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Comment: Re:so many problems with this idea (Score 3, Informative) 80

by beheaderaswp (#48895153) Attached to: Winklevoss Twins Plan Regulated Bitcoin Exchange

not least of which, allowing an organisation that is answerable to none but the United States Supreme Court to regulate a virtual currency that is in direct competition with its own pet, the Almighty Dollar.

Right... because allowing a random guy in Asia to regulate the exchange worked out great?

Comment: This has been know for a while... (Score 5, Funny) 121

This is obviously an advanced data stream which we are intercepting. Civilizations who do not have control over quantum entanglement, Use compressed radio bursts at unbelievable magnitude to transfer massive amounts of information across multiple civilizations simultaneously.

This has been known for about 10 years. But suppressed due to it;s sensitive nature.

Attempts to decode the messages have only been marginally successful. The one small decoded message translated into English is roughly: "Never going to give..."

The rest of the message can only be guessed at.

Comment: Re:Name eight unrelated words (Score 1) 57

by beheaderaswp (#48425965) Attached to: NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored

"NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored"

This headline has meaning for many of the people reading it on this website, but imagine the average non-technical person trying to parse this.

Do average non-technical people read this site? Rarely... and they do not last long.

Comment: Re:Which says what? (Score 4, Interesting) 276

I agree with you. While he's probably a very bright kid and I would not seek to take anything away from him..... it bears comment.

My team used to refer to "MCSE" as "Make Coffee Send Errand". Mostly because of the issue you are pointing out: these guys had no skills whatsoever.

Comment: Mixed feelings.... (Score 1) 764

by beheaderaswp (#48272123) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Well, first off, this has nothing to do with Tim's sexual orientation in my mind. But rather that he just leveraged his position as Apple CEO to further a personal social issue.

Second, if this was the Apple Computer of the 1990's or 1980's I might view the action as more appropriate. In those days coming out as a gay man had a real impact on people and was an impetus for social change. But today? It's more likely that coming out as gay is unremarkable.

Then for me, as someone who worked for Apple in the 1990's, there's this nagging feeling of unease with a move like this. It's hard for me to remember any time when any of the CEOs, or notable Apple alumni, ever leveraged their position at Apple for a personal political issue. This was something I've always had great respect for. The company was focused on changing it's part of the universe, not involved in political issues outside of it's market.

So perhaps my feelings, given the current political landscape, are that this move was somewhat impotent. There's plenty of gay CEOs at this point. There's very little risk in coming out as gay these days.

Maybe it's better expressed in a metaphor....

It's like hiding to avoid the cops during the Stonewall Riots- and then stating with pride that you were there decades later when it's safe to do so.

Now... if I could see Tim getting involved with marriage rights in his free time, without leveraging Apple, to forward the marriage rights agenda- I'd have some respect. In today's climate- coming out means nothing.

But this whole "If people can see a gay Apple CEO.... and I'm doing my small part" thing is somewhat lame from my standpoint. He shoudl just be publicly working towards marriage reform outside of Apple, publicly, and keep the leveraging to a minimum.

End Note: I'm not an important former Apple employee. In fact no one would remember me. I'm also proud to be a straight, Italian American, Hairy-Backed, semi-retired guy- and I never have leveraged any job I had while advocating for the de-stigmafication of plush back hair.


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