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Comment Erroneous assumption (Score 1) 217

The assertion that "crimes aren't being solved because we can't hack suspects phones" is based on the unproven assumption that the suspects were stupid enough to leave information that could convict them on their phones in the first place. Until you actually access all the data on the phone, you don't know whether or not that is true, do you? For all the DA knows, all these people he wants to crack the phones of are innocent!

Comment Re:The basest, vilest (Score 1) 785

That's pretty much my take on it as well. Yes, at some point even Hillary would have to admit that mistakes were made (by her), which may cast doubt on her judgement. But nothing she has done that we actually have any credible evidence of rises to the level of justifying time in a federal prison. Probably something closer to fines for mishandling of classified material. As far as Benghazi, I don't follow the logic of holding one person solely responsible for the safety of all State Department staff, and giving everyone else a complete pass. Could she have done better? Yes. Does this disqualify her to be president? No, no more than Trump's draft dodging disqualifies him to be president.

Comment Re:Corrupt bastards (Score 1) 208

Reminds me of the time the IOC sued "The Gay Olympics" and made them change their name to "The Gay Games". Apparently it IS possible to own the rights to a word that has been in common use for thousands of years. And apparently you can pick and choose what organizations can use that word (e.g. how much does the Special Olympics pay for the use of the trademark?)

Comment Is this legal? (Score 1) 208

Other than Trademark law, how exactly is this ban enforceable? I suspect legally companies are free to tweet anything they want as long as they don't include terms specifically trademarked by the IOC, much as advertisers referred to the Superbowl as "the big game" instead of the trademarked "Superbowl" term.

Comment Re:so if a 200 billion $ comapny doesn't increase (Score 1) 168

Yes, the statistics are misleading because it is much easier for a startup to double their market cap than for a long-established company in a mature industry to do so. IBM and HP have seen declining revenues every year for several years now... it doesn't mean they are badly run, it just means you can't continue to make 40% margins forever in the same industry. Amazon and Google avoid the mature technology trap by CONSTANTLY starting experimental new businesses, then liberally tossing out the ones that don't work out.

Comment Makes a point I keep trying to make (Score 1) 168

CEOs should be paid minimum wage + stock options, meaning if they don't increase shareholder value, they are the lowest paid people in the company. If you're promising to put money in shareholder's pockets, shouldn't you be willing to put your money where your mouth is? How much money did Marissa Mayer walk away with in exchange for her ineffective leadership of Yahoo? Whatever amount it was, it was way too much!

Comment How accurate? (Score 1) 102

I watched surveyors yesterday carrying around a portable plastic antenna; they said it was a GPS "rover". Which begs the question, how accurate is GPS? Do surveyors have access to the non-dithered GPS signal? Or are they only using it for relative positioning from a marked location, which is probably a lot more accurate than using it for absolute position?

Comment Missing the point (Score 1) 102

I'm less concerned about my exact location being sent in emergencies than by the fact that my phone can now be hacked to provide by exact location AT ALL TIMES. Do I now need to carry my phone around in a Faraday cage? (By the way, my phone was able to "see" WiFi routers at work even inside the very expensive Faraday cage that HP had built, although I was told that was only because the door wasn't sealed properly.)

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