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Comment: Re:Time to build a cruise missile and send it over (Score 1) 50

by gtall (#47733813) Attached to: Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth

Islam has been at war with everyone else from its inception. The West had to do nothing to incur their wrath. In fact, they need the West so they can claim to be victims and prepare their followers to die for Islam...and virgins...don't forget the virgins. Apparently, Heaven is full of them just waiting for a bunch of hairy, smelly jihadis.

Comment: Re:Welcome to the Information Age! (Score 2) 126

by gtall (#47728463) Attached to: It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

A tree limb falls on a vehicle and kills the driver. When asked about it, the county highway department issued a statement saying that tree had never shown any intent to fall before and hence there was no reason to suspect that it would fall this time. The public can feel safe knowing that trees do not have any particular interest in killing you. If they wanted to do, they could have fallen on you years ago when you went to the grocery store.

Comment: Re:Betteridge (Score 1) 359

by gtall (#47728243) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

That isn't the issue, Scotland is part of the West and should contribute to its shared defense. From this side of the Atlantic, Europe is starting to appear as a lot of spoiled brats hiding behind the U.S.'s skirts whenever things get difficult. And when they should act or could act on their own, they still insist on waiting for the U.S. lest your politicians get unelected.

Comment: Re:I'd love to be in his class (Score 1) 177

by gtall (#47721185) Attached to: Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

What you see as a monopoly, MS users see as integration.

There is no obvious candidate to offer what MS is offering businesses. And the entrenched apps only run on Winders.

I'd like to see MS destroyed, every last venomous tentacle of it. Currently, I see no vehicle for that to happen.

Comment: Re:I'd love to be in his class (Score 1) 177

by gtall (#47721101) Attached to: Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

"de-incentiving"...clearly you are not MBA material. This should be "de-incentivising". Let's use it in a sentence, shall we: With the leading indicators trailing down, and the trailing indicators leading up, we are energizing the workforce into a synergistic Total Product Reversal by de-incentivising the individuals with respect to their personal incentives so that they may contribute to the overwhelming strategy we are developing vis-a-vis our growth outlook.

Comment: Re:Patent Trolls arent just little companies (Score 1) 96

by gtall (#47710887) Attached to: How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

What is more important is why the economy tanked. The initial tanking was because Greenspan and the Bush Administration saw no need to pop the housing bubble. The Democrats were surely not going to rock the boat either. The Fed and the Bush Administration went that extra mile by relaxing regulation so everyone and their uncle's dog were able to flip houses. The Fed and the Bush A. were continuing the proud tradition of Clinton and his Republican Congress to allow the investment and the commercial banks to cross each others business lines. And that allowed them to tap into the increasingly open international financial system to unload their hot potatoes.

Obama's main claim to fame is that he saved the banking system from collapsing. And he did, but he was continuing the Bush A. policies of saving the banking system since TARP was started during the waning days of the Bush A. And the banks paid most of that back, so they were only bailed out with what amounted to loans. None of the bankers went to prison because they broke no laws, the politicians had stripped the laws down so that they could do what they wanted.

What Obama then did made matters worse. He refused to cut government spending and he allowed the Bush tax cuts to become more or less permanent...well, Congress did the latter and helped with the former, but Obama never vetoed the extension. This guaranteed government would be underfunded thus increasing the deficit, and that encouraged business to keep their powder dry and not spend into a recovery. Those tax cuts had a sunset provision of 10 years and were passed in an era when there would be "surpluses as far as the eye could see"...which wasn't very far given Bush's policies and fighting two wars.

Overlaying all of that was the economy of things fundamentally shifting to higher automation. So the workforce was blindsided because then they didn't have the skills to put into a new economy that emerged after the meltdown. And business's exports had tanked because when Wall Street exported the hot potatoes, it had the knock on effect of tanking the world's economy so U.S. businesses had less of an export market.

And just to drive the butt plug home, the Republicans in Congress have been tilting at every windmill they could find instead of working with Democrats to fix the structural problems in the economy. This was the product of being enthralled with libertards who claim that if the government got out of people's lives, everything would be rosy....neglecting health care (libertards are always employed and never get sick), the environment (companies are naturally clean (see coal companies for counter examples)), financial regulation (those Wall Street hyena are still there), research and development (apparently, research grows on trees and just happens), etc.

Comment: Re:How the Patent System Destroys Innovation (Score 1) 96

by gtall (#47710823) Attached to: How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

It depends upon the industry. The drug companies are hard to defend, but there'd be no drug companies without patents. That's because it can easily cost well over $1 Billion to develop a new drug. No one will risk that kind of money without some guaranteed payback should they succeed.

"What?" you say, "Let the universities develop the new drugs?". They do some. So now you want the federal government to fork over $1 Billion on a research that may not pan out. That's only one drug. The government doesn't have the resources to pick and choose which compounds are the most promising.

And you then have to deal with the libertards who will bitch and scream that you need to get government out of their least until Grandma needs a place to stay to while away her dotage.

Comment: Re:Merkel wasn't two-faced about spying on friends (Score 4, Interesting) 170

Yep, after Western sanctions on Putin's Russia, Turkey recently announced they were going to make trade deals with Russia to make up for what the sanctions were stopping.

I think in the past, Turkey was a real member of NATO. Now, they are not really and Erdogan is creating another theocracy. In 10 years, there will be no democracy left in Turkey and no reason to keep Turkey in NATO.

Comment: Re:No surprise here (Score 1) 170

On the other hand, you are assuming the parts of Germany's gov. that were "shocked" by U.S. spying even knew about their own. They may not have been hypocritical at all. Similar things happen to the U.S. government. Some agency does something and immediately the other side assumes a conspiracy. Both Republicans and Democrats are guilty of it. It is sort ingrained in human nature to "connect the dots". The same silliness occurs with the WTC "truthers".

Comment: Re:Bottom line... (Score 3, Insightful) 170

Spying serves a valuable purpose. It allows a country to ascertain whether another country's pols are lying or telling the truth. It can also help prevent surprise attacks, and it can help explain another country's behavior. We should want countries to spy on each other, then there are fewer secrets.

Nation states arose not because of mistrust, but from shared language, culture, and so on. Trust has almost nothing to do with it.

Comment: Re:Surprise? (Score 2) 572

by gtall (#47701813) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Just building a better alternative wouldn't do it. You'd have to be able to read Excel files and their attendant VBA. Therein lies the rub. A better alternative would have a different (I use term "semantics" for want of a better term) semantics. Some concepts wouldn't fit easily, and if they did, MS would sue you out of existence for copying their alleged software IP. It wouldn't even have to be a good lawsuit, just one intended to keep you tied up in the courts for several years until financial pressures ground you down.

There's no competing against individual MS pieces, like it or not, MS ties its malware together and organizations come to rely on the tying together just as much as the individual pieces. In order for FOSS to compete, it would have perform similar integration. And that's a problem for FOSS because there isn't one organization that can make the rules and determine the interconnections. Open standards will solve this doesn't address the problem. You can have open standards for everything and you still have don't very little to address HOW to tie the bits and bobs of software apps together.

Think of it this way, MS is a many-armed snake. You cannot cut off an arm here and an arm there, the arms defend each other. And your fight will also be with you own management after they've been wined and dined in MS's padded torture chamber. MS offers stability and known abilities, expensively yes, but they offer them. FOSS offers a smorgasbord of capabilities which may or may not work together and no guarantee the organizations behind them will even continue to care for them. MS has the same problem of orphaned software and capabilities but they have a PR department designed to obfuscate that so the CEO never has to confront it. FOSS has some hairy guy who sounds like a communist.

It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.