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Comment Re:Cloudflare can't be the 100% solution... (Score 1) 91

I wouldn't want to provide even the slightest aid or comfort, in any way, shape, or form, to the RIAA, MPAA, ASCAP, Metallica, or any one of that particular basket of deplorables. And I would take great glee in refusing to do so, and doing anything within my power to subvert their desires.

Yes, CloudFlare for other reasons are a bunch of asshats. But the likes of Rosen, Valenti, Ulrich, and the rest of their loathsome ilk? Evil. Pure and simple by way of the eighth dimension. A pox upon all their houses and works, I say.

Comment Re:Why not do an end-run around the laws? (Score 1) 258

Why bother though?

Tesla won't make many sales in Michigan anyway. Aside from the rampant criminality, crippling economic depression, toxic water supply, and outright crazy things like Devil's Night; people there tend to be highly partisan towards the legacy "big 3" manufacturers; with very little tolerance of even other traditional brand/dealership combos like Toyota, Honda, VW, and so on. It's hostile territory even if there were no legal obstacles.

So why make concessions? These laws have been slowly but surely falling. Just treat Michigan as another domino in the line.

Comment Re:Laws (Score 1) 258

Apple is actually a good counter-example in Tesla's favor though, in that when Apple opened their own stores they did NOT undercut all their third-party resellers and put them out of business. It's also a good counter for the "service departments" argument that the dealers are using. Because the Apple stores did not reduce service and support availability at all. In fact, unless you live out in the middle of nowhere where there just isn't one, the Apple store and the Genius Bar is the best and most effective to go for service or support now.

Comment Re:Johnson and anti-incumbent (Score 2) 382

Trump may not exactly be the darling of a certain few prominent members of the republican party. But, as a whole, the GOP as a whole chose him in overwhelming numbers to be their candidate, with 1725 out of 2472 delegates choosing him, for nearly a 70% majority, with the closest contender getting just 484 votes (@ 19.5%). In politics, 70% is a pretty clear mandate. Romney is no longer the republican party. Lincoln, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and even Reagan are no longer the Republican party. Trump is. And that is the reality of the situation.

Comment Re:Popcorn. (Score 2) 382

Oh, get over yourself. What Clinton did was bog-standard "shadow IT". It's an issue in any and every large organization, and becomes especially prevalent as the company ages. It happens because, as they have to support more and more people with the same resources, IT people tend to become less helpful and more reliant on policies, procedures, and standardized lists of supported hardware and software; and these wind up not adequately fulfilling the needs of the users. And don't imagine you're immune. If you work for anything larger than a small to medium sized startup, you have users somewhere who are doing something that's against "the rulez".

Comment Re:This actually makes sense (Score 1) 136

> Better FIAT than Ford

I'm not at all a fan of Fords. I owned one once and I plan never to make that mistake again. But...


I learned my lesson never to own a Fiat when I was twelve and my uncle owned one. It's possibly the only brand short of Trabant that could have made Chryslers worse than they were before. And actually, my first car ever was a Chrysler... also... never again.

Comment Re:anyone know if it works in virtualbox? (Score 1) 200

I've never tried it in VirtualBox, but it runs in VMware and Parallels. Mind you, it doesn't run well in either. I don't think either one feeds it the GPU acceleration or memory that it needs. But for basic functionality testing and experimentation, it's adequate. Just don't expect to get much real work done on it.

Comment Re: This was a market failure (Score 1) 428

And you're misrepresenting (intentionally, I suspect) how Uber's algorithm works. Going into surge pricing when demand is high and supply is low is how Uber "activates more drivers". The higher rate means more money fro the driver and incentivizes them to work in the high demand / low supply area.

Even in the military, where "greater than average chance of getting killed" is part of the job description you signed up for, you get extra pay for hazardous duty such as combat, flight, or submarine.

Comment Re:Totally justified lawsuit (Score 1) 211

Correction: A single software engineer has been offered up as a scapegoat for VW's emissions cheating. And, unless there's a backroom deal going on where he has agreed to take the fall in exchange for a payout, he will win the fight.

There are plenty of situations where it's perfectly legal to design, or even own, something; but not use it in public. Emissions laws are different in various countries. It's not illegal to write the software for a high-emissions vehicle to be sold in China or India for example. The decision to use that software in the US, however, was most certainly NOT made by this one software engineer who's being blamed for the whole scandal. Even within the US, emissions rules apply only to cars driven on public roads. If you're going to only use your car at the race track; you're perfectly free to pull out the catalytic converter and muffler, and put in a set of straight pipes. And it's perfectly legal to sell the parts to enable someone to do so.

Comment Re:Insufficient sophistication (Score 1) 428

And just how do you suggest the algorithm could be improved to determine the difference between people leaving the area after a bombing and people leaving the area after SantaCon or a pillow fight flash mob or a BLM protest?

So far as I can imagine, it would have to be capable of monitoring and interpreting the news media in order to know, in real time, if people are leaving the area because of an attack, or some benign reason. That's a much more difficult AI problem than supply vs. demand in an area; especially considering that you must also to prevent false positives ID-ing hoaxes, false alarms, or other such trolling as real emergencies.

Comment Re:What does this mean for the newbie open sourcer (Score 1) 118


"Embrace, extend, extinguish" isn't something that the Linux crowd just made up to slander Gates and Co. It's Microsoft's own internal policy, made public when documents were released during their trial and conviction. They are on record as considering open source to be equivalent to a cancer to be eradicated. They were found to be funneling money into SCO during their attack against Linux and IBM. And let's not forget the halloween documents. None of this is made-up conspiracy theorist nonsense on the part of the OSS community. It's part of the public record which anyone can reach in five minutes of googling:

Microsoft is not a good-faith actor, and never has been. I see no reason to trust them, no matter their Github numbers.

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