Re: Other things "stolen" from Apple...
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Yup. Originally, using the RD-180s came with a requirement from Congress to start producing them in the US.
Then Congress decided to not pay for that.
The SpaceX Merlin engine is a derivative of the FASTRAC engine that NASA binned because Congress refused to pay for it.
Then Congress bitches that we have no native rocket engine development programs, until the RD-180 forced funding of things due to embarrassment.
The X-37B is similar. NASA started the program, Congress decided to not pay for it, and the USAF fished it out of the trashbin.
When I bought my last phone (a Moto G), one of the decision points was the fact it was actually made in Ft Worth, Texas.
7 months after I bought it, that plant was shut down. So much for helping support "American made"
Also, wafer fabs are literally multi-billion dollar facilities now. If you can influence even 1/10th of a percent of that price, then you can have a say where it's built.
The Pontiac Fiero had the filler cap in the normal location.... however the door release was hidden in the door B pillar underneath the mount for the shoulder strap. If you didn't know where it was, you certainly weren't going to find it.
> a "slot" in the back of the cover to store it
And I've never had a car where the cap actually fits in that slot.
This sparked a really derivative fashion craze of slapping a semi-transparent faintly blue-tinged case on everything. I think it lasted about 9 or 10 months.
I remember a nasty cheap USB hub or something, where the guts that were now on display were so shoddy that it persuaded me to *not* buy it. Great big gobs of mastic, capacitors at all sorts of weird angles, a transformer that looked only half soldered in, and other things not fit to see daylight.
Nope... they also snatched several dozen full V-2s, and quite a few railroadcarsfulls of engines, pumps, etc.
The US spent a while modifying V-2s and launching them to see what happened before we ran out and actually had to produce home-grown versions.
Besides when you steal the scientists that produced it, what are you stealing besides the actual technology?
Eh, my current Android checkbook app has entries going back to 1998.
This is because it started on a Palm device (something like 13 of them - lots of upgrades & warranty replacements) then was migrated to a Nokia N810, then to an Motorola Droid (AKA Milestone in the UK) and is currently on my Moto G6 Play.
I run Fail2Ban, and when I started working from home, I noticed a ton of connections to my SSH port. Not actually trying passwords... just connected. My config has passwords turned off, and just accepts certificates, so Fail2Ban is set to insta-ban anyone trying a password.
So I wrote a cron job to ban anyone connected according to netstat, which runs every 10 minutes.
First it was Germany[*] on the 3rd, then Sweden on the 7th, the US on the 8th, Malta on the 13th, Curacao on the 17th, Belgium on the 18th, Isle of Man on the 19, the UK and the Russian Federation on the 20th, and today (the 22nd) it's Lithuania's turn to be internet assholes.
I've got 19,227 banned IPs right now, with a 3 month TTL.
This only started with the COVID crisis.
* assuming the IP geolocation was correct, but they were all from the same country each time.
Compatibility modes are always the wrong thing. The compatibility break is to get rid of cruft and bad features, not add more.
Python 3 is basically where GvR said "ok, I made some mistakes designing things, but they're baked-in, so I can't change things without breaking compatibility" and eventually that was called Python 3.
It was originally "Python 2000" which shows how long it was under discussion.
I've done a ton of Python code, and it really isn't a big deal, and the changes are good ideas.
Go back to talking about something you might know something about.
> Trump is on TV for hours everyday while his opponent 'whats-his-name' gets a paragraph in the Washington Post politics section once a week.
It doesn't help that the democrats are so unorganized, they couldn't arrange a piss-up in a brewery, at a time when they need to pull together and defeat a common enemy.
The Jedi would get their asses kicked. The Klingon commander would nuke their shit from orbit. End of story.
Anyway, my folks were horribly offended by "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" because it implied black people could be people too.
These were the same people that thought "Roots" was a comedy. "Beat that Kunta Kinte AGAIN! He's way too uppity" and that was the event where I went "huh? what?" and it opened my eyes to the hick hillbilly town I was raised in.
Malls were already dead here on this side of the pond. Most of them have not seen much foot traffic in 5 or 6 years and were already going bankrupt. I took a picture at one last Christmas, where there was 2 people far off in the distance and that was IT.
A lot of it is the shitty traffic system. 15 years ago, I could go from UCF (local uni) to the mall in downtown Orlando in 20 minutes after class doing a steady 35mph. It made it a valid pastime to go window-shop.
Now? It's a 45-60 minute drive through a sea of complete assholes, and by the time you get there, you're in no mood to spend money.
My fear is all the nice little restaurants are going under, like the local good BBQ or seafood joint.
I filed an FCC complaint (this was in the pre-Pai days) and actually got someone to call me back.
He argued with me for over an hour with the "everybody does it" argument, and I responded just as strongly "that doesn't make it right... if everyone jumps off a roof, I'm not just going to blindly follow"
I went to Google DNS after that.
There's a Questionable Content where one of the character's dad sends her a device from his space station with just a note saying "have fun"
So they press it a couple times and finally call him and ask. It's a device for requesting pizza delivered straight from orbit.
Of course they discover a ton of pizzas impacted on the roof from all the button presses.
Ah here it is: https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3047
Nope. I don't toss my old textbooks, the margin notes and such are a great taxi down memory lane.
Plus I still have a pack of punchcards with my university logo on them. They were sold in the vending machine in the computer lab, so you could get them when you needed them at 2am.
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