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Comment Re: I got a probe for ya.... (Score 0) 505

I think the GP was implying that the President probably has a secure phone as well, for actual secure communications. Having a private, unsecured phone for non-Governmental business is perfectly legal. Having a private, unsecured phone (or e-mail server) for Government business is not.

Comment Re:Desert (Score 1) 457

No, it's what happens when your State government decides it's more important to build a high speed rail that no one wants (and they have no plan how to get it to the largest city in the State - the mountains prevent it from getting there) rather than maintaining existing infrastructure. We don't need to worry about dams, or roads, or sewer systems we need to focus on trains from Bakersfield to Modesto!

Comment Re: Left and further left (Score 1) 340

Your question was answered a little over 200 years ago:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

Comment Re:Isn't this illegal? (Score 3, Insightful) 326

Aren't they required to conduct all government business on government systems?

Yes, if it is Government business. If is GOP/politcal party business, then no.

Didn't Hilary got a whole lot of crap (and lose an election) over this?

Yes, because she did Government communications over non-Governmental systems.

Comment Re:I thought not all US carriers use LTE (Score 1) 105

Not just rural... This last weekend, i was at a trade show in a NYC hotel where we had our own 4G based connection for streaming audio (the hotel only had WIFI available, and it was swamped/dead - 50 kbps if you were lucky). The little T-mobile hot spot we bought was terrible - we were lucky to get 1 bar, and maybe 100 kbps. Out came my Verizon Note 5, on went the hot spot, and we had 4 full bars and 2 Mbps available. Rock-solid. And this was at the Marriott Marquis right at Times Square - heart of Manhattan!

People complain about the cost of Verizon, but you know - at least it works. Yes, it's expensive compared to the others but when your options are expensive and works and cheap and doesn't work - I'll take the former thankyouverymuch...

Comment Re:Vulkan (Score 2) 170

Apple has enough cash and equivalents on-hand in the US to buy about 4% of Microsoft. Hardly enough to buy them... Yes, Apple has about $18 billion in cash and equivalents on-hand; it has close to $200 billion in overseas funds and long-term investments, but those would be subject to a 40% tax load if repatriated/converted to buy Microsoft, meaning it would have - at most - $140 billion to use. And that would buy about 30% of Microsoft (which is close to $500 billion in value - not too far behind Apple's $700 billion in value).

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