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Comment: Re:rather telling. (Score 1) 205

by TubeSteak (#48027391) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Stop with the search engine, its alexa rank is ten fold lower than yahoo and its results are worse than awful.

Heh.
Yahoo Search has been Powered by Bing (TM) since 2011.
It will remain Powered by Bing (TM) until 2021.

/Yahoo's advertising is also done through Microsoft's Bing Ads.

Comment: Re:Depends on target market (Score 1) 157

by TubeSteak (#48014153) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

You can also use this as an opportunity to educate your customers.
Start including text about 'why we are open' on the website and on the bug tracker.
Maybe push it out with marketing materials.

The best sales pitch I ever got was while traveling overseas: "I'll rip you off, but not too much"
He was honest that tourists don't get the best price and offered not to take too much advantage.

Software has bugs. Being honest about it can be part of the sales pitch.

Comment: Sources (Score 2) 268

by TubeSteak (#47989897) Attached to: IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

Comment: Re:The pot calling the kettle black (Score 3, Interesting) 259

by TubeSteak (#47983313) Attached to: Obama Presses China On Global Warming

China is kicking the worlds ass when it comes to clean air generation progress.

China is moving its dirty coal burning plants away from the cities, not getting rid of them

Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

This is the first of more than 60 coal-to-gas plants China wants to build, mostly in remote parts of the country where ethnic minorities have farmed and herded for centuries. Fired up in December, the multibillion-dollar plant bombards millions of tons of coal with water and heat to produce methane, which is piped to Beijing to generate electricity.

It's part of a controversial energy revolution China hopes will help it churn out desperately needed natural gas and electricity while cleaning up the toxic skies above the country's eastern cities. However, the plants will also release vast amounts of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, even as the world struggles to curb greenhouse gas emissions and stave off global warming.

If all of the plants start up, the carbon dioxide they'd release would equal three-quarters of all energy-related carbon emissions in the U.S., according to U.S. government data and energy experts from Duke and Stanford universities. That is far more than now produced in China by burning coal, the country's main source of power.

And the nuclear plants they have under construction will produce more power than the USA's (#1) and France's (#2) nuclear power combined.
Yet they will still need all that dirty coal power to meet their energy demands.

Comment: Re:More lucky than careful... (Score 5, Informative) 337

by TubeSteak (#47970937) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Dude, you didn't even read the article you linked:

However, amid the renewed hype over the easily cracked code, a crucial element has been largely overlooked: Though the physical code preventing an unauthorized missile launch may have been all zeroes, the process of arming the actual nuclear warhead was much more involved, according to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. This is the seemingly made-for-Hollywood process involving the simultaneous turning of keys, "Emergency War Order" safes and verified launch codes, which presumably were not all zeros.

An unarmed missile is barely a dirty bomb.

Comment: Re:"Stakeholders" (Score 2, Insightful) 132

by TubeSteak (#47964935) Attached to: Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

Why do the ISP's want to break net neutrality? It's related to an ongoing fight between Netflix and pretty much every ISP on earth.

I think you fundamentally misunderstand the point of Net Neutrality.
It's not just about the Netflix fight.

The biggest ISPs are increasingly turning into content providers and this puts them in direct competition with online service providers.

The idea behind Net Neutrality is to prevent these conglomerates from using their control of the network to either force payments from other companies (extracting rent from Netflix) or to force consumers into using co-branded offerings.

If you look at the wireless world, where the same rules don't apply, carriers are already taking money from other corporations to give you Facebook access (a co-branded offering) with no data charges.

Net Neutrality is fundamentally about preventing monopolistic and anti-competitive behavior.
Just because a market is "free" does not magically make it competitive.

Comment: Re:Search algorithm failure and Yelp (Score 1) 249

by TubeSteak (#47962473) Attached to: Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

Search engines are absolutely awful at finding reviews. Try goggling "reviews for X", absolutely zero useful content.

Reviews for hotels (no parenthesis) brought up this slashdot article on the last page of google's (some results omitted) search results.
Such is the power of /.

Comment: Re:The review ecosystem is good and truly broken.. (Score 3, Interesting) 249

by TubeSteak (#47962457) Attached to: Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

When you are looking at reviews of hotels or restaurants you have almost nothing to judge the comments against.

I think the idea is to tie their reviews into the larger ecosystem of online comments.
So if they are assholes in the comments section of [online news article] and get downvoted,
then that would be reflected in the data your site gets from the "third party reputation system."
Then it's up to you how you want your site to weight their asshole behavior.

Ideally, this system would support one identification, but multiple user names,
in the sense that I can be Bob on one website and Alice on another,
but the reputation reflects all my online comments.

That said, while I see how it could be useful, I actually hate the idea.
Having ALL my online comments concentrated in 1 easy to hack/subpoena place is discomfiting.

Comment: Re:Please describe exactly (Score 1) 391

What? Obama's new wonder-plan is what TOOK AWAY our low deductible plan and forced us, for more money, to buy one that will cost us thousands more each year in premiums, and ten thousand more a year in deductibles.

Here's a decent article
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/29/this-is-why-obamacare-is-cancelling-some-peoples-insurance-plans/

The health law allowed plans that existed back in March 2010, when it became a law, to keep selling coverage. These are known as "grandfathered plans:" They don't meet the health law's requirements, but as long as they don't change much, insurers can keep offering them.

Insurance companies typically do like to change their insurance plans, making changes to cost-sharing or the benefits they offer. That means that grandfathered plans have disappeared. [...]

These cancellations are, essentially, a lot of grandfathered plans exiting the insurance marketplace. From an insurance company's vantage point, grandfathered plans are a bit of a dead end: They can't enroll new subscribers and are really constrained in their ability to tweak the benefit package or cost-sharing structure. There's not a whole lot of business sense, for a managed care company, in maintaining a health plan that doesn't meet the health law's new requirements.

The law took away your plan, only so far as your insurance company decided to get rid of it.

Comment: Re:Please describe exactly (Score 2) 391

Because of how the math is working out, we're told to expect that next year's premiums will go up by another 45-55%. Thanks, Mr. Obamacare Cheerleader, if you're one of the people who helped to empower the people who snuck this 100% partisan monstrosity through congress on Pelosi's "deeming" technique. Thanks a lot.

In all seriousness, if the facts are as you claim, go to the media or write your congressman.

Fox News and Republican politicians have embarrassed themselves repeatedly by publicizing Obamacare horror stories that completely fall apart when verified.
They'd love to have a solid example of someone who really did get shafted and can't get a lower cost plan.

P.S. You say "Were forced to go to a new plan," if you didn't go through the exchange, your insurance company may be the one shafting you.

Comment: Re:Only $11 million per person! (Actually $20 mill (Score 1) 391

Let's assume

Instead of your napkin calculations, maybe you should look for legitimate estimates.
Here's the Congressional Budget Office: http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45231

If you dig around some more, you'll find plenty of other people who have actually run the numbers and explained their forecasts.

In 2013, we saw the following rate increases due to Obamacare:

And if the insurance company doesn't spend 80% or 85% of those premiums on healthcare, they have to cut a check and return the excess to their customers.
Thanks Obama!

Also, here's a fact check for your numbers: http://www.factcheck.org/2014/04/how-not-to-use-a-survey/
There's a link to the original survey in there.
Four of fifty states had a sample size of 8 or greater.
The other 46 states had sample sizes of 6 or less.
There's either fuck all for competition in 46/50 states,
or maybe the numbers you quoted aren't very useful for drawing conclusions.

Comment: Re:Black letter law (Score 1) 131

by TubeSteak (#47954373) Attached to: Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

Moreover the issue was always that USA people had control of the data: because Microsoft could access and retrieve the requested documents from a terminal within the United States, even though the actual search and retrieval would occur abroad, the data was still under Microsoftâ(TM)s control in the United States, and thus properly subject to the SCA warrant.

Microsoft USA has access to the data.
Microsoft Ireland has control of the data.

If there's no distinction between access and control, then why bother with multinational subsidiaries?

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