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Comment Re:Phone alerts (Score 1) 382

I can certainly appreciate your point but I would posit that (personally) getting so many false alerts as to make the alerts fade into the background is close to getting none at all -- in the end I (and I suspect others) just don't pay attention to them. (Well, this is specifically about weather alerts, I live in a rural area where amber alerts are pretty rare due to population density.)

Comment Re:Phone alerts (Score 1) 382

Okay. But within one week of getting the update on my iphone that enabled these alerts, I got 7 flash flood warnings. This is in an area that hasn't had a flood or flash flood in ... I don't know, 50 years? This is about the NWS wanting to cover their ass on the 1% chance that if a flash flood does occur, they can say "we warned ya". That isn't very useful when it's an alert per day. I promptly just turned it off.

Submission + - Andy Rubin Steps Down as Chief of Google Android (slashdot.org)

Nerval's Lobster writes: "Andy Rubin is stepping down as head of Google’s Android division, according to the company. “Having exceeded even the crazy ambitious goals we dreamed of for Android—and with a really strong leadership team in place—Andy’s decided it’s time to hand over the reins and start a new chapter at Google,” Google CEO Larry Page wrote in a March 13 note on Google’s official blog. “Going forward, Sundar Pichai will lead Android, in addition to his existing work with Chrome and Apps.” If Rubin had any other reasons for departing, the blog posting left them unexplained. Android has been activated on 750 million devices around the world, according to Google, on top of some 25 billion apps downloaded from the Google Play storefront. It remains to be seen whether “start a new chapter at Google” is some sort of polite corporate euphemism for Rubin’s eventual departure from the company, or if he really is taking over another project or division. Page suggested in his blog posting that Pichai “will do a tremendous job doubling down on Android as we work to push the ecosystem forward,” which doesn’t offer a lot about the operating system’s future direction: Pichai does have direct control over three core platforms, raising the possibility that Google could try and exploit further crossovers between the three. But what form that will take is anyone’s guess."

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 190

Someone who doesn't listen directly to a conference call, but instead reads a transcript released by the company after the event doesn't have the information as soon as other people, but the SEC doesn't consider that "unfair", even though there are often limitations on who can particpate in those conference calls. There is no barrier that limits someone from "liking" a company on Facebook, so the information is just as "public" as any other release of information. If the SEC doesn't realize this, then they are going to have some serious challenges to the ancient ways they regulate public companies.

Ding, ding -- this is a perfect summary of the whole thing. I am not sure if the SEC is just clueless, incompetent and bureaucratically enforcing reg FD or if they are trying to maintain the advantage that professional investors have in the actual implementation of the reg. Either way, the whole thing is bizarre.

Comment Re:5th Amendment (Score 0) 885

I understand that what you're arguing for (oversight) is likely a realistic and practical process that could indeed reduce serious errors of judgement, however, a committee isn't a guarantee against injustice; it is entirely possible that all the branches of government could sign off on a killing that is unjust (e.g. How would you like to be a black man in the 1950s American South facing a committee of those in power?).

Comment Re:Banned books week (Score 1) 229

For twilight I think it is banned (partially) due to religious groups.

You are correct that religious groups do stupid shit like this. Speaking as an (individual) religious person though, I would say that if my kid(s) couldn't tell the fucking difference between a vampire and God, I would have to conclude the problem is more on how I've raised them than due to the existence of vampire fiction.

Comment Re:They did this because they care sooooo much.. (Score 1) 229

The upshot is that millions of lower income families are going to get internet -- that's a Good Thing(TM).

In my experience, these kind of things never amount to anything though. Comcast will make it hard to find out about, difficult to sign up for and onerous to stay eligible.

Whenever they can gracefully exit from the program (likely defined by whatever agreement they made) they will issue a press release trumpeting how the program wasn't really popular (of course, by design) and how existing customers will be transitioned to another tier of service, which, itself, is really a fantastic value.

Ugh, I can already see the fucking smarmy press release in my mind.

Comment Re:who wants this information? (Score 2) 185

His viewpoint is basically "if you're not breaking the law, what do you have to worry about?"

People who say this always seem to forget that, one day, there might be laws that are well worth breaking; that in order to keep your humanity, you will have to break.

Just to rifle through the last few months of news: what if you were Libyan under Gaddafi or Egyptian under Mubarak? I would be glad, were I in that situation, not to have a fucking device in my car reporting my whereabouts in a governmentally accessible manner.

I think the whole idea of protecting rights is to do so for the future, not necessarily for the present.

Comment Re:BIG Mistake (Score 1) 481

(a) Because it is a report card on you/your team. It is the summation of what everyone in the business community at large thinks of you. With a declining stock price, you are the bloke at the conference who got a very public "F". Conversely, with a rising price, you are a rock star. Purely psychological (in this context) but powerfully so.

(b) Less intangible: If your price is low for long enough, you can be replaced as CEO.

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