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Comment: Nothing To See Here (Score 3, Informative) 232

There's really nothing to see here. Except that long distance with per-minute charges are still a thing. And AOL is still a thing, I guess? I definitely would not have called that. And old people are easily tricked into buying both those things. I don't think addressing the ease with which old people are tricked is on the agenda. Whether it's aluminum siding or their uncle in Uganda, tricking old people is just way too easy. And phone companies will just let you run up tens of thousands of dollars in arbitrary charges in one month, and let you keep doing it for several months when you don't pay the first one, that's definitely been a thing for a while. I'm actually a bit surprised AT&T waived it. In the stories I've heard in the past, the telcos usually put up a pretty good fight about that sort of thing.

Comment: Re:No need to attack (Score 2) 162

by Greyfox (#49585335) Attached to: The United States Just Might Be Iran's Favorite New Nuclear Supplier
Um, and that minor incident at the Bikini Island Atoll. Entire island nation loses their homes permanently and a bunch of people get cancer and die within a couple of years. But you know, you want to make an omelette, you need to break a few eggs. The USA and the USSR were doing open-air testing until nearly 1960, when the USA finally screwed the pooch hard in the south pacific. And then there was that time some jackass decided to detonate a nuclear bomb in the Van Allen Belt. That was in the mid 60's and for a year or so you couldn't launch anything without it being disabled by the trapped radiation. There was some concern that we'd ended space exploration permanently. But you know, minor little whoops there, no need to mention that in history class.

Comment: Re:Wow. Who knew? (Score 3, Insightful) 437

by Greyfox (#49585105) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules
He never was the Libertarian messiah. Anyone who thought he was just wasn't paying attention. He has a marginally more interesting back-story than most congresscritters (Joker killed his parents and then he spent his teenage years spanking it to Ayn Rand novels,) but he's really only qualified to be a Fox News android.

Comment: Crap (Score 1) 208

by Greyfox (#49580957) Attached to: IBM CIO Thinks Agile Development Might Save Company
Of all the companies I've worked for, IBM was the one that by far knew how to do software development. IBM was also focused on delivering products that customers needed, backed with the reputation of a company that has been around for over a century. If IBM has a problem now, it's that the company has lost that focus. The impression is that they're aimlessly flailing about trying to find something new that can fill in the blank "IBM is a _____ company." It used to be hardware. They've tried to make "software" and "services" fit in that slot, but obviously that didn't work very well for them.

Find a word that fills that blank and really focus IBM on being that company. The agile process won't fix bad leadership at the top. The agile process never fixes bad leadership at the top.

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