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Comment Re:Because it's not software (Score 1) 95

Ford's innovation in business is that he saw the value of building an affordable car, one that his own employees could afford. But to achieve that he had to re-engineer the production process (rather than the business process). He did not reinvent the concept of a car, but he certainly had to redesign it so that it could be built efficiently on his production line.

You could say that Musk is following a similar path. He wants to get to Mars, needs to get launch costs down to make that feasible, so he (and his engineers) are trying to come up with a reusable rocket that allows them to drive down that cost. From vision to business model to engineering.

Comment Re:Why would this concern Trump? (Score 1) 183

An alliance is only needed when 2 powers are compatible. Like there was no way that the allies could have ousted Stalin and installed a puppet regime. In the case of Saudi Arabia, the US - particularly after 9/11 - could have occupied that country and seized their oil. That would have resolved any strategic interests. If Muslims started bitching about Infidels being in the land of the 2 holy cities, the next step could have just been to seize those 2 cities and suspend the haj until they come to their senses.

Team America World Police was supposed to be a satire, not an instruction manual.

Comment Re:Well, that was retarded (Score 1) 395

If he wasn't radicalized before, when he gets out of prison, he surely will be. Mission accomplished, idiots.

Many novice burglars get caught through their own incompetence and sent to prison, where they learn from the pros how to burgle properly.

Therefore, we should never jail someone for burglary.

Comment Re:Stupid move (Score 1) 395

Do you have any idea how much surveillance teams cost?

Furthermore, jailing someone can be very cheap in countries that do not have the US's hangups about slavery. In the bad old days, Bulgaria made its prisoners work, paid them a full salary, then charged them for room, board and guard salaries. The plant in which my father worked had a production hall staffed 90% with low security prisoners. Some were being released with sizable savings... others ended up in higher security prisons - the last of these being "heavy punitive labour" which usually killed inmates within an year or two - raising pigs in a swamp, mining uranium in 18th century conditions, etc...

The US prison system: not as bad as Stalinist Bulgaria.


Comment Re:Stupid move (Score 1) 395

It sounds like his own family wanted some sort of intervention.

As usual, involving law enforcement is the wrong call. If you call the cops on a family member for any reason other than an immediate threat to another person, you're doing them a disservice — in pretty much any country. A person having any other sort of crisis would be better served talking to a professional.

You seem to be assuming that this was some sort of incipient mental breakdown. If they were in fact worried that he was choosing to become a terrorist of his own free mind, then the security services in one form or another are precisely the people to get involved.

Comment Re:Stupid move (Score 1) 395

The McCarthy witch hunts were largely predicated on the notion that to be a member of a particular movement automatically made you a traitor, or at least suspect of treasonous acts.

Here in the UK (and elsewhere in Europe) there are proscribed terrorist organisations, mere membership of which is illegal. The principle is that if you are in the IRA or ETA, you are supporting terrorism, even if you just joined for the cool hat and membership badge.

The US has a list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, but I take it that passive membership of one is not in itself a crime in America?

Comment Re:CyanogenMod is the only hope for some devices.. (Score 1) 73

Unfortunately, it's not so great at that. I have an HTC Desire (Bravo in the USA) that still works and I'd like to reuse as a SIP client. Unfortunately, it only runs CM 7.2. That would be fine if it were a patched version, but the latest nightly build was 2013 and that's so old that it doesn't contain an up-to-date certificate list or an SSL client library that supports modern versions of the TLS protocol, meaning that you can't use it for anything network connected.

Sure, the device is pretty old, but it has a 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, and up to 32GB of flash on the SD card: that's ample for a lot of uses (it wasn't so long ago that I was using a desktop less powerful!) and throwing it away seems horribly wasteful. It was launched in 2010 and the last release (not nightly) from CM was 2012. That's less long-term support than Apple gives for iOS devices and Google gives for Nexus devices. Unfortunately, there's not much money to be made in supporting hardware that the manufacturers consider to be obsolete.

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