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Comment Re:Not Unexpected (Score 1) 84

Why should downloaders be an exception? For that matter, why should uploaders be singled out in particular?

Because the uploader is the supplier, they are the one infringing the copyright. You might be creating the copy because I'm asking you to, but that doesn't change the fact that it's you making the copy, and that is the part of the transaction that is copyright infringement.

Comment Re:Short-sighted shareholders won out again.... (Score 1) 188

>'Others', as in SHORT SIGHTED 'ACTIVIST' SHAREHOLDERS who want that quarterly price target hit, were the ones who pushed back.

Not buying this. The majority of Google is closely held, and if the people who held it kept their originally articulated vision for the company (starting with "Don't be evil") then people like Carl Icahn could go pound sand. That said, the push back is likely because "Oh, crap, this is much harder and more expensive than we thought it would be" coupled with the fact that Google has the attention span of a Golden Retriever with ADHD. Viewed in that light, the objections are likely reasonable.

Comment Re:RANT! (Score 1) 188

There are two problems:

First is that the vast majority of our spending is on social programs and the military. The Democrats (generally) want to cut military spending and increase social spending. The Republicans (generally) want to cut social spending and increase military spending. Neither of them wants to actually spend on infrastructure unless there is a direct intersection with their primary objectives. Most of our national infrastructure that wasn't built by private parties is a result of those intersections (i.e. PWA in the 1930s trying to spend our way out of the Great Depression, or WW2/Cold War era military spending). They'll talk a good game at election time, or during a State of the Union speech, but when the time comes to allocate funds, it rarely seems to happen unless one of the intersections above is in play, or something just exploded and the politicians are afraid of looking like it's their fault. I don't expect this to change meaningfully in my lifetime.

Second is that we can't do anything as a society anymore because we're a culture of blaming (so we're incredibly risk averse). The lawyers and insurance people run the show on all major projects, and things cost much more, and take much longer to build (and the longer build times make things cost even more). The Empire State Building took 13 1/2 months to build. 1WTC took about eight years, which is two years longer than the first transcontinental railroad (which went through two mountain ranges with nothing more than dynamite and hand tools). I DO expect this one to change meaningfully in my lifetime, though I expect it to get worse instead of better.

Comment Re:Laying cable (Score 3, Interesting) 188

Oops I mean $560/house.

You're still (probably quite a bit) low. Your $20/hr is definitely short of the fully loaded cost of those guys (these are usually not day laborers picked up outside Home Depot, but skilled professionals in their own right, and even the flaggers are probably members of CWA) and your time calc is also probably just to "pass" the house. It costs more time to put the peds/dog houses in at each house, then to string or bury the cable to the house itself. All in all, your labor cost "per house" is probably pushing 10x the above number.

Comment Re: No you don't (Score 1) 237

But how often do they upgrade?

I heard same argument for mainframes. Sure I heard they exist but I have never seen one before because hardly anyone uses them today.

The PC is dying. Just because it is not dead yet doesn't mean it's on decline. Millennials can use an iPad with office fine for most office tasks and their phones and use a cloud. The pc is niching

Comment Re:Here comes the "Trump 1" (Score 3, Insightful) 857

This is the most massive case of projection I've ever seen. Who's Trump going to start the war with? Russia shouldn't be an enemy. China? They're run by engineers, you couldn't start a nuclear war with them if you tried.

On the other hand, Hillary took the initiative in starting wars, the Libyan civil war comes to mind. She also represents the interests of the banks, the arms manufacturers, and the Washington DC establishment. You know, the ones who continually demand that wars start.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 857

I don't know if you've been following the news for the last 4 years but we have been deliberately provoking Russia for quite a while now. You know about the situation in Ukraine, right?

As for Hillary, her husband raped several women, and she attacked his rape victims. Really. In public, without any apparent sense that what she was doing was wrong. She was trying to discredit these rape victims. It's on tape. Who needs her emails?

Comment Re: No you don't (Score 1) 237

Anyone born in the 20th century knows the grandparent is idiotic as of course I don't see green screen dumb terminals hooked to a massive mainframe for basic word processing.

Yes offices did this as mainframes were real systems. Not toys for serious WordPerfect use.

Opterons? Huh. IBM 370 mainframes didnt run these and modern mainframes don't run on Xeons or opterons either.

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