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Comment Re:Verizon is going to get in trouble (Score 4, Insightful) 139

I have a coworker who's holding on to his Note 7. He's been staying on top of all of this. It appears that after a recall, a company cannot require nor continue requiring payment for a recalled device. Some may argue that he has a loan he still owes Verizon, but it appears also that Samsung bought out all those loans.

Verizon doesn't want the liability of your coworker suing them after his house burns down. Or to be sued by someone else after he burns someone elses house down, or a bus, or a plane.

If they completely discontinue service to the phones, they have a justifiable legal basis for saying that they did all that they could to prevent the phone fmor being used. They have likely decided that alienating a small portion of their customer base is worth avoiding such liability.

Also, your colleague sounds a bit daft.

Comment Re:Threshold (Score 1) 409

What is the unemployment threshold going to be?
When unemployment caused by automation, robotics, etc reaches 10%?

In the coming decades more and more people worldwide will become unemployable, and they will have nothing to do or any way to make a living?

How are governments and communities going to respond?

The unemployment threshold will be quite low and people will not really respond at all.

Haven't you see the Matrix?

Comment Re:Conclusion: (Score 1) 373

Let's see - I have gigabit internet, satellite TV, 4G cell service, acres of land and a house that would cost you millions, and no traffic or crime in this rural American lifestyle as you call it.

I actually know my neighbors, the mayor of the town, the sheriff, and I participate in my community. My kids go to decent schools with normal people and not the psychotics that live in major cities. Despite the article above we have good health care and actually know our doctors who even make house calls. We grow a lot of our own food and have easy access to hunting. When the shit hits the fan you will be starving.

So no thanks. Keep your city lifestyle.

Keep in mind that if everyone in the city decided to move to the country, your rural house would indeed cost millions, traffic and crime would increase, school quality would decrease, and hunting would go away.

So maybe the rural/urban populations are more symbiotic than you realize.

Comment Re:Sorely needed in the US (Score 1) 234

I'm in IT and not a teacher and I work K-12 and in my (red) state the legislature completely gutted the teacher's unions but people think they're amazing and that teachers barely work get summers off and have hot tubs in the lounge; couldn't be further from the truth.

The benefits get worse every year and it's standard operating procedure to keep people in fear for their jobs and to expect plenty of unpaid OT.

Teachers get shit on and everyone who supports them gets shit on worse (except managers, of course). The only thing their union does at this point that's worth anything at all is maintains legal counsel and usually they're toothless since the laws are.

Keep your eye on the ball:
Lower teacher salary = worse teaching = less well educated students = a less-intelligent population = an easier future constituency to manipulate

With that logic, why WOULD any legislature invest in teaching?

Comment Re:I don't see why they would change (Score 1) 268

What exactly does Consumer Reports have to lose by a re-test?

Time. If they start giving some companies special attention, then everyone else will start demanding that, too. If, on the other hand, they stick to the "We give you one chance and that's that" they can actually get a lot more work done.

Also, there will be a re-test. When Apple refreshes the MacBook Pro model... which I bet will be a little sooner than they had originally intended!

Comment Re:Consumer Reports I trust more than Apple (Score 1) 268

The problem is not "over inflated battery life" - and actually, Apple has (in the past) gotten kudos for being one of the few companies that consistently provided reasonably accurate battery numbers for their products.

No, the issue is there's something as-yet-unexplained which, under some circumstances, causes the battery life of the newest MacBook Pros to plummet to ridiculously low levels. Consumer Reports saw it in their testing; but, even before that, some customers were experiencing it (and justifiably complaining).

Apple also used to include convenient feature like headphone jacks in its phones, value the Pro side of their equipment lineup more than the profit percentage that it generated, and put several years of development into each iteration of OS X.

I think the issue is that the iOS side of the company is winning and far fewer resources (money, time, and good developers) are being devoted to the intelligent design and quality products that Apple was known for.

I keep telling myself that its a temporary dip in Apple's Pro-lineup performance, but think that I secretly know they've switched to the darkside of trying to extract excessive amounts of profit from their captive user base while no longer trying excessively to provide the quality product that got them that user base.

Comment Re:I'm not like most people. (Score 2) 111

Similar here. I have a good job, but am not independently wealthy or any of that horse pucky (though saving like mad to get there). I rarely set an alarm, and mostly wake up before it goes off when I do.

I prioritize going to bed at a reasonable time, and avoid alcohol and especially sugar for at least 2-3 hours before bedtime. We do a crossword before lights out to give a guaranteed 15-30 minutes of non-screen time before lights out and tend to sleep much better than when I did ipad time up to lights out.

I have a smart phone, but choose to avoid getting hooked on it. My work would let me get email on it but they then have the right to wipe it at will if I get terminated, which is a deal breaker for me. If I REALLY am expecting something important I have a work laptop I can fire up. Mainly I use to to double check our German colleagues have not canceled a 7AM meeting before I ride my bike in.

The 2nd level parent comment is a complainy pants and needs to start taking control of his effing life. Get a better job, go to bed earlier, or similar adjustments.

At the risk of breaking the smarmy-fest, I find that my life experience is completely different.

I have young children and a busy workload. I do not have time to ride a bike into work, to avoid eating 2-3 hours before bed, or to sleep more than 6 hours a night. Really, it's more like 4-5.

So I use my phone as an alarm clock. Then, immediately after it wakes me up, I use it to deal with any timely emails while I am sitting on the toilet and waiting for the shower to warm up. I do this because I am aware that my colleagues may need that information to proceed before I arrive at work and it is the only time I will get to spend on email until I have gotten the kids up, kids fed, kitchen cleaned, kids to school, and myself to work. My spouse works too, so there is no homemaker to do these wonderful responsibilities for me.

I expect that most people in my life situation follow the same routine.

Now, while you are contemplating your indignant reply to restate how I should "taking control of my effing life," please keep in mind that some people actually like to work harder than you, for longer than you. And that others may not have the opportunities that you had to "get a better job, go to bed earlier, or (make) similar adjustments." Maybe you can use some of that bountiful time you have in your monk-like day to think about how arrogant and elitist your post comes across as, and how to restate your opinion more considerately in the future so the other 99% of us don't blow you off.

Comment Re:laptops sell more (Score 2) 230

I dunno... it certainly seems that way, especially when you consider that Macs (or rather, OSX-running stuff) represent what, 10-20% of their revenue nowadays, when compared to iPads and etc?

But here's the real imact, I use a Mac Pro for work. Which also led me to buy a MacBook Pro, an iPad and an iPhone.

If I have to switch from the Mac Pro to Linux, I am definitely going to move away from a MacBook.

Suddenly, I will also care a lot less about the iPad and iPhone too, in favor of Android or other options.

Comment Re:I am not going to complain (Score 1) 181

For the amount of good that this foundation does for the public, making information and truth more accessible, and policing the content in an open and rigorous way, I say let them collect as much donations as people willingly donate. It's hard enough to get people to donate -- who would refuse if the donations kept coming in.

Sure, be transparent and honest about when you've exceeded the goal for the month (or set the goal higher), but frankly, I don't understand why you would criticize when one of the most valuable services on the internet today attempts to build more of a financial cushion for itself (and not through lying or deception or serving up users / others' content for cash, how refreshing).

Learn to understand who are your friends and who are your enemies in this world, people.

All the criticism is not directed against the core content of Wikipedia, but rather expressing concern that none of the donations are going to support that content.

Preventing parasitic growth within an organization is important to keep it healthy. From the financials, it looks like Wikipedia is experiencing parasitic growth not relevant to their core mission. (I say this as someone who has donated in the past, until I noticed this trend.) One way supporters can affect change is to stop donating and send feedback as to why they stopped.

Also, if you look at the financials listed in the earlier posts, you will see that very little of their donations go to financial cushion. At least 70% are being spent on peripheral activities that, quite frankly, are not clearly disclosed on their donations request popup, which indicates that donations are needed to prevent advertising. This comes across as a bit shady when you dig into it... they don't need donations to prevent advertising, they need it to fund grants, conference travel, and salaries for $32M worth of people who do not manage the content.

Comment Re:"Suggesting" ... (Score 1) 715

And you aren't concerned that a foreign country directly altered the outcome of an election here?

I'm more concerned that a domestic party nearly got away with doing the same thing.

IF you believe the Russian hacker bullshit (and we have seen ZERO evidence of it), all they did was expose truth.

I believe that it was a close election before any outside influences.

But I am also pretty disturbed at the possibility of a Comey-Russia 1-2 punch in the last few weeks of the race even attempting to influence the result.

And regardless of which way you voted or the actual election result, you should be disturbed too if you are an American. Sure, there is no proof shown about Russia. But you saw Comey overtly try to sway the election with your own eyes. And that's not a great road for the US to be heading down.

Comment Re:I call bullshit. (Score 1) 368

Pulling the door opener lever on the door of a car overrides the locking mechanisms. This is a fire-safety requirement. The guy was probably just still asleep when the cops found the car.

Sure, that's the stated requirement, but do you really know for sure that there is no backdoor override method that can be engaged at the company's discretion?

As everything goes all electronic, it'll all depend on what's in the code. And that could be changed at a moment's notice.

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