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Comment Re:Why go to work for Facebook post-IPO? (Score 1) 241

If you had joined google a few months after the IPO, you'd be a rich man. If FB can monetize their user base, they can make a lot of money. Make more money, stock price goes up. It all depends on your perspective. If you think FB has jumped the shark,you probably don't expect the stock price to go up.
The Military

Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense Shield Actually Works 861

Hugh Pickens writes "Sarah Tory reports that the debut of Israel's Iron Dome missile defense shield has added a new element to the conflict between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza strip, one that military officials are calling a 'game-changer.' Israeli officials are claiming that the shield is destroying 90 percent of missiles and rockets it aims at that have been fired into southern Israel by Hamas. This level of success is unprecedented compared with older missile defense systems such as the American-made Patriot model used during the 1991 Gulf War. The missile-defense system can detect rocket launches and then determine the projectiles' flight paths and only intercepts rocket or artillery shells if they are headed for populated areas or sensitive targets; the others it allows to land. It takes a lot of raw computing power to rapidly build a ballistic profile of a fast-incoming projectile, make a series of quick decisions concerning potential lethality, and launch a countermeasure capable of intercepting said projectile in-flight. One reason Iron Dome is showing a much more robust capability than the Patriot system did is simply that its battle control hardware and software are several generations more advanced than those early interceptor systems. 'Israeli officials point out that Iron Dome saves money despite the fact that the interceptors cost up to $100,000 each,' writes Tory. 'The cost of rebuilding a neighborhood destroyed by a rocket attack — not to mention people wounded and lives lost — would be far greater than the cost of the interceptor.' Most important, the system buys Israel time, allowing it to plan out an appropriate response without the political pressure that would be generated by hundreds of potential deaths."

Comment Re:Ouch. (Score 2) 362

Let's say you pay a developer $100K/year, and the project lasted 10 years.

Your numbers are way off. Each cleared contractor probably costs the government 200+$/hr. Then there's hardware. If the project has been going on for 10 years, they probably went through at least one refresh cycle. Then there are other costs like admin overhead, facilities, travel etc.

Comment Re:Khan was coming for an anti-US fundraiser (Score 1, Informative) 560

Don't you think that's it's kinda sad when a centrist liberal political party,

Imran Khan's party can't be described as centrist, liberal or secular by ANY stretch of the imagination. He's frequently justified the actions of the taliban as jihad i.e. justified under islamic law.

Comment don't forget this (Score 3, Informative) 560

He's also justified the taliban's actions as jihad.

Afghan politicians have reacted with disbelief, with one parliamentarian suggesting Khan should be arrested. The Ulema Council, a grouping of senior clerics, declared his comments "unislamic". A Kabul foreign ministry spokesman said Khan was "either profoundly and dangerously ignorant about the reality in Afghanistan, or he has ill will against the Afghan people. "Our children are killed on daily basis, civilians killed and our schools, hospitals and infrastructure attacked on a daily basis. To call any of that jihad is profoundly wrong and misguided."

So he's not on their radar just for his opposition to the drones...

Comment Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 192

They are directly responsible for customer data, and they are explicitly on the hook in the case of data breaches. It is a gross failure of responsibility not to maintain IT in-house

Right....because banks with in-house IT departments don't suffer from data breaches...

Comment Re:Don't panic (Score 0) 186

Obviously, the US has been doing exactly that. There are documented cases of back doors introduced into US software and hardware.

According to this logic, we should let criminals do whatever cops are allowed to do....carry guns...great...wiretap people....the cops do it too...

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