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Comment Re:JAIL every one of these losers! (Score 1) 53

The punishment could differ depending on the country in which each individual set up was located and the individuals running them. In some places they might get a bullet (which they must pay for) in the back of the head or a bullet from a firing squad in a prison located on an island. Others might become some kind of hero for the president of a large country.

Comment Let me pick my channel choices (Score 3, Insightful) 80

Of all of those channels, I only saw two or three that I would want to watch. I don't want ESPN. Should I completely cut the cable, let me choose the 10 channels I want, some of which aren't listed, for $1.00 each, and I might be all in. I might need to pay Comcast an extra $50 per month for unlimited data use because of data use limits now in force. I see very few channels that don't have commercials. I HATE commercials.

Comment Using normal user data to help enterprise. Strange (Score 1) 175

My question involves differences in the ways which the normal users use their Home editions of Windows 10 software and enterprise users use the various enterprise editions. How can the telemetry data from home users be used to help enterprise users? First, I'm guessing no enterprise is ever going to allow telemetry data to escape its premises. I would also expect any enterprise is going to try to make use of the strongest security measures possible, although we sometimes read about incredible stupidity when enterprise data is compromised. Enterprises want to protect their proprietary secrets. Anyway, I'm not sure the telemetry data from home users would be too much value in solving enterprise problems particularly if they involve security considering the kinds of attacks that enterprises suffer compared to that of home users. Discovering other difficulties with enterprise software from problems with home software seems a stretch.

Other Questions: What's FireEye going to do with the data and how secure is it in their hands?

Comment Re:never gave them credit card number (Score 1) 236

For residential Comcast Internet accounts one does not have a static IP address and it used to change quite frequently. However, mine has not changed since about July, 2011. And what about accessing your Google account using a Wi-Fi hotspot at a coffee shop? It's not likely to be your home IP address.

Submission + - Google Shop within Best Buy (

Streetlight writes: As noted in the title, Google is moving towards a physical presence in Best Buy stores. I had suggested this might happen sometime ago and now it seems to be reality, mimicking what Samsung has done. Hopefully the "stores" are staffed with competent professionals that know what they're selling and maybe provide some help to those who have purchased Google's hardware and software.

Comment Re:Small claim court (Score 1) 176

This sounds like a pretty good situation, except, the merchant/manufacturer will probably build the cost of legal challenges into the price of refrigerators purchased by the next group of buyers. The best situation would be for manufacturers to recognize a problem exists and execute a recall to fix problems and pay for that instead of pay for the fix and the court and legal fees. Corporations are in the business of making a profit and should build costs of repairs into the original price of items they sell.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 472

My original comment was also somewhat tongue in cheek, perhaps applicable in many cases today, as you point out, but very applicable in the past. The company store could be a credit card, near zero checking account, student loans even for folks with OK jobs, landlords to whom rent is due, and more. I'm guessing that the situation I described in an earlier comment about the Chinese Foxcon near slave labor situation of young women or girls living in crowded dorms and working to assemble small electronic devices might be another example of owing to the company store.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 472

Remember the song "Sixteen Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford. Part of the Lyrics, "You load sixteen tons, what do you get? / Another day older and deeper in debt / Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go / I owe my soul to the company store" This was the way corporate labor worked before the advent of labor unions, and certainly in some industries including mining and agriculture. You worked for a mining company or as a migrant farm worker, lived in a shack owned by the company and bought everything, including food and clothing, from the company's store, all this eating up more than your income.

Foxconn uses enormous amounts of robotics in manufacturing but it also requires large numbers of hand laborers. Can all of that be eliminated by automation? Probably not. And the hand laborers are indebted to "the company store." Could US manufacturing return to the olden times of the itinerant farm worker and miner? Possibly.

Comment Re:Nope, the profits will shrink 50% (Score 1) 472

Not if you own Apple stock. You may not own it directly, but look at the stocks held in many mutual funds, and even non tech funds have it as one of its major holdings. If you have an IRA, 401k or other retirement plan with stock mutual funds, you likely own some Apple stock. Cutting Apple's profit in half (assuming all Apple's products are to be made in the USA) could have some affect on retirement income for Americans.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 472

I'm not sure there would be any US teenage girls out of high school (or not) willing to live in dorms at a walled factory, 10 to a room, working 16 hours a day, seven days a week for minimum wage assembling small electronic packages. Wages would be reduced by the cost of housing and food.

Comment Check out the 1930 Smoot-Hawley tariff consequence (Score 5, Interesting) 320

In 1930, in order to raise revenue the Republican Congress passed the Smoot-Hawley increased import tariffs on 20,000 imports. Trading partners did the same for US imports and a trade war started. US imports decreased to about a third and exports decreased by about 61%. The US GDP was cut in half. Was this act the cause? Other things were going on, but the increase in tariffs is blamed by many economists as part of the cause of deepening the Great Depression. Since the end of WW II there has been a continuing process of reducing tariffs and though we've had ups and downs in economic progress the trend has generally been up.

In this particular situation, if GM decides it can't make the Cruze economically in the US and the tariff would make it price uncompetitive then it could just stop making the car. Not only would no US workers make the car and dealers not have it to sell and make a profit, but there would be no Mexican workers making it either. This would be good news for foreign car makers producing similar sized cars made overseas. Another option is to build the car completely using robots. GM knows a lot about industrial robotic car assembly.

Economics is complicated and dramatic, swift changes in policies can have many unintended consequences.

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