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Comment Re:Oh, look! Just what the economy needs! (Score 1) 600

Not really. The shareholders always have grounds to sue management... you can sue for practically no reason, and just get laughed out of court faster. Implementing government mandates ahead of schedule is an investment at an opportune time, not mismanagement of funds. Yes, the shareholders can still sue, but they could also sue for having the wrong color of carpet in the lobby, with a similar chance of winning.

Comment Re:Clarification (Score 1) 211

I think it's probably fine to store non-empty cells as objects, as long as you use something like the Flyweight pattern to avoid carrying too much baggage in each cell. It makes for a fine user interface, I'm sure.

To really get good recalc performance, though, you really need to drag the cell dependence graph out of the grid and treat it like an actual program. Once you do that, you could actually JIT the computation represented by all those cells. If you're really walking the object forest for every recalc, you'll never speed up.

Comment Re:Modern morality (Score 1) 24

Actually, I'm on your side, on Federalist grounds, that the DOMA was daft.
I also have precisely zero confidence whatsoever in that piece of work Holder, or the Voting Rights section of the DOJ, and concur with Thomas' remarks on that decision.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 2, Insightful) 324

The 4th what? Surely you don't mean the 4th amendment? After all, that amendment protects against unreasonable searches, which is completely unrelated to the issue at hand.

The Fourth Amendment's protection of "papers" has never applied to the external surface of mail. The outside of mail must be read by the USPS for the service to function, so when you drop a letter in the mailbox, you're implicitly giving the USPS permission to read the visible surface. To my knowledge, there has never been a law preventing the USPS (or any other courier, for that matter) from reading anything visible from the outside. If the surface of mail is particularly confidential, it's not "unreasonable" to expect the mailer to put it in a plain outer envelope.

Comment Re:They take photos? (Score 1) 324

...Because it's not like your side of the story could possibly be corroborated by receipts, packing slips, or even the actual product.

Surveillance itself isn't inherently bad, but it's an all-or-nothing deal. Once the investigators know you've been receiving packages from $ENEMY, they need to also know that those packages were unrelated to $PLOT or $TARGET, so it's obvious you're just another mundane person.

Comment Re:This is not a tech issue (Score 1) 229

Intel supplies most of Apple's CPUs, yes?

Intel supplies all of the CPUs used in Apple's desktop and laptop computers, yes.

Personally, I think Apple should take their cash and make their own processors

Is that "Apple should take their cash and build their own foundries" or "Apple should take their cash and buy an existing foundry"? In either case, it's "Apple should continue to invest in foundries to update to new processes", and, in either case, I'm not sure how easy that would be.

Or is that "Apple should do their own chip designs"? Anandtech suspects they're already doing that.

allowing for their OS to have a firmware component

If by "firmware component" you mean on-chip firmware, how is owning your own foundry, rather than having another foundry fab your design, a requirement for that? Or does this mean that "Apple should take their cash and build their own foundries" means "Apple should do their own chip designs" rather than "Apple should do their own chip fabrication"?

and thereby boosting performance and security.

What sort of firmware customization are you talking about here?

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