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Comment Re:M$ is following a well-known path (Score 1) 159

. Now, they plan to get rid of productive employees.

They said they were unloading a lot of Sales employees. Sales is not the definition of "productive". I would prefer they fire 3,000 sales people and invest in 3,000 developers who can make the products better. They should also simplify their sales process so that it's not such a nightmare to license and track your purchases. It's super easy to use the Windows Store to see what apps you own. Have you ever tried to figure out how many licenses you have of any Microsoft Software? It's next to impossible. We track it in a spreadsheet that's constantly out of date where our licenses have gone.

- Make the products better.
- Invest in a nice easy web portal like they have for Office 365 for adding more licenses and assigning them.
- Reduce the licensing complexity by reducing the package count. Slack's pricing is easy and straight forward: Free, Standard and Plus. Now try to calculating how many CAL licenses... whether or not you're allowed to run Windows 10 Pro in a VM or whether or not you're allowed to run a redundant domain controller. You have to be a professional Microsoft sales person to understand what you need to buy.

Comment Re:A billion in damages?! (Score 1) 211

the damages per violation is $80,000 on each image, out of a possible $150,000, times the number of violations per image.

Exactly my point. They don't know yet how many violations per image. The document quoted assumes exactly one violation per image. That is unlikely to be true. It is a justifiable inaccuracy to assume one violation per image as a starting point, but until discovery is complete, the figure is not accurately known. It may be substantially higher, it may be substantially lower.

My understanding is that Getty's offering of licensing is not in and of itself illegal with regard to this case, but the selling of licenses, that is taking money from a licensee under false pretense, is the issue. We don't know how many such licenses were actually sold, yet. Given the vast number of images, my bet is that the total number of licenses sold is going to be substantially below 1 per image on average. I also bet that Getty is busy calculating the actual number.

Comment Re:Since neither is getting elected (Score 1) 248

I consider destruction of the two party system more important than voting for someone I dislike a little less.

That's like saying "I think it's unsportsmanlike to hold a football. I think American Football should only be played with one's feet!" You'll just lose. Over and over again when your opponents use their hands. Handicapping yourself does nothing but work against your interests. It doesn't change the game. It doesn't change the rules... it just makes a fool out of you.

If you want to "destroy the two party system" the only way to do it is to change the rules that everybody plays by to make it advantageous to be a third party.

Comment Re:Since neither is getting elected (Score 1) 248

The only way C wins is if C can either pull enough votes from A and B, or draws all of B's votes. It could and has happened, but it's extraordinarily rare. Usually A or B will adopt the the strongest primary platform of C to keep those votes for themselves.

Conversely to your last point, by the time C ever challenges A and B it will need to have compromised on so many to attract A and B's existing voters that it will have become nearly identical to either A or B.

If the Green party wants to build a progressive platform that attracts 51% of the population... they'll look just like the Democratic party. If the libertarian party wants to attract 51% of the population... they'll end up just like the GOP... well... maybe not the GOP as it is today, which is kind of a mess ideologically at the moment but it'll look like some variation of what the GOP will end up stabilizing into.

The two main parties are in a natural equilibrium of sorts. All that would happen with a massive disruption such as a third party emerging out of nowhere is for the equilibrium to be momentarily disrupted before returning to a very similar state. People's core beliefs don't change quickly.

Comment Re:A billion in damages?! (Score 1) 211

The amount will, of course, be determined during discovery when Getty is forced to reveal the number of times they actually sold a license for each of her images. The three-times-$400M amount bandied about is assuming maximum value on each image, and one violation per image. That's a place to start, and gives a scale for the potentially massive size a judgement could take, but is unlikely to be found to be accurate in the end.

Comment Re:Is it feasible to block Cortana with the router (Score 1) 526

IIRC there was something posted a while back about these programs ignoring the hosts file, dunno if they always do a DNS lookup or if there is a hard coded IP/name set in the actual code.

If spoofing the DNS doesn't work, you'll need to do something in the firewall part of your router, either to deny connections to whatever IP or subnet(s) it uses or something else.

Comment Re:Rhetorical... (Score 1) 245

The only history the modern Olympics and the ancient Greek Olympics share is the name.

Not exactly. The modern IOC-run Olympics started in 1896. In Athens. The reason, of course, that Athens was chosen for 1896 was because of the ancient games that were held in Olympia (thus, the name, of course). There was a strong push to have the 1996 games in Athens as well (I was tangentially involved in the bid) because of the 100 years celebration, but Greece was not in sufficiently modern shape to be able to handle the necessary infrastructure upgrades -- for example, an entire new phone system would have had to been overlaid on top of the existing one (that eventually happened in the guise of the mobile phone system, but, recall, the bid for 1996 was made back in the late 1980s when the technology was different). Because of the obvious marketing potential, Athens made it all the way into the final decision round before losing out to Atlanta (indeed, Athens was the leading candidate through the first few selection rounds), and, naturally, I'm condensing things a lot. But back to the 1896 games; prior to that inaugural Olympics, there was a strong revival effort in Greece starting around the 1800s. The revivalist efforts eventually included the restoration of the Panhallenic Stadium in Athens (known in Greece as the Marble Stadium), within sight of the Acropolis, and the organizing of a series of pre-IOC Olympic games there. The IOC games started out in 1896 with many of the same athletic contests that were held in Olympia, including various foot races, (a different version of) long jump, discus, and wrestling. They are held every four years just as the ancient games. Again, by historical inspiration.

It isn't difficult to draw a pretty clear path from the ancient Olympic Games to the modern IOC-games. That the closer we get to the present, the more grotesque the Olympics become is certainly true, but the history is there.

And then there's the whole Marathon, which, as I'm sure you know, is named after a fabled run from the town of Marathon to Athens to report the defeat of the Persians. The 2004 Athens games had runners use the same (more-or-less) path.

So, yea, history and all that.

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