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Comment Re:John Sculley? The guy who nearly killed Apple? (Score 2) 112

Scully increased Apple's revenue ten fold during his tenure as CEO. It was the idiots who followed him that tanked the company.

No, Scully allowed Apple to become unmanageable, Spindler nearly died trying to get a lid on it, and then Amelio made the decision that saved the company from oblivion, by picking NeXT over Be.

-jcr

Comment A thought about the "Emotional" fallout. (Score 1) 359

I've given a lot of thought about emotional reactions in situations like these, and generally always conclude that the truth, while painful - leads to greater emotional stability in the long term, and thus greater happiness.

In this particular case, if your spouse is cheating on you, it's indicative of problems in your relationship. Isn't the best thing to get them out in the open to straighten them out, even if that includes divorces and harsh emotional consequences in the short term? Shouldn't it lead to greater emotional stability in the future?

Comment Flip the classroom (Score 1) 46

the model espoused by Kahn academy and others is to flip the classroom. You still go to school. But you watch the lesson at home before class. The teacher summarizes the key points in class then they rest of the time is spent working problems from the lesson .

So it's no a no school mooc but just the opposite. You have to watch the lesson by a deadline then you get intensive application experience to find the bugs in your understanding guided by a teacher in a more one on one way.

These mooc videos will be very useful once schools try using them that way. You can imagine having multiple less masterful instructors in the classroom and the master teacher on video saved for all time and in competition with competing master presenters.

Comment I have bad news for you (Score 1) 386

Long time windows hater here , use Macs and Linux, but I accidentally ended up with a windows PC a month ago. My first impression of it, with windows 8 installed, was oh my god, I heard that windows 8 was ten steps back, but I had no idea everyone was right. It was far less intuitive and usable than XP for example. But I decided to upgrade to windows 10 because I had read some good reviews but diehard mac users. From an out of the box factory recovery of windows 8 to an installed windows 10 was an 8 hour ordeal with a few cryptic steps one had to google along the way. It's truly mind boggling that that Microsoft can't figure out how it install a new OS in less than 8 hours. I was going as fast as one could go, the problem was not the dowload speed, that was instant comparitaively on my fast connection. It was that it had to do about 250 incremental and 2 major system updates before it would let you even request windows 10.

Anyhow once I got windows 10 installed. I was expecting to hate it. I'm sort of upset that it's so good. It basically is very close to a well configured linux mint in look and feel. The start menus is back and those crazy pants tiles with tonnes of crap you never asked for are wrangled into a small corner of the start menu and trimmed down to just the things you use a lot. The best description of the OS is that it no longer gets in your way so it's more like every other OS now.

It's still baffling in the directory layout and the mysteries of the registry. And since I have no idea how to use power shell I feel completely helpless; unistalls are inscrutable. And there's still the problem of crapware that burdens this. After you install Norton Utilities tries to trick you into installing it before revealing that it is payware. Within 2 weeks I got the entrire system trojaned with mal ware. I wasn't trying to do anything bad at all. I was trying to install an editor for minecraft mods and it came wrapped in something called openDownloader which just hosed my system. I told the windows 10 to revert it self, so I lost all my installs but at least got my computer back from the grave. What's meaningful about that ordeal is that it was the first time in my entire life that I got hit with malware. Iv'e certainly managed to download accidental malware on linux and mac, but it's always been possible for me to either inspect it enough to figure it out beofre the install or to install it under conditions (like not root or with a sandbox) that it was neutered or at the very least find every file that got touched. So malware has never been a problem for me before ever before I used a modern windows machine.

So between the 8 hour ordrdeal and the instant rooting I'm not a fan on Microsoft design. But if you are a savy windows user, have an already updated computer (not a factor reinstall) then installation will be a snap, and you will love this operating system. It's so mac and linux mint like.

Comment Re:Time to hold the government accountable (Score 1) 210

Seems you're wrong the actual stingray device can do GSM Active Key Extraction which allows them encrypt the communications. So yes the devices can be used to listen to people's calls.

If so, TFA didn't mention it - or wasn't concerned about it, at least, TFA was solely concerned about tracking.

If it's your phone you can consent to it no warrant needed.

In any event the state has no business hiding the fact these were used and how. It's one thing to protect a witnesses entirely another to intentionally deceive in discovery. To protect a witness requires the judge to agree it's needed the police/prosecutors should never be making that decision.

I agree that if they violated the state law they were wrong, and I see little reason why they would do that, but I don't see it as the heinous violation of rights (the tracking part) that everyone else seems to think it is. I think you have to a moron to "expect" that your location can't be tracked when you're using (including just having it on and with you) a cellphone.

Comment Re:Time to hold the government accountable (Score 0) 210

Do you like the idea that the police can force your phone to divulge information that can be used to locate you precisely when you have a reasonable expectation of privacy? Do you like the idea that it's not clear what happens to the data from the phones of people who aren't suspects? Do you like the idea that this could potentially be used against you?

They don't force your phone to do anything. I get that people don't like the idea that they can be tracked, but I don't have any kind of expectation that my location isn't being tracked anyway - the phone companies already know where I am, and they've already helped the police track people on numerous occasions. I don't like the idea that they don't divulge the information gathered (although the state law had been broken, it wasn't on all the cases). Lastly, if I was some master criminal, I'd be an idiot to carry around a cellphone. If I committed some crime (i.e. violated someone else's rights, I'd have no reasonable expectation that the police would hold back any tool they could use to find me.

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