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Comment Re:Who's left? (Score 5, Insightful) 134

"Somehow, we got into a discussion of the responsibility of management. Holden made the point that management's responsibility is to the shareholders – that's the end of it. And I objected. I said, 'I think you're absolutely wrong. Management has a responsibility to its employees, it has a responsibility to its customers, it has a responsibility to the community at large.' And they almost laughed me out of the room."

- David Packard

Comment Re:Open Hardware (Score 1) 134

What happened to the ARM-based netbooks? What happened to the OpenMokos? What happened to the novenas and the open systems-on-a-chip? All we have is the incomplete Neo900 fanboy club, and FSF's lauded Gluglug x200 junk.

Intel knows all about their competitors. They aggressively lowered prices and cut deals and elbowed their way in. Lots and lots of Windows apps will never ever run on anything but x86. There is just no way that ARM can match the value for the money, even if they gave away the chips for free.

Comment Re:Who's left? (Score 1) 134

On the other hand, LSE's actions are detectable

They've probably already moved on to another technology to slurp your data. it won't be reverse engineered for a while. Your boss can continue to keep his head in the sand at least for the time being.

by the way, you know that your boss has a whole lot of YOUR personal information in his servers?

Comment Re:Who's left? (Score 1) 134

I feel like I already covered the "business choice" aspect.

You keep buying computers from a company that uses every trick in the book to slurp your data out of your computer. For the time being you've been able to keep ahead of their behavior. But how long will it last? Is it a "moral" choice to decide that it's not worth the risk anymore?

  What will you say WHEN (not if) you get an email from a security researcher who just found your company's internal data on a chinese server?

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 134

until you find the option and turn it off.

Gosh, can you recommend a university where I can learn how to find this? My wife is not a computer expert, and she found that option on her own a couple of hours after the UPS delivery.

Everybody collects your data.

you just pointed out that cyanogen doesn't do it if you can find the option.

Comment Re:Who's left? (Score 1) 134

An amoral entity can't take a moral stand.

Apparently not anymore, anyway. Here is a document from ancient history:


"HP and the HP way"

We have trust and respect for individuals.
We focus on a high level of achievement and contribution.
We conduct our business with uncompromising integrity.
We achieve our common objectives through teamwork.
We encourage flexibility and innovation.

You will recall that HP became an industry leader with these MORAL stances.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 134

You all probably carry a cell phone which tracks everything you do, where you are what you click and what apps you run.

Many of us are running cyanogen or similar where the user has control over all that stuff.

Users of Windows software for years have had "send anonymous data to Microsoft to improve our products."

If you have a snapshot VM Windows image saved, you can roll back after every use and the OS doesn't remember what it did.

marketable information that they can sell or use for competitive advantage.

Humans are inevitably surprised when they discover that humans behave like humans.

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.