My point was that Google has diversified so much that ad revenue from search isn't a make/break deal for the survivability or even general health of the company. They're not going to give it up without a significant fight but, while it's also a big one, it's not their only revenue stream. Not by a long shot. They'll survive - comfortably - without the search portal if they have to.
Good point. And this is also ignoring that the question is rather moot, anyway. Google's dominance in the search-engine game isn't as important as it once was. Their other service offerings, like GMail, Maps, etc., are FAR more important to the company that the search engine and portal. Even *if* a competitor comes along and de-thrones Google from the search space, Google has far more going on in other aspects of its business to worry about it for more than a few minutes. Watson de-throning Google in search isn't going to disrupt Google as much as the original article might suggest.
Google's main income is ad revenue in those products, including search. The users are the product being sold to advertisers. As long as Google can keep getting eyeballs on ads, no matter the service offering, their income stream is safe.
I guess you missed the class where they showed everyone the Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V commands which are probably far more common than anything the Insert key does.
That said, I use Alt-Ctrl-Ins when connected to a VM console and I need to use Alt-Ctrl-Del for any reason since that's the designated "alternate" for that combo within the VMWare window.
If saying, "no," isn't an option, try these suggestions.
One option might be to set up a laptop with some sort of reversion/reimaging software. If you're into Windows, try something like DeepFreeze. This is probably the least labor-intensive option. You just need to un-freeze it, in a clean state, to do software and OS updates before re-freezing it again. The user has full control over the computer (as much as you want, anyway) and is simply reset to the pre-defined state upon reboot. The DeepFreeze software, I believe, can also leave some areas unlocked so changes there can persist through a reboot, if desired.
Another option might be to set up a laptop to PXE boot and get a read-only image to boot from. Configure all changes to be saved to local media until you decide to wipe it clean. This requires some network infrastructure to set up as well as keeping the custom boot image up-to-date.
Yet another option would be offer up an "unlocked" laptop but drop it on a "protected" VLAN with heavy internet filtering. Again, there's some network infrastructure to set up as well as some likely subscription fees for filtering software/hardware at the gateway. The bonus here is that, if you have any (now or later), kids' computers can be placed on that VLAN without too much worry on your part. It also protects the rest of your computer equipment from being attached from the inside of your LAN by a compromised device since it'll be on a totally separate "untrusted" VLAN. This isn't exclusive to the other options presented here, either, and can be used in combination.
You could also just bite the bullet and simply re-image the laptop every time someone uses it. Again, if you're into Windows, you could easily set up Windows Server with WDS and capture a customized WIM image so it'll have all the apps you want installed from the get-go. Other options exist for Linux and Mac.
One last option I can think of involves an Android tablet that can be re-imaged back to stock form easily. Samsung units are good about this with the ODIN tool and a USB connection. Just connect the device to the computer, select the appropriate image in the ODIN utility, and it's back to factory-fresh form in a matter of minutes.
vPro only works when you've got all the supporting pieces to allow it to work. And the remote access part of it is under the AMT umbrella.
Got that K-series Core i5/i7? vPro isn't going to work. Got a Z75 chipset? Again, vPro isn't baked in and it won't work. Got a computer with an older Core2 CPU? There's an extensive list of requirements which probably were never shipped with consumer-grade computers when new (it was quite specific).
Even if we assume the computer has all the right hardware, you still need to enable and configure it in the BIOS (if it isn't enabled by default), then make sure you've got access through the router/firewall. Remember, we're assuming a relative is calling for help on their home computer.
I don't normally reply to ACs but I need to here.
My reason for LogMeIn over RDP (even the Remote Assistance feature) is two-fold:
First, I get unprompted, unrequested access to the computer. The person actually requesting help doesn't need to do a thing other than make sure the computer is powered on (and, presumably, connected to the internet). They don't have to click on anything. They don't have to be walked through opening ports on the router/firewall. If the computer is powered on and connected to the internet, I can just log in and get to work on the problem. If they've got a problem impacting LogMeIn connectivity, their problem is likely severe enough to require me on-site, anyway.
Second, assuming a LogMeIn Pro account is used, there's the back-end file transfer and other management tools I can use without interfering with the user sitting at the keyboard. I can set up alerts for all sorts of behavioral problems - event log triggers, application crashes, CPU/Memory usage above a threshold for a period of time, etc. That way, I would know about problems BEFORE they called for my help.
This isn't a question of not getting a regularly-scheduled life-saving $thing. This is a phone book. If someone gets opted-out by a 3rd party and they still want to get a phone book, they should get an annual mailer (that everyone gets) telling them how to get one.
Tell me the publishers of the phone books wouldn't be happy to send one from their stockpile anytime someone wanted one.
They don't need anything more than an address to NOT deliver to.
RDP works great when you've got the router/firewall rules set up for it. However, it's a bit of a security risk to set it up and leave it.
TeamViewer is nice if you can get them to walk through the steps to get a connection going. Same goes for all other types of "request help" options.
I prefer the free version of LogMeIn. The agent is small and it generally stays out of the way when you're not using it. If you get a support call, you can just jump into the computer without any action on their part. If you pay to get a LogMeIn Pro account (it's not exactly cheap which discourages personal use), you can do a lot more back-end monitoring/alerting and system maintenance (file copies, remote command prompt console, event log viewer, start/stop services, etc.) without directly affecting the console session.
Your address alone should be sufficient. Your name should not be required (nor any other information) since it's the address they're delivering the books to. They don't need to know who lives there (even if they already do) or what their "marketing preferences" are (even if they already do). They can send a bulk flier in the mail once per year to let you know how to get one should you want/need one.
I was suggesting the sign be placed at my own front door, for instance. Or you could do so at your own front door. This isn't a public space we're talking about. It's clearly private property, beyond the reach of the typical easement. Just because you can see it from a public space doesn't mean it's a public space.
And, besides, at the very least, if they deliver a phone book to your door, that's a non-government entity - public or private - that is at least trespassing. A sign is sufficient for that to be a violation.
And, besides THAT, if the contractors delivering phone books on behalf of the company, they're representing the company, itself. There's substantial case law on such things (that I won't go digging for because I'm not too proud to admit I'm lazy). Much of that apparently depends on how much of their income is a result of that specific contract work (i.e.: whether or not they have other contracts for other companies, for instance) but, in small claims, you could easily make the case that the contractor represents the company so the company should be on the hook, not the poor shlub that needs a few extra bucks to drop a dead tree at everyone's door in a neighborhood.
The contractors are probably required by the company to deliver to every house (except the ones on their do-not-deliver-to list). But that's a contractual problem between the contractor and the company. If the contractor breaks a law because the company policy said to do it, that contractor is still breaking a law. And the company that told them to do it is likely in some hot water because the contractor is acting on behalf of the company.
I'm in my mid-30s and stopped using the phone book(s) for their intended purposes as soon as I got my first DSL connection back in late 90s. I've only ever used them since as weights or stands. The problem should be correcting itself already. It hasn't. And it's getting to the point where if I *don't* want one, I have to tell them more than my address, which should be simple enough. They're trying to turn a negative (for them) into something positive (for them). By collecting personally-identifiable information at the opt-out stage, they're able to use it for their own marketing purposes or sell it to someone else that will.
You really need to take it a step further. Post a sign on your property (by the front door, most likely) saying, in essence, that leaving any un-requested non-governmental (like tax notices, town hall meetings, and other municipal notices) material is assumed to be trash and will be billed $500 (or some other absurd amount just under the small-claims cap) per item. Then make sure you have a camera recording that space with the sign in frame. When the people come to drop off the phone books, send the company a bill for "disposal services." When they refuse to pay, explain that you have video evidence and will continue to pursue the matter now and for each future instance.
This will either make the company spend time and resources dealing with your case in small claims court or they'll skip it entirely giving you a default judgement. Bonus points if you live in a jurisdiction where formal representation is prohibited for both parties (they can't send a high-priced lawyer nor are you allowed to hire one of your own) so a company executive has to make the trip to court.
The point is to make yourself so much of a pain in the ass to them that they stop delivery to you altogether all while making a little money from turning a pain in the ass to you into a pain in the ass to them. If enough people do this, they'll eventually do something about it. Not sure WHAT that might be, but my hope is a full-on opt-in system or, at least, an opt-out without all the personally-identifiable information.
Note that I'm not a lawyer nor have I had to resort to this sort of action.
If they're wanting to connect and they're being extraordinarily sneaky and clever at it, it may be easier to simply let them connect but limit the damage. Set up whitelists for a select few domains/IPs once they're connected so as to limit any liability concerns (child porn, illegal music/movies, etc.) Also set up heavy throttling so they're getting throughput much less than an average dialup account would get. This assumes, of course, you've separated your access point from your actual router. Just hopping onto the WiFi signal will get them on your LAN (and you ARE separating the wireless traffic from your wired traffic, yes?) Then you can use your router to shape traffic to certain devices. Whitelist your own equipment. Throttle and filter the heck out of anything else that might connect.
Yes, it would also help to install directional antennas and keep the signal strength to a minimum outside of your immediate usage area(s). But they, too, can get a directional antenna and still latch on.
A more elaborate solution involves setting up a full-fledged authentication server and implementing 802.1x. Authorized devices get on the private LAN. Everything else gets dumped to a separate VLAN which may or may not have any other kind of network access (it's up to you). It's been quite a while since I played around with any of that and, quite frankly, is overkill for even mid-sized businesses much less a home network.
Either way, they'll eventually get the hint and give up for easier prey. They win the battle (the challenge of connecting to your wireless anytime they want) but you win the war (keeping them from affecting your network in any meaningful way).
There's actually a pretty big, untapped market for large-format e-ink displays. Two words: Digital Menus.
I once worked for a digital signage company and some of our largest customers were fast food restaurants. Since the menu doesn't change all that much during a 24 hour period, e-ink makes perfect sense. The cost of purchasing multiple large, commercial-grade LCDs was one of the biggest expenditures both in terms of initial outlay as well as TCO (due to the relatively high failure rate of such displays in a high-heat, high-moisture environment). Add to that the cost of electricity to drive a super-bright LCD for 16+ hours per day. As a result, most restaurants won't ever see any cost savings, which also include an on-site labor cost savings, storage and transportation cost savings, and a few other minor details as compared to printed menus. At best, it's usually a wash. (Aside - part of the reason we had those customers is the agreement that we would manage the menu content for them.)
With e-ink, the electricity usage goes WAY down. And, with less electricity comes less heat. That means better screen packaging to protect them from the elements for (probably) fewer failures and replacements. And, since they're a reflective technology rather than emissive (like LCDs), they work great in direct sunlight which means drive-thru menus can be digital, too.
E-ink isn't going to work for full-motion, full-color video. Not for a while, at least. Until they do, traditional LCDs will likely still be used for the flashy, draw-you-in stuff.
As an "enemy of the state" the U.S. government likely doesn't even need to file any sort of charges before "bringing him in". Besides, since when does the U.S. government worry about pesky little things like due process, particularly with regard to non-citizens? (hint: it stopped when the towers fell.)
However, I think it is interesting that he's looking to enter political life in Australia. If he can get on the ballot and/or get elected, he might be considered a diplomat (or some other protected political figure) and be able to leave the embassy without being (legally) snatched by law-enforcement.
I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum. My wife and I have TVs in just about every room of our home. She and I watch a lot of TV - it's on in the background as well as being available for specific shows we watch. We also have a lot of other things going on in our lives and TV is just one of the things that provides us with an alternate window to the outside world or a temporary escape from our real lives.
However, our toddler (under 3) doesn't fixate and doesn't exhibit any ADD behavior, either. For the most part, he ignores it. When he DOES pay attention to the TV, the content is usually some sort of musical content, like the music-only channels from our provider or certain talk show theme songs (he rather likes the Conan opening). We've had the kid-specific channels tuned for a while in the background but he doesn't seem to be too interested in those unless or until there's a song involved.
I guess what I'm saying is that it very much depends on the child and parent(s). Every child is different and responds to stimuli differently. Broad generalizations like the one suggested in the original article are dangerous and irresponsible. Good parents pay attention to their child(ren) and provide guidance for them appropriately regardless of what some "expert" says. Parents are really the only ones that can really say they're experts with regards to their child(ren).