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Comment Re:Privatized Big Brother? (Score 1) 149

it seems this thing is like credit data. companies give up the data in exchange for a credit score and risk profiling

same here. seems like private companies will be giving up their security cam and other data in exchange for security services

I like the use of "conspiracy" and "alleged" in the top-level story. It gives this a real air of critical reporting. You know! Like the conspiracy story about your parent's families, in which your father is alleged to have impregnated your mother.

There's real room to reserve some skepticism around the entire business of these "stories".


Submission + - Will Redhat's biggest future competitor be Vmware? (

walshy007 writes: Redhat CEO Jim Whitehurst believes that in five years time, vmware will be their most likely competitor.

A view that stems from seeing "Platform as a Service" (cloud computing) heavily influencing the future of business. Intent on becoming the primary data abstractor for x86 platforms by pushing kvm adoption in the enterprise.


Submission + - Tesla CEO Lying About Model S? $1,000,000 Says Yes ( 1

thecarchik writes: Elon Musk, CEO of electric-car startup Tesla Motors, sometimes says things that later prove not to be quite true. In that, he's like many entrepreneurs, who spend a portion of their time persuading the unconvinced and painting pictures of the rosy future, despite inconvenient facts that may contradict that vision of the future.

And in the case of the 2012 Tesla Model S all-electric sports sedan, which Tesla says it will launch before the end of next year, skeptics abound. Pulitzer Prize wining Journalist Dan Neil said the schedule promised by Musk was "an audacious timeline that makes many in the car industry roll their eyes." And, he added, "Even people inside Tesla are leery." The implication was clear: Neil didn't believe Tesla would be able to deliver on Musk's promises.

A week later, Musk e-mailed Neil and told him--in no uncertain terms--that he was wrong. After several lively rounds of e-mail he challenged Musk to a $1 million bet on the outcome based on the Tesla Model S hitting 4 targets. If the Tesla Model S misses any of the targets, Neil wins the bet.

Comment Re:Duh. (Score 1) 897

The EPA standards have been updated twice. That car would rate far less than 50 MPG today. Your anecdote is not reproducible, was not performed in a scientific manner, and the "knees-under chin" method of conveyance doesn't really meet with practical standards.

Yes. I'm afraid a mile isn't what it used to be...

Nor are the back-seats of compact sedans, for that matter.

Comment Re:Duh. (Score 3, Interesting) 897

It almost makes you wonder if the automakers may have exaggerated the costs of compliance, the way they always do.

I mean really. Was there ever anyone who actually thought that 25mpg was really the best a small sedan could muster?

In 1978, the American roads were filled with a little car, that did 50 EMPG. The Datsun B-210.

In 1984, I rode in the back of one with three other passengers, knees-under chin. We went 425 miles to San Francisco, well under a single-tank. Our actual MPG was better than 55, with all that load.

Comment Re:You Use a Google Technology (Score 2) 238

Because Google's business model is to create a panopticon, and monetise th einformation they collect about their subscribers.

In short, you are inventory, not a customer. This is the Google imperitive. If you wish to paly on their field, you must understand their motivation. It is not to advance humanity, or "be cool", or any other fantasy.

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