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Comment Re: Lessons to learn (Score 1) 87

They will cry for some national solution to their local problem instead taking even a moment to figure out which local politician needs to be voted out.

You are looking at this the wrong way. No point voting someone out only to get another politician voting the same way. You need to work out who to vote in, not out. Then, of course, that individual has to do what they said they would when the were trying to get elected, be influential enough to sway the vote on a bill to change the status quo, and not hold unacceptable positions on other issues. I venture this might be a hard problem to solve with certainty.

Comment Re:As far as a journalist can tell? (Score 4, Interesting) 217

You'll note there's nothing to not believe. The journalist was simply pointing out that there is no apparent reason for this announcement to come from Intel's CEO while he's in the Oval Office. Nothing in the announcement, brief, or subsequent details suggests this has anything at all to do with Trump. Except the location of the announcement.

H's just confused about why it took place in the Oval Office. There's two possible reasons really:

(1) Trump did something to prompt this decision. In which case, I would expect, based on Trump's personality, that he'd be telling everyone who will listen how he did it.
(2) Trump didn't do anything except arrange for the announcement to come from inside the Oval. I personally think this is the case - it gives people (like you) that want to believe he's doing something a talking point, valid or not - and two, it gives Intel the perception of being both pro-trump and meh-trump at the same time.

The short version here is that we're being fed something. I hesitate to call it bullshit, because nobody said anything weird - but it certainly looks like people are trying to play some kind of game here.

Comment Re:They don't get it. (Score 5, Informative) 437

Speaking as someone who has spent thousands of dollars in legal assistance getting the appropriate visa in place allowing me to work in the US (but luckily am not from one of the countries in the executive order)... go fuck yourself. This isn't about American jobs, its about screwing over people you don't like and trying to win political points with morons.

People have spent years getting those visas. People may have even been living the in US for decades. This is not a moratorium on new visas, this is retroactively screwing people who have followed the process to get into the US legally.

Comment Re:Never saw the point of github (Score 4, Insightful) 227

This is one of those cases where VC's are killing github. They should never have gone anywhere near VC money.

There are all kinds of companies that should seek and acquire VC money. But a company that's comfortably running a small, scalable service pulling in reasonable revenues... VCs will demand far more growth and market penetration than may be reasonable to expect... so you build a massive enterprise sales organization, burn cash like nothing else, and end up running a perfectly good, small company with solid revenues into the ground hoping to make billions instead of tens or hundreds of millions.

Lots of companies should go this route. Github was never one of them.

Comment Re:It's a shame. (Score 4, Informative) 90

Thankfully, they've ported the hub (and other tools such as the virtual keyboard) to android, and they're available on the play store. I've been using them for some time now - and the $1/month subscription fee is quite reasonable for what it gives me. I love the blackberry virtual keyboard, and the hub is far better than any other alternative that I've seen.

Comment Re:No return trips? (Score 5, Interesting) 497

I wouldn't call one launch failure "regularly". If you want to be specific, he also had one "pre-launch test" failure. So two failures on the Falcon 9. Not bad for 28 launches, considering the rate they're improving.

I don't understand the hate lately. It's as though the astroturfing on SpaceX has kicked up recently. At least they have a vision.

Comment Re:No return trips? (Score 2) 497

All trips are return.. optionally.

Each ship that goes to mars will have to return to earth - after having being refueled on Mars. This is relatively easy thanks to the supercooled methane/oxygen engines, as CO2+H2O availability on Mars. Elon quipped that the return trip is free - since the ship has to come back anyway.

Comment Guys. Stop... (Score 0) 105

Two apple related posts in the first three hours of the day? One about a new rumor, and the other about how someone on fortune thinks people will skip this version? The event is happening in a few hours. How about you report on THAT.

These stories? I don't care. It's not news. It doesn't matter. Stop.

Comment Re:I wonder what (Score 2) 100

The traditional products SGI was known for are gone... this new company, Rackable, which lifted the SGI brand in 2009, does some pretty interesting integrated rack products, both on density and power consumption.

What I don't understand is how HPE bought a company that did over $500M in revenue for $275M. This doesn't make sense.

Comment Re:How much is the fine for false information? (Score 1) 129

The classic dick-n-balls sketch is not generally a unique identifier that on its own would invalidate the ballot paper: counting such ballots is not new. If you put anything on the ballot paper that can uniquely identify the voter then the vote is informal. A high proportion of voters would be the only person with that name that voted at a particular station. Initial counting will treat ballots containing names as invalid until the race turns out to be tight and the votes might make the difference. A handful of tight races end up with court rulings on whether a name is uniquely identifying or not.

Comment Re:They are asking for it (Score 1) 129

The standard talking point coming out of the ABS is this scenario:

The Census form is the only reliable source of information on whether an individual identifies as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. So, after the census, if the census name, DOB, and address records are matched against new death records a better picture of indigenous Australian life expectancy can be made. That information is useful when planning programs to improve indeigenous life expectancy.

Neither birth nor death records carry this indigenous origin information. However, it strikes me that this can be achieved a number of ways without keeping the actual name, DOB or address. Hashes of the components (normalised or perhaps several allowing for variant spelling) can just as easily be compared and the sensitive data is never retained.

There are currently legislated protections forbidding the use of this data for any other purpose including law enforcement, courts, or taxation. However, these can easily be remove by an Act of parliament (and are probably already subverted for intelligence agencies). I do not trust future parliaments.

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