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Comment: Re:hahaha (Score 1) 145

by jmauro (#47917869) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

On RoadRunner I think you're confused, this was always a marketing brand name of Time Warner Cable Internet. At some point they stopped using the brand name, but the same people\ownership are still in place, even if it uses a different brand name now.

@Home was also different, in that Comcast and others paid them to build out their network and once it because big enough they just took the network back that they already paid for. This was in the original agreement with @Home and @Home still runs Internet services for other smaller ISPs (though it's now part of the Excite family).

There was no cancellation of franchise rights in either case.

Comment: Re:Its the margins they are scared of losing. (Score 1) 455

by jmauro (#47269599) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

No, the dealer margins on new cars is actually very small. Used cars are higher, but not that much. Most of the margin is actually taken by the manufacturer. It's the reason they are so slimy when selling them, they make next to nothing on them.

Most of a dealer's profit is on servicing and on any kickbacks from financing. The car its self, not so much.

Comment: Re:They are predominantly "at will" employees. (Score 1) 148

by jmauro (#46615011) Attached to: Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

In case you are wondering, non-competes are also not legal in California, unless the competition occurs as side work during your employment at the company, and generally are not considered legally enforceable in the U.S., unless they continue to pay your salary (plus scaled increases based on past increases, if any were performance related) during the lockout period. You can thank my cousin for this, as he took his non-compete to the supreme court (and yes, they payed him to take the year off at his regular salary to prevent him from going to a competitor).

This isn't true. Since they're based in state law they're actually enforceable in a lot of places (like Massachusetts and Maryland.) In fact, Massachusetts keeps doing studies on how Boston can be the next Tech center like Silicon Valley, and that's the number one thing they need to do is change their non-compete laws to match California's. Somehow they try some marketing plan instead of doing the change in the law. My guess there is some industry benefiting from the non-compete enforcement (like finance or something) which is why it never happens.

Comment: Re:My solution... (Score 1) 195

by jmauro (#46202973) Attached to: Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

Back in the days when you could get regular CD-ROM drives I saw some setups that would put /usr, /usr/local and /opt on a CD-R and then boot of the CD. Since the drive couldn't write even trying to force a reboot to mount RW was pointless since the drive couldn't physically write to the drive.

The down side was it was a pain to operate like that since every patch required a new CD to be burned. Most gave up after too long once they realized how often they'd need to be patching thing.

Comment: Re:Now that it is private? (Score 1) 287

by jmauro (#46149139) Attached to: Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

The difference is if the company was public all the metrics that the big financial companies would use would go completely haywire during the layoffs, causing the stock price to drop like a rock (even if it was good for the company in the long run). As such, once private you can do these sorts of maneuvers without the financial markets screaming bloody murder, since you're not tradable.

Comment: Re:Why not build them on the beds of rivers (Score 1) 223

by jmauro (#45519601) Attached to: Company Wants To Put Power Plants In the Sky

What you propose is possible for things like ocean currents, but a river isn't deep enough or have enough of a continual flow to be useful for power generation unless you use a dam to build a reservoir. Then the water can be released at a steady rate, and you can hide the power generation portions in places where there is no boat traffic, like inside the dam.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.