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Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 2) 355

by Dysproxia (#39085369) Attached to: FOIA Request Shows Which Printer Companies Cooperated With US Government

As a further note, right now there's no way to trace that serial number to me.

Unless you count the printer driver, driver installer or the network connected printer itself calling home for warranty related reasons, reporting at the very least the serial number and your IP address, and whatever other personal information you probably gave it willingly.

Comment: Re:If only we could harness this in RL (Score 1) 252

by Dysproxia (#31555952) Attached to: Baffled By the Obsession With Pretend-Business Games

Depends on the type of business. Web design or computer related stuff is fairly light on it I'll admit, but anything requiring insurance or inventory tracking is enough to scare off anyone who isn't a dedicated lover of paper shovelling.

That's why business owners hire other people to handle that stuff. They usually want money for their trouble but you can focus on making more of it.

Comment: Re:Windows XP Professional license agreement (Score 2, Informative) 127

by Dysproxia (#30254680) Attached to: Apple Forced To Clean Up Its Fine Print

I always thought that these notices are very odd. I mean, can I put up a sign that says "In no event shall Esben be responsible for any crime he might do" and expect it to have any effect?

Of course not, since that claim would be false. Software maker responsibilities are a different matter. Would you hold the Apache Foundation liable for damages if someone hacks your web server due to security holes in their code? No, as they don't claim or promise responsibility any more than Microsoft or anyone else with half a mind do.

Comment: Re:Paging wireless engineers... (Score 1) 827

by Dysproxia (#29026399) Attached to: US Cell Phone Plans Among World's Most Expensive
The number of towers is irrelevant, as the cost to maintain them must vary wildly. You might as well compare the population densities; Finland has half as many people per square km as USA (16 to 31). Since almost 100% of Finland is covered by at least one GSM network (see coverage maps from Sonera, Elisa), the maintenance cost of the networks per person should also be higher.

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