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Comment Re:Double standards? (Score 1) 260

If Snowden is a criminal for leaking classified information to the media, why isn't there a full scale government investigation to identify the people who are leaking this classified "Russian hacking" stuff to the media? Do we have any laws left which are enforced in a fair & uniform manner? A government which makes it a practice of enforcing laws arbitrarily is an illegitimate government.

Pretty simple - some leaks you want, some you don't.

Comment Probably won't happen. (Score 1) 260

At this point, what's the upside for President Obama? It will no doubt set off a flurry of criticism which won't stop once he leaves office. He seems to want to live gracefully and pardoning Snowden would prevent that and potentially complicate any post-presidency political plans he may have and impact his legacy. The popular story won't be "Obama pardons brave whistleblower" but "Obama pardons traitor who helped Russia." The truth and moral arguments will get lost in the noise, especially since it is easier to vilify than explain the nuances, so the political calculus is to simply leave the mess for the next guy to deal with and move on.

Comment Re:Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 1) 199

But it is polite to call them by their name. For example Jack Smith marries Jane Koff, and he takes her last name. It would only be polite to use his new name.

I worked with Jack. The first time somebody called the office and asked for him by his full name and said he worked in the back room I thought they we joking. When they insisted I go get Jack I decided to ply along and asked for Jack. Turns out that was his real name.

Comment Re:The story smells fishy (Score 4, Informative) 134

The batteries burn, not violently explode. The pilots would have seen and smelt smoke, and done something about it, like move the phone out of the cockpit.

This is more likely a pilot suicide.

It's quite possible;e by the time the fire was discovered it was too late. A very hot fire could quickly get out of control, such as one that brought down SwissAir 111.

Comment Re:Hey, cable companies: (Score 1) 193

Exactly. Government is bad. Any idea that involves government is bad. In cases where the government consistently does something better and cheaper than private industry (like health care in every other first world country), government is still bad because government is bad.

What's important is that you conclude that government is bad first, and then figure out how you'll reach that conclusion. Otherwise, you may actually come to a different conclusion in some cases, which would be wrong, because government is bad.

You have it all wrong. Government is bad, expect when it pass regulations that protect my business model or job. Then it is most excellent.

Comment Re:cult of mac (Score 1) 168

just some examples of why an arguably inferior product won out.

But only so long as you argue on pedantic nitpicky points. In the eyes of the consumer, the ultimate judge, said products aren't arguably inferior.

Of course. One persons better is another's meh, and in the end the consumer ultimately decides which product offers the best value and hence is "better." Winning in the marketplace doesn't always mean it has better specs or performance, just that it is more desirable to a broader range of consumers.

Comment Re:cult of mac (Score 1) 168

I agree with much of what you said except iPhone's network effect. There is a huge factor in my continuing to use it, which is iMessage, Find My Friends, and iCloud sync. Pity the friend who isn't on iPhone and breaks every text conversation because it separates out the thread into green SMS chat. And being able to stay in sync with family members is huge.

I probaly wasn't clear by what I meant. The iPhone as a phone doesn't have a network effect so Apple has created the infrastructure you mentioned which created the network effect and ties users to the iPhone. The walled grden is the key.

Comment Re:cult of mac (Score 3, Insightful) 168

On top of that, it was expensive, you could not share files over Bluetooth, it did not support 3G, it did not have an expandable storage slot and you needed iTunes for everything. But despite that, and to the horror of its rivals, everyone wanted one.

just goes to show the best product doesnt always win - same is true with the ipod, there were better options at the time. the term "cult of mac" became known for a reason

Very true. There are plenty of examples where a better product lost out; generally because the lesser one offered some feature that made it more compelling. VHS beat Beta despite Beta's better picture quality; DVD and VHS beat LaserDiscs despite the latter's better quality. VHS had the advantage of longer recording times, VHS and DVDs had a better selection of movies and you could rent VHS tapes a lot easier than you could a Laserdiscs are just some examples of why an arguably inferior product won out. One challenge that the Phone faces is there is much less of a network effect for phone than a product such as a DVD where once you have a reasonably large installed base a format becomes a standard and others find it tough to compete. A phone, beyond apps, is easily replaced with a different model since internet access, ability to call / text / email is not something that has a network affect; that is why companies like Apple try to build close ecosystems to make it a lot harder to switch. Cloud computing, despite it's being sold as anything anytime anywhere is another way to close an eco system through the use of proprietary security and other protocols that only one manufacturers device can use. Expanding into home control is another way to try to create network effects. If enough manufacturers embrace HomeKit then Apple can control the hub and access to the network (phone/tablet/TV box/computer) while letting others add accessories that tie into the network.

Comment Collateral damage (Score 1) 168

The question is "Do contingency fees make lawers liable for court costs?" If the answer is yes it has implications far beyond punishing patent trolls. Any case involving contingency fes could put lawyers at risk of liability, whether it is a class action, accident claim or any other action involving a contingency fee. The goodness of that is debatable.

Comment Re:I lik eeh pat where the guys want to get US Vis (Score 1) 104

Actually, why not introduce a new type of visa for criminals, and give it to any of these scammers when they ask for a visa. Then, at the port of entry, when they check in at immigration, immediately call law enforcement and hand them over

Once they go to the US embassy you could arrest them there if you wanted to, no need to wait.

Comment Re:Don't buy bitcoin for an investment. (Score 1) 296

Buy it to speculate (ie gamble).

The problem with Bitcoin as a speculative investment is the lack of liquidity. Unlike other markets it is not easy to buy and sell large amounts at will, in addition there seems to be no put and call options available. As a result, while it is a highly speculative investment it is not an easy one to actually invest in as a speculator; unless you are just doing trivial amounts of money.

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