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Comment: Will it have the preview pane? (Score 3, Interesting) 132

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48938539) Attached to: Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS
Will it have a preview pane that will execute all the macros in the email, fetch all the attachments and render them on screen on just a mouse over the subject line? Will it also disobey the native sandboxes in android and introduce "internet zone" "safe zone" "home zone" "vpn zone" "super trustworthy microsoft zone" etc? Great! Just what the world has been waiting for.

Comment: Re:Competition is good (Score 1) 233

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48936805) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen
Embrace, Extend and Extinguish worked only because it had the monopoly on the OS to destroy competing office suites, then it had office-windows monopoly to extinguish everyone else in the desktop market.

It will try to do what it did in gaming market. Use the cash cows of office and windows to subsidize a division and engage in a war of attrition. But it did not work out in many arenas. Like Quicken used its market dominance in TurboTax to fight off Microsoft Money. Microsoft tried to pay people to use Bing, even that did not succeed.

Comment: It is like proving 2 = 3 (Score 1) 90

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48936343) Attached to: 'Anonymized' Credit Card Data Not So Anonymous, MIT Study Shows
A mathematician could easily prove 2 = 3, for large values 2.

For loose definitions of "identify" they could find sets of credit card transactions that would meet the given "pieces" of information. If Detective Paul Drake is looking for someone who went to a particular restaurant one night and then bought cake from some bakery next day, and Della Street knows the same person paid for toll the same evening, the super duper algorithm will tell Perry Mason all the sets of transactions that would match the given "pieces". But the data sets will not have any name or address attached to it. But still Ham Burger will make a mistake and his star witness will confess on the stand.

Comment: Faraday's cages are not crazy. (Score 1) 82

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48931259) Attached to: Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers Bridge the Airgap
Faraday's cages for CPUs not as crazy as driving a panel truck wired up with all the gizmos from AWACS and park it across the Russian embassy and trying to detect the EM radiation from the CRT terminals.

BTW FCC radiation limits prevent CPU from emitting too much radiation.

Comment: When is it going to turn profit? (Score 0) 62

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48929259) Attached to: Amazon Takes On Microsoft, Google With WorkMail For Businesses
Amazon is amazing. Gets patent for one-click. Gets oodles of money from the investors. Can do amazing things like tracking packages and deliver fresh produce. But it feigns inability to calculate local taxes. It drove the booksellers out of business.

But what is most amazing is that it does not seem to have made any profits yet.

Comment: 15K per job in App economy (Score 2) 135

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48926741) Attached to: The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"
Hollywood job pays on average 27K. (Using the numbers in the summary). Hollywood pay distributed very unequally. A few mega stars and peanuts for the bit players. The App distribution is much more broad, compared to Hollywood anyway. Without these super mega paychecks and glamor it will not get much of media play.

Comment: Block spoofing. Or charge for that privilege (Score 4, Insightful) 145

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48922565) Attached to: How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year
The telcos are dragging their feet and they are squarely to blame for the situation with robocalls and other unsolicited messages. They don't have to support the ability of the user to spoof. At the time the call comes into their POTS network, erase whatever spoofed header the call originator is supplying and replace it with the point-of-presence number. Once spoofing is stopped many other tools can be brought to bear to handle the situation.

Root cause of the problem seems to be, some large corporations with large phone banks want to spoof their number. They don't care if that ability is misused by shady operators peddling junk. They are totally wrong, it is better to pay a few cents more per call to get an account with the privilege to spoof the originating number. If they reduce the number of junk calls, their potential customers might actually answer their calls. Right now the junk call menace is so high most people are refusing answer any unknown number.

Just charge 1 cent per call to spoof the originating number, the junk call volume will go down by orders of magnitude.

Comment: Re:No we are not them. Re:"They" is us (Score 1) 335

Well, yes indeed it is. The conclusion of that should not be to tax capital gains more, it should be to tax income less. If you tax capital gains more, people will invest less in things that produce capital gains, which means less economic activity, fewer jobs, lower wages, etc.

It has been soundly proved wrong. We have been coddling them by cutting cap gain taxes for 30 years. World is awash with capital. 2 trillion dollars uninvested. Labor is cheap, capital is cheap now. There is no demand for goods and services, so there are no good investment opportunities available. Why? Because the super rich have vacuumed up all the gains of all the productivity gains leaving the consumers threadbare.

Must tax the rich and spend it, spend it wantonly, spending it building bridges to nowhere. The Feds can bury boxes full of cash at random locations and ask people to go dig and find it. Even that would produce more economic growth than this madness of begging the rich to invest and create jobs.

Comment: Re:No we are not them. Re:"They" is us (Score 1) 335

You are working extra hard to confuse things. You talk as though people have this choice, "I can make 100000$ at an effective tax rate of 13.6% (col S not T) in wages or I can make 75000$ in capital gains. Shucks, cap gain is taxed more, so let me go with wages". Only the super ultra rich in top 0.5% bracket can rename their income stream from anything to anything. Just a question of lawyer fees and the number of shell corporations in the chain. Ordinary people do not have that luxury.

Using AGI is quite misleading. People at high income brackets avoid taking salary. They will call it stock options or carried interest or something else. Only 44 thousand people allowed their income to go beyond 5 million dollars. Either they had dumb lawyers, or they made so damned much this is the last few dollars that was impossible to rename through lawyering at a rate lower than income tax rate.

Comment: No we are not them. Re:"They" is us (Score 5, Insightful) 335

First we need to distinguish Financial Wealth from Net worth. FW = NW - (owner occupied homes + jewelry + cars + collectible and other personal valuables). Second 800K is for the world. For USA as of 2013 the number is 5 million according to IRS and 8 million according to the Feds.

A wealth manager for very wealthy makes a distinction between top 1% and top 0.5% (8 million according to IRS and 15 million according to the Feds). The top 0.5% is reached only by people with inherited wealth, or very lucky people who get to top 5% by smartness and hardwork, and end up in 0.5% due to good fortune, or stock options. Professionals, doctors, lawyers, accountants are very unlikely to reach top 0.5%, and increasing not even likely to reach top 1%. He used to see very successful professionals retiring in top 1%. But no longer.

He calculates that a person starting at low end of 1% by income for that age group, and staying at the same band (99% dividing line by income) all his/her working life will NOT end up in top 1% by financial wealth. A persons starting in the low end of 1% by wealth, will stay there if he/she draws the same amount of money our 1% by income professional, and might go up in scale.

In USA money earned by blood, sweat, tears and brains (wages, earned income) is taxed at much higher rate than money earned by money (capital gains, carried interest, qualified dividends, etc). This is the root cause of the inequality. For 30 years, since Reagan, the US Govt has been coddling the super rich by funneling all tax relief to them. They turned their back to the USA, invested all the savings in low wage countries to maximize their profits.

Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money. -- Arthur Miller