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Comment not the norm in other non-athletic competitions (Score 5, Informative) 221

Poker tournaments aren't gender-segregated, for example, and they are probably one of the more successful non-athletic sports. The main chess competitions are also open to people of any gender.

There are sometimes gender-specific events, but they are promotional/recruiting things rather than the main event. For example there's a Women's World Chess Championship, but some of the best chess-playing women choose not to enter it, and enter the main (gender-integrated) tournaments instead.

Comment Re:Safety margins (Score 5, Insightful) 299

The important thing to remember here is that he survived 500 times the maximum dose a worker can be legally exposed to. Try that with any chemical in any chemical plant.

I wouldn't try it for just any chemical; but occupational exposure limits tend to be set (often with the aid of generous quantities of guesswork) around chronic occupational exposure and with the objective of not killing, or crippling too seriously, too high a percentage of the workforce. Asking "What can they breath all shift every shift for years or more without too many of them dropping dead, getting some freaky obscure cancer, or having the liver function of an elderly alcoholic before age 50?" tends to lead to lower, sometimes dramatically lower, numbers than "What can you probably survive, with intensive treatment and ongoing health effects?"

Comment Re:What the fuck is this thing? (Score 1) 69

The only major difference is that (in an effort that started before this board came out, and which they've pushed hardest for their 64-bit design, though the assorted ARM licencees seem to be tiring a bit of pointless differentiation on their own) ARM has recently been trying to stamp out some of the vendor-specific weirdness that has historically surrounded the architecture.

Presumably building "ARM's reference board", rather than letting the licensees of the A57 spawn theirs and leaving it at that, is part of their effort to ensure that crazy stuff like 'actually being able to boot without a blood-oath and a BSP' works across ARM based systems.

That's one thing that, while stultifying in many respects, the 'wintel' duopoly did for x86. Nothing stops an x86 CPU from being extremely weird (and there are a few oddities available) but the 'if it can't boot Windows it might as well not be an x86...' demands of the market, along with the fact that (unlike even MS' embedded OSes, never mind the embedded industry at large) 3rd parties pretty much don't get to touch Windows' internals until it has booted up far enough to load device drivers, has driven (ugly, hacky, largely de-facto) 'standardization'. ARM? Not. So. Much, something that they are trying to change at least for their more powerful parts.

Comment Re:Blame Google. (Score 1) 239

Yes, it's quite unlikely that this particular example falls within the scope of the EU ruling, which explicitly made exceptions for items of public interest, such as politicians, high-profile actors/businessmen/etc., and similar cases. A CEO of a gigantic company resigning over a public scandal is not the kind of news that is likely to be found outside the public interest, even years later.

Comment Re:Just pay him not to work (Score 1) 272

That's common in finance, but seems not to be common in tech. Many investment banks have a clause giving them the option to keep you from working for a competitor for 6-12 months after leaving the company. But if they exercise the option, they have to pay you to not work, usually some percentage of your previous salary.

Comment Too little too late? (Score 2) 178

1. Government shouldn't use anything proprietary and the US should follow its own rules (AMD exists because gov't rules requirements, why not Microsoft compatible-competitors?)
2. Vendor lock-in always leads to over-pricing and government waste (also, see #1)
3. Microsoft did a deal with the devil (US Government) and now wants to regain trust. Sorry Microsoft. Not going to work.

And did anyone miss the work facebook has been doing with government? Holy crap. Not only is their censorship completely to the left, they are conducting psych experiments at the request of the US government. I personally avoid the social networking sites and [almost] always have.

(I have used LinkedIn due in no small part to my previous employer reducing its staff by over 90% Oh yeah, now I can talk about it too! Turns out the Fukushima incident and subsequent lies, deception, inaccuracies and omissions run pretty deep and even found its way to my former employer, a Mitsubishi company. Anyway, LinkedIn... i was checking that from my mobile device and it made mobile pages unusable through CSS and insisted I use an app. I loaded the app and agreed to whatever and the next thing I knew LinkedIn grabbed my whole addressbook and pulled it into their servers. I can't say whether they used the data to spam others, but I can say they used it to "suggest links" to my profile. That's pretty dirty and disgusting.)

Trust is a difficult thing these days... a fragile thing. And I hope companies everywhere, large and small, learn that lesson. They can learn the hard way or they can be good and decent people asking themselves "would I want someone doing this to me?!" (Just like government gun confiscation -- the answer is NO. The government wouldn't allow the citizens to take their guns, so why should the citizens allow government to take theirs?) Of course, too few people care about golden rules of morality because the world is run by psychopaths. Psychopaths think they can just buy trust. That may have been true, but the pendulum has reached its furthest point and is about to swing back the other way. Microsoft and others are only now figuring that out.

Comment Re:Deja vu (Score 2, Insightful) 110

This similar to the case of Google profiting from illegal ads. Personally I think the complaint should be sent to questionable subscription service rather than shoot the messenger.

When the 'messenger' is the one who hides the charge and collects the proceeds of the fraud(taking a cut), you bloody well should shoot him. Then shoot whoever he was working with, of course; but no need to choose.

Comment Re:And what about the innocents? (Score 2) 88

There was at least one seller on silk road shipping only legal stuff like glassware. Did he get his coins returned?

Not to worry, he is free to make himself known to us and fight a legal battle that will cost more than the coins were worth. We will then classify his wares into 'crack pipes', 'bongs (for the mexican loco-weed)' and 'miscellaneous, probably for meth cooks' and charge him accordingly.

And he had better not have shipped any to Texas without a suitable license...

Comment Re:Great! We will trade hated devices (Score 1) 66

If you actually like gardening it would be largely pointless (and if you don't, why exactly would you pretend with a bunch of expensive gadgets?); but calculating, at a quite granular level, the length and intensity of exposure to sunlight in various areas across the course of a day should actually be relatively tractable by machine vision standards...

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