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Comment Re: Curly braces = good. Indents = bad. (Score 1) 173

Whereas I, who (amusingly enough, perhaps) have been a copy editor, had no trouble at all reading your post. But I also have little trouble reading text in a mirror, or letters that are upside-down. That seems to hint that this may be a cognitive thing, and for some people significant whitespace works and for some people it just doesn't and it won't, and the endless arguing about it might be pointless.

Comment Re:So Where Was the Board? (Score 5, Insightful) 124

Well, for starters, LinkedIn only leaked data for around 6 million accounts. Yahoo leaked data for half a billion accounts. Also, considering that people use Yahoo for their personal email and to track their finances, the data on Yahoo was potentially much more sensitive than anything on LinkedIn.

Comment Re:News Flash! (Score 1) 455

Meh! Not for me though- I will stay on green-green earth; however, I understand the motivation for those who are more adventurous than you and I. Most people won't want to leave, but plenty will.

Just look at the number of people who are willing to risk their lives to climb Mount Everest. And nobody's planning to live there.

Comment Re:Probably actually illegal (Score 1) 249

The "value" doesn't exist. Things don't have value; people place a valuation on things--a property of the observer, not the object. You might value (verb) a candy bar at $1, but it has no actual value (noun).

Things have a cost and a price. That cost is directly related to human labor time required to make the thing. All business expenses go to pay wages, buy from other businesses, and take profit. Recurse this and all business expenses reduce to wages, {alie profit+wages}, profit; which just becomes wages and profit. In aggregate, price can never be lower than wages; and the minimum sustainable wage is one that keeps your labor force alive (even slaves must eat and be sheltered from the cold, and it's cheaper to treat illness than to raise a new slave).

If that candy bar requires $1.80 to make and you value it at $1, you're not buying a candybar. If that's what people think of candy bars, then candy bars aren't a product until we invent technology to use roughly half as many people to make the same number of candy bars.

Your complaint essentially boils down to, "Stacker could have conned someone into paying a lot more than the business and its products were actually worth. You don't know how successful they'd have been at convincing people to overpay."

Comment Re:Not gonna happen (Score 1) 43

"Easy to audit" is bullshit. It's hard to hide; it's not easy to audit. The "public ledger" is a history of when each object has had its blockchain extended. The problem is an account consists of assets of value, such as dollars; those assets are semi-fungible, in the sense that the account has value and any set of assets producing that value is representative. Accounts typically have one or several kinds of fungible assets--a single currency or separate lots of fungible assets (e.g. your commodities account may contain oil, gold, and FCOJ; your stock account contains stocks)--because *which* of each of those things is irrelevant.

Blockchains mean you can tell which gold piece moved where; if you want to audit financial behavior, you need to know which accounts moved what. You might be able to piece that together from a blockchain; but only by auditing every single object to determine where it once stood, collecting all objects that ever entered a particular account, and then generating an account ledger from that. It'd be like going into every bank vault and every wallet and inspecting every dollar to see whose hands it's changed through in its history. If you don't have the ability to inspect the current state of every single piece of blockchain currency in existence *and* to guarantee that you've done exactly that (i.e. that you haven't missed any), you can't audit.

Any given dollar telling you the history of how it's been owned and spent is different than any given account describing its financial history in its ledger.

Comment Re:I want alternatives (Score 1) 97

I applaud the effort on Ubuntu Mobile, but I'd put it's chances of succeeding as far less than BlackBerry's or even Firefox OS, which at least had good buzz and shipped devices for a couple of years.

I flashed some Android phones/tablets with early versions of Ubuntu Mobile. Assuming that's still possible, there are more devices available than you think. Sure, flashing isn't for everyone -- but we were always years away from an Ubuntu phone being a mainstream consumer product.

Comment Re:Yay! Sharepoint! (Score 1) 44

From what I can tell (haven't actually tried it), it looks like it would take months to get a stock SharePoint install hammered into some form that would actually be useful for your organization. Out of the box it's practically useless. You'll be paying those couple of consultants whether you go with Microsoft or not.

Comment Re:Yay! Sharepoint! (Score 1) 44

Their files were saved to Sharepoint (the default, not their intention) and when they 'attached' the file to an email, Outlook went ahead and sent a link, rather than attaching the file. The link went to our internal Sharepoint, which people on the outside could not access.

The default in Outlook 2016 is to also send links when you attach files that are in your OneDrive folders. That is, to you it seems like you're navigating through the filesystem and attaching a file, but Outlook "helpfully" sees that it's synced to OneDrive and sends a link to the website instead. There's a little box or something you have to check if you want the classic behavior, but you have to set it every time you send an email. I couldn't find any global setting to disable the linking.

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