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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

Alomex Cool (191 comments)

This is cool but why is he driving on the wrong side of the road? They should fix that first.

about a week ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

Alomex Why??? (178 comments)

I think letting the buildings collapse on top of their residents is a much preferable alternative, instead of this mandated socialism.

In fact when this happened during the 1985 earthquake in Mexico people were elated that no retrofitting had taken place and citizens en masse celebrated the >30,000 dead people.

I mean who does this Eric Garcetti guy thinks he is?

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Alomex Re:Republicans: Ideology over facts (772 comments)

I wrote about Republicans choosing ideology over facts. Your comment about drones has nothing to do with my argument.

about two weeks ago
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Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

Alomex Re:Famous for the opposite... (172 comments)

Windows 7 was the product release of the beta version otherwise known as Windows Vista.

about two weeks ago
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Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

Alomex Re:Wha?!?!!! (172 comments)

Microsoft is famous for reusing less code that most other software shops. On top of that the present Windows systems are a derivative of Windows NT not Windows 95, so I think it would be a safe bet to say that presently Windows contains comparatively little code from Win95.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Alomex Republicans: Ideology over facts (772 comments)

The Israelis who have no qualms supporting state sponsored assassinations in the name of national security told the Bush administration that torture doesn't work.

For Xsakes, this are your friends telling you not to do it, because it doesn't work. What did Bush do? he carried on regardless.

This has become a signature pattern for the right in the last 15 years. It wasn't always that way. In the 80s and 90s one could disagree yet respect the opinion of Republican leaders and administrations, even if one didn't always agree with them. Somewhere around the time of the Contract with American ideology became more important than facts and it has been all downhill for America. The 2 trillion dollar invasion of Iraq on false pretenses, the loss of critical support across the world with unwarranted acts of torture, the obstructionist practices of the Republican congress v. the Obama administration.

Give it another 10 years and the present GOP will achieve from within what Osama Bin Laden foolishly tried to do with a few planes. He should have financed the Tea Party instead, and by now he would be further ahead in his goal.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Alomex Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

Well if you don't like it you can exercise your democratic right and vote against it... unless you live in one of the many states that do not allow felons to vote.

Nice ain't it?

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10 Adds Battery Saver Feature

Alomex Re:triggering below percentage is dumb (96 comments)

I understand Samsung's Ultra Power Saver mode also gives you several days on 20% battery power.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Alomex Re:The Same Game (454 comments)

Actually they would get just enough labor. This has already been tried. It is called the Alaska crab fishery where you make about that much under terrible conditions and they still have a hard time getting a full crew that can handle the demands of the job.

about a month ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Alomex "Never"? (523 comments)

After exhausting its primary battery, it went into hibernation, most likely never to wake again.

Huh? ESA has insisted that they expect it to wake up again, maybe within the next few days and failing that by 2015.

about a month ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

Alomex Re:Reminder of who not to credit (151 comments)

The politburo was informed in 1979 in a super secret session that the economy could no longer support the arms race and the USSR was broke. Nothing much seems to have come out of it, except that one young Comrade Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev was in attendance. Some believe that this was the moment he started planning the changes needed for the USSR to survive.

As to Reagan his true contribution was his willingness to negotiate with the USSR. Thatcher had to point out to Reagan that Gorbachev was a willing negotiating partner. After a hesitating start Reagan got the message and bought full in on the negotiations. This was his contribution, not increase in spending, not the speech in the Berlin Wall, not his deficit increasing tax cuts.

about a month and a half ago
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SpaceX Capsule Returns To Earth With Lab Results

Alomex Re:Curious economics of private spaceflight (60 comments)

Contrary to what you say, many studies have found that the better educated and informed you are the more likely you are to be a liberal.

Of course it makes you feel better to state the opposite opinion as if it were a fact, which is yet another confirmation of the studies above.

about 2 months ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

Alomex Re:and they use cash businesses as examples (424 comments)

Actually, I recall reading articles in Newsweek in the early 80s which were already outrageous. Most of them are a consequence of the war on drugs, which was intensified by Reagan and followed up by all other administrations (Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr. Obama).

about 2 months ago
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SpaceX Capsule Returns To Earth With Lab Results

Alomex Re:Curious economics of private spaceflight (60 comments)

Flynn, an ardent libertarian,

Ardent libertarian is the term used in polite society for "emotionally immature and intellectually unsophisticated". A libertarian society replicates the current status quo in terms or taxes and tariffs but with the difference that now you have no power over the revenue collector, which is as private corporation.

In a libertarian society I can simply refuse you to drive on my highway because I don't like your face.

about 2 months ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Alomex Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (283 comments)

It is easy to post growing sales if your profits are zero. The hard part is to have a growing business that actually makes money on each sales. Every time they seem to have gained traction on a market (like books) they seem to negate it by offering incentives such as Amazon prime. T

hey have yet to prove that they can sell products at operating costs+3% on an ongoing basis.

about 2 months ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Alomex Re:Wow (283 comments)

Microsofts success was BUYING DOS for $50k.

Minor quibble: Microsoft licensed DOS for $50K, while Patterson held back some rights. Later on after various payments and negotiations it is estimated that the final cost was more like $500K. By then DOS was already a screaming success, so they got off easy.

about 2 months ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Alomex Re:Wow (283 comments)

Many other people were introduced to IBM including Gary Kildall from Digital Research, yet he didn't become a billionaire.

And by the time he was introduced personally to IBM he was already well known for shipping the dominant basic interpreter for all personal computers, IBM compatible or not.

about 2 months ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Alomex Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (720 comments)

moment you view data through a lens of politics is the moment you stop noticing opportunities.

Or as Krugman likes to point out, how are the right wing inflationistas doing? Yet their rants are still welcome at the WSJ in spite of the fact that their views have meant losses in the tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars for WSJ readers.

about 2 months ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Alomex Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (720 comments)

Here's a quip on the low quality editorials at the WSJ from The Economist, using subtle British humor:

The WSJ, a newspaper famous for publishing its comics in the Editorial page.

about 2 months ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

Alomex Re:Being different was a boat anchor. (296 comments)

The main advantage of the PPC was supposed to be higher clock rate, and looking at press releases there were supposedly higher clock rates chips available for PPC over x86.

Yet at one point I took the time to track down the actual "shipping now" announcements for the main PC manufacturers and for Apple and almost invariably by the time computers came out the door speeds were comparable.

The fact that PPC wouldn't commit to a mobile low power version was the final straw.

about 2 months ago

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