The guy who pulled the trigger is still fully responsible for where that bullet went flying. Being part of a DDoS is more like being part of a riot, even if you catch one rioter you don't usually don't make that one person pay for all the damage the mob did. But then again it's the same country that'll slap one person with million dollar fines for sharing a couple CDs online because piracy is such a big problem. If they applied the same logic to speeding, you'd probably go in the electric chair if you get caught.
I wonder if they bust OTHER hate groups, like the mosques that preach hate, or the other "* Power" groups? Wanna bet the answer is no?
You see THIS is the problem I have with so called "hate crimes" (like someone is gonna bash your head in because they like you) is because you ALWAYS seem to end up with "protected classes" and "acceptable racism", for examples see black power versus white power (Protip: Both are run by racists that incite violence) or how the Muslims in this country can burn bibles and American flags all day but that preacher said he was gonna burn a koran and got thrown in jail.
Either the law is the law, equal for all, or its just so much politically correct farce and sadly more and more in the west the law has become the latter,with certain groups being ignored when they are racists while others are punished. If racism is wrong then its wrong across the board, all this politically correct bullshit does is make old hatreds fester and give the racists plenty of recruitment fodder.
Tablets tend to suck for creation. There are limited exceptions, but for the most part a mouse n' keyboard, and a screen without your fingers in the way, are what you want for creating things. This includes software, of course, but also more mundane business things like financial spreadsheets, e-mails, and so on. It applies to other creative pursuits such as writing, video editing, and so on.
Basically tablets are reasonably good if you want to consume content. You can read a book, surf the web, etc with ease on a tablet. However when you start to talk creation, they are not as good. They can do in a pinch, but much better to have a real keyboard and larger screen.
What we are actually seeing is not desktops and laptops "dying" but rather maturing. The market is more or less done growing. However that doesn't mean it is going away. The two states are not "growth" and "death". Rather it can be stable.
We've already seen this in things like mainframes. Desktops didn't kill off mainframes. You can still buy them, and people do. There are more of them now then when there were only mainframes. However it is a mature market. There aren't many organizations that want one, and you don't replace them that often. So there's no growth, but it isn't dead by any means.
That's what is happening with desktops. Go in to a business, have a look around, they have not tossed all their computers and started playing with tablets and phones. There is a computer on every desk practically. However, as noted, there is a computer on every desk. They've got their computers. They buy for replacement now largely, not to increase the numbers.
The only people who think desktops/laptops are going to "die" are either kids who just play on their smart phone and don't do productive work with a computer, or idiot tech journalists.
Did you think the same thing about Intel after the Pentium4 too?
This is starting to get ancient history but as I remember it Intel was pushing the PIII hard right up until the launch of PIV, they were never in the "please hold out a little longer, please don't buy an AMD our PIV is going to be twice as fast and give free blowjobs" mode. Of course they did keep pushing it after everyone knew it was a dud, after all that's what they had to sell much like AMD now. It's pre-launch when all you get are "leaks" that are really plants, PR statements and astroturf/fanboy hype but no real benchmarks to compare and the hype goes over the top that it backfires, Bulldozer was hailed as AMD's savior long before it hit the stores. When you build up that kind of hype and don't deliver the pendulum swings the other way, it's not just poor it's outright horrible compared to what you expected.
Wow, who do you work for? Lockheed Martin? Boeing? The US has plenty contractors on hand for cost-plus contracts. And if all else fails I'm sure ESA would give you Ariane rockets for a price. And worst case if everyone had collective amnesia you should be able to pull off an Apollo program much faster and cheaper today than in the 60s. And when it really comes down to it the real "space" war is still 99% ICBMs, which I doubt the military will forget how to make. The ISS isn't exactly critical defense infrastructure.
You are close to the reason but as a retailer I'll tell ya what is REALLY going on.
Its really VERY simple and the reason PC sales have flatlined is NOT folks suddenly going to sailphones, not replacing their PCs with tablets, the really truly true reason why PC sales have stopped? PCs went from "good enough" to insanely overpowered and now even the bottom of the line PC is overkill for Joe and Jane Average. I mean look at the specs of the bottom of the line I was selling FIVE years ago....Phenom or Athlon X3 with 4Gb of RAM and 500Gb hdd. Now how many folks are gonna be able to max that out? Hell I paired an Athlon X3 (unlocked to a Phenom II X4) with an HD7790 and my youngest is playing all the latest shooters on it!
So THAT, that right there, is the problem. Software simply didn't keep up with the incredible advances in hardware and now most PCs spend a good 60%+ of their lives in idle. Its no wonder why AMD and Intel aren't really working on releasing new chips, why should they, when the ones they release now are so insanely badass? hell I can put together a hexacore loaded to the gills and slap it in a customer's hands for less than $500!
If we do find free oxygen in an atmosphere, though, you can bet all eyes will be trained on that planet. What kind of technology would be required to confirm the presence of life visually? Obviously radio signals or something like that would be a clincher, but suppose the life there is non-technological. Could we ever "verify" that there was life on that planet without going there or sending a probe (which is currently not feasible)?
Visually, no that's impossible. One square meter of earth is hit with about 1600W or 5*10^21 photons from the sun every second. Even if you built a collector the size of the earth five light years away only 1 in 2.8*10^23 photons from that square meter would hit earth, meaning you'd never get the resolution to positively identify even a giant dinosaur. It's not a matter of technology, but of quantum physics. We'd need a probe to land, build a very powerful radio telescope that would operate a point-to-point link with earth to get any mug shots.
And they're probably the people Microsoft listened to when they made Surface, the problem is that this is the kind of idea that sounds good on paper and falls through in practice. Once they try it and find out it's like awkwardly using an app made for keyboard and mouse using on screen keyboards and sausage fingers they never go through with the plans. And if somebody did go through the effort to "tabletify" their apps they probably did it for the 95% of the market that's not Microsoft.
Not to mention those that have the money to buy such cars? Tend to be rich arrogant douchebags who don't have any damned sense!
Sorry folks but sometimes stereotypes are true and "rich arrogant prick with daddy's money" is sadly all too true. I mean there is a reason why most racing teams aren't owned by the drivers, often skill and money don't go hand in hand! I live next to a college where a lot of "richie rich" types go and it never fails, we end up scraping rich kids and their overpowered toys off of trees and overpasses every year. If we are lucky they ONLY kill themselves, if not? Well the family writes a big fat check and makes the problem go away.
I mean look at Walker, whom it was reported had one of these cars (although he wasn't driving that day) in his garage.....he's a fucking ACTOR who PLAYED a race car driver folks! Anybody here thinks he really had the skills to handle one of these monsters if it started getting away from him? Show of hands?...Thought so.
So I'm all for a true free market so if they want to sell these? Fine and dandy.....they should have to pass a course showing they can handle the thing at the speeds these are designed for! Many on the left want proof you have taken a gun course before you can own a gun, how is this any different? You can do a HELL of a lot more damage with a couple of tons hurdling at 180 MPH+ than you can with a revolver and these monsters are DESIGNED to be run at insane speeds, they handle like shit at low speeds.
Look, back in the day I owned my fair share of hot rodded muscle cars so....I get the appeal, okay? Just like the pocket rocket bikes they are fun to drive. But I was lucky enough that there is a large flat abandoned piece of highway nearby that you can see for miles and miles on so its pretty safe for hot rodders, most places have too much traffic to let a monster off the chain. If they are gonna sell these race cars as street cars at least make 'em show they can handle the thing, okay? I really don't think that is too much to ask when you could easily wipe out an entire family with one bad curve.
As much as I loathe guys like Mark Zuckerberg, I'll wager giving some of his script monkeys a few months to come up with a functional ACA website, and they'd probably do it, using largely open source tools to pull it off.
I can verify this. My suppliers are hitting me with emails and sales calls, and when we talk about new PCs, the first words out of their mouths are about how they will happily ship with Windows 7 licenses.
Yes, that would help, but because PCs now have smart devices as competition, software companies are being forced to code with an eye on limited resources.
We're still running mainly Windows Vista workstations at work. We are making a move to replace the last XP machines (about eight or nine of them), but other than that it's basically going to be playing the attrition game. Most of the computers are dual core processor systems with 2 or 3gb of RAM and 200gb hard drives, more than enough to run browsers and Microsoft Office. Most of my suppliers are desperate to get me to buy new systems, and one of their carrots is they'll ship them out with Windows 7, not exactly boding well for Windows 8 future.
On the other hand, I did do the upgrade to Exchange 2010 to get better support for all the iOS and Android smart devices the staff are using. I get more requests these days to set up smart phones and tablets than I do to configure workstations. It's not that the PC is dying in our organization. Quite the opposite, they're still getting used, but feature-wise they really all plateaued about three or four years ago, and short of a motherboard smoking, I really won't get any bang for our buck by buying replacements.
I know that the suppliers I usually deal with are pestering me a lot, desperate to get sales up. They're just not moving PCs in the enterprise market any more. Even worse, some of the manufacturers are literally competing against themselves. I can buy HP and Dell refurb Windows 7 machines that are a couple of years old for like $150, with Windows 7 Pro license included. The last three computers I bought to replace failed hardware were Dell refurbs. At $150, if they last a year, I figure I've done pretty well, and the oldest of them is sitting at about 18 or 19 months.
Where we once looked at about a three, maybe four year cycle of PC replacement, we're now talking of pushing well past the halfway mark of this decade. Notebooks and laptops will probably have a shorter lifespan simply due to the rigors they go through, but still, we have four year old laptops still in the field.
We can't be the only ones pondering such a replacement cycle, and that's just got to be freaking manufacturers out.
I call BS on this. I highly doubt there has been a major push towards build-your-own PCs. Frankly, I think we all have to deal with the fact that smartdevices have kicked the piss out of PCs.
Case in point. We have a three year old laptop which we turn on maybe a couple of times of week. Both the wife and I have 7" tablets (I have a Nexus 7 and the wife has a Kobo Arc). These little critters do the bulk of the surfing and email at home.
Actually the reason why boycotts never work against the *.A.As is that they use "PPT Math" which means they always win. Let me give an example..
Evil corp, lets call them FNJ, has an artist, lets say Titney Steers is her name, that sold X amount last year. So the PHBs come up with a PPT that shows that if they sold X last year thanks to their incredible "shit don't stink(TM)" ad campaign then album Y MUST sell X*Y...if it don't? why its teh evil piratez and they take the PPT to their congress whores and gets more draconian laws and copyright extensions, its a win/win for them!
So you see if every single person on the planet outright refused to so much as listen to Titney Steers new "I'm a big skanky Ho" single they would just get more laws, maybe if they bribed enough even a "too big to fail" bailout, so they CAN NOT LOSE no matter which way they go!