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Comment Re: the real reason theyre arguing it. (Score 1) 309

You don't seem to get the idea of "less". Take two phone designs, differing only in that one has an internal battery and one has a replaceable one. The one with the internal battery will have X joules. The one without will have Y joules. X will be a bigger number than Y. This matters in all cases where people don't think Y is big enough, and I've never heard anyone say, "Damn. I'd buy the phone but the battery life is just too long."

The phone will get obsolescent. The software will typically go first, followed by the battery. Do you like to profile your code and optimize the second slowest part as a general rule?

I assume you shoplift your batteries, since you're so insistent about no charge. If not, then you're acknowledging that some expense is reasonable. What you probably want to do with your iPhone, assuming it needs a new battery while it's still worth having as a modern smartphone. The battery is more expensive than the nine-volt in your smoke detector, but that is to be expected, and there are Youtube videos on how to change them yourself. I didn't look for all versions, but there's videos for the 7 and 7 plus, and I'd assume for earlier models. If it's your phone, then I don't care whether you do it yourself or take it into the Apple store or find someone else (there were people other than Apple offering you change your battery if you didn't want to do it yourself).

Now, it's all right to want easily replaceable batteries. It's fine to only buy phones with such batteries. It isn't a moral point. How easy it is to replace the battery is a tradeoff, and different people like different tradeoffs.

Comment Re:Until (Score 1) 374

Except that the people who wrote the code would have found some way to lose security in the name of speed. Do you realize what it means to have people disregard C's security features?

I don't know Rust. If it had been available back then, why do you think the code authors would have used it? They clearly would have bridled at what they saw as inefficient code generation.

Comment Re:that's private business for you (Score 1) 363

There have been Christian denominations that discriminate against blacks, and people of other religion. If you're going to do business in the US, there are rules you have to adhere to.

You're born black or (ethnically) Jewish. There is no evidence people are born gay (there is no gay gene).

You could read what Wikipedia has to say, as a start. The study with identical and fraternal twins clearly shows a genetic component. It's more complicated than that, of course.

Consider me. I never have been sexually attracted to other men. I am sexually attracted to women. This is convenient for me, given how society works. However, I never made a conscious decision. I started noticing girls in junior high; I just lacked the social skills to get beyond that. I never noticed boys in the same way. I didn't decide my sexuality, I learned it. It wasn't a decision for me. I haven't been told by anyone else that they made a decision, and if so I'd suspect that the person was actually bi. When did you decide you were gay, straight, or bi?

In contrast, I have changed my religion from what I was born into. That appears to be more changeable.

Comment Re:Let's be clear on what we mean by election hack (Score 1) 250

No, that's not accepting the decision of the voters, US-style. You're confusing us with a more collectivist country.

If accepting the election means letting the President get on with routine business, the Republican Senate sure didn't accept Obama's election.

Comment Re:Let's be clear on what we mean by election hack (Score 1) 250

Define "accepted the decision of the voters". If some of us were unconvinced that Trump was the President, we'd ignore him. There's no point in trying to impeach someone who isn't in office.

Accepting the decision isn't the same thing as liking it. Acknowledging that Trump is President does not require a patriotic citizen to abandon their own principles and support Trump.

Comment Re:Why does Russia... (Score 1) 250

Not an army, an army group. The First United States Army Group (FUSAG), commanded by Patton, was poised to invade places north of Normandy. It actually consisted of a relatively small number of people, largely signals people, faking an army group. It presumably nominally included some of the fake divisions that had patches in a certain edition of a news magazine, an edition recalled after the US authorities thought it had had time to leak to the Germans.

However, the number of times the Germans were caught off-guard because they believed their best intelligence estimates about the Soviets make me think of this sort of thing as "maskirovka".

Comment Re:What the heck is "BCE"? What's wrong with "BC"? (Score 1) 106

There's a lot of people in the rest of the world who don't care about anyone named Jesus or Christ, but who have adopted our calendar because it's in very widespread use (the network effect).

Besides, if Jesus existed, he was born a few (we don't know how many) years BC, which makes no sense. We know when the commonly used calendar started We just go with it.

Comment Re:Agent Smith (Score 1) 85

I generally think of corruption as the state where people in positions of authority make decisions based on what they personally get from involved people rather than according to how their authority should be used. For example, if a police officer writes speeding tickets based on whether the driver hands over $100 or not is corrupt. By this criterion, I'm not sure your examples qualify.

Selling vaporware or stock typically involves unforced agreement on both sides. It's stupid to invest much in vaporware, and to get involved in some IPOs (I was amazed that Facebook stock sold at its IPO price), but bad judgment isn't corruption, and I'm not sure fraud should be either. I don't know about all the incentives involved in the banking crisis. Loan origination companies issued NINJA mortgages because they knew they could sell them for a profit. It all wound up in a horrifyingly expensive house of cards, but I don't know how much actual corruption was involved.

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