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Comment: They May Not Know (Score 1) 247

It's possible the list was snagged by a disgruntled (or ex) employee who sold the list. The Powers That Be may not believe the list has been compromised. A few back channel comments and/or a FB isn't actionable proof.

I'd post to their support email line (I'm assuming they have one?) and provide the unique email address you used. Provide more detail than this post. Then if they still ignore, share it on publicly as a public service to their other customers.

I had a friend that was in a similar situation. A company that handled their mass emails had an employee grab a ~ton~ of addresses when he quit. It took a few reports, but once they realized what had happened, they acted.

Comment: Index into the old system (Score 1) 379

by jarich (#41914417) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Convince Someone To Give Up an Old System?

Can you link to docs in the old system? If so, create Google docs that are organized links into the old system. You want to see the minutes from all the meetings over the last year? Here's that page of links. Budgets? Here it is.

Over time you'll make the Google Docs the de factor standard. Once everyone is accustomed to using Google docs, you can start creating new docs in any system. Including Google docs.

This will gradually wean people off the old system without any single, massive switch. And hopefully it'll be a nice, gradual process.

btw, if the old system doesn't support links into documents, you can ask Bob to add it.

Comment: Re:"...knock Microsoft on it's heels..." = bad tac (Score 2) 286

by artemis67 (#41595837) Attached to: The Case That Apple Should Buy Nokia

Agreed...Apple has absolutely nothing to fear from Microsoft. Microsoft is destroying themselves from the inside. For Apple to buy Nokia, that might cause Microsoft to wake the fuck up and start building their own phones, like Apple does.

If Apple really wants to see Microsoft fail, the best option is to let them continue down the path they are currently on.

Comment: Re:It will certainly succeed (Score 1) 282

by artemis67 (#41327307) Attached to: Nintendo WiiU Price and Release Date Announced

The system will support *at most* two tablet controllers. I can't imagine any games will require 2 tablet controllers.

Just about any multiplayer strategy game. Each user having a tablet would allow them to interact with the game in secret. For example, a football game would allow each player to draw their own detailed plays.

Comment: Re:What kind of waste do these bacteria produce? (Score 2) 170

by artemis67 (#41312195) Attached to: Around 200,000 Tons of Deep Water Horizon Oil and Gas Consumed By Bacteria

More like a cycle of life... the oil spill is eaten by the bacteria, and then the bacteria get eaten by something else, which then gets eaten by something else.

I'm wondering what the fishing boats in the Gulf are seeing, if there was a corresponding explosion of growth in populations of shrimp or such.

Comment: Re:Rear Ended (Score 1) 465

There's also the issue of cost.

Everyone will want an automated car. Hell, who wouldn't want to take a nap during their work commute, or watch TV or read a book?

New technology is always expensive at first. To reduce cost, I can see car manufacturers offering a budget car that has *no* manual controls. I think that first world countries will adopt automated driving very quickly, and that by the turn of the century, manually operated cars won't exist on public roads.

Comment: Re:Rear Ended (Score 1) 465

The automated car can be attentive 100% of the time, whereas humans make mistakes. There probably are bugs in the software right now, but maybe none bad enough to cause an accident. Until the Google car causes an accident, you can't really judge it less safe than any human driver.

I'm also going to guess that automated cars are going to drive like grandma, observing every safety rule you ever heard about driving.

Most drivers take risks; driving 10 MPH over the speed limit, not braking enough in advance, not leaving enough distance between the car in front, running yellow lights. I imagine that automated cars offer a very boring but safe driving experience.

The sooner you make your first 5000 mistakes, the sooner you will be able to correct them. -- Nicolaides