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Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

strikethree Re:Microsoft is a spent force (107 comments)

I'm not saying that Microsoft doesn't have challenges but saying that they are "struggling just to remain relevant" shows a lack of understanding about the business as a whole. As proof, in Q4 2014 Microsoft enterprise sales "increased $2.3 billion or 6%, due primarily to increased revenue from our server products". A $2.3 billion dollar increase in one quarter is nothing to sneeze at..

I agree to a certain extent; however, you should consider that when a giant falls, giant changes occur. What I mean is this, you could easily see a $2.3 billion INCREASE in revenue and still know that the business is in trouble. Yes, that is an obscenely huge increase for most businesses... but Microsoft is not most businesses. $2.3 billion is actually closer to chump change on their scale.

There is a lot of yelling and screaming about innovation, but there is none at Microsoft. They see their rewards dangling in front of their face and that is all they see. Sure, they have strategies and tactics and they pay people to think, but it all means nothing because management wants that reward. They want to secure their access to that reward forever. The reward is their entire focus... and there can be no innovation in that kind of scenario.

Why is the preceding discussion important? Because the information processing needs of people are not being served by Microsoft. Mobile phones and tablets have been growing to take over some of those needs. This leaves a hole or holes in the ."secure access to that reward forever" armor.

One of the big holes is that Microsoft has annoyed people with their behavior so people do not want to use Microsoft anything. Incompatible file formats, DRM, hiding processes and programs, etc have made using anything Microsoft a relatively hostile experience. With tablets and phones being able to do email and other social things well, the need for a large portion of the population to use Microsoft products at home is gone. Every time these people touch Microsoft stuff at work, the bad taste in their mouth makes Microsoft more and more irrelevant to their lives. This is hurting Microsoft NOW.

But what about the future? Well, the backbone of the United States is the small business. Small business owners are people... people who do not use Microsoft products at home if they can. There will come a watershed moment where Microsoft's grip on small business will slip enough to allow solutions based on non-Microsoft technologies to grab hold. Within a year, possibly two, Microsoft's revenue will drop in a manner that would kill most any other business. Jaw droppingly so.

$2.3 billion is chump change in either direction for Microsoft.

1 hour ago

The Royal Society Proposes First Framework For Climate Engineering Experiments

strikethree Re:You get nothing. Good day, sir! (146 comments)

Besides that, nothing about geoengineering is long lasting. It pretty much requires that you keep doing it to maintain the effect. That will be an ongoing expense without any clear end.

I do not feel confident that what you are saying is true. I see it as possible that a "new" process could interfere with another which would interfere with another, etc. The cascade effect might not stop just because the original process was stopped.


Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

strikethree Re:Absurd assertion, you've never lived with humid (211 comments)

I do not recall where I learned this at but it seems to be generally true: The human body generates as much heat as it loses when the air temperature is 70F or 21C. For some people, it is a bit higher, for others, it is a bit lower, but those numbers are roughly true for everyone.

At 85F, your body needs to work to cool itself. How much it needs to cool itself depends on the energy density of the surrounding air. This is largely dominated by humidity. The more water that is in the air, the greater the energy density., the more your body needs to work to get rid of the excess heat... and right now, it is 113F at 95% humidity and I am DYING (not literally). 113F is not good, but it is quite tolerable when there is no humidity (7% average).

In other words, I am restating what you said but with more information. I agree completely with what you said.


Feds: Red Light Camera Firm Paid For Chicago Official's Car, Condo

strikethree Re:our presidents origin story (114 comments)

...and fucking three mistresses.

Erm... What exactly is wrong with that and how does it relate to corruption? Since when is a healthy libido a crime?


Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

strikethree Re:Potheads assemble! (177 comments)

So I decided to fact check:

"The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) has reported that approximately one in 90 people in the United States, or 1.1%, have a tree nut and/or peanut allergy and the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) has stated that it is about 0.6% each."


"Somewhere around 150 to 200 people die in the U.S. each year because of food allergies. It's estimated that around 50 percent to 62 percent of those fatal cases of anaphylaxis were caused by peanut allergies."

So lower bound is roughly 75 people each year actually die, not just have a permanent psychosis, to peanuts.

Compared to 1/700,000 having an adverse reaction to marijuana.

2 days ago

Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

strikethree Re:Well duh (443 comments)

Fuck you!

Oops! I forgot to click on Post Anonymously. ;)

2 days ago

Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

strikethree Re:https is useless (166 comments)

Eve? Bob? Band of Brothers was destroyed in Eve years ago now. Stay up to date.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

strikethree Re:No, you don't need AV, even on Windows (318 comments)

Yes, but you are not saying this merely to be pedantic. The implication is that if he was running AV, he would have noticed a virus or malware running on his machine. This is surely not the case. I have discovered several types of malicious programs running on computers that had AV running on them, and of course, the AV had no idea.

AV has uses. Running it constantly is worth less than using your own brains to monitor to your own systems. Yes, this is not a solution for everyone. Hell, it is not even a solution for 5%, but do not discount it just because you are not organized, knowledgeable, and paranoid enough to practice it yourself. The best defense is a good brain, not stupid software.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

strikethree Re:No, you don't need AV, even on Windows (318 comments)

While I mostly agree with you, there is an extremely strong theme amongst software products to hide the working of the program from the end user. One recent example that I can think of no good reason for is the status bar in Firefox. Having information about what is going on is extremely valuable when trying to make intelligent decisions. Having that information purposefully removed is some sort of crime against the mind.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

strikethree Re:Sandboxing (318 comments)

I do have to wonder about the operational/security model of modern operating systems.

Why is _anything_ able to modify an operating system file while the operating system is in a non-diagnostic/repair mode? As in, the kernel itself can not write to those file systems no matter what gyrations are used.

Why are modifications to program directories allowed randomly; although to be fair, if you run on as a non-privileged user on both a unix-like and microsoft operating system, those changes are disallowed.

The only random crap that should happen behind your back (shame on you programmers!) should be within your own personal files. Granted, those can be important, but at least with a good backup plan, you can escape the worst of it.

2 days ago

Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

strikethree Re:Are You Kidding? (537 comments)

Erm, from 800AD onwards, the Caliphates were on a severe downward spiral. They have made zero advancements since then.

5 days ago

Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

strikethree Re:Why the backlash? (557 comments)

You STILL didn't address the very likely possibility that they have too many applications to process and so they focus on the most needy groups.

You miss your own discrimination inherent in your argument: Their needs were more important than mine.

Look, I was going to die without help. Thankfully, I did find help. There is no need more strong than the need to stay alive regardless of whether you are white, black, male, female, or felon. Go ahead and say it clearly now: A black female child deserves help more than an adult white male. There, don't you feel better now that your racism and discrimination is clearly out in the open? Go ahead and rationalize it now: "The child had no choice, you did and you chose wrong."

I will not argue with your rationalizations. Just roll with it and justify it however you want... but at least acknowledge that it IS discrimination against white males no less so than the college scholarships.

5 days ago

Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

strikethree Re:I don't get it. (537 comments)

I think you heard something that he did not say. What I heard was that intelligence seems likely to be as variable as other genetic traits such as physical appearance.

I did not hear Anonymous Coward attempt to claim that any one race is more likely to have the trait of intelligence more than any other race... which is what It seems that you heard. I can see why you might have heard that with the blonde, epicanthal folds part of the discussion, but no such claims were actually made.

No harm no foul, right?

5 days ago

Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

strikethree Re:The Bullet Cluster Makes it Unlikely (224 comments)

What if the effects of gravity travel faster or slower than the speed of light? (In theory, the effects of gravity can not travel faster than light, I know... but what if?)

5 days ago

Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

strikethree Re:Why the backlash? (557 comments)

And so you interpret that as policies being targeted against you?

When I am told specifically that if I were a female, a minority, or even a felon, they would be able to help me, yes. I interpret that as being targeted against me. How else should it be interpreted?

Black people often don't get considered even for just an interview if they used their "black sounding" name on a CV and there's a "white sounding" name in the list. This happens. You don't witness because you're a white male.

I do not deny that it, and other types of discrimination happen. I said I have never witnessed it... and I have not. You assume that I have not witnessed it because I am a white male but then, why have all of the places that I have worked always had a variety of different races, genders, and sexual orientations? You would think that I would notice a lack of diversity even if I were not a victim, right?

I can easily justify it: because it isn't happening.

Oh really? You can just wave away my experiences like that? I am either lying or do not actually exist? What is the deal here? I have no axe to grind here but I will soon. Is that your purpose here? To try and make me suffer like others have as a sense of balance in the universe?

Apple saying they want to look into the problem of addressing the balance issue...

What balance issue? What is the balance supposed to be at? How do you arrive at those numbers? It is entirely possible for a random number generator to spit out the number 9 over 100 times consecutively. Do 100 consecutive 9s prove that the random number generator is not random to you? (granted, it would require investigation at that point, but that is not the point)

Your account only shows you have a very egocentric view of what happened to you and then jumping to a conclusion.

Every time I accuse someone of something, I take a long hard look at myself to see if I am actually referring to myself. Self-honesty is difficult.

5 days ago

Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

strikethree Re:Why the backlash? (557 comments)

Okay. When I was broke and homeless, I qualified for no help. If I were a female or a minority, the agencies I spoke to could have helped me. When I applied for school, there were no scholarships and such available to me despite scoring over 1300 (dont recall the exact number now) on my SAT. If I were a female or a minority, there would have been dozens of scholarships and such.

I have never applied at Apple but their numbers show fewer white males than are represented in the population as a whole and FAR fewer than than have been educated in computer science.

Concerning discrimination AGAINST minorities, I know people who are assholes and treat people from other races differently. I see white people hate Arabs, I see black people hate white people, I see Mexicans hating Koreans. These are all examples of racism that I have personally seen so I know for a fact that racism still exists.

One thing I have not seen is discrimination in employment. That does not mean that discrimination in employment does not exist, it just means that I have not personally witnessed it. Again, I have never applied at Apple but it sounds like I might be discriminated against there... which is unusual since it is typically the larger companies that do not do discrimination. I would expect discrimination from small or family owned companies.

Honestly, I am completely against discrimination based on arbitrary crap like race, gender, sexual orientation, age, etc. What I am seeing is the appearance of discrimination: against white men. I have done nothing wrong to anyone nor have I ever supported discrimination and yet here we are, I can not get help when I fall down and I can not get help with being educated. Please justify this scenario.

5 days ago

Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

strikethree Re:Why the backlash? (557 comments)

How does this affect anyone here who is commenting negatively about this?

Erm, because many of us are white males who are being discriminated against because of this kind of bullshit. We need jobs and education too damnit. The past is the past. Let's leave it that way.

about a week ago

Is the App Store Broken?

strikethree Re:Developers, developers, developers! (258 comments)

The core of the iPhone (2007) was:
a) capacitive touchscreen as the primary or sole means of input
b) animation based interaction
c) high speed web rendering

You are forgetting that it was also a phone and a music player as well. Those were also very important.

about two weeks ago

Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

strikethree Re:The root of the problem is culture & social (514 comments)

Peers discourage each other from studying because it's "acting white." When in fact it is "acting middle class," because this same kind of discouragement occurs among lower class whites as well.

"Acting middle class" is merely another way of describing yourself as a servant. They have correctly identified that we are all servants and that the best that they can hope for is to be marginally better off than some others. This is a total ripoff and they know it. There is an ENORMOUS amount of wealth out there and 90% or more of us will never get to touch even a small amount of it. Why work so hard for so little? Fuck it, be a gangsta and live free (until you go to prison).

about two weeks ago



MtGox finds 200,000 missing bitcoins in old wallet

strikethree strikethree writes  |  about 5 months ago

strikethree (811449) writes "BBC — Bankrupt Japanese firm MtGox said in a filing that it has found 200,000 lost bitcoins.

The firm said it found the bitcoins — worth around $116m (£70m) — in an old digital wallet from 2011.

That brings the total number of bitcoins the firm lost down to 650,000 from 850,000.

MtGox, formerly the world's largest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in February, after it said it lost thousands of bitcoins to hackers."

Link to Original Source




strikethree strikethree writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Oops. I made a statement about contributions to Wikipedia being reverted rapidly. Someone pointed out that the name that I gave, strikethree, had not made any edits.

There are two reasons for that:

One, there is no strikethree there.
Two, my username there is megaton.

I am nevertheless dismayed that I had only made one edit while logged in. All of the other edits I had made were while I was not logged in. Regardless, I still stand by my previous statement.


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