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Comment: Re:Uproar? (Score 3, Insightful) 38

by SuperKendall (#46776245) Attached to: Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

The uproar was that with computers long term storage the IRS could do things like make you pay taxes on something your parents did 60 years ago, or use the power of tagging to harass specific organizations based on political leanings. What absurd notions those people of ancient times had!


Comment: Why that would not work (Score 2) 99

by SuperKendall (#46776027) Attached to: Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

So, the more appropriate method is to ask (nicely, or send some guys with guns) the cell service providers to shut down all towers in the required area.

They are not going to do that because a cell tower covers a lot more area than any protest.

Consider the protest in Nevada recently over the Bundy Ranch cattle being taken by armed federal agents. If you shut down cell access for that group, you are shutting down cell access for a potentially very large area of I-15. That's just not going to happen.

The reason why the kill switch would be used is that it cuts off video/image feeds from newer devices, the older phones that still might work would not be as much of a concern. As long as the government can prevent video and images escaping real time they have a lot more latitude in dealing with civilians.

Comment: Helping the poor (Score 4, Informative) 141

In San Francisco you "have to see the poor" daily as well. Hows that working out for them?

The trouble with the homeless is that they are not just poor, there are usually multiple problems at work including mental issues... so seeing them and giving them money is usually not helping much.

If you really want to help the poor I suggest going to Modest Needs, that is the best place I've found to help the truly poor directly before they fall off the bottom rung of the ladder.

Comment: Re:Simple problem, simple solution (Score 1) 334

by Ichijo (#46775065) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Parking meters still impose a cost on the preexisting residents...

Not all pre-existing residents. Just those who choose to use a taxpayer-owned resource to store their personal belongings. As a taxpayer, parking meters make perfect sense to me because they give me a return on my investment.

Even better would be to not waste so much land on streets wide enough for street parking where it isn't needed. There's no reason why the street couldn't be narrowed and the excess land sold to the adjacent property owners. This would also neatly solve the problem of business customers parking in residential neighborhoods without the need for parking meters or enforcement.

Comment: Re:The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (Score 1) 177

by SuperKendall (#46775019) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

So please take your "standard" USB on one

I do every day and charge iOS devices with it all the time. The cable hardly matters, and in fact it's easier to find an Apple cable in a store if you've forgotten one than the "wrong" kind of Micro-USB cable (since there are a few different types).

You are on the wrong side of standards on this one.

The fact that you can plug anything into USB is enough.

Comment: Re:Its all about the apps (Score 3, Interesting) 175

by SuperKendall (#46774831) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

That is a big reason, but it also mattered that the device itself was not OSX shrunk to a touch-screen tablet (some people thought that's what it would be instead of using IOS). That was the mistake Microsoft made.

But it's also related, Apple had the luxury of not just plopping desktop OSX on a tablet because they knew iOS developers could produce a good range of software out of the gate. Microsoft apparently never trusted in the development community enough to take that leap of faith.

Comment: This is the real 'internet kill switch' (Score 2) 99

by nurb432 (#46774769) Attached to: Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

They cant realistically kill the line ( "you cant stop the signal" ), but if you disable every access device known to man it would have the same effect... Killing every phone ( and soon tablets ) in one swoop would go a long way towards that goal.

This also gets around adhoc and private mesh networks that the feds have no real access to control.

Comment: What Apple did was not make a Touch PC (Score 1) 175

by SuperKendall (#46774767) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

There were many tablets released before the iPad that did not sell that well.

Yes, Microsoft made them, they ran Windows, and since applications were not designed for touch they sucked compared to laptops.

What Apple did was not marketing, but make a tablet that was usage because everything from OS to software was made for a tablet, not a PC.

It also relied heavily on many IPhone developers being able to quickly write software for the tablet before it was even launched - we could only test apps on the simulator before they went into the iPad App Store on day one! Kind of insane if you think about it, but it generally worked because the devices were similar in OS. If there had not been a good base of software from day one, sales would probably not have been as good... oddly parallel to a console launch come to think of it.

Comment: Re:A million is easy (Score 1) 362

by Ichijo (#46773429) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Investing in a good S&P500 index fund which will return about 10%. In 18 years, you will be a millionaire.

It's closer to 7%, so you'll be a millionaire in 22 years. You can bring this down to 19 years by contributing the maximum into your 401(k) ($17,500/year), your IRA ($5,500/year), and an HSA ($3,300/year for individuals).

Comment: Re:Of 1000? (Score 1) 362

by aardvarkjoe (#46772345) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Even if just 56% of them become rich that's good enough a chance for me.

The thing is that being a millionaire really isn't the same as being rich.

Think about it -- if you were of retirement age today, how much would you want in assets to feel comfortable retiring? A quarter million? A half million?

Now consider the amount of time that you actually have left until then. Depending on how long it will be, a half million dollars today will very likely be equivalent to over a million when you will need it.

I would venture to say that most people who are relatively early in their careers, and expect to be able to put away the money they'll need for retirement, should expect to be worth at least a million dollars at some point in their lives -- and that won't be being rich; that's just going to be "comfortable."

Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 1) 684

by ChristTrekker (#46771875) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy
Couldn't agree more. I've said for some time that if you're not voting third party (at least considering the candidates based on their merits), you're not paying attention. We need to implement a Condorcet voting system, too. And proportional representation in one chamber of bicameral state legislatures would probably be a good idea.

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying. -- Woody Allen