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Comment Re:Good bye to Solaris (Score 2) 171

Amen to this... what Solaris is good at, it is shockingly good at.

Linux's internals look like the worst possible design-by-committee abomination possible.

The problem is that all the cool kids are using Linux, and Solaris has been dying on the vine for years. Unless you're buying hardware from Oracle, it's getting increasingly difficult to find drivers supported on Solaris; vendors are not investing the time and effort to support their new hardware on the 20-year old Solaris platform. At least, that's what my experience supporting x86 Solaris 10 has been...

Comment Re:The human fund (Score 1) 399

Alphabet likely would have spent around the same amount of money on its holiday gifts, so it’s not exactly a cost-saving move

Just wanted to flag that when donating to a charity the value of the donation MAY be tax deductible. So it's possible that Google / Alphabet recouped [their marginal tax rate] x [$30 million]. Of course this would vary across tax jurisdictions.

Having said that, even the full $30 million would be peanuts for those entities.

Plus, they got rid of 70,000 Chromebooks that were sitting too long on the books. Win-win!

Comment Inspection of property? (Score 1) 67

I wonder if potential bidders will be allowed to inspect these coins for validity? Would suck to buy $1.6m of Bitcoin to find out they are worthless/already spent.
This would be like buying a box of confiscated iTunes gift cards; which of them have been used or had the PINs copied off before being put in the box?

Comment Re:"Lockdown" (Score 1) 173

Let's gauge my level of commitment to "burning the midnight oil" in the two scenarios:

  • The lives of my coworkers are in danger and we have 4 days to get them home
  • The boss is feeling threatened because a competitor has had the audacity to develop an ad- and cat video-delivery platform that might compete with our own.

Comment What a stupid idea (Score 1) 381

This is not an interesting idea at all. I hate to say it, but this level of stupidity is beneath Dr. Hawking. Even after solving all the technological problems standing in the way, in some accelerated miracle fashion, we will have accomplished what? Sending a single piece of space junk across the galaxy with no way to receive any sort of data back from this "probe?"

I saw a brief snippet about this on the local news last night, complete with animations of the solar sail and some guy holding a 4" x 4" PCB up to the camera, like it was some sort of launch-ready kit.

My hat's off to the con men who convinced private investors to fund their cushy research project career.

Comment Re: Investors are parasites (Score 1) 138

Yes, employing people should not be a sin. To Wall Street investors, however, it is a huge unforgivable one. Unless of course we're taking about H1-Bs from India. Then it's ok.

Bottom line: don't work for a publicly traded company if you can at all arrange not to. Your income is a lot safer that way.

That said, I'm surprised that a useless social networking company that caters to narcissists employs anyone at all, but that's kind of a special case. Then again, considering everyone under 40 has a portfolio consisting entirely of Facebook, Twitter, GoPro, and maybe Apple such a collapse repeated a few times could cause the ruination of a whole generation...

Employing people is not a sin, but being employed is also not a God-given right.
Employees need to create value for companies. If an employee costs the company $100k/year, and the company only benefits $80k from that worker, it would be charity to continue to keep the employee on the payroll. That's all well and good, until there's no more in the piggy bank.

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