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Comment: Re:Why is this treated differently (Score 1) 158

by timeOday (#47722789) Attached to: Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills
Hmmm. Perhaps employers will find that they can pay somewhat less for telecommuter positions, since it would enable employees to avoid commuting expenses, or even live far away wherever housing is cheap. (Overseas outsourcing being the extreme example of this.) It would be ironic for the Internet to kill Silicon Valley by easing the pressure for co-location.

Comment: Re:Why is this treated differently (Score 1) 158

by timeOday (#47721233) Attached to: Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills
No, the key is avoiding variable costs where one party pays, while another party benefits and controls the variable cost. This promotes waste. A hammer is not a variable cost.

For example, if employers had to pay for your commute, but you still got to choose where to live, you would have no incentive to minimize commuting costs. Thus the employee pays for the commute.

On the other hand, if a boss could make employees use personal cars on the job and not reimburse mileage, then the boss has no incentive to minimize work travel costs. Thus the employer pays for mileage imposed by work.

For me the existence of "Unlimited" plans really muddles the cellphone issue though. If the employer stated up front that you must have an unlimited plan as a condition of employment, that should be OK, since there is no variable cost involved.

Comment: Re:Who's wondering this? (Score 2) 128

by timeOday (#47709869) Attached to: Operating Systems Still Matter In a Containerized World
I question it. When you're running a database implemented in Java on a filesystem in an OS inside a VM on a filesystem inside another OS on virtual memory/paging hardware, that's 8 levels of largely redundant access control / containerization / indirection. It's a supreme mess and imposes a big burden of runtime cost and more importantly the burden of configuring all those layers of access control.

Comment: Re:well (Score 1) 195

by timeOday (#47705879) Attached to: Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

A) It needs to only be applied to Drones with Cameras

The ability to fly out of visual range is what a drone is. Otherwise it's just an RC helicopter or plane.

(I guess a drone without a camera could navigate solely by GPS, but it's hard to imagine the usefulness of that; without a camera it couldn't even deliver a payload with decent accuracy.)

Comment: Re:Surprise? (Score 1) 570

by timeOday (#47699429) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Yea, MS money made the users hate the experience.

Oh, come now. All users complain at least sometimes. If a complaining user were really enough to change the course of the enterprise, how many Windows desktops would be left? Or Oracle? I use an Mac Pro at work myself, and it certainly is not perfect.

Maybe system in Munich really is bad, but you simply cannot determine that in any substantial manner just by sticking your finger into the air. It all comes down to subjective decisions by whomever is in authority.

Comment: Re:Flash vulnerability? (Score 4, Informative) 166

by timeOday (#47681803) Attached to: Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text
No, I don't think it's a Flash vulnerability. It is awfully obscured in the article by general hand-waving, but I think the idea here is to trick people into installing an executable that isn't really Flash by causing an executable that presents itself as a Flash update to request installation. Since this happens while they are visiting youtube (with a man-in-the-middle doing the injection), the user may assume it is a legit update and install the malware.

In other words, Flash and Java are "exploited" only in the sense that people are so used to being pushed security updates, that they may accept a fake update delivered on an insecure connection. Accepting a so-called Flash update from any untrusted site would accomplish the same thing. It really just boils down to the fact that every site is an untrusted site if you're not using https, since you don't know who all is in the middle.

Comment: Re:As a private pilot... (Score 1) 66

by timeOday (#47673765) Attached to: Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part Two of Two)

you could cruise the highway 5 feet behind the car in front of you.

The main benefit of flying transportation is to bypass the congestion on the surface of the earth. (You could achieve most of the same practical benefits by digging tunnels everywhere, but nobody knows how to do it cheaply and the scenery is no good.)

Comment: Re:Courage... (Score 1) 206

Hey, for all we know, one of the 6000 jobs eliminated in this objective, impartial assessment of Cisco's evolving business needs might be his own, and he will be kicked to the curb. That could happen, right? I mean, he did say "we" need to have courage to lead change. If he were actually exempt, he would have had to say something else, like, "a bunch of you people are about to get buggered."

Comment: Re:Libraries are one thing Amazon is not (Score 4, Insightful) 165

by timeOday (#47666813) Attached to: Why the Public Library Beats Amazon
Libraries are also a haven from commercialism. Any privatized variation on the library, run by e.g. Amazon, will unavoidably slide into becoming a flea market and / or Cable TV, just as surely as the Internet did. There are deep inherent conflicts between the goals of spreading knowledge vs turning a buck.

I judge a religion as being good or bad based on whether its adherents become better people as a result of practicing it. - Joe Mullally, computer salesman