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Comment: Re:Always a cheaper fish... (Score 1) 85

by Marlin Schwanke (#49148339) Attached to: Microsoft Closing Two Phone Factories In China
Well, China has been playing games with taxes and regulation a bit lately and a properly outfitted labor camp anywhere convenient in China has become exorbitantly costly. I think Made in Vietnam is just a stopgap. Myanmar next? The day when major corporations own and operate their own countries is not too far off. Pesky governments always wanting their cut and all....

Comment: Fresh and Modern look? (Score 1) 516

by Marlin Schwanke (#49139141) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10
I think "fresh and modern look" is designer speak for the fashion trend du jour. This is like all of Windows 8, 8.1 and now 10. "Screw actual usability and functionality...we'll never sell this to the Apple sheep unless it is fresh and modern". Note to Microsoft, you aren't going to sell this to the Apple types, they'll never settle for "just as good as" and you are only pissing off your own user base. Get over Metro already. Release Windows Classic with the Windows 7 GUI and the more recent kernel refinements under the hood. You can always make the Metro run-time available as an option if folks just have to run Metro apps on their computers.

Comment: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay??? (Score 1) 631

by Marlin Schwanke (#48254955) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay
Hmmm, CurrentC works with my Debit Card or Checking account, Apple Pay works with my credit cards. CurrentC makes me liable for any fraud, Apple Pay leaves my credit card fraud protection in place. CurrentC will be harder to use and give all sorts of info to merchants, Apple Pay is easy and nearly anonymous. The only way I ever sign up for CurrentC is if the government withdraws cash from circulation and makes CurrentC mandatory. I am not handing over keys to my debit card / checking account to anyone. As it is, I use my debit card sparingly and watch my account closely. I am sure CurrentC will gain some traction because of WalMart but we'll see. QR codes really caught on, didn't they?

Comment: Another day another major data breach... (Score 1) 101

by Marlin Schwanke (#48119985) Attached to: Kmart Says Its Payment System Was Hacked
I vote that we force these corporations to take data security and IT in general more seriously. First, cut off their online credit card processing. They can use the old mechanical card swipers for a while. Once they have seriously upgraded their systems, and been independently audited, they can go back online. Require them to submit to thorough systems audits and spot checks for 5 years or so. Perhaps corporate management will get the message that IT may not be a profit center but it is necessary to continued operations.

Comment: Re: Yes yes yes (Score 2) 405

Still on the gubment and Obamacare I see. Don't we need a new dead horse to beat already? I am against Obamacare but not for the usual reasons. I believe that the for-profit health care industry is the root of the problem and that insurance in all forms private and "Obamacare" are just the trough from which the industry feeds. The sooner everyone loses their insurance and has to pay the ridiculous prices the health industry charges themselves the better. A lot of people will stop taking their kid with the sniffles to the urgent care. Plus, the health system will collapse under its own weight. Perhaps then we can get back to some common sense medical care. Anyways... Employers have long been a convenient place to mandate social spending and taxing. But what to do now? Trust that if we shift all of the social security taxes from the employer to the employee that the employer will give the employees a matching raise? Fat chance. Shift the cost of health care from the employer and let the worker pay for it? Already happening through higher deductible/copay plans. Employers are pocketing the savings from the lower premiums or avoiding premium increases. No reimbursement for the higher employee costs, though. Employees are expensive to have and it is always the first thing that business cut when the bottom line needs improving. So, any surprise that in the Brave New World (or was it the New World Order) that we're going to lose 33% of our jobs? Sounds like a capitalist heaven to me. The billionaires soon become trillionaires and the rest of us become more and more afraid to fight for better working conditions, pay, etc. as we're just happy to still even have a job. Don't believe for a minute that all that increase in wealth is going to go for providing a safety net for the redundant employees who will join the ranks of homeless. But i rant on too long...

Comment: Re:GOOD NEWS!!! (Score 1) 132

by Marlin Schwanke (#48069797) Attached to: FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold
Yeah, I understand that Comcast paid a huge bribe...ahem...made large campaign contributions to the president, is that why AT&T was blocked from buying T-Mobile? They didn't donate to the right party or candidates?? The thing is the Comcast's outrageous behavior vis-a-vis Netflix is out in the open now. I think FCC wants more information to use against these jackals. Can you imagine if one company has a majority of the ISP business in the country? No online service will be able to function without Comcast's blessing and a cut of the action. The point is not that Comcast and TWC don't serve the same end users so it's all OK. The point is that they will control the internet access to too many people and businesses to be allowed.

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 0) 575

by Marlin Schwanke (#48040311) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics
Oh, please, couldn't think of anything better to say? So you just fell back on the completely irrelevant "blame Obama" cliche? You know that FBI Director Comer, the guy that started this BS a couple of days ago is a Republican, right?? The only thing I blame Obama for is appointing Republicans, as cover, to defense, security and law enforcement posts.

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