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Comment: As Barbie would say.. Startups are hard. (Score 1) 290

by bhlowe (#49803725) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business
Startups involving a free product, launched in a employer hostile (I mean, "employee friendly") and expensive country, and with no expectation of making any kind of profit (or return for shareholders) is probably near impossible. And yes, you can get sued by your employees even if you're following labor laws.

Comment: Sounds so fun. (Score 1) 48

by bhlowe (#49760283) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can SaaS Be Both Open Source and Economically Viable?
Yah, let me write the code, install it, host it, attract customers, maybe charge for it, give away the source code, watch my market share erode, then try to pay for tech support, or try to add value added features or "in service" purchases. Sounds like fun! Or you could do all of the above and not give your source code away. Hmm.. let me think about that.

Comment: Ubiquity is unavoidable (Score 3, Interesting) 113

Even if the police make this data private, the general population will jump in to make this (and most) data such as this freely available. A small box located near your mailbox will be able to record every car that drives by and capture video of anyone walking by.

This technology is already available in the flying world-- where FlightAware makes a plane tracker that publishes flight data from the skies to the public.

Take away lesson is your data will be mined. If you think license plate data is a breach, just wait for ubiquitous facial recognition data going to the public domain.

Brave new world!

Comment: Re:Containment (Score 1) 216

by bhlowe (#49286337) Attached to: France Will Block Web Sites That Promote Terrorism
We can cross that bridge when the Jews (or Amish, or Presbyterians) start murdering people over cartoons. A much bigger concern is the religious minorities already living in Muslim-majority countries. If on the other hand, you're referring to the huge rise in antisemitism in France, 95% of that comes from the Muslim immigrants, which will now have an opportunity to separate themselves from their dreaded boogieman.

Comment: Containment (Score 5, Interesting) 216

by bhlowe (#49285623) Attached to: France Will Block Web Sites That Promote Terrorism
I think if you want to support ISIS and fundamentalist Islam in a Western country, you should be given a one-way ticket to the Islamic country of your choice. Islam and Western civilization do not mix well. Trying to fight ISIS (or the 20% or so of Muslims who tacitly support it by wanting Sharia Law applied to all) is a terribly bloody idea. Better to let the people of a country run it the way they see fit-- and if that means a 7th century lifestyle, so be it. I am opposed to a "war on ISIS", but not opposed to expelling ISIS sympathizers from any country that doesn't want them. So.. Recruit away... and off ye go to an Islamic Utopia.

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