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Comment Re:I am amazed that there is no current limiter (Score 4, Informative) 104

That is basically what a protection diode is - except they do not use zener diodes. They have one diode connected to ground and one to VCC. If the voltage drops below ground, one diode conducts clamping the voltage to ~-0.7v. If the voltage increases beyond VCC, the other diode conducts and clamps the voltage at VCC+0.7v. This is effective when dissipating a small charge that could potentially be at a high voltage - think ESD. But if you have prolonged current the diode will blow and short.

So you have a short (blown diode) but you still have a significant amount of energy to dissipate. This results in a large current that will cause the diode to physically explode or possibly blow a trace. USB data lines typically use very thin traces and can not conduct much power. If a trace goes then USB is screwed but the rest of the computer will probably function correctly. If the diode explodes your protection is gone and the high voltage will now cause all sorts of damage.

Comment Re:I am amazed that there is no current limiter (Score 4, Informative) 104

Of course they have current limited USB switches. The point is this device slowly collects charge over time then drops it onto the data lines instantly. The protection diodes found within the USB host are only designed for ESD-like voltages and currents. They can not handle a high voltage being applied for a long time. They blow then the rest of the USB chipset blows. If you are really lucky, the charge then passes through the USB chipset and blows other ICs in the host.

Comment Re: Sad to see Trump has forced... (Score 1) 70

By essentially blackmailing a defense contractor. Sure, it works, but you can't do this large scale. And threatening to take away some business with government if they don't do what they're told elsewhere is what many leftist/socialist governments do to force businesses to fall in line, which seems somewhat ironic here.

Comment Re:Milton Frieldman? (Score 1) 291

So.......we just had an article on Slashdot that showed there are more jobs in America now, at the end of the Obama administration, than there ever have been in the entire history of the US. More people working.

First, I'm not about to claim that Trump is going to improve anything for the common man. Having a populist revolt that emplaces a Billionare cabinet...

Yes, Obama got more people to work than anyone else ever. However, middle-class well-being has not correspondingly increased (meaning wages aren't great for a lot of those jobs) and the disparity between the most rich and everyone else has become much larger.

I haven't researched AI job reduction, but I think we could be no more than two decades away from the point where much menial labor is robotic and where professional drivers are for the most part replaced with machines.

Comment Milton Frieldman? (Score 4, Interesting) 291

Both Brexit and Trump can be seen as the final stage of neoliberal economics: it ends in a populist revolt.

It's not as if labor is just now facing the threat of automation. But nobody in the US - not the unions, not the companies, not the government - is solving the education gap that might help future workers.

Comment Re:Mozilla's 990 Form (Score 1) 103

MoCo could have paid as little as $1 for the license, along with an agreement to return profits, and that would be fair value. There's no question that the profits were returned.

However, there was never any possibility that any other entity would have been offered the license regardless of what they offered, and IMO had they considered that transaction based on the amount returned rather than achieving their purpose of a free internet, they would have disqualified themselves as a 501(c)3.

Comment Re: Less politics (Score 2) 103

Fogle was a company spokesperson, who got fired before the trial started because whether or not he had actually committed any crime, the appearance of his behavior made him unsuitable as a spokesperson.

Was Eich similarly a company spokesperson? You need only look at Mozilla's press releases. He's quoted in them while he's CTO, and if you go on Youtube, you can see that he makes a number of conference keynotes representing the Foundation. Once he's CEO, he writes this piece on inclusiveness which is linked to in this Mozilla Foundation press release. So, there's Eich representing the Mozilla brand on exactly the issue they already know he has a problem with. He doesn't get a chance to represent the foundation again, as they know they have a problem.

Comment Re:Mozilla's 990 Form (Score 1) 103

Did Mozilla Foundation get fair market value for licensing it trademarks to Mozilla Corporation, a how was this valuation arrived at?

Mozilla Foundation, as a 501(c)3 non-profit, would not base their decisions solely on valuation or profit, nor would they be required to, and indeed they could get in trouble with the IRS if they did. The decision to license to their own operating corporation was so that they could achieve the purposes in their constitution, which have to do with net freedom.

Don't like my answers? Do your own research.

Comment Re: Less politics (Score 1) 103

Off the top of your head, can you name the CEOs of Coca Cola

The CEO of Coke has not become as well known as Elon Musk, but I went on their web site and clicked on press releases, and he's generally quoted in the releases that discuss any significant financial event in the business. They have "brand ambassadors" for lesser things, but the CEO is definitely representing the brand, and particularly when the brand is marketed to stockholders and investors.

You will find similar things about the CEOs of the other companies you mentioned.

Comment Re: Less politics (Score 1) 103

Your values seem to be: "Free speech is only permitted when it doesn't hurt my feelings."

No. You're simply not recognizing that our actions can be free speech as well. When we do our very best to cut off all associations with a person, and to deplore their speech and actions, that is our free speech.

Comment Re: Less politics (Score 2) 103

they're the guide behind the scenes that makes the brand profitable.

I used to work for Steve Jobs. Never for one second was that guy anything behind the scenes. I worked at Pixar, but I hear that Apple did a ton of work to keep people from thinking that the company would founder* with his death (and IMO, it has).

I just can't think of many "behind the scenes" CEOs, whatever size the company is.

* Sometimes, you've gotta love the English language.

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