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Comment Re:This is great (Score 1) 195

Assuming that the data is reliable in any way. I have a Nest, and I've turned off auto away because it was awful at predicting when I'd actually left the house. It could be useful in theory, but in practice it's a lot less accurate than you're giving them credit for. Is the Nest collecting data about you? Sure. Is that data likely to be useful against you in anyway, very unlikely.

Comment Re:Not a good time (Score 1) 526

(To those who will bleat "Vote!": I do vote but the only choices likely to be elected are those thoroughly venal politicians who will continue the irresponsible spending. It is built into the election process that those who are committed to significantly and actually cutting the government spending will never get the big donations necessary to win. The big donors give the big bucks to politicians who will turn the federal faucet in their direction -- not turn it off. )

Maybe they should be bleating "Get involved!" - it's not enough to show up at the polls every four years, democracy only functions if folks are involved with it year round. Corporations can donate big bucks, but it takes people to turn that money into action. Donate your time to a political party and have a say in how it works. It's easy to be a critic, much harder to work for what you believe in.

Comment Re:In other words (Score 1) 160

So I guess this week we don't think that information wants to be free? In the words of RMS

I believe that all generally useful information should be free. By 'free' I am not referring to price, but rather to the freedom to copy the information and to adapt it to one's own uses... When information is generally useful, redistributing it makes humanity wealthier no matter who is distributing and no matter who is receiving.


Apple After Jobs 454

recoiledsnake writes "The connection between Apple and Steve Jobs is unlike any other brand and CEO relationship in corporate America, maybe the world. While Bill Gates has successfully transitioned himself away from his day job at Microsoft, can Apple do without Jobs at all? Once word started circulating that Jobs may be ill, Apple stock took a considerable hit, dropping more than $10 a share. And when Mr. Jobs was absent from last week's quarterly earnings conference call, the questions started again — and the stock fell again. What does this mean for corporate users of Apple for whom switching costs are high? Can Apple continue innovating in Job's absence?"

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