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Comment: Read "The Billionaire Shell Game"... (Score 1) 38

by studpuppy (#47253289) Attached to: Time Warner Sells Telecom Business to Level 3
If you really want to get a sense of how machavellian the Cable industry can be, read the book The Billionaire Shell Game [,A href="http://www.amazon.com/Billionaire-Shell-Game-Assorted-Corporate/dp/0385479271">Amazon]. Written before the Internet Bubble of 2000, it speaks to the early days of TCI and Bell Atlantic, but loops in a lot of other major industry players at the time.
I had the (dis)fortune to observe firsthand how some of these cable giants played the game in late 1999/early 2000, and wished I had read that book before taking the consulting gig.

Comment: Wouldn't that same logic apply to calling them? (Score 3, Insightful) 628

Would seem that any action that distracts a driver would then be fair game. Called someone you know on their mobile phone? Even the simple act of them having to reach for the phone, or put their bluetooth headset one, or (heck) even press the answer button on their in-dash system could be argued by a lawyer to have caused a distraction. And what's next? Can I be liable simply for waiving at someone from the sidewalk? After all, they may have to turn their head to see who it was that was waiving, and next thing you know.... BLAM! sigh. I sure do love living in NJ at times.

Comment: I would wonder if this wouldn't run afoul of HIPPA (Score 2) 181

by studpuppy (#37092970) Attached to: Drug Companies Lose Special Protection On Facebook
I wouldn't be surprised if the lawyers at these drug companies were concerned that they would somehow be violating the medical privacy laws by allowing visibility of (potential) users of their product by other FB users. If you were to post on their wall that you had adverse side effects, and your boss saw that comment and took action because of concern for a medical condition the company had previously not known about, I'm sure some plaintiff's lawyer would try to hold the drug company liable for exposing that fact (even while the boss/employer was also clearly in the wrong).

Comment: Re:Depends on who you cater to (Score 1) 512

by studpuppy (#31083396) Attached to: Is Internet Explorer 6/7 Support Required Now?
My company has 1 specific application out of 100+ (provided by a 3rd party vendor, not built internally) that is causing us to maintain IE6 as the corporate standard.

And since you can't have both IE6 and IE8 installed at the same time on the same machine without jumping through hoops (and apparently it's too difficult a learning curve for IT to support Firefox for some 99% of the apps while relegating IE6 only for use with this one application in question), we're stuck with IE6 as a corporate standard.

Which also means we can't get off XP easily either. Bleah all around.

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Ya ever wonder if Slashdot had been a Facebook app, whether anyone would have used it?

Comment: Re:Can't copyright a term (Score 1) 560

by studpuppy (#30986392) Attached to: Will Your Super Bowl Party Anger the Copyright Gods?
"Just don't charge for food, or call it a 'Super Bowl' party, since the term itself is copyright."

SO.... calling it a "20-girl Go-go-rama. Free buffet" would be perfectly legal?

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Not that the slashdot crowd would be in to either football or go-go-rama's. Or even know 20 girls to begin with.

Comment: Insert Donut Shop Joke Here (Score 2, Funny) 150

by studpuppy (#27528495) Attached to: Norfolk Police Officers To Be Tagged To Improve Response Times
Wazza matter? They don't know how to use Google maps to pinpoint the closest Dunkin' Donuts and just start looking for cop there like everyone here in NJ does?

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Yeah, I know it's a cliche. Actually, our local cops are at the diner, not the donut shop. But diners are a regional thing. Donut shops are pretty much worldwide.

Comment: Re:Inquiring Gamers Want to Know (Score 1) 504

Yeah... my folks once travelled 800 miles in a blizzard with the phone off "because it was only in case we needed to reach someone in an emergency". I then asked them, "But what if I was the one with the emergency and needed to reach *you*?".

Phone's been on ever since when they take a roadtrip. All in the perspective, I guess.

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