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Comment: He has no votes to "write off" (Score 1) 424

by xenoc_1 (#48622695) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Either Obama has written off the Cuban vote in Miami or he has decided to concede FLA to the GOP.

You seriously think Obama cares who wins the next election? If he cares at all, it's probably to make sure that Hillary's chances of winning are even lower than they'd be if he hadn't antagonized the GOP by this move. And that just out of a "FU Clintons" perspective, not from any ideology at all.

Obama is done with elections. Well, at least until it's time for Malia or Sascha to run. He has no votes to "write off"

Comment: Re:if company does layoff, it is not allowed h1b (Score 1) 398

by xenoc_1 (#48548277) Attached to: Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

You're incredibly naive, or are part of the H-1B game on some side that benefits from it, if you believe that.

The simplest one is to hire Infosys or another big house, or a bunch of crappy "body shops", who can provide their own H-1Bs. Get rid of the $80/hr programmer, replace with a $50/hr billable programmer "contracted" from the Axis of Evil around I-287 in NJ or the one in northern VA, where the H-1B is paid $35/hr "prevailing wage" because the work gets redefined from senior to junior levels. Bottom line, "Americans" (as in US citizens and US permanent residents with green cards, committed to the USA already) are out of work, and a bunch of IT people from India are in their cubes. If from INFY or similar, there's a decent chance it's still a professional quality of work, though missing all the years of experience tossed aside in the purge, and likely at least some of the cultural and business context. If from the "body shops" with fake "diploma-mill graduate" H-1B's, the work quality goes to shit.

In which case, they hire back a few of the old laid of FTE workers, now desperate to get any professional work, back as "contractors" at crap pay, no right to unemployment, and no or shite benefits. "They can't do that by law" like hell, they can use their own in-house captive "consulting agency" to hire them as W-2 but not "real employees" of the parent firm, thus getting around the IRS regs on "are you a contractor or an employee". The IRS cares, because, taxes. The other agencies don't give a crap.

Comment: What is the point? (Score 4, Insightful) 88

by asa (#48247381) Attached to: Firefox OS Coming To Raspberry Pi

What was the point of Firefox? IE was free and was a proven and already well-established browser. By your logic, we never should have built Firefox and the Web should have stalled with IE6 in 2002.

The world needs a truly open mobile OS as much as it needed a truly open browser a decade ago. Android is open in name only and Google is hurriedly moving its most lucrative components into closed proprietary services and apps that aren't a part of open source Android. iOS is as closed as everything Apple does. Windows is getting some nice HTML5 support for apps, but not nearly enough. There's clearly an opportunity for HTML5 apps to compete on mobile if someone can build a solid alternative platform to the monopolies and silos we're all stuck with today.

Comment: Re: who the f.uck uses adobe for ebooks (Score 1) 150

by xenoc_1 (#48088247) Attached to: Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

Every bookseller of not-Kindle-format eBooks. Adobe Digital Editions is not Adobe OFF. For a tech site it's facepalmworthy how much of this discussion is by people unaware of that.

It's also not just library books. It's the DRM tech and server license infrastructure behind Google Books, Kobo Books, back in the day Sony, anybody who let you download your so-called "purchased" eBook for reading in other than their specific app or hardware.

Nook uses an odd variant without the ADE server and .acsm license file, but e-ink Nook and the original Nook Color are authorizable devices to read standard ADE-downloaded DRM EPUB books. My ancient Nook Color and Kobo e-ink readers are loaded with ADE-downloaded DRM books from Google Books and other "not device-native store" books. The Nook has all my Kobo book purchase's on it by that ADE method, though due to Nook's nonstandard non-acsm version of Adobe DRM, I can't put the nook purchase's on the Kobo.

It's also how you get mixed-stores books into on combined better reader app like Bluefire or Aldiko on Android. Download your .acsm license file From Google Play, Kobo, whomever. Open it in ADE, signed in with your adobe ID and your EPUB download's, authorized to that ID. Copy that EPUB to your mobile and if Aldiko or Bluefire is registered with your adobe ID you can read it.

Nothing to do with PDF format, though PDF files can be DRM'd with the same tech. Normally on modern reflowable EPUB.

So Adobe tracking non-DRM EPUB files is a big deal, because ADE is crucial for every non-circumventer in the anything-not-Kindle eBook world.

Comment: Not a no-brainer given typical USA housing options (Score 0) 70

by xenoc_1 (#47958643) Attached to: Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

Recent college grads, at least back in the days when jobs were available, tend to live in apartment buildings in cities or in apartment complexes of townhouse or garden-apartment types of units in the suburbs. Neither of which typically have any access to one's own electrical outlet, nor in many cases dedicated-to-unit parking.

The entire electric car argument, however environmentally beneficial it may seem on surface, is dependent on everyone having their own "single-family home" with its garage to put the high-powered dedicated charging unit. Or at least their own dedicated parking spot, direclty by their unit, with its own electric outlet on their own power account, easily accessible yet secured against leechers. Physically located such that nobody's running cable-spaghetti of extension cords across lawns and pavement to reach their vehicles. Protected against the scourge of HOAs who tend to have shitfits if anybody paints their doorway, plants the wrong color flower, or even puts out an unapproved welcome mat, never mind runs an electric cord five feet to their car. Indemnified against nuisance but financially disastrous (even to defend against if winning) lawsuits by somebody claiming their entire future livelihood was ruined by tripping on the cord, thus $MILLIONS.

That's not to mention the relatively large group of "woo-woos" who will belive that "car charging radiation is causing cancer" or some such dribble. But I repeat myself, I already mentioned "HOAs" and you can bet that any Homeowners Association has at least one or two "condo commandos" who are "woo-woos" of the Alex Jones / Natural News / Jesse Ventura nature. For you "I'd never live in a place that had an HOA" folks, well aren't you just very special libertarian snowflakes. Wide swathes of the USA are dominated by HOAs including so-called "single-family" home developments. Condo apartments and townhouses are often the first "affordable" home ownership options, and all come with HOAs or equivalent. Your family, personal, and employment opportunity issues might make your "Off to a non-HOA freehold" fantasy just that, a fantasy. I'm talking about Real People here, not Slashdotters or Randian politburo members.

Not to mention the renters. Who in the USA can't do squat without landlord approval. Even things with clear Federal Preemption to allow renter rights. like the decades-old FCC TV Antenna and Dish rulings, are widely ignored, and your landlord can make your life hell if you try to push your "rights".

I honestly believe these "what's it like at home?" issues are bigger blockers to all-electric (Tesla) or electric-primary plug-in-hybrid vehicles (this Fisker, Chevrolet Volt) than anything about range or charging stations at destinations.

Comment: Medium does not report (Score 1) 408

by xenoc_1 (#47956611) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

"Medium reports..." makes as much sense as saying "WordPress.com reports..." or for that matter, "Geocities reports..."

Medium is a self-publishing fancy hipster bloggy vehicle. It doesn't have a staff of journalists, nor even pseudo-journalists nor curators like Timothy. It's a prettified competitor to wordpress.com for the hipsters, while being slightly less self-indulgently vapid than Thought Catalog. Slightly.

"Bolt reports, on their blog at Medium, because they can't be arsed to put one on their own website,..." would be more accurate. Except they do actually have a blog on their own website, and this same article is on it. Though their "blog" on their site is just an index page of posts on their hipster Medium account.

Medium doesn't report squat, comprende?

Comment: Geotarget your AdWords (Score 4, Interesting) 97

by xenoc_1 (#47543213) Attached to: Nasty Business: How To Drain Competitors' Google AdWords Budgets

Depends on the audience of the web sites your ads were displayed on. If you were, for instance, advertising for a US company on a site that had lots of viewers from Europe, the exhaustion early in the day might have been legitimate. Europe is a few time zones ahead.

If your intention is to advertise only to the US market, which is what I assume from your example, you're doing it wrong if you are even showing AdWords to audiences in Europe. Unless, of course, they are using a VPN or proxy or other means to browse with a US-based IP address.

Heck, you can target down to individual zipcodes, Congressional districts, counties, Metro areas, and a bunch more ways. No excuse other than ignorance if you or your clients ads are running in an entirely different continent.

If you want your ads for your US company to appear in Europe as well as in USA, then you need to create a sufficient AdWords daily budget, plus perhaps do time of day targeting. Or to be better at it, have separate AdWords campaigns for each geo, with separate budgets, even if you're using the same ads.

There's a lot I don't like about AdWords, including how Google loves to split functionality into different menus and services and levels of products to create massive confusion about how to use them. Like WTF isn't there one single thing that has all my ad budgets, my analytics, my webmaster tools, my everything-about-it, all in one damn place? Or to use another, non-ads example, Google Voice can be used as VOIP from a computer, but only by a not-well-explained combo of Google Voice + Google Chat + Gmail page + Google Talk plugin, something no non-technical "normal person" will ever discover. Some of that dysfunctional UX comes from Google's only-engineers culture, but on the advertising products I think some of it is also deliberate ambiguity so you will inadvertantly spend more. Same reason that in USA and many other jurisdictions, Google will not let you prepay for a fixed spend, only postpay - they like that you can't quite control it, and the house always has the edge.

But they do provide geotargeting tools, rather good ones. So no excuse if your ads are running in the wrong locales.

That doesn't make the sleazy service abusing AdWords any less evil themselves. But if the ads are eaten up by wrong geolocations, whether from that sleazy service or just from legitimate browsing clicks in the wrong countries, that is the advertiser's own fault for not using the control Google gives them.

Comment: Re:Mozilla doesn't build hardware (Score 3, Interesting) 89

by asa (#47289059) Attached to: Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

Your attempt to confuse here isn't really helpful.

Google does *sell* Google Glass and Nexus phones and tablets and Chromecast and Nest and soon Dropcams and probably more. They are "Google products" branded and sold by Google as theirs.

Mozilla only has one device that it works on directly, the Firefox OS Flame reference phone. The rest of the hardware you see out there is being made and sold by someone else.

And that's not just true of the hardware. Much of the work going on to extend Firefox OS software into areas outside of phones is being done by third parties for their products.

Comment: Mozilla doesn't build hardware (Score 4, Informative) 89

by asa (#47288955) Attached to: Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

Mozilla doesn't build hardware. We make software, including Firefox OS. Firefox OS is a completely open platform freely available for any company to build on top of without restriction. There are dozens of companies building Firefox OS-based products today and there will be more tomorrow, covering mobile phones, tablets, TVs, set top boxes, game consoles, streaming dongles, wearables, and more. Some of those companies are working directly with Mozilla and others are taking the code and running with it on their own.

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