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Comment: Re:App permissions (Score 1) 333

by ckaminski (#46350159) Attached to: How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry
Blackberry didn't. Which is what makes it a better Android than Android.

An app can ask for the permissions, but you can deny them from the OS. The app might still not work, but it's not getting access to your camera or mike unless you want it to.

Apple and Google both FUBAR'd this.

Comment: Re:Find someone to help (Score 1) 239

by ckaminski (#41911481) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Become a Rural ISP?
He could have sold out.

Successful businesses could have been ended for any number of reasons. Video stores come to mind - arcades, skating rinks, drive-ins, etc. Massive changes in demographics killed entire industries.

As a general rule, however, I'm skeptical of entrepreneurs in 2012 talking on Slashdot. :-)

Comment: Re:Is Bitcoin trace-able ? (Score 1) 327

by ckaminski (#41168149) Attached to: Large Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Collapses With a Loss of $5.6 Million
And the Fed's manipulation of rates has broken natural competition between banks. If a banker has a good eye to investments and makes an AWESOME return for his clients, that should encourage them to give more money back to their capital holders (savers) and thereby draw more customers allowing him to make more deals.

The Fed skews this by setting on rate - no real competition in rates (until the Internet banks came along), and those profits instead go to the CEOs and management, who have very little skin in the game, since they buy and sell their debt to the Fed (who transfers it to the taxpayer).

Biggest. Ponzi. Ever.

People will buy anything that's one to a customer.