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Comment: Other effects to consider (Score 0) 1037

by Proudrooster (#46675765) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

It is no secret that our technology has expanded faster than our species is able to adapt to it. I do not agree with the premise that the Internet makes people atheists. I believe the Internet makes people busy, distracted, and unhappy similar to a person who watches cable news 24x7.

The Internet is open for business, shopping, facebook, research, slashdot, entertainment, YouTube videos, porn, gambling, gaming, ebay, amazon, netflix, and on and on and on. There is never a lack of services to capture your attention.

My premise would be this, since people are always busy consuming from the Internet, there is very little time for reflection. Since when most people put their smart phones down for the day and send that last text message, they pass out dead tired. Without reflection or examination of your life, you are just busy and tired. You have no time to take stock of yourself as a man/woman. Further, you have less time to be empathetic and/or meditate/pray.

I know older Americans that turn off their Internet for awhile because it becomes and addiction and affects how the live and behave.

Additionally, since 1990 the "Divorce and Marriage" data has shown a much different historic picture. Marriage rates are down, kids are getting married later and later (sometimes due to Internet, XBOX, and PlayStation). There is now a much larger pool of mates to chose from using the Internet causing people to shop and shop and shop. And again, I would say there is very little reflection as to what are the top 10 things I am looking for in a mate, what am I bringing to a marriage etc...

Humanities ability to adapt to the always on technology is a problem. Additionally, the ability to moderate the technology use is a problem. We need time to reflect, meditate, pray, sleep, socialize instead of spending every waking moment tied to a smart device on the Internet. The distraction of always on technology is a huge problem. Research show that limiting screen time for kids is very important.

Maybe we need a law that says the Internet is going down at 10pm to 6am to give humans a chance to sleep and be human.

Comment: Re:No proof so far (Score 5, Informative) 148

by Proudrooster (#46612543) Attached to: Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

You can also have employees sign non-compete agreements which limits their right to work for a competitor for X years. However, in California (where the movie industry lives) these agreements are NOT LEGAL. Because of this, the tech giants had to find another way to limit employee mobility and this was it.

Comment: Re:No proof so far (Score 4, Interesting) 148

by Proudrooster (#46612487) Attached to: Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

It all depends on how much lawyer you can afford. This agreement is "likely illegal" and definitely shady. I would say this classifies as a cartel since 7 major tech companies are involved. An anti-poach agreement might be legal between two companies like Ford and GM, but not an seven. There are also possible federal anti-trust, anti-competition, anti-labor, and collusion charges which could be brought as well, but that won't happen since none of these companies did anything nearly as (sic) horrible as Aaron Swartz.

Comment: Just the tip of the iceberg (Score 5, Interesting) 148

by Proudrooster (#46612431) Attached to: Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

This is just the tip of the iceberg in Silicon Valley wage fixing, discriminatory hiring, and age/gender discrimination. I would like to see the tech workers walk away with some big bags of cash since most of these companies are paying federal/state taxes in the USA. At least when the employees get paid it will benefit their local countries, states, and communities by re-patrioting some cash through taxation.

To me this is just further proof that large companies can do whatever they want, ignore any laws they want, not pay taxes/wages, and ignore the "invisible hand of the market" any time they wish. The lawsuit will probably be dismissed on Tuesday when the court opens, I am sure someone is writing the check as you read this.

Comment: How many Apple products do you have in your house? (Score 1) 126

by Proudrooster (#46398455) Attached to: Interview: Ask Eric Raymond What You Will

How many Apple products do you have in your house? More to the point, looking backward to Opensource projects trying to produce a desktop/laptop replacement and comparing those projects to proprietary like Apple, does it change your perspective or thinking in any way? Oh and currently, what is your favorite handgun?

Comment: And the mobile iPad version SUCKS too (Score 1) 2219

by Proudrooster (#46182385) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

If I try to view slashdot on my iPad (non Air) it switches me to the mobile version and takes 30 seconds to render. What are you thinking? Slashdot is a message board for nerds and geeks. We submit news, you green light it, and then we comment (all the while generating ad revenue). So why on earth would you decide to screw up the web version? Let's review some history that possibly you can learn from......

The CEO of Coke decided that #1 selling cola in the world needed an update and launched NEW COKE. I am still not sure if they recovered the market share.

Northern Reflections a clothing mall store for older women (mostly selling fancy sweatshirts) decided they would switch to trendy teen clothes. They ended up closing all their US stores. since the alienated their existing base without attracting new customers.

Ford motor company discontinued the top selling car in America (The Ford Taurus) and replaced it with a Ford 500. People came in wanting a new Taurus, Ford said check out this Ford 500, the customers left and bought a Subaru. Ford got smart and renamed the 500 to the Taurus.

It is best to learn from the mistakes of others, since you will not live long enough to make them all yourself.

Answer the following question, "What are we changing and why are we changing it?" and if you don't have a good answer STOP before you destroy your business unless of course you are shorting the stock, hate your management, and are planning to bring the place down in flaming ruins.

You can't push a product that no one wants.

Comment: If you want to know a child, look at his friends.. (Score 4, Insightful) 266

by Proudrooster (#45926059) Attached to: How Chris Christie Could Use the NSA Playbook

So by looking a Chris Christie's friends what can we determine from him? All of his friends seem to be petty, vindictive, bullies. Then when things go bad, it is every man for themselves which shows a lack of loyalty since everyone except Christie has had to resign. It won't be long until one of his friends turns on him, but then it will be an all out character assassination against that old friend.

This little stunt happened on the first day of school, messing with kids and communities on a stressful first day, the people of NY & NJ, interstate commerce, and possible security and emergency services.

Some of the friends are going to need a timeout, where big people go for timeout. A little jail time.

Comment: I'm sorry Senator, your question isn't valid (Score 2) 363

by Proudrooster (#45865151) Attached to: Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If Agency Is Spying On Congress

Senator, I am sorry, your question doesn't make sense. The NSA doesn't do any spying on Americans, we just collect meta-data about your computer, phone, and US mail. We also control the worlds largest bot-net that screws with peoples computers to allow us to collect even more meta-data. As we have stated previously, meta-data is NOT data and all of our hacking is done from outside the US so it is perfectly legal. Thank you Senator for ill framed question.

Comment: Re:lavabit should have helped the first time (Score 1) 230

by Proudrooster (#45248159) Attached to: ACLU: Lavabit Was 'Fatally Undermined' By Demands For Encryption Keys

And I can remember black and white films of Joe Mc Carthy shouting "I have to proof that you are communist right here" while holding blank pages of paper.

Bottom line, Snowden embarrassed the FBI, NSA, Justice Department, and the POTUS. This is nothing more than retribution because of the fact that they can't get Snowden, so, they have to take it out on Snowden's email provider.

I think Lavabit is about to kick the FBI, NSA, and Justice Department squarely in the balls and we can hopefully get some caselaw going to stop this nonsense. It is time we had some grown up discussion about spying on everyone "just because we can" and decide what we as "a people" would like to agree to and then modify the constitution accordingly.

I suspect that secret courts, secret judges, secret orders, and secret laws are not the America the most of us want, but hey, I could be wrong. The only thing we are missing is the secret police asking you for your papers please.

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