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Comment Re:Call a spade a spade (Score 1) 220

Can we just call a spade a spade, and treat "lobbying" as a bribe? I'm getting sick of seeing this blatant corruption.

Lets not forget these laws were passed by elected officials. When you "follow the money" you find that interests find pairs of politicians competing for office where one of then tends to vote for the company's interests, and the other does not. They shower the one that does with political donations. That money goes toward advertising during the next election. Remember, it's still the people that vote him back in. They're just biased due to the unequal campaign funding going on. But they're still uninformed voters doing a bad job at voting.

As much as people hate on the companies and the politicians. it's the dumb voters that make it all work. The politicians are motivated by greed, and you can't fix that. (you really can't even blame them for being greedy - it's a pretty universal thing, and you certainly can't outlaw greed) The only thing you really can try to fix are the voters. Educate the public, fix the voters, and the laws will fix themselves once the process starts working as designed.

Until then, complaining about how greedy people are raining on your parade is about as useful as pissing into the wind.

Comment Re:BWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA!!! (Score 1) 258

Well I don't think it's fair to say they haven't been trying at all, but they didn't put nearly enough effort into it from the start. (their OS was originally marketed to businesses, and they operated for a long time under the assumption that somehow this made the network totally trustworthy) Unix came from an academic setting, and there you are full of geeky, talented, bored students looking for a challenge or a vent, and that makes your network more hostile than the internet of today.

So they evolved in a totally different environmnet, even though they both ended up in the same pot at the end. Microsoft's malware approach is the same as irresponsible antibiotic use - slow to respond, with broad application of low strength with only verty gradual increasing effectiveness. It only breeds in resiliance, and fosters superbugs, which is basically the state of the internet now. Windows is living in a "post antivirus world" of sorts, where all the malware has had decades to evolve all the cunning required to help it survive some of the best AV efforts available today, now that they've (belatedly) decided it's time to get serious about it.

Microsoft doesn't have the track record to stop a runny nose, let alone cancer.

Comment Re:What makes them worse (Score 1) 429

T.gondii. It's endemic just about everywhere domestic cats can be found. It infects humans too, though it can't reproduce in them. In humans it concentrates in the brain, usually to symptoms so mild they go unnoticed - the victim just feels tired and slightly feverish for a short time - but the presence of the parasite has been linked to a number of mental health conditions.

sounds like "cat scratch fever" ?

Comment Re:Apple is trying to make money? (Score 2) 311

I think TFA has the cause and effect backwards.

That's the first thing that came to mind for me. "Cart before the horse much?"

Good businesses carefully examine growing trends, and look for ways to leverage their existing assets and market positions to their advantage. Great businesses anticipate and plan future trends, build and position their assets in advance, and back the trends that they will then be in a perfect position to capitalize on in the future. It's all about strategic planning over the long term. An ounce of planning is worth a pound of reacting,

Comment Re:Bullshit - Neither OS X or Windows work that wa (Score 1) 82

how is this any different than say, a modified router? Or a computer acting as a gateway? Is this device just intercepting unencrypted network traffic? Like any point on the internet can?

That would be no more earth-shattering than hearing that someone found a way to read my postal mail.

If you want privacy, you should be using end-to-end network encryption of some sort. Be it VPN, pgp email, ssh, etc. If you're sending in the clear and trusting every member of a huge network of random actors between you and your destination, you're stupid. Once it leaves your computer, it's fair game. It doesn't matter if it's getting sucked up at one of the NSA's big facilities, your ISP, the public kiosk's router, or a random ethernet adapter you found laying on the ground.

Comment Re:Really, plaintext passwords? (Score 2) 48

While I'm not a fan of the "we need to have a law for everything" mentality, this I could make an exception for. Storage of password in plain or recoverable formay should consitute criminal neglegence. Site operators have NO legitimate need to keep plaintext passwords, and expose users to that risk without warning. Imagine if they did give warning?

Creating new account. Enter username and password below. (note: your password will be stored in plaintext)

hell no?

Comment Re:40cm? (Score 5, Informative) 225

The question is how much of the energy was transferred to the solar panels.

When the density of the particle is high relative to the hardness of the target, there's a very high chance for penetration and low energy transfer.

But when the projectile density is relatively low compared to the target hardness, the projectle is usually deformed and stops inside the target. Or as in this case, is completely atomized, causing nearly perfect energy transfer. (approaching 100%)

So being able to ignore energy loss in the transfer make the math and modeling pretty easy. You just imagine an explosion at the point of contact, with about double the energy of the projectile. (since explosions are omnidirectional, wasting 50% of their energy in the other direction on impact, and in this case, 100% of the energy is transferred into the target)

And at orbital and escape velocities, delta-V is so high that even a very low M yields a lot of joules.

Final thing to consider, these panels aren't terribly sturdy. They're made to be extremely light, store compactly, and self-deploy/assemble in space, making them overall pretty delicate. This isn't built anything like the solar panel on your roof. It's more like the model car in your dad's display cabinet. Shoot that thing with an airsoft gun and see what happens.

Comment that's not how a loophole works (Score 1) 212

"You found a way to legally avoid paying about $1B of what we would normally collect from you. So we're going to fine you $1B for being so crafty!"

No, that's not going to fly. And I don't care who it is that did it. That's not a practice I want applied to me, so that's not a practice that I want to see applied to anybody else.

Comment the differing values of ages (Score 3, Insightful) 194

fresh out of school:
+ willing to work some to much OT without extra pay
+ will settle for less pay and benefits
+ cheap to replace if necessary
+ unlikely to give a big fight if fired ("easy to fire")
+ little to no lost assets if fired or quits
+ more open to new ideas and changing tech
+ cheaper insurance costs

experienced / old-timers:
+ heavilty trained and experienced at their position. efficient. certified.
+ has learned "the big picture" in operations, understands subtle effects and can head off future problems
+ has valuable and possibly unique organizational knowledge (undocumented information and processes)
+ has formed working relationships with other employees, improved efficiency and communications
+ more reliable attendance
+ less likely to leave suddenly

But the big issue I have with this article is how they act so surprised that a company more frequently ends up replacing someone with another person that's younger. Um, people get old. If you keep replacing your workforce with people of the same or greater age, eventually you're going to be running on a staff of people all hanging around retirement age. You have to get new blood in continuously, it's required for a business to continue. I don't see validity in calling "age descrimination" on hiring. On selective firing, YES, definitely. But not on hiring. I don't agree with the "equal opportunity employer" thing, I believe that a company/owner should be able to decide who they hire. Once you've established the business relationship with them, then some rules need to kick in, to avoid "disposable/throwaway employee" resource issues.

A lot of companies seem to see their HR as a source of funding they can tap into when times get tough, "reducing staffing costs" by canning the seniors and hiring cheap replacements. This rarely works out well for them. They don't need government rules to bring the pain, they bring it to themselves. Radio Shack just got done committing "suicide by seniority-culling". They fired everyone that either was doing well or knew how to run the stores, and replaced them with cheap labor that was inexperienced, idiot, or both. (they did several other stupid things that are OT, but this was one of the "big three" that took them down) And down they went. It's a self-limiting problem. If HP wants to lobotomize their human resources, I say let them. We'll see them bought out under duress after they tank a few years from now by someplace like walmart.

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