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Comment Re: How silly. (Score 1) 230

This actually doesn't have to be answered in the theoretical, it was common a century or so ago. Companies used to control their markets in a variety of was. One common one was vertical integration, a large company would buy up all producers for its source material, and all distributors for its product. Any new comer to the market then either had to either produce an entire supply and distribution chain before marketing a product, or had to purchase from and sell to their biggest competitor. Another common ploy was price fixing. The prices were kept high when there was no competition, but as soon as another company came into the market they'd sell below cost just long enough to drive the competition into bankruptcy. In other cases the company would offer kick backs to retailers to not sell a competing product, or would increase their wholesale cost if they did offered a competitor.

Comment Re: BYOD means I/T loses some control over it (Score 1) 377

Modern NAC as far more sophisticated that just Mac filtering. You can use 802.1X which requires a "supplicant" on the device to login to the switch with a user/password or certificate before the port will forward traffic. The switch checks with a RADIUS server, and you can even configure the system for "posture validation" which means things like the antivirus are checked to ensure the machine is clean and up to date before to device is given full network access.

Comment Re:Religion (Score 1) 343

It's far from clear that it went out the window, though. He professed to being a catholic even at the height of his power, and had even used the "Jews as Christ killers" line as part of the justification for his anti-semetic actions. He also took the swastika from the symbols all over the church where he was a choir boy. I personally wouldn't be shocked to find out that Hitler secretly doubted a religion with origins in ancient judaism, but I wouldn't say it was clear his belief went out the window.

Comment Re:Religion (Score 3, Insightful) 343

I agree, the details of Hitlers views are hard to pin down. But I think that lumping him into a list of "atheist mass murderers" is extremely misleading. Aside from a few anecdotal accounts of skepticism, we have little reason to believe Hitler was not religious and many reasons (including his own statements) to believe that he was. These arguments are also beside the point, as there is a key difference between the three men listed above, and the religious zealots they are being compared to. The men above, whether atheist or not, did not do what they did because of atheism. They did not justify their actions by appealing to atheist teachings. Their religious beliefs can not be directly linked to their unspeakable actions. On the other hand, the abhorrent actions of the religious justified by, or taken "in defense of" their faith can.

Submission + - Nobel Peace Price goes to African and Arab Women (nytimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The nobel peace prize for 2011 was awarded today to three women from Liberia and Yemen. The winners were Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female president, liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen, a pro-democracy activist

Submission + - FCC Wants To Shift Phone Subsidy Funds To Broadban (businessweek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: FCC chairman Julius Genachowski revealed plans yesterday to overhaul the U.S. phone subsidy program and shift its focus to providing broadband access. He said, 'Broadband has gone from being a luxury to a necessity for full participation in our economy and society. If we want the United States to be the world’s leading market, we need to embrace the essential goal of universal broadband, and reform outdated programs.' According to BusinessWeek, the program currently 'supports phone service to schools, libraries, the poor and high-cost areas.' Last year it spent $4.3 billion to provide support to over 1,700 carriers in high-cost areas. Genachowski hopes the change will put the U.S. 'on the path to universal broadband service by the end of the decade.'

Submission + - iPhone 4S being sold unlocked from November (thefuturereport.com)

An anonymous reader writes: With Apple now allowing pre-orders for its iPhone 4S, it’s great to see that they have made unlocked versions easily accessible to the public through their website.
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Submission + - ISPs "exaggerate the cost of data" (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "ISPs are wildly exaggerating the cost of increased internet traffic, according to a new report. Fixed and mobile broadband providers have claimed their costs are "ballooning" because of the expense of delivering high-bandwidth services such as video-on-demand. However, a new report from Plum Consulting claims the cost per additional gigabyte of data for fixed-line ISPs is between €0.01-0.03 per GB. The report labels claims of ballooning costs a "myth"."

Comment Re:Ethically and intellectually challenged... (Score 1) 371

You are within your rights to consider the GPL unethical, that's your (or their) opinion. However, you have no right to the use of the software copyrighted by the opensource developers. The only thing giving you any right to that software is the terms of the GPL. If you disagree with its terms or consider it unethical, you can choose to not use GPL software. If I think the local store is price gouging, I have a choice to go elsewhere, but I am not entitled to steal their product because I consider their prices unreasonable or enethical.

Comment Re:Aside from hype, Apple's real policy... (Score 1) 601

I actually have heard this several times myself; mostly from truckers and people who knew truckers. From what I'm told, when you do that - in particular for a truck - it's taken as "you're past me, it's safe to merge". This is because - particularly with trucks - the driver might not be able to tell if they're trailer completely past you and at a safe distance to merge in front. I've used this many times and have also seen the mentioned return gesture of flashing brake lights.

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