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Comment Re:Tax Fraud (Score 1) 301

Probably so his department could claim to have spent all the funds and receive the same or more ammount of funding for the next year instead of having funds cut?

So they were trying to lie to another department within their own company, instead of trying to lie to the taxman. Possibly still a crime, although you're right, it's not the crime OP implied.

Also, care to point out how expenses that are actually paid out are illegitimate?

When it's not actually an expense, perhaps? If you have to falsify paperwork to justify the "expense" for a service that you already received for free... well... see your next comment...

Think before you type.

Assuming you actually tried that, you might want to look up what "expense" means, since you either didn't think, or don't understand the term. Money paid out is not necessarily an "expense". It's a bit more complicated than that, but a donation is never an expense.

Comment Re:Can't wait to enroll in Musk University (Score 1) 135

Brilliant my ass. He's just a well-schooled salesman who paints himself the next Steve Jobs. Technologically inept to know 99% of the crap he's shoveling is the equivalent of The Jetsons and 1% smart enough to hire talent to tell him that 99% is bull shit, but that 1% can be feasible.

He's no Steve Jobs, true. That aside, there are millions of well-schooled salesmen, and at least thousands of them smart enough to know they need to hire talented people. But most of them you've never heard of, and will never hear of, unlike Elon Musk. So there's more to it than just that...

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Microsoft Needs a Catch-Up Artist 406

The New York Times says that what Microsoft needs now isn't just a CEO, but a catch-up artist, to regain the footing that it had a few years ago as the biggest name in software. There's a lot of catching up, too: An anonymous reader reminds us that a year ago, Vanity Fair gave a scathing review of Steve Ballmer's performance:"Once upon a time, Microsoft dominated the tech industry; indeed, it was the wealthiest corporation in the world. But since 2000, as Apple, Google, and Facebook whizzed by, it has fallen flat in every arena it entered: e-books, music, search, social networking, etc., etc. Talking to former and current Microsoft executives, Kurt Eichenwald finds the fingers pointing at C.E.O. Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates's successor, as the man who led them astray."

Comment Re:better than the alternative (Score 5, Insightful) 176

I'd rather have an app store full of spammy apps than one that rejects good apps for no reason (or because they compete with the manufacturer's own apps)

You may very well think that, but market forces dictate success, as noted, and the market seems to think it's better to have an app store where you can actually find useful applications because they're not buried under a mountain of crap.

Comment Re:Inevitable consequence of unfettered capitalism (Score 1) 255

Free market is market that is no manipulated by the powerful governments that have legal and or illegal authority to take away your freedoms.

Actually, a free market is a market that is not manipulated by any powerful organization. Large concentrations of economic power (e.g. monopolies) can impede the operation of free markets too. In fact, it requires government regulation to establish a free market. They cannot exist in the absence of law, and law that is enforced, to ensure their freedom. Just like individuals are not free in the absence of government -- anarchy strips away freedom from nearly everyone but the powerful few to enslave everyone else. Governments are not the only organizations that must be limited in power to protect the freedom of people, or of markets.

What you are in fact promoting is dictatorship and slavery -- you just pretend its neither when the people in charge aren't called "government".

Comment Re:Inevitable consequence of unfettered capitalism (Score 1) 255

Russia existed, but it was a very different country. For that matter, the British Empire existed, too. Neither of the countries in the comparison sprang up out of nothing, but that isn't relevant to the point being made. The USSR was radically different from the government and economic system of what came before. (And although the USA was organized somewhat differently from the parliamentary democracy is broke away from, it retained much of the same system, laws, and basic concepts -- in reality, the USA had a much, much bigger head start than OP implied...)

Comment Re:Just comply with the court order (Score 3, Funny) 255

I didn't go there. Too young I guess. I do remember when you could be arrested for refusing to spy on your fellow citizens in the Soviet Union when asked, so that's where my mind went. There's a difference, of course. That was the KGB, this is the NSA. Not a single letter in common...

Comment Re:Firefox is the same (Score 1) 482

So that being said, I still believe even if Firefox's way isn't the most secure, at least it is way better than what Chrome is doing. Hell if it was Microsoft's IE doing it, we wouldn't be having this conversation I believe.

Are you saying if it was IE, you wouldn't be arguing what you're arguing? I know Google is the new Microsoft on /. these days, but Microsoft is still Microsoft, too. People would be just as quick to pile on IE as they are on Chrome here, and I'd be just as compelled to point out the flaws in the arguments, because bad information is bad, even if the person using it is using it to attack something I don't like. If it was Firefox, now, then you're right, we wouldn't be having this conversation, but only because the blogger would never have written the article with it's incoherent attack in the first place, and if they did, the /. editors would have been critical enough to not run it. But MS or Google? Sure, the argument's incoherent, but someone wrote Chrome/IE/whatever-the-new-favorite-whipping-boy-is is bad, let's pile on!

Comment Re:This is also the case on Firefox (Score 1) 482

It points out what apparently isn't obvious to a lot of people: those passwords in the other browsers aren't safe, either (otherwise Chrome wouldn't be able to easily import them). Chrome just doesn't hide the fact that the passwords are available to anyone who can sit down in front of your logged in computer. The blogger is upset that Chrome doesn't hide the truth of the matter...

Comment Re:Google's rationalizatoin is ridiculous (Score 1) 482

Google's rationalization that the system is already insecure if someone else has physical access to it is absurd. That's like saying it's ok for a bank to leave everyone's money on the counter overnight because if someone breaks in then that same person can easily break into the vault, which is obviously not the case. Computer systems should have multiple levels of protection as well.

Poor analogy. Although breaking into a vault isn't impossible, it does add significant difficulty to obtaining the money, even after breaking into the bank. Indeed, breaking into the bank is the easy part compared to breaking into the vault.

In your analogy, you're adding a significant barrier (breaking into the vault) on top of a much less significant one (breaking into the building). In the case of my browser passwords, someone who's gotten physical access to my computer while I'm logged into it has already scaled a much bigger barrier than hiding the "show passwords" button presents. It's taking the money already in the vault and saying putting it in a child-proof plastic bin is making the money safer than simply keeping it in the vault. Possibly technically true, but really not worth the hassle at that point. The attacker that's in the vault is going to get the money if they want it, the plastic bin isn't actually helping...

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