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Comment Re:What an asshole! (Score 5, Informative) 92

I'm inclined to agree with you, and it sounds more like "Muh business is like the government and you go to jail!".

That being said, just how bendy are the laws on corporate espionage, theft of information, etc? The problem isn't that this is basically a civil dispute between employer and employee, it's that Congress is all too willing to pass laws that criminalize these kinds of disputes and in the employer's favor.

This makes it very convenient for corporations to use the FBI as their private enforcement arm and makes threats of criminal prosecution plausible if not real, especially if the employer does a good job with keeping up with their political subscriptions, er, contributions.

Comment Re:Paradox of intelligence (Score 1) 667

"I learned to be more social due to martial arts. The 'concept' is very simple. You behave like everyone else expects you to behave and you are fully integrated."

Then you beat the crap out of each other. Sorry, I know martial artists like to think their pugilism is somehow elevated above other physical activities, but at the end of the day its just fighting which is one of the dumbest activities humans do, especially if its out of choice.

Comment Re:uh, what? (Score 1) 161

Apple was rumored to be working on a car for a long time. I don't think they could actually build one, a car is a complicated thing to build and involves a lot of regulatory approvals and a massive investment in manufacturing. I'm not sure the regulatory requirements would also line up with Apple's marketing style, either.

It's not that Apple doesn't have or can't hire the right talent, and they are good at supply chain management but a car is a different product than Apple knows how to make.

Tesla has shown that building cars from scratch isn't easy or easily scalable.

My guess was always Apple was looking for sideways entry to being inside cars or involved with user interfaces and controls. "Building a car" was just a design exercise to see where they could best apply their talents.

Comment Re:No, bitcoin is not very different now (Score 3, Insightful) 84

the later doesn't really care so much since bitcoins are not held for any appreciable amount of time (immediately bought by person A, transferred, immediately sold by person B)

Buying bitcoin, transferring it and selling it again is three transactions; That will take roughly four hours. As evidenced a few days ago, Bitcoin could easily gain or lose 10% or more of its value in those four hours. No sane or intelligent person would attempt it, unless they were desperate to hide the movement of money.

And even the criminals are starting to doubt it's worth it.

Comment Re:Trasaction fees? (Score 1) 142

You would think they would just act as a clearinghouse, "banking" the revenue until it reached some threshold where the transaction fee was less than 1% of the payment vs. making a zillion $1 transactions.

I don't know how you actually get (or used to get...) paid from YT videos. I would have assumed it was fractions of a cent per view and that they already were smart enough not to actually pay out owed ad revenue to a video publisher until it hit some minimum amount necessary to make the transaction worthwhile.

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