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Comment Re:Crony Capitalism? (Score 1) 395

A lot of regulation ends up being a great conduit for crony capitalism. When you regulate an industry you make it subject to regulatory capture (the industry ends up writing its own rules). You also entrench large businesses because smaller ones don't have the resources to comply with complex regulations and/or lobby for their interests. The big businesses that are most-successful RE regulatory capture (probably large content creators like Google/Facebook/Netflix in this example) get their business models entrenched/favored.

Comment Re:12% is dangerously low (Score 1) 191

There is a problem with correlating this market share number (% of sales of new devices) with the market share number developers and such would be interested in (% of active devices in use). Many (not all) android phones are disposable and can be out of date (especially RE os version) before they leave the store. Many iOS devices, on the other hand, remain in use (and running current OS version) for 4 years. THAT creates a large, target-able user base for developers/etc.

Comment Re:Three motors (Score 1) 283

I had the impression the Model S has two motors between the rear wheels, one for each wheel.

Nope, one in the back, some kind of differential so the two sides are not locked together. Under decent acceleration while turning you can tell they're not torque-vectored optimally (most power to outside). It's unfortunate. For the price I had assumed Model-Ss were AWD with 4 motors and logic to torque-vector nicely (like Acura's SH-AWD does in the rear). Guess we have to wait for the F (for Four-motors) variant.

Comment Re:Wait... (Score 1) 304

I think it is inaccurate to say these were (EDS) folks who already worked on the GM account. I think these were internal HP-IT folks (that never serviced GM acct) who have been following Randy Mott around (from WalMart to Dell to HP to GM). Where I'm assuming that HP has a problem is that their employment contracts include promises that you won't poach other employees when you leave, and this is obviously happening if folks are leaving together as groups.

Comment Re:Vote (Score 2) 707

Which side supports repealing the NDAA?

Obama. He was forced to sign it by a veto-proof majority.

He didn't have to sign it. Sure, they may have overridden his veto, but why not force the issue? Maybe by taking a stand against an immoral and unconstitutional bill he would have swayed a few from voting to override. He appears to like/support the powers it gave him. You're fooling yourself if you think he is actually against those powers or wants to repeal a bill he signed.

Comment There is life after HP (Score 1) 221

I work for a company that was spun off by HP then spun off by that resulting company. Twice removed we are now doing quite well. You lose the benefits and negatives that come with being part of a large company...but the net result can be positive. HP has become a REALLY large company, even since I left there 3.5 years ago (for their twice-emancipated child). I think it is very possible that HP is too large (both in scope of products/services and number of people) to be effectively managed by a single CEO + management team...and that is one of the underlying causes of the turmoil seen for the past decade. In that respect it does make sense to spin off the PC business.

HP's size and structure is also inhibiting to some types of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. HP had this online backup solution (I think called "HP Upstart") that was the result of buying/integrating a start-up in that space. They wanted to grow it and make it into a large offering for consumers, enterprise customers, etc. Problem is it is simply not possible to create a profitable online backup service when forced to do things the standard way in HP DataCenters which makes your cost significantly higher than the price folks like BackBlaze charge (while being profitable).

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Political Affiliation Can Be Differentiated By Appearance 262

quaith writes "It's not the way they dress, but the appearance of their face. A study published in PLoS One by Nicholas O. Rule and Nalini Ambady of Tufts University used closely cropped greyscale photos of people's faces, standardized for size. Undergrads were asked to categorize each person as either a Democrat or Republican. In the first study, students were able to differentiate Republican from Democrat senate candidates. In the second, students were able to differentiate the political affiliation of other college students. Accuracy in both studies was about 60% — not perfect, but way better than chance."

Comment Picture witt ice is abnormal, not picture without (Score 5, Informative) 791

This is a great example of sensationalized cherry-picked anecdotal evidence...which in reality means nothing. The picture showing ice was taken during an abnormal year. The ice melts away every year, usually in July. It took longer to melt in 2006 thanks in part to their being more than normal amounts of "multi-year" ice shoved down from the arctic that year.

Article (from AP): http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/372343/arctic_ocean_ice_crashes_on_alaska_shores/
Video (from NASA): http://www.nasaimages.org/luna/servlet/detail/nasaNAS~10~10~71195~176482:Ice-Surge-in-Barrow,-Alaska

Comment Re:Soup cans and string (Score 1) 541

On some levels agree...but I think it is important to point out that you've got the demographics of Ahmadinejad's base a bit backward. From the news reports I've read... If you use the 2005 election results as a guide (seen as more accurate than results from the current election, for obvious reasons) his support is disproportionally urban. Part of what makes this election look rigged is that he did so well in these rural areas - it is unreasonable to think so many people changed their minds so completely. So I'm not sure enabling the city folks is a means to the result you're looking for.

Personally I don't think our government (the US Government) should be intervene...so for me it is kind of a mute point...but if you're going to argue for isolationism via interventionism, don't make bad assumptions.

On a side note, about 68% of the population of Iran lives in cities...much like here.

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