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Comment: Re:Shareholders know less than nothing (Score 2) 144

by SeaFox (#46789775) Attached to: Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

The "company" is nothing more than a Tax ID number. Yahoo's directors MUST (not "should") do whatever maximizes profit for shareholders. This isn't an opinion, nor what's socially correct, but those are the rules when you issue shares to the public on U.S. stock markets.

This line of thinking is responsible for many of the problems with the stock market, and the economy, and this country to a larger extent.

The reason companies sell shares is they want to do their business (make doohickeys, sell services, etc) but they need money to grow the business. Investors are investing in the company on the idea their money will be used to improve the business and in return they will get dividends and the business will becomes more valuable -- which will in turn lead to a share of the company becoming more valuable. The purpose of the company is not "convince the stock market we're worth as much as possible". Anyone who believes this is still living in the Bubble delusion that the stock market is nothing more than a lottery and the reason you get into it is you want your horse to get as high on the price board as possible before it dies.

And a wish to increase profit does not mean the people running the company are absolved of all social responsibility in the decisions they make. "Hurr-durr, we can run sweatshops in undeveloped countries, rape babies, dump toxic waste all over, run our industrial plants in ways where the employees will get cancer, and it doesn't matter because we aren't doing it really -- the Company is, and the Company MUST maximize shareholder profit -- even if that means doing things like using high priced lawyers to screw consumers hurt by our products and bribing government officials to get unjust laws passed that favor us. Who caress if it's not "correct", it's BUSINESS!"

Do you really believe that's how the world is supposed to work?

Comment: Sounds like a plan. (Score 0) 206

by SeaFox (#46783887) Attached to: MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Meanwhile, the biggest issue that faces most nuclear plants under emergency conditions — overheating and potential meltdown, as happened at Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island — would be virtually impossible at sea.

Yeah, it will just melt down through the containment vessel and dump the fuel slag into the ocean instead. No problem!

Comment: Re:*Yawn* I'll Wait for the Mint Edition (Score 3, Informative) 172

by SeaFox (#46782481) Attached to: Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

Does Mint now follow Ubuntu releases at all? Or just stick to Debian? B'cos under the hood, it's Debian...

Bad info is bad.
Mint has two editions. The normal release is based on Ubuntu, but there is a second more rolling-release edition based on Debian Unstable called LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition). It is available in both Mate and Cinnamon interfaces.

Comment: Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (Score 1) 53

by SeaFox (#46773863) Attached to: All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

Freedombox has a wikipedia page, and seems to want to place Facebooking/email/all your communications on an independent private server that only let you communicate with other people who have freedomboxes.

That Wikipedia article is stub-length and equally non-informative. The email service is likely more universal than just other FreedomBoxes, but might need to set up decryption services on recipient clients.

Comment: Re:Open? (Score 1) 53

by SeaFox (#46773649) Attached to: All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

So they want an open and decentralized social network. But the VM images are only in the Oracle owned Virtual Box format? And right now it is only built for new and hard to source appliances, not older desktop easily found in rubbish bins? And I still haven't found what it does that owncloud does not... You would think the web page or wikipedia would have a short "This is what the we do" page somewhere...

Add to that Owncloud is an available plug-in for FreeNAS, which will run on older desktops (although the plug-in is only available for the 64-bit release of FreeNAS) and besides setting up an additional BSD jails with these other services, seems this can be handled that way.

Comment: Re:Why is everything else allowed on the network? (Score 1) 80

by SeaFox (#46731713) Attached to: Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

If every other device mess with wifi frequencies (or close enough to them), it will cause issue. It's the same thing that happen in dense apartment buildings where everyone get his own wireless access point (everyone get crappy wifi).

Yes... that's what I meant by "unless a bunch of people are trying to operate ad-hoc networks to do tethering with cellular data service" -- interference from other networks operating in the courtroom.

I wasn't aware this trial was so popular, I haven't heard that anyone is live-blogging it, so I wonder who all these people are who feel they need to have an internet connection running during the trial. I assume the counsel brings their presentation materials with them already on their laptop hard drives at the start of a session.

Comment: Why is everything else allowed on the network? (Score 1) 80

by SeaFox (#46731381) Attached to: Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

Maybe I just don't understand what is really happening here, but shouldn't the wi-fi network for official court usage be secured so only those terminals are able to connect. The cell phones and stuff shouldn't be causing an issue, unless a bunch of people are trying to operate ad-hoc networks to do tethering with cellular data service.

Comment: Re:Viable Replacement? (Score 1) 240

by SeaFox (#46691517) Attached to: Ends Free Dynamic DNS

Yeah, great, but some routers' built-in support is locked to I can recall a belkin G from half a decade ago, still in use by a friend. Maybe that's been fixed, but he'll need to shell out cash to fix something that should never have been hardcoded. At least dd-wrt doesn't have this problem.

It doesn't have to be the actual router that makes the updates, since the dynamic DNS record simply points to your public IP, not to a specific machine on your side. My router doesn't support Dynamic DNS services at all. It's the FreeNAS server that's running on it that calls in to to update my record. The router just forwards the incoming requests to the correct machine on the network by port number.

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