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Comment: Apple Product Resale Value = $0. (Score 0) 321

by cs2501x (#43972031) Attached to: Apple's War Against Jailbreaking Now Makes Perfect Sense
So, call me a pessimist but this 'feature' seems to just be a gateway into requiring Apple to approve the resale of any piece of hardware they sell. "Want to sell your iPhone? Sorry, can't do that without entering the originally registered email address / Apple ID that came with it. Oh, by the way-if you want to update that info its a nominal $25 fee. Oh, did I say $25? I meant $250. OR! You could trade it into us for a new, unsaleable product. :) If you trade it in, we'll take $275 off your next purchase of $600 or more. Aren't we nice? Look, you have options." http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-06/apple-said-to-start-trade-in-program-to-boost-new-models.html. And, speaking of security--isn't the adage that there is no security without physical security? How will the phone know it's correctly associated with the right ID? Will it not either a.) cache credentials from a remote login to Apple ID, or it will b.) require an internet connection? In either of these cases it seems it'll be possible to unlock the phone with the correct info--and then proceed to spoof whatever information is necessary to get access to the base system. With security exploits all bets are off on what the software is expected to do.

Comment: Re:Management mentality (Score 4, Informative) 121

by cs2501x (#42543567) Attached to: Annual "Worst CEO" List Released
Zynga has a history of directly copying things--without regard to copyright. I think this call out was meant to point out a deviation from its normal behaviour of 'fuck the other guy'. " Zynga CEO to employees: 'I don't f***ing want innovation' " "I don't fucking want innovation," the ex-employee recalls Pincus saying. "You're not smarter than your competitor. Just copy what they do and do it until you get their numbers." Check it out: http://blog.games.com/2010/09/08/zynga-ceo-to-employees-i-dont-f-ing-want-innovation/

Comment: Re:Just ship with a low-draw driver (Score 0, Troll) 303

by cs2501x (#41667157) Attached to: Will EU Regulations Effectively Ban High-End Video Cards?
Or... the industry could actually honour the law rather than being assholes? The point is that energy conservation is a useful activity--let's presume for the legal entity at large, and maybe even the populace. In fact, the drive in energy efficiency is the sole activity that has allowed portable computing to take place--iPhones, Android devices, the works. Imagine the benefits of improving these things further.

Comment: Re:This is what Benjamin Frankin warned us about.. (Score 1) 1160

by cs2501x (#41667131) Attached to: Shut Up and Play Nice: How the Western World Is Limiting Free Speech
This is incredibly dangerous. I suspect no account of the activities of the Nazi party are completely accurate. This law, in my opinion, essentially says that questioning these accounts are the first step toward putting yourself in prison. Apropos: How do we draw the line between questioning 'what really happened', and 'publicly denying' an activity? By the vary nature of speculation you must deny something at least temporarily. This law is a free pass for a one-sided argument; it's intolerant.

Comment: Re:How dare you! (Score 3, Insightful) 150

by cs2501x (#41607149) Attached to: Following Huawei Report, US Rejects UN Telecom Proposals
Perhaps not necessarily. Most nations practice some kind of censorship to their media forms--and have since the dawn of their use. Content that a majority of individuals find objectionable, such as child exploitation images, are the low hanging fruit examples of such activities. It is the case, perhaps, that some countries feel the ideologies of others (including sexual expression, gender equality, etc) are in fact 'offensive'. When queried, many folks in China feel that censorship is actually good for the people--perhaps in the same way some citizens feel about censoring images related to child exploitation. There is a gradient here--and it's unfortunately slippery at both ends.

Comment: Re:Loans vs. Grants. (Score 1) 1797

by cs2501x (#37824692) Attached to: Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program
These are all excellent points, and perhaps you are correct. My hope, regardless of how it is to be accomplished, is that an educated society is placed toward the top of that list of priorities in which we (the royal we), pay for. In this case, I would offer the thought that perhaps educated folks generate more income than others--a claim that I admit I'm not ready to support with citations. It is a claim however I feel to be accurate. I appreciate your thoughts.

Comment: Loans vs. Grants. (Score 2) 1797

by cs2501x (#37816288) Attached to: Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program
Perhaps the US should do what they do in the UK, Germany, Japan, and other countries that value education: It should include University level education for free to its citizens who demonstate themselves capable of such responsibility. I know these systems are not perfect, but it seems like education is a good way to start to resolve many of our greater social issues. I also think it beats the $100,000 debt that cripples people from building any kind of financial stability in their youth, and perhaps it will encourage folks to try harder to get into Universities.

Comment: Cannot Descriminate Against Non-Science? (Score 1) 1251

by cs2501x (#35531792) Attached to: Texas Bill Outlaws Discrimination Against Creationists In Academia

So, I suppose it depends on the 'academic' institution in question here--most of the older Universities started as Seminaries--but if your beliefs do not fall within the 'scientific method' and you apply to an institution whose primary focus is to advocate said method, you shouldn't get the job.

If this law passes, there should be one that says churches (private organizations), may not discriminate based on secular behaviours. Fair is fair.

I am very certain that if this was a caveat, the proposed bill would never pass.

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