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Comment A solution in search of a problem (Score 1) 199

The whole net-neutrality issue is moot; near as I can tell, there is more than enough bandwidth bandwidth to go around, when normal packet prioritization is utilized.

The real issue is the con-artist ISPs trying to double-sell the same service, charging a premium to both sides.

Comment An interest dichotomy (Score 3, Insightful) 152

You can like it, or hate it, but you can simply not ignore Apple.

This highly depends on your perspective. For instance, I have no apple stuff, nor do any of their products excite me in a way that would suggest that'll change soon. So in that context, I can simply ignore apple.

However, from a business perspective, they're the 800 lb gorilla. What's interesting, however, is how easy it is for some of their target audience to ignore them.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 349

The problem is that spreadsheets and databases solve different problems, yet they are related enough that folks confuse the two. Not unlike what you did. Spreadsheets represent the full MVC concept, whereas databases are usually just the M(odel), with some (C)ontroller capabilities.

From there, the problem becomes somewhat more obvious; Because applications like Excel provide more complete functionality ( or try to at any rate ), that's naturally what anyone who needs to model data wants to use. Aside from programmers, who has time to construct a full data modeling environment using the right tools?

There's an opportunity here for MS to "fill the gap" here; provide the function-rich environment of Excel and tie it to a database backend simply. Or perhaps, considering the mess that is Access, that opportunity exists for someone other than MS.

Comment Because terrorists, right? (Score 2) 446

Bullshit. Terrorism is only peripherally related to government's interest in compromising encryption. Governments the world over are terrified of their citizens speaking freely, for whatever noise they make about "Freedom of Speech". It's about controlling the message, which they can't do if people are communicating outside of their control.

They're using terrorism to push this agenda.

Comment Re:Obvious causes in no particular order: (Score 1) 643

The problem with a lot of these cases and how the colleges are handling them is that they are not rape. Often it's a consensual encounter which later becomes "rape" because "reasons" ( regret, boyfriend found out, ect... ). In those instances, with the lower burden of proof and the systemic bias against the accused, it becomes virtually impossible to prove innocence.

This, incidentally, should be very worrisome to those concerned about legitimate sexual assault. False accusations that lead to severe consequences trivialize the impact of real crimes. The backlash from the above won't result in more protections for legitimate victims, but less as the integrity of the entire process is called into question. The phrase "Throwing out the baby with the bath water" comes to mind here.

Colleges should never have been involved in the process to begin with; if students felt assaulted, they should have been referred to law enforcement directly, and any punishment against the accused would follow the determination of guilt in a court of law.

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