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Comment: EMail provides a paper trail (Score 1) 28

by msobkow (#49197767) Attached to: Preferred way to communicate with co-workers?

Not only does email provide a paper trail of the discussion, it doesn't require that someone drop everything they're doing right now just to answer a couple of questions.

I HATE messaging systems, phone calls, and personal conversations for just that reason. I used to have one guy at my last job who constantly came to ask me questions instead of using Google or reading the documentation I'd already sent him. Laziest bugger I've ever had the misfortune of working with... and a smarmy arse-kisser to boot, which annoyed the schite out of me.

Comment: A real test: Orlando, FL (Score 2, Insightful) 90

by msobkow (#49197705) Attached to: Self-Driving Cars Will Be In 30 US Cities By the End of Next Year

If they want a real test, try Orlando, Florida. I found it the most trying city to drive in of any I've ever lived in, thanks to the joyous combination of people visiting from Ohio that expect a mile clear ahead of them and people from New York who think 6 inches is enough of a gap for someone to cut them off.

Comment: Two Products vs. Entire Portfolio (Score 2) 251

by msobkow (#49197247) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

How can you compare a business that has only two real products (Firefox and Thunderbird) to a company that had several iterations of hardware and dozens of software products, as well as service, support, and contracting arms?

Of course Mozilla is on the downslide -- Chrome came along to compete with them, and Internet Explorer was improved, while Safari came into existence. Mozilla still make my browser and email clients of choice, but not all people make the same choice.

And so it should be.

But while Mozilla may be waning in popularity and market share, they are hardly imploding like Sun did. They were never any where near as big nor as important to the industry to begin with!

Comment: Given the depth of surveillance (Score 4, Interesting) 54

by msobkow (#49191501) Attached to: CRTC Issues $1.1 Million Penalty To Compu-Finder For Spamming Canadians

Given the depth of surveillance performed by CSEC and the NSA, I think it's been *proven* that telcos could *easily* detect and block the sources of robo-calls, too.

My guess is the robo-call companies pay them big bucks to harass everyone, so the telcos have no motivation to do shit about the problem.

Comment: Re:IANAL, but my answer would be no (Score 1) 330

I disagree. If they have a proper warrant for a search, you are compelled to assist with that search if necessary.

If the object being searched is a safe, you are compelled to unlock it. The same should apply to a phone.

That said, border services does not get warrants for a search. The worst they should be able to do is seize it until they can get a warrant to search the device, and be forced to return it unharmed if they cannot do so.

Comment: Re:Cash is king in my world (Score 1) 230

by msobkow (#49186759) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?


Ah, and *of course* no one could ever survive without shopping online. And no one could ever survive with being detached from the intarweeb while they *are* out shopping. And walking a block and a half to the bank machine or just skipping that step entirely and using a debit card is *absolutely* out of the question.

Your telco gives you the phone for free -- there is no extra charge padded on to your monthly bill. They're just really, really generous that way.

And everybody's existing phone already has the NFC support needed to act as a payment system, so no one needs to upgrade, right?

Go ahead and try to get a free credit card after you've had to declare a bankruptcy. I dare ya'.

But hey, all of us in situations like being on disability where $20 makes or breaks the month can clearly afford to toss $50-75/year in credit card membership fees out the window.

Heck, in your world, people like me don't even actually exist. Only dinosaurs are poor.



Comment: Re:This advertisement brought to you by Dice (Score 1) 116

by msobkow (#49184003) Attached to: NVIDIA Announces SHIELD Game Console

Dice floods Slashdot with product launches as "news".

I wonder how much the vendors are paying them to promote their products?

I don't care what class of hardware they're shilling on a given day. Product launches belong on hardware review sites, not an IT related discussion forum.

WTF is there to "discuss" about a product launch? Whether you hate/love the vendor? Whether you believe their "increased spec X" claims? To rant that you'll never buy one or rave that you've got to have one?

Where is the meat to such discussions?

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