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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

bmo Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (301 comments)

Moreover, if Nokia wasn't run by absolute incompetents, they'd still be a huge player in the smartphone market.

But they farted around with OSes, libraries, and waffled and couldn't decide themselves out of a wet paper bag being while pushed off a cliff. To top it off, the board decided to welcome Microsoft's cukoo-egg into their nest because "OH MY GOD A BILLION DOLLARS."

Google is where it is because a lot of companies are run by boards that are more interested in feathering their own nests instead of what they largely give lip-service to - "innovation"

Look at Yahoo. Go ahead, look at 'em. Point And Laugh. They deserve it.

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BMO

2 days ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

bmo Re:Market Share in 2019? (382 comments)

while threatening to jump ship to a browser they can't even customize at all.

You can't possibly be talking about Google's browser.

Chromium is properly FOSS.

https://chromium.googlesource....

Chrome itself is closed source, but Google really does an awful lot for the FOSS community.

The browsers you truly can't customize consist of the likes of IE and Opera.

petty little complaints

I've been an open source user/abuser and proponent going on 20 years now. It's stuff like this that make me think that if you're an actual Firefox dev, you need to GTFO right now before your toxic attitude spreads.

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BMO

3 days ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

bmo Re:I think (317 comments)

Product liability never results in anyone being actually responsible for the death going to jail or huge penalties.

A multinational might> pay out a couple of million in product liability, but then it will just be chalked up to the cost of doing business.

If the multinational is a defense contractor (BAE, Raytheon, Lockheed, General Dynamics, etc), it will all be swept under the rug and more money will be thrown at the contractor to "fix" it.

That's the reality.

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BMO

4 days ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

bmo Re:easy solution (306 comments)

1) execute the AT&T executives

Among others.

If you want a CPM-10V guillotine blade with TiCN coating, I can get one for you.

Durability, because it's gonna get a lot of use.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

bmo Re: Automate! (176 comments)

The tapes are just the bootstrap. They only need to be run once.

See? THIS is how handwaving is done.

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BMO

about two weeks ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

bmo Re:don't use biometrics (328 comments)

You'd be surprised how many felonies and misdemeanors they could find on your phone. If they find anything suggesting you committed a crime, they can make your life hell for quite a while. This affects everybody.

You know those pill organizers, because you're taking so many drugs each day (heart, etc)?

If you carry around prescription drugs without the actual bottle without the actual sticker, it's a felony. This actually happened to one of the members of my DBSA group.

No, you do *not* have permission to search my bag, Mr. Officer.

http://edfolsomlaw.com/2013/01...

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BMO

about three weeks ago
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Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

bmo Re:Standard Document Retention Policy (190 comments)

The county had to buy a spare server and restore each monthly tape to it and manually pick out the email messages

It's a fucking computer. How do you not even try to automate stuff like that? How stupid do you have to be to not even write a script, but sit there and fucking vgrep everything?

The cost was not because of the documents being requested or that the county kept the records too long, the cost was that their IT department is run by retards.

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BMO

about three weeks ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

bmo Re:So what? (242 comments)

Most of what you talked about are annoyances, rather than serious issues.

An annoyance that appears every day becomes a serious issue.

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BMO

about a month ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

bmo Re:So what? (242 comments)

It's fashionable to complain about the replaced start menu in Win 8.

It wasn't just that, it was all the touch shit crammed into a desktop OS that failed to work well with a mouse and keyboard. Ballmer et al., were chasing after the "golden fleece" of a "universal interface" by j-j-j-jamming touch into desktops/laptops. They thought that mobile interface on desktops would work better than desktop interface on mobiles (XP tablet edition, to be specific).

They're finding out that people use different form factors in different ways/use cases and that the interface should follow the use and form factor.

Winidiots swear up and down that Linux "will never be ready for grandma." I have to tell you that from personal experience "grandma" hates 8 more than any Linux desktop environment.

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BMO

about a month ago
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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

bmo Re:Meet somewhere in the middle (179 comments)

AT&T doesn't want to throttle these people just to limit their effect on the network. AT&T wants them to leave and never come back.

Then they should have never sold "unlimited" plans and your friend was an idiot for not having tiered pricing.

Have a nice day.

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BMO

about a month ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

bmo Re: Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

A treasury bond is as good as cash.

>There is nothing backing up that bond other than the word of our gov

What the fuck do you think a dollar bill is backed by?

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BMO

about a month ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

bmo Re:Moral Imperialism (475 comments)

The FCC exercised much more control over television broadcasting

Oh, you're one of /those/ nutcases that believe that Net Neutrality would be a re-implementation of the Fairness Doctrine, repeating Fox Snooze/TW/Cox/VZN FUD.

Industry shill spotted. Go fuck yourself.

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BMO

about a month ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

bmo Re:Moral Imperialism (475 comments)

The only true statement in that message is your signature.

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BMO

about a month ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

bmo Re:Moral Imperialism (475 comments)

So the "'net neutrality" rules every idiot is screaming for means that ISPs will be required to scan for and block this from being transmitted over their networks. Because it's not "lawful content".

but.that's.wrong.jpg

Net Neutrality is all about classifying the ISPs as what the other telecom and freight companies are: common-carriers.

Verizon, as a telephone company, doesn't censor "illegal" voice traffic, does it? They do not, last I checked. That's because Verizon is a common-carrier and is not held liable for telephone content over its wires. UPS is not held liable for a pound of weed being shipped through its system, either, because they are a common-carrier. Being held not liable is exchanged for the duty they have to not discriminate against customers and traffic for the common good.

Back in the day of the local BBS being your ISP, system operators could discriminate against abusive/disruptive/trolling users (we wanted that freedom, because resources were tight) being able to ban users/delete traffic. Because BBSes were classified as "information services" (as ISPs are classified right now), holding a kind of editorial power, we fought against common-carrier classification because it would have been onerous. But once a sysop exercised editorial power he/she was held liable for illegal/defamatory/copyright-infringing content hosted on the drives.

Like what happened to Rusty&Edie's.

ISPs have grown beyond the local BBS for well over a decade-and-a-half and ISPs are no longer "editorial." They have become common-carriers in everything but name, and the ISPs like TimeWarner/Cox/Comcast/Charter, etc, want to have their cake and eat it too - they want to be able to discriminate various kinds of traffic and retain editorial power while being not held liable for that traffic.

Sorry, no, they don't get to do that. They are now common-carriers and should be classified that way.

And that's what Net Neutrality is all about.

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BMO

about a month ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

bmo Re:Terrific counter to Monsanto's herbicide messag (308 comments)

In contrast, companion planting is mixing your crop (e.g. beans + carrots together) so that they work together.

That's not Kosher according to Leviticus 19:19.

Why aren't there "conservative" christians whining about this?

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BMO

about 2 months ago
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New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

bmo Re:Now all they need to do... (138 comments)

I think that the point of /my/ message is that maybe you should not be painting with such a broad brush and implying that anyone taking SSRIs is a time bomb waiting to go on a shooting rampage.

Asshole.

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BMO

about 2 months ago
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New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

bmo Re:Now all they need to do... (138 comments)

Is figure out why so many who are on SSRI's or had recently stopped taking them, become suicidal or go on shooting rampages, or both.

It's people like you who encourage the stigma that we're in this mess where people go untreated for decades/lifetime, in spite of the fact that over 1/4 of everyone suffers from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year.

One in four adults - approximately 61.5 million Americans experiences mental illness in a given year. One in 17 - about 13.6 million - live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.1

-- NAMI http://www.nami.org/factsheets...

I ask you, where the fuck is the Ice Bucket Challenge for mental illness? That's something I asked last Wednesday at my DBSA meeting. I'm asking it here. Where the fuck is it? We've got the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer, yet more women suffer from mental illness than have ever had breast cancer. But there is pink everywhere.

Unfortunately, NAMI is only there for caregiver support and even for that they are absolutely silent in the media. They do absolutely bupkis for people who actually suffer from mental illness. Support is nearly nonexistent. I don't know of any foundation that supports the treatment of mental illness, raises awareness or even works to end the stigma. And for people who suffer from mental illness, there is not anything in the way of patient support/guidance (like who you should see for what). It's all "fly by the seat of your pants" stuff, and when you are in the middle of a major depressive episode even asking for help from anyone is daunting or even impossible.

I came here to call you a jerk, but I figured I'd say something more informative.

Bye.

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BMO/Dan

"it has to be emphasized that if the pain were readily describable most of the countless sufferers from this ancient affliction would have been able to confidently depict for their friends and loved ones (even their physicians) some of the actual dimensions of their torment, and perhaps elicit a comprehension that has been generally lacking; such incomprehension has usually been due not to a failure of sympathy but to the basic inability of healthy people to imagine a form of torment so alien to everyday experience."
-- William Styron, Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

about 2 months ago

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Oak Ridge's Titan Supercomputer Claims Top Spot

bmo bmo writes  |  about 2 years ago

bmo (77928) writes "MANNHEIM, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Advanced reports that Oak Ridge National Laboratory was fielding the world’s fastest supercomputer were proven correct when the 40th edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 List of the world’s top supercomputers was released today (Nov. 12, 2012). Titan, a Cray XK7 system installed at Oak Ridge, achieved 17.59 Petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark. Titan has 560,640 processors, including 261,632 NVIDIA K20x accelerator cores."
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Steve Jobs Steps Down as CEO of Apple

bmo bmo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bmo writes "PRESS RELEASE: Letter from Steve Jobs

August 24, 2011–To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you."

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Nokia will lay off up to 6,000 next week

bmo bmo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bmo (77928) writes "TechEye has heard that Nokia is going to fire up to 6,000 people as soon as next week.

An industry source tells us the lay-offs will mainly be in Nokia's home country, Finland.

There will be job cuts all round — but the majority will be in Finland. We have also heard from that all the work from the Symbian group is going to go to Microsoft."

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bmo bmo writes  |  more than 8 years ago

bmo (77928) writes "October 09, 2006 (Computerworld) — Ray Noorda, who led Novell Inc. as CEO from 1983 to 1995 and was a leader in the world of computer networking, died today at his home in Orem, Utah. Noorda, 82, was the "Father of Networking" and built Novell up to be one of the largest movers and shakers of the 1990's.

More here and here."

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