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Comment Re:Filter outbound email? (Score 1) 128

I can't tell if you misunderstood me, or are just wrong. They are harvesting email addresses from students, profs, etc. There is a limited resource of available oxford.edu addresses. They wouldn't be able to send many emails if they used a different account for each one. Even if they did, the filter should just usie ranking system like spam assasin to red flag outgoing emails likely to be spam. One bad email sent, block that message, send notice to user. five sent, block account. Even if there are a lot of false positives, you would only punish those doing something kind of wrong (sending out messages that look like spam) , rather than punishing everyone by blocking Google docs. It seems like a no-brainer to me.

Comment Re:Like... (Score 2) 268

I can't believe that Microsoft didn't improve their mobile platform because they were afraid of hurting their own success. It was never a market leader. The market shrank rather than grew for a while. Blackberry, Symbian, even Sun ate their lunch long before Apple showed up. They just didn't care enough about the segment, and were too distracted by the longhorn/vista failure to pay much attention. And when they did react, they decided to purchase an inovative company (danger) who's creative genius had already moved on to the next big thing ( Andy Rubin creator of Android) used Sun's platform and forced them to create something ( the kin) on the terrible windows mobile platform.

You give them way too much credit. They didn't think it was worth investing in. They were more interested in trying to create an ipod knockoff ( zune) than think about phones.

Comment Re:Google has done this already. (Score 5, Interesting) 95

No. Just making it non human is already an advantage in some respects. I would gladly replace myself with a self-driving car if it was as good as myself. I might even be willing to pay double for a car with that feature. I mean leather seats, climate control, wood paneling interior, crazy powerful engines, are features I wouldn't pay an extra dime for. Luxury for luxury's sake is stupid, imho. As is speed for speed's sake. But give me a car that drives itself, I 'll buy one right now for twice the price that my existing car is.

Comment Re:Where's the lie? (Score 1) 513

http://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/default.mspx

I laughed when I read that. Its linked to in the bottom right hand corner of scroogled.com

Basically it says...

Uses of Information
Additional Details
        We use the information we collect to provide the services you request. Our services may include the display of personalized content and advertising.

Comment Re:Yeah, right (Score 1) 245

No, that's not a funny thing. It documents everything. The privacy settings control the flow of information from you to other people, it doesn't control what facebook sees, collects, and uses*.

Theoreticaly some settings do specifically address what Facebook does with your info, but I don't trust them to not do it. Plus, there isn't a way to tell facebook to not use your information in a way they haven't created a privacy setting for. There really good at asking for forgiveness, rather than permission to do new things to you.

Comment Re:Yeah, right (Score 4, Informative) 245

Yeah, as much info I have in there is fake, I can't convince my friends who grew up with facebook in college to fake everything. They know things, I show up in pictures, I get invited to events, ect. The fake stuff makes it more difficult, but not impossible. Its like a single DES encryption. Just really there to deter those with out the motivation to crack.

Comment Re:There is no income guarantee for anyone (Score 1) 665

I didn't say that there shouldn't be an income guarantee. But I'm not capable of rewriting the laws of our global economy. I prefer to work with what exists than to try to radically change it. There have been worse systems in place, many of which came about from very lofty goals.

Comment Re:Musicians Can Make A Living (Score 3) 665

I don't think artists should be given a certain income level, but live performances aren't a garuntee of success. I pay for all of the music I consume. The last concert I went to was in 2003. I'm not a big concert guy. The bands I would want to listen to are only playing in a city, late on a week day night with bad traffic, poor parking. Its just not worth the effort. You have a much bigger audience that just wants to listen to music on demand. There essentially is no way to entice a customer like me to go to a show. The promotion of free music ends up being a lost sale, because that's what I really wanted in the first place the music, not the crappy stage show.

But like I said, its not a problem I created, nor one I can fix. A good number of musicians are just basically screwed. They'd be better advised to make a living some other way that pays better.

Comment There is no income guarantee for anyone (Score 5, Insightful) 665

Manufacturing workers in the US lost their jobs by the millions through no fault of their own. Thats the way the economy works. We aren't condemning anyone to poverty. If you want to do nothing other than make music, you get what the job pays. You can try to do something else to earn more money, if you'd like. The economy of a free society in uncertain times is a harsh mistress.

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