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  • If US lawmakers are good at anything, it's failing at technology

    JP234 said:
    tht said:

    Ultimately, you can probably blame the electorate for electing these folks. That's what the majority of voters wanted. To change it, the voters have to vote different.
    If you don't understand the problem, you're the problem.
    The problem is thanks to gerrymandering many voting districts are autowins for many candidates.  Some are so messed up you could run a brain damaged chimp and it would win.  Take the case of David Andahl who won the election for Representative...even through he was dead.  The really sad thing is there is a fix to this and related insanity — Single Transferable Vote and Shortest-Splitline.  Either one of those would majorly clean up the fluster fubar that many democratic republics are and combined they would be a near knockout punch.  But lots of luck getting either of those set up as it takes away the one thing politicians want - power.
  • Musk threatens to walk away from Twitter deal over high fake user count

    mike fix said:
    I thought Felon Musk was going to put an end to the fake users himself?  

    Just another grift. 

    What in the world is this nonsense?  Musk's price was based on Twitter's numbers being "real" and the SEC's job to check if what is being claimed is real.  As "Sources: SEC Didn’t Keep a Close Watch on Enron" shows "The agency (SEC) relies mostly on private-sector accountants, investors and even the news media to bring serious problems to its attention."
  • Google Chrome for macOS gets another emergency zero-day fix

    lkrupp said:
    I’ve settled on Safari as my primary browser and keep only one other browser, Firefox, just in case I encounter a website with Safari issues. But that hasn’t happened lately at all. Chrome is on my “Do not Use” list.
    Chrorme is so write happy to SSDs even on windows that any other browser is better:

  • Tested: Mac Studio with M1 Max vs. Mac Studio with M1 Ultra

    Does anyone else think that paying $400 for 32GB of RAM or $200 for 512GB of SSD space is a bit expensive? Like perhaps four times what the parts should cost? I guess we will just have to upgrade them our... oh snap!
    It's always entertaining when commenters here become component cost experts. 
    You mean like every fiscally responsible person who budgets and justifies purchases? 

    Of course we know what things cost. And of course we feel gouged when Apple pulls this stuff.
    Dell Memory Upgrade - 32GB - 2RX8 DDR5 UDIMM 4800MHz costs $519.99... which is $119 less than the $400 Apple is charging.  And thanks to the M1 that can pull double duty as video RAM.  So what exactly is Apple "pulling"?  Or are you not as knowledgeable as you think you are?
  • Major websites may stop working soon for Firefox and Chrome users

    DAalseth said:
    *sigh* Y2K all over again. We found and fixed SO MANY things leading up to that. Mostly silly shortcuts that programmers took. They cut corners and it came back to bite them. Same thing here. Why did they give a fixed digit space for version. The article even said they ran into this going from single to two digit version numbers. They should have taken care of it once and for all. 

    No, nobody "took shortcuts" leading up to the Y2K thing:
    Through the 70's, 80's and most of the 90's storage, particularly hardrive storage (called "DASD"), was severely limited and VERY expensive.  
    Epoch was a viable option and wouldn't cost much more than what they did do.  For example the Classic MacOS epoch (beginning in 1984) started with January 1, 1904 and ended February 6, 2040 (though you could only set it to December 31, 2019) and Unix stared with January 1 1970.  The 386 (32-bit) came out in 1985.  Anybody still using only two digits by the times 90s rolled around was taking lazy shortcuts.  

    In fact, the less known 2020 bug was thanks to one of the fixes to the Y2K issue - windowing and was entirely a software problem not a hardware one.