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Comment M$ is following a well-known path (Score 4, Insightful) 160

1. They unload Win10 on the world, only partially designed, and sucker us into doing their product testing. Then, the add more and more complexity with unnecessary "features" that are mere click bait.

2. Then, the declare it's the last of the "Windows" line (unlikely, and a stupid claim by an executive without credibility to assert it.)

3. Now, they plan to get rid of productive employees. Why? "Bottom line" or, as Jack Welch said, early in his career at GE CEO, "the purpose of a corporation is to maximize shareholder return on investment." Then, two years ago, after retirement, he admits in Forbes' magazine that his was "...the dumbest idea in the world."

4. And Microsoft is joining the cadre of companies with "great (aka overpaid) CEOs" (usually self-proclaimed) who produce poor results over the long-term (see http://www.wsj.com/articles/be...).
They're about to fall off a cliff...and they think they're on solid ground. Mark my words.

Comment Re: Sinking ship (Score -1) 176

Another unsubstantiated "economic theory" posted by a financial illiterate. Knowledge bears no relationship to money; it does bear some relationship to work.

You can't BUY knowledge...you can buy (and have a relationship with) knowledgeable people, and some of it might rub off.

If Money can buy Knowledge, how is it that Trump/Drumpf is so ignorant???

Comment Read some Ha-Joon Chang (Score 1) 507

His "23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism" is a masterpiece of writing, explaining how totally WRONG most economists are about nearly everything they say. e.g.: There is no such think as a "free market," there are always rules, regulations, legislation that--for example, keep practitioners of homeopathy from being considered 'doctors,' because they have no evidence that it is anything but a placebo. Or, for another example, that truckers hauling things for sale still have to adhere to speed limits, for safety's sake. Or, the FDA, so hated by the Right, that mandates that drugs for sale have to meet certain proven safety requirements (too bad they don't regulate profits as well).

Or, for another one of those 23 things: Jack Welch said, when he headed General Electric, that the first duty of any business was to "maximize shareholder value." Then, in Forbes a couple of years ago, he admitted that (and I quote) it was "the dumbest idea in the world!"

He doesn't idolize Communism, but he sure picks at the threads of what the 1% would have us believe...except the United States Constitution gives us the right to learn from a writer, like Chang, that they're all blowing smoke up our economics for their own selfish benefit.

Comment Can you tell it's ELECTION Season??? (Score 3, Interesting) 248

Do-nothing Darrell Issa is NOW concerned about H1B abuse, because people in his district (a high-tech hotbed North of San Diego) have been having their jobs overtaken by imported, lower-cost workers...conveniently, just before his performance is questioned by challengers for his Seat in the House of Representatives.
He could've done this anytime in the past two (or four) years, but, no-o-o. He waits until he can make it a CAMPAIGN ISSUE to help his faltering reputation. His Democratic challenger is now approaching parity in polling, so, pull out the project he SHOULD have been working on for the past several years in office. But, schemer that he is, he's held it in reserve until it could save his butt...and he hopes you forget about all the butts of working who've lost their jobs because of his passive attitude toward constituents in prior years!

Comment Re:I'm sure they will fully comply (Score 1) 120

Umm, I still think the tariffs for "wire-line phone service) charge the CALLING parting, not the CALLED party...at least in every U.S. state I know of. International calls TO you are billed by the carrier at "waters' edge." However, on cellular service you're getting charged for "air time," aka the time you spent at originator OR recipient of a call...that's the cellular scam.

It's why I take these measures:
1. I use VOIP at my home, instead of paying AT&T their exorbitant tariff. Because data demands of voice are so small, it'll work on 'most any Internet service even the slowest. I pay $25.00/month for unlimited calling anywhere in North America. I do not subscribe to AT&T or other telco VOIP; it's a ripoff.

2. I register with the FTC "Do Not Call" list; reputable companies use it. The rest are outlaws. I report outlaws to the FTC regularly by eMail.

3. I have a cordless phone system at home with a central station (Panasonic, if you're interested; DECT models) that has a "Call Block" feature: Anytime I hear a voice message from a robocaller, I press Call Block...thereafter, if they call again, it rings ONCE, then never again. Eventually, they put my number on their "DO NOT CALL" list, because it costs them money.

4. I only list my landline phone on my business card, or in any on-line registration that demands it, never my cellphone.

As a result, I have yet to ever pay a monthly cellphone bill higher than the minimum contract amount.

Comment But, Apparently, Rural Communities Don't Exist (Score 4, Insightful) 105

Out here in rural America (I'm near Lake Tahoe), we hear nothing but Big Business Buzz. I've got the best there is in the County Seat: 12 Mb/s, barely enough for my small business...but nothing near what it would take to attract significant business growth, because we're not "visible" enough, and the Republican congress has made sure there's been no money (even though most rural areas are as Red as Hell) for broadband through the Rural Utilities Service, or other federal medium.

Google could create a massive economic boom in rural America...but "shareholder return" is more important to them than trying to help solve economic problems outside big cities. But, even Jack Welch, the original progenitor of "shareholder value" has now called it "the dumbest idea in the world."
(See http://www.forbes.com/sites/st...)

Even the Tennessee Valley Authority spawned the USDA's Rural Electrification Service to bring electricity to rural areas...back when politicians still gave a damn about their constituents' needs.

So, Google, why won't you return my phone calls about serving rural markets? Are citizens in rural areas less VALUABLE to our Country, in your eyes? Where does YOUR food come from?

Comment This is just self-serving nonsense... (Score 1) 202

BB apparently depends on government business for a large fraction of its' income. This is just "dancing to the piper's tune."

Chen appears to be siding with his major "customer," to forego his failure at making a product that non-governmental customers want to buy. He is also apparently wholly ignorant of constitutional rights to privacy in the U.S., as outlined by Alan Westin's seminal and masterful "Privacy and Freedom" (1967).

Comment Re: Orion (Score 2) 359

You "Get" an apartment with a larger replicator, of course.

And, in general, your "greatest shortcoming" is endemic to all stories, from those around the communal campfires of our far ancestors, to today's novels: The "backstory" is a set of presuppositions, evident to the participants in the drama itself. To me, it is that pattern of unstated presuppositions that makes a story great: You have to suspend your own belief patterns of what happened prior to your own birth, and adopt a different pattern of presuppositions to make sense of the narrative of the story. And, in Star Trek, Spock's pattern of presuppositions, for example, is quite different from Kirk's, 'tho they share those of the Federation. From that, rich storytelling emerges. I find that the people who don't appreciate science fiction are those who find understanding that principle beyond their ken.

Comment Only this "NEW Microsoft" could be so obtuse... (Score 0) 117

...and coercive. And backwards. Unnecessarily complex, too.

The simplest solution is best: Allow a second form of the Control Panel | Program and Features, with a check mark box in front of every entry. Now, let the Administrator use that view to click on all items that should be removed, and do it all in one session (with as many automatic reboots as necessary). The code can figure out the dependencies and adjust the order to do the independent stuff first, and so-on down the tree.

An example is at http://www.techattend.com/unin...

Only M$ could come up with this inverse of the logical approach so it will, inevitably, trash things you wanted to keep! Because, of course, M$ knows better than any user how "best" to manage the users' own computer systems.

And, again, M$ declares: "We are the King of the O.S. world; you mere customers are only objects to be manipulated to our satisfaction!"

Comment Travesty of Asaimov's Rules (Score 1) 186

They were intended to be principles designed INTO the robot. Anyone can build a device (and call it a robot) that violates one of the three laws: "A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law."

What a waste of electrons, /. !!!

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