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Comment Re: Could be big in Fintech (Score 1) 42

I am not sure... seems centralizing/clustering the system into many parts is opposite the concept of a open network where all participates vote on the validity of all transactions. They might have a way to keep votes localized for segregated transactions and then have the results accepted as valid by the rest of the system but still seems like a vector to create inconsistencies and disputes.

At that point you might as well get rid of the complexity of segregation/sharding and go with a central trusted authority or core members... like a Senate. Now you are just one step away from a traditional accounting ledger or... our current ACH system.

Comment Well... it's google (Score 5, Insightful) 64

Honestly, it's something we have come to expect of Google. They take a fail cheap fail fast approach to everything. So they try a lot of different stuff but also cancel almost everything. It's a good strategy as far as staying innovative and profitable.

But from a customer dependability view point Google has earned being at the bottom. You really can't build on top of google services and stick around. Eventually they will shell it and you will lose everything. This culture of theirs also makes it hard for enterprises to take them seriously. We are looking at Chromebooks and there are all these corner cases that Google has just never really thought about. They never built the services with an enterprise mindset. They just don't seem to know what a standard enterprise's needs are. Similarly they don't seem to understand the user's need for dependable and predictable services either.

Comment Re: FRost (Score 1) 622

BS. Italy, and Greece have always been fiscically irresponsible. France and Spain less so but not exactly examples to follow.

Germany did two mistakes when it comes to the bankrupt nations. They allowed their banks to continue to lend to them even though the economic factors showed that there was no way those nations could service the interest. The banks saw the common currency as a "take risks and the EU will bail you out" card. Then the EU did bail them out. With Germany being in the best position to do so. Thus the German people paid the most to bail out German banks that paid for the over indulgences of the fisicially irresponsible nations.

It would be better for Italy and Greece to have their own currency. Then they could avoid bankruptcy by tanking their currency to nothing. And they could have gotten there faster because no one would lend to them. They aren't responsible enough to be part of the EU and until they are, the EU would be better off without them.

Germany is in a better competitive position vs India than the US because of a better social safety net, a huge apprenticeship program, and more open borders to labor. They also have protectionistic measures such as a "build it here" and "minimum consumption" mentality. They also pay a ton in taxes with very little tax evasion. Especially in comparison to some of the other EU nations.

Comment Re: Thought crime (Score 1) 164

The government poisoned industrial alcohols and other similar alcohol substitutes that were not meant for non-human consumption. This was to deter producers from using alcohol substitutes to jack up the proof of products or shorten production time.

Producers either switched to other alternatives or learned to depoision some. Unfortunately, since the production was already illegal, there were producers who didn't care enough about quality or traded it for cost.

The government could have actually addressed consumption by making it illegal to possess and consume. But they didn't. Some states kind of did this but had many many exceptions in terms of wine, religious, and medical reasons.

Comment Re: Thought crime (Score 1) 164

Bad example. Prohibition didn't address consumption. It only made trade, and production illegal. Still consumption dropped quite a bit. But the overall drastic increase in crime, deaths, and cost were not worth it.

Demand based controls are more difficult but far more effective than supply based controls. Imagine if drinking was made illegal? You would have riots. But if accepted, would have destroyed the producers.

Same with the War on Drugs, it leans heavily on the transporters, a little less on the producers, and far less on the consumers.

Comment The best and worst of America (Score 1) 1149

Ignoring all the off topic and closet bigot posts above...

I hope this poor excuse of an American rots in jail and gets charged with hate crime. In addition I hope the two survivors sue him for every penny he is worth.

And kudos to Mr Grillot for standing up to this ass. We need more people like him!

Comment Re:Most of the web really sucks (Score 1) 325

By doing the work in parallel, your one PC will hit many servers and the ones that are busy will delay sending you data till they are free. The others will send you data quickly. Its basically like queue theory; multiple tellers (servers) one queue (PC).

Even if you have ONE server to multiple PCs, doing parallel requests will make more efficient use of all the caches between the parties. The middleware or even server will know that PC5 wants the same resource that PC2 is currently requesting so it can choose to keep it in memory rather than re-read the file again. Or if PC1,2,3,4 send all their requests at once to one server, the server knows to keep in memory and serve File1,2 to all followed by File4,5 to all, etc. That is better for the server than to server Files 1-5 to PC1 at once followed by 1-5 again to PC2 at once, etc. The cache still applies when we have multiple servers.

Additionally, requests one at a time, are not an efficient use of bandwidth. In a single teller situation, your bandwidth usage will fall and rise as you switch between requests* and the load the sender is currently facing. With multiple tellers, they can maximize the bandwidth utilization, if one falls off, the others pick up the slack; if a new request comes in, the others back off... Keeping your bandwidth mostly utilized.

As for your point on the browser adapting to a specific type of network connection; this is not a browser or programmer concern. Software is several layers outside of hardware. The complaint should be addressed to the networking driver or TCP/IP stack setup. Networking is highly segregated with multiple layers. The raw communication is at one of the lowest levels and the type of connection you have should be addressed at that point. Unfortunately, use cases such as your are such niches that Microsoft are most retail network card providers just don't care.

* = There are overheads in opening & closing a request; finding & queuing a resource; switching contexts; authentication; authorization; session management etc.

Comment Re: I thought not all US carriers use LTE (Score 2) 105

That's not a coverage issue, that's a congestion issue. Too many clients hopping onto one tower. That used to happen everyday here 3 years ago where the highways cross... on ATT. The phones on the highway side of the building become useless for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening. If you get a call going, it's fine; else keep trying.

Coverage is easy to fix. It's very easy for the carries to see when people "fall off" their network and when they see a lot, they put up a tower to cover the hole. Congestion is harder to figure out and could mean backhaul upgrades.

Comment Re:Automatically fired (Score 1) 106

Ok, looking at the other poster's Wiki link, what I got on that report:
1/3 of tax revenues are wasted by govt ops
1/3 aren't collected because people don't pay what they owe
1/3 are used to pay interest on the national debt

It predicted that our debt will be 13Trillion by 2000 but that didn't occur till the Housing bubble burst in 2008. For a 15 year forecast, 8 years off ... is kind of bad. Nor does the report take into consideration or provide recommendations to the impact of Congress varying tax rates or the economy's performance.

1/3 is wasted. This is pretty much true of ALL large organizations. Not just governments. And before people bring up private vs public funds... If your primary customer is the government (Lockheed), you are a country's darling industry (GM, Chrysler, Steel workers), or just too big to fail (Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup) the emergency funds are all tax payers'. Even their suppliers are supported by tax payers.

1/3 is not paid. Right, you are arguing that the government steals our money, wastes it, and provides nothing in return. But the primary reason for nothing in return is that 1/3 don't pay what they owe? This would go up if we switched to only a sales tax like the grand parent says.

1/3 is used to pay national debt. Its silly how people talk about national debt; like its a singular metric used to define government inefficiencies. Its the flip side of but the same as how people argue about the performance of a company based on revenue increases; never taking into consideration the many other factors in play.

But paying off debt is easy; we can always just print money. But we don't, because it would hurt the US citizen the most. Because most of the national debt is to ourselves. Far more (2/3s) so than all the foreign nations & entities combined! But really, why are we complaining that others are willing to lend us money to invest in our economy? If they feel we are risky or bad, they will either make it unaffordable or not lend us. The debt stays in a band of efficiency all by itself. Go too high, we print money; go too low, interest rates tank.

The report is basically bullshit and Congress rightfully ignored it.

BTW, Tax Withholdings are actually mandatory by law since 1943. The President vetoed it, but Congress passed it. Meaning the State reps overrode the Federal in passing that law. Most states also have Tax Withholdings. So do some cities! Its a fair way for the public (aka government) to collect revenues to pay for the daily services you consume. The alternatives are to pay up front for the year's services, or the federal government takes a loan that is serviced by the year end collection. Without continuous collections to pay continuous services, the public would actually be more in debt. Additionally, most people aren't disciplined enough to actually save their salary to pay their taxes. So the number of people NOT paying their fair share would go up if all collections happened on Jan/April.

Finally, you can OPT out of most monthly Withholdings! You can elect allowances to reduce the Withholdings. You can even file an Exemption from all Federal Withholdings if you don't own taxes! But of course within a certain margin, you must still pay your total year's worth of taxes on a regular quarterly basis. But the power is entirely within your hands to push your tax payments to the last minute possible. You don't have to pay too much every month and get the extra back a year later.

Knowledge IS power!

Also, Ft Knox would be the epitome of "big central government". Federal Reserve is decentralized governance backed by tax payers. Individual banks would be like little governments.

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