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Comment Re:What kind of environment did the founders have? (Score 1) 189

I think it simply boils down to that you can buy 10 ikea desks for $130 each, 10 macbook pros for $1500 each, ten surge protectors at $10 each, an ikea couch for $500 and suddenly you have your standard silicon valley startup office. Bonus points if there's a poster on the wall somewhere. Since that was good enough to boot strap a company with, why waste valuable seed money on things like walls? When the company is a million years old you can give all of upper management their own offices.

Comment Re:Actually no. (Score 1) 80

And considering "Refusal" is usually due to formal considerations that are well defined, the system should be able to predict refusal with a very high accuracy (...actually, the only inaccuracy would be human (clerical) error, when a case is wrongly passed or refused despite meeting or failing to meet the formal requirements) - and as result, with a system that has, say, 99.5% accuracy of determining between "Refused/Deliberated" (say, 0.5% of cases are wrongly refused or wrongly put under deliberation) then that makes "Denied" a 7.5% of all cases, so the system would be accurate some 92% of time telling either "Refused" or "Granted" basing on formal parameters of the application and discounting any actual legal/moral content, and never once serving "Denied".

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 2, Interesting) 861

If you analyze the outcomes of the demilitarization treaties, you'll notice that Soviets really got the short end of the stick. They were forced to scrap some modern weapons which they just finished developing, meanwhile USA just finished building defenses against all older Soviet weapons. In short, if it came to exchange, USA would be fine, Russia would be a nuclear wasteland. They are merely catching up and fixing mistakes of Gorbachev.

Comment Re:Just curious... (Score 1) 204

A bit too many variables. Since we only know how it affects the rest of the system, we know it's massive and far, but not how massive and how far - a less massive object closer will have a similar effect to one more massive, farther. We can determine the plane, but not orbital radius.

If it was within the plane of ecliptic, that wouldn't hurt too badly because we'd be able to observe its entire orbital plane, being pretty much within it, or only very little off. We can observe it occluding stars and determine its orbital speed - and then the rest of orbital elements that way. But if it's waaaay up or down there, it's only a brief moment twice a year that we cross its orbital plane; way too little time and way too much of sky to search - despite being just a "narrow strip". Wherever else we are, we have way, way more sky to cover for a chance to spot it, because the narrow strip grows into an enormous disk.

Comment Re:Just curious... (Score 1) 204

Yeah, funny story that.

"We've calculated Neptune movement and orbit as such requires a ninth planet to exist, in orbit roughly this, position roughly this..."

"Hey, guys! You were right! We found it! Let's name it Pluto!"

"But... uh, we made a mistake in our calculations. Neptune's orbit really doesn't need a ninth planet actually..."

"But... we found it anyway?"

Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 2) 305

All the major auto manufacturers have abused the DMCA when it comes to their computers, and I vehemently oppose that (but good luck finding a car that doesn't apply to)...

But this? This moves us into a whole different ballpark of abuse.

Fourth'ing the GGGP - I had fully planned to buy a Tesla as my next car (probably five-ish years from now). If this policy stands, despite having no intention of ever actually renting my car out, fuck Tesla.

Comment Re:non-news is non-news (Score 1) 159

Various chips have various speeds too; specifically newer chips tend to have both more capacity, better speed and higher price (until a point where the old ones' price starts climbing again...)

If the phone doesn't use a different number of chips, but chips from a different generation - 'economy class' 32GB nearing end-of-life, vs bleeding edge 'high performance' 128GB ones, that would explain the disproportion too.

Comment Re:They lost me at Goldman Sachs (Score 1) 237

There's at least two reasons here why GS would be interested:
1. High frequency trading, if you control the software and make it as fast as possible, then all that is left is the networking between you and the exchange. Controlling the networking is the next step, this is total control, total integration
2. Limit backdoors; if you own the system totally and completely, you can nearly guarantee your system has no backdoors from state actors.
If you're as big as GS, you definitely don't want to own any american made networking hardware, and building it from the ground up is a cheap hedge against whatever lawsuits come down the line

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