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Comment: Liability and FUD (Score 1) 90

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#48655765) Attached to: Google Unveils New Self-Driving Car Prototype

>> maybe Google's willingness to build its own hardware just to get the technology on the road means that its self-driving car team knows something the rest of the industry doesn't

Or...that the rest of the auto industry doesn't want to get tagged with the "first death caused by an automated car."

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) 241

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...
http://iotsecuritylab.com/iot-...

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