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Comment Re:Well duh (Score 2) 420

The irony is that companies, like the one I am employed by, will spend millions to renovate an existing cube farm to the open equivalent. This completely throws the idea of cost reduction out the window. All because the hair-brained CEO saw that layout at another company and liked the idea of it. And in spite of the fact that an initial trial group of employees all indicated that distractions out weighted any benefits.

Every day I have to go back there is the worst day of my life...

Comment Re:Courage... (Score 2) 207

I think it must come from some sort of CEO Bullshit Handbook they all get when they start the job. The CEO at my company has been saying this exact same phrase for about 5 years as she continually does rounds of layoffs, while increasing stock buyback and dividends.

Comment Re:So go ahead - what are the legitimate uses of t (Score 2) 251

I wouldn't know because I've been fortunate to live in a country that doesn't suffer from fundamentalist, totalitarian rule. Maybe there are some christians in North Korea that would want to buy a bible?

You're obviously struggling to disconnect the tech from what it could be used for though. You're question was why this tech should exist. I gave you a very benign purpose that one could use it for as an example, thinking you could extrapolate on what other uses you might take for granted that not every person in the world is allowed. The medication example I used was meant to be the more compelling argument.

Comment Re:So go ahead - what are the legitimate uses of t (Score 1) 251

Having watched Dallas Buyer's Club a few weeks back, it comes to mind that one could want to purchase medications that are arbitrarily banned by the FDA because corporate interests have a large lobbying arm.

I agree with your point that the majority of U.S. users will not be engaging in "legitimate" business dealings, but I doubt there has been a government that has never banned a substance/item/idea because of pressure from special interest groups. A system like this could be used by people in [OppressiveCountryName] for something as honest as buying a book that has been banned.

Comment Poorly written article. (Score 2) 96

FTFA: "Hart, CEO of International Game Technology, a gaming machine manufacturer, told the Yahoo board that the board asked her to step down from her seat." She is CEO of IGT, and the IGT board of directors are the ones that asked her to resign from Yahoo because it is a huge distraction.

//Full disclosure: I work at IGT

Comment Re:California wants to split off (Score 1) 552

What you aren't taking into account is why a lot of the states appearing at the top of the list are there, "leeching government money" as you put it. They are some of the states with the lowest population and income levels, but home to federal projects that cost a lot of money to maintain that provide a service the entire country (arguably I suppose) benefits from. New Mexico has two of the largest national laboratories in the country, Los Alamos and Sandia. As I'm sure you know they are responsible for designing and building our nuclear arsenal, which I am sure has a pretty high price tag, along with tons of other advanced research projects. Three of the others that pop out at me are North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. These three states were the ones that actually housed the bulk of the US nuclear arsenal, presumably because every other state said "No F-ing Way". Look here for the list of air force bases that maintained the Minuteman missiles. I grew up in the part of MT where they had those missiles, and they were always doing training drills along the mountain front back in the 80's and 90's before the cold war ended.

A bug in the hand is better than one as yet undetected.