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Comment Re:Lots of companies want Win10 (Score 1) 150

maybe no amount of assurances from Microsoft would reassure you, but if you're in charge of a hypothetical multi-year, multi-billion dollar R&D programme and you need a desktop OS to run your software on, who would you allow to reassure you? Apple? The Debian security team? A few hundred specialist developers you just hired to build you something from scratch on top of FreeBSD?

I'd do some sort of analysis to tell me which was best, and then I'd trust the best for which I could get the source.

Comment Re:Lots of companies want Win10 (Score 1) 150

But they won't give you what you need to build your own OS from source, so even if you had the resources to audit the whole thing (and enough barf bags to control the hazmat, in the case of inspection of Windows code) it would be completely, utterly, and totally worthless.

The real world doesn't work like that. Having independently audited the source code from a big provider, there isn't much difference between having your own background-checked people building it and having actionable assurances from senior executives at your supplier that their technicians with the same relevant background checks and security clearances have built it properly.

Well, to be fair, it is good for one thing: getting insurance. Or, presumably, ISO certification, so I guess that's two things. What it's not good for is verifying security. Microsoft in particular has demonstrated time and again that they are not trustworthy. No amount of assurances from them would reassure me.

Comment Re:So. 50,000 more H1-B visas need to be issued (Score 1) 287

We built the interstate highway system.

We built it with what were essentially defense funds, because that was the basis upon which it was sold. And it's falling to pieces even as we speak.

We sent rockets to the moon.

That was a long time ago.

Hell, China's got a wall.

Which didn't work. It was a halfway decent public works project, but inferior to doing something which would have benefited the people like building sewers or waterworks.

You can argue whether a wall is a good idea or not, but to say we can't build a wall is stupid beyond belief.

We can't build a wall in the same way that we can't run a nuclear reactor (PWRs on ships aside) safely. Once you account for malfeasance, you arrive at the conclusion that it cannot be done.

Comment Re:A new golden age (Score 2) 287

I would cheerfully pay 10 times for these stupid electronic gizmos if it means I get back the standard of living that once made America the envy of the world.

Sure, who wouldn't? The problem is, it doesn't mean that at all. If the gizmos are assembled by robots in America and the money goes back to China or even better, gets hidden away in whatever country is the tax haven of the week, then the end result is actually worse than if the doodads had been made in another country because we have to eat all of the pollution. And as it turns out, Foxconn has a bad record even for a Chinese company.

Letting Foxconn build an automated factory in the USA, employing construction workers for a year or two and then only a mere handful of minimum-wage employees whose job is to clear jams from machines, is not going to bring back your grandfather's standard of living. That was based on being the last guys to enter WWII, after the rest of the world had the shit bombed out of it — and then bombing it some more. Producing all that stuff and then letting companies like Lockheed and Boeing keep whatever materials were "left over" at the end of the war to make stuff with (e.g. Lockheed not only made airplanes, but also AlClad travel trailers — we've got a 1962 Streamline "Duchess" here) is how we created that prosperity. Not to mention selling the Nazis fuel and the Japanese Aluminum during the early parts of the war, or the company Prescott Bush ran during the war whose purpose was to funnel funds to Hitler's S.S. — the seed capital behind the Bush family fortune was based on Nazi profiteering.

TL;DR: American prosperity was based on Nazi victories.

Comment Re:Now make it a requirement that it's US-owned (Score 0, Flamebait) 287

Now make it a requirement that it's US-owned
Only fair.

That's what Trump has said that he would like to do. Yet here he is brokering a deal for Foxconn to open a factory here without having to do that. It's almost like Trump is dishonest.

Comment Re: Americans? (Score 1) 287

Outsourcing your jobs to another country that does the work a hell of a lot more cheaply creates an enormous capacity to buy, but somebody has to transport all that shit you're buying once it comes off the docks. You can't sail a ginormous shipping friggate up the mid-western basin to Colorado.

No, you have to unload those containers onto autonomous trucks. It won't be long before the trucks are unloaded by autonomous pallet jacks. Amazon is already hard at work (alongside others) eliminating the humans inside the warehouses. They're going to have to have automated shoppers pretty soon, because nobody else is going to be able to afford to buy anything.

Comment Re:The jobs will be mostly construction jobs. (Score 1) 287

Yes but it's still better to have the construction and the factory here.

Better how? You have to assume they're only planning this because Trump plans to gut the EPA and make it profitable for them to operate here while polluting the living shit out of this country like they've been doing to China. We get one year of construction jobs in exchange for minimum four years of heavy industrial pollution serious enough to be noticed even in China? On what planet does that sound like a good idea? Planet Trump's Cock?

Comment Re:Not flame bait (Score 1) 65

I'll tell you what I think the major factors are. One, because basic PSN is free, yes. Two, because Microsoft so badly bungled the launch, and inertia is so very important. Inertia is the only reason we're still stuck with Windows; they got up a head of steam and managed to use it to build themselves a relatively unassailable position. Their stranglehold is only now failing on the desktop, and only because they went full spyware.

When Microsoft first launched their console in this generation, they said all kinds of idiotic things and had to backpedal on them even while the launch was occurring, and that cost them dearly. They have simply never recovered due to network effects. If your friends have the PS4, you're more likely to buy the PS4 so that you can play the same exclusives, share controllers, etc etc.

Comment Re:Lots of companies want Win10 (Score 1) 150

If you're big and important enough, your suppliers will pretty much always let you audit their source code under some sort of heavy NDA.

But they won't give you what you need to build your own OS from source, so even if you had the resources to audit the whole thing (and enough barf bags to control the hazmat, in the case of inspection of Windows code) it would be completely, utterly, and totally worthless.

Comment Re:#1TermDonald (Score 1) 495

Original purpose was to distill votes into a more manageable, trackable, comprehensible number to carry into a pool of other distilled numbers.

They didn't need electors with the legal right to cast their vote any way they wanted to have a system that did that. All they would have to do in order to have that system is assign x number of votes to each state and then deliver those votes to whoever won the vote in that state. Obviously, they had some other intent, or they wouldn't have made a more convoluted system than necessary to accomplish that end.

Comment Re:Vector animation is smaller than video (Score 1) 186

I don't want to see animated ads. When I do, I tend to go post something nasty about the company using it on G+. But thanks to AdBlock and NoScript, I usually don't actually see such travesties.

People who make singing, dancing ads should be slapped across the face with my cock.

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