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Comment: Google Serving Ads thru Thermostat? (Score 1) 90

by jimbrooking (#47258827) Attached to: Privacy Worries For 'Smart' Smoke Alarms
I thought I'd seen that somewhere. Here's a source: I won't be installing one of those nifty little gadgets anytime soon. It isn't enough that the cost of a Nest Protect is exorbitant, they need to make still more money by selling ads to display on it? Evil, or just a corporation doing what it does?

Comment: Congressional "Misstatement" (Score 1) 383

by jimbrooking (#46090749) Attached to: Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him
I am a United States [Senator | Representative]. I have far, far too much integrity to be at all influenced by the [countless | untold | several] millions of dollars contributed to my campaign by that [lobbyist | special interest | one percenter | lying pond scum]!

Comment: Office Drones? (Score 2) 453

by jimbrooking (#45594629) Attached to: The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!
No comments about the countless clerical, finance, and other sorts of people who enter, proofread/correct, analyze, update, and/or look up data stored somewhere: the desktop historically, or the cloud (if one, or one's management, is willing to take a chance that everyone between you and your data will vote unanimously to allow you to get at the data on any given day). These people doubtless outnumber all the AutoCAD and software development people by a huge margin. It seems inconceivable that they could do their jobs with tablets or, even worse, a phone or something like Glass. For them, I imagine a good-sized screen and a keyboard will always be needed. Whether these essential I/O devices are driven by a phone (with still more third-parties getting between you and your work) or something else isn't important. It needn't have the same form factor as a desktop, but it will need much of the same I/O and connectivity as a desktop.

Comment: As a Manager... (Score 2) 453

I became annoyed with an employee who received a LOT of cell phone calls during my infrequent, but necessary meetings with operations managers. Finally I placed a bucket of water by the door and as people entered the room and informed them that, as a security precaution, any cell phone brought into the room had to be placed in the bucket during the meeting. Thereafter, cell phones were left outside and out meetings became shorter and were not interrupted. Yes, I'm over 40, and I still think using a device for talking, texting, surfing or anything else when engaged with one or more live people is inexcusably rude.

Comment: Re:Bring on the wearable interfaces. (Score 1, Insightful) 453

Ok, I am a 30 something year old so I don't fit into either demographics...

However most of the time meetings are an out of date idea's. They historically worked because we didn't have a communication infrastructure that we do today. Conference phones where limited in the number of people on the line, issues with the person not being close enough to the phone to be heard and a slew of other communication problems, and before that it was very hard to get a bunch of people work on an idea, in a timely manner.

But really for most meetings, the individual doesn't need to be fully mentally involved unless there is something important to them. It would be much easier to chat via a message system, you can see the stuff go across your screen, while you work on something else, until something important comes up you can can then review what went on and come up with an appropriate answer.

the 20 somethings who grew up with this technology knows this and get very board during these meetings, as there is a lot of stuff that isn't important to them at the time that is going on. Now that said, It is still rude to disrupt the meeting with your activities, and if you are stuck at the meeting you should show some tact, but hopefully experience will clear that up.

So, apparently are spelling and grammar (oudated idea's - SIC).

Comment: Printing from HTML/CSS (Score 1) 479

by jimbrooking (#45111755) Attached to: Charlie Stross: Why Microsoft Word Must Die
Anyone needing to produce good-looking print-form documents from content that "lives" on the web should check out

Prince supports most CSS3 and has a number of CSS extensions that help you control formatting. So getting well-formed and styled HTML to print beautifully is a relatively painless step forward.

Comment: Prediction Troubles. Manipulation Destroys (Score 4, Insightful) 81

by jimbrooking (#45111639) Attached to: Dataland: the Emerging Dystopia
We wring our hands at the accursed sellers and buyers of our browsing habits. We glibly ignore what happens when we sit for a few hours in front of a television screen. Knowing our browsing habits gets us targeted ads. Getting our minds in a receptive mood by showing the trash that passes for content on commercial TV, then cramming crafty advertising into those receptive minds impels us to do things we wouldn't be predicted to do, which is manipulation.

Why do Americans lust after 2-ton gas-guzzlers to taxi the kids to school and fetch a couple of bags of groceries from the supermarket? Why does PHaRMA spend untold billions advertising expensive drugs that, in many cases, are no more effective than over-the-counter remedies? Why do so many of our people live in McMansions so expensive they are a paycheck away from foreclosure? Because advertising to minds pried open by "must-see" TV works.

The TV tells them what they want and how to get it - no money down, pennies per week. And this relentless barrage of hard, soft, and subliminal sales messages passes into the TV-watcher's mind with nothing getting in the way like critical thinking, priorities, or social or environmental concerns.

We ought to be more worried about what 10-20 hours watching TV every week is doing to us and our society than whether Google is showing us an ad for suntan lotion after we've booked a trip to the Caribbean.

Always leave room to add an explanation if it doesn't work out.