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Comment: Re:Why even 3? (Score 3, Insightful) 96

by Courageous (#48935853) Attached to: 'Anonymized' Credit Card Data Not So Anonymous, MIT Study Shows

This article isn't scary. What should be scary is that cell companies cell anonymitized _geolocation_ data. That data can be used to deterimine: A) who you are, B) where you live, C) where you work, and D) who your friends are. Step #1. Look where the phone is, regularly at midnight. Step #2, cross reference with public records databases on property ownership. That get's 65% of Americans right there. Now check where it parks every day at noon. Place of work found. And so forth.

Comment: Re:what if... (Score 2) 716

by Courageous (#46227359) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Yeah. This guy's boss is an ass hat. The analogy involves a contractor. If that contractor wall-builder has employees, no, they don't actually work for free. Meanwhile, in addition to the labor rates the contractor charges, they'll have overhead for business operation, risk, and profit margin. So if this guy's ass hat boss is expecting that, then he should expect to pay a lot more for the work. Idiot.

Comment: Re:lizard-brain visual heroine (Score 1) 361

by Courageous (#46161533) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

There's a fifth level for ads. They create a background awareness such that when the demand does materialize, and you are presented an array of choices to satisfy the demand, you pick the advertised thing, simply because it seems most familiar. This is, in fact, one of the more powerful impacts of advertising.

Comment: Re:someone got paid (Score 2) 237

by Courageous (#46108557) Attached to: Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

I know Henry. He's an enterprise storage guy. My guess is that he was coming from the perspective of enterprise storage builders. Which is to say, the Backblaze data may be a fine review of the experience consumers are likely to have with hard drives, it's a terrible review of what enterprise storage platform makers would do and what their buyers would expect. Whether or not that's an appropriate response to Backblaze, who intentionally and haphazardly uses consumer drives in their systems, is its own question. But what is certainly true is that you won't experience these kinds of failures from Tier 1 storage manufacturers (e.g., IBM, NetApp, EMC, Hitatchi Data Systems, et al). So in that particularly biased way, the study is indeed "deeply flawed".

Comment: Re:"Here's your gift from Amazon!" (Score 2) 243

by Courageous (#46007539) Attached to: Amazon: We Can Ship Items Before Customers Order

No, the law hasn't changed at all. But that's not what they're referring to here. Amazon ships the item to a local dispatch point, and holds the final leg of the shipment until the last possible minute. If that final order doesn't materialize, Amazon is being charged for the charge to the local distribution point (and back).

Comment: Re:Can't directly compare PC and phone sales ... (Score 1) 511

by otuz (#45979319) Attached to: Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

iPhone 4 and newer iPhone battery replacement is fairly trivial:

1: Buy a battery and a pentalobe driver or bit from dealextreme or ebay for about $10
2: Uscrew the two case screws
3: Slide the back cover off
4: Unscrew the battery connector screw
5: Replace the battery and reassemble the back cover

I've done it about once a year on my iPhone 4, once the average recharge interval goes from about five days to about three days.

Comment: Re:Well, for your second problem... (Score 1) 388

by Courageous (#45931261) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

Huh? "" is my account on every computer in the world as far as I am concerned. If someone else fraudently registered it, they can take me to court and see how well the court receives their fraud. Not well, in any non-barbaric country, I am sure.

"Pull the trigger and you're garbage." -- Lady Blue