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Comment: The exact opposite of what Niantic should do (Score 1) 69 69

The entire point of portals is that they are located at physical locations that have historical or cultural significance. https://support.google.com/ing...
The list of the top ten most historically and culturally significant sites in the whole world would include the concentration camps.
This is political correctness at its worst, where in seeking sensitivity it in fact hides atrocity.

+ - "Mr. Sulu" George Takei Goes Racist: Justice Thomas 'a clown in blackface'->

An anonymous reader writes: The Washington Times reports, "Gay rights activist and former “Star Trek” star George Takei recently told a local Fox affiliate in Arizona that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a “clown in blackface.” Mr. Takei told a Phoenix station that the justice was “a disgrace to America” over his Obergefell v. Hodges dissent. The 5-4 ruling prohibits states from banning same-sex marriage. “Human dignity has long been understood in this country to be innate. When the Framers proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence that ‘all men are created equal’ and ‘endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,’ they referred to a vision of mankind in which all humans are created in the image of God and therefore of inherent worth. That vision is the foundation upon which this Nation was built,” Justice Thomas wrote in his dissent ... "... The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away,” the justice continued."
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Comment: Re:Why talk? (Score 1) 166 166

But, really, there has to be a degree of cognitive dissonance between the hope you'll do well and be super rich ... and the actual reality that, it's a tough slog, you might not get there, and you might have to trade away some equity to someone else to get there ... in which case your payout might not be as big as you hoped.

The difference between con-man and entrepreneur can be a thin line.

I've known a few people who fancied themselves the latter, but had worked themselves into such a feverish pitch trying to get there ended up as the former.

Sometimes people convince themselves things really are going to work out OK, even when completely unfounded. The human brain doesn't always like lying to itself.

Comment: Re:I can see it now (Score 1) 30 30

In Live Free of Die, humanity buys a replication device and some older weapon plans from some advanced aliens for war against other, less-advanced aliens.

They divide its time between producing cool stuff and cloning itself. Very RTS-like strategizing.

Of course with enough replications, you can have an army of replicators spitting out ships like the Starforge, no Force assist needed.

+ - What happens when it's suddenly illegal to move money out of your country?

schwit1 writes: Basic Internet services disappear.

Just as individual Greeks are losing access to Apple's iCloud, as the Athens staff of Bloomberg News recently discovered, so companies are finding themselves cut off from services critical to their ongoing operations.

The problem demonstrates a hidden risk in today's otherwise efficient vertical disintegration. Taking for granted the easy flow of money across borders, system designers never foresaw a situation in which companies with adequate funds would find that they couldn't pay foreign vendors.

"Greek companies are not able at this moment to pay for hosting (Amazon), storage (Dropbox), email services (MailChimp) and many other services," says Jon Vlachogiannis, a Bay Area entrepreneur, in an email. Without these services, otherwise viable businesses are in trouble.

Vlachogiannis and other expats are stepping up to pay the bills from California, rescuing companies with astonishingly small amounts.

Comment: Re:Oh get over it. (Score 2) 121 121

One needs to "starve the beast" the beast being our own tendencies to vote to lavish on ourselves, with disproportionately wasteful government super-markup.

It is voracious, and always spends as much as it can get, and is always chronically short, needing to borrow. Actually, most borrowing is viewed as income to spend -- they can get away with borrowing X percent of GDP. It has nothing to do with need and everything to do with more money to spend.

Starve that beast. Shut off new inventions of income.

Comment: Re:It's the end of the world as we know it! (Score 1) 259 259

Of course they probably could have just done it much, much simpler by making a dotted quad a dotted quint:

But that would have resulted in a strange number of bits of addressing, and actually made everything much more complicated, so they skipped it. It really had to be a multiple of 32 bits, and obviously, they went big.

Comment: Most of their apps are annoying anyway (Score 2) 76 76

They keep boning the interface for maps, someone could seriously make a buck just skinning it and giving easy access to the offline caching feature and so on. And googles, why for you no have keywords? I just wind up going to the web interface for image searches. So there's an extra step.

Inbox is pretty nice, I guess. I didn't get the impression that there was much competition in that space. Am I wrong?

Comment: Re:The addresses are there... but still... (Score 1) 259 259

No.

Yes.

Good (IBM) politically correct message though.

I haven't worked there for years and years, and I didn't even work for IBM proper; I worked for Tivoli, which hadn't yet been fully subsumed into the IBM culture. I did, however, have access to the 9 net, and there really is a whole little world in there. It's part of how IBM keeps people on the reservation.

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