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Comment 60M == 100's of millions. Government overhead? (Score 1) 113

Ok so "software licensing agreements and technical support with an estimated upfront worth of $60 million..." but somehow "six years of unlimited Oracle software and technical support included in the deal will save the state hundreds of millions of dollars in years to come"?

The only thing I can think of that paying those 60 million somehow costs the state of Oregon 100's of millions. That's one hell of of an overhead cost! No wonder they couldn't make the website work, for every $1 in insurance premium collected would have costed the state 10's of dollars I guess. Oracle saved them money by forcing them to go with the federal solution.

Maybe it's like with pumping gas in Oregon, they have laws that state that every check made for software licensing must go though a minimum number of bureaucrats and each bureaucrat has a fixed fee for processing the payment.

Or maybe it's the lawyer speak, "the $1 we save today will save billions" which is technically true if we invest that $1 today and the billions saved are in a billion years or so, assuming low risk returns. After all, this statement did come from an Attorney (General).

Comment Re:They are pledging to something in 30+ years (Score 1) 114

You forgot to mention no consequences whatsoever even if someone does remember in 30 years. They pledge to do something, but commit to nothing if they fail. I pledge I will colonize Mars by 2050, personally, with no help from anyone else. And if I don't, oh well, I pledge it now so until 2050 you gotta give me credit for it.

Comment Re:Oh yeah? Then what are you gonna do about it? (Score 2) 410

I don't think this is correct.

Suppose you have to go through a routine IRS audit (you're a business or something so this isn't unusual), and you somehow convince your local IRS representative/auditor to give you a giant break on taxes. The main IRS later finds out about this auditor's actions, deems them illegal, and now wants you to pay your back taxes. Sorry, I don't see a problem with that.

Uhmm... hold on a second here. If it's the local IRS office that closes the deal with you, even if they break the rules, they are the ones breaking rules, not you. Why should you be on the hook for that? If you buy a service from some company for a price they agree on, then their parent company decides you need to pay 10X the price, do you legally now owe that? It sounds like what you're saying is that all deals have to be always approved by the top of the chain. I wonder if the IRS would accept someone telling them "sorry, I am not paying you a penny until my taxes are checked and approved by president Obama".

Comment Re:Big corporation shipping for Xmas season (Score 1) 115

Nothing moral or principled about it. September announcement are just often 11'th hour announcements - chances are things had to get cut, or features compromised in order to hit that last minute (for Xmas consumer device season) time slot. No "moral failing" about it, I just liked apple products when they were released by a perfectionist wanting to release an solid product rather than profiteers wanting to cash in. It's a battle of interests - stock holders vs. customers.

Comment Re:Worse Than the Cult of Mac? (Score 1) 115

LOL. You couldn't be more wrong. I never was fanatical about Apple or Jobs. The ONLY Apple device I ever used personally is an iPad2. I think Apple products used to be really good products, just not quite to my personal taste. My experience with Apple products comes from supporting iPhones, iMacs, iPads and Apple Watches that my wife and kids have been using, but liking less and less as time goes by. My comment about Steve being dead is simply based on my observation that the declining user experience quality (including setup and maintenance) seems to coincide with the departure of Steve. Add to that Apple's declining sales since then, lack of any successful new product launches - you do the math. Sadly, nobody can do what Steve did. If Tim Cook was to try some of the stunts Jobs pulled and got away with, he'd be fired, plane and simple. So, we're left with a company grasping for things like trying to generate revenue by introducing a proprietary connection for headphones. *sigh*

Comment Big corporation shipping for Xmas season (Score 1, Interesting) 115

When Steve was alive Apple shipped new products when Steve thought they were ready, which was a pretty high quality bar. Today Apple ships whatever compromise they can to make sure they hit the Xmas season, like any other shareholder driven corporations (nobody with Steve's position to oppose them). This is why Apple product quality is now no better or worse than all other major players. I miss the old Apple where products actually worked and someone had the guts to say "This is a crappy user experience, go back and fix it!".

Comment Has anyone linked Paris attacks to bitcoins? (Score 1) 130

Last I checked there were no conclusive links Paris attacks were funded by bitcoins (one source here ). I'm pretty sure it was proven though that the terrorist were breathing French oxygen in the atmosphere though, so maybe we should get the French to start tightly regulating who can breathe over there and who can plant plants that generate that oxygen (you know, since it may be used by a terrorist)?

Comment Re: Er (Score 1) 623

Tesla Autopilot has sensor limitations that make it blind to stationary objects, unless that object is a car that was moving at the time it was first perceived by the system. Yes, that is documented somewhere in the manual and yes, there are click-throughs. The problems is, if you actually consider all available information, this is a beta product that actually requires the driver to pay more attention to the road than if they were driving themselves (it's like driving with a visually impaired student driver), however it is marketed as a feature that offloads the driver - presumably it would be that if it was out of beta, which may never happen on current generation cars. The fact that it does so well most of the time is actually it's biggest downfall as it lures users into false sense of security which can have fatal results.

Comment IR filters for phones, also Do-not-film-me hats (Score 1) 266

As soon as this becomes integrated in iPhones, I'm starting a company selling do-not-film-me hats, pins, ski-masks and other accessories for anyone who doesn't want to be filmed. Also for sale, IR filters for iphones - both stick-on and cases with IR filters that block the "do not film" IR signals.

Comment Re:saving the world (Score 1) 180

There are cops chasing cars with radar guns or laser, so that when you get a ticket you feel like you got unlucky, and people like you can take the "moral high ground". If that same cop watched traffic cams with a stopwatch or simply counted frames in the video, he could issue many more citations than having to catch speeders with radar, and there would be video evidence very hard to beat. Heck, a lot of it could be automated, take the cop out of the equation altogether. Similarly you could use toll readers, license plate readers, etc. But then, once people know they cannot beat the system actually start driving under the limit, consider all the cops, judges, clerks that would lose their jobs processing the tickets, plus all the revenue the city would lose. Roads would then get more congested in some spots, and less safe in others (even Google autonomous driving team admitted their car drives above speed limit because in some situations, driving at speed limit causes unsafe situations).

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