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Comment: Re:When Banks Were Able to Print Their Own Money (Score 1) 95

by fredprado (#47425055) Attached to: Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

f course, as 19th-century observers frequently noted, a poorly capitalized bank that printed notes it couldn't redeem was, in the end, little different from a counterfeiting operation.

As is any government that prints too much money and causes inflation.

+ - Alleged Hooker and Heroin Kill a Key Google exec on his Yacht in Santa Cruz->

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An anonymous reader writes "Authorities allege model, makeup artist, and self-described "hustler" Alix Catherine Tichelman initially met 51-year-old Google executive Forrest Hayes of Santa Cruz and other Silicon Valley executives at for sexual encounters that fetched $1,000 or more. Last November 22, Tichelman met Hayes in-person on his white, 50-foot yacht, "Escape," in the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor. She brought heroin and needles into the yacht's cabin where she injected Hayes, causing him to overdose, said Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark.

It has recently become known that a security camera in the cabin showed her pack drugs and syringes into her purse, clean off a table and draw a window blind. When she stepped over Hayes' lifeless body to drink from a glass of wine, she left behind a fingerprint on the glass, which helped investigators to identify her, Clark said. The yacht's captain found Hayes dead the next morning.

Santa Cruz police said they continued to probe Tichelman's possible involvement in another suspicious death out of state, but they declined to elaborate.

Hayes joined Apple in 2005 and worked there for several years, according to a brief profile on the business networking website LinkedIn. He started working for Mountain View-based Google about a year ago and joined its secretive "X" division, which is responsible for what the company likes to call "moon shot" projects including self-driving cars and the computer headset known as Glass.

"Seeking Arrangement," is a website that aims to connect "sugar daddies" and "sugar babies." suggesting, "Financial Stability: Unpaid bills no longer have to be a concern.""

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Comment: Re:Consipricy nuts, go! (Score 5, Insightful) 43

Objection: relevance.

These other things are not the topic of discussion. They are just red herrings to distract from the fact that the US appears to have acted in a civilized manner this time.

Civilized behavior should not be swept under the rug because you have a hate-on for some particular country. Your nonsense undermines the positive reinforcement that encourages good behavior and discourages bad behavior.

Doesn't matter if it's the US or Hezbollah.

Comment: Re:What difference now does it make? :) Sunk costs (Score 1) 279

by Duhavid (#47424647) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

You don't plan around what happened in the past. You learn lessons from it ( hopefully ).

In designing any new aircraft, you have to look at what it's adversaries might be.
And plan around that, the numbers likely to be deployed, logistical factors.

Factor in what has happened in the Ukraine, and how that could have gone.
If the Russians had decided to occupy, what would they have used, and what would the Ukrainians have wanted to oppose that ?
( modern aircraft, in part, strike for the Russians, air defense/air superiority for the Ukrainians )

There is conflict in Syria. My recollection is that Assad has been using aircraft on his people, and that is part of what keep him from being overthrown.

What did the Iraqis want from us when ISIS/ISIL/ started taking territory.
Aircraft. For us to use our aircraft to assist them in driving them out.

China is being increasingly belligerent ( I'm sure they see it as taking their place in the sun, but where have we heard that before ), especially in the South China Seas with Japan, the Philippians, and Vietnam ( at least )
( recent news includes the articles about the oil rigs China has placed near Vietnam, and the Naval issue that have proceeded.
They are attempting to jump start their military ( and commercial ) aircraft industry.

Conflict appears to be getting smaller. Yes. But the threat of conflict is still there. And the capability on the part of other nations is still there.

Imagine America destroys all it's aircraft, naval vessels and disbands the army after destroying all it's weapons.
What happens next?
I would predict that our borders with Canada and Mexico would change, at minimum.
I'm not sure if Russian or China have the logistical capability to move in such a scenario, but then, America's moves in Afghanistan surprised the snot out of me. ( not the absolute power, but the ability to project it so far away.

We cant disarm, as appealing as that sounds. We cant even stop looking at what comes next, as that becomes disarming, in effect, after a period of time.

Disclosure, I am fairly liberal, Christian, opposed to war, use too many parenthesis and commas.

Comment: Re:Aaaaahahaha ... gotta love it: (Score 1) 57

by jedidiah (#47424551) Attached to: Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

No. It was not a "sensible" comment for the time. Anyone with a lick of sense could see where the tech was going and could easily realize that you had to plan for the future.

PCs of the time were stuck in the kind of situation that Tannenbaum described not because of any inherent technical limitation but because Microsoft was a lame monopolistic sandbagger holding back the entire industry.

Even in 1992 there wasn't that much of a gap between the capabilities of proprietary Unix hardware and PCs. Some Unix machines even ran on microprocessors used by competing home computers.

That's why Linus created his own kernel to begin with.

Comment: Re:Solaris not well supported by OSS toolchain (Score 1) 145

by Andy Dodd (#47423909) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

Yeah. People are asking questions because HIS questions are, when taken together, nonsensical.

He's looking for a good host machine to do development for ARM, MSP430, and other MCU embedded targets.

When doing embedded development, there is usually a very clear distinction between "target" and "host" - it is rare in the embedded world for people to use a device as both host and target (since the target is usually pretty weak CPU-wise), but he's implying that he wants to use a device that is usually a target (Raspi, BBB) as a host... Which to anyone that has actually DONE this sort of development is nonsensical. There's some benefit to a BBB self-hosting, but it's silly to do AVR or MSP development on a BBB, unless what he's really looking for is a heterogenous target (e.g. the BBB is part of the target solution, and loads an AVR or MSP at runtime to do realtime tasks - but even this doesn't really make sense due to the BBB's PRUSS, other than the fact that the PRUSS is a bit more difficult to work with.)

If you want a low-power low-cost development environment for ARM Cortex-M, AVR, MSP430, etc. targets, your ideal host system is probably a Chromebook with crouton installed on the SD card.

So either he has VERY special unique requirements that he hasn't clearly communicated, or he's looking in an entirely wrong direction for solutions. Either way, his actually needs haven't been properly communicated.

+ - Senator Al Franken accuses AT+T of 'skirting' net neutrality rules->

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McGruber (1417641) writes "In a letter to the U.S. Federal Communication Commission and the Department of Justice, Senator Al Franken warned that letting AT&T acquire Direct TV could turn AT&T into a gatekeeper to the mobile Internet. Franken also complained that AT&T took inappropriate steps to block Internet applications like Google Voice and Skype: "AT&T has a history of skirting the spirit, and perhaps the letter" of the government's rules on net neutrality, Franken wrote."
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+ - Google's Social Menagerie and its Android and Web Habitats->

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Zigurd (3528) writes "In addition to search, email, and office productivity, Google runs at least nine "applications" that deal in user-provided content. We can't call them "Web sites" since most of them are presented through both Android applications and a Web user interface. But the extent and quality of this presentation is unequal and uneven. The content varies by media type and long form/short form characteristics. The intended persistence of the content also varies, though persistence often really means "ease of discovery" which can diminish quickly if a chronological update stream is the principal means of discovery."
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