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Comment Re:Deforestation (Score 1) 166

You would think that perhaps the massive deforestation of the planet over the course of the past 400-500 years might have an impact. Combine that with massive increases in combustion on the planet you would think that it would be unsurprising that more free O2 would be contained within CO/CO2/SO2 etc than in the past.

Course that's out of my ass, and I don't know how you'd go around testing it.

Deforestation by man over the past 800,000 years?

Comment Re:Verizon's lame Amazon explanation (Score 2) 209

So Verizon's explanation for how the data got so high is apparently because she accessed Amazon 400 times during that period. So they actually think visiting a website 400 times would account for 560 gigabytes of data? Over a gigabyte per visit. How stupid can they be? More proof that signing up with a company that can just randomly bill you whatever they want is not a good idea. Verizon is stuck in the stone age.

AWS.

Comment Re:Complete nonsense (Score 1) 400

The vast majority of customer service could be replaced, and in some companies has been, today by software. The people working those first tier calls today are running off of scripted responses. Customer asks this, respond with that. Customer requests this, click this button and the back-end software will complete the request, etc. It isn't hard to replace that with a automated system. The biggest hurdle right now is acquisition and implementation cost vs outsourcing it to cheap humans in the Puerto Rico*, India and Pakistan. Sure, there will be outlier calls that will need a person to handle them but those are the minority of calls and can be handled by a smaller human workforce.

*I've worked with several companies that do this kind of work and all but one has a call center in PR to handle Spanish language calls. There are also some tax benefits involved.

Comment Re:Shouldn't customers get 40% of their money back (Score 1) 120

On the plus side, the battery will literally last forever. Charging to 90% doubles the life of a LiPo, charging to only 50% eliminates cycle-based aging almost completely (the cells will still degrade, but just as quick as they would if you didn't use them at all). 60% will likely last very long.

Normally that would be great, but I don't think extending the life of an explody phone is a positive.

Comment Re:Goodbye, World Wide Web. (Score 1) 282

Yea, sorry, that first sentence wasn't clear. Distracted at work. Still, the point of my second sentence stands:

This ruling basically says that any for profit entity would have to not only get permission from owner of the linked site, but also validate that that entity has the rights to publish the content you are linking to them for. It's insane.

Comment Re:Goodbye, World Wide Web. (Score 4, Insightful) 282

That page you linked to with the photo is also copyrighted though, just by existing. What's to stop the owner of the target link from suing over that copyright? This ruling basically says that any for profit entity would have to not only get permission from owner of the linked site, but also validate that that entity has the rights to publish the content you are linking to them for. It's insane.

However, if the links are providing in the pursuit of financial gain, the poster of such links is deemed to have known that they were infringing copyright, unless they can prove otherwise. The court has stated that those sites operating "for profit" are expected to have carried out the (impossible?) "necessary checks to ensure that the work concerned is not illegally published on the website to which those hyperlinks lead."

Comment Re:MBA logic (Score 1) 38

It's unfortunate, but with a big merger like this you will end up with a lot of back office redundancy. You don't need two HR departments, for example. You don't need two purchasing departments, two ARs, two APs, two IT departments, ect. You combine and cut until the new, larger org, has sufficient support to run as one entity.

Comment Back to being McAfee (Score 1) 30

Well so much for John getting his name back!

I'm kind of bummed about this, I had a small hope that Intel could turn this product around but spinning it back out will kind of kills that dream. It's not that I have any love for it, but I have customers that use it so I'm stuck dealing with it in my job.

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