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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

milkmage Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (191 comments)


S3 - competes with akamai, and azure - cloud services
fire/kindle- compete with sammy, goog, apple - hardware (nevermind all the amazon basics branded accessories)
amazon locker, next day delivery - distribution/logistics- FedEx/UPS
the dome - major studios, netflix - content
amazon fresh - safeway, albertsons - food
music/video streaming - apple, netflix, google, MS - digital distribution (and don't forget the game studio they bought)
and with a "store" coming to Manhattan - retail.
what's next, cars? oh, wait...

amazon is fighting a multi-sided war
look what happened to the Nazis when they decided to take on the Allies in the West, and the Russians in the East - Germany got crushed in the middle

if you spread yourself too thin, you risk losing all the battles. (Fire phone anyone?) - a little dramatic perhaps, but
Wall Street just set a shot over the bow.. the "jack of all trades, master of none" philosophy is going to come back and bite them

you invest in a company to make money... sooner or later, your investors will bail if they don't see a return.

what kind of business likes to see their investors bail?

6 hours ago

The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

milkmage Re:Eh (200 comments)

i don't doubt sexism was part of it, but let's face it.. if a woman was killed the space program would have been in serious jeopardy.

let's not forget that while SHE may have been qualified, WE really had no idea what we were doing.. making it up as we went a long. waaaay more risk back then - Mercury was our first foray into manned spaceflight... lots of unknowns

if she was, say, killed in Apollo 1, we may have never gotten to the moon. Mondale almost got the program cancelled after White, Grissom and Chaffee were killed, a woman on that crew may have been enough to kill Apollo on the spot.

I don't think the American public had the stomach for a female (CIVILIAN) casualty..

5 days ago

Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

milkmage Re:Bullshit (221 comments)


what would people be saying if the Secret Service popped that guy's melon with a sniper bullet.. in front of all the tourists. body would sit there for hours with a yellow tarp over it while the press broadcast that image all over the world.. and the "why did you have to shoot that guy" crowd would come out of the woodwork.. or, they were ready to shoot, but there were too many innocents on the OTHER side of the target... this will blow over in a couple days.. had they wounded or killed an innocent, there'd probably be Congressional hearings.

you will give up some security when you balance it with the appearance of bing civilized.

they COULD put razor wire on the fence, but they don't
they COULD build gun towers with searchlights, but they don't
POTUS could cruise around in an (actual) armored vehicle, but they made it look like a Caddy (that can't possibly be a safe as one of those EOD trucks - or Bradley with reactive armor)
the USSS could wear SWAT gear while they're flanking POTUS when he's walking the rope line shaking hands, but they keep their weapons hidden and wear suits.

you know the Secret Service wants to keep POTUS in a box and only let him out for TV.. but they let him get danger close to the public.. all for appearances sake- and this DESPITE Squeaky Fromme, John Hinkley Jr. and whoever actually got a shot off at Ford in SF.

i'm thinking the only publicly visible change to protocol is no more convertibles (see Kennedy)

about a month ago

States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

milkmage Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (217 comments)

no, but the prisons are full of people who are in for simple possession.

about 2 months ago

"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

milkmage Re:Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People A (390 comments)

true if you're talking about AIDS.

no big Pharma is researching Ebola because hardly anyone has it (compared to erectile disfunction, HIV, high blood pressure, cholesterol and sleep disorders).

How many universities in this country even have BSH4 facilities to study these kinds of things? Are they even allowed to have these pathogens - think physical security - not Chemturion suits (brand name for but armed response for the perimeter. USAMRIID certainly has guns close by if not onsite, and I'm sure CDC can have tanks parked out front in minutes if necessary... what if the bad guys get the smallpox stored at the CDC?

the WHO only officially allows 2 facilities in the WORLD to store live smallpox.. so if you can't get your hands on the material. you can't study it.

of course you could always find some in a cardboard box at the FDA.

about 3 months ago

"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

milkmage Re:Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People A (390 comments)

How many of these African countries have consistent electricity and running water.. and you're talking about medical research?

  the current outbreak is the worst in about 40 years.. BUT the mortality this time is 50-60% vs. 90% in previous outbreaks. it appears that progress is being made and there's no indication of direct US assistance in that effort (but I'm sure there are American doctors and American dollars going to the WHO to bolster the effort.

USAMRIID is part of the Army - they research infectious diseases and try to find vaccines/cures in case someone weaponizes something like smallpox (very real possibility since it just loves humans and is transmitted through the air.)

I'm sure if the Pfizers and Mercks of the world put their heads together, they could find a solution, but with only a couple thousand cases, it's not profitable.

Bottom line is the only people interested are government entities - with very large military budgets - there aren't a lot of those in the world.

read Hot Zone and Demon in The Freezer - both non fiction. Hot Zone is about Ebola, Demon is about how the US Responds to biological threats (this is covered

interesting and terrifying at the same time.

about 3 months ago

San Francisco Airport Testing Beacon System For Blind Travelers

milkmage Re:iOS? Android? (61 comments)

first they get the manuals.. in braille. then they turn on voiceover (it's baked in to iOS)

lighthouse for the blind:

about 3 months ago

San Francisco Airport Testing Beacon System For Blind Travelers

milkmage Re:ROI?? (61 comments)

the beacons cost $20 each.

yes. resources are finite, but $20 per is not a lot.

about 3 months ago

Wireless Contraception

milkmage Wireless Contraception (302 comments)

...great, totally ineffective unless you have wireless intercourse as well.

about 4 months ago

Shark! New Sonar Buoy Will Warn Beachgoers When Large Sharks Are Near

milkmage Re:Escalation (55 comments)

what the fuck are sharks going to do with tomatoes?

about 4 months ago

BMW, Mazda Keen To Meet With Tesla About Charging Technology

milkmage Re:nissan or mazda? (137 comments)

charge time might be the same, but Tesla owns RANGE.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official range for the Model S Performance model equipped with an 85 kWh battery pack is 265 miles (426 km)
The US Environmental Protection Agency official range for the 2013 model year Leaf is 121 km (75 mi) and rated the Leaf's combined fuel economy at 115 miles per US gallon gasoline equivalent (2.0 L/100 km).

yeah, a Tesla also costs 4x more than the Leaf, but if others get onboard and develop a standard... guess what - that cost goes down

Musk is a smart guy

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: A 'Mavis Beacon' For Teaching Smartphone and Tablet Typing?

milkmage Re:Practice. (55 comments)

try this

I think it's still free. no bullshit, I tried it for literally 10 minutes and was touch typing w/o looking at the keyboard.

I think it registers your taps in relative position to each other and has predictive correction/selection

This will probably be my third party keyboard of choice once iOS8 comes out.

about 5 months ago

Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

milkmage Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (450 comments)

then what of this?

or do London Metro cops no longer carry guns, and that was just a temporary thing because this incident happened in the weeks following the bus bombings (and immediately following attempted bombings the day before)?

about 5 months ago

Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

milkmage Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (450 comments)

traffic = other people = witnesses

"The police official said the GPS device helped lead the police to the man, who was confronted as his 2007 Jeep was stuck in traffic on a service road beneath the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive at East 96th Street. "

"He served about 16 years in prison during two stints between 1990 and 2008 for sexual abuse and robbery convictions, according to state records."

about 5 months ago

Canadian Teen Arrested For Calling In 30+ Swattings, Bomb Threats

milkmage Re:Autoimmune disorder... (350 comments)

that's not spoofing, that's hijacking.

spoof means use your own, but make people think it's someone else.

about 5 months ago

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Loses Deep Sea Vehicle

milkmage Re:Maybe it defected... (93 comments)

slipped on some tea if I recall.

about 5 months ago

Research Suggests Pulling All-Nighters Can Cause Permanent Damage

milkmage Re:Oh... (144 comments)

did you actually RTFA?

LONG TERM sleep deprivation. As in your lifestyle - swing shifters, etc. Not the occasional amphetamine binge, or caffeine fueled cram/D&D/gaming session.

never mind the actual experiment they conducted where they found neurons destroyed in the brains of mice that were kept on a wonky sleep schedule.

our bodies are TUNED to be active during the day, sleep at night.

probably contributes to jetlag.. see "Although circadian rhythms are endogenous ("built-in", self-sustained), they are adjusted (entrained) to the local environment by external cues called zeitgebers, commonly the most important of which is daylight."

about 7 months ago

Jack A. Kinzler, Savior of the Skylab Mission, Dies At 94

milkmage Re:This guy personifies when NASA had creativity.. (34 comments)

"locked themselves in a room with only the materials known to be on the mission and not only came up with the solution, but instructed some nervous, heat-stroked astronauts to build it."

not really, SkyLab was uninhabited until they got the fix up there.

The finished parasol, built from telescoping aluminum tubes and silver-and-orange fabric of nylon, Mylar and aluminum, was stowed aboard the crew’s Apollo spacecraft. At 9 a.m. on May 25, the crew — Commander Conrad, Joseph P. Kerwin and Paul J. Weitz — took off from the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

but you're still right
the CO2 scrubber solution for Apollo 13 was built in pretty much the way you described.

Using only the type of equipment and tools the crew had on board –including plastic Moon rock bags, cardboard, suit hoses, and duct tape — Smylie and his team conceived a configuration that just might work.

about 7 months ago


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