular too. The first round of apps on the iPad were little more than inflated versions of their iPhone counterparts. Most of the early (decent) PS4 games were just "remastered" released of PS3 titles. And then there's the whole Windows 8 fiasco, which took place years after desktops, smartphones, and tablets had all been on the market for years, but managed to be bloody awful on all three.

When developers target a new platform, it takes a bit of time before they get good at it. News at eleven.

Comment: Re:Another load of Federal B.S. (Score 4, Insightful) 271

by SvnLyrBrto (#49497497) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Powerful people don't like to be made to look like fools. That's this man's real crime. He made the Secret Service and the Air Force look like a bunch of clowns who can't defend the capital's airspace, even with whatever post-9/11 security enhancements they've made, even from a slow-flying (Maybe homebuilt? Most autogyros are.) aircraft, and even after Hughes publicly announced his intentions to do so.

What *should* happen is a house-cleaning in the Secret Service and Air Force for being so incompetent as to allow this to happen; a slap on the wrist for Hughes for the actual offense, and then a commendation for demonstrating that the emperor was wearing no clothes that day. Unfortunately though, in this matter and more, as a nation we seem to have forgotten (or chosen to ignore) the tenet of: "don't shoot the messenger".

Comment: Re:Private details about employees (Score 1) 143

by SvnLyrBrto (#49495483) Attached to: Wikileaks Publishes Hacked Sony Emails, Documents

Sony is the "little guy"? Compared to the US government maybe... but they are a pretty huge and pretty unethical corporation.

I actually agree, though, that there's little to be gained by posting this. Sony's general douchebaggery may be fairly noxious. But it's nowhere in the same league as the destructive malfeasance of outfits like Halliburton, Exxon, Blackwater, and the like... to say nothing of the actions of various governments. If the leaked documents concerned their something more vicious like their campaigns of legal harassment of the PS3 jailbreak community, I could maybe see the point. But really, there's no social benefit in this one. I guess, though, since the documents are already leaked; having them in one more place shouldn't be a big deal.

Still though... Sony is far from being "the little guy".

Comment: Re:Mass Murder (Score 1) 249

I don't think that's a specific and intentional omission. My experience with American history classes... some of which were in the '80s... was that, conveniently or not, they forgot pretty much the entire 20th century.

Oh, it was in the textbook... the world wars, Korea, Vietnam, Kennedy, the space race, and all that. But either the classes were just terribly paced and poorly organized, or the history teachers all thought that the civil war was the single most important event in all of history. Elementary, middle, and even in high school, history class would get about as far as reconstruction, the details of which we'd be tested on in excruciating detail. And then we'd be at the last two weeks of the school year, the teacher would mostly check out, and rest of US history would amount to: "and then a bunch of other stuff happened." And it'd just be a big jumble about Roosevelt wrestling with a bull moose while punching Hitler in the face on the top of San Juan Hill where he buried all the free silver that William Jennings Bryan gave him. Meanwhile, Kennedy... the once and future president... somehow got ahold of Excalibur, and with the help of Patrick Stewart or Henry Kissinger or Werner Von Braun or someone, re-founded Camelot and flew to the moon to kick Kruschev in the balls for taking away his Cuban cigars.

Granted, history class by its very nature consists of rote memorization and regurgitation, without actual problem solving. So it was a no-brainer cakewalk and I'd always read ahead in the book to the good stuff. But the teachers just didn't seen to think the 20th century was important at all. It wasn't until a college class that I took as a HU/SS elective ("American Foreign Policy in the 20th Century"), was I actually taught more than the smallest bit of it in an organized manner.

Comment: Re:We restrict our kids' access to YouTube (Score 1) 92

On the contrary, I've found Google's targeted ads to reflect my own interests reasonably well. They don't *always* get it right, of course. But they do so the majority of time. The thing is, I share neither my computer nor youtube account with anyone else. so there's no chance of anyone else's browsing skewing the profile they have of my interests.

So, if you're consistently finding that the delivered ads don't reflect your, or your kids', interests; you're better off making sure that the right person is logged into the right account than ranting about how google teh eviluz. If you ARE sure that the correct person is always logged into the correct account, and you're still seeing ads for furry hentai tentacle-porn, you might want to check into their non-youtube internet habits instead of ranting about how google teh eviluz.

Comment: Re:Account number? (Score 2) 289

I think the issue is that he would not get a fair trial, or possibly not even get a trial at all.

At best, the trial would suffer years of delay after delay after delay, throughout which he would still be imprisoned of course, while every avenue of defense was contested and denied, in secret, for "national security reasons". More likely, they'd just skip the formality of a trial, declare him an "unlawful enemy" or some such, and drop him into some gulag like Guantanamo Bay. Possibly, they'd even go the "extraordinary rendition" route, and shuffle him off to some third-world craphole to be tortured and murdered by the CIA.

In no case, barring a massive reform and house-cleaning of the federal government and its intelligence agencies, do I see things working out well for Snowden if he returns.

Comment: Re:What can it do? (Score 1) 94

I think you're on to something here.

Ahrends basically took the uniform of UK chavs and convinced Americans that it's high-end sophisticated fashion. That's more than knowing how to "deal with" the fashion market; that's full-out genius-level *manipulation* of the fashion market.

I think the Apple Watch will do fine in the fashion world, and the /. "no wireless less space than a nomad lame" contingent will be ignored.

As far as we know, our computer has never had an undetected error. -- Weisert