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Comment Re:Unable to control your company, or complicit. (Score 4, Insightful) 197

And while it's tempting to follow up with "he should just drop all the lawsuits," it's not that easy -- aside from spooking the public and investors, an exit from legal action wouldn't guarantee that others would do the same.

Oh, I don't personally believe that it is ever too late to end an armed conflict by peaceful measures. Cook could take the lead and arrange a closed doors settlement that would be acceptable to both parties. Apple could come out still with a "don't even think about messing with us" look. Samsung could partially maintain their innocence, although with an extremely contrite demur and admission they won't get into such a mess again.

When the conflict gets to litigation, everyone except the lawyers lose.

It doesn't take much courage to enter a conflict. It takes much character and leadership to end one peacefully.

Comment Re:It is not 6 (Score 1) 78

If the rats are forced to perform this trick, "to receive a sip of water as a reward", I believe the rats will also develop a strong sense of anger. Poor critters, starved of water by evil scientists.

Thirsty rats will probably get quite onery . . . they might be tempted to take a drink from one of those big "bags of mostly water" in the white coats.

Comment Re:Pope starts using the internet (Score 1) 542

Actually, we should be discussing which Papal Candidate has the most Tech Friendly platform.

But just like other political candidates, the Papal Candidates will promise us a tech friendly regime, but fail to deliver after being elected.

Where are the leading candidates' homepages anyway . . . ?

And, do I need ID to register to vote . . . ? This was a bit of a controversy in the last US election.


Submission + - Should Techies Trump Latinos in Immigration Reform?

theodp writes: In an open letter on TechCrunch, Vivek Wadhwa calls on Congressman Luis Gutierrez to lift his 'hold on Silicon Valley' and stop tying immigration reform for highly-skilled STEM immigrants to the plight of undocumented immigrants. So, why should the STEM set get first dibs? 'The issues of high-skilled and undocumented immigrants are both equally important,' says Wadhwa, but 'the difference is that the skilled workers have mobility and are in great demand all over the world. They are getting frustrated and are leaving in droves.' Commenting on Gutierrez's voting record, Wadhwa adds, 'I would have voted for visas for 50,000 smart foreign students graduating with STEM degrees from U.S. universities over bringing in 55,000 randomly selected high-school graduates from abroad. The STEM graduates would have created jobs and boosted our economy. The lottery winners will come to the U.S. with high hopes, but will face certain unemployment and misery because of our weak economy.' So, should Gutierrez cede to Wadhwa's techies-before-Latinos proposal, or would this be an example of the paradox of virtuous meritocracy undermining equality of opportunity?

Comment Re:It's because of the police abuse (Score 4, Insightful) 188

Meanwhile, what authorities are allowing on Egyptian television, http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/02/09/fear-of-assassinations-haunt-egypt-opposition/1905675/

CAIRO (AP) — Watching the events in Tunisia, where a leading anti-Islamist politician was shot to death this past week, members of Egypt's liberal opposition are fearfully asking: Could it happen here too?

Their fears of a renegade Islamist attack on any of the top opposition leaders have been hiked by religious edicts issued by hardline clerics on TV saying they must be killed.

Islamic democracy functions like this: One man, one vote . . . once.

Once they get in power, the first order of the day is to kill off any opposition. There is never a real election again.

Comment Re:I'm not going to apt-get it. (Score 1) 240

In Soviet Kanada, Corporate Spyware apt-gets you!

They'll just send someone by to install it:

Ding-Dong! "Hi, I'm from your local utilities, I'm here to read your power meter, check your gas meter, and install our Corporate Spyware for you."

Easy in Canada . . . nobody bothers to lock their front doors.

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