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Comment: Do they really want the money? (Score 1) 98

by MikeVx (#44516157) Attached to: Finance Firm Bloomberg Goes In For $80,000 On Ubuntu Edge Project

We can safely assume that everyone wanting a Ubuntu Edge, knowing about it, and with the money for it already donated. There will be no geeks pledging for the phone at the last minute. So, either at the end someone with lots of funds (and possibly connected to Canonical) just orders around 30 thousand of these phones so that the goal is met, or this campaign will fail.

Well, I just tried to get in on this, but after arguing with the site for an hour I finally had to boot a special VM with no network security of any kind before it would even let me try to send money.

Then I am confronted with PayPal.

No toy, no matter how cool, is worth that. I wonder how much that has cost them?

Comment: Re:Schlock Mercenary (Score 1) 321

by MikeVx (#42400497) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Was Your Favorite Web Comic of 2012?
Unfortunately, at some point the artist decided that his art was not colored well enough for the books he was publishing, so a number of strips have been re-colored, and you miss part of the evolution of his art because he has removed the originals and left only the re-done strips. (At least according to his plans, I never bothered to check if he carried through.) The early stuff was still original last I looked, but I can't tell you if there is any original art left as I haven't been bothering to check. This sort of web revisionism is one of my annoyance triggers, with the result that I dropped the strip a while back. Apparently this sort of thing is generally acceptable, as I only remember reading one complaint on his blog, everyone else supported the move.

Comment: Re:GPL is not the definition of open (Score 1) 325

by MikeVx (#28936399) Attached to: Microsoft Redefines "Open Standards"
All in all, I just continue to use the system correctly, because base 10 does not make sense in the context. I have been known to use the suffix MKB (for Marketing) when the defenders of deception are on the prowl, to stress that the onus is on them to invent a new unit marker. We currently now have two unit markers for the same meaning and no marker exists for the way people wish to mis-state capacities.

Comment: Re:both blocking and unblocking - which wins? (Score 1) 399

by MikeVx (#26903871) Attached to: TrapCall Service To Bypass Caller ID Blocking

Because that's over kill. There is no justification for requiring that the number be shown.

Exactly. As implemented, caller ID is not a legitimate function. Apart from reverse charge numbers and emergency service numbers, there is no reason, ever, to transmit the number of the calling line. If you look at how it is implemented, it becomes clear that Caller ID was created for the primary purpose of allowing business to capture phone numbers of callers without consent. For most large businesses, this is also an additional reason for reverse-charge numbers.

If privacy is a concern, require that caller information be accurate, with criminal penalties for failure, and send ONLY THE NAME of the person/organization as a text string. I would not have a problem with my name coming up, but my reasons for keeping my number secret trump your reasons for wanting it, period. If you don't want to talk to me, don't answer if my name shows.

Unless Caller ID is modified to operate this way, everyone complaining about blocked calls is out of order, and should simply drop phone service entirely.

A LISP programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing. -- Alan Perlis

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