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Comment: Re:On The Bright Side (Score 1) 253

by lostmongoose (#46405407) Attached to: Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

My history is your history

Except that it isn't...

Some people have privacy and security concerns, even though Comcast insists the public and private Wi-Fi networks are entirely separate and shielded from each other. Others worry that the public network will affect the private network's performance. Comcast says this isn't so.

In NL, some ISPs are doing the same. It's even a different public-facing IP address.

Of course, you can also turn it off. Though turning it off on your modem means you don't get to use it yourself on others' modems.

Comcast says it's fine and they would never ever ever possibly lie to get people to do what they want.

Buy this rock I have. It keeps bears away.

Comment: Where's the problem? (Score 1) 298

by lostmongoose (#44207735) Attached to: The Price of Amazon

"Economists, publishers, and readers no longer have confidence that a book will cost the same amount this week as it did the last."

Not sure I see the problem here. Books are like any other good. They're "true" market value is only as high as the target market is willing to pay. This is going to shift frequently. Sometimes up, sometimes down. Quality and available will play the same role with books, as with anything else.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 337

by lostmongoose (#43174875) Attached to: Google Removing Ad-Blockers From Play
If you think your app is worth money, sell it. If you don't think people will buy it but still want people to use it, either release free w/o a catch (ads) or keep it to yourself. Ad supported "free" is a gift that keeps on taking form the user in the from of mobile data usage to retrieve those ads. Sell it for a fair price or give it away. Anything else, aside from not releasing it at all, is sleaze and designed to back door monetize your users.

Comment: Re:There goes the 4th Amendment (Score 5, Insightful) 405

I realize facts are anathema to political discourse, but the president doesn't operate in a vacuum. Congress has just as much, if not more, blame than either Bush or Obama have. The sooner people see this, the sooner the messes can be cleaned up. Too bad it won't happen as long as The People are more concerned with Facebook, Twitter, et al.

Comment: Re:So if Bill Gates were being hunted in Belize... (Score 1) 148

by lostmongoose (#42169907) Attached to: McAfee May Have Been Captured
Actually Bill Gates still is active in promoting tech and tech education. Leaving MS didn't change his relevance. He's still out there doing things. He's not hiding from taxes, a wrongful death judgement and now police, somewhere in a drug addled daze talking to imaginary people and banging 13yr olds.
Apple

+ - Apple claims to have created over 500,000 US jobs->

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butilikethecookie (2566015) writes "There's been a lot of criticism of Apple in the past several weeks about how the company seems to tolerate poor working conditions at the third party factories where devices like the iPhone and iPad are made. Apple has since announced that it is working to hold special audits at those plants to help change and improve the workers' life at those plants. However, those plants are located in overseas locations, mainly in Asia, and some have asked that Apple make more of their products in its home country of the US.

Now, in perhaps in an attempt to do more spin control, Apple has posted up a new page on its official web site that claims the company has been directly or indirectly responsible for creating 514,000 jobs in the US. It cites one study by Analysis Group that claims the company has 47,000 employees in the US. That same study also claims Apple is responsible for creating 257,000 jobs at third party companies, including those that make Apple-based device components, transportation workers, sales jobs and other positions.

In addition, Apple claims that 210,000 jobs have been made in the US as part of the iOS app economy that began with the launch of the iPhone in 2007. Apple adds that it has generated over $4 billion in in royalties to App Store developers (although its likely that some of that money went to developers working outside the US). Apple also claims that the job search web site indeed.com now lists over 5,000 iOS app developer jobs openings."

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+ - Incompetent People Too Ignorant to Know It->

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GLMDesigns
GLMDesigns writes "Researchers tested people and then followed up by asking the subjects how they felt they did.

"For people at the bottom who are really doing badly — those in the bottom 10th or 15th percentile — they think their work falls in the 60th or 55th percentile, so, above average," Dunning told Life's Little Mysteries. The same pattern emerges in tests of people's ability to rate the funniness of jokes, the correctness of grammar, or even their own performance in a game of chess. "People at the bottom still think they're outperforming other people.""

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