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Comment Track record. (Score 1) 587

Cost of Living requires it. Businesses pay it because the area's talent has defined the computing era. A random "senior" group (read: just about anyone in SV) knows second-nature Agile, Scrum, code smell, architecture, multiple languages, tools & technologies they've used to build amazing things successfully.

A marketable product idea and a 5 - 20 SV senior engineers will usually have a high % chance of success. Investors know this. No extra layers. Meanwhile patents & novel solutions (thought leadership) emerge automatically.

Comment Re:Mozilla is wasting money, brains, and time (Score 0) 97

Mozilla excels when there is a massive project that should be open to the world (and standardized) and is not. Besides the browser and email client, PDF.js is very significant and is integrated in 1000s of sites and products because it reads PDFs safely (as safe as the JS sandbox).

I think they should partner with Elon Musk's OpenAI effort to produce standards, software, and support. Their Project Vaani speech-to-text engine shows they are thinking this way, but lack the AI experience to do it themselves today.

Comment Re:Useful for desalination plants? (Score 1) 80

Wind --> Trees
      They've been messing with wind patterns for the past 100M years at-least. We've clear-cut so many that I think windmills just barely are restoring back the blockages trees have been offering since the dawn of our species.

Wasted Heat:
        Either way, it's part of Earth's heat. If we could turn tons of "waste heat" into energy, we would then use the energy which creates . . . heat. We could store mountains full of batteries and it would make little difference (we would be recreating Oil-like storage). Though putting this recycled system over ocean is less wise than over low-wind desert for ecology & maintenance reasons.

As for dams, yes they're not so great.

Comment Re:The OS That Just Won't Quit (Score 1) 145

Its base-project (Wine) is already a standard Microsoft themselves uses for compatibility testing. As they cover more APIs, I suspect they will start closing-in, especially since they only implement what works and ignore projects Microsoft failed at (old mobile OS versions, for example). With Chakra-Core and other Microsoft open-source pieces, they can collect gains they don't even need to build.

There may even be a time Microsoft sees this open-source project with "clean" C/C++ code superior to the multi-GB amassment of questionable binaries they add to devices today.

Comment Re:This is why android (Score 1) 327

That's presuming all companies are Apple when in-fact Google gives away Android including source code. They also built-in mechanisms for third-party stores allowing any apps to be installed. Then, they further improved quality-control in these by running installs through an optional blacklist of dangerous apps.

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