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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

bws111 Re:um, BIG difference omitted... (152 comments)

Why should it be criminal? If you don't think the surf & turf is worth an extra $20, DON'T BUY IT. Gee, that was hard to solve.

yesterday
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

bws111 Re:Sorry They're Changing (543 comments)

If your company is so poorly run that you don't have certification processes and suppliers you can trust then you deserve to go under. If you have to destroy a few chips every now and then to make sure you are getting what you paid for, then you do that. If you have to have wording in your contracts with your suppliers that they are responsible for using genuine parts, then you do that, and you hold them to it.

Every industry has counterfeiters. Responsible manufacturers know how to deal with it.

2 days ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

bws111 Re:Singapore Airport (165 comments)

Um, you do realize that to even get in the line you have to a) prove who you are (goverment issued ID) and b) show where you are going (boarding pass). I don't think they need something obscure like a MAC address to know who is in the airport and where they are going.

2 days ago
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

bws111 Re:"general market" computers (121 comments)

Exactly where in that post do you see anything at all about 'converging mainframe architectures'? He talks about 'tabulators, time clocks, and other specialized machines', then starts talking about general purpose computers. And, in fact, that is pretty much what the division was - there were specialized machines for things, and then there were general purpose computers and the specialized machines died off. The problem with his post is not in the definition of general purpose, it is that he is about 2 decades off from when the transition happened.

And even if you want to stick with your ridiculous interpretation, the 'covergence' happened with the 360, a decade and a half before he thinks. And the 360 was successful immediately - those 2000 orders in the first 8 weeks did not go primarily to universities. The things cost $2M to buy, or rented for $20K/month in 1964. Not many universities had that kind of cash to shell out.

3 days ago
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

bws111 Re:Huh, what? (121 comments)

What does being able to efficiently perform scientific calculations have to do with something being defined as a general purpose computer? NOTHING. General purpose says NOTHING about the suitability of a processor for a given task.

The processor in your cell phone is a general purpose computer. Is it particularly good at performing high-precision scientific calculations? No. Is it particularly good at performing decimal operations? No. Does that mean it is not a general purpose computer? NO!

Many businesses had 1401s, and 360s, and CDCs, and Univacs, etc. What were they all doing? WHATEVER THE CUSTOMER WANTED. Why were they not all doing exactly the same thing, exactly the same way? Because they were GENERAL PURPOSE COMPUTERS.

3 days ago
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

bws111 Re:Huh, what? (121 comments)

What odd definition of 'general purpose computer' are you using? A 'general purpose computer' is a computer that can be programmed. 'General purpose' has NOTHING to do with binary or decimal modes, or scientific vs commercial applications. Earlier models of 'computers' were NOT general purpose, they had specific built-in functions, such as adding machines or tragectory calculators, and that is all they did. The 1401 is certainly a general purpose computer. The fact that you list RPG and COBOL proves that it was, in fact, a general purpose computer.

3 days ago
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

bws111 Re:Huh, what? (121 comments)

Who said otherwise? I was responding to the incredibly inaccurate statement that general purpose computers were not used by businesses until the late 70s and 80s. Regardless of whether or not older equipment was still in use, general purpose computers WERE used by businesses long before that. The 1401 was a general purpose computer, and they had orders for more than 5000 of them the first month, in 1959. The 360 was a general purpose computer and they had orders for 2000 of those in the first couple of months, in 1964.

In 1969 (a full decade before this guy claims businesses used general purpose computers) the DOJ filed an anti-trust suit against IBM alleging that IBM was 'monopolizing or attempting to monopolize the general purpose electronic digital computer market, specifically computers designed primarily for business'. How to you monopolize a market that does not exist?

3 days ago
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

bws111 Re:Huh, what? (121 comments)

That is completely wrong. The IBM 360 was introduced in 1964. The POP even calls the instructions the commercial instruction set. Before that there was the IBM 702 (1952), the IBM 650 (1953), and the IBM 1401 (1959). All were general purpose machines used by businesses.

3 days ago
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Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

bws111 Re:We need to do it lke Europe. (120 comments)

And just how do they fix ALL the cars? Do they come and tow the car out of your garage if you don't get to the dealer in a fixed amount of time? Or do they make it illegal for the owner to drive the car until it is fixed (which puts a burden on the owner, not the manufacturer)?

And if you buy a used car, you can STILL go to the dealer and see if there are any outstanding recalls on the vehicle.

4 days ago
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Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

bws111 Re:We need to do it lke Europe. (120 comments)

WTF are you talking about? The car companies ARE responsible for fixing this. And every new car comes with this thing called a 'warranty', which means the manufacturer is responsible for defects in a new car. And many (most? all?) states have 'lemon laws' for when warranty repairs are not enough.

4 days ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

bws111 Re:Seems to be a contradiction (447 comments)

Yes, and? The cost of a PARTICULAR wedding will of course rise if there are more guests, but that is not what they are talking about when they are talking about the cost of a wedding. You can have a wedding with 200 people and only spend $10K, or you can have a wedding with 20 people and spend $100K.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

bws111 Re:Doesn't add up (447 comments)

Way to completely miss the point. Some people choose the venue NOT because of the size, but because they simply MUST 'have the best'. Or maybe they choose the venue to fulfill a fantasy. For instance, you can get married in Disney World. You can choose all kinds of options, such as having the wedding party arrive in horse-drawn carriages, etc. You can spend many 10's of thousands of dollars before even ONE guest is invited. And when you do invite your first guest, the price does not double.

Apart from the venue there are also things like the wedding dress - do you have any idea on the price range for wedding dresses? Same for things like flowers, photographers, etc.

THAT is what they are talking about, not stupid crap like '20 people cost more that 10 people'.

Anybody who thinks that wedding costs only scale with the number of people is a fool.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

bws111 Re:Seems to be a contradiction (447 comments)

No, it is not. You can have your reception in the church hall (maybe catered, maybe potluck, etc), or you can have it at the fanciest country club in town.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

bws111 Re:Correlaton? (447 comments)

If you have a lot of people at a wedding where you are not spending a lot of money, those people are there because they care about you. That is a good thing.

If you spend a lot of money on a wedding that does not have a lot of guests, it indicates that appearances are very important to you. That is not a good thing.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

bws111 Re:Doesn't add up (447 comments)

Since cost of a wedding scales linearly with the number of attendees

Where do you get that stupid idea? Go price a wedding venue for 200 people, then see if you can have the same venue for 10% of the cost if you only invite 20 people. Food and drink may 'scale', the price of the venue, entertainment, etc does not.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay

bws111 Re:Irony (144 comments)

Sure, if you ignore the whole Radcliffe College (started in 1879) thing.

about two weeks ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

bws111 Re:Tech Companies have become warring fiefdoms (161 comments)

Wait, you're claiming that sticking something that already exists (a digital camera) in the same case as something else that already existed is MORE innovative than the camera sensors, memory, and all that other stuff you can't see is? That has got to be one of the STUPIDEST things I have ever heard.

about three weeks ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

bws111 Re:Tech Companies have become warring fiefdoms (161 comments)

Exactly what patent is it that covers ALL speech recognition on a computer? Or has there been some mathematical proof done that shows there is no other way to do it?

You can't get a patent on a 'new version'. You can get a patent on improvements, but ANYONE can do that.

What do you mean speech recognition isn't an invention? Did it just fall out of the sky or something?

If this technology existed 20 years ago, then the patent is expired anyway.

You're not making any sense.

about three weeks ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

bws111 Re:Tech Companies have become warring fiefdoms (161 comments)

Wow. You do know that Moore's law is not a real thing, right? You can't 'take advantage of it'.

And you may want to look at what one of those 'other companies' that are making these ever smaller components is called. Hint, it begins with an S and ends with a G.

about three weeks ago
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JP Morgan Chase Breach Compromised Data of 76 Million Households

bws111 Re:Security through obscurity - useful but inadequ (76 comments)

"The point" is that no system is, or will ever be, perfect. You are the one making the claim that they are too cheap to patch systems, etc. They aren't.

Even with their precautions someone breached them. That does not mean the money was not well spent, it just means that their system (including all the users of their system) is not perfect. I suppose YOU could make a 'perfect system' for them?

Of course they COULD have kept that valuable customer name/email information off the internet. That would kind of make it impossible to offer on-line banking (something probably 99% of their customers want), wouldn't it.

There will ALWAYS be tradeoffs between usability and security. A perfectly secure system would be virtually useless. The trick, of course, is finding the right balance. A breech like this does not show that balance is not currently right.

about three weeks ago

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