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Comment Apple-like control (Score 1, Insightful) 179

No more SD slot: check
No user-replaceable battery: check

I'll be sticking with the LG G4 until a better alternative comes along that doesn't do one of the above.

Nothing like being forced into consuming their cloud storage so that they can better mine my personal data to jam even more "targeted ads" down my throat.

No thanks. Wake me up when it's over.

Comment Cable Box Software (Score 2) 167

It will be interesting to see how the cable companies fight this. They are moving towards the actual box being rather stupid and all the heavy lifting being done on the back end "in the cloud." If you can buy an equivalent box, but you don't have access to their proprietary code, you're kinda screwed. I suspect that $9/month rental fee would remain and would be renamed a "software license fee" or somesuch.

Net gain for the

Comment Disaffected American Voters (Score 1) 875

There is a groundswell of support for Trump and others perceived to be "political outsiders" because the American public is increasingly fed up with career politicians. It's during times like this where a number of very unsavory characters have entered political life and caused quite a bit of mischief. I'm not saying Trump is comparable to any of those bad actors, but I am saying that the feeling of helplessness and anger in the American electorate is real and pervasive. Desperate people sometimes do silly things. One need look no further than the current administration to see what can happen when people throw caution to the wind hoping to "shake things up".

Comment Trading on tragedy (Score 2) 105

So...we've got a company that runs a business by trading on someone else's misfortune. Rather "ballsy" to go after the folks reporting the breach rather than focus on the fact that their customers are flapping in the breeze as a result of their incompetence. Replace HIV with "leprosy" or "cancer"....the result is the same.


Comment shocker... (Score 5, Insightful) 247

You mean consumers aren't willing to keep paying more for an increasingly ad-laden pool of mostly forgettable reality programming? Wake me up when it's over.

The only reason I have any relationship at all with the cable company is that they're the only supplier of broadband Internet in my area. If that wasn't the case, I'd drop them tomorrow. Until then, I'll "subscribe" to their lowest tier programming because it would otherwise cost MORE to buy internet service from them.

Submission + - WSJ: New Education Bill to Get More Coding in Classrooms

theodp writes: The WSJ's Yoree Koh reports that computer science has been recognized as important an academic subject as math and English in the new Every Student Succeeds Act, putting it on equal footing with other subjects when state and local policymakers decide how to dole out federal funds. The law is likely to be a boon for tech companies, Koh adds, which constantly face a shortage of engineers to hire, and have backed to lobby for computer science teaching in schools. "This legislation will increase access to STEM and computer science learning nationwide and will advance some of the goals outlined in Microsoft’s National Talent Strategy," said Microsoft in a blog post. "ESSA makes a number of significant improvements to expand access to computer science education by diverse populations in urban, suburban, and rural areas," explained the ACM. As far as CS and STEM goes, the bill calls for "increasing access for students through grade 12 who are members of groups underrepresented in such subject fields, such as female students, minority students, English learners, children with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged students."

Comment Re:The takeaway is that Tesla is right (Score 1) 482

And we have a winner. :)

The dealers, through political patronage, are fighting tooth and nail to prevent this model for the very reason that it will dramatically cut into their post-sales revenue stream.

There is absolutely no reason for dealers to exist anymore. Just allow the car manufacturers to have showrooms and sell/maintain vehicles without the middleman.

Surely, those smarmy sales guys can get jobs working for EMC, Cisco, Oracle or somesuch. :)

Comment Re:So what? (Score 3, Insightful) 246

This class warfare thing is hilarious. The "elite" aren't suffering from this system designed to encourage fraud. I'm sure folks that are making a million dollars a year could care less about what amounts to a rounding error when it comes to the cost of their insurance. It's the MIDDLE class that's getting soaked here. The rich don't care.

Comment Re:Has The Whole World Gone Topsy Turvy? (Score 1) 83

I suspect the piles of cash thing isn't really what's going on. Walmart has a huge revenue stream, but they're not known for pissing away cash. This probably has more to do with helping other companies "liberate" themselves from lock in from a single cloud provider (cough...AWS...cough) without having to pony up for something like cloud foundry. Looking forward to seeing the code.

Comment Re:Fuck off, I decide what's fair (Score 3, Insightful) 318

I agree completely.

Furthermore, if Google decides they want to "charge" for software they're currently giving away as a result of dropping ad revenues, THEN I'll decide if I want to pay for those products on their individual merits rather than suffer from the constant ad bombardment.

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