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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Gr8Apes Re:Fine! (363 comments)

We have people in small towns that can't get along. All you'll be doing is creating 5 sets of problems.

5 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Gr8Apes Re:Fine! (363 comments)

Except for the 49% who don't want those things.

5 days ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

Gr8Apes Re:Stop using Facebook (260 comments)

And of course every president's actions have long lasting consequences. There are people who blame current air travel delays on Reagan's firing the air traffic controllers, and that was 30 years ago. Others blame the housing bubble/collapse on Carter.

All presidents, if they stay in office long enough, make bad decisions. The question is whether those bad decisions outweigh their good ones when considering whether they were bad presidents. Some made very few good decisions (defined as something you chose to do in spite of the current popular opinion to improve things) and many bad decisions (whether going with popular opinion or acting on their own). Deciding to go to war with the Taliban - was there another option? Deciding to invade Iraq? Plenty of other options on that one. Carter leaving the American hostages in Iran for 400 days? That one resulted in a 1 term presidency for him. Reagan pushing for deregulation? Both good and bad points on that one, and I'd argue mostly bad from the ones that had major negative impacts such as the 2008 financial collapse, although that was not solely his fault, he started the avalanche with a healthy couple of kicks.

While Cheney may have a full vault, you did ask for another vice-president that was making as much noise as he is. You can't get bigger than a full length film, with a TV channel to top it off.

In the case of Gore, he was promoting something new at the time, not criticizing the current government operations. That he's moved to that stance is indisputable, as he certainly has continued to make waves over time and tried to move the gov into a stance more to his liking. In some ways, that's the same as Cheney, in others, very very different.

about a week ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

Gr8Apes Re:Stop using Facebook (260 comments)

The comment is actually about Bush essentially being Cheney's (and Karl Rove's / GOP's) sock puppet. You argue by blatant assertions that Bush wasn't a sock puppet. Nothing you've stated leads anyone to the conclusion that he wasn't, and your admission about Cheney's activities can only mean you agree to at least some extent that he is active in those areas of interest.

I do agree with you that all presidents and vice presidents should in general leave the leading to others after they're out of office. They had their turn. In the case of Bush/Cheney, their screwups are going to be with us through at least 1 more administration, and I would hazard several more.

Lastly, Cheney didn't need to fill up his overflowing vault/swimming pool - and he's mostly likely still reaping Halliburton rewards.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Gr8Apes Re: Alright smart guy (504 comments)

Please note that the actual retail cost for similar phones from Samsung are in the same price range, when not subsidized. Would you like to try again?

about a week ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

Gr8Apes Re:Stop using Facebook (260 comments)

Name some vice presidents who haven't kept their mouths shut, and then name one that's been as vocal as Cheney.

about a week ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

Gr8Apes Re:Stop using Facebook (260 comments)

That's hilarious. You realize, as governor, he had little power, and accomplished little. He was also governor in a state that at the time was almost uniformly red.

about a week ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

Gr8Apes Re:Stop using Facebook (260 comments)

If you in truth think Bush was the brains behind everything, I'd say there's quite a few missing links. Cheney, however, has been documented leading quite a few initiatives, such as the invasion of Iraq. His commentary after leaving office has also been revealing, as has the total lack of statements from W.

about two weeks ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

Gr8Apes Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (392 comments)

The War in Iraq was something Obama wanted to end. It wasn't a war we were supposed to be in in the first place. I'd state that it hasn't ended yet but the hostilities were largely under control. Still a turd from the Bush/Cheney era, and started by the British, but that's another tale. However the current problem isn't Iraq so much as it is the spillover of the nutbags from Syria taking advantage of the weakened state of Iraq.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Gr8Apes Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

My 3+ year old iPhone 4 is running iOS 7.1.2, until last week the current version of iOS. 18 months? I'd be upset.

about two weeks ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

Gr8Apes Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (392 comments)

What's the difference between Bush's illegal wars and Obama's illegal wars?

is the answer "What did Bush start and fail to finish, leaving Obama holding the bag?"

In terms of the economy, Obama has done at least as much damage over time, based on his own administration's charts, even. Remember all those rosy predictions?

All kidding aside, Obama inherited an incredibly horrible situation from arguably the worst administration in history. But I think we can all agree we're better off now than in 2009.

about two weeks ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

Gr8Apes Re:Fuck Zuckerberg (260 comments)

You got that all wrong - Mark was talking from his own personal experience, he's sort of OK...

about two weeks ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

Gr8Apes Re:Stop using Facebook (260 comments)

There couldn't be a wrose personality to be in power than Zuckerberg.

I dunno. Dick Cheney or Nancy Pelosi might be worse.

Dick Cheney brought us the current mess. He set the bar. W was just his sock-puppet.

about two weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Gr8Apes Re:Expert. (358 comments)

Lars already patented that approach, except maybe his patent stated "awful" and Bono had to go with "bland" instead?

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Gr8Apes Re:Link (350 comments)

Perhaps I'm not interested in the centralized broadcasting, err, "broadband" service, but rather would like to do interactive things. I know what I could do more than a decade ago, and what I can do now. The only thing holding it back is the abysmal upstream connectivity provided by 90+% of the providers. That's an arbitrary percentage allowing for the rumored FIOS and Google upstream speeds, here it's more like 100% of the provider(s).

Spoiled has nothing to do with it. A carrot was held out and a promise made about this wonderful internet thing that the US taxpayers plowed billions into. I'd like to at least see part of the promise fulfilled, rather than yet another cable style broadcasting service with some individual control over what gets sent.

about two weeks ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

Gr8Apes Re:"forced labor" (183 comments)

I thought Obama was running more middle of the line than Hillary, wasn't she for single payer since the 90s?

Single payer is where we should have gone for basic services. It relieves a whole set of current issues, including using the ER as your regular doctor for the uninsured.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Inspector General Lobs Big Rocks At Agency's Asteroid Hunting Program

Gr8Apes Re:90% (35 comments)

Compare now 10% of all 140+ meter asteroids are known and 95% of all 1 km asteroids are known. So 90% 140+ asteroids mean 100% for all 300+ meters asteroids

How on earth (pun intended) can you know that you've found 10% or 95% of anything that you don't know the full set of?

Note also that most of these efforts looks at the plane of the solar system, what about extra-planar objects? Granted, most of those are comets, but then again, comets can be big too.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Gr8Apes Re:Link (350 comments)

Old and ridiculous news. I'd say 10Mbps is actually too slow. 10Mbps up is a bare minimum, 50+ each way is closer to what needs to exist. If you don't think so, just try showing Grandma that 4K home movie you take in a couple of years. We shouldn't be looking at what the minimums should have been 5 years ago, but what they need to be in the next 5. 50-100 Mbps up is going to be a minimum, if we are to see real use of the internet. All those phones shooting 4K video will need to share it somehow, and going across a 4Mbps uplink (yeah, show me where I can get that reliably around here) you'll spend more time waiting on the upload than you did shooting, editing, and compressing it to try to make it smaller for the transit.

Honestly, 10 Mbps up right now is too slow for today's needs, if you're doing any of the related things just with a simple communication with Grandma. Video calls? You need a good upload link if you're going to make that work, or the quality is so crappy it won't be workable.

about two weeks ago
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Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

Gr8Apes Re:trust (85 comments)

I only have to trust them to hand out the IP once. That's all, certainly not with any other details.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Gr8Apes Re:Experience counts (232 comments)

Considering the unemployment rate in our industry, you should never put up with a hostile environment. It is relatively easy to get a job, getting one you might like can take a while. You might have to move, depending on where you live, but that's true of a lot of jobs these days.

about two weeks ago

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Virtual boss keeps workers on a leash.

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 8 months ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Hitachi has created a "perfect virtual boss"

"Hitachi, the big electronics company based in Japan, is manufacturing and selling to corporations a device intended to increase efficiency in the workplace. It has a rather bland and generic-sounding name: the Hitachi Business Microscope (paywalled).

But what it is capable of doing ... well, just imagine being followed around the office or the factory all day by the snoopiest boss in the world. Even into the restroom."

We may pine for the privacy of Orwell's 1984...."

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The First Cyber Super Weapon?

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 4 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "The realm of science fiction keeps shrinking. Those annoying viruses and malware that can interrupt your perusal of /. will now have to take a back seat to real cyber threats

From the article: Cyber security experts say they have identified the world's first known cyber super weapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target: a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant."

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Help the Galactic Census

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN has a story about scientists needing your help in a galactic census. From the story: They are asking volunteers on the Internet to help classify the galaxies as either elliptical or spiral and note, where possible, in which direction they rotate. Astronomers say computer programs have been unable to reliably classify the star systems. With 10,000 to 20,000 people working to classify the galaxies, the process could take as little as a month. With /. alone, they might be able to do it in a week. Give them a helping hand by signing up at Galaxy Zoo."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD is upping the performance numbers for Barcelona by stating that "Barcelona will have a 50% advantage over Clovertown in floating point applications and 20% in integer performance 'over the competition's highest-performing quad-core processor at the same frequency'". AMD also claims that the new 3.0 GHz Opterons beat comparable Intel Xeon 5100 series processors in three server-specific benchmarks (SPECint_rate_2006, SPECint_rate2006, SPECompM2001) by up to 24%."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Listeners and Indies may rejoice according to a just breaking story. According to the AP story:

Four major broadcast companies would pay the government $12.5 million and provide 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for independent record labels and local artists, The Associated Press has learned.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN is reporting that Walmart "fired a systems technician for intercepting text messages of non-Wal-Mart employees and recording telephone conversations with a New York Times reporter without authorization". The story further goes on to state that the recordings were in violation of their policy since they did not have authorization from their legal dept. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't wiretapping illegal without court authorization as shown by the HP scandal?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD has showcased their new 65nm Barcelona quad-core CPU. It is labeled a quad-core Opteron, but according to Infoworld's Tom Yeager, is really a redefinition of x86. Each core has a new vector math processing unit (SSE128), separate integer and floating point schedulers, and new nested paging tables (to vastly improve hardware virtualization). According to AMD, the new vector math units alone should improve floating point operation by 80%. Some analysts are skeptical, waiting for benchmarks. Will AMD dethrone Intel again? Only time will tell."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "From an Associated Press article in the Boston Herald:
President Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to edit the Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists.
As this directly contradicts the law as passed by Congress, has Bush created the line-item veto by fiat?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 8 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "TomsHardware reviews Intel's new Kentsfield quad core processor From the article:
Compared with the already not-too-shabby Intel Core 2 Duo/Extreme, the Core 2 Quadro can give performance a mighty tweak — but only for specific applications. In the best-case scenario, performance can even be doubled.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 8 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Clear Channel wants ownership rules relaxed even further to allow it to own up to 12 stations in major markets. Clear Channel states that it has already hit the maximum number of stations (8) in most major markets. They further argue that this artificial limit impedes its potential for growth, and with the emergance of satellite radio that the terrestrial radio market has changed and should allow loosening of the restrictions.

Since Clear Channel owns a significant share of XM already and has stations on XM, this argument seems rather weak. Does anyone else feel like Clear Channel is attempting gain more leverage to drive you to subscription radio?"

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