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Comment Re:... move to a shared, distributed database ... (Score 2) 108

unless, of course, you manage to get a majority of the people to record it incorrectly... but gee, that's impossible, right?

I do hope you're being sarcastic; it's easy to imagine an implementation of replication with a security hole that allows a falsified entry to propagate to all the nodes quickly and efficiently.

Comment Re:Well, duh. Mass transportation is a slush fund. (Score 3, Informative) 408

It may work eventually, but it's a boondoggle for construction companies and mayors/governors.

So I must have been just dreaming when I thought I remembered zipping from London to Paris in just over two hours and sending emails from under the Atlantic seabed.

Your response is strange; the article and the GP are about cost overruns not whether the project is completed or not. The Chunnel did indeed overrun by about 80%.

Comment Re:pay tax (Score 1) 125

pay your taxes, goverment funds/employees the poor, poor buys their own bananas

For the government take over this project there would be: banana tax forms, banana accountants, banana tax enforcement agents, the office of banana procurement (with a nice office building in DC), the office of banana distribution (with a nice office building in DC), a Congressional banana oversight committee complete with budget for banana inspection tours, the president's special banana adviser.... ok, these jokes almost write themselves. Anyway you get the idea. Or Amazon can do it themselves and pay a wee bit less dividends to shareholders.

Comment Re: the smell of E-6 in the morning (Score 3, Insightful) 213

History is full of failed companies whose management got stuck in "we are an x company" mentality instead of "we are a company". Even if they were a film and chemical company they should have adapted. Canon and Nikon could just as easily have been stuck in "we are a film camera company" mode but they didn't.

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