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Comment Sure (Score 1) 169

Target is one I can think of off the top of my head. They have extremely low profit margins, in the realm of 3%. So you know that you are getting pretty much the best price they can offer you when you shop there based on what they are paying and the overhead of running their stores.

In terms of making lower margins than Apple though, that would be basically anyone. Apple's margins are INSANE. The only companies that see margins as high as they do are software companies, and then only a few. No other electronics manufacturer is even close.

Comment And how would one do that? (Score 1) 133

Near as I know, there is no such thing as "the workers' salary augmentation fund." So where does one send money? You can't just give it to Amazon, the fact aside that they aren't set up to just take money without offering goods/services in return, they wouldn't funnel it to the warehouse workers. So where does one send money?

Or are you just making a statement to try and make people feel bad, as though they should do something, but providing a bogus solution?

Comment Re:How can they stop this (Score 1) 122

guys thing that supper and a few drinks entitles them to sex

I suspect most guys don't think that at all.

Of course, women that let a man buy them dinner and a few drinks because they wants a free dinner and some drinks and have every intention of telling him to fuck off are nothing to admire either.

Women that refuse to sleep with a man because he invited them to share the costs of dating deserve to die lonely too.

Yeah, I can understand a man expecting women to be a little more honest and sharing. Luckily these days that's more frequently the case.

Comment More proprietary software-driven death is coming (Score 1) 165

And this is all in pursuit of something nobody needs—third-party remote driving or proprietary software driving. As Bradley Kuhn has pointed out, software freedom doesn't kill people, your security through obscurity kills people. I'm no fan of the driverless vehicle but it's worth noting how one-sided it is; the party being left out of knowing how their vehicle will behave is the vehicle's owner. This is a recipe for bad outcomes and we already have evidence of one driverless vehicle killing someone and the VW proprietary exhaust scandal adding more pollutants killing people more slowly.

Eric "The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process" Holder has returned to working for Covington & Burling, whose clients include many of the banks Holder chose not to prosecute when he was Attorney General (despite considerable evidence) and as the Intercept points out, President-elect Trump has made America Goldman's again so if you voted for Trump thinking you were dodging the Goldman Sachs favoritism Hillary Clinton showed, that didn't work.

Comment I guess if your definition of success (Score 2) 169

is screwing your customers, then ok. Personally I prefer companies that make lots of great products and sell them for barely any profit so I get to have great stuff for less. A company with huge profit margins is a company that is charging more than they have to.

If you are an investor, liking a company to make a high profit margin makes sense, though I still have to question it in the case of Apple since they hoard the cash rather than pay it out as a dividend. However if as a consumer you applaud high profit margin you are silly.

Comment Hmm... interesting. (Score 1) 180

Given the small numbers of fires so far and the fact that they already limited charging, this makes me think that they now believe the problem will get worse over time—i.e. it's not just that a few units are affected by the poor design choice with battery tolerances, when exposed to just the right conditions, but that EVERY unit has an elevated likelihood of going up in smoke over time, i.e. the ticking time bomb phenomenon.

"We've analyzed their attack sir, and there is a danger."

Otherwise, this would seem to be quite a drastic move.

Comment What about all of the other toys? (Score 4, Interesting) 69

I've got to say, this seems creepy to me. It's not just spying on kids, it's spying on whoever is in range. It's basically an open mic in your home, transmitting to god knows who.

So is a "smart" TV, a laptop computer, a tracker (a more appropriate name for a cell phone or mobile phone which recognizes the activity it does the most), and so many other voice-activated gadgets with network connectivity all running proprietary (read: untrustworthy by default) software. And a lot of these devices have cameras in them too, also under proprietary software control. And virtually all of them have been used by kids for years. Some of these devices have geolocation hardware in them too, that must make it easier to geotag the data the proprietors can acquire, keep, and share. I think it's great that people are finally getting around to thinking about the security and privacy implications when this is presented to them in the form of a toy but really this is far too late in coming.

Departing from the parent comment, situations like this are also a constant reminder of the profound inadequacies of modern-day IT experts who choose to surround themselves with these things, not in an experimental way to investigate them but as consumers who apparently value minor convenience more than their own privacy.

Only software freedom helps you enjoy all of these devices in a way where you, the user and owner of the device, can have a real say in what gets recorded, where that data is copied, and thus who gets access to that data. It's not about shutting these things out of your life entirely, it's about respecting who should control this data.

Comment Not convinced (Score 1) 171

Windows 7 goes end of extended life on January 14, 2020.

If the XP to 7 migration is anything to go by then you're going to get an uplift of Windows 10 installations by corporates starting around 6 months before that date.

Why migrate any earlier when Windows 7 works just fine and still gets security updates?

Comment Re:meh, totally predictable plot lines (Score 1) 77

Yeah, I forgot a lot of good ones. Sharks, eels, piranhas, snakes, volcanoes, rising water on sinking ships, asteroids, robots, machines on the blink, doomsday devices, heat, cold, incompetent technicians, ghosts, time travellers, parties unknown, mad scientists, angry scientists, monsters created by mad/angry scientists, radiation monsters, diseases, ... It's kind of fun to think through the list.

And then there's the *real* villians: bad actors, bad directors, bad screenplays, bad ideas, ruining good books, bad soundtracks, theatres that set the sound too loud, people that talk during the movie, people that use electronics during the movie, people that talk to their electronics during the movie, spoilers, overpriced tickets, overpriced snacks, commercials, product placement deals, cameos by overrated actors, actors that are in too many movies, sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots, retcons.

Comment Re:meh, totally predictable plot lines (Score 4, Insightful) 77

If it's from Hollywood, post 1968, then:

1. The villain will be a US military agency, a US spy agency, a corporation/CEO, a gun company, a non-renewable energy company.

Wow, I must have misunderstood the plot on all those post-1968 movies where I thought the baddies were commies, nazis, drug lords, foreign terrorists, domestic terrorists, anarchists, poor people trying to get rich quick, rich people trying to get richer quick, crazy people trying to do incomprehensible things for incomprehensible reasons, wayward do-gooders, megalomoniacal supercrooks, pirates, pirate hunters, aliens, alien hunters, vampires, vampire hunters, zombies, orcs, dragons, ghosts, etc.

If you don't like the simulation you're living in, you can always rejoin us here in reality.

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