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Comment: Not quite the same... (Score 1) 448 448

While I think this is a great "devil's advocate" piece and something to consider, I think there are some marked difference between the airline industry and cable. First, cable companies are like the AIRPORTS, not the AIRLINES. Cable companies distribute content that ESPN, NBC, et. al create. Cable companies aren't going to go away, but content delivery has changed. The clear path forward is to divest from content distribution and invest in superior internet infrastructure. The channel providers will then be able to set their own price in an open market place...
Actually, I just realized why ISPs (some of which are cable companies) are taking issue with net neutrality. In essence, it is their attempt to bolt on their existing business model to the Internet. With existing channels, Comcast & Verizon generate revenue off both sides of the distribution. They make money off of us for paying for the bundled channel package into our home then make money again off the channel in the form of carrier fees. Yeah... now I'm seeing how these dots connect. :-/

Comment: It's like the metric system... (Score 2) 276 276

We will be the last ones to rid ourselves of the ridiculous idea that Columbus "discovered" the new world. Read historical accounts of the guy!!! He was a crook looking for gold. The vast majority of the wayfaring sailors of the time knew the Earth WAS NOT FLAT. And there is plenty of evidence to show that the Vikings knew that the Western Hemisphere existed. There is absolutely no reason why we should keep acknowledging this idiot.

Comment: So what you're telling me... (Score 1) 269 269

So what you're telling me is that a bunch of scientists have scoured our gene pool to find identifiers for the quality of a person that, thus far, the scientific community has yet to decide on a concise qualitative measurement for?
You can read for days on the internet about the problems with IQ, theory of multiple intelligences, et al and still get the gist that we can determine what makes us "smarter" than goats because of obvious physiological traits, but have little to compare us to each other on intelligence.
Personally, I don't know why they expected anything more than these unimpressive results. The biases where ripe for deconstruction.

Comment: Re:Very fishy (Score 1) 372 372

Unfortunately, not really...
The mail servers they use for military/government that I've seen only support a few hundred MB on the host. They just got into the triple digits within the last year or so. That means everything else goes to a PST on your local HDD (which is encrypted). Suffice it to say that while this may look like a convenient lapse in context to commercial concepts for data retention, this happens enough that I'm willing to believe it if there are records to support these things

Comment: Somehow... (Score 1) 397 397

I don't think HP is the right place to go for this ploy. HP's done a real bang-up job in relation to their consumers in almost every market to say nothing of their staff relations.
The best Mr. Jackson can expect that is that the shareholders concoct a way to pay minorities less than the current staff to save a few bucks on the bottom line.

Comment: Forget about sites... (Score 2) 668 668

The real loss is in having to work *around* the government shut down. I have logistics work out of the country that has >2x the cost of my stay because I've had to pick up the slack of other, more qualified workers.
Not complaining about where I am (I like the travel), just pointing out that the reimbursement for my work and the logistics I've had to line up as a contractor, in my case, have far exceeded the cost of keeping the people who are responsible and proficient at this work on for another few days. Ultimately, all of this will be coming out of taxpayer dollars. While a drop in the ocean, I like to keep high standards. I can only assume I'm not the only contractor having to take on additional roles.

+ - Microsoft to shut down TechNet subscription service->

otaku244 writes: Since 1998, Microsoft TechNet has been a the mainstay for all system developers attached to the Microsoft Platform given the ease of access to almost every product the company has produced. Unfortunately, the days of a cheap, unlimited Microsoft development stack are coming to an end.
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Comment: Nothing New (Score 1) 404 404

I mean... did everyone forget Trailblazer?
...Thomas Andrews Drake?
... or the friggn' Born Trilogy?
When these guys set their sights on something they want, they'll get it as long as no laws exist to explicitly prevent them from making it happen. PRISM is just the next generation domestic surveillance. The next time we hear about it, I'm sure it will be called... I don't know...Looking Glass. The question is: will this be the time when the people finally stand up and say "enough"?
And what have we had "enough" of? None of this in the past has translated into meaningful legal reformation because this is a horrendously hard area to debate.

Comment: Easy answer... (Score 1) 482 482

The fair answer is to put hackers in military facilities. Think about it: a gun in any other setting is for multiple purposes. When it is on a military base, it is now a military weapon. The machines used for this work and the people who operate them should be no different. I would like to think this line of logic would make it easier to square up this sort of war fight

In 1750 Issac Newton became discouraged when he fell up a flight of stairs.