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Comment: unfortunately? (Score 1, Interesting) 43

by roman_mir (#47913965) Attached to: Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

So 'unfortunately' if you are going to build a product that people may need and enjoy you are going to start a business, that may create new products and create investment opportunities and jobs in the process, you are going to 'siphon'? 'Siphon' talent away from government ('and everybody else')?????

This 'story' is one gigantic flamebait.

There is nothing unfortunate about building your own company to pursue your own goals and you are not siphoning anything from anybody by building your own business. Under all circumstances, it is better if government doesn't get any talent whatsoever, why should talent be wasted in government rather than be applied where it is actually needed: in the private sector, doing something useful?

This entire premise is insane and asinine.

Comment: Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (Score 3, Informative) 93

by PPH (#47913811) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Historical reasons. Manufacturers could book a sale when they shiped a car to a dealership. Want to keep your dealership franchise? You'll accept X cars per month. You figure out how to sell them. So now manufacturers have stable 'sales' figures to make investors happy.

After some time, laws were passed against these abuses. But the same laws protected dealership franchises, so they persist.

Comment: Re:" Foley's killers may have thought of him as le (Score 1) 2

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#47913675) Attached to: James Foley Is Not a War Ad

'Zactly. PNAC/Likud false-flag plan to shatter the political status quo of the region. Exacerbate identity-based politics (Zionist "tell") and derive opportunity out of ensured resulting chaos.

Iraq and Syria were the two LEADING states that - for varying reasons - minimized ethnic/identity basis for state integrity, opportunity and use of power. One is shattered using ethnic "Balkanization", and another on the verge. Lebanon became valid and healthy only after settling these internal divisions in a loose compromise. The fingerprint of Shin Bet and Mossad in re-opening these conflicts (with Rafic Hariri assassination, etc.) is evident to anyone who evaluates the evidence without starting from a conclusion.

Don't you see? You play into this hand of manipulation yourself, when you drive postings that pose theological difference and superiority.

Comment: Re:I google things (Score 1) 101

by TWX (#47913283) Attached to: Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic
"Get the EEG, the BP monitor, and the AVV."

"And get the machine that goes 'bing!'."

"And get the most expensive machine - in case the Administrator comes."

"Ah, I see you have the machine that goes 'bing!'. This is my favorite. You see, we lease this back from the company we sold it to - that way it comes under the monthly current budget and not the capital account."

Comment: Re:Well, if you're going to push... (Score 5, Insightful) 101

by TWX (#47913263) Attached to: Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic
More to the point, when people use, "Google," as a verb, they mean to actually use Google, as opposed to using any brand of facial tissue available when saying, "Kleenex."

Besides, if Coca-Cola can retain, "Coke," as a trademark when vast portions of the country refer to basic soft carbonated soda drinks of any type as, "coke," then I don't think that those challenging Gogole's trademark have much of a chance.

Comment: Re:Bad language (Score 1) 53

by TheCarp (#47912569) Attached to: A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

No you are just reading it wrong.

So if I have a bit under a liter of water, I have "100 times less than 10 mL" because I know it is less than 10 mL that I have 100 of. Makes perfect sense to me. So what they are saying is, the device Stephen Hawking uses costs less than 1/100th the cost of this, or a bit under 80 cents.

I had no idea Stephen Hawking's devices were so cheap! Thats amazing, I am shocked this was even created now!

Comment: Re:Preferable to shooting? (Score 3, Insightful) 152

by PPH (#47912279) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

Right. But being non-lethal, there is less to discourage cops from using this technology against the "$15 per hour now" marches instead of potentially violent confrontations.

Police are there to protect the public order, not your civil rights. And public order is often defined by the upper classes as not wanting to see a bunch of dirty hippies marching with signs.

If you hype something and it succeeds, you're a genius -- it wasn't a hype. If you hype it and it fails, then it was just a hype. -- Neil Bogart