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Apple's New Spaceship Campus Gets a Name, Lifts Off In April (arstechnica.com) 106

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple has been building its giant new "spaceship" campus in the company's hometown of Cupertino, California, since December of 2013, and since then fans have paid obsessive attention to the structure. It gets buzzed by drones constantly, and the most popular YouTube videos of the building in progress have amassed well over half-a-million views apiece. The company announced today that the campus will be open to employees starting in April and that the building and environs now have a name: Apple Park. Apple says that moving the 12,000 employees who will work at the campus will take more than six months, and landscaping and construction on some buildings won't be done until the summer. The new campus mostly replaces the university-style Infinite Loop campus Apple has used since 1993, though Apple has said that it will also be keeping the older buildings. The new campus' cost has been estimated at around $5 billion. Apple will also be naming one space on the new campus after its founder and former CEO -- the Steve Jobs Theater will replace the current Town Hall event space that Apple sometimes uses for company meetings and product announcements, and it will open "later this year." The new space will be much larger (it will seat 1,000, compared to roughly 300 for the Town Hall), and the larger space will presumably allow Apple to launch more of its products on its campus rather than having to rent expensive event space in downtown San Francisco. The company is also moving its Worldwide Developers Conference closer to home this year -- it will return to San Jose after many years at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Comment Re:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 5

I'll be better able to figure it when the cartridge is empty. The savings come from not having to pay eight or ten bucks for copies that I'm proofreading.

They're already online as free e-books, HTML, and PDF, with printed copies available at a price.

Comment Cataracts and Suse (Score 1) 6

IIRC you're Canadian (if in the US you'll need insurance) and should be able to get CrystaLens implants for an extra $2,000. They cure nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and cataracts.

I ran Suse back in 2003 and liked it, but moved to Mandrake because my TV didn;t like it; I was using the TV as a monitor with an S-video cable. Still trying to find a distro that will run on an old Gateway laptop.

Comment Remembering it's China works both ways... (Score 1) 147

Like when accounting for "20 million active users" monthly to "between 300000 and 400000 jobs" every month.

Population of China: 1.357 Billion.
Out of which 359.14 million were employed in urban and 405 million in rural China, in 2011.

Meaning that those "monthly gigs" represent 0.039 - 0.052% of jobs in China.
While "20 million active users", would represent 2.61% of workers - if there actually were 20 million gigs too.
Instead of there only being enough "gigs" for about 1.5 - 2% of "workers".

Some of whom are significant enough percent of the whole to be singled out in the article as ""beautiful women"...between the ages of 18 and 28...working as live-streaming models to keep mostly-male viewers entertained" - for 70$ per day + tips.

I.e. The company offers either "sorting crates of milk at a supermarket or hand out pamphlets on frozen sidewalks" kind of "gigs" - or "gigs" which are not so cleverly disguised online prostitution.
Considering that regular prostitution can employ some 300000 in a single city those 80$ million look more and more like they are being made on the backs of prostitutes.

Comment You betcha you should take her word for it. (Score 1) 906

You clearly didn't RTFA. She has extensive email and chat records to back up her claims. Yes, I am taking her word for it.

Considering that in Trumperican Kingdom, current first "lady" is suing a foreign tabloid for calling her a prostitute and thus preventing her from a "unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to cash in on her position of a first "lady" - you betcha you should take her word for it.

Only a complete idiot wouldn't keep a paper/electronic trail while making public accusations in the Land of Litigation.
Which goes double for someone working for a company involved in so many lawsuits.

Comment Re:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 5

I based the estimate on $5o for a cartridge that prints an average of 3,000 pages. A color laser would be nice, but as you say, far more expensive both in up-front costs and toner. And changing toner in a color printer is a PITA, at least the ones at work were.

Comment AHAHHAAHA! What a pathetic loser you are... (Score 1) 91

Truly... Pathetic. Such a loser. Sad.

You just keep banging them red herrings kiddo, pushing them irrelevant conclusions...
None of those are arguments. Nor are they addressing the facts I stated. You know... Facts. As in reality.

But you just keep on keeping on! Enjoy! Trump won! Don't be such a loser son! Go on!
Run naked through the streets yelling "WE WON! WE WON! WE WAAHAHAAAHAAN!!!"
Instead of being such a pathetic, sad, little loser that you have to keep resorting to fallacies.
At least you could LIE... It IS in vogue for your kind. But no... you probably suck at that too.
Sad. Such a loser.

Comment You should really pay attention when reading... (Score 1) 895

Except according to the FBI nothing Flynn did was illegal.

Umm... NO.

1 - There is no such claim in that article.

The FBI in late December reviewed intercepts of communications between the Russian ambassador to the United States and retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn - national security adviser to then-President-elect Trump - but has not found any evidence of wrongdoing or illicit ties to the Russian government, U.S. officials said.

That last bit is the source of the claim. "U.S. officials" - NOT FBI. Not even "senior officials". Just "officials".

2 - It gets better. Or worse... depending how you look at it.
By the end of the article, it's not even "officials". It's "some guy(s)".
It's "individuals".

Both Flynn, a former head of the Pentagon's intelligence agency, and Kislyak, a seasoned diplomat, are probably aware that Kislyak's phone calls and texts are being monitored, current and former officials said.
That would make it highly unlikely, the individuals said, that the men would allow their calls to be conduits of illegal coordination.

That's not reporting.
That's pure CYA and imputing unsubstantiated OPINIONS to sources without actual information - while throwing around buzzwords which telegraph credibility.

Which is why you've read that and though you read "according to the FBI nothing Flynn did was illegal".
When it's actually "according to some guys, FBI won't find anything, cause Flynn and Kislyak aren't that stupid".

3 - You know how they remake and reboot old movies? So it is still a story about same things... but it is different now?
Well... that is an OLD article.
Which doesn't match the findings in the new article, from the same paper.
As in, opinions presented in it have turned out to be, based on incomplete and FALSE information.
So false in fact, that claims of "the individuals" in that article are basically - LIES.

From claims about FBI "not finding any evidence", while the investigation is actually still ongoing...

Officials said this week that the FBI is continuing to examine Flynn's communications with Kislyak.

To "former and current U.S. officials" outright calling out Trump administration for lying about "not" making deals with a foreign power.
Foreign power which is under sanctions BECAUSE OF CYBER ATTACKS ON THE USA.
Cyber attacks, made during the election which got said administration into the White House.

National security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country's ambassador to the United States during the month before President Trump took office, contrary to public assertions by Trump officials, current and former U.S. officials said.

U.S. intelligence agencies were then concluding that Russia had waged a cyber campaign designed in part to help elect Trump; his senior adviser on national security matters was discussing the potential consequences for Moscow, officials said.

Feel free to connect those dots.
Particularly in the light of Flynn getting canned mere days after that article got published.
Cover your ass is a very popular game among those who practice "pants on fire" lying.

Neither of those assertions is consistent with the fuller account of Flynn's contacts with Kislyak provided by officials who had access to reports from U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies that routinely monitor the communications of Russian diplomats.
Nine current and former officials, who were in senior positions at multiple agencies at the time of the calls, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

All of those officials said Flynn's references to the election-related sanctions were explicit.
Two of those officials went further, saying that Flynn urged Russia not to overreact to the penalties being imposed by President Barack Obama, making clear that the two sides would be in position to review the matter after Trump was sworn in as president.

"Kislyak was left with the impression that the sanctions would be revisited at a later time," said a former official.

He literally promised them favors by the President, if they stay cool about sanctions they were given for attacking USA.
A reward for attacking USA.
"In part to help elect Trump".

User Journal

Journal Journal: The Printer 5

(Illustrated version here)
After buying copies of books from my book printer, finding errors to correct, and giving the bad copies to my daughter who wants them, rather than discarding them I realized I was stupid. It would be a lot cheaper to buy a laser printer.
An inkjet wouldn’t work for me. The printer is going to be sitting idle most of the time, and inkjet nozzles clog; I’v

Comment LOOK AT THAT STRAWMAN RUN!!! RUN STRAWMAN! RUN! (Score 1) 91

Is there a ban on being muslim? I know of none. I suspect you are talking about the suspension of immigration from seven specific countries, using the incorrect language the mass media has attached to it.

NOPE! Comrade.
I am talking about Trump and his cohorts trying to blame Obama for their own unconstitutional actions - for which they just got their asses handed to them the federal appeals court. Sad.
CONGRATULATIONS COMRADE! TRUMP WON! ENJOY!

But do feel free to put up any strawman you like. After all... there's already a strawhead puppet put up in the White House.

Or a tu quoque fallacy.

Trump is not unique in something like this.

Which, AGAIN, manages to also be a false equivalence fallacy.
Cause not since King George the Third ruled in today's US parts have military raids been decided over a dinner, with only The Supreme Lunatic in Charge, his court astrologist, his son in law, a lunatic general and a single person from the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Out of SEVEN.
Trump the situation room! Who needs them generals and admirals anyway when there are Kushner, Bannon and the Mad Dog there to give their council?

Remember when Carter took foreign policy advice from his beer swillin, public urinatin, Libyan agent brother Billy? No?
Would you like to know why you can't remember that? CAUSE IT DIDN'T HAPPEN!
Carter didn't order military raids on advice of his family, eschewing advice from the military chiefs, while listening to conspiracy theorists.

Here. Read up on why oranges are NOT like apples. This shit might blow your mind. Well... a man can hope.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

I'm not sure what disaster has resulted from those calls. Is either country busy importing Russian nuclear missiles to try to make us behave? Was there a plague of locusts, or what?

RIIIIIGHT! OK... So that's the new standard? Wait until they start importing Russian nuclear missiles? That's where the goalposts are nowadays?
What century do you live in kiddo? IT ain't 1960's bro. Nobody's putting up missiles. Better come back to the real world.
Maybe then you'd realize that when the President of a country makes an ass of himself in front of the foreign leaders and the whole world - it kinda matters.
And it matters A LOT when he comes off as a pathetic, babylike, tantrum-throwing demented lunatic.
Even King George got "regented" when his lunacy got THAT bad. He did manage to lose a big chunk of the empire before that happened though.

If this removal was a demand made of the last two "admin", then it surely wasn't caused by Trump. Who was giving the "option" of removing this material to the USDA? And if there was no demand, what was there to refuse -- in the name of "transparency"?

What? ANOTHER strawman?

The issue is NOT in determining the blame on who gave the Strawpuppet in Chief and his gang of incompetent lunatics the ability to order removal of the material.
IT IS ABOUT THEM LYING ABOUT WHO ORDERED THE REMOVAL OF SAID MATERIAL!!!
Get it, comrade?

In case you missed that one from your parents - LYING IS BAAAAAD!
Lying in such a STUPID way is WORSE!!! Not only are you a liar - YOU'RE A STUPID LIAR TOO!
Or a lunatic with no relation to reality.

But trump that. Trump won bro! Enjoy!

Comment Re:The reason I hate WordPress is PHP. (Score 2) 119

Like everything if you RTFM it works as described. If you are coding PHP you would know this behaviour.

I disagree that most or even many PHP programmers know this issue. A few months ago I demo'ed an exploit in code that a coworker wrote which had the same flaw, this time in comparing MD5 hashes. He had been using PHP for all of his professional career and had no idea how PHP compares strings with leading digits.

Of course, I only knew about the issue because of a similar bug that I wrote, sometime a bit over a decade ago. At that time I had been using PHP for over five years.

So the maxim "know your tools" still stands, but string comparison in PHP _is_ broken in subtle, dangerous ways that most devs will never (knowingly) encounter. I've never seen code that _relies_ on this behaviour, I would love to see it fixed in a major version release. Too bad PHP 7 still carries this flaw.

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