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Comment Re:FTFY (Score 2) 121

Microsoft is not the company they used to be. If you don't believe that, you only have to look as far as the Top Linux kernel contributors list to see it.

That's a joke. The only times Microsoft has made that list is when it added thousands of lines of code to the kernel to support its own stuff, like Hyper-V, Azure, etc. The reason Microsoft had to write all that code itself was because nobody else was interested.

Comment Whatcoin? (Score 2) 76

Serious question: I have not heard of a single one of these cryptocurrencies. They can only be in use by a tiny fraction of people compared to the Bitcoin community, which is already a very small, self-selecting minority. How can these random cryptocurrencies possibly be worth anything?

I mean ... we all know money is a fiction, right? So how can a cryptocurrency have any value if nobody will even accept it as a medium of exchange?

Comment Ummmmm.... (Score 1) 106

So, to recap:

So, to recap: even though we think you're not a danger and not a flight risk, we're still going to make sure to transfer some of your money to that rich guy's pocket so he can continue getting rich off poor people and be happier ... So "at the expense of the many"? That "expense" is that the many have a greater standard-of-living--it's the difference between the US and a poor third-world country like Chile.

Comment Re:Apple is selling the same iPhone for the fourth (Score 1) 211

Why should there be some kind of surprise that the market for iPhones eventually becomes saturated?

Maybe because the market for Samsung Galaxy phones does not appear to be saturated? There's this theory that companies need to compete to win sales they haven't already made.

Comment Re:Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 (Score 1) 264

Yup, I'll agree with this. The experience of flying a newer plane was sort of interesting but I can't recall feeling any more comfortable. Maybe the most interesting thing is that they automatically dim the electronic window shades to help let people sleep and acclimate the ones who don't sleep to the changing time zones.

Comment Re: Go on then. (Score 1) 335

Web pages are also horrible in Edge. There really is nothing that it can do right.

I've never used Edge myself. But early on when Microsoft was developing Edge as the replacement for IE, all I kept hearing was how Edge beat all the other browsers on HTML5/CSS conformance tests, how it had the fastest JavaScript engine, etc. And yet everyone who's used it seems to say it's full of bugs, is incompatible with important sites, and it generally sucks. Where's the disconnect here? I'm genuinely curious.

Comment Re:Tree Rat Bastards (Score 1) 93

Coincidentally, when my sister moved to Texas she was horrified to discover she had a huge colony of rats living under her back porch, and needed to call "the Rat Man" to have them removed. Her neighbors assured her this was all par for the course in that area. The Rat Man concurred ... adding, however, that if the infestation had been squirrels he would have advised her to sell the house. Too damaging, too hard to get rid of for good.

Comment Re:Started with Bush, Expanded by Obama & Trum (Score 1) 138

I don't doubt that people are having their electronic devices searched. The assertion was that warrantless searches of electronic devices at the U.S. border has been a given ever since electronic devices were invented, and that's ridiculous. The precedent for this kind of government overreach is quite new. Plenty of people have been detained at the U.S. border for one reason or another without turning over all their passwords. This is a new thing, and to claim it isn't is basically to be complicit with totalitarianism in America.

Comment Re:I was under the impression that the government. (Score 1) 138

The government isn't immune to suits regarding infringement of freedoms, failure to disclose information that it's obligated to disclose, etc. Think of how many ACLU lawsuits there have been, for example.

But in many cases the ACLU fights those cases on defense. If the government charges me with "unlawful speech," for example, there's nothing stopping me from retaining ACLU lawyers as part of my legal team. Or if I'm convicted, the ACLU can step in and offer to help with my appeal, in the interest of bringing the judgment to a court with sufficient standing to create precedent. But neither of those things is exactly the same as "suing the government."

In the case where information is not disclosed, I think far more often the procedure is not to try to sue, but first to demand that the agency that possesses that information disclose it; then demand that whichever agency has regulatory authority over the first agency step in and do something about it; and then make sure the New York Times knows all about it; and then call a couple Senators and Representatives about it; etc.

And then in some cases the government just agrees to be sued because a judgment in the government's favor would establish precedent and get the ACLU out of its face. And sometimes the government loses those.

Comment Re:Started with Bush, Expanded by Obama & Trum (Score 0) 138

As soon as people started carrying electronic devices across the border, they started having them searched.

Nobody has ever demanded the password to any computer, mobile phone, PDA, or other device that I have carried across the U.S. border, in either direction, ever. So your statement is patently false.

Comment Re:Alright (Score 1) 70

This should have been a no-brainer. Removing the maintenance costs, but retain the benefits.

I'm not sure I see how it removes the maintenance costs.

  • Does Oracle no longer plan to participate in the Java EE design and review process?
  • Does Oracle plan to discontinue Weblogic?
  • Does Oracle no longer plan to support the Java EE SDK?

Unless the answer is no, it seems like this move will save a little personnel overhead but little else.

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