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Comment schadenfreude (Score 3, Interesting) 96

I will just state again here --

The reason so many people find the downfall and disgrace of this company so satisfying is that it symbolizes the just retribution of the market / facts against a company that:
- was based on hype and deception
- punished its employees for speaking the truth
- had access to capital and investment that others with more legitimate products didn't, only on account of its founder's connections
- was so tied to the idea of an idealistic successful woman CEO that they were willing to take shortcuts and sell that more as the product instead

And here is another investor throwing $100m after the bad, hoping to pick something from the scraps. If there's a quicker way to lose $100m, I would be surprised.

Comment sad (Score 2) 133

Sigh, you can't help but feel (a little) sorry for the Japanese people. They have such amazing and interesting qualities, among them courtesy, care/attention to detail, social cohesion, respect for government/authority, reverence of technical ability.

On the other hand, it produces really weird side effects like social repression, workplace stress, conformity in a bad way, racism / xenophobia, and relevant to this point... high cost of living.

If they don't start letting immigrants help them, and in a big way, this amazing culture will really die out. I mean, their countryside is basically emptying out.

Comment yeah, thanks a lot for nothing (Score 3, Insightful) 172

This just goes to show how people's expectations and tolerances get more and more demanding (and forgetful) over time as technology improves.

Before Apple and others made this move to maximize battery space by removing the capability to user-replace, everyone complained about battery life.

Now, despite battery life being hours more than before, we forget how much benefit the capacity benefit has brought, and move on to the next complaint about how the battery isn't user replaceable and eats into performance when it gets old (mind you, performing and delivering usable hours far beyond what was possible before).

So users, which is it? Is this not the nightmare of technology developers, when people keep on demanding the next thing, and you no longer get acknowledgement / it's just table stakes for the achievements you've made so far.

Comment 99% good enough (Score 5, Interesting) 304

First, ask yourself why you really need to go to a phone that will be less supported, less well-debugged, less secure. Do you really need that special use case that rarely if ever comes up? Do you have the energy / time to maintain a phone like that to the same standards (and if not, are you just implicitly deciding not to)?

Sometimes, don't you just want a phone that may not do absolutely everything, but otherwise generally just works? Aren't you old enough to not need to put up with half-assed shit any more?

Comment wrong solution (Score 3, Interesting) 183

Well, the issue I foresee in this effort is that while the algorithms will be perfectly fine, it's the policies created to make up for well functioning algorithms that will be the problem.

Because what policymakers will quickly find is that having equal algorithmic treatment or having equal standards for all does not lead to the outcomes they want, as people of different demographics, backgrounds, capabilities do not take up services or have success against different programs in the same way.

This is the problem with policy always -- a tendency to believe (at least in recent liberal democracy) that people are all drawn from the same starting set and have equal propensities for doing / being / acting / achieving / using certain things. And when policymakers find that to be the unavoidable truth, democratic pressure forces them to find ways around this truth and distort the outcomes.

No algorithm will get around that.

Comment poor protection? (Score 1) 63

Any details on why a tractor would have been able to cut through what should have been buried in a concrete trench? I thought the rule was that the more vulnerable and possible to be interfered with by humans, the more armoring and protection a fiber cable would have.

For example, near shore, a cable is deeply buried and clad with multiple layers of steel pipe, then gradually far offshore it becomes a lesser and lesser diameter rubber shielded cable.

That a tractor could cut through accidentally sounds like poor cable protection to begin with.

Comment good job SF! (Score 4, Funny) 114

One thing I love about SF supervisors and government offices! They focus on the important things that touch everyone, like food delivery robots. Not those pesky little problems that only affect a few people, like housing policies, transportation policies, tax policies. These are the things that matter, right on, good job!

Comment market forces (Score 5, Interesting) 162

I have always said that for something like this, actually yes we should take a market approach, which Republicans should love.

As in, let the penalty market for breaches of data be:
$1 per name
$2 per address
$3 per phone number
$10 per SSN
And multiply those figures for combinations thereof.

Let companies choose to store and protect people's personal information with these potential penalties. The market will sort itself out pretty quickly.

Comment mess (Score 0) 200

Funny though, isn't it, how the pilots' union leaders are turning it into an opportunity to criticize the airline management and milk more $ from them for this mistake.

They could try to take the cooperative approach and say, "ok, no harm done yet, let's redo the schedule and not have to pay people 150% normal rates for time they would've worked anyway during these mistake days", but no, they're saying that the contract doesn't cover working if not scheduled -- and it's "management's" mess to clean this up. Even if the airline were to reimburse everyone for costs incurred due to this mess, it's amazing that the sides are not cooperating at all. So you suddenly see that you got 2x the vacation you expected, and you're going to say, "hey, that's what the computer says and what my contract says to follow, fuck everyone else".

IT quickly learns that technology doesn't solve everything.

Comment hmm (Score 0) 62

Well, to be fair, your own using of your incognito browser might count as "using tools to impede, obstruct, or influence legal investigation", if someone was later interested in suing or prosecuting you for: 1) purchasing alcohol while underage, 2) browsing someone's LinkedIn profile to try to poach them for your company, 3) bypassing ads and depriving them of revenue.

Lots of things depend on how they're looked back on later...

Comment dumb (Score 1) 129

Cmon, wtf was that article? It was like 2 lines of journalism written on a piece of toilet paper.

I'd like to see a good explanation of why the FCC and phone companies have not been more proactive in requiring some kind of hard-registration of entities to be able to produce their own caller ID, and nip this problem in the bud. Or some more effective way for consumers to report and identify these serial spammers.

The amount of experimentation by the bad guys is way outpacing the response. The innovation they are showing is obvious -- I get calls from the same xxx-yyy-1234 prefix as mine, different variations, even my own number calling me, twice!

Agencies typically move way too slow for something like this. They are outmanned and outgunned.

Comment Federal (Score 1) 231

I'm guessing that Google would do well to quickly take this out of state jurisdiction (if something threatens to be filed), to forestall mushrooming multiple state investigations if one succeeds, and claim that if anything should be tried at a federal level it's internet competition. And then so swamp the opposition with studies and facts about how they simply reflect the bidding of their advertisers and express no opinion or facilitate no anticompetitive behavior themselves.

But just guessing, I'm no lawyer.

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