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Comment: The data is valuable to Google, they don't hand ou (Score 1) 61

by raymorris (#47514639) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

> When Google has your data, Google's business partners have it too (part or parcel),

All evidence I've seen, and common sense, indicates that the data is very valuable to Google and they don't want anyone else to have it. They'll sell ads to other companies, which Google displays based on the data, but they don't sell the data. That would be giving the other company the goose that lays the golden eggs. Google prefers to sell the eggs, over and over again. If you have any evidence to the contrary, please cite it.

Of course the NSA illegally acquires data from most all email providers, ISPs, etc. Even the services that are explicitly based in privacy get NSLs, so to avoid that I could avoid using the internet at all. I'm going to use the internet, so the NSA will be able to snoop until that problem is handled using the three boxes - soap box, ballot box, and if absolutely necessary ammo box.

Comment: Slashnerds know the price. I wonder about average (Score 2, Interesting) 61

by raymorris (#47514139) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

Technology nerds, especially those who frequent sites like Slashdot where discussions of privacy are frequent and nary a day passes without mention of Snowden, know the trade-off of Google services*. I wonder how well non-technical people understand it. Google Now kind if shoves it in your face, making it very clear that Google knows when you're at work, when you're at home, what TV shows you like, etc. I wonder what percent of average people who don't use Google Now really understand what the cost of Google services is. It would be interesting to see a survey.

* I make no value judgement about the privacy cost. Some customers are okay with the privacy cost of using these excellent free services, other people choose not to. Personally, I choose to make that trade only with Google. One company has my profile, and in exchange I get many services.

Comment: "reasonable" is a term often used in law (Score 3, Insightful) 61

by raymorris (#47514117) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

One of the more important words used in law is "reasonable". The phrases "reasonable man" and "reasonable care" are used particularly often. I'd bet the concept applies in about half of all civil suits. If a court rules that a product should be reasonably efficient (and reasonably durable, reasonably effective, etc) that it no way means that it has to be perfectly optimized.

Consider if a product, perhaps a car, tended to fall apart after just a few months of use. You'd expect lawsuits, and the plaintiffs would have a valid claim because a car should be reasonably durable. That doesn't mean all cars need to be built like a Sherman tank. This is well established law, applied in many contexts. In fact, the only area I can think of where we've gotten away from a reasonableness standard is medical malpractice. By statute, that's supposed to be a similar standard, but juries have moved toward expecting medical professionals to be perfect, not just act reasonably.

Comment: not main servers. $1300 IP KVM $120. Storage $110 (Score 1) 83

by raymorris (#47512455) Attached to: Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

For your primary servers, power is a very important cost consideration of course.
On the other hand, I buy Raritan 16 port IP KVMs that are BETTER than their new models at 90% lower cost. I use them a few times power year. Their better than the new ones because they have a perfectly good web interface I can use from my phone to take care of a server that it down, rather than having to drive to office to use their proprietary control software for the new ones.

Similarly, I use some very popular 16-bay storage boxes that I get for around $100 used. It's nothing more than a metal box with a SAS expander in it. There's darn little that can go wrong with what is essentially just a case and sleds, so why would I want to pay $X000 each for them?

The people talking about tax depreciation obviously haven't thought it through. You pay lower taxes by having lower profits. Sure, spending $20,000 on equipment means you can (slowly) deduct $20,000 from your taxable profit, thereby reducing your tax by $4,000. You just spent $20,000 to "save" $4,000. That's not exactly a brilliant move, especially since that $4,000 is depreciated over at least five years. You want to spend $20,000 now to get $4,000 back five years from now? I see why you're a computer geek and not an accountant (or manager).

Comment: College kids created Google, Microsoft, Facebook (Score 1) 188

by raymorris (#47512193) Attached to: Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

A few friends who are electrical engineering majors certainly might achieve this. After all, it was a small group of college kids who created Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. On the other hand, 10 Google employees sitting in meetings to discuss the requirements document costs over $2,000 / hour once you factor in taxes and such. A million dollars is enough to motivate some ramen-eating college kids, and small enough that it's not much more than the cost of paperwork and approvals for many projects at large companies.

Comment: Re:Proof? (Score 1) 532

by geekoid (#47511913) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

"Just last night I was told I was going to be raped, along with my mother, for beating someone in a fighting game. "
Did they text that to your person phone? Did they tell you they are going to kill o and include the make and model of your car?
No? probably not the same thing then.

"you know that this is the internet we live on"
Maybe we should try to make it better? nah, lets just give up and shrug our shoulders.

" I implore everyone to provide proof of their allegations"
I agree. It's critical.

"before labeling it as a systemic issue.
it is a systemic issue, and it's pretty well documented. There is a difference between A threat, and a systemic issue of threats within a community.

"and I don't enjoy being falsely stuck in to a harasser category because I work in tech and have a penis but won't label myself a 'feminist'."
knee jerk much? no one is doing that, get over yourself.

" Furthermore, I feel that articles like this with claims but no evidence will just make people shy away from hiring Women for fear they are going to start claiming harassment when there is none."
did you read the article? Nothing in your post seems to indicate you did.

Comment: Re:Occams Scalpel (Score 2, Insightful) 532

by geekoid (#47511827) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

She has death threats sent to her phone. This isn't just an internet forum issue, and it isn't just her.
I have a daughter, she gets iot, her friends get it, I know 45 year old women who get attacked like this.

You're attitude is a large part of the problem. You have substituted actual think with some sort of ad hom.

It is industry wide, gaming culture wide.

FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]