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Comment Why should they? (Score 5, Insightful) 187

Why should laws keep up with technology? Laws should be written in such a way that the technology involved doesn't matter. Typically laws should be about an outcome more than a method. There are already so many laws on the books that the first thing to look at is if an existing law applies. If not, is there a law that should be amended to cover the new technology?

Example: Highway speed limits are for all motor vehicles and not just a specific type of vehicle. It does not matter how many wheels (car, motorcycle, tractor trailer, etc) the car has, what type of the engine (gas, diesel, electric) is under the hood, what kind of transmission (auto, manual), or if if has some fancy new electronic accessory ... the speed limit is the speed limit.

Comment History repeats itself (Score 2) 68

Eventually things pretty much go back to the way they were before. I remember seeing a discussion about the lessons learned from Hurricane Andrew (not just IT specific) and how after 7 years things that were important were forgotten or deemed less important. I'm sure the same happened with Hurricane Katrina, Sandy, and many others. It seems to be our human nature that these things eventually wear off and become less important. I think Neil Degrasse Tyson was on Joe Rogan's podcast a few years ago and touched on the subject as well.

Comment Re:Why do this? (Score 1) 112

Subsidies that never end. One of the issues with these contracts is that the prices do not go down after the phone is paid off. The carriers love people that stay on plan after the initial contract expires. Some customers were catching on and looking to get a new phone as soon their contact expired and often switched carriers while shopping.

One of the next hurdles US customers need to face is the differing phones by carriers. They may not have a contract but having a phone that is pretty much tied to a carrier due to the tech is very limiting.

Submission + - Amazon is conducting an experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers (

Monoman writes: The high price of two day shipping, streaming video service, and a future drone delivery fleet??? "At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one anotherâ(TM)s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are âoeunreasonably high.â The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one anotherâ(TM)s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others. (The tool offers sample texts, including this: âoeI felt concerned about his inflexibility and openly complaining about minor tasks.â)"

Comment Re:The cost of doing business (Score 5, Insightful) 215

In the end the customer always pays.

The theory is that if they screw up enough and they keep increasing costs that customers will go elsewhere. That's all nice on paper but some industries have little or no competition so the customers never really leave .. or not enough of them. Corporate/Government behavior is not likely to change unless individuals are held responsible.

In the end the customer/taxpayer always pays.

Comment Re:Looking to move off of iTunes (Score 1) 360

Unfortunately there is no Foobar 2000 for Mac. I tried a Mac for over a year and I could never find a suitable program for managing and playing my very large music library ... thousands of tracks in various audio file formats. Some programs couldn't deal with the number of files, some couldn't play all of the different audio formats. None could hold a candle to FB2K so I switched back.

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