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Comment Re:What can they learn (Score 1) 267

Have you tried calling the helpline:

1-800-F**CKYO (1-800-318-2596)

There's also story doing the rounds that if you don't already have health-insurance, then they'll put you on a list, suspend your driving license and place federal-liens against your home.

Comment Re:Hope it makes him feel better (Score 1) 362

I guess no-one told him about privacy laws, the rules governing data interception and data protection. He went into a communications room in MIT, patched up a laptop to sift out data being downloaded from a server, and then got caught. He goal was to download every paper and article ever published. He could never do this use a remote link, so used the download requests of other people to achieve this.

But in effect, he was intercepting the thoughts and ideas of other people. So the administrators would have been furious. It would have been enough to explain this to him, require him to delete the data, and them help him find a legal means of doing what he wanted to do. But instead, the prosecutor wanted do set another example of "let's hang, quarter and draw him after crushing him with a mill-wheel".

Comment Re:Sure, to *differently skilled* jobs (Score 1) 674

It's happened many times before in many industries and it's still happening. Local butchers, greengrocers and ironmongers were replaced by supermarkets. Switchboard operators were replaced by electro-mechanical telephone systems, digital telephone networks, voice-over-data systems like ATM. Coal miners, steel workers, car making and shipbuilding and other manufacturing jobs have been offshored along with back-office jobs like medical transcription and paperwork processing. Elevator operators and telegram messengers were replaced by automated control and mail systems. Just about every manager used to have their own secretary. Then when E-mail came along, the managers discovered that they had to learn typing skills (to them, they felt they had just become "glorified secretaries").

Manual looms operated by four artisans in order to make one garment have been replaced by digital print looms that are large enough to weave carpets using patterns generated by Photoshop and require only one technician to supervise 15 machines. Print workers in newsagents (the guys who put boilerplate letters on drum printers and removed it again) were replaced by WYSIWYG systems overnight. Instead of the journalists writing shorthand articles and having them converted into boilerplate by the technicians, the journalists simply typed the text in. The print workers wanted that job as it seemed to closely match what they had been doing.

Ironically, a decade after the print-workers strike happened the Internet and the world-wide-web took off. If that had happened first, the print-workers could have migrated their skills painlessly to new industries. It would seem better to introduce technology to home users first, giving everyone time to make the jump.

Comment Re:"Pretty Much All of Them" (Score 1) 189

I dunno, for the areas where compute performance matters the most - i.e. games - I find that there's a lot of parity between the software ranges on Android and iOS, so there's a lot of reasons to compare across ecosystems. I'm an iOS owner now and I'm being swayed by the choice between a Nexus that's guaranteed to have top of the line specs and therefore a long gaming life ahead of it, or paying the same money for a rather crusty older-model iPhone.

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