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Comment Re:NoSQL DBs make MySQL look good (Score 1) 67

Does anyone else remember the shit MS got on here years ago when MS SQL Server was being pwned in the exact same manner - weak default root account passwords...? Or rather, no password at all...

Here we are, 15 years on and very few seemed to have learned anything from the SQL Server debacle.

Comment Re:The land of "Last one in is a rotten egg" (Score 1) 379

This is not as straightforward as you would make it out. Lawsuits and other tactics to slow or stop development are a known problem in the state of California. Holding up a dedicated left turn signal for a year to a beach because of an environmental impact is lunacy, and that is how the authorities saw it.

When such actions create artificial distortions and impact others negatively, their right to impose such problems on others stops.

Comment The land of "Last one in is a rotten egg" (Score 2) 379

There are no realistic options for families in the Bay Area any more for housing. Salaries aren't rising fast enough for skilled people to accommodate the housing crunch, and employees are expected to take the brunt of this situation.

If you were established before the 2000 bubble, or happened to catch the housing dips in 2002 and 2009 (especially for rent controlled areas like SF), you are probably ok provided you don't have to commute too far from your residence or are lucky enough to live near BART or Caltrain. If you didn't get in, you are either a perpetual renter or taking huge risks between the influx of new rich money and foreign all-cash purchases of homes. This also presumes that you're in a good school district. Sure, everyone wants their kids going to a school like Mission San Jose in south Fremont, but many can only afford to live in Hayward where the schools are hit and miss. Waiting lists for child care are at least a year long virtually everywhere within 60 miles of SF/SJ/Oakland and are horrendously expensive. Prop 13 and the special FHA non-conforming mortgage limit of $729K ($300K above every other state in the country for some unknown reason) have held up the distortion of property values. Any attempt at high-density housing is often met with hostility from environmental NIMBYs and hostile existing property owners unwilling to give any room to these efforts by filing complaints and grievances. The intense culture surrounding perpetual property value increases is baffling in one sense considering the supposed social conscience that is supposed to exist in the Bay Area.

The perpetual renter scenario where schools don't count only really benefits non-family entities like singles and couples. For them and the folks who got in early, the Bay Area is indeed a great and livable place, with tons of great live music, museums, art, outdoor activities, and year-round great weather (except for SF in July...). Especially for younger folks trying to establish themselves professionally, there probably is no better place to work in that regard. For the rest who would get in this late in the game who have or want a family, enormous sacrifices in money, time and compromise of personal relationships are the only way to deal with this. After all, people paying $1000/month to live in a tent in someone's back yard is somehow acceptable and even funny when you got in early. For the low-income and disadvantaged, the burdens are extremely intense, and that's without the snowflakes complaining about the homeless in SF because they think they're entitled to perfection because they chose to live in the Mission for the cultural value.

These aren't realistic choices any more for many of us. These are only exaggerated for low-income individuals who have even fewer choices. There is an enormous elephant in the middle of the room, and the haves demure on this point without realizing that there will be a breaking point sooner or later. The Bay Area is truly the land of "Last one in is a rotten egg" and there's no end in sight.

Comment Re:fake news from cnn (Score 5, Interesting) 278

Snowdens passport was revoked by the US the day before he flew from Hong Kong to Moscow .

He left Hong Kong and entered Russia using a revoked passport - he didn't seek asylum in Russia because of the revoked passport, he entered Russia because that had already been agreed with the Russian authorities. Snowden had been talking with the Russians during his stay in Hong Kong.

Snowdens application of asylum in Russia was after he handed his treasure trove over to a reporter in Hong Kong.

So its not fake news - the sentence you cite is actually 100% accurate. What we really have here is you trying to discredit CNN.

Comment Re:Illegal product? (Score 5, Interesting) 181

Congratulations, the marketing speak of the headline worked 100% on you, you must be proud of the fact that you fall into the headline writers perfect audience demographic of suggestibility.

He won't get anything like 10 years, that's the maximum possible. The headline is designed to whip you into an outraged state, nothing more.

Comment Re:Obama already said he can't pardon him... (Score 2) 273

Its entirely possible that he was neither lying nor misinformed, but that the prevailing legal opinions on the matter may have changed since the last Presidential pardon of an unconvicted person and his legal counsel thought such a pardon was legally unsafe...

Comment Re:This will never happen, even if I want it to. (Score 4, Informative) 273

They didn't ignore it, it was debated in Parliament on the 5th of September 2016, and a response was issued - the petition, set up before the referendum by a pro-Brexit campaigner, was used post-referendum by anti-Brexit campaigners to try and retroactively change the rules of the referendum, throwing the result out. Which you can't do.

The demands of the petition might not have been carried out, but it was NOT ignored.

Comment Re:One bit doesn't make sense (Score 1) 101

A particularly high thrust launch which results in the boosters being downrange enough to require drone ship landings, while the core is sacrificed even further down range...

Those kind of launches are planned for with the Falcon 9 already, with the intention of using older, used cores on those missions.

Why not use three drone ships? Because you would need decent weather in all three landing locations - two of which are close together and thus are likely to share conditions, but the one further downrange would also have to have acceptable conditions, and that means you start to restrict possible launch windows a *lot*.

Comment Lack of customer service (Score 4, Insightful) 101

Its not as if Fitbit support their own devices very well - just look at the litany of posts on their forums and social complaining about device battery life even within the first months of use.

My wife and I bought Fitbit Charges in 2014 - two weeks later mine stopped syncing (another extremely common complaint) and had to be replaced, while my wifes lasted a month before her battery life fell to 40 minutes from a full charge and had to be replaced. My replacement lasted a month this time before it stopped syncing, and my wifes stopped syncing at 6 weeks. I returned mine for a full refund, but the wife wanted to soldier on - her third one was returned after 3 weeks due to battery life issues.

Fast forward a bit, and my wife decides to try a Fitbit Alta - worked for 4 months before it refused to sync. Oh, and while the box said "Windows Phone supported", support for WP wasnt actually included in the Fitbit app until 6 months after the product was launched (no, we don't use Windows Phone, its just another excellent example of how shit Fitbit is).

I won't touch another Fitbit for as long as they are in business.

Comment Re: Jurisdiction - FBI Investigates what it wants (Score 2) 104

That may be very well, but they don't have any authority to operate outside the US in a foreign country as a law enforcement agency, unless that country ascribes them the authority - the FBI arresting someone in India would be simple kidnapping, and the agents involved would be committing a crime.

So its not debatable at all - the crime here (fraud) is still being committed in India, while simultaneously being committed in the US. That doesn't mean the FBI can fly to India and arrest someone - however, many police forces have attachments with foreign forces, embedding their own agents in other countries forces and legally gaining the same powers of the local police force.

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