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Comment Re:Weird... (Score 1) 39

I don't know you, but I'd wager you're like me and you and I probably think of this in terms of $24 billion now versus...working.

I think guys like Zuckerberg are just mentally in a different place. They're not in it for the money, they're in it for the rush of running a massive, growing company.

Money isn't even part of the equation, and I'd bet even at the time money and even the act of paying for something wasn't something Zuckerberg even thought about. He just went places and did stuff, his view of money was the company financials, not his personal finances at all.

Comment Re: Having a 'bad gene'... (Score 1) 425

This. It's not that (or not only that, at least) more people are dying of cancer, or even of specific cancers in this day and age; it's a combination of things like 'instead of having ten people dying of 'consumption' or 'old age' we now break it out into specific cancers' and 'well, a hundred years ago, they usually died of something else, first.'

And yeah, until very recently, kids were 'shy' or 'withdrawn' and would have undesirable traits beaten out of them; metaphorically or literally.

Comment Re:What is the point of view? (Score 2) 425

Well, think of it this way.

A housing development has a rash (pun intended) of break-ins.

They get together and decide to institute mandatory installation of alarm systems.

The number of break-ins goes down in direct proportion to the number of houses have alarm systems installed, until all the houses have them installed, and the number of break-ins is almost, but not quite, zero per year.

After a while, people start to think 'we don't have a break-in problem, why are we mandating these alarm systems?'

New houses under construction start to be built without alarm systems. What do you suppose happens to the break-in rate?

The price of freedom (from preventable disease) is eternal vigilance (of vaccination rates.)

It's real easy to say 'we don't need vaccines' when you've never seen a playmate in polio braces, or when pictures of a wall full of children in iron lungs is a quaint historical anachronism. When you don't have an Uncle Bob who's sterile from a bout of mumps. When having a dead sibling is unusual, and probably the result of accident or something, and not 'measles.'

Comment Re:Tired of this space obsession (Score 2) 85

The way I look at is if the reusable rocket guys get the cost of orbital rockets down to 1/10th of the cost that it is now, lots of options open up. If you can get 10 trips up for the cost of 1 now, suddenly assembling a Mars-distance ship in orbit and all the fuel and supplies to make it happen seems pretty plausible.

We aren't going interstellar without some new physics, but with a much less expensive orbital lift platform, interplanetary starts to look much more within reach even if it is initially limited to Mars or even Mars orbit stations.

Comment Re:In all honesty... (Score 1) 203

Do you remember george w bush?

Face it, america the world is watching you. Don't fuck it up. Clinton isn't that great, but trump is both stupider and more violent than george w bush ever was. It was extremely hard to get rid of that asshole. Trump may just end it all.

So your damn right people should ignore some stupid BS about some stupid clasified documents and someone stupid fucking insecure MAILSERVER! Do you know how many hosts on the internet are insecure? like fuck who cares!

TRUMP is going to nuke the fucking world man. You americans are like the densest fucks ever. This is exactly the bullshit that got george bush elected. People were apathetic about gore, i remember it, and then bush snuck right in. No one thought he actually had a shot either.


"So you only like the truth leaked when it's about people you don't like? If there's damning evidence that's being hidden about people you agree with, you would want it hidden?"

If it involves prevention of the literal end times, then yes. At least until the damn american election is over! I'd rather she was impeached after getting into office than trump gets anywhere near that kind of power!

Comment Re:So what are these CISSP "cyberwarriors" doing? (Score 1) 84

What I don't get is why joining the NSA isn't something like getting a really well paid job combined with being in the military.

Pay them really well, so well they would have to think 3 times about not joining. Like 4x a similar pay rate that you'd find in a top-tier city for an equivalent job. Make working conditions really nice -- free high-end restaurant quality dining on premises with a room service option for people who wanted to work through a meal hour, super nice office spaces, the whole experience more "hotel" than "government office".

But then also kick in the military part -- you join up for a minimum 5 year commitment, you live on campus, your travel off-campus is limited and controlled and there's the understanding that you ARE being watched closely, but do it in an unobtrusive manner, not in a police state manner. But make the housing and lifestyle options more like a country club kind of atmosphere, single family houses, lots of recreational options, private schools for the kids, and lots of activities for spouses and kids, too. Make them stay but make staying so easy they want to stay.

Sure, the whole thing would be expensive, but you'd have a much better chance of containing your secrets. And chances are, buying their loyalty would go a long way to helping and keep the security more velvet glove than rubber glove.

The current thing with all the contractors is a mess and it's a miracle that actual government employees have any loyalty at all.

Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 1) 296

VMWare used to (and maybe still does?) have a license that said you couldn't use their hypervisor in a hosting environment, at least with the conventional end-user license. This was long enough ago that that at the time the business hosting really meant either multi-tenant http hosting on a single box, or dedicated physical server hosting and there was no openstack or similar competing virtualization system like there is now.

I'm guessing that it was meant to allow VMware to "capture" the added revenue potential that would exist if a hosting company at the time had been able to sell VMware VMs at dedicated hardware pricing. They'd sell you the license to do it, but it wouldn't be the normal end user licensing rate.

Comment Write interleaving? (Score 2) 155

I wonder how the flash is organized. Is it just a question of a single flash chip of varying size, or is it possible that the 128GB model is somehow comprised of 4x 32GB segments which allow write interleaving to happen?

The only other explanation that I can think of would be that 128GB represents a level of density that requires superior flash chips which really are faster, and that 32GB uses older parts that are just plain slower.

Comment Re:Election of 1968 (Score 1) 317

Once in office he escalated the war into Laos and Cambodia, with the loss of an additional 22,000 American lives, before finally settling for a peace agreement in 1973 that was within grasp in 1968

1968, the year of the Tet Offensive and the siege at Khe Sanh, which Johnson insisted the US win? The same Johnson who decided not to run for re-election in 1968?

I just don't see a peace agreement in 1968 as being something that would have actually happened, especially after Johnson had stopped the bombing in the north as well.

Maybe if Johnson had *increased* bombing in the north to Linebacker II levels and allowed Westmoreland to go after the Ho Chi Minh trail and NVA bases in Cambodia and Laos he could have negotiated a peace treaty in 1968. But along with all the other political intervention in Viet Nam, Johnson himself seemed to prolong the war in Viet Nam instead of winning it.

Comment Re:Big news (Score 2) 226

That's why I think the psychological or occupational testing would be most informative. The DNA test only describes what the ingredients in the cake mix box are, the psych testing tells you what the cake tastes like.

AFAIK there is no predictive DNA testing for personality or higher level psychological attributes. Hell, they often can't clearly identify genes responsible for some heritable physical illnesses.

Comment Re:Apple makes stupid hardware decisions (Score 1) 233

" Someone will invent gigabit wireless."

Dell has been shipping "wigig" docks since at least 2013

I used one last week with a new dell laptop. They have a range of only a few feet, but they do work and can share screens and network and all that over it. In fact the one i was using is second generation. Its an intel technology.

Comment Re:Big news (Score 3, Interesting) 226

Hiring an employee for a job is expensive without DNA testing and as such represents a big financial risk for companies if the hires don't work out. I've talked to people who had to spend *days* taking a battery of psychological tests, physicals, etc to get pretty high level jobs.

Adding in another $2500 doesn't seem to be that big of a deal if the cost to hire an employee is already $25k or more.

The question I guess I'd ask is whether it will actually be useful. Will they actually be able to notice significant improvements in performance? I would think that the psychological and occupational type testing they do now would be 90% of the value.

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