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Comment: Facebook bought the whatsapp data (Score 1) 262

by stimpleton (#49342667) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction
"New York's Attorney General says his office will take 'appropriate action' if the data is handed over." So...the data cannot be sold as a single asset, but presumably is ok if bundled with a business as a going concern ala Facebook purchasing whatsApp primarily for the customer phone numbers.

Comment: Well, the jig is up for them now. (Score 2) 65

by stimpleton (#49117397) Attached to: How One Developer Got the Internet To Watch People Code
"...who broadcast complex floating point operations and algorithm design to the rest of the world..." IE live coding like a tech presentation.

Not for much longer now the cat is out of the bag.

Twitch is not a replacement for Justin.tv. Justin.tv not financially viable. Game streaming is, hence twitch.tv

From Twitch Rules: "Non-gaming, non-music content: Video games, board games, card games, fantasy sports, LARP games, and acceptable music content (see above). And while it's nice to take a break and just chill out with your audience, please ensure that your channel's primary focus is on gaming or music creation."

Comment: Re:Good Troll Google good troll (Score 3, Insightful) 79

by stimpleton (#47594965) Attached to: Google Sells Maine Barge For Scrap
I believe Google was genuine in their attempts to scope this idea. What Google did get was a lesson in port authorities and waterside workers. The so called secrecy flies in the face of the two traditional groups. Port Authorities do not give up regulatory power, and the workers do not tolerate secrecy. If Google thought this would have been like a land based data center in Oregon or some such place they were sorely mistaken.

Comment: Analagous to a Good Hotel (Score 1) 845

by stimpleton (#45570385) Attached to: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service — and No Google Glass, Either
A good hotelier conducts his/her business knowing that a percentage of the clients are there when they shouldn't be, and with who they shouldn't be.

While one could debate ethics, it is reasonable that the client expects privacy as part of the service.

Cameras at restaurants where clients are there when they shouldn't be, and with who they shouldn't be, blows the business out of the water.

Just one headline would be damaging.

I once saw a crowdsourced dance at a foodcourt that went viral. I saw a work collegue in it who was on holiday. All legit but there he was, at the right place at the other side of the world and at the right time.

Comment: least of his worries (Score 4, Insightful) 812

by stimpleton (#42980135) Attached to: Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat
He'll get his boat back. More worryingly this was the third attempt at delivery. It broke down *twice* before and had to return to the manufacturer when attempts were made to deliver. A bigger entity really does not want him to have his boat! Boats breaking down is serious. You evade storms in a working boat.

Comment: A film before its time with Internet activity (Score 1) 848

by stimpleton (#41716907) Attached to: Judge Rules Defense Can Use Trayvon Martin Tweets
Under Suspicion (released 2000) has a couple scenes well before its time, around how online activity can haunt you later.

I'll try not to give spoilers, but in one scene, they present Internet history and email logs.

Given the year, and admittedly my niavity about what was a mainstream technology that was only 5-6 years old(note mainstream), the scene was a wake up call for me.

It stood me in good stead when social media came along. Post like your are writing to the Editor and your real name will be published.

The film stars Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman. Two of my favorite actors to boot.

UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things. -- Doug Gwyn