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Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 128

The only thing that interests me is the fitness tracker, and I'm not willing to spend more than 50 bucks to get something like that.

I'm probably the outlier. I have been in the past, although notably, not with smart phones. I recall disappointment with RIM, then with Apple, at the offerings. It wasn't until android phones actually started providing cost effective phones that I bought into them.

But I remember everyone getting excited about itanium and thinking, "This is shit. Why is everyone worked up about it?".

Comment Re:Is free software in this realm? (Score 1) 74

Good data, but you were the first to introduce mobile messaging as a requirement. While mobile messaging is a requirement for some use cases, it's not universal. In fact, in some cases it would be seen as a detriment. Specifically, I'm thinking businesses who don't want to leak data on unsecured personal devices, but I'm sure there are others.

Comment Re:Is free software in this realm? (Score 1) 74

You can setup your own jabber server, on your own infrastructure, then run a client that utilizes GnuPG.

Channels are secured via TLS, both between client and server and from server to server. Then the messages themselves are encrypted with GnuPG, so only someone who has your public key can communicate with you. Mind you, this setup isn't as convenient as more traditional services, but that's always been the trade off for secure communications.

Comment Re:Racism or availability? (Score 1) 200

I'd love to hear from other managers out here, but in my instance I can tell you that the minorities ( and women ) who apply for positions are usually far out numbered by the white male.

Thinking back, even if I hired all the minorities and women I've interviewed ( which would be a disaster, but I digress ), I don't think I could hit any diversity quotas.

Comment Naturally, that means you budget (Score 4, Insightful) 622


In a sane world with rational people, this would mean you'd budget for a new car and buy only what you can afford. Of course, you may very well plan on using leprechaun gold at that point, while we're playing make believe.

Meanwhile, in the real world, people will borrow way too much for way too long, then complain about how it's not their fault. If it happens often enough, the government will get involved, ala "government backed loans"...then it'll really get exciting.

Comment It's always about money (Score 2) 75

Reading that, I can't help but feel it's more about some dude writing about his own disillusionment as apposed to society's.

It's always about money, it's always about the economy. *ALWAYS*. VCs let you pretend otherwise for a little while, but ultimately you either a) start making money or b) go out of business.

Economy, or greed, rules.

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