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Comment Re:google should adopt this (Score 1) 245 People change, parties change, labels change. With the Democrats increasingly gaining votes from white collar workers in large cities, and the Republicans picking them up from blue collar rural areas we are in the middle of another big shift - give it 20 years and people would be amazed that you would associate Democrats with the Labour Unions at all!

Comment Re:Cry Wolf (Score 1) 377

Sure, thats exactly what happened, the IT guy screwed up and tried to fix it and accidently deleted something. Because you know, he was an IT guy and I am sure wasn't following the news and had no idea the implication of doing so.

According to Politifacts timeline a subpeona was issued on March 4th. Then, around March 24th they were deleted. So, there may be no evidence that she or her team asked for them to be deleted - but they had 20 days to ask for them all to be retained and to tell him to NOT delete the emails.

At a minimum its grossly incompetent. If a company tried to pull that in a court of law they would be screwed.. 'Oh I am sorry your honor, I forgot to tell IT to not delete all the records you ask for, and so they did it anyway'. Whether she asked or not its an example of a disregard for the law, she obviously made the decision that she would take less political heat deleting them than releasing them, if you think otherwise then you are kidding yourself.

Comment Re:Canada gets screwed by the AGW scam (Score 1) 327

Citation please? Any evidence that "people were predicting the death of the oil industry" in the 1950 or 1960s? You wouldn't just be making this up, right?

Well that was hard to find... Peak Oil

The idea that the rate of oil production would peak and irreversibly decline is an old one. In 1919, David White, chief geologist of the United States Geological Survey, wrote of US petroleum: "... the peak of production will soon be passed, possibly within 3 years."

Comment Re:Possible scenario. (Score 1) 292

Think you got your math a bit wrong there... 1960 was 55 years ago, 1970 was only 45 years. So split the difference and we have had good satellite coverage of the earth for 50 years. As the GP said, prior to that even the biggest ships nowadays get the f-out the way because they dodn't want to go rolling into a big storm, and its not like there were ships over the whole ocean anyway, so coverage of big tropical storms prior to that is probably sketchy.

Comment Re:Uber is shit (Score 1) 333

Other than the French taxi drivers calling in Uber then beating them and destroying their cars, is this actually happening more frequently than with Taxi's? Seriously, if you are right this is a big concern. If course I would bet that it wasn't and that you are totally wrong. But then I would just be doing the same as you, making wild ass assumptions without and real data to back it up.

Comment Re:Not shared by everyone (Score 1) 637

Maybe we should take all the oil subsidies & give them to the solar/wind/geo folks.

That would be nice, except there aren't any oil subsidies

In summary, every time you hear someone talk about oil subsidies, they are likely talking about tax deductions taken by the oil and gas companies. There aren't specific oil company tax deduction though, they are just using the same deductions that all industrial companies from GM to Apple use.

Comment Re:This is (sort of) good news for Americans (Score 1) 215

Ha, dream on. Now that they are trying to pass 'Net Neutrality' by pushing Title 2 on all all broadband providers just wait and see how long it takes before they deem the 'dark web', aka TOR and any VPN traffic the NSA can't see, as 'unlawful content'. Your netflix might not be buffering, but you better not try doing anything anonymously on the internet - I mean, if it was lawful, why would you hide it?

Comment Its not just illegal snooping thats the problem (Score 4, Interesting) 179

Eric is confusing two issues, probably purposefully.

The issue of illegal (at least against US citizens) mass surveillance by the NSA and the like is one problem - but as others have pointed out, its something that should be assumed to always be happening, and doesn't have any real impact on the internet. People make a fuss about it, particularly in the US, but I think most people assumed it was happening anyway and it hasn't really changed the way that people, businesses or governments operate. Just look at the recent Silk Road story as an example

The issue that has everyone jittery is the close cooperation that has been shown between the US Government and US based companies, and from a legal perspective the stance that the US government is taking on data stored by US companies, outside the US, for a non-US entity. This has a huge effect on Google's business in particular, not as an adverting company - I would be surprised if they are loosing a significant amount of their consumer business - but rather their growing enterprise / cloud business. No one outside the US will want to switch to Gmail if their email can be read, without their knowledge, by the US Government issuing a National Security Letter, or even just by any local judge issuing a subpoena.

This is what they are talking about when they say you have to start a data center in Germany just to serve customers there. Its not the NSA hacking your system, or even snooping on the wire people are worried about. Its the legal and risk issue that the US government can seize your data, without any notification, and you have no legal recourse to prevent it happening.

Its a great opportunity for companies in Europe, but if your a US headquartered company, as Google is, its going to break *your* small part of the internet

Submission + - Apple says many users "bought an Android phone by mistake"

mrspoonsi writes: Apple CEO Tim Cook during his keynote said that around 130 million customers have purchased their first Apple device in the last twelve months states, "Many of these customers were switchers from Android," he said. "They had bought an Android phone by mistake, and then had sought a better experience and a better life." He added that almost half of those who have purchased an iPhone in China since December have switched from Android. However, it is worth noting that iPhones were not actually available in China until December, when pre-orders began, so it is unclear how much of the device's popularity there is simply down to the novelty factor, rather than a burning desire to flee from Android.

Comment Re:Here's his problem (Score 1) 278

At my last programming job, the head of engineering took all my time estimates for a project and arbitrarily cut them in half, because "we're smarter than most companies".

I take all my developers estimates and arbitrarily double them,. In my experience even experienced developers will hit something they didn't forsee, or have requirements changes forced on them.

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