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Comment: Re:Why even 3? (Score 3, Insightful) 96

by Courageous (#48935853) Attached to: 'Anonymized' Credit Card Data Not So Anonymous, MIT Study Shows

This article isn't scary. What should be scary is that cell companies cell anonymitized _geolocation_ data. That data can be used to deterimine: A) who you are, B) where you live, C) where you work, and D) who your friends are. Step #1. Look where the phone is, regularly at midnight. Step #2, cross reference with public records databases on property ownership. That get's 65% of Americans right there. Now check where it parks every day at noon. Place of work found. And so forth.

Comment: Re:what if... (Score 2) 716

by Courageous (#46227359) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Yeah. This guy's boss is an ass hat. The analogy involves a contractor. If that contractor wall-builder has employees, no, they don't actually work for free. Meanwhile, in addition to the labor rates the contractor charges, they'll have overhead for business operation, risk, and profit margin. So if this guy's ass hat boss is expecting that, then he should expect to pay a lot more for the work. Idiot.

Comment: Re:lizard-brain visual heroine (Score 1) 361

by Courageous (#46161533) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

There's a fifth level for ads. They create a background awareness such that when the demand does materialize, and you are presented an array of choices to satisfy the demand, you pick the advertised thing, simply because it seems most familiar. This is, in fact, one of the more powerful impacts of advertising.

Comment: Re:someone got paid (Score 2) 237

by Courageous (#46108557) Attached to: Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

I know Henry. He's an enterprise storage guy. My guess is that he was coming from the perspective of enterprise storage builders. Which is to say, the Backblaze data may be a fine review of the experience consumers are likely to have with hard drives, it's a terrible review of what enterprise storage platform makers would do and what their buyers would expect. Whether or not that's an appropriate response to Backblaze, who intentionally and haphazardly uses consumer drives in their systems, is its own question. But what is certainly true is that you won't experience these kinds of failures from Tier 1 storage manufacturers (e.g., IBM, NetApp, EMC, Hitatchi Data Systems, et al). So in that particularly biased way, the study is indeed "deeply flawed".

Comment: Re:"Here's your gift from Amazon!" (Score 2) 243

by Courageous (#46007539) Attached to: Amazon: We Can Ship Items Before Customers Order

No, the law hasn't changed at all. But that's not what they're referring to here. Amazon ships the item to a local dispatch point, and holds the final leg of the shipment until the last possible minute. If that final order doesn't materialize, Amazon is being charged for the charge to the local distribution point (and back).

Comment: Re:Well, for your second problem... (Score 1) 388

by Courageous (#45931261) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

Huh? "" is my account on every computer in the world as far as I am concerned. If someone else fraudently registered it, they can take me to court and see how well the court receives their fraud. Not well, in any non-barbaric country, I am sure.

Comment: Re:Waiver of rights (Score 1) 249

by Courageous (#45565157) Attached to: Woman Fined For Bad Review Striking Back In Court

Whatever naked force the people bring to bear through their government, representative or badly so, overrules just about everything. This belief in "natural rights" is a fantasy, unfortunately. You have no more rights than your and your neighbors can enforce with locally applied military power, and have none at all to the degree you fail to do so. Believing in these "natural right" is about as fantastic as believing in unicorns. A pleasant fantasy, perhaps, but only that. "God is on my side" would have no more appeal than this fiction.

Comment: Re:Passwords are property of the employer (Score 1) 599

by Courageous (#45393749) Attached to: Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

> The part where you throw him in jail afterwards until he hand them over seems a little much.

As a bit of an aside, if you get to the end of a legal proceeding in the united states, and a judge thence ORDERS you to a specific course of action, if you directly defy this judge and say that you will not comply, they have the legal right--and have been known to exercise their legal right--to throw you in jail indefinitely until you comply. While this may seem outrageous at first blush, I don't really think we can have any kind of effective society at all in a world where the law has no power.

Comment: Re:A century ago, Progressives (Score 1) 926

by Courageous (#45393715) Attached to: Where Does America's Fear Come From?

The "technical details" that I was ignoring were not in your favor. Which is to say, and to wit: the Federal Reserve has not been "injecting money," they have been replacing a certain type of reserve holding with another. While it's true that this sort of holding carries a potential inflationary risk, two observations apply: 1) There affirmatively has been no noteworthy inflation, and 2) should the risk begin to realize itself, the Fed is not without instruments to reign said inflation in. It's a long conversation. As for saying that I should "look up how things actually work," you could stand to benefit considerably from this yourself.

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