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Comment: Re:If the manufacturer added more value... (Score 1) 188

by LessThanObvious (#48638539) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

I'm a fan of the free market and not proposing a different economic system. I would just like to see ethical business practices all the way through the supply chain become a voluntary norm accepted and encouraged in the business community. My belief system just doesn't allow for exploiting anyone just because they are willing to be exploited.

Comment: Re:It's time (Score 1) 216

by LessThanObvious (#48630799) Attached to: Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

I think you mean AOL. It baffles me that any analyst would want them to touch AOL. The problem with Yahoo is that people think of them as a forgotten relic from the 90's even though they have hugely popular services. AOL on the other hand is a forgotten relic from the 90's that would only further tarnish Yahoo as people would continue to use the companies in the same sentence. No offense to AOL, I don't even know that they do anymore I just know public perception. Yahoo needs to just keep at it and focus on finding the right young company to acquire that they can integrate and cross pollinate ad revenue and rebuild their brand with a younger generation.

Comment: Re:You have selected....... (Score 1) 188

by LessThanObvious (#48630717) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

I would like to see a cultural shift in business where instead of the company that designs the product taking a gigantic slice and the company that runs the retail store taking a giant slice, the manufacturer that invests the time and effort into making the product would get a much, much greater share. If the manufacturer was guaranteed 10% of the final retail price per unit on any product produced, no matter where it was made, we could actually demand a stop to human rights violations in return for paying them enough to compensate for their contribution to the product. That or we can let the big corporations have it all, because their magic design fairy dust is the only part of process that actually creates value.

Comment: Re:Myth Confirmed... (Score 1) 87

Yes, my girlfriend participated in a sanctioned open water swim ironically named Sharkfest. Hundreds of swimmers went from Alcatraz to shore, not one having any encounters with man eating sharks. There are great whites more out toward Golden Gate, but not so much inside the Bay. Even at that even a man eater will only feed when it's hungry so in a one time trip I think the odds are squarely in your favor.

Comment: Re:There are gender differences (Score 1) 208

I would agree with the business case for female coders. Females represent a large portion of the purchasing decisions for goods and also a large percentage of the user base for applications from business tools to iPhone apps. As time goes on we need women who know how to think like women so that applications and electronics are designed in ways that appeal to women. Technology products should be strait forward and gender agnostic whenever possible, but there will also be many applications and technology products where females are the primary target market. That said I'm really not sure that "for girls only" classes are the way to get results. I'd rather see everyone have access to quality training equally and focus on creating accessible entry level education that logically builds to serious college level coursework. There are also places in technology for people that aren't math geniuses. Many functional roles require advanced math, but it isn't true for every technology job. I have to wonder how many people of either gender get written of from technology fields because they are told advanced math skills are a must have for any technology education path.

Comment: Re:Not a Real Question (Score 1) 279

by LessThanObvious (#48613109) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

Following that logic I wonder how effective the efforts will be to produce more STEM workers in the U.S.. When they say we need STEM workers clearly one of the things they mean is Computer Science, but I personally couldn't even give an educated guess as to what other more specific fields where they feel we have a supply shortage. Clearly not all paths are equal when it comes to tangible career prospects. If I were a young person looking at options, I'd really want to know which fields are likely to result in well compensated employment in the next ten years.

Comment: Re:Firearms usage (Score 1) 440

by LessThanObvious (#48611237) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Why would discharging a firearm outside be cause to search a home? In this case he's undocumented immigrant so possessing a firearm may be a crime, so it makes sense to see if he has more firearms. For a U.S. Citizen or legal resident alien I don't think they should have that ability based on a minor infraction committed outside the home.

Comment: Re:Shocking! (Score 1) 176

by LessThanObvious (#48606243) Attached to: Hollywood's Secret War With Google

No, not specifically. I only mean in general sense that the less people understand their rights the less apt they are to defend them and the more people accept increasing government power the more apt we are to create an environment where such a regime could thrive. I wouldn't technically categorize anything currently happening in the U.S. as fascism.

Comment: Re:Shocking! (Score 5, Insightful) 176

by LessThanObvious (#48586667) Attached to: Hollywood's Secret War With Google

Not sure of the specifics on "24", but many cop drama's like "Criminal Minds" dumb down the viewers perception of their rights. They always seem to be able to instantly find any information about anyone through online means including by hacking and there is absolutely zero discussion of a warrant or any approval. It's just OK because they are trying to catch the super evil bad guy. If your perception of the constitution, your rights and the limitations on police power where based on television, you likely wouldn't have a clue what they are actually supposed to be allowed to do. From the few episodes of "24" I've seen I believe the same issues exist there.

Comment: Diffused decision making (Score 1) 240

by LessThanObvious (#48585539) Attached to: Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

A lot of the technology itself has gotten easier, the products available are robust and fully developed. The difficulty is often as it always has been in the human side of the business. People in the past didn't have options outside of IT and we used to actually be able to say no when someone wanted to bring in their own device or use some outside service. IT didn't used to have much power, but now we have almost none. Businesses pay us because we are experts in our field, but then constantly make decisions that contradict our input. So what if marketing wants some cloud thing, since when should their desires matter in the equation? I long for management that says "I don't give a fuck what you want. Tell us what you need, we can define the solution if one is warranted." My job got easier when I stopped fighting the businesses on decisions, but now I know I'm not actually doing what I think is in the interests of the companies I work for, rather just bending with the wind so nobody actually has to deal with conflict.

Comment: Re:Silly me (Score 1) 49

by LessThanObvious (#48585235) Attached to: "Lax" Crossdomain Policy Puts Yahoo Mail At Risk

Yahoo isn't particularly modern. They are in transition trying to be modern while being shackled to their legacy. They are about to lose me as a customer. The new versions of their mobile apps for Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Finance ask for way to many permissions. Next time I have to get a new phone and I can't have the old versions their apps are history and so is my account. Not good for them since I'm one of the hold outs that pays for POP mail access, which I'm glad to have so I can suck down all my mail to reduce it's exposure to Big Data and do it in an encrypted format. I'm sorry for Yahoo that Google fooled us all into thinking they were "less commercial" in their early days due the lack of ads on the search page, what fools we were. Now Google is a monster we all helped create and we killed all their competition.

Comment: Damn Facebook (Score 1) 134

by LessThanObvious (#48585109) Attached to: Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

Anyone have a polite way of telling people that you don't want them to take digital photos of you without sounding like a paranoid antisocial weirdo?

I only use really bad blurry pictures for my own profile pics on the web and I don't let people tag me in posts, but the sheer number of pics that I show up in online without my consent means most likely Facebook and the like will ID me even though I don't participate. It really annoys me that even in party situations the social norm is not to ask for any consent or even tell people you are about to take a photo. They just want to document their social life for world to see and I want the opposite, a completely undocumented social life.

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