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Comment Re:Asinine. (Score 2, Insightful) 409

I say, make guns like driving, but on a "shall issue" permit requiring a reasonable proficiency test.

And you can purchase any car that you can afford, transport it anywhere in public without needing a license unless you use another car to transport it (realistically, pulling an F1 race car on a trailer by hand is ludicrous, but the law doesn't restrict it), and you can drive that car on private property without needing a license, insurance, registration of the vehicle, or any of the safety requirements for a car operated on public streets. Apply the same 'restrictions' to firearms, and watch the gun-control lobby fill the cardio wards of the nation's hospitals, because that gives up 90% of what they've stolen away from gun owners over the years.

Comment Re:That's too bad.... (Score 1) 125

Absolutely right. No matter how much money they make, it will never be enough. They will always claim they are making less than they should be making due to (a) Piracy (b) YouTube (c) Streaming services (d) Some other reason. It's always someone else's fault that they aren't making as much money as they think they should.

The Music And Film Industry Association of America (MAFIAA) won't be satisfied until they can make individuals pay each time they experience a music or film performance, even if it's just remembering a performance.

Comment Re:Why are bankers doing that research (Score 1) 283

My impression is that banks are about the bottom line and profits. Why is someone at a bank doing that research?

Perhaps so that, if it turns out that we are in a simulation, they can invest in research to discover a way to hack the simulation and create money out of nowhere, thereby boosting their bottom line and profits immensely?

Comment Re:Foretold (Score 1) 145

Steamboat Willie can never enter the public domain after all...

I've been referring to the 'Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act' as the "Mickey Mouse Perpetual Protection Act" for years, and I'll just shift the name to whatever bill Disney rams through Congress to extend copyright protection to ensure that no representation of The Mouse ever falls into the public domain.

Comment Re:Still nope! (Score 1) 256

Don't forget that the "Microsoft actively monitors whether you're using Edge for up to 30 hours a month. It tracks mouse movements and other signs that you're not trying to game the system, and you must also have Bing set as your default search engine." statement means that Microsoft will be setting up a telemetry service on your computer to record what you do and send it to Microsoft. Just like the "Customer Experience Improvement Program" updates that add telemetry trackers to your Win7 system which Microsoft keeps trying to push to people even after the Windows 10 free update period has expired.

Comment Re:Just like trying to ban guns (Score 1) 446

90% of the time its not a home made gun... Almost all the time sounds like a fair description of 90%. so that other 10% fits nicely in almost never

"Here, stick your head through this hole. Just ignore the heavy blade in the slide above the hole; it almost never drops when someone sticks their head in it."

If there's a one in ten chance that the blade will fall and cut your head off when you stick your head in the hole, I don't think that you'd feel that "almost never" was an accurate description of the probability.

Comment Re:I also want protection for my children. (Score 1) 167

Note that video of gang riots, military combat, dictatorial executions, and other scenes of violence are, by their omission, presumably "appropriate content". Heaven forfend that some child should, even by accident, see an erect penis; it would scar them for life. But letting them watch police fire tear gas into crowds of rioters, or a policeman getting dragged down and beaten by rioters, or bodies lying in the street in pools of blood, is all just part of life.

Comment Re:The message is clear: (Score 1) 309

This is bullish, right?

This is a country that will stop you for having a broken taillight, notice that you're carrying $50,000 in cash, seize it on suspicion of being the proceeds of illegal activity, file charges against the money, and your only hope of getting it back is to sue the government and prove that the money was acquired legitimately (ignoring the fundamental problems in trying to prove a negative).

Comment Re:Waste of the shareholders money. (Score 1) 119

The original Apple campus is really six separate office buildings that happened to be arranged in a circle with a central courtyard; the new Apple campus is essentially eight separate office buildings that happen to be physically adjacent so as to look like one big round building. There are literally hundreds (possibly thousands?) of firms in Silicon Valley that could profitably use either one of those 1/8th wedges or a single floor of a 1/8th wedge = 1/32nd of the total space).

The new campus has roughly the same square footage as the empire state building but a hell of a lot more parking and better physical plant. It's a mere 12 miles from the Googleplex in Mountain View. Among current firms, Google could easily make use of the entire thing, as could Oracle. (Though subdivision really seems more likely)

Regarding distance to SF, it's almost exactly as convenient to SF as Google's headquarters and slightly more convenient to San Jose.

BTW...have you worked in Silicon Valley? Companies rent pieces of fancy buildings other companies built first all the time. Google's current headquarters were built by Silicon Graphics. When I was at General Magic we had a couple floors in somebody else's office building in Santa Clara - a firm that had to shrink down so they moved out of the parts they weren't using and leased the rest. And so on...

Comment Re:Waste of the shareholders money. (Score 1) 119

It is a gigantic waste of shareholder money...$4.5 billion could have been used to fund an 80-cent-per-share dividend

Think of it as a clever tax dodge. Apple has made a lot of money overseas that they would like to bring back home, but if it were brought back home as money they'd have to pay a 35% US corporate income tax on it. So instead they spend their profits on expensive one-of-a-kind glass panels and concrete slabs fabricated outside the US then shipped and used here.

And sure, those glass panels and concrete slabs are overpriced compared to the value Apple gets from them. But are they more than 35% overpriced? If not, it's a bargain!

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