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Comment Re:And the shareholders accepted that line of bull (Score 1) 156

Eventually, phones will take over from PCs

For some things. For many others, not a chance unless they reach some sort of parity with PCs regarding memory and storage capacity, display capability, and expandability. Perhaps we might see something like a docking station where one could connect their phone with the needed peripherals, but there are still some severe shortcomings to overcome before it will be adequate across all of those different use cases.

Comment Re:Garage chip (Score 1) 101

The photomasks were taped out originally, but it was still a 10 um photolithographic process (huge by today's standards) on a very tiny die that required a lot of specialized equipment. It's possible to make individual discrete components (transistors, fundamental logic gates) yourself, but a die with thousands of transistors on it is still a bit beyond the DIY crowd.

Comment Re:Catch 22 (Score 1) 72

Snowden ought to get an arrangement negotiated where he can testify Via teleconference from a secured location without physically handing himself over.

"Instead, it has called for him to give evidence via a video link, or for German officials to interview him in Moscow, both of which Snowden turned down."

Comment Re:Replace Menial Jobs with Specialized Jobs (Score 1) 540

When we replace menial jobs with specialized jobs, those people who are A) too young to have the ability or intelligence to do these new jobs or B) are too stupid to learn will still be pushed out of employability

And C), those who have the physical ability and intelligence to perform the new job, but not the financial means to learn what they need for it.

Comment Re:There will be less jobs (Score 3, Insightful) 540

Another important factor we tech people often ignore is time: it takes time to learn a new job, so even if automation does not affect the total number of jobs, the new jobs will require different skills.

And there's a non-zero cost to that retraining, which in the vast number of cases is expected to be borne by those that have been displaced. I'm guessing that most people that find themselves out of work aren't going to have the wherewithal to drop a few tens of thousands of dollars to learn what they need for a new career.

Comment Re:What about the rest? (Score 1) 215

In addition, the FBI can install spyware on suspects' phones, effectively turning their phones into ambient audio and video, and phone call, message, and SMS surveillance devices, as well as overriding the shutdown functions of the phones so that they appear to be turned off but the spyware is still active. Basically, full-spectrum surveillance.

But you need a lawful warrant. Ain't nobody got time for that.

Comment Re:Amazon is becoming Alibaba (Score 1) 62

It is the same quality as the "real" product and is typically run on the same production lines, but costs 10% of what the "real" product is.

Except that it's often NOT the same quality. Compare a genuine Music Man Stingray or Rickenbacker 4003 electric bass to the bullshit counterfeits that flood Alibaba, and then come back and tell me they're equivalent.

Comment I miss the old days (Score 1) 181

I got into the BBS scene around 1985, and I loved it. The height of it for me was around 1994, when I was one of the sysops on a friend's Amiga system running C/Net. Eight lines, a gig of file storage (huge at the time), FidoNet, and I wrote a little shim to allow the Amiga to talk to an ancient PC/XT running Remote Access so we could offer PC doors on the system. Toward the end we started offering Internet mail access through a SLIP gateway at a local college. I miss the BBS days a lot, and it's hard to get kids that have grown up with the Internet to understand how cool it was at the time.

Comment Re:Most common causes of bugs? (Score 1) 167

And make damn sure about that last part: never put yourself or your team in a position where the responsibility of an overly hasty launch comes back to you.

That presumes ethical management that is willing to accept responsibility for their part in any problems that arise. You're 100% correct that our job is to merely implement the solution and advise of potential problems, and theirs is to accept that advice, balance the pros/cons of a particular course of action, and make the decisions regarding what is to be done and accept responsibility for the results (good or bad). Far too often, that willingness is not there and the finger gets pointed back at us, regardless of the emails and other documentation proving otherwise.

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