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Comment Re:Behavior shaping constraints (Score 1) 323

It is surprising to me that they didn't also have to be calibrated before flight. 2 lines of code could have checked to see that the rocket is indeed not upside down before launch. There are a million ways to make these things foolproof, and none of them were implemented. Closed loop design is not a part of the Russian way, apparently.

Comment Re: Stay classy ./ (Score 5, Interesting) 223

I seriously wouldn't put it past them. I absolutely loath EMC and its sales teams (and I know I'm not alone). I have been dealing with them for almost 20 years, and have never quite understood where they find exactly the same types of people to engineer and hock their products year after year after year. They are relentless, would whore their own mothers to get a sale, and actually have some of the worse technology integration in the industry. The only thing that has changed is the faces. Never the culture, technology or tactics. It is amazing that they can hold that together for so long...

Comment Re:The inmates are running the prison... (Score 3, Interesting) 412

Indeed these guys stole billions from the Greek government (and therefore the people) through unheard of levels of corruption. No doubt, that is what the site was about. Seems the priests are now defending themselves through that very same corruption. Greeks are unbelievable.

Comment Re:Give half the money to the 3 big stakeholders (Score 5, Insightful) 570

I'm glad you aren't running my company. None of these things have any basis in reality for even the most green in managerial finance. Having excess capital, while generally a good problem to have, is still a big problem. Companies can bleed it through stock buybacks, dividends, or by investing it, but they cannot give it away. What Apple needs to think about doing is buying or creating other companies, be it by horizontal or vertical integration. For example, they could buy or build a competitor to Foxconn (or buy Foxconn itself, this is one I would seriously look at). Or they could take a controlling interest in Facebook. Or invest in the million other smaller start ups that could bring new innovations to Apple. Apple is seriously at a crossroads right now. Without an innovative product pipeline (or Jobs) and a supply chain that is costing a ton in PR, Apple is going to have to start putting their big boy panties on and start acting like a big boy company.

Comment Re:I think your enterprise argument is flawed. (Score 3, Interesting) 715

I was there in 1996 when Apple abandoned the server market. We had just bought 2 of the re-branded IBM/Apple servers for our graphics department. They ran AIX and a bunch of third party apps to make the Apples talk to one another in some sort of reasonable fashion. They abandoned those servers within a year, and pretty much screwed us and our $250,000 investment. I have never again even thought about Apple for an enterprise back end (despite their trying to get me to look on occasion). That's almost 20 years of a no-sale from me, and I have since bought millions and millions of dollars worth of I.T. equipment.

Comment They will eventually go dead (Score 1) 90

A Bluecoat box, without updates, eventually ceases to operate properly if at all. So, Bluecoat can just chase down the offending machines and therefore the money stream, and stop updating them. Eventually they won't be able to run a report (to figure out who went where), block proxy avoidance sites, or do anything useful with it. How do I know this? I have a large customer that stopped paying the maintenance, and that is what happened.

Comment Re:Wonder?!? (Score 1) 124

I agree. This isn't about doing anything for anyone but for themselves. Collectively, this is congress extorting money from the the telco's. Ideologically, the demos will line up on Verizon and Sprint side (and to a lessor degree consumer groups), the repubs on AT+T's side, and all of them will take huge contributions from both. After all, if they don't make some sort of stink, they won't get any money.

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