IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share
Microsoft stockholders probably don't feel too badly about the Ballmer legacy overall, though
He joined in January 2000 when according to that link, the stock was at 48.94. Today the stock is at 36.50. Managing a -25% return over 14 years is not a good thing.
LinkedIn Password Hashes Leaked Online
Neither mine nor my wife's is there. Hers is unchanged in 3 years.
World Is Ignoring Most Important Lesson From Fukushima
Dead vs, can't sell produce. Hard choice? On the other hand, we can walk straight into a climate change catastrophe, trying to mitigate it with vaporware (subsidised by the US and German govts). It's lucky we ditched the probability theory early on otherwise this argument would start to look like suicide.
Linode Exploit Caused Theft of Thousands of Bitcoins
Holding up well? It's June 2011 peak was 30 USD per BTC. Now it's 5 USD per BTC. It appears to be holding up about as well as Greek bonds.
US Plummets On World Press Freedom Ranking
One thing I noticed is they didn't proof-read their press releases. I guess broken english is appropriate though, since they are representing journalists. "The United States (47th) also owed its fall of 27 places to the many arrests of journalist covering Occupy Wall Street protests." http://en.rsf.org/press-freedom-index-2011-2012,1043.html
UK Police Test 'Temporarily Blinding' LASER
Wheras in america they can legally shoot back. Don't tread on me, officer.
IT Pros Can't Resist Peeking At Privileged Info
You earned twice as much as an executive's bonus when you were young and immature? That would make most execs I know cry in their beer.
Australia's Biggest Airline Grounds Its Entire Fleet
Agreed. Flamebait crap about unions and corporations might boost page views, but it is killing the site.
UK Man Jailed For Being a Jerk On the Internet
Can you see why death threats and mock executions are criminal? If the US jailors in Abu Ghraib doctored pictures of the prisoners' families to show their children being executed, then presented them to the prisoners as real photos, would that be criminal, in your eyes?
EU Extends Music Copyright to 70 Years
There is no moral or philosophically defensible position that says someone needs to own a song or a movie for 70 years. The only explanation is greed overstepping all sense of proportion and reason. Disgusting. It just moves me with great anger to make sure I will do my best to hurt the bottom line of those who think dollar signs are more important than the common property of mankind.
You actually go further than this in your sig - "intellectual property law is philosophically incoherent". Does that mean you wouldn't mind if I just copy and re-post all of your comments as my own? If, in an exam, I copied you and your friend's answers, and through doing so raised the pass grade, so through my actions I passed and you both failed - would that be fair? If a hedge fund manager steals information on a stock, and through doing it makes money, is that wrong? I'm not criticising your views - I agree this legislation is horrible. I would just be interested from a philosophical sense, what you believe.
Which Company Is the Largest?
what is the future of a civilisation whose most capitalised stock is gadget manufacturer?
The future is tech rather than oil.
It seems perfectly fitting to western society. When Papua New Guinean natives first met western GIs and explorers, they noticed one major difference between our societies - the westerners had more "cargo" - cargo being sharp knives, jeeps, planes, radios, tinned food. This is the one area which the west has consistently outperformed, and has led to the dominance of our society over all others. The ipad is just the latest useful tool that has been produced. In the 40s, the future looked bright for the west, and not so bright for the Papua New Guinean natives. Might I suggest that today, things look bright for Apple, but not so bright for Exxon?
Technology Blamed For Helping UK Rioters
With all the surveillance cameras in London one would thought that is has to be the most secure city in the world.
Oh the irony.
And you know what the really strange thing is? After these riots, you can bet there will be a whole lot more CCTV cameras, and police, and I suspect that Theresa May is quietly reviewing the costs of getting a water cannon fleet. And what is even stranger is that the British people will be right behind her. Strange thing is, when people see their houses being burnt down, they stop caring about whether a CCTV camera guy might take photos of a stupid girl that leaves her curtains open, and start thinking it's nicer to lose a bit of privacy than be burnt to death. Funny old world, isn't it?
S&P's $2 Trillion Math Mistake
UK is AAA because we have a competent government which has undertaken spending cuts, even at the cost of riots. It also helps that our debt is denominated in Sterling, so we can print as much as we want - of course the same is true of the US, but Standard & Poor's Credit Ratings never have been very good at actually rating credit. Remember when they downgraded Japan, then had to upgrade them again :)
Earth's Population To Hit 7 Billion This Year
Thank you for making this point so eloquently.
Facebook Trapped In MySQL a 'Fate Worse Than Death'
I accept your point that it is impressive that such a mountain of suck runs so effectively on MySQL. However it is still a mountain of suck. Or to put it another way, I don't think computers were invented so some mini bill gates can try to cajole me into "poking" my friends for the purposes of selling advertising.
UCLA Hospital Hit With HIPAA Fine On Celeb Records
This all seems pretty simple. You record every access, all accesses will be audited at a later stage by an oversight committee. 99% of cases are automatically handled (e.g. doctor accessing records for his patient day after admission) but cases which are not clear are reviewed. Any employee who accesses records has to explain his rationale for doing so. If the rationale doesn't hold up, they are disciplined / sacked. A warning explaining this comes up when you try to access records. I would imagine the guarantee of losing your job would curtail the curiosity of most nosy employees, and while the sacking might be post-hoc, their apprehension will be before the fact.
How Citigroup Hackers Easily Gained Access
These are the guys that brought you the credit crunch. Nice to see nothing has changed.
Turkish Police Nab 32 Suspects Tied To Anonymous
I agree. The party line seems to be "Things like Wikileaks are good, because they deny privacy to other people. Things like car number plate recognition are bad, because they deny privacy to us." I personally hope that personal privacy is eroded at the expense of public information. I'm here to learn, not to cheat, and I'm not afraid of anyone.
Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment
It's a religious movement - after Marxism was totally discredited, these guys have got to believe that someone is out to get them. Monsanto, Nike, GAP, Starbucks. I waded through some anti-globalisation literature, there's a whole post-modern framework ("counter-narrative") behind some of these guys. Total bullshit of course, but new religions usually are. Their form of the armageddon is that man's sinful ways (capitalism, scientific advance, industry, the evil pursuit of money) will lead to an ecological catastrophe. They don't provide any solutions, because that's not their job.
Does Quantum Theory Explain Consciousness?
Penrose's entire argument (in "The Emperor's New Mind") for why consciousness was quantum mechanical was that a computer could not be concious, because it could not answer the question "how do you feel?" - to which I respond "can I have my money back". Scientists like Penrose, Hawking and Dawkins should be locked up for their own good when they start mumbling about philosophy and God. They would be very quick to point fingers if the Dalai Lama or Amartya Sen started making statements about microbiology or quantum gravity based on their philosophical skill.
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