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Comment Re:No more Linux Clients (Score 1) 198

For myself, I can't see any reason to use this Ubuntu-on-Windows. I have Linux test systems and I have Windows test systems.

Likewise, I run a Linux/Windows test system. It has a unified filesystem, under which files can be accessed transparently of the actual box on which they reside.

The Windows boxes run BASH and Perl scripts, but under Cygwin. As far as I can tell, this Ubuntu on Windows is completely useless for me because (unlike Cygwin) the environment does not have access to the full filesystem of the Windows boxes.

Comment Secure and Available:related, yet not synonymous (Score 1) 119

"Secure" and "Available" are related but not synonymous.

It is possible to have a system that is secure against data exfiltration, but still susceptible to intentional corruption. I'm not saying this is necessarily true in this case, but it is certainly a possibility.

Fear of data leakage is just one of many reasons why a black market will continue to exist, even with "medical" and decriminalization. There's still a social stigma against pot and THC users (stronger in certain areas and cultures than others). I still want to see Obama reschedule it, not so much because I care about the legal status of marijuana, but more because it would really piss off Mike Pence.

Comment He cheated OTHER players (Score 5, Insightful) 287

When you play baccarat, you are playing against other customers, never the Casino's money.

Did the casino return the money to the other PLAYERS he cheated?

Or did they simply keep the ill-gotten gains?

Also, he deserved to keep the money he won in other games. That was bull. Money is fungible, he made those bets and won.

Comment Busses, Street Sweepers and Garbage Trucks (Score 3, Insightful) 58

They drive the same route day after day, they don't need to go fast, they are either owned by the city or by companies that have major relationships with the city so they can avoid major regulatory hurdles.

These are the obvious first adopters of driverless technology.

2020 should see a quick reduction in the number of bus and similar drivers.

By the time I retire, I hope to be able to afford one of those high end driverless cars.

Comment noticing a flaw in the cards is NOT "too good". (Score 1) 2

He noticed a flaw in the casino's preferred cards and took advantage of that. The fact that the casino agreed to which set of cards to use does not negate the fact that this person cheated the people he was playing against.

Being skilled and smart should be rewarded, but being unethical should be punished.

Note, the casino should have returned the money to the people that lost, the article did not mention if they did that.

Comment Bad headline (Score 4, Insightful) 61

I was all set to rag on them for only having 'thousands', when the article stated Hundreds of thousands. Big difference. Most people I know have thousands of dollars in the bank - rent cost more than 1 thousand, after all. But not many people have hundreds of thousands.

Hundreds of thousands means they actually are letting every day Cubans use the internet, rather than just government officials.

Comment So you'd deny the benefits to all but big cities? (Score 1) 517

I would restrict H-1Bs to only areas of the country where residential rents (per sq. foot) are in the lower 50 percentile.

So you'd give all the jobs-for-locals benefits to residents of a few big cities and leave the rest of the population in competition for high-value jobs with underpriced H1-Bs?

Looks to me like you completely missed the point of the Trump Win. He was elected by exactly those people you propose to leave out in the jobless cold, over a set of issues of which loss of jobs to foreigners by H1-B visas, illegal immigration, and outsourcing topped the list.

This election - not just the Presidential, but all down the ticket - was largely a revolt by the rural and the downtrodden against the urban elites. Trying to fix the problem only for those living in pricey cities and leave it in full force for these voters is a recipe for more extreme shakeups.

If the soapbox and the ballot box both don't work, and the jury box is unavailable, the only one they've go left is the ammo box.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 2) 517

... do a skill assessment of their foreign contractors. The number that turn out to be "exceptional talents" with hard to find degrees or special training/experience is actually rather small.

And the number who ACTUALLY HAVE the hard to find degrees is even smaller. The middlemen who bring in the H1-Bs sometimes pad their resumes with non-existent credentials in order to get the necessary approvals from the government (or the employer to do the hire). often to the chagrin of the employee in question shoud he or she eventually find out about it.

Comment Re:This will never happen, even if I want it to. (Score 2) 263

Or, to put it another way, when the people who really wield the power don't get their way, there will be more referenda until the people fall into line. In this case, those wealthy people were tired of the EU rules getting in their way, so they wanted the UK out of the EU.

[Why does my spellchecker think that "referenda" isn't a valid spelling?]

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1, Insightful) 517

Yet that madman and a wildcard managed to overcome the challenge from sixteen politically smart guys and the Republican party machine to become the candidate and then go on to defeat the Democratic candidate, who was supremely qualified and politically adept ; she was fully supported by her party, the media and Hollywood and yet she was beaten by Trump.

You obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Remember Obama, and Clooney telling us that Trump would never, ever, be elected President and they are very smart and full of political nous.

Remember all the political pundits and pollsters telling us Trump had got no chance against the eminently qualified and capable Clinton?

Well here we are with this "madman and wild card" as president who is now setting up to rearrange the relationship with China to America's advantage. He is doing the same with NAFTA, TPP and TTIP. He intends to make sure America becomes energy self sufficient. All this to bring jobs and wealth to AMerica for the national benefit.

You, and all of your ilk, can witter on about Trump as much as you like but the hard fact is that he has never been a politician yet he has rolled over the political class in America and he is about to do the same to China. You, your friends and the Chinese are making a big mistake to underestimate Trump. You think you understand him and make glib pseudo-psychiatric analyses of him but you actually have no understanding of him at all.

Comment Re:Hey, cable companies: (Score 1) 193

Since 99% of the cost of providing service is the trenching, this will make the market far more competitive.

Citation, please...

Just so you can get the correct citation, do you want the costs of wiring with the government seizing a right of way for you, or costs of wiring if you have to individually negotiate with every property owner whose land you are going to dig up?

Here's a fancy little equation from 2011 that doesn't include buying the property, and is just the cost of installation, not maintance or upgrades: cost per house = 3072 + 13365*(houses/mile) - 0.8867*houses + 25.04*frost_index + 17700*wetlands_pct + $1376*soil_texture + 165.40*road_intersection_frequency That equation is "rural" installation, costs are probably way higher in an urban environment where you have your choice of installing everything under the sidewalk the entire way or everything under the street the entire way. Suburbia is going to be a mix of the two.

As for IP transit? as low as $0.45/mbps and falling

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