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How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

gtall Re:Different markets... (379 comments)

I work in research. We're filthy with Macs. MS has way too much baggage for us to deal with, keeping us from doing our research. It's a crap ecosystem run by a company that causes too much pain.

yesterday
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

gtall Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (368 comments)

Seeing as the Sixth Amendment only applies to American citizens, why would you assume it applies to foreigners?

2 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

gtall Re:Tax (521 comments)

I stand corrected.

3 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

gtall Re:Tax (521 comments)

I'm unaware of any religions that have planned obsolescence. Too few of them have any auto-correct features either.

3 days ago
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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

gtall Re:Stronger regs ? Try a better radar (235 comments)

Seems like a perfect use for laser beam weapons. 10 points extra if they are shot from the White House pool full of sharks.

4 days ago
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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

gtall Re:How about a shotgun? (235 comments)

Have you been injured by falling buckshot fired at drone? Have you or loved one been traumatized by the sound of a shotgun near the White House? Then please call the Law Offices of Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe as we may be entitled to a large monetary payout on your behalf. Many people across the country have reported these sorts of Medical Issues to us and we feel empowered to Put the Law On Your Side. Our operators are standing by to take your call and your credit card number. Don't delay, failure to contact us immediately could result in Lost Settlement Funds.

4 days ago
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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

gtall Re:Internet Explorer (99 comments)

You are equating an OS with a computer language? To paraphrase Pauli, that's not even wrong.

about a week ago
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Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

gtall buy the competition (105 comments)

This is just another E^3 move.

about a week ago
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Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

gtall Re:Absolutely fair.. (114 comments)

That, and I wonder how intrusive are the security audits. I wouldn't put it past the Chinese government to think of the security audits as a legal way to steal technology ideas.

about a week ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

gtall Re:Not so difficult (512 comments)

And as soon as you raise trade barriers, other countries will do the same. The total economic pressure, thought of as something like air pressure, goes down and you can expect the American economy to slow since we won't be exporting as much which will cost jobs as well. America and China are about equivalent as exporters now. That's a lot of economic activity you casually throw overboard with your simple solution.

It is not a simple problem and your simple solution will not work.

about a week ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

gtall Re:No way! (512 comments)

Not really, Sessions could do a lot of damage to the immigration debate because he's essentially stupid, and he has no qualms about packing committee hearing witness lists with ringers. He's more likely to draw attention to himself and Congress than on the debate. I've seen him on EPA hearings, I forget the committee name. He's not the dullest knife in the drawer being almost but not quite entirely as dumb as Ron Johnson, Republican senator from Wisconsin.

about a week ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

gtall Re:nc (420 comments)

Well, they do play kinky dragon games (Find-the-Tail, etc.) The white smocks and headgear are a dead giveaway.

about two weeks ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

gtall Re:Police State! (420 comments)

It was probably the neighbor who got pissed at the guy's dog doing his dooty in the neighbors yard. It is entirely speculation as to why, but my theory is plausible...unless it was the IRS on another vendetta against those who hate the government yadda-yadda ding-dong....

about two weeks ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

gtall Re:Yep it is a scam (666 comments)

Ever watch CSpan when they are televising hearings? The hearing opens, the chair honks on for several minutes..."burble...furble...whacka, whacka, ding-dong!" Then he passes off to the minority leader of the committee...more boom-chicka-wow-wow for several minutes. If it is a big hearing, we'll be hearing from every doofus committee person with a point no matter how minor to honk on about their minor point. Then we get to the witnesses, they get to make statements. More delay. All the above just cannot get out all their valuable words and put other comments in the written record.

Now that we've wasted 1/4 of the time, it is time for questions. A good committee person will be able to question by thinking on his feet. Most committee persons (e.g., Richard Shelby from Alabama) will read questions their staff has prepared. And if it is a critical hearing, some of the "witnesses" are ringers. Jeff Sessions from Alabama (must be something in the water down there) does this for any EPA hearings. He's got a safe ringer who comes in and mouths bullshit about global warming (the usual Republican talking points, I hope they pay him well).

If I were to run hearings, we'd have tasers wired into committee members chairs. Time is up when the taser shocks. No beginning statements, no witness statements. All questions must at least be memorized, no reading prepared sheets. Fail to do that, Mr. Taser gets a bit more work. Any ringers get to sit in the corner with a dunce hat and cannot speak...well, they can but only if Mr. Taser gets to pay them back for it.

about two weeks ago
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Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

gtall Re: Wow... Just "no". (204 comments)

Not really, most of the ACA was recycled Republican ideas, complete with bending over for the insurance companies and using private contractors to build the web site. Democrats are not absolved of blame, they were so giddy to get a chance to pass a national health insurance that they didn't really care about what was in it. Instead, they thought they'd heralded by Americans and show a Progressive success.

The idea of covering the uninsured is still a good one. In the U.S., you should not have to court bankruptcy due to common medical conditions. That said, I don't think the U.S. can afford all the health care Americans want. The current system is now a franken-system where a health problem is looked at as an economic opportunity for the health care industry. Look at your bill sometime for procedures. Even if your insurance company covered, it is still enough to make you wince.

about two weeks ago
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

gtall Re:Sounds about reasonable for once... (148 comments)

You have no understanding of the modern U.S. military. They spend a lot of effort just on understanding the social dynamics of any conflict zone. If they thought killing everything in sight was a wise idea, Afghanistan and Iraq would be barren wastelands where nothing would life. The inhabitants seem to have every intention of turning them into wastelands. Maybe you got the two groups confused.

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

gtall Re:a better question (592 comments)

Build. I never used a PC that didn't strike me as a piece of crap.

about two weeks ago
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Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

gtall Re:This is tragic! (335 comments)

My theory for why we lack women in science (not sure about engineering) is that science is structured to reward individual prowess. You get a PhD by doing your own work.

I was an assistant director of a lab. The men in the lab all pretty much stayed in their swimming lane. The women were busy socializing with one another. Since we had a lab, they had a place to socialize and myself and the director had no problems with them socializing over their research or anything else. The research produced by the men and women were more or less comparable.

Most science is not so welcoming to socialized problem solving, women need to socialize and hence feel that science is either not for them or is structured by males for males. I expect a similar dynamic happens in engineering.

The subject material of science is also not encouraging of social interaction. It has an abstract, unidirectional air that men find appealing and women do not, generally speaking. I don't find it odd there are so few women in science. Unless the process of how science is pursued is changed, and more cross-disciplinary science is encouraged, I don't see most efforts at encouraging women in science being successful.

about two weeks ago
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

gtall Re:Solar, solar, solar. Also, solar. (360 comments)

re the sea levels used to be much higher...yes...but not in the recent past with all the coastal cities. What to see how upsetting that can be? Take a look at current day Bangladesh. Let's take a poll of Bangladeshis on how they feel about global warming causing sea level rise.

about two weeks ago

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Microsoft To Educate North Carolina High Schoolers

gtall gtall writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gtall (79522) writes "From the article: "Microsoft said Tuesday that North Carolina has become the first US state to implement Redmond's Microsoft IT Academy Program for its public high schools — 628 in total. The program offers students and teachers the latest Microsoft software for classrooms and labs, Microsoft e-learning materials, discounts on courseware, access to Tech Net, and marketing resources to help promote the institutions' association with Microsoft, along with certification in Microsoft technologies."

Has education come to this where a company can decide the curriculum to turn out drones tuned to its products?"

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