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Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 152

I had the same experience in SF. 15 minutes driving including parking, or an hour and a half minimum on MUNI (bus, train, bus). Asthma plus hills plus office job equals no, so there was certainly no biking or walking going on. Nobody needs to smell my pits that bad.

This is why we need PRT. Buses don't solve the problem because they don't go where you need them to go. Self-driving cars don't solve the problem because they won't alleviate traffic issues, only parking.

Comment Re:Banish cars from the city center (Score 1) 152

If everyone uses the wheelie shopping baskets, then bus occupancy is going to have to drop to accommodate them. I agree that those are still silly arguments if you live in the city, you can just have things delivered. But what happens when you leave the city? Auto rental fees are still abusive. It cost me fifty bucks to use a U-Haul pickup for firewood for a couple of hours. It doesn't take many of those to pay off a little old Japanese pickup.

Comment Re: We knew this going in (Score 1) 508

Hillary was obviously corrupt and knew how to get away with it to the point where we risked corruption becoming legitimized with more than just a wink and nod

Becoming? You must be new.

The choice was clear. The proper lizard for the next four years was selected.

He actually hasn't been selected yet, though of course I presume that he will be.

Comment Re:Why is this the case? (Score 0) 59

Okay so if it has the same range of native functionality then why isn't it a vector for exploits to the same degree?

There are probably two reasons. Reason the first, Adobe has always been legendarily bad at security, worse than even Microsoft. Reason the second, Silverlight apps don't actually run in your browser. They run on the server. Only the presentation occurs in your browser. That means they're not adding another scripting language to your browser, either. Any scripting that happens in your browser related to a Silverlight app is using the existing script host.

Comment Re:Why is this the case? (Score 1) 59

SO for example. In the first option, we can compare the functionality of adobe to other systems. Silver light or H264 is not the same thing since unless I'm mistaken Adobe flash is not just a codec but also a language.

Silverlight is just a SDK, and a plugin which lets you use stuff in windows from inside the browser so as to enable development of applications with web interfaces (defined in XAML) in Visual Studio. The things that it provides which aren't necessarily provided by the browser already (besides vector graphics and animations) are "H.264 video, Advanced Audio Coding, Windows Media Video (WMV), Windows Media Audio (WMA), and MPEG Layer III (MP3)". [wp] Thus, it's really more like Flash than H.264, although it's not actually like Flash. You develop Silverlight applications (or whatever they are actually called) which are hosted on an IIS server, and the user has to have the Silverlight plugin to use them. But it's all just brokered through the browser and then implemented using existing Windows functionality.

Comment Re:Lots of companies want Win10 (Score 1) 154

maybe no amount of assurances from Microsoft would reassure you, but if you're in charge of a hypothetical multi-year, multi-billion dollar R&D programme and you need a desktop OS to run your software on, who would you allow to reassure you? Apple? The Debian security team? A few hundred specialist developers you just hired to build you something from scratch on top of FreeBSD?

I'd do some sort of analysis to tell me which was best, and then I'd trust the best for which I could get the source.

Comment Re:Lots of companies want Win10 (Score 1) 154

But they won't give you what you need to build your own OS from source, so even if you had the resources to audit the whole thing (and enough barf bags to control the hazmat, in the case of inspection of Windows code) it would be completely, utterly, and totally worthless.

The real world doesn't work like that. Having independently audited the source code from a big provider, there isn't much difference between having your own background-checked people building it and having actionable assurances from senior executives at your supplier that their technicians with the same relevant background checks and security clearances have built it properly.

Well, to be fair, it is good for one thing: getting insurance. Or, presumably, ISO certification, so I guess that's two things. What it's not good for is verifying security. Microsoft in particular has demonstrated time and again that they are not trustworthy. No amount of assurances from them would reassure me.

Comment Re:So. 50,000 more H1-B visas need to be issued (Score 1) 301

We built the interstate highway system.

We built it with what were essentially defense funds, because that was the basis upon which it was sold. And it's falling to pieces even as we speak.

We sent rockets to the moon.

That was a long time ago.

Hell, China's got a wall.

Which didn't work. It was a halfway decent public works project, but inferior to doing something which would have benefited the people like building sewers or waterworks.

You can argue whether a wall is a good idea or not, but to say we can't build a wall is stupid beyond belief.

We can't build a wall in the same way that we can't run a nuclear reactor (PWRs on ships aside) safely. Once you account for malfeasance, you arrive at the conclusion that it cannot be done.

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