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Comment Re:Because it's soul-killing, uncreative shit. (Score 2) 56

Agreed %100. I'm not sure why companies seem to think engagement in your work just happens naturally. If I have no reason to care about the continued existence of a company and care nothing about the why behind anything they are trying to accomplish, it's just about making money for someone else. That doesn't interest me in the slightest. More than anything I'd like to work for companies where there is a good reason to be passionate about the company's mission.

Comment Re:No proof, no proof (Score 1) 150

Yes, but that doesn't appear to be how they are operating. The court didn't take his grievance and make a determination about the legality of the governments actions. They only looked at the available proof of harm to the individual. I understand that approach is generally sensible, but it doesn't leave us the best options when we want to prove that a broad set of actions is unconstitutional without linking it's harm to a specific victim. I have to wonder how it would work out if we had a class action where thousands of complainants stated that government spying practices harms their freedom of speech because they feel the need to self edit their public speech out of fear due to knowledge of specific government surveillance practices. I for instance will not call or text any Iranian/Muslim/Middle-Easterner from my phone even in the U.S. because even if I trust them, I can't know who the government may think they are linked with. It thereby limits my freedom to speak to trusted friends.

Comment Re:weasel words = gaping hole (Score 1) 318

I was legitimately enthusiastic about moving to Windows 10. After learning more about it, I can say with certainty I will never use it on any PC I own at least in it's current form. It's really a shame. I'm not one to just hate Microsoft on principle. I had an open mind, but now that enough information has been presented I just can't allow Windows 10 on my PC and I can't support their approach to the customer relationship. Give me a "Privacy Enhanced" version and I'll be willing to spend $100. The year of Linux on the desktop may be coming, but who knew it would be sponsored by Windows 10.

It's not too late, fix Windows 10 and the EULA now and change the conversation, else Microsoft, you deserve to fail.

Comment Baffled (Score 1) 113

I'm still baffled as to why companies think this is a good idea. What the fuck good is a jumble of WiFi hot spots in residential areas. So you cover 150 foot radius around your home and that helps next to no one. I have no interest in allowing some stranger to sit in front of my house to get internet access. If my neighbors want internet, they can get their own. There seems to be some misconception that WiFi is going to work somehow like a cell phone network where enough cells in proximity give broad coverage. This scheme does next to nothing to give WiFi coverage to the public areas in most places where society might actually get some benefit. Please just drop all these fucked off WiFi schemes and don't pretend it's OK to use a service I pay for so that others can get a benefit.

Comment Re:Nice Nazi regime you got there (Score 1) 264

If they want to keep this nonsense intact they would be wise to at least make it easy to get off the list. It shouldn't take more than five business days to look at a file and decide if someone is actually a threat or not. It should not require a lengthy court battle to be heard. It's not just the travel limitations that impact rights, it's also the fairness of available recourse.

Comment Re:Counterproductive (Score 1) 170

It's impossible to force people to use their minds only for work 100% of the time they are at work. People do not function that way. If it's an easy repetitive job that allows you to think about something else while completing your tasks, so that can be a higher percentage of productive time, but tasks that require mental focus especially on things nobody actually wants to focus on require a degree of freedom to maintain one's sanity. If I were watched every moment of the day my internet time would be replaced by time spent beating my head against the desk wishing to be anywhere but there. Then soon I would quit before I began to feel compelled to go Fight Club on management. When you put people into a mental box that is too small it's just extremely uncomfortable. If you think time wasting is expensive, try to analyze the cost of people hating their jobs and the companies for which they work. People who actively hate their companies do shit work and provide shit customer service. If you need software to tell you anything about your employee's then your management is fucking useless.

Comment Re:Will Ad Blockers Kill the Digital Media Industr (Score 5, Insightful) 519

Dear Advertisers, Figure out how to do ads in a trustworthy way (i.e. no privacy invasive behavior tracking and little or no risk of malware exposure) and I'll be happy to allow those ads. I'd prefer the ads to be static HTML hosted within the site I visit. I don't want my browser touching 15 domains that all run scripts every time I visit a page. As long as ads compromise my privacy and security I will consider advertising networks the enemy and treat them accordingly.

Comment Re:Kind of self-defeating (Score 1) 110

It's hardly a bargain compared to my tin-foil hat and face mask. It`s really great that we feel the need to evade facial recognition rather than banning it. I applaud the effort to provide people with tools to shield their privacy, but it needs work. Until we have something simple and easy that doesn`t look out of place to those around you or to those watching the cameras, it`s useless. Protecting your privacy and security by standing out isn`t effective. The ability to blend in is a basic requirement.

Comment Re:Already propagating (Score 1) 663

Water will always be an available option, but it gets boring and considering the number of bottled waters consumed each year, clearly consumers feel a need to pay for water, so beverages are not completely competing with a free product. Consumers like variety and taste stimuli. I'm not convinced the only commercially viable products are bottled water and soda with 35g of sugar per serving. Personally I buy unsweetened iced tea regularly and I don't even like tea without a small amount of sugar, but there isn't any middle ground. Is the point of soda really to sell sugar? I think the point is to sell something for far more than it costs to produce it, in which case there are many ways to meet that goal. I wouldn't feel like I wasn't getting my moneys worth if it didn't have 35g of sugar. I acknowledge the addiction aspect of the consumer relationship. They likely are afraid to disrupt that addiction cycle by offering less toxic choices and of course they cannot admit there is any health problem with sucking down diluted corn syrup or its aspartame enriched alternative. They are, I imagine even frightened by the implication that might be inferred by offering healthier alternatives.

We want to create puppets that pull their own strings. - Ann Marion