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Comment No, these companies need to follow the law (Score 5, Insightful) 273 273

Look, I get that these guys are trying to do something new. And for that I applaud them and their efforts. However until there are new laws supporting the sort of things they're trying to do they need to follow the current laws especially regarding employment.

Just because you came up with a new way to run things doesn't mean that the rest of it like it or agree that's the way the world should work. Especially when it seems like all you're doing is trying to dodge current legal frameworks without any good reason for doing so.

Comment Re:For those who can read... (Score 1) 237 237

Furthermore, what about all of the decisions that have been handed down since that was written? How do they play into what those three words mean?

Meaning doesn't exist in a vacuum. There's so much more that goes into the law than just the words.

Comment Re:nonsense (Score 2) 532 532

I think they meant that there's no longer an option to think that society is just them and their immediate family & friends, that they could no longer ignore the plight of other people who are so much more than what you see on the surface, and all that mucking about with taxation, a subject much like society itself, is a complex thing that is full of nuances and consists of more that what you had for breakfast yesterday.

But that's just what I think about people who choose to jump right away on the if the government does it, it's bad bandwagon.

Comment Self Posession (Score 1) 698 698

If nothing else, she needs to be taught that she is self-possessed. That this is her life, her body, her decisions. That what other people may want of her can be considered, even negotiated around, but that in the end it is what she wants that should count the most.

She is going to be pulled in many directions, face many things that you and your wife have already passed through and have only the fleetest memories of. To navigate those and other unforeseeable difficulties the best thing that can be bequeathed her is an unshakable sense of self. It will help her through doubts and tribulations. It will be assailed by everything and everyone around her, tempting her to be things she is not. Which is why it is so very important that she has it, holds on it, and knows when to reinvent it.

Comment They brought it on themselves (Score 5, Insightful) 379 379

It could have been easy to get along and keep doing what they were doing, but no, Verizon has to go and sue in court. They had to challenge the weaker rules, force Wheeler's hand and cause this to happen.

It's their own fault here.

They brought it on themselves in a very real, legally binding way.

I couldn't be gloating any harder than I am right now.

Comment Coming full circle (Score 2) 309 309

So how about that? A programming language that'll download and store a program for later use just in case the network connection isn't stable or available. Sounds good to me. Having more than one way to get a program is a great thing to do.

Seems to me that if I can't rely on my network I'd want some sort of storage media that'll let me back up or reinstall the base program. It should also be light and easy to transport with plenty of additional storage space, just in case of anything.

Seriously, the older I get the more I find out that everything old is new again.

Comment That's a nice technical solution you have there (Score 2) 277 277

The problem is a human one, however.

Yes, this makes it harder should someone get to your stored hashes. But it doesn't make it any more secure if people continue to use "123ABC" as a password. Which they will do since that's an easy thing to remember.

Comment Re:Net Neutrality laws? (Score 1) 289 289

Except there has never been anything close to a 1:1 relationship. There couldn't have been because even since the IDSN days the up/down ratio of what we could get was always in favor of the down. So there's never been enough traffic coming from the ISPs to even approach parity.

In fact, it's been the stupid ISPs have been using this as a club against the other players. It's of their own making, and now they're choking on it. In fact, Nexflix is even willing to give ISPs servers to take the congestion away from that part of the network, something that's been consistently rejected. The ISPs are the problem. In specific their greedy, overly Wall Street focused, stupid management is the problem.

So, no. They don't get any sympathy from me in this. They aren't being held accountable by their customers, they aren't being held accountable by what little law is in place, and they certainly aren't being held accountable by the market. If they were, they'd be out of business by now.

Comment Not going to happen (Score 3) 222 222

Microsoft is going to hold on to that thing for as long as they can. It's not going away for several different reasons.

The first and largest is that the Kinect is a product differentiater. It makes the XBone different from the PS4. There really isn't that much a difference between the two boxes otherwise. Fine, you can go on with the technical differences between the types of RAM and the custom silicon for the XBone's APU but those are not large concerns for Mom and Dad buying little Sally's birthday present.

Until MS comes up with something besides the software that makes their product different, the Kinect is going to hang on. But the second that happens, it'll be tossed. They know they've screwed the pooch here. They know exactly what it cost them in terms of customer relations and in terms of developers.

Comment Re:Cost? (Score 5, Insightful) 310 310

And it is almost to guaranteed to drop over time.

Don't forget you're getting: The A/C radio standard , a huge amount of space to store/program in, and support. Yes, support. So if you brick the thing with your endless tweaking of it, they'll try to get it back to working condition.

That stuff is going to cost early adopters. Like it always does. So chill out, have a cool beverage of your choice, and wait awhile. Let the other people absorb the early costs. Wait some for others to figure out the traps.

But for heaven's sake, shove the whining about the price right up your ass.

Comment Re:Rah! Rah! NSA! (Score 5, Insightful) 504 504

And they can do this without resorting to channels that are known first and primarily as propaganda machines.

Because, and let us be honest here, part of the reason why we are in this position is that the media in the US are not there to provide the informational bulwark so that we may function as close to an ideal republic as we can. They currently exist to sell us things and to make us feel better out said purchases. This extends to the government at all levels. Who better to give an interview to than the very apparatus that is there to appease and not investigate?

Comment Re:360 and PS3 emulators. (Score 4, Informative) 227 227

Since the original Xbox was running mostly off the shelf hardware, I'm not sure it needs an emulator (aside from whatever security/copy protection hardware).

But the 360/PS3 is going to be tough. Tougher than average, I'd say since those were both custom CPUs. Yes, there is some papers out there covering how they did their execution but that doesn't cover some of the weird stuff. Stuff like with the PS2 and original PS that took years to sort out.

Those of you who don't remember the Bleem! saga and the fact that Sony not only lawsuited them to death, but also make emulation even harder by changing the way their compilers did certain undocumented graphic blits and other memory tricks. This was why Bleem! had a specific target list of compatible games.

Still not sure that all of that was documented.

Bad memories.

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