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Comment As it ever was (Score 1) 39

Revolutions always come from the haves, not the have nots.

The American revolution was the powerful landholders against the powerful government in Whitehall (and was won via lobbying/bribery in London, not on the battlefield). The American civil war was the landed gentry fighting to save their capital (i.e. slaves) against mechanization and increased opposition to slavery in the north.

The French Revolution was not the revolution of the sans coulottes as it was portrayed -- Danton et all were all well education scions of the aristocracy and merchant class. Napoleon was from the provinces, but was wealthy enough to buy a commission under the King.

Lenin and Trotsky were well educated (OK, Stalin was not). Ho Chi Minh attended the Sorbonne. Nehru, Jinna et al met at Oxford.

Comment Re:If true, why are we subsidizing it? (Score 1) 539

You're answering questions I didn't ask. The power companies serve everyone yet we don't subsidize them. Why should this random huge sector receive a subsidy while others don't?

To your point: where I live, Palo Alto, the big madrassas (Sacred Heart, Santa Clara U) serve only the wealthiest. The St Francis church in nearby poverty-stricken East Palo Alto serves fewer kids than the Boys and Girls Club, yet gets a larger subsidy.

If you think that these support services are worth funding, then those can be funded directly. The nonsensical system of arbitrary payments to organizations with opaque finances is, to be most charitable about it, inefficient.

Comment umm, unlikely (Score 4, Informative) 311

I think the largest bluetooth headset seller is some anonymous company in China. The cheap BT headsets you can see on Amazon or Alibaba mostly all look the same, so I suspect are just barely-rebadged versions of the same thing. And surely their volume collectively exceed the sum of Beats, Bose and (never heard of them) Jaybird. And by "volume" I don't just mean units, but as the unit number is so enormous, I also mean dollars.

As for their actual motivations etc...whatever.

Comment Re:Who is "Sources"? (Score 1) 59

It's hard to get good info since the term is so mushy. I was thinking specifically of a combination of running code customer code, storing data, and providing related services. I.e. not just storage (dropbox or box) or vendor provided service (gmail, fastmail, openDNS) or just VMs (maybe i should consider that but I don't use VMs/VPSes).

So in my perhaps artificially restricted definition AWS is the clear #1. I hear anecdotally that microsoft is doing pretty well but their offerings, afaict, aren't of any use to me (not flame bait, I just aren't interested in that stack) and may be beating google. But it feels like both of them (MS and goog) are far behind amazon.

Comment Who is "Sources"? (Score 1) 59

Presumably the mysterious "sources" ("people familiar with the matter") are Google trying to hype up their cloud business which is either #2 or #3 depending on whom you talk to. There's no reason for anyone else to "spill the beans".

I use all those scare quotes because the whole thing is rediculous. Reporters used to care about being played; now they can't be bothered worrying about it.

There are plenty of reasons to choose Google over Amazon and to choose Amazon over Google. Hype is not one of them.

Comment makes a twisted kind of sense (Score 1) 279

Since congress rushed to mandate electronic voting (despite warnings from all the experts that it would increase vulnerabilities) it is clear voting just isn't considered all that important.

Given that it seems quite appropriate to give responsibility to the useless and incompetent DHS.

Comment What law was broken? (Score 1) 105

I have read the complaint and the seem to be charging him with not getting permission to link to a file and for putting ads on his site, neither of which is, as far as I know, a crime in any jurisdiction. Which might explain why he didn't try to "hide his tracks" -- why should he? Oh yes, they do say he "stole" over a billion dollars, but that's like saying High TImes sold billions of dollars worth of pot. They don't claim he actually receieved any of this mythical billion, which makes "stole" hard to understand.

This isn't a troll: I actually don't see a crime being committed.

Comment Re:Maybe it is a good thing? (Score 1) 42

Times sure have changed if pole dancing and maggot eating are considered the modern equivalent of vaudeville or opera....

Vaudville was considered cheap entertainment at its time, and both pole dancing and maggot eating would have fit right in. Come to think of it I'm pretty sure both must have appeared on the vaudeville stage at some point.

Opera was the spectacle of its age (in essence the Michel Bay of its time) exploiting whatever advanced technology was possible, and plenty had risque lyrics (not necessarily Aïda, or any Wagner, but Mozart wrote plenty of opera buffa). Broadway shows are its natural heir. Tickets weren't cheap like vaudeville but that was because technology was expensive, not because it was in any way highbrow.

There's tons of great (and crappy) classical music, but a bunch of pretentous loser fans fucked it up early in the 20th century. If you think of Mozart and Lady Gaga as roughly equivalent smart pop musicians you will have a more accurate perspective.

Actually I prefer Lady Gaga to Mozart, but I prefer the sublime Bach and Grateful Dead to them both.

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