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Comment No, he wasn't (Score 1) 333

Assanage's offer was always empty, given that the US isn't after him, at least not publicly. Now he contends that the US wants to get him in secret, though he's presented no evidence of this and of course one would have to question if they'd agree to a public deal for something secret.

Assanage is wanted by Sweden and the UK. Sweden for a sexual assault case, and the UK for skipping bail in that case. The US has not filed any charges against him, though I'm quite sure they don't like him. If he left the embassy he would be arrested by the UK and shipped off to Sweden. Or they might not send him off, since he's broken UK law by skipping bail and try him there for that crime, then ship him off once she's served his sentence.

So this was always a stunt.

Comment Re:Careful Seattle, payback is coming (Score 1) 73

If I were building a giant fleet of autonomous robot cars, guess which markets I would absolutely flood with them as soon as they were ready? Any markets that tried to block my human driver efforts today...

There's a gaping hole in your logic: governments that can block your human driver efforts could (would) also block your autonomous vehicles.

Comment Re: Ditch AT&T (Score 1) 87

ATT is gone, the company bearing the name today is southern bell company, SBC. ATT split itself up and sold all the pieces, SBC bought the name.

Someone else noted that you got the particular baby bell wrong, but seriously, how can you say "this isn't AT&T." It's a bunch of AT&T successor companies that merged back together.

"It's not the Empire, it's the First Order. Sure they've got stormtroopers, and TIE fighters, and Star Destroyers, and evil jedi/sith with their red lightsaber blades, and yeah, they've got an even bigger death star and they're blowing up planets, their Vader analog is running around with Vader's fucking head in his sock drawer, but they don't have Bell Labs and Verizon, so it's obviously not AT&T."

Comment 3DS (Score 1) 111

The 3DS's death knell happened when they got access to the boot ROM, and discovered sighax. They can't update it with a patch. The hacking community can now sign their own firmware for the 3DS. Only option is a hardware refresh that will require everyone move to the new-new 3DS.

In short... Yes, the Switch is here to oust the 3DS, at least temporarily.

Comment Re:You don't know how hormones work, do you? (Score 1) 397

And I too find it ok that there are people out there who don't understand basic biology, and believe that people's feelings on things trump facts and data. Because hey, if we didn't have special needs posters on the internet, Everyday Feminism and Infowars would have went out of business long ago.

Comment Re:You don't know how hormones work, do you? (Score 1) 397

The dysphoria itself is not a mental illness.

As mentioned before, wrong.

The fact that it has gone from "Gender nonconforming behavior" to outright dysphoria IS the mental illness. That's why it's dysphoria and no longer "nonconforming behavior."

No one's calling a tomboy a TransMan. (Well, some idiots on Tumblr might, but they're idiots.)

But when that tomboy is put in a state of deep depression because puberty is hitting and she's starting to blossom? That's (gender) dysphoria. And that's when treatment comes into play, which is often toughening up, therapy, or rarely, transitioning.

Comment Re:You don't know how hormones work, do you? (Score 1) 397

and sorry, those are the only two genders

If that's not trolling then it's just blatant ignorance.

See also: XXY
See also: intersex (or hermaphrodite)

Non-binary sexual organs exist, non-binary genders exist. Accept it, get over it.

Those are not genders. They are birth defects and genetic abnormalities.

There is no such thing as "non-binary" gender. You are either male, or female. There is some debate about what it means to be male or female, which is healthy and important. But there is also a large number of transsexuals out there, including some who have munchausen syndrome (i.e., the aforementioned "TransTrenders") who are demanding we legitimize their demands for attention. No.

Male. Female.

That's it.

Sorry, but it's true. And no amount of worthless Post-Modernist Gender Studies degrees will ever change that.

Comment Re:Startups (VC funding) should make $1million mes (Score 1) 405

For example, I worked for a company that was growing 80% per year, becoming a leader in a new business segment. They would quickly duct tape together some software that would allow them to expand into another chunk of the market, a chunk that will be worth $20 million in four years. Later, they can spend $1 million to go back and fix the duct tape mess. They net $19 million that way, incurring $1 million in technical debt to quickly grab $20 million of the market before competitors do.

While I agree the above is completely logical, the difference between technical debt and financial debt is that there is no one holding you accountable for paying back the former. There's also the problem that technical debt has its own interest expenses... you'll find that your initial shortcuts have been built upon, and those things have themselves been built upon, and you can't simply fix the original problem without incurring FAR more cost. Even if the costs to fix the problem haven't ballooned, the money people have no desire to "waste" that million dollars to retire technical debt. They'd rather spend by investing in another new market, or paying bonuses, or dividends.

Comment Re:Scientists and doctors.. (Score 2, Interesting) 292

One good thing about Trump, he's far more likely to decide big pharma needs to be beaten with a stick and forced to make new antibiotics

Trump is of the opinion that vaccines are involved with autism. I don't think he's going to be doing too much to "big pharma".

Which is odd since he is a known germaphobe. One would think he of all people would be interested in both vaccines and new antibiotics.

Comment Re:Illegal product? (Score 0) 175

and this guy's life is ruined. Unconscionable.

Perhaps he shouldn't have been engaged in criminal activity and his life would be just fine.

What's unconscionable is people thinking criminal acts should be defended and one's personable responsibility should never enter into the equation.

Comment Took long enough (Score 2, Insightful) 31

It's been known for years Theranos is nothing but a scam. They have never allowed anyone to try and replicate their results, have never submitted their tests to government scrutiny, have never done anything to show their tests do what they claim they do.

It's a bit late for Arizona to be suing the company now, right when it's about to go bankrupt. At least go after Holmes for the fraud she's been perpetuating all this time because there's little left of the company.

Comment It is a problem I've talked about for a long time (Score 0) 130

And one that often gets me downvoted since Mac users don't like to hear it: Apple is a fashion company. That's why they've been able to do what they do. In fashion, a higher price can be a GOOD thing not a bad thing, whereas consumer electronics are one of the most notoriously price sensitive markets out there.

However the downside is as you say: What is fashionable changes and it is really hard to stay on top of it forever.

Comment Re:Chrome is smarter than that. (Score 1) 144

Specifically, the violation of my trust was expecting a software updater not to install new, tangentially related, apps. An update to a DLL file to fix a security flaw is an update. A software extension to Google Chrome that mimics "Print to PDF" is a new install. Due to Windows restrictions I could not give them access to the former without access to do the latter. They abused having access for the former to do the later.

There's also the colloquial version of the term in that this was probably unethical.

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