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Comment: Re:Where did they get the $250M figure? (Score 3, Informative) 125

by Tailhook (#49591485) Attached to: Obama Announces e-Book Scheme For Low-Income Communities

Now how exactly did they calculate how much the "free" ebooks were worth?

The amount is calculated as a function of the number of authors and publishers the Democrat bundlers designate for the funds, multiplied by the amount each of those individuals and organizations are permitted to contribute, times the factor needed to make the contributions a small enough fraction of the total so that it can't plausibly be called a straight laundering operation.

In the end the Clinton's hard money coffers will net somewhere between 2-3% of the total; a typical ratio for laundering public money back to politicians that know how to play the game and stay out of prison. $5-7 million, in other words. The other 97-98% go to politically favored authors and publishers who write to children primary on the topics of race, gender and sexuality grievances, climate change, diet and assorted atrocities in American history, not necessarily in that order.

Comment: Re:Cue the whiners (Score 1) 329

by Tailhook (#49563139) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

Verizon still has to abide by the contracts.

And who claims they aren't, aside from ESPN? Abusing the court system to impede (otherwise legitimate) things isn't some rare phenomena one shouldn't suspect. Or Verizon may think it feasible to break the terms by having the terms found "anti-competitive," possibly on the basis of tying.

Getting wrapped around the contract dispute axle misses the point. The point of this story is that a major access provider is finally, at long last, breaking the logjam and at least starting to move in a desirable direction. The ESPN lawsuit is a sideshow that isn't particularly important in the long run because contracts expire.

Comment: Re:Can't they just get it right? (Score 1) 88

by Tailhook (#49521227) Attached to: AMD Publishes New 'AMDGPU' Linux Graphics Driver

I looked through those threads. The first solved his problem by disabling some nvidia power management feature that caused glitches with his $300 "professional" external audio interface. The second is someone struggling with his $999 quad DSP board and the third is yet another high end external audio system.

That sort of high end audiophile grade stuff is never glitch free. You and the other 8 people on Earth attempting to operate your external quad DSP board are expected to cope with such things. The other 99.999% of us are just running ordinary cmedia xonar, realtek or whatnot audio and have zero problems with NVidia. If you are going to wade into that audiophile mess you need to man up and deal with the glitches.

Whether you do or not at least I'm convinced your concerns are irreverent to almost everyone else.

Comment: Re:Feds (Score 1) 184

The first thing I thought of reading the summary was a CCD, which is a type of CDA from the HL7 spec you cite. Just because a document follows a standard doesn't make it usable.

I've seen huge CCDs; documents so vast they can't possibly be entirely meaningful without an analysis squad. So obviously providers are only reading the most recent additions to it. The acronym is Continuing Care Document — the operative word being `continuing' — so by it's nature it becomes very long, and the various entities and their systems are often very verbose and redundant in how they amend the CCD, repeatedly transcribing lengthy treatment instructions and whatnot. So it grows and grows into tens of megabytes of XML....

Comment: Re:Pot vs. Kettle (Score 3, Insightful) 100

by Tailhook (#49450003) Attached to: Microsoft: Feds Are 'Rewriting' the Law To Obtain Emails Overseas

Indeed. ACA employer mandate causing politically inconvenient layoffs in election years? Punt that down the road. Three times. Yay! ACA Cadillac plan excise tax giving your union constituents heartburn? Punt that one to 2018. Yay! Immigration laws angering your constituents? Ignore/rewrite that stuff. Yay! Medicare Advantage cuts have the AARP up in arms? Pencil whip that one out of existence. Yay!

NSA playing fast and loose with your papers and effects? (selective) OUTRAGE! (selective) OUTRAGE!

A government powerful enough to deliver all the social justice you demand is powerful enough to exercise its own prerogatives.

Comment: Re:And it's not even an election year (Score 2) 407

It's incorrect to say that the home countries of H1-Bs don't benefit. In the first place, a lot of people send money home to their families.

Trading your energetic youth for subsistence income is a benefit? I guess that's why Mexico is no longer a kleptocratic hell-hole where cartels no longer slaughter students en-masse after the police round up their victims for them.

Oh. Wait...

Comment: Re:one person != some developers (Score 1) 131

by Tailhook (#49440383) Attached to: Why Some Developers Are Live-Streaming Their Coding Sessions

He's not the only one.

I've been watching Jonathan Blow develop a game programming language since late last year. Smart cookie. A mix of pragmatism about the supposed value of some cherished ideas mixed with a laser focus on what the game programmer really needs is leads to interesting design choices.

Comment: Re:Unnecessary, but profitable. (Score 5, Insightful) 215

by Tailhook (#49399005) Attached to: The Dystopian Lake Filled By the World's Tech Sludge

The operative word there is "was". That plant is gone now, moved to Asia in 2014. Also, it was an "assembly" plant; the major components were made in China, as you suspected.

There were big claims made and lots of happy talk about 'merican jobs, herp derp. The cold reality is the plant is gone, the 'experiment' failed, and whatever statements about how it "wasn't cost considerations" is just so much corporate grifter B.S.

The ability of the West to feather its environmental regulatory nest without multiplying the cost of manufactured goods depends entirely on evacuating the industrial base to unregulated third world Asian hell holes. That is reality. Don't like it? Feel free to substitute whatever fiction you like best, just like everyone else does.

The greatest productive force is human selfishness. -- Robert Heinlein