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Comment Re:Narrative Pushing (Score 5, Insightful) 434

While I agree strongly with your sentiment in the rigging part, keep in mind that wikileaks obtained the info illegally, which is in general an advantage over running a legal news service (wikileaks hasn't leaked for a good intention in years and this wasn't done because they thought the world should kmow, it's pretty much a political tool at this point).

Wrong. Whoever hacked the democrats, did so illegally. Wikileaks itself didn't do anything illegal by receiving the resulting data. Otherwise. Otherwise all the News Services like CNN, NY Times, Washington Post, etc. would all be criminally liable as well when they released the Snowden Papers, the files from Manning, even back to the Pentagon papers etc.
When it helped the media and served their political narrative, they welcomed wikileaks. Now that they don't like what is leaked they, and you condemn it. Hypocrites.

Wikileaks didn't change, the media did, even when Assange has an obvious agenda: he always did.

Comment Re:Is this Soviet Russia? (Score 5, Interesting) 171

In this case, it is ok ever since Google and its corporate brethren dodged paying taxes by playing shenanigans with the tax system in different countries. It's the same here: this worked cause some US state doesn't have a sales tax.
If Google can arbitrate taxes cause it's "technically not illegal", then so can their customers. Or do you think Google is allowed but their customers have to play by a different rule?

Comment Ballmer still did everything wrong (Score 1) 114

What Microsoft needed to do, and failed, was to get a big chunk of the new market called "mobile". Microsoft surface division with its much touted billions of marketshare is not mobile. It's 100% pure PC: PC hardware with PC software. Not a single sliver of a new market there at all. So the surface division as it stands right now is totally irrelevant to this.
Even if you want part of the mobile market, it's debatable if you need to build your own hardware. Google steamrolled this market and now owns it like Microsoft owns the desktop without building and selling any hardware. Yes there are Nexus devices but they certainly weren't made to make money or get marketshare.

So Ballmer was utterly wrong in his assessment of needing to build and sell hardware, the surface division is like the xbox one: horrible losses for years, billions of dollars spent to make a few millions in "profits". With profits like those, no one would want any.

Comment Re:No conception of money (Score 1) 160

Whether or not he lives in a "money-free fantasy land", it's quite clear that you don't understand the main issue here, which is really about privacy.

Newspaper reading never was about privacy ever. The paper you buy at the front of the train station is anonymous, true. But the subscription for your local paper most certainly isn't. The business model of all newspapers with ads precludes any form of privacy whatsoever. Just cannot exist in this world simply cause no one would pay the price of a paper without ads: about triple the current price, and online ads must be targetable and be able to build a profile of a single reader or they are worthless.

Comment RMS doesn't understand how newspapers work (Score 1) 160

What RMS wants is logical, good for society, etc. but totally nonpractical and hasn't got a snowballs chance of working since he doesn't understand or ignore how newspapers, print and online both, make their money.

A newspaper hasn't been financed by the price of the paper in your local 7-11 for decades now. that nickel and dime is paying for distribution and maybe the cost of printing at most. The actual money, the biggest part of the cost producing a newspaper has been financed for ages with advertising. Ads from big and small companies but also from classifieds, death notices by relatives (not sure if that custom exists in the US), etc.

So ads are more important than the actual price paid for the traditional papers on dead trees. Now let's move on to the online version of the paper: the pretty much only thing of value one gets from online ads is to be able to directly identify the one watching the ad. To be able to exactly pinpoint the person and then in turn creating a very detailed profile about this person.
So the online newspaper needs to do the same calculation of ads as main income and subscription price, or some other pay per view, as only very secondary or else the subscription will be so outrageous, no one will ever buy one. It would cost probably two or three times as high without ads than the dead tree paper version for the privilege of reading it on your IPad. Very few subscribers indeed for such a thing.

Since the ads however demand a detailed profile as seen above, no newspaoper can ever deliver what RMS here wants.

Comment Awful article (Score 5, Informative) 113

This article is awful, both here on slashdot and pcworld. It shows that neither site is suitable for reporting on tech or IT journalism.

TSM doesn't design chips, they build them. Others design the chips, hand over that design to TSMC to get actual hardware back. TheRegister correctly reports this "bult by TSMC"
8MB SDRAM and 1GB DDR3 RAM. That is the same thing! DDR3 is a form of SDRAM and of course SDRAM makes no sense whatsoever here. Instead again, TheRegister correctly reports: 8GB SRAM, which is typically used for caching purposes: small size but fast, just like L1 to L3 caches in most/all CPUs which are also for caching.

Neither slashdot nor pcworld senior editor can correctly transcribe a simple news tidbit from another site.

Comment This is pseudo research/news (Score 2) 177

Of course you can trick any sensor invented by man some way or other. That's nothing new. We even know tons of ways to trick the sensors made by god/nature aka our eyes as well. Shine a bright light into them for $10 or maybe $100 and the driver will be forced to drive blind. Or you can have a $0 natural snow storm and the driver will also be on literally very dangerous ground: zero visibility and icy roads.

The point is not that either can be fooled, the point is, is the mechanical sensor better or at least equal to mark I eyeball? Is the program doing the automatic driving at least as good as an average driver? as good as the best driver possible?

Submission + - Wasserman Schultz won't Speak at Dem Convention After Wikileaks Revelations ( writes: CNN reports that the head of the Democratic National Committee will not speak at the party's convention next week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee's impartiality during the Democratic primary. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose stewardship of the DNC has been under fire through most of the presidential primary process, will not have a major speaking role in an effort "to keep the peace" in the party, a Democrat familiar with the decision said. The revelation comes following the release of nearly 20,000 emails. One email appears to show DNC staffers asking how they can reference Bernie Sanders' faith to weaken him in the eyes of Southern voters. Another seems to depict an attorney advising the committee on how to defend Hillary Clinton against an accusation by the Sanders campaign of not living up to a joint fundraising agreement.

Comment Empty Words (Score 3, Insightful) 412

He knows, we know, he will never have to make good on any of his campaign promises or boasts. He is 100% certain to lose the election.
He can promise anything he wants and it's meaningless. So why not go for the big ones: abolish the IRS but bring a efficient and fair tax enforcement, dismantle the Fed and have a strong monetary policy, kill off Wall Street and at the same time promote free enterprise, yadda, yadda.

Singling out only the universally unpopular NSA ist what a coward would do.

Comment Awesome turn around time on the bugfixing (Score 1) 211

They found the problem in 2012 and it took until 2016 to actually fix this relatively minor problem with big consequences?
Apparently the state of Washington has outsourced this software and its maintenance to their biggest taxpayer, Microsoft. No other way there is any reason to wait for a bugfix for four years.

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