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Comment Re:I hope they fail. (Score 1) 60

They don't keep 55% of users from messaging you because iMessage can send/receive SMS. Non Apple users just don't get the benefits/features of iMessage. If you want the security then you can use a third party (proprietary) messaging app that runs on iOS and Android. My point is that I don't know of an "open standards" app that provides end to end encryption and the other features of iMessage or similar 3rd party apps.

Comment Re:I hope they fail. (Score 1) 60

Apple provides end to end encryption and better abilities to keep spam out, partly due to its being proprietary. Some third party applications also provide these features. I don't know what Facebook will do, but when you are communicating with SMS using its messaging they change the background color from blue to green so that you know your texting in the clear. What "open standard" apps offer this?

Comment Re:wrong (Score 2) 67

You don't even know what these things are. Read the other posts. As to iBeacon, it's not giving data to Apple. Some business, e.g. MLB, buys and installs iBeacon technology in order to sell goods and services or enhance their experience. The purchaser of iBeacon, not Apple. If a user allows his/her device to communicate with iBeacon - the owner or user of the device, the iBeacon or the business operating it - then and only then is their an exchange of data. Any device that has cellular communications or bluetooth turned on is providing some data to whatever is scanning for it, It's the nature of electronic communications. The issue is whether or not it provides data you've put in or made available to your device and that is what Apple puts in the device owner's/user's control.

Comment Re:RAID, let them fail (Score 3, Insightful) 145

Yes, and if one disk in an array fails, the likelihood that another disk in the same array will fail soon goes way up. That's because they many disk failures are related to environmental factors - power, air, particulate matter, etc. Whatever factors contributed to the first disk failure are also present for the other disks in the array. So it's best to replace disks that have impending failure as soon as you can.

Comment Re:What was "Adjusted" this year? (Score 3, Informative) 256

Stations sample at a point. Adding more stations is adding more sample points. The distribution of the locations of the stations is no longer the same and that skews the sample, i.e. it's representation of the entire planet is different so you have to change the weightings so you aren't giving more weight to areas that have a different station density.

Comment Re:Google lacks focus, leadership and commitment (Score 1) 43

I agree. They kind of remind me of Xerox PARC. Lot's of smart people creatively innovating - even inventing on occasion - but no follow through to actually turn these investments into products they can make money on. Google gives away Android, ChomeOS and the Chrome browser in order to sell more ads and yet they make more money off of (ads on) iOS than they do Android. Google has yet to find an additional source of profits beyond advertising. If they don't make some changes then at some point the window of opportunity will close on them and they will fade into irrelevance.

Comment Re:Fragmentation (Score 4, Interesting) 236

Make some decisions. There isn't any video content I can't live without. There is more content available than I have the time I'm willing to allocate. So I'll prioritize and buy the content at the top of my list up to the budget - money and time - I've allocated for video content. It's not that hard.

Comment Re:Unionize (Score 1) 350

What employers say they need and what they want are not the same thing. Employers have said they want certain skills but then they bring in H1B's with the same or inferior skills as their American counterparts. What employers really want from H1B's is cheap labor that is compliant and they get that because the H1B's they sponsor have no leverage. They have to accept whatever the employer decides with no recourse except to be sent home. If the employers were really just seeking skills they cannot find here then they'd be happy to allow the H1Bs to be free to leave for other employers or negotiate a better salary. H1B's are a distortion of the labor market because the H1B's are indentured servants. Eliminate that and let's see what the market brings us. Our current regulations and rules don't work. It's too easy for the employers to gave the system or outright lie.

Comment Re:Unionize (Score 5, Insightful) 350

A lot of the rules you're asking for exist, but they aren't enforced. Lawyers put together some plausible but incorrect statements and file them with authorities who aren't eager to check them out. There are videos on the internet showing various lawyers and clients conspiring to do this. To top it off, most in Congress are more loyal to the executives in the IT industry demanding higher quotas then they are to common people. Even when it's been demonstrated that these executives, Bill Gates included, are lying through their teeth about the salaries they pay the H1B's. Your last suggestions hint at a better solution and that is to remove employer sponsorship and control from the H1B process and the visa award completely. H1B holders should be able to change jobs at will and compete for whatever salaries they can get. Currently H1B holders are cheap and compliant due to the fact that they can't change jobs and it is that which makes them so appealing to employers. Free the H1B's and then they will only be valued based on their skills and productivity.

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