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Comment: Lazy headline writers - where's the "Deep Six"? (Score 5, Funny) 47

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#48600791) Attached to: Sir Richard Branson Quietly Shelves Virgin Submarine Plan

>> Sir Richard Branson Quietly Shelves Virgin Submarine Plan

"Quietly shelves"...really? From the department of less crappy headlines, here's a couple of freebies:

"Branson Deep Sixes Own Submarine Mission"
"What Do Sir Richard Branson and the Red October Have in Common?"
"Virgin Dive Aborted Before Anything Gets Wet"

Comment: I'm even older. (Score 1) 240

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#48584275) Attached to: Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

>> Who's old enough to remember when the best technology was found at work, while at home we got by with clunky home computers and pokey dial-up modems?

I'm even older. I remember when the best technology was at home, on our personal computers. From there, PCs started invading the workplace...finally breaking up a lot of the control held by an iron-fisted, non-innovative, mainframe-based IT department.

Comment: Not surprising. Also why we're going all OSS (Score 1, Troll) 415

>> The company might adopt a new pricing model for the upcoming operating system, as it looks to shift away from the one-time initial purchase to an ongoing-revenue basis.

This certainly follows what we've seen out of the Office and Azure product lines already, what developers are used to with MSDN subscriptions and what many enterprise customers are used to with "true-ups" with large CAL and desktop/laptop counts. However, the coming squeeze on customers locked into Microsoft is why I love the fact that my company has gone all in on a multi-year "if it's not open source (or our own customizations), we don't need it" approach to software.

Comment: Re:Shakedown (Score 2, Insightful) 127

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#48554953) Attached to: Civil Rights Groups Divided On Net Neutrality

>> Give Jackson money and he'll go away.

This. Remember when beer distributorships were harming minority communities by entrenching already dominant companies? And then Jackson's kids mysteriously ended up owning a distributorship or two...and suddenly all was well? http://www.martinlutherking.or...

Comment: Rampant wide-spread abuse of this data (Score 2) 99

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#48548091) Attached to: Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

>> doesn't look like there's rampant wide-spread abuse of this sort of data. Yet.

But there could be. Many IoT company's privacy policies seem to be just a cut/paste of their wide-open web privacy policies. For example, take a look at Lowe's IRIS system. According to the legalese, I think they might be able to scan your home video feeds to look for products you might want...

Comment: Already lost the "complete freedom" argument... (Score 4, Interesting) 129

>> Any rational interpretation would suggest that when people buy or pay off the loan on a piece of equipment—whether a car, a refrigerator or a mobile phone—they own it, and should be free to do what they want with it.

This argument has already lost in the public square WHEN IT HARMS OTHER PEOPLE. For example:
* If you own a refrigerator, it's already illegal to just discharge the coolant into the environment
* If you own a car, it's already illegal to just set it on fire, and in many places you can't store it certain places (like your front lawn)

If you narrow it down a bit (e.g., "root your phone = legal but proceed at your own risk") I could get behind this guy, but when we're starting to talk about hacking automobile electronics that other drivers and pedestrians depend upon for their own can probably see where we're developing a slippery slope.

Comment: Re:What happens to these at the true end-of-life? (Score 1) 143

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#48541245) Attached to: Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

>> that'll pollute *their* environment, not ours, right?

I think you've hit the nail on their head. It sounds like someone's just figured out a way to turn this problem:

Q) How do we ship all our old batteries to a third-world country and then dump them in local landfills, gullies and rivers?

into this opportunity:

A) Repackage the batteries individually and ship them to locals in third-party countries. Then, when they dump the batteries improperly - hey, it's not our fault - we TRIED to give them flashlights! Hell, we might even get some "green" grants for this scheme!

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie