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Comment: "we need a stance of problem fixing,.. (Score 1) 401

by zr (#48592087) Attached to: The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

...not just problem avoidance" — David Deutsch

Legendary scientist David Deutsch puts theoretical physics on the back burner to discuss a more urgent matter: the survival of our species. The first step toward solving global warming, he says, is to admit that we have a problem.

Comment: Re:the one thing about comcast i could get behind (Score 1) 291

by zr (#48561739) Attached to: Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

you could _attempt_ to sue me. you'd have to find a judge who'd agree to take the case. possible? sure. likely? don't think so. not only that, there are laws against frivolous litigation.

that said, the problem is, suit at question isn't considered frivolous.

Comment: Re:Ummm ... Duh? (Score 1) 165

by zr (#48479869) Attached to: Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone

first off, i agree with you in principle.

however, i'd like to take issue with the qualification "lazy and incompetent". companies do what the market demands of them. examples of companies that create markets are very rare.

in the world we live in, succeeds the company which sells the most not the company that makes the best.

being the first to market is a major factor of selling the most. and that is _our_ doing. its _us_ who have selected (thank you Darwin!) companies to rush to market plug and play crap.

Comment: Re:Both sides equally (albeit differently) at faul (Score 1) 189

by zr (#48476421) Attached to: Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

risk is nothing unusual in the business. all GT would have had to do was either:

- pad the contract enough to account for the risk (they may have, i've not read the contract)


- say "no" to the amendment.

worst case scenario they would have lost a (granted, large) customer. instead they went bankrupt.

the fundamentals _were_ good. namely one side clearly wanted sapphire and had plenty of cash. the other side knew how to make it and had the expertise.

only goes to show that fundamentals alone are not enough to guarantee success.. quite frankly thats why not every geek (yours truly included) can grow a successful business.

last point i'll make is, i wouldn't draw long term conclusions out of this snafu. business deals fall through. shit happens. hopefully both sides learned something.

Comment: Both sides equally (albeit differently) at fault (Score 1) 189

by zr (#48475959) Attached to: Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Apple intimidated a smaller company into an unworkable deal.

The smaller company that supposed to be an expert in the field agreed to sign an unworkable deal.

Both failed to amend the deal in time to fix the debacle. Businesses amend deals all the time. Provided the fundamentals were good, all they had to do was communicate timely.

Comment: Re:This is clearly futile... (Score 1) 193

by zr (#48474997) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

not enough to declare "invalid" but it *is* absolutely a reason to ratchet up scrutiny if motivation is tainted by self interest of the people pushing this law.

and, its not about "validity" of the cause, (who in their right mind would say that drug abuse is good?!) its about effectiveness of the policy to achieve the ends its setting out to achieve. i don't see any less suffering caused by drugs after decades of the "war on drugs". any success has been achieved by decriminalization, education, and advancing the science of addictive behavior.

same goes for the "right to forget". we, as society, must learn to cope with bullshit about each other that exists on the net. censorship isn't the solution, education is.

meantime some fat cronies playing up fear card to reach deeper into their constituent's pockets.. pure and simple.

Comment: Re:This is clearly futile... (Score 1) 193

by zr (#48474759) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

setting aside that your statement is certainly debatable (there is a difference between use and abuse) you've entirely missed my point.

my point being, fighting straw man wars is a reliable method for financing comfortable lifestyle to a whole class of individuals in the politics theater.

war on drugs is one. right to be forgotten is another. i'm sure you can name few others.

The Wright Bothers weren't the first to fly. They were just the first not to crash.