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Comment Re:Too Burdensome? (Score 1) 64

I don't know my way around FCC policies and I didn't comment there. I was showing a counter example of a department with a policy of publishing public comment. In that case the subject matter wasn't a political football and I think most of the contributors have met at the NIST workshops. Publishing the comments is very useful and helps us make progress.

Comment Re:It's the product not the manufacturing location (Score 2) 149

And companies are definitely buying this stuff. We have a bunch at our offices, not MS though but I'd imagine they cost about as much.

In any case, it's just over a hundred jobs so hardly important overall when we just heard that MS is laying off thousands of employees in other areas, in particular sales. Would be interesting to know what motivated the decision anyway though.

This is how US corporations breath. They expand and contract over time, accreting new projects and products and groups. Then the CEO gets a boner for efficiency and all the satellite offices and pet projects and stupid low volume products get axed. Then it starts all over again. Remaining employed in a large US corporation is partly a matter of not being in one of the dispensable limbs when it comes to chopping time.

Comment Re:What this is (Score 5, Informative) 149

>NO mater how much robots you put to screw a screw, you robots can't compete on cost with Chinese.

This is wrong. You can't compete with the Chinese on flexibility and responsiveness in manufacturing. Well you could, but you would have to get a lot better at it and have the government on your side. The Chinese chose to be good at manufacturing and in particular contract manufacturing and they have a large infrastructure dedicated to that. Chinese labour costs are lower than the US, but that only counts for labour intensive manufacturing.

Cost is one thing. Dealing with a million other crappy things is also a differentiator. My wife gets yarn manufactured around the world and imports it to be sold in yarn stores. It is substantially easier in terms of red tape, to get it made in China and import it than it is to get it made in Washington state and delivered to an address in Oregon. Also, the best makers of bamboo yarn are in China so it's not question that we would get that made in China. It's work to get them to manufacture to our packaging standards and in configurations that work for US markets, but that's easy compared to dealing with the tax departments of 50 US states. The highest quality yarn maker in the world is in the UK. Their stuff is costly more due to shipping from the UK than from the cost of manufacture. I've seen their factory floor and from processing incoming unprocessed sheared wool, to spinning to coning or balling involved 4 people.

Comment Re:Umm.. remember Sense8? (Score 1) 116

To interpret this for you: "Sense8 didn't make the cut because not enough people were watching it to justify keeping it going and it was losing, not gaining viewers. Netflix still gave it a much longer time to find it's audience than a traditional television show would ever have been given. Instead Netflix is going to put that money in to a new show which will be more likely to grow Netflix's subscriber base than Sense8."

There doesn't seem to be anything inconsistent to me, here. There's a difference between investing money in an unproven investment (like a new show) and investing in an investment with a poor track record and slim prospects for improvement.

Comment Re:ok, and? (Score 1) 116

MBAs are not what drive quarterly results mentality.

Having worked with bad MBAs, I think you are pretty much wrong. The problem is there are good MBAs, incompetent MBAs, and evil MBAs and they all have different goals. The good MBAs want to grow the company, they like long term investments that are profitable. The incompetent MBAs want to maximize this quarter's results so they look good and can't understand why anybody looks beyond the current quarter. The evil MBAs also want to maximize this quarter's results, but are willing to deliberately sabotage the company's long term future to do so. That way they make themselves look good and they will be gone by the time the events they set in motion play out. Of course, after they've left, they will point at the company and loudly proclaim that the company would be doing great if they had only listened to the evil MBA's advice...

It has been my anecdotal experience that the majority of MBAs fall into category 2, partly because it seems that sub-par MBA programs teach people that maximizing that always maximizing the current quarter's results is a fool proof way to maximize long term results.

Comment Re:It is not the case (Score 1) 116

While I'm sure there are people out there that like Netflix's original content, I just don't know anyone who watches it.

I find that hard to believe unless you associate with a very small group of people who are significantly a-typical. Have you considered the possibility that there are people that you know who are watching those shows, but for whatever reason they just don't want to talk to you about it?

Comment Re:Forward thinking != automatic success (Score 1) 116

Taking these sorts of risks is usually the indication of a company fighting to stay ahead of its competitors, not an indication of success.

Yes, but he's a CEO and talking about his company to reporters, so he has to put at least some positive spin on it. You should also consider that it's also what every successful business in a relatively new field does. The ones who don't spend, get overtaken by competition and fade away. And he's not wrong, they are continuing the strategy because it has been hugely successful. I think the point, however awkwardly put, is that the negative cash flow is a sign that their strategy is succeeding (because otherwise they'd have to put an end to it PDQ). Specifically, as long as they are growing their audience by leaps and bounds (and thus their market cap), their investors will tolerate the negative cash flow and wait for the eventual dividends.

Comment Re: Good, I'm glad (Score 1) 142

A fun but true Iran related story...

A girlfriend I had when I was living in the UK was Iranian. She and her family left during the revolution. This is because her father worked as a lawyer for the Shah. So the consequences of remaining were death.

Her father both attended and hosted parties which the CIA guys also attended. She would also attend and so she knew their faces.

When the street demonstrations were happening, in the weeks before the revolution, she saw those same CIA faces, dressed as Iranians, leading and organizing the demonstrations.

Comment Re:Forward thinking != automatic success (Score 1) 116

Note that the alternative to spending more than you have is not 'sitting on cash'. You can spend exactly as much as you have. Again, circumstances may dictate temporarily exceeding your cash on hand and taking on debt, but if it is a long term situation that revenue never outpaces your costs, then it's a big problem.

It depends on how loyal Netflix's customers will be. They are spending cash now to buy market share before a seriously good competitor shows up, and it seems to be working since they added 5m new customers. If they keep adding new customers at a high rate without losing too many current customers, they can simply choose to grow new content spending more slowly than their net revenue increases and eventually they will become profitable.

Comment Re:Too Burdensome? (Score 1) 64

To run a script that only pulls the comment on a data set and then zip it?

The FCC is saying that they would have to go through and have staff members redact all personally identifiable information in the comments.

Which is of course bullshit. I've made public comment to government agencies and it is exactly that - public. Those comments and identifying information including names and emails are right there posted on a government web site for all to see. For example :

Comment Re:Idiots everywhere... (Score 1) 328

Forcing the companies to provide the means to unencrypt all the data passing through it's services provides very little benefit

It provides no benefit, because the bad people will not use the backdoor'd encryption, they will use something else (if they buy a copy of Applied Cryptography second hand then they can just type in the cost listings for some secure algorithms and use their own version). On the other hand, the existence of a backdoor intrinsically makes a system insecure, so everyone else suffers from making it easier for criminals to gain access to their messages.

Yes. This. There has already been a few rounds of criminals adapting to the new security landscape. As soon as something is shown insecure, the criminals move on. The stupid ones might post their successes on Facebook, but the smartest ones obviously haven't been caught yet because they are cautious and they can read a book and write software.

My job involves designing and implementing crypto systems. If I was motivated to engage in a criminal pursuit needing comms (I'm not, the day job pays fine) I don't think it would be a challenge to put together a secure system that meets the needs of the task. I don't see why it would be a problem for an effective criminal enterprise to pay for development of their own non-backdoored comms system.

Comment Re:The real story: fake users. (Score 1) 78

This happened in Madrid without the Mexican or Thai. We found an Italian restaurant with the flags and pasta pictures. Inside we were offered only Spanish food. They were especially proud of their paella.

Nice restaurant. Fraudulent advertising though.

There are two groups of people laughing at your comment. There's your fellow Americans, who actually believe it went down like that. And then there's everyone else. They're imagining a dumb fucking Yank walking into a restaurant in another country and trying to tell the staff that their food is of the wrong ethnicity. You do realise that every single one of them ejaculated in your paella don't you?

While the rest of the world laughs at your dim witted claim that I'm American. Since the paella was being cooked in the middle of the room, that would have been quite the spectacle.

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