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Comment Re:Hi buddy I'm jail over seas and I need you to (Score 2) 33

Soon you'll have dozens of posts in your news feed "My car broke down and it'll cost $2000 to fix it! [Send Money]" and other woe-is-me stories...

There's already a common scam where someone scrapes a Facebook profile, sets up an apparent duplicate, and starts adding all their friends. Inevitably people respond to the friend requests (they forget that they're friends, or assume that the person had to create a new account for some reason, or whatever), and then the scammer starts up with the money requests.

This might make it simpler, but it's already not that hard to set up these kinds of scams.

To be honest, I'm at the point where I find it hard to believe that there's anyone left on the Internet who is (a) gullible enough to fall for these scams and (b) still has enough money to be able to fall for these scams.

Comment Re:Prior art (Score 2) 82

I'm sure others here can come up with other examples?

Probably, but it doesn't matter... there's already enough well-known prior art out there that this guy is well into "kook" territory. More evidence that he's a kook isn't going to change his opinion. A court slapdown might, although I suspect they'll drop the case before it gets to that point.

Comment Re: where's the 'feature' and "wifi only" data pla (Score 1) 48

T-Mobile hasn't had service contracts for years. T-Mobile also has a prepaid plan (no credit check) with unlimited domestic talk and text for, hey look at that! $25 + tax / 30 days. Perfect for your feature phone. You'll need your account number and password/pin to switch your service to T-Mobile.

Comment Re: Trade union fighting for survival (Score 1) 723

Exactly. People think a lot of people will suddenly become lazy. In fact, they won't - a lot of people LIKE their current lifestyle.

The problem for unions is that if people become indifferent to "regular" jobs and start to prefer more flexible, casual arrangements that are based as much around convenience as pay or work environment then the power of unions will wane quickly. The power of modern unions is heavily rooted in fear, and when that sense of "without this job I can't feed my family" is gone then so is the core incentive for members to fight hard for whatever agenda the union is pushing.

Now, that's not a bad thing... unions were formed to fight employers who exploited that fear and while better than that alternative, they're just the lesser evil; they use that same fear to manipulate and ultimately exploit workers.

In other words, taking away the need for unions entirely means that the balance has tipped firmly towards workers rights. That's not a bad thing, unless you're a union or a corporation.

Comment Re:Our Attitude To Tech Resources (Score 3, Insightful) 133

I'm struggling a bit with the comment that "1GB is in fact completely unacceptable."

The assumption I'd make is that the reviewer is buying a small modular laptop to run what he considers lightweight laptop-style tasks... specifically, a modern (because nobody sane runs an out-of-date one) graphical web browser.

Having actually tried it, I'll agree that running a modern graphical web browser on a systems with 1GB of memory *is* painful.

I'll grant that this raises more questions than answers. Is it reasonable to need 2+GB of memory to run a silly browser? Is running a web browser the only sane workload for a small laptop? I'm comfortable saying "no" to both of those, but I guess that's why I'm just a lowly code grunt instead of a Verge reviewer...

Comment Affordability (Score 2) 532

If it's the poor who are now the most likely to smoke, it's hard to see how they will ever afford the AUD$40 (USD$30) pack of cigarettes.

They won't.

They'll buy black market cigarettes for a fraction of that price.

Comment Re:Stratus has proprietary redundant *everything*. (Score 1) 137

Really, really, really expensive though. You wouldn't want to use one of these for anything normal.

Environment Canada used to run a similar architecture from Tandem for processing weather data. They wanted the "real timey" aspects of how it dealt with data, but the extreme data processing redundancy was a bit of a problem ("don't lose my money" is massive overkill for a temperature value that's updated at least hourly) and they ended up doing some deep O/S development to cut 150 disk writes per data element down to something sane.

They were solid, though; only time I ever saw one go completely dark was when someone did a generator test and a UPS battery bank exploded.

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