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Comment Re:Sure they do... wait, no (Score 1) 187

Moves like this are why I canceled and switched to an ad-free Hulu subscription. It had reached the point where I was paying $9/month to watch Futurama, a few seasons of Top Gear (and not the good ones) and annually one self-produced show. For the latter, I figure I can subscribe for a single month when it comes out. Hulu, meanwhile, has almost everything that I watched that Netflix shed and shows they never carried (ex: Simpsons, Seinfeld, South Park, etc.).

Comment Re:I use it all the time (Score 1) 495

Yep. Thing is, I think a lot of people would answer to that survey question "frequently". Go to a coffee shop and 1/2 the people with laptops have headphones plugged in. People also plug their speakers in to their laptops when they are at their desks, which have -- among other things -- speakers. Oh, and people plug their iPhones into their stereos at home as well. Oh wait.

Comment Re:Good luck (Score 1) 225

The product I worked on (as I worked on it) was actually targeted at small businesses, not large ones. It allowed a small business to rapidly do very targeted advertising, saving money on sending mail or cold calling. Better put, it did more to help the little guy than every other product I've ever worked on. As for the evolution into PRISM, when I learned what this tech that I'd worked on was being used for, I was pretty upset, but that said, I had no way of knowing at the time it would be used for such a purpose and I had nothing to do with it being utilized in such a manner.

Comment Re:Good luck (Score 1) 225

1) Yep. TLO foreshadowed more than anyone anticipated.

2) The initial version of the technology used at Indar/eData/Seisint (we changed names a lot) was based on CTree (internally called Hozed), but by late 2000 it was an entirely different technology which fundamentally worked differently called Hole (pronounced holy). With the way Hole worked, we could actually scale infinitely and no that isn't an exaggeration. Oh, and we had fabulous names for our databases.

Comment Re:Good luck (Score 5, Interesting) 225

See headline, think to myself, "Hmm, I used to know people in this industry." Continue reading, "The Boca Raton, Fla., company's database..." Oh, shit. That's where I was when I knew them. Please don't be somebody I know. Please don't be somebody I know. "Chief Executive Officer Derek Dubner says". FUUUUCKKKKKK. Oddly, though, I don't know him from this industry but rather from a company in another industry that I worked with him at.

On a serious note, some insider information. First, yes, they do in fact know that much about you and yes the tools work incredibly well. I worked on the product that became the NSA's PRISM program (after I was no longer working on it). Believe it or not, it actually started out as a marketing tool to find potential leads. After 9/11, the company's owner Hank Asher realized that it would work well for tracking and researching people for the feds. The tool could query incredibly detailed information on anybody in the US with sub-second response times... in the year 2000. No off the shelf tools like hbase existed back then to do something like this.

About the only way to stay under the radar with this kind of stuff and not be homeless is to have a mailbox at someplace like the UPS Store, get paid under the table and pay cash for everything, and move around every 2 months without any written lease. After that, your new location gets fed into these systems. The time to stay at one place may actually be shorter these days.

Comment Re:Having used Android, iOS and Windows Phone... (Score 1) 242

I tried using iOS after years on Windows Phone. Frankly, I thought it felt antique. The main UI hasn't been updated substantially since... ever, minus the new theme which IMO is ugly. Having to navigate to and open apps all of the time to get at my most used information felt clunky, but it's one of those features where you don't know what you're missing until you've had it. IMO, Apple's lost its edge. I'm not by any means saying that WP is perfect. It's actually kind of funny watching Microsoft make all of the same kinds of bad decisions that IBM made with OS/2 20 years ago as far as marketing is concerned. Not paying a small fee to Verizon to get the 950 and the 950XL on to the largest carrier in the US was just stupid on their part.

Comment And? (Score 1) 317

Do vegetarians seriously think that everybody is suddenly going to abandon eating meat when a fake meat alternative is created? In the West, we happen to live in a place where food is plentiful enough that vegetarians have the luxury of being vegetarians.

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