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Comment: Profit is profit... (Score 2) 66

...Verizon and Sprint will be able to keep 30% and 35% of the fees they collected, respectively.

Both companies do something illegal and still get to hold on to 30% or more of the money? They should be paying that 30 to 35 percent in excess to the customers they ripped off, court costs and fees, 100% of lawyer fees, plus a hefty fine. The victims should be getting 130% of their money back.

What kind of shit is this, DOJ? How in hell is this going to deter this type of behavior in the future? I'll tell you how - it's not. It will encourage it as just another revenue stream.

Comment: Re:How can this be leagle? (Score 1) 636

by bjwest (#49582939) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

You seem to think you know an awful lot about me just because I misused a word (dyeing is spelled correctly, and if I were speaking and used dyeing instead of dying, you'd be none to wiser).

  1. I drink fair trade coffee.
  2. Last year had someone down on his luck mow my lawn, this year, as soon as this damn rain stops, I'll most likely mow it myself.
  3. I don't eat out at all. I cook my own food and don't eat pre-processed crap.

Comment: How can this be leagle? (Score 4, Insightful) 636

by bjwest (#49582605) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

Seriously, this H-1B shit needs to stop now. Until we're at 99% employment rate for whatever field we're importing workers for, they need to be shipped back to whatever country they came from. This is worse than the illegal imigrant, because these guys are diaplacing current American workers and taking jobs we have people dyeing to fill.

Every single one of those fired need to get together and file a class action against Disney, and this needs to be posted all over the social sites. Disney is no more a family company than Jack the Ripper was an exceptional lover. This needs to backlash on them, and hard.

Comment: Re:Technology allows (Score 3, Insightful) 636

by bjwest (#49582485) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

companies to run with minimal staff and still "produce" as much if not more than before. Yet we still run around with the fiction of the "work week" and a "career"... These concepts are obsolete. It's time for the leisure society with resources for all. To deny this is to say we don't have the technology to do so.

Yet we have the technology to outsource everything. But this only benefits the few. If it benefits all, then it's wrong.

We may have the technology, but we don't have the resources. Unless something is done about the population growth, whether or not we fix the climate change, we are done for and we'll take 99.9% of the remaining species with us. I wonder what the next civilization on this planet, or the ETs that find it, will think when they start digging up our artefacts.

Comment: Re:What 4 to 5 inch Android tablet? (Score 1) 160

by bjwest (#49560593) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

if you're just looking for a tablet to browse the Internet and run a couple of simple apps, would you really shell out the extra money buy an iPod?

Because an iPod touch is small enough to put in an armband so you can listen while you jog. Android tablets typically don't run smaller than 7 inches without being designed (and priced) for use with a cellular network. Or should people just buy an entry-level Android phone and use it without a SIM?

The OP was talking about iPads, I think the iPod was a typo. As for your jogging comment, you could just use the phone you currently have to listen to music. Or do you always carry around two overlapping devices?

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 892

A reputation is not proof. There are more than a few "great" men who've gotten by on their reputation for past deeds while they talk impressionable young devotees into doing the bulk of the actual work for them, which they then take credit for.

Isn't that pretty much what management does? A good manager will take the credit for the work his team does then hand out credit within the team in for form of evaluations. If said manager is taking personal credit for the work of the team, or any member, or said "manager" isn't the manager and just taking credit for the work of others on his team, then, yeah, that dude needs to be booted out the door.

Comment: Great (Score 4, Insightful) 106

by bjwest (#49435571) Attached to: Bell Labs Fighting To Get More Bandwidth Out of Copper
This is actually a good thing. There are millions of homes in the rural U.S. that have copper phone lines to them that will NEVER get fiber. Anything to get even old timey DSL out to them will be a good thing. I myself would love to move a couple of miles outside of town on a couple of acres.

Comment: Re:Remote access?! (Score 1) 37

by bjwest (#49398697) Attached to: DHS: Drug Infusion Pumps Vulnerable To Trivial Hacks

IOT. IOT! Every fucking thing including each led segment in my ovens digital display HAS TO FUCKING HAVE it's own IP address and access to the internet.

Christ, dude. You want the world to end or something? Without every cell in our body connected to every other cell on the planet via the internet, we're all doomed!

Comment: TIOT is going to be the end of us all... (Score 2) 37

by bjwest (#49238215) Attached to: Google Nest Rumored To Be Moving Into Audio

I'll say this again... Fuck The Internet of Things. Thermostats, smoke detectors, ovens, refrigerators, LED light bulbs and now audio? How much of our privacy and control are we going to give away? Networked devices are fine - if I retain full control and keep usage stats inhouse, but I'll be damed if I'll give control and monitoring over to any corporation in the name of "convenience". Why in hell does my temperature adjustment or light turning on or off or dimming need to go into the cloud, frigging before it even happens? There's enough processing power in a Raspbery Pi to handle the needs of the majority of homes, fuck your cloud spy devices.

Todays iCrap outage should be a wake up call, but I fear it won't. They'll patch (not fix, patch) whatever caused that, blame the problem on some terrorist group, and say it's all good. It'll happen again, and it'll be the same same again.

I'm glad I'm a do it yourselfer who can hack my house to do what I want it to do, because believe me, I will never give that much control and info of my life over to anyone. The rest of you... Well, if you handen't've (yes, that's a word) been such dicks to the nerds in high school/college, maybe you'd have someone to help you out.

Comment: Re:And so... (Score 1) 148

by bjwest (#49221077) Attached to: Microsoft Asks US Court To Ban Kyocera's Android Phones

Welcome to the reading world. You must have just learned to read, or been on an African safari for the past few years if you think this has just started. MS makes a significant portion of their bottom line on Android licensing, and if it weren't for the Chinese government, we still wouldn't know what the hell they claim to control.

I just hope Kyocera has the balls to fight this shit and win.

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