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Comment Re:Leverage (Score 1) 123

This is about more than just overseas spies. This is about people working in sensitive positions with the pentagon, the capitol, at langley, the nsa, embassies, etc, and gaining access to anything to which those people can get access. Perhaps one of the first things a hypothetical Chinese operation might do with this leverage is use it to discover the location and ID of any agents working in their borders. However, the real danger here isn't just for current operatives. The danger is that we can't also just recruit and place new operatives, because this gives anyone with that leverage the ability to continue to discover new operatives over time. It's not about the data they already have. It's about their ability to use this to continue to gather new data.

Comment Maybe on Android, but not for long (Score 5, Interesting) 107

Having used all three platforms, I don't see the point of this on iOS. Siri is good enough that I don't think you'll get many people to install Cortana, especially as Siri can be activated without having to start an app. Android on the other hand... OK Google hasn't worked as well for me. It's search dictation is fine, but some of those other things that Siri/Cortana can do aren't handled as well by OK Google. I would tempted to install Cortana on an Android phone. But really, if a lot of people started doing this, I have to believe that Google would just fix their own service. It's gonna be a real uphill battle to get adoption across platforms unless one of the other platforms really drops the ball. Maybe if you are a mutli-platform user, you'd want the same service on each device... say you have a surface, you could put Cortana on your phone, as well. Or if you have a Windows Phone, you and Bill could put Cortana on your tablet. And since Cortana is coming to the desktop experience, MS may be counting on that. They could do some tie-in feature so that it works better that way: set something in Cortana on your desktop/laptop, and your phone and tablet know about it. But I still think that's a tough sell.

Comment Re:No Law broken (Score 2) 315

Just like the NSA surveillance programs, this isn't about "legal" vs "not legal". The NSA surveillance programs are "legal", but almost everyone outside of certain parts of the government understand that they shouldn't be. This is about choosing to circumvent systems that are in place to preserve access and security, in ways that possibly damaged national security. Should a person who would do that be elected President? Ms. Clinton is not her husband. Perhaps her best defense right now is that this was common practice. She may have been the last Secretary of State to use personal e-mail, but she was far from the first.

Comment Re:Artists paid 16 times as much for Spotify than (Score 2) 305

Now you pay Spotify $10/month for unlimited access to the entire album. To the entirety of the artist's catalogue. To the entirety of all the included artists' catalogues.

This is obviously and trivially less money than any one of those artists would make previously from you if you liked their music.

What makes you so sure there's less money here?

I remember that we used to pay about $10 per album (with the exception of certain top 40 new releases that cost twice as much that I never bought), and I used to buy about 1 album per month. If everyone who did that switched to Spotify for the entirety of their music consumption, that's exactly the same revenue going into the system as before.

It's even better now. Under the old system, if you liked an artists music you bought it once, and that was the end of the transaction. Especially for new artists with only one or two albums, that's tough. Who goes out and buys an artists' entire back catalog, anyway? Under the new system, if you like the artists music they can keep getting paid as long as you keep listening to it.

Comment Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 629

To be fair, the phone/tablet markets are very different from the desktop/laptop markets.

Phones are typically replaced after a two-year contract, after which they *might* live for another year on a secondary market. People seem to be stretching their tablet purchases a little further: as long as four years, with again potentially one additional year in the secondary market, though data on this is still in it's infancy. However, that still puts 5 years as the longest life for a tablet, that may be sold as much as a year after the OS release. The result is that I'd really like to see us hold handset makers to a 3 year support life for phones and 5 for tablets, and hold the OS maker (Google/Apple/MS) held to a six year cycle.

Desktops and laptops (and servers), on the other hand, have traditionally been much more likely to be hoarded by consumers for as long as they can make the device go. I've seen desktops pushing the 11 year mark, running an OS that was already 4 years old when the desktop was new. That makes Windows XP's 13-year supported life seem downright short. I like what linux is doing right with with LTS support releases vs standard releases of various distros. That allows them to move the product forward more rapidly, but still provide stability and support for those who need it. However, even those LTS support windows are often laughably short.

Comment Wouldn't change anything in IT (Score 1) 545

Only workers earning an annual income of under $23,660 qualify for mandatory overtime. Many millions of Americans are currently exempt from the overtime rules — teachers, federal employees, doctors, computer professionals, etc.

So let's say they "fix" the computer professionals exemption. If that happens, it defaults back tot he $23,660 rule. How many IT pros do you know that make $23,600 or less?

Comment Re:Minor revision? (Score 1) 187

It's kinda late now, but MS finally figured out that the major version should update when the runtime changes.

To date there have been 3 versions of the runtime:


The 3.0 and 3.5 series were really about changes to the C# language and then adding all the linq stuff. All this new stuff, including the current 4.5.x version (which should have been named more like 4.1.x ) is still using the 4.0 series, or third generation, of the runtime.

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