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Comment Re:Lol (Score 1) 224

I get your point, but are any of these companies Palo Alto based?

Nope. But a lot of their workers are. And those are the ones that are bringing the revenues. Spending their paychecks in the city. Paying property taxes, utility bills. The companies themselves usually don't pay a lot to a city directly. It's all indirect.

That's why I'm saying: remove the 10 biggest tech companies and Silicon Valley will become a silicon desert with a huge housing crash.

Just take a look at Detroit to see how quick a booming economy can crash.

Comment Re:Lol (Score 4, Insightful) 224

Do they really think their downtown will improve by kicking all the jobs out of it?

It's time to make Silicon Valley a Silicon Desert.

Look at the City of San Francisco. They want all the tech companies to come in, giving lots of tax breaks and other incentives so they can pride themselves on having all this innovation. But then they complain about all the tech workers coming in and living in the city. Then they complain about buses picking up workers. Did you ever hear a greenie complain about people using a bus? Well, go to SF.

Palo Alto is doing the same thing now. They want all the tech money, but not the tech companies. And watch them whining when large companies decide to move out.

Just imagine Cisco, Google, Facebook and Apple deciding to move out of the area completely, with all their workers. Imagine how many mortgages will be under water, how many folks will lose their jobs, how many tax revenue these cities will have to do without.

Palo Alto should shut the F up really quick.

Comment Re:SubjectIsSubject (Score 1) 531

That deal has been deemed illegal.

Apple & friends have done nothing illegal. They made a deal with the Irish government where the Irish government provided tax incentives in exchange for local jobs. That's nothing new, a lot of countries, including the US, do so.

What is new is that non-elected non-judiciary officials have the power to "rule" over an independent state's tax laws and regulations. This is what drives member countries out of the EU.

It's almost as if you had a bunch of them sit together for a working lunch with one topic: how can we get money out of large tech companies?

Don't forget, Putin does the same to his opponents. They're always arrested for "tax evasion". Remember Gazprom?

Comment Re:Next Phase (Score 4, Interesting) 636

Texas and ISIS are the only places in the world where you can just shoot down anybody who enters "your" property.

Except that an aircraft flying over your property is not entering your property.
If I fly at 1500ft over your property, I'm not entering your property. In fact, the FARs allow for me to get to 500ft over your property. Below that I'm violating minimum altitude rules.

My point is that the FAA governs airspace and airplanes. Any craft that flies on its own power is an aircraft, remotely piloted or not. And the FAA governs all of that, not the individual states. A state cannot legally prohibit me from flying anywhere, only the FAA can.

Submission + - Google Fiber To Cut Staff In Half Following Disappointing Numbers (

An anonymous reader writes: Sources claim that Google Fiber has been disappointed with the company's overall number of total subscribers since launching five years ago. A paywalled report over at The Information cites a variety of anonymous current and former Google employees, who say the estimated 200,000 or so broadband subscribers the company had managed to sign up by the end of 2014 was a fary cry from the company's original projection of somewhere closer to 5 million. Google Fiber has never revealed its total number of subscribers. A report last October pegged the company's total broadband subscribers at somewhere around 120,000, though it's unclear how many of those users had signed up for Google Fiber's symmetrical 5 Mbps tier, which was originally free after users paid a $300 installation fee. Disappointed by sluggish subscriber tallies, The Information report states that last month Alphabet CEO Larry Page ordered Google Fiber boss Craig Barratt to cut the total Google Fiber staff in half to roughly 500 people. That's a claim that's sure to only fuel continued speculation that the company is starting to get cold feet about its attempts to bring broadband competition to a broken duopoly market.

Submission + - SPAM: NASA aircraft probe Namibian clouds to solve global warming puzzle

sciencehabit writes: Off the coast of Namibia, for several months a year, a layer of smoke from African savanna fires drifts over a persistent deck of low clouds. It’s the perfect place to investigate the thorniest problem in all of climate science: how haze and clouds interact to boost or moderate global warming. Now, after weeks of delay and uncertainty, an airborne research campaign is about to begin. On 29 August, NASA will fly aircraft into the heart of this natural laboratory for about a month, with plans to return in 2017 and 2018. Complementary efforts from France and the United Kingdom would have expanded the sampling area but were postponed when the teams couldn’t get diplomatic clearances from Namibia.
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Submission + - Apples Fixes Three Zero Days Used in Government Targeted Attack

Trailrunner7 writes: Apple has patched three critical vulnerabilities in iOS that were identified when an attacker targeted a human rights activist in the UAE with an exploit chain that used the bugs to attempt to remotely jailbreak and infect his iPhone.

The vulnerabilities include two kernel flaws and one in WebKit and Apple released iOS 9.3.5 to fix them. The attack that set off the investigation into the vulnerabilities targeted Ahmed Mansoor, an activist living in the UAE. Earlier this month, he received a text message that included a link to what was supposedly new information on human rights abuses. Suspicious, Manor forwarded the link to researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, who recognized what they were looking at.

“On August 10 and 11, 2016, Mansoor received SMS text messages on his iPhone promising “new secrets” about detainees tortured in UAE jails if he clicked on an included link. Instead of clicking, Mansoor sent the messages to Citizen Lab researchers. We recognized the links as belonging to an exploit infrastructure connected to NSO Group, an Israel-based ‘cyber war’ company that sells Pegasus, a government-exclusive “lawful intercept” spyware product,” Citizen Lab said in a new report on the attack and iOS flaws.

Submission + - Proposed 'social media ID, please' law met with anger (

dcblogs writes: A plan by the U.S. government to require some foreign travelers to provide their social media IDs on key travel documents is being called by critics “ludicrous,” an “all-around bad idea,” “blatant overreach,” “desperate, paranoid heavy-handedness,” “preposterous,” “appalling,” and “un-American." That's just a sampling of the outrage. Some 800 responded to the U.S. request for comments about a proposed rule affecting people traveling from “visa waiver” countries to the U.S., where a visa is not required. This includes most of Europe, Singapore, Chile, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Travelers will be asked to provide their Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, and whatever other social ID you can imagine to U.S. authorities. It’s technically an “optional” request, but since it’s the government asking, critics believe travelers will fear consequences if they ignore it. People who are traveling from a country where a visa is required, such as India or China, get a security vetting when they apply for a visa at a U.S. consulate, so this proposal doesn’t apply to them. In a little twist of irony, some critics said U.S. President Obama’s proposal for foreign travelers is so bad, it must have been hatched by Donald Trump.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 4, Insightful) 97

Wouldn't the ISP's have to police this activity too?

No. The ISP is not the police. The ISP does not get to decide what content is legal and what is not. Only a court order can do that.

Rightscorp and their friends are trying to circumvent the expensive court process by going directly after the ISP. That's it.

Comment Re:Profits up, lay 'em off! (Score 1) 30

Funny how they beat the street but still feel the need to start chopping heads.

If you pay attention, you'll see that they have done this nearly every year. It's an exercise to get of the 10-15% lowest performers.

In large companies like Cisco, with large groups, it is easy for the lazy and underperforming to "hide". Most large teams I worked in, 20% of the folks were doing 80% of the work. Why? Because in large teams, HR will insist to hire underqualified and new-grad employees who are basically useless, and sit around all day attending meetings while feeling important.

Interestingly, it is those people who are either laid off, or promoted to "manage" something not important.

Submission + - The emotional side of the H-1B visa program explained (

An anonymous reader writes: The vast majority of people who work in IT did everything right: They invested in their education, studied difficult subjects, kept their skills updated. They own homes, raise families and look to the future. But no job is safe, no future entirely secure — something IT workers know more than most. Given their role, they are most often the change agents, the people who deploy technologies and bring in automation that can turn workplaces upside down. To survive, they count on being smart, self-reliant and one step ahead. Over the years, Computerworld reporter Patrick Thibodeau has interviewed scores of IT workers who trained their visa-holding replacements. Though details each time may differ, they all tell the same basic story. There are many issues around high-skilled immigration, but to grasp the issue fully you need to understand how the H-1B program can affect American workers.

Comment Re:Not new - safe combos.Have to prove that you kn (Score 2) 209

There is no legal right to hide *evidence*.

I don't care what the legal right is in your jurisdiction. What I'm saying is that the right to not contribute to your own conviction should be universal and immutable.

By providing a password, dead body or any other type of evidence, you are contributing to your own conviction.

Once you make one exception to the general rule, you'll get more. It's a very slippery slope. Now they can only put you in jail, but in 10 years they are allowed to deprive you off sleep. And 10 years later deprive you of food and water, followed by pulling your nails out.

Any person suspected of a crime should have a universal irrevocable absolute right to remain silent. You prove that the person commited a crime, and you prove the person's identity.

Comment Re:BY THE POWER OF CHRIST I COMPEL YOU!! (Score 1) 209

In general judge has the power to compel evidence to be turned over, and refusal to do so can lead to a finding of contempt, which could, if the accused did not comply, could lead to rather serious sanctions

And this, I would argue, definitely infringes on the right to avoid self-incrimination.

If this would apply to providing access to electronic media, why would it not apply to disclosing the location of the body?

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