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Comment Re:Email design decisions (Score 1) 253

Probably because when they send the email they don't know (and shouldn't need to know) what device every person will access the email from. If someone is drafting a document, are they going to send you an ms word file of it, or a pdf? Neither, They are going to send you it in whatever format they were working on it in. And since you can't edit a PDF directly I'm going to venture they didn't send out a PDF just for the 2 people who might look at the email on a blackberry or an iphone at some point in time; they are going to send it out as a word document since most people are going to at somepoint open it on a computer that can open word documents... imagine that.

Comment Re:Email capabilities (Score 1) 253

And meanwhile the rest of us think you are insane for carrying four seperate phones to do the job of one. Do you have four seperate computers to connect to each of the different servers too?

It's not a matter of money its a matter of efficiency and stupidy. Just because you don't know HOW to accomplish your goal of having four separate views in an intelligent manner and found a truly shoddy workaround doesn't mean you know what you are doing.

You are a hardware salesman, unless your specialty is communication management hardware, and happen to be his manager, I'd say you are generally in the wrong here. The sysadmin's job is to afford with means to manage your communication within the companies acceptable standards (performance, reliability, security, etc, etc). Whether or not you like the company policies isn't his issue; take it up with someone who sets the policies, not enforces them.

Sounds more like you hate when an admin says you can't have something you want but don't need and he doesn't see a financial reason to maintain the cost for you compared to actually using techonology.

Honestly If you are carrying around 4 phones, each tracking the same email address it really seems like you are doing something wrong. Is the email separation really the only reason you have separate phones? I'm curious as to why you couldn't just set up three folders in your IMAP server one for each company and have emails go to the appropriate place.

And since someone said you need to talk to more than one person at once... I call slight bs on that. Unless you are literally holding one phone to your ear and mouth and the other two you rear and holding two unrelated conversations you just don't know how to work with technology.
They have these things called conference calls, three-way calling, and call-waiting if you are bouncing from conversation to conversation. And if you are truly having THAT many different lines going at once, maybe it makes more sense to call from a LANDLINE (shock) on a business phone setup with several different lines and the features you need.

I'm not a salesperson, but I know well enough to not conduct important business on a cellphone if a landline is available.. Nothing like dropping an important call right?

I don't have 4 phones, but having a smartphone and a laptop I feel like its already close enough... Any pop-mail I delete on my phone because I don't want it there in my inbox has to be deleted again on my laptop.. Otherwise I can't remove it from my inbox until my laptop had a chance to read the message and grab a copy. Another reason I hate POP? when you create a new account you have to download EVERY MESSAGE EVER that's still on the server, and they are all unread... lame.

server side mail is the way of the future, and its the only viable mechanism to deal with the bulk of synchronization of devices, there's this phenomenal pattern in software called model-view-controller. You might have heard of it.. The important bit is that you don't have to physically create multiple copies of a MODEL to see different VIEWS of the same data or filtration of the same date. amazing.

I will still stand by my statement, 4 phones is asinine.

I'm not a sysadmin, but its people like you who make me feel sorry for mine.

Comment Re:So what (Score 1) 253

the problem is that if you could prove what the mod could do, you could also prove software to be bug free... and sadly thats simply not really possible... although frankly I'm inclined to believe that you shouldn't be able to do anything from software alone that should "brick the device" to the point where they couldn't restore it... Sorta like how your warranty on a desktop or a laptop isn't contingent upon you leaving windows installed on it... or even a macbook where you are free to remove OS X and install something else, the warranty doesn't go out the window.

How does this go out the window for phones in general all of the sudden?

Comment Re:Wait a minute (Score 1) 164

Apparently you have no idea how the stock market works. There's this glorious thing called REG-NMS not to mention liquidity and publication of quotes. I can see what the best offers to buy and sell X are market wide. I can then place a market order to get the best execution price at that moment, or I can place a limit order.
    I can quickly look and see that either you are indeed offering or matching the best offer or that you are full of it and take my business elsewhere.
    In either scenario it is pure supply and demand. This whole dance-off / negotiation thing you are infatuated with is non-existent. Not to mention it is wholly an attempt to subvert supply and demand by masking with emotion. In other words the entire BS part of the whole thing is gone. We have a transparent open market. I've never heard of negotiation on the floor of the exchange. That or some of the fastest dancers ever are working there to deal with high frequency traders. LOL do they do the microsecond mambo?

"That is why most large software purchases go through a huge dance of evaluations, bake-offs, and other meaningless activities."

Yeah you see this is the whole reason nothing gets done efficiently, quickly, or effectively anymore. Billions of dollars (in both time and money) are wasted every year on efforts that produce no value in and of themselves. (Yes I'm making that number up but it seems reasonable enough). Sounds a lot like corporate back scratching, and the whole lobbyist game.

Back to my point... If our financial markets worked anything like that do you honestly think they would still exist?
And we wonder why it takes so long for anything to actually get done and why things are never on budget lol.

Comment Re:Wait a minute (Score 1) 164

ok so this is the second most insightful post in years...

preferred customer status is bullshit... everyone should be paying the same price for the same product (at the same time)....
treat it like the equity markets handle things.

that said, they could also argue they can't do the job for the government for a better price. They are only able to offer some small company a break because they can afford to eat that loss in exchange for service contracts and future sales... the government case is the future sale.

doesn't this mean the government shouldn't be able to 'buy' or have a GSA with anyone who at any point in times gives anything away for free?

Comment big surprise (Score 1) 1217

having grown up in relatively nearby Andover, I'm not exactly surprised that such a dumb move would come down from an out of touch principal with good intentions. That said, at least in our town the parents have themselves to blaim because the Parent Teachers Association and SuperIntendant were clearly both asleep at the wheel. And not that it matters, but I tend to doubt the money will be a big problem for that high schools population not that its an excuse.

The irony is that at my high school at least there are/were only classrooms that had macs. The music studio class room (used by music theory classes and likely others) and the desktop publishing class for obvious reasons.

Elsewhere it was some form of generic wintel's.

Personally I think that it's horribly irresponsible for a high school principal to have any say what-so-ever about which platform should ultimately be selected; leave that to someone with actual background in technology.... But I would like to point out before stating my preference, that most correctly there is no answer. Saying they should all use windows is wrong, all use mac is wrong, all use linux is wrong. You should be learning how to use technology, not a specific program. I.E. Learn word processing, not microsoft word. So no matter what platform he says they should all be on, he is wrong.

That said it would make infinitely more sense (and cents) to use an open platform like Linux (such as ubuntu or edubuntu) because of the cost component. It is absolutely free and everyone could use it. That said I still think it is preposterious and absolutely a waste of time and money to equip them all with laptops. Most classes simply are not condusive to it, and they end up being a distraction. I had one throughout college and that's mostly what it tended to be.

Other than using it for reading articles (which desktops solves) in humantities classes I just don't see the usage. In math class trying to take notes on a laptop is next to impossible unless you are an absolute master in Latex... and even then its probably a bad idea. Writing out the notes and doing the work is important.

Maybe they are going to redo the whole program, but I tried using a laptop on my own for a year in high school (self provided for a pilot program trial) and it was completely useless. There was no means to "hand in" my assignments, even in college most of my non CS courses wanted printouts of work. (Even when it was a matlab / mathematica assignment). Other than a note taking device its pretty hindered unless you regear the whole curriculum to make use of it. Are they going to have wifi everywhere? No more handouts everything as PDF's? Where are they going to be plugging in all of these laptops? most batteries can't last the 8 hour school day of high school.

This strikes me far more as a we want to use technology for the sake of using techonology, then for an actual meaningful reason. And the same can be said about their mac decision. How much did Apple pay them to do this? Was an open solution submitted and considered?

man sucks to be in Beverly right now.

Comment Re:What were the parents thinking ? (Score 1) 804

You make one major oversight. People, or at least myself, want zero tolerance for actually valid and reasonable rules that happen to coincide with laws. The school has no business telling any kid what they may or may not eat. They can choose what they make available for purchase, but that's it. Can they tell me what brand of mustards are allowed? Its about as meaningful as this 'policy'

Zero tolerance is for things like, violence, gun possesion, possesion of drugs, harassment, cheating, etc, etc.

This isn't a case of people not wanting zero-tolerance its a case of a couple morons trying to legislate what they deem to be proper behavior through policy through the guise of "We are looking out for the children". You are not looking out for the children, you are taking a knee jerk reaction of a moron. (aside what is non zero tolerance on this, you either have a forbidden item or you don't)

What next, outlawing non-mechanical pencils because of splinters and accidents with sharpeners? Telling me which brand of notebook I have to buy?

I love when a principal says something as apathetic as "whether or not I agree with the guidelines". If you are principal and you don't agree with the guidelines you should be taking steps to change them! Either state that you agree with them, or state that you disagree and are or have tried to take steps to make a change in the policy. If you don't have an opinion as the principal who the heck does? Aren't you supposed to be looking out for the well being of your students?

Does this excuse the third grader? In my opinion absolutely, in less you can demonstrate that they clearly understood that having that candy would land him detention (really detention in 3rd grade for that? you really don't have any larger problems in your school to solve?) Are the parents of candy providers to blaim? Yes, they should have known the policy, and if they disagreed they should get together with other parents and file a complaint.

Comment Re:Meh ... Its Apple .. you expected different? (Score 1) 327

A few major problem with your sears comparison. At sears you don't buy a license to put food in a fridge you buy a fridge. You buy a product. A tangible, consumable product.

Software is not a consumable, and iTunes Store isn't selling you anything, they are granting licenses to you. I can't even call it a store, because it really isn't.

The difference here is that Apple has merely positioned itself as a required third party to execute the transaction. They don't produce the product, they don't package it and they don't distribute it in any conventional sense. A distributor purchases products from suppliers and sells them to someone else. In the case of distribution the producer names his price and the distributor pays it or doesn't. What the distributor does with the price next is up to them. A retailer buys from distributers and sells to consumers.
    Apple's iTunes "store" does not do any of this, apple doesn't pay producers up front, they don't maintain an inventory, and they are not buying and selling anything. They are standing in as a middleman, nothing more. In the retail model the author could say "I'm selling you the rights to sell X copies, in return you must pay me 2.49 each" they could mark it up and take the difference or they could mark it down, but they would have to pay him his price regardless. Instead they take the approach of a market place, they maintain no inventory, liability or responsibility for the products, and allow sellers to set the price in exchange for a percentage.
    If iTunes were a retailer I could return defective merchandise to them.. but as you know I can't.

I'm not going to pretend to understand the model that Amazon and other eCommerce sites take in regards to how they obtain their "inventory" and perhaps I should. But the other major difference to me between them and iTunes store is that to get it on the iPhone you have to go the iStore.. no alternative no choice. If amazon charges too much you go to someone else.

granted he can choose to not sell in itunes anymore, which I hope he does. Apple used to be about choice, and the ability to do things differently.

Comment Re:Meh ... Its Apple .. you expected different? (Score 2, Informative) 327

Doesn't understand economics well? What the heck are you talking about. This doesn't require a fancy degree in economics to understand. Apple is shoving its bs down his throat and the result is that he has to increase the price across the board to maintain the same target audience. Which is assinine.

Smells like price fixing to me. "We refuse to allow you to sell your product at the price you want to sell it at" is price fixing. This is anticompetitive behavior at its finest. We won't carry your product if we can't be the ones selling it for the cheapest, and we refuse to sell it at the price you want.

It's not up to you to decide whether he can profit from selling for at cheaper prices, or more expensive prices. It's his product and he clearly has a market at that price. End of story.

Seriously though, you don't like the premise of the article? Wow, thanks for such an astute comment, if only I gave a crap whether you liked it or not. I don't think you understood the premise of the article. Amazon and Apple shouldn't be involved in driving the price anywhere, they are a market place. The people creating the products and the market dictate prices.

Clearly you don't understand economics well. Play the stock market much? I'd love to make a market against you. Next you are going to tell me that competition between NYSE and BATS is going to drive stock prices down. Competition does one and only one thing, it drives prices to their equilibrium and it tighetens the spreads. As long as Apple enforces a $1 interval (which I didn't realize they did until reading this article) you aren't going to see any movement. Go look at tick sizes for$1-$5 equities on Nasdaq or NYSE, I'll bet the farm the tick size is not a dollar.

Yet another way in which I've lost all respect for apple.

Comment Re:Get it Back (Score 1) 332

I'm guessing you've never taken any classes in ethics. A thief is a thief is a thief.

If the person specifically said they couldn't reproduce it and the researchers weren't smart enough to secure that right in the first place, i think the researchers would be fired.

Would people be angry with him? Yes. But he absolutely has the right to make that decision, its his or her body.

Here's a twist, the person was a jehova's witness, and you just happened to get just enough of his blood to test but it was destroyed.. Does that give you the first to forcefully take more from him?

If its such a simple right thing to do then when you go back for permission it will probably be granted. If it was something they never would have agreed to in the first place, why does this matter.

DNA might be a factual thing, but the vessels its found in are not. My blood, my saliva and my cells are mine, they are not yours, they are not the communities.

Granted I'm a liberal, and I don't know what your stance is, but it would only be more ironic if you were a conservative.

Comment simpler way to show it didn't pass (Score 1) 449

To me its far easier to do this:
206 votes total, 2/3 to pass.. which means 1/3 against is the most that can vote against (since they don't mention abstentions and how abstentions are handled).

206 * 1/3 or 206/3 is 68 and 2/3... if more than that vote against it can't pass.
70 is more than 68 2/3 so the vote fails.

If it take their bad shortcut method and say 206 * 0.33 i get 67.98 which is also less than 70 so that vote fails.

jcochran said it similarly. if you think it passed than that means passed voters against * 2 = passed voters... its not.

This is also why I ensure that everyone agrees and records what they believe is the required number of voters for or against to pass / block a decision (when its not a majority wins decision with friends) BEFORE actually voting.

Comment Re:Get it Back (Score 4, Insightful) 332

I would say its no different if its a photograph. A key component of performing valid and recognized research is informed consent. I absolutely expect to control in perpetuity how my photograph / dna / etc are researched. I'm not as concerned with the tools, whether its a magnifying lens or a digital something or other; but what's being searched for is separate.

The fact that you had to use the word "also" as in "also analyze facial morphology" illustrates the line very clearly. I/you/we/whomever didn't consent to that; we consented to body morphology. If you want to analyze it for that come back and get my consent or piss off.

Why do I hold this control? because its my information to start with. I gave you access to it in return for something under some contractual terms.. Now you are trying to change them after the fact without my option or giving me anything in return. More importantly, you are trying to do something I likely would never have agreed to in the first place.

Here's a better example, instead of a photo, let's pretend its my credit card. If I go to the store and buy a widget from you and pay with my credit card, I consent to give you the credit card briefly for the sole purpose of executing this transaction. You are not entitled to copy my number, to run background checks on me, to withhold it from me, to give it to others, or to charge other things to me. I gave it to you to execute a transaction that's it.

So to answer your question I would react that exact same way. I view it no differently than fraud / misrepresentation and potentially breech of contract.

To answer a separate question; the researchers are free to draw whatever conclusions they want no matter what. Whether they are valid conclusions, or have any evidence to substantiate the claim is another story. They are free to analyze these photos in a manner which is consistent solely with advancing the purported goals and activities that are consistent with disclosure, studying for trends that are wholly unrelated to the study at hand which was disclosed does not meet this requirement.

Think about this in the reverse case. Go buy a playstation3 or an iphone, shouldn't it be yours to do with it what you will? Or does Sony/Apple have a right in perpetuity to change the conditions and terms, add and remove functionality as they see fit at any time whenever they like without your consent. Doesn't seem very different to me. You want my data you play by our rules. I'm not giving you my blood, i'm giving you a license to analyze it. Come to think of it more ironically Apple does exactly this in regards to tools now. Apple software "can only be run on apple branded computers" and iphone software can only be written in "approved languages".

Funny, its always important that IP, copyrights, contractual, and privacy rights of corporations is always protected so sternly, but so quickly trampled when they are of an individual, the ones who are actually supposed to be protected by laws.

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