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Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 535

I can't get how such an idiotic drivel would be considered "insightful" by anyone.

Did it ever occur to you that the East German government (which was always under considerable pressure from the USSR, and remembering Russian tanks rolling through East Germany), and the East German people didn't quite agree about politics and economy? How does your statement "private property was outlawed" match the fact that in any decent family, as soon as a child was born the parents would order a car for him and her (which, due to long waiting lists, would just be ready for the child's 18th birthday).

Comment: Big difference... (Score 1) 535

The article just claims "cheating". However, cheating happens in different situations. There is cheating on your friends or family or neighbours, and there is cheating on authorities.

In East Germany, the authorities were out to get you. Spying on you. Trying to catch you out. Your neighbours on the other hand were the people that you had to rely on and that had to rely on you. A person coming to you and asking questions was highly suspicious and probably up to no good. Everyone would lie to them. But not to your friends and neighbours.

That's probably still there, so if some scientists will come and ask questions, whatever the questions, nobody raised in East Germany will have any problem lying to them. Will they cheat to take advantage of their neighbours? I doubt it.

Comment: Re:How's that supposed to work anyway? (Score 1) 260

I mean, if they were laid off, then that tends to mean that they *can't* be hired back on... at least not immediately. My understanding is that "laid off" means that the person is being let go because there isn't enough work to justify paying them, so how could they even *think* of hiring back anyone?

Of course a company can hire back fired employees. It could be seen as an admission that the firing shouldn't have happened and was wrong, but there is nothing wrong with the hiring. Especially since it would at least partially fix the wrong that happened with the firing.

Comment: Re:Short-Lived? (Score 1, Informative) 770

by gnasher719 (#47493537) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

I bet jobs growth has increased because the delta between minimum wage in those regions and unemployment is great enough to motivate folks to get jobs. This will stabilize in a short time and I think jobs growth will stall and stagnate.

That may be true, but there is a difference between jobs and job growth. Job growth in one year means there are more jobs. Forever.

Comment: Re:Intel (Score 1) 236

by gnasher719 (#47475085) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

One feature of the 68k to PowerPC transition was that they had software emulation for the 68k. The PowerPC was able to emulate the 68k sufficiently that most software would still run on the new hardware. This emulation was good enough that most applications performed on par with the older native platforms.

The 110 MHz PowerPC was at the time the fastest machine for running 68K code. At the time there were actually Atari users who bought a PowerPC Mac + Atari emulator because it was the fastest Atari computer that you could buy for any money.

Comment: Re:Intel (Score 4, Interesting) 236

by gnasher719 (#47473725) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Errr, yeah, but they could have just used Intel chips like everyone else. Ultimately it would have given better performance, saved themselves a lot of pain in switch over, and put themselves ahead of the curve selling to people who wanted to dual boot. So did IBM save them or cripple them?

As a result, Apple had the more POWERful chips for many years. They avoided the Pentium debacle completely. Pentium M was the first sane chip that Intel produced, and Apple got in with the Core Duo - just when the whole world was screaming how for ahead AMD was, and just before Intel turned things around.

Comment: Re:Curious OS design shortcoming (Score 1) 151

by gnasher719 (#47471111) Attached to: LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

Not an expert in OS design details, but I'm quite surprised there exists an OS which newly hands out the same PID a very recent process had. Do not PIDs monotonically increase until they wrap around?

The suicide candidate (he is not an attacker, the damage is entirely self-inflicted) intentionally created 65,534 other processes in between.

Comment: 'Vulnerability" is rubbish. (Score 5, Insightful) 151

by gnasher719 (#47470247) Attached to: LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched
This is not a problem where an outside attacker can successfully attack the software. It is a problem where a malicious developer can attack his or her own software. So the vulnerability is not that an attacker can shoot at me with a gun, the vulnerability is that I can use my own gun to shoot myself in the foot. But only if I construct a clever framework that causes the anti-shoot-in-the-own-foot measures provided by the gun to be blocked.

Comment: Re:Need a EULA for video (Score 1) 67

Most EULAs have been found to be non-binding in court...

Please give an example.

What's true is that if the EULA says "you may do X only if you do Y", then nobody can force you to do Y, but then you also don't have the right to do X. If you have done X already, you have the choice of deciding whether you do Y, or whether you did X without permission. Whatever is better for you.

Comment: Re:Who in the UK wants to do something about it? (Score 1) 706

Well they were doing that when I was a kid in the UK 40 years ago.

However, it is only in the last ten years that they changed from German grapes that need less sun to French ones that need a lot more sun and that wouldn't have produced any wine when you were a kid.

Comment: Re:Hypocrisy feels great (Score 4, Insightful) 706

It is a wonderful thing to tell everyone else how to behave, shame them when they deviate from your plan, and then do the opposite privately. It is what humans have aspired to for thousands of years.

Fact is that whatever I personally do has not measurable effect on the climate. Every person individually is better off not worrying about the climate and to go on consuming. Most people also know that there would be an improvement if _everybody_ changed their behaviour.

The logical consequence is that behaviour change must be forced through legislation, taxes etc. And every rational person should agree to that.

Comment: Re:noone trusts their cya legalese (Score 1) 134

"we haven't worked with govt agencies, and no govt agency created code or hardware exists in our devices or servers. the govt has never had, or will ever have, access to our servers."

Which would all be obviously false. For example, Apple will regularly work together with the FTC. The open source code that Apple uses comes from all kinds of places, you can bet there is some created by a government agency. And every government employee can get an Apple Id and get access to the App Store or iCloud servers.

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