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Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 2) 410

Apple was going under in the 90s. Then Microsoft bailed them out to avoid anti-trust problems.

That's not entirely accurate...

Apple did have a fair amount of cash on their books in the 90s (that was part of what inspired the famous Michael Dell quote about shutting down the company and giving the cash back to the shareholders). Microsoft's "bail-out," though, was more about press than about money. $150 million wasn't that much.

You're right that Apple was going under in the 90s. Why? Because everybody said so. And if you're dealing with a company that's going under, do you really want to float them credit? As I understand it, even Motorola was basically making them pay cash for CPUs. Nobody wanted to be left holding the bag.

That makes it difficult to operate.

Apple didn't necessarily need money--again, they had quite a bit. What they needed was a vote of confidence. The agreement with Microsoft provided that vote of confidence that Apple wasn't going to go out of business.

Comment Re:Keep your regulations off my non-broadcast show (Score 1) 194

I think the complaint isn't, "This shouldn't be on the air!" but a "I should have some idea of what is going to be shown!"

Not necessarily unreasonable.

Pretty much everything on HBO has a Content Rating. Note that they mention "Strong Sexual Content" and I'm sure Game of Thrones triggers that.

The complaint, I suppose, is that they don't have a category for "Depravity."

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1) 586

Not sure on that. Remember that ADA concerns disabilities, not illnesses. Since it's the government, I'd be surprised if a list of disabilities isn't somehow defined and that you can't just claim something as a "disability."

For example, if I have Metallophobia (fear of metal), the company does not have to remove all metal from my surroundings.

Comment Re:Call it what you want it isn't green (Score 1) 312

Well, there's an "environment" everywhere. It may not necessarily be one you'd like to live in, but that doesn't mean it's not an "environment."

For example, I'd imagine you have lots of snakes and lizards in West Texas. They like hot weather--or, more precisely, hot things. So we cover the desert with solar panels and what happens to the snakes and lizards?

I'll grant you, this is Texas, so the answer is, "Who cares?"

Comment Re:We had one, it was called the Shuttle. (Score 1) 71

That's an important note, also, and had to do with the structure of the contracts.

One of the ideas with the Space Shuttle was that there would always be a shuttle launch going on and contracts were designed accordingly. In 1985, there were 9 shuttle launches and during the height of the program there were 6-8 launches a year. So the costs of the staff to handle the shuttle from landing to loading to launch was a fixed cost. The fewer number of launches, the more each launch cost.

Comment Re:This is good news for Bitcoin (Score 1) 286

I gotta admit, I liked the "high volume/low margin" aspect of this.

Rather than picking one person and threatening to ruin their lives unless they pay a large amount of money, you hit everybody and see if they'll pay a small amount. I might think twice about $10,000 to keep this quiet, but I'd probably be fine with "Yeah, here's a dollar, don't e-mail my wife." Obviously, I'd be making plans to tell her anyway, because they'll certainly be back asking for more...

I'd be curious to see how this works out for them. If nothing else, maybe you'll start seeing new Spam being sent to everybody about this. "Saw your name on Ashley Madison. Send $10 or I tell your wife." Lots of people wouldn't even know how to prove them wrong and you might scare enough people into sending you money.

Just sayin'...

I'm all for computer dating, but I wouldn't want one to marry my sister.