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Comment: Re:Yay (Score 1) 59

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#48427353) Attached to: BitTorrent Unveils Sync 2.0

Yay, most Bittorrent Sync things are still free, only some new features will have a cost (and only some, not all new things will have a cost). Yay, i control my data,and have a cheap hard drive, or even a NAS at home anyway, now that's able to be synced all over. Yay, I don't need to worry about Dropbox or Google rummaging through my data to sell me things.

There are a lot of cool things about Bittorrent Sync. Most of the new things will still be free. Yeah, it may or may not fit what you want, but there are always tradeoffs. I have both Drive and Bittorrent Sync on my devices, and keep different thigns in both.

Comment: Re:Business as usual for US justice (Score 2) 163

John Oliver had a hilarious and very sad skit where he talked about this. The Daily Show also had a routine. It's just sad.

In many municipalities, the government starts a suit against the property itself so that it's much easier to keep all the loot.

Comment: Identity? (Score 1) 201

I thought part of the reason for the cost of certs was the identity portion of the server. It's not just encryption, it's making sure that Citibank is Citibank not Bob DeHacker. I didn't see much talking about this, just about encryption.

At some point, somebody needs to pay for identity verification. Maybe a group of companies does it for free for a Better Net, but there will be a cost someplace.

Comment: Re:Peter Principle (Score 1) 203

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#48382001) Attached to: Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

"The Peter Principle", yeah, my uncle bought this book when it was "new", when he was studying his MBA. A good read.

Also in the book was "Peter's Parry", with parry having the meaning "to dodge". If you know you're going to suck in the higher role, how do you back off? Sadly, there's also a huge bias against people knowing their skill set limitations and saying no. "How can you refuse a promotion?!!??".

Another solution is parallel tracks. If you don't want to promote your developer into a management track (going from technical skills to more organizational and people skills) what's a parallel track for promoting her as an engineer? Senior engineer is bandied around a lot, but how about architecture roles, platform evangelist, etc, to keep them in roles with skill sets closer to what they've shown.

Comment: Re:Comcast tried to steal $50 from me (Score 3, Insightful) 223

Rebates have other purposes.

One differentiation from a normal plain price cut is info. In this case, you're a Comcast customer and they have said info, but in the general buying-from-a-store sense its a good source of buyer info. if i bought, say, a ShopVac and I had a mail-in rebate, then ShopVac has the name and mailing address of a ShopVac customer. They're now free to use that information in certain ways, such as junk mail, sending me mail for add-ons, etc.

Second is price discrimination. If somebody wants to give me 200 for this, I don't want to get in his way. If someone will only pay 150, well, I have a 50 rebate card he can send in for. There's some effort in the rebate card and maybe the guy who paid 200 loses the receipt or just doesn't want to bother with mailing it in. That's an extra 50 for the seller, called producer surplus.

Back when Joel Spolsky wrote more, he had an excellent primer on pricing. It's written from a producer point of view, but it's a a good read for consumers as well. If you know about producer surplus, you know where you can start negotiating on prices as a buyer.

Comment: Money too... (Score 2) 458

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#48361057) Attached to: Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

Im a white guy, so take any "I know how to solve diversity problems" with a grain of salt, but one reason I'm able to be in tech is scholarships and grants.

I didn't have a lot of money growing up, and once I got to college, a state school since i couldn't afford much else, I got a free ride from grants and scholarships. Since then, I've paid years and years of taxes in payroll tax, house tax, sales tax, etc. Back then, i noticed a lot more diversity in my classes. I got my first job as a reference from a Mexican engineer who knew another Mexican engineer at the place I'd end up working. I sublet from two other Mexican engineers that went to Motorola There were a few black electrical engineers, a few female CEs, etc.

Now, it's very very expensive to go to school. If you were just on the "hey, i can barely afford to go to college" divide before, you're now on the no-I-sure-can't other side. In the US, who's more likely to be on the bad side of the can-I-afford-college question? Minorities. It's not Bull-Connor-with-a-firehose racism, but it's a filter on minorities, an extra burden on just some of us that skews numbers. And that will carry over to the next gen. Those who can't become engineers now will likely have less well paying jobs, less good school systems for their kids, and less money for kids tuition. Cycles are had to break and you really need to stop them as early as you can.

Comment: Re:Try explaining that... (Score 1) 136

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#48356537) Attached to: Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

Not sure how "announcement of website to allow people to walk away" leads into refusal. Oh, it must be seamless? Are you an engineer? Do you realize the complexity of decoupling two things? If you mix salt and sugar into a bowl, are you then evil when you say you can't divide them?

Please explain how iPhone corporate is supposed to know when you drop a SIM into another phone? Or are you supposed to call Apple if you move SIMs now? Which will lead to people complaining about how Apple is being a speedbump into moving SIMs from one phone to another.

This is more complex than people think. Apple doesn't do itself favors sometimes when it hides complexity. This is one such time. People think there's some Illuminati thing going on, when complexity is just hard.

Comment: Re:Try explaining that... (Score 4, Insightful) 136

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#48354571) Attached to: Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

Thanks Apple for SMS service hijacking!

I think Occam's razor applies here. You can either read it as "EVIL APPLE, take over SMS to screw people OVER!!!!!" or you can read it as "Apple tried to make imessage a seamless extension on SMS, and got them a little too intermixed". I kind of see it more as the latter. Witness this with the issue with SMS/google account intermixing in Google Hangouts.

Comment: Re:Ted Cruz is Already Attacking Net Neutrality (Score 1) 704

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#48354487) Attached to: President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

No one cared when Romney rolled out Romneycare in his own state.

Even better than that.

Originally, the idea of the ACA it came from the hyper conservative Heritage Foundation. It follows conservative values, in that people are responsible for providing somewhat for their own heath care, instead of dumping it on the ER. Once Obama rolled it out, the Heritage Foundation railed against their own plan, calling it unAmerican.

Romney enacted a version of the ACA, and thought it was one of the cornerstones of his governorship - many feel that the bill that is on his desk in his official governor's portrait was ACA/Obamacare/Romneycare. Yet he ran against it when Obama came out with his version. I kind of wish that Obama had called on Romney to defend ACA in front of the Supreme Court. At the time, Romney was the executive with the most success with the ACA, it would have been funny to see if he stuck to his guns or talked about how horrible his own plan was.

I read that Mississippi, long a horrible state when it came to people's health, liked the ACA/Romneycare. In 2007, they tried to get ahead of the curve and enact their own state insurance exchanges. A couple years later, when it became an Obama initiative they crushed it, both losing the money spent, and money possibly coming from the feds. Anything to not have a Democratic Party victory/Obama victory.

Comment: Re:Money (Score 1) 198

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#48321085) Attached to: Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

One of the most f**ked countries is Liberia. Founded by the US, the capitol is Monrovia, as in James Monroe, 'Merican President. It's been screwed for a while, partially because of western intervention. They are paying, in money and in lives. They don't have the capital to support a huge antiviral campaign in the scale that is needed in the time scale that is needed.

The US is not the sole reason for Liberia being f**ked. It's not even the main reason. But it is part, and since we do have a partial responsibility, we should have a partial responsibility to help their current crisis. We're not (yet) paying in lives in the scale that Liberia is, but we can pay in capital.

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