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Comment Nice Job HTC (Score 5, Insightful) 205

You'd think with their lacklustre performance over the last 5 years they'd play it safe rather than trying to pretend they are Apple.

Get this message through your thick skulls HTC: You are not Apple. Your customers are not Apple customers. The Android world is a very different place and you aren't in any position to cram user-unfriendly features down people's throats. You will fail if only because there is always some other Chinese company ready to give people what they want.

Comment Re:He didn't do shit (Score 1) 488

Why would you randomly access the data? Instead of reading the data randomly or in some kind of random-access inducing order, you'd be much better off scanning through the data sequentially by sector or extent to get data in as large of contiguous chunks as possible. Granted with SSD and NVMe drives it doesn't really matter. My ~29K message work inbox shows an average message size of 63KB. At that size solid state storage is already throughput bound rather than IOPS bound. A modern NVMe drive like a P3700 should be able to read that data in it's entirety in about 20 seconds assuming the CPU can keep up. If the FBI is using a reasonably decent distributed storage system that distributes objects across multiple device you can easily do it far faster. ~20GB/s and half a million read IOPS is nothing special for distributed storage systems on NVMe.

Comment Re:Realistically, you can't chase the pay rate ... (Score 1) 100

Working and living in those places still puts you ahead in absolute terms if you invest your earnings in non-depreciating assets. The cost of housing skews much higher in those places than typically necessary material goods (cars, home appliances, etc). Assuming you invest your money well in DC, that should put you in a good position to retire in the midwest and/or leave a better inheritance (in absolute terms) for your kids some day should you so choose.

Comment Re:Warren Buffet dodges taxes (Score 0) 644

He is dodging inheritance taxes by transferring money

That is still only an example of following the rules as they currently exist. And it is still not hypocritical to advocate different rules while following those in place.

Wrong. It is absolutely hypocritical to act against one's publicly professed ideals and goals. He says one thing, does something else, its hypocritical. That it is legal or common changes nothing.

No, it's perfectly reasonable to act in one's self interest while believing and advocating that global unrestrained self-interest yields a less than optimal global outcome.

Comment Re:Warren Buffet dodges taxes (Score 3, Insightful) 644

I'd argue that's not hypocritical at all. Ultimately capitalism depends on self-interest to function. What is ridiculous is to tell people not to make use of every advantage available to them. What's far more important is to make sure that the rules that we all play by maximize the benefit to society as a whole.

It's not hypocritical for a sports team to advocate changing an unfair rule, even if they follow it and benefit by it.
It's not hypocritical for a white man to support diversity in tech yet accept a tech job with female/minority applicants.
It's not hypocritical for a company to advocate for increased environmental standards in their industry while following the existing standards.

Comment Re: Code for Encryption Backdoors, obviously. (Score 1) 452

One has to wonder about the effectiveness of all of the monitoring that we've all been so perturbed by. We've had attacks in Paris and in San Bernadino where unencrypted communications were used and the attacks were not disrupted. This foe, while not insignificant, is small enough that using their communications to disrupt their acts should be very effective, but it's not proving effective. If it's not effective, then what's the whole damn point? This isn't World War II where the stakes for the enemy learning of the interception would mean that interception would end.

It strikes me that the most useful argument for this kind of surveillance would be just-in-time collection and analysis of highly sensitive targets' communication. In reality, what it seems we have is bulk data collection of nearly everyone, stored for later use. That kind of collection serves an entirely different purpose.

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