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Comment Re:What is this fascination with outsourcing? (Score 1) 63

How many outsourcing stories do we need?

Outsourcing is happening. Deal with it. Move on. Change plans if necessary. Complaining about it on Salshdot accomplishes nothing.

IBM outsources to low cost geos. And that is what will happen to Lloyds jobs. Anybody that believes otherwise is not thinking clearly.

Businesses will go where the costs of getting work done is lower. You can erect barriers all you want, but all of that is going to be temporary.

In other news, linuxguy has been outsourced - any new comments will be from a completely different person. Expect quality to remain the same (exuberantly intoxicated) or better.


Strange New Social Media Trend: Licking Nintendo Switch Cartridges ( 117

Now that the Nintendo Switch has launched, "lots of people are just licking their video games," reports McClatchy. According to IGN, the tech company coated the cartridges, which are roughly the size of a SIM card, in a bittering agent called denatonium benzoate, which is also used in rat poison and antifreeze to deter human consumption. The chemical is also used to deter nail-biting, per the Telegraph. Nintendo used the chemical as a safety measure to stop small children and pets from eating the cartridges. While there is no adverse health effects from consuming denatonium benzoate, it does leave a sour, bitter taste that lasts for hours, according to taste testers from BBC News, Quartz and IGN. But even as more and more people take to social media to let others know how bad the cartridges taste, more and more people seem determined to try it in what some are calling the Nintendo cartridge challenge...
"Humanity deserves no faith," opines Slashdot reader RavenLrD20k. But meanwhile on Twitter, one gamer was already complaining that their morning coffee tasted like a Nintendo Switch cartridge.

Comment Use CC0 (Score 1) 58

They should use the Creative Commons Zero copyright waiver, as it is designed for releasing copyright without regard to specific jurisdiction. The full legal text of the license ( contains both a copyright waiver and a fully-permissive license. This way, in case the copyright waiver is found legally unenforceable or invalid, the fully-permissive license kicks in and protects the Affirmer (person who applied the license to the work) and licensee (person using the work). (It protects the Affirmer by ensuring the work stays in the public domain (his successors can't have all rights to the work restored, as has happened in several cases before), and it protects the licensee from the same potential problem.

Comment Re:The spin that title implies is a problem (Score 1) 117

Yes, Amazon is claiming First Amendment protections for their users of Alexa and NOT for Alexa "herself".

But let's not have that interfere with the sensational title of the linked article: "Amazon argues that Alexa is protected by the First Amendment in a murder trial".

Contrary to that title the author wrote:

The heart of Amazon's claim is that Alexa devices could provide insights into a person's entire life, and having two days worth of audio would be an unreasonable invasion of that privacy. Knowing that law enforcement has the ability to request data from these devices and peruse them at will would have a chilling effect on people using the services--which clearly would be bad news for Amazon's business.

"Such government demands inevitably chill users from exercising their First Amendment rights to seek and receive information and expressive content in the privacy of their own home," Amazon lawyers wrote, "conduct which lies at the core of the Constitution."

[adding bold and underlining, clearing up smartquotes and another annoyances]

Well, in that case, maybe they shouldn't have made something that relies so heavily on snooping on their owners? I could only hope that abortions of privacy like Echo / Google Home are tainted by this investigation and subsequent realization by the public that they're adding to their own police dossier.

Comment Re:Isn't it the victim's Echo they want info from? (Score 1) 117

Amazon likely doesn't want to reveal what it's recording (everything) and how long it holds onto it (forever).

Bingo. I barely trust Apple (I make sure the hands-free Siri is turned off at all times), but Amazon? They're too busy competing with everyone to let ethics slow them down.

Comment Bingo: Facebook is a marketing channel (Score 1) 144

Only post advertisements for your business. Don't put personal shit on the internet.

I know a self-employed gal (belly dancer / teacher) who uses facebook very well as a way to get gigs and keep her classes full. It's about her, of course, but she uses it more like a big-shot CEO uses twitter - promotion and influencing - than as a view on her personal life - she doesn't even list her kid or hubby on relations, nor does she share pictures of them.

That's the right way to use it - it's all potentially public to everyone, but she gets a revenue boost by using it so it's a win/win for her.

Comment Re:But... (Score 3) 181

Without a CEO, how will we ever be able to make sure that corporate assets are sold off to third parties and then leased back in order to show a huge short-term profit that generates a huge year-end bonus while simultaneously stripping the company of value and driving it toward bankruptcy?

Don't worry, in the USA, we have private equity (see: vulture capital) firms who go out and buy such companies using loaned money [1], install their own CEO and do exactly that - they pay back the loans they used to buy the company from the assets the company owns.


Comment Re:Competition is good! (Score 1) 84

I'm sure this wasn't a paid posting... but ignoring that, this is just a promotional rate. "until the promotional pricing expires on March 31, 2018. After which pricing goes up to $160". Personally, I'd rather go with a straight forward tmobile plan.

Is it just a contract rate offered for signups during that period? I'm too lazy to look, but my TMO Simple Choice plan prices are still honored for ongoing monthly charges and including the new-line rate - meaning I can add a new line for $10/mo and still pay the same rates I did when I signed up 4 years ago ($160 total for 10 lines excluding extras, all with 2.5GB base).

So maybe this just means that Sprint will cease offering this pricing in 2018.

Comment Re:Connected devices (Score 1) 229

Not intending to buy such appliances is only an option right now.

We don't know if that option will remain open in the future.

Personally, I think it's good to call out the bullshit now before it gains any momentum.

While simultaneously thinking of and implementing ways to kneecap such devices' traitorous behavior.

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