Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Re:Beware Corporate Sovereignty in TPP (Score 0) 201

by bkmoore (#49776287) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

If the US gets its way with TPP then corporations can sue governments for anything that negatively impacts their profits. So Italy could not regulate taxis because Uber would sue them as causing unfair trade....

Please mod AC up! The problem as I see it with TTIP Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership which is a free trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union is that it attempts to grant corporations an innate right to profitability and the ability to sue any government that passes laws that might restrict that profitability.

Comment: Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 1) 201

by bkmoore (#49776091) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

"(taxi licenses in Italy are numbered, each can cost more than $ 100k to obtain)."

There's the problem. Piss off Italy...

Italy is a country and can make whatever laws they want to regulating taxis or any other industries. If a company can take away Italy's right to regulate their own markets via TTIP, then wait until some other entity or business comes to your backyard and decides they don't like the regulations that maybe you want or need to preserve your business.

Comment: Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 4, Informative) 396

The European Central Bank has already declared that they won't let any of their member states go under, which means they are committed to printing as much money as needed....

Mario Draghi said, "Within our mandate, the ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. And believe me, it will be enough."

Financing a member state via printing money does not exist within the ECB's mandate. So the ECB cannot legally do what you say they are doing. Greece is financing itself via ELA Emergency Liquidity Assistance, where Greek banks loan the Greek government money that cannot be repaid, then the ELA rescues the Greek banks from the bad loans. This type of back-door financing is not sustainable and will eventuall collapse under its own weight. OTOH, the ECB also lacks the mandate to kick a member state out of the common currency when they are unwilling and unable to meet the conditions for membership. Only the political leadership of the member states have the authority to either change the ECB's mandate, or to kick a member state out. How this will turn out is anybody's guess.

Comment: Re:OS/2 better then windows at running windows app (Score 2) 386

by bkmoore (#49757561) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0

One major reason for the split was that IBM insisted on programming OS/2 in assembler - over Gates' objections...

I think both IBM and Microsoft were working hard to undermine each other from the start of the project. IBM wanted to regain 100% control of the PC market and eventually ditch Microsoft. Microsoft on the other hand was trying to break free of IBM and wanted to license the OS to other computer makers on other platforms. Hence the disagreement over assembler and 286 support.

Comment: Re:*shrug* (Score 4, Interesting) 386

by bkmoore (#49757287) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0

...people who grew up on PC or Macs would naively ask "what's the point of multitasking?" That's one of the reasons IBM flubbed the market as they thought it wasn't ever going to be that big except as a front-end for major back office applications...

IBM was a mainframe and mini-computer company that also sold micros. IBM understood multitasking better than anyone else, but they also understood that as soon as micros could multitask, had networking and became multi-user (file permissions) the market for minis and mainframes would shrink. IBM's PC strategy from the mid '80s to mid '90s could be summed up as using their influence to prevent networking, multi-tasking and file permissions from happening on the same platform at the same time.

Comment: Re:An intelligence officer? Well he MUST be expert (Score 2) 263

by bkmoore (#49721543) Attached to: Book Review: The Terrorists of Iraq

....What the chickenhawks were squawking about was satellite photographic proof that Saddam was making new weapons.

We don't know what the satellite photos showed. They were never made public. The irony is we got our best intelligence on Iraq's WMD program from Hans Blix and the UN weapons inspections. But we ended those when we started making ultimatums to Saddam Hussein... and in doing so, lost the best intelligence source we ever had on Iraq.

My personal theory is Saddam probably thought he had WMD, even if he didn't. Saddam Hussein wasn't exactly the kind of ruler you could say no to more than once. Mussolini's thought he had an air force on par with the German Luftwaffe or the RAF. The reality was the generals moved the few planes they actually had to whichever airbase Mussolini was visiting. The other theory is the Saudis were right; Saddam knew he had no WMD, but admitting it would have been a sign of weakness, especailly with Iran next door. Either way, our "career intelligence officers" and our political elite seemed to lack the street smarts to critically question the evidence. Maybe they didn't even want to. Donald Rumsfeld promised a 90-day holiday in the desert.

Comment: From an earlier /. thread... (Score 1) 461

by bkmoore (#49684395) Attached to: Does Using an AOL Email Address Suggest You're a Tech Dinosaur?
(apologies to the "you just might be a red neck" guy)

If you remember owning a black and white television... you just might not be a digital native.
If you first learned to drive a stick shift.... you just might not be a digital native.
If you remember when there were only two kinds of coffee... you just might not be a digital native.
If you know what a pencil has to do with a cassette tape.... you just might not be a digital native.
...... < i could go on >....
If you have an AOL email address..... you are definately not a digital native.

Progress means replacing a theory that is wrong with one more subtly wrong.

Working...