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Comment: Re:Consumers are cheap (Score 1) 415

by WhatHump (#48558061) Attached to: Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

Yes. You're making a down payment of $199 on the phone and paying off the balance in $10 monthly installments for 24 months. Makes perfect sense to me. Same approach many people take to buying a car. I don't agree with it - I have a Nexus 4 and am on a prepaid plan - but if that's what people want to do, I see nothing legally or morally wrong with it.

Comment: Re:Solution (Score 1) 301

by WhatHump (#48367275) Attached to: Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

2. Those in a recording can sign a release to allow for earlier public release...

Seriously? Are you going to log on daily to the web site hosting the recordings and scan every minute of footage for your image (or images of family members/loved ones)? Just because you weren't arrested doesn't mean there isn't an image out there of you that you would prefer not to be in the public domain. The ability to record everything/everyone/everywhere necessitates a new set of laws and controls to protect our privacy.

Comment: Re:Obama is but a puppet (Score 0) 236

by WhatHump (#47943983) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

You are assuming that capitalism would survive and there would still be "rich" and "poor" people. At some point the economy will start to shrink because there are not enough people earning enough money to buy more than just essentials (e.g., cars, trips, consumer electronics). Once automation displaces enough workers, discretionary spending would plummet, taking with it any company that depends upon it. That would lead to more unemployment and even less discretionary spending, reducing corporate earnings and dividends/capital gains for the upper class. The economy craters, much like the Great Depression, throwing millions out on to the street, including members of the middle class whose taxes support the state. Where is the state going to find money to run these three letter agencies if no one is paying taxes? The rich? They would have abandoned the state long before that, forming their own feudal territories in an attempt to protect themselves from the roaming hoard of hungry and desperate peasants. I believe society will have to find some alternate approach to capitalism. I'm not sure what that is, but I do believe it is coming in our children's lifetime.

Comment: Re:Lots of reactionary comments here (Score 1) 730

by WhatHump (#47865817) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

... I predict that in the not too distant future, things will flip-flop with phones: The thing on your wrist will provide the connectivity for the other devices you carry.

The engineering challenge will be to come up with a battery small enough to fit in a watch, that can power all the functionality of a phone.

Comment: Re:At the risk of blaming the victim... (Score 1) 311

by WhatHump (#47818911) Attached to: Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

What if it's not intimate photos? What if you have a bad day and type out a rant about your employer or the government in a document on your PC, and it gets auto-sync'd to the cloud? Most of my family and friends who mentioned this issue had no idea that when they checked the "backup" option on their phone, that it was copying EVERYTHING to a cloud server. They're just not that technically-literate.

Comment: Re:A bit less than 10 years ago (Score 1) 848

by WhatHump (#47779565) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

...but as a Canadian (and ex European) I look to the US for leadership on the world stage, as the only remaining superpower. Despite all the problems with US foreign policy, the alternatives to US primacy are all far worse.

Look elsewhere. I too am Canadian and my father grew up in Ukraine and barely survived Stalin's reign of terror. The US is entering a period of isolationism after the debacle in Iraq, and they don't have the stomach to confront Russia. And any tussle between those two nations will result in the global economy shitting itself big time. Russia will get eastern Ukraine with its agriculture and access to Crimea and the Black Sea, and Europe will get a frightened and bankrupt remainder in Western Ukraine.

Comment: Re:"I consider this an invasion." (Score 1) 848

by WhatHump (#47779317) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Yeah but there is a large number of ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine and many are sympathetic to Putin. I predict the country will be partitioned: Western Ukraine will align itself with Europe and be fast-tracked for NATO membership, and Eastern Ukraine will fall under Russian control.

Comment: Re:I wonder when... (Score 2) 234

by WhatHump (#47567521) Attached to: Comcast Confessions

I can't speak for Comcast, being Canadian, but Rogers (my ISP and cable provider) has been calling me a couple of times each year. They thank me for being a customer and then start in with a pitch on how much I can "save" if I increase my internet service level or add more services to my bundle. Bell Canada (my phone provider) does the same. My wife hates it so much she screens all calls through the answering machine.

Comment: Cataract Surgery in My Future (Score 1) 550

by WhatHump (#47525093) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

In my last eye exam the optometrist noted my corneas are starting to show signs of cataracts. Given my family history (both parents have had surgery for cataracts), I'll probably need corrective surgery within 10 years. I'm hoping that when it comes time to do it I can get intraocular lenses (IOLs) to fix my vision. Since I can get through the day without glasses and only really need them for reading, I've never given laser surgery much thought.

We can defeat gravity. The problem is the paperwork involved.