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Comment Re:Using a computer has become a minefield. (Score 1) 498

It's a response to the environment. People were complaining that software was only being released in 12, 18 or 24 month release cycles. And this forced people to buy new versions of stuff and upend their entire workflow because everything required replacements of everything else. Now the world has moved to an iterative development environment, where small changes are pushed out much faster. The world is constantly changing and people are able to adapt to the smaller changes versus re-learning all the things that changed in the last 18 months.

Comment Re:Speaking of starts... (Score 1) 58

So, your complaint is that software you bought 8 - 10 years ago won't run on the most modern operating system without a bit of fidgeting? Oh, and you are pissed at the company you haven't bought anything from in that amount of time won't make it instantly compatible for you? You do realize that version is 6 version behind now, and it was designed for an OS that is now 7 versions behind now too.

I need to try calling up Microsoft to see how well IE 6 installs on Windows 10. I'm sure it will work just as well. Or maybe Apple with the older version of Final Cut...

Comment Re:That's a start (Score 2) 58

Other than the money grab of reoccuring licensing, there's another reason why they can't do a "rent" and "own" on the same product line is because of Sarbanes-Oxley. Essentially, when you create a software version, you book R&D costs against that version. So, you make version 11.0, and it takes you three years to make that version, you book all of your costs against that version. You then identify features and push it out. When people buy that new version, you then report revenue against that version and you start to book new R&D against the future version. What that means is you need to create demarcations in the sand of what features ship with which versions, and generally you have to set timetables against those versions.

With the way Adobe is doing the cloud versions, they changed their revenue model. They are able to book R&D against current monthly income and book revenue against current product. This allows them to do continual development and continual deployment on their products. People don't have to wait for the next version to get the next feature, and there isn't a huge rush to get new features in by X date in order to ship. It stabilizes the workload of R&D across the year, and makes it so you don't have huge pushes every 18 months to get everything done.

Now, Adobe could make two product lines like Microsoft does (Office vs. Office 365 for example) that share a common code base, but that does make it harder, to book development costs correctly.

You can thank Enron and Worldcom for these rules....

Comment Re:What an idiot (Score 5, Informative) 277

That wasn't really the case here. The IT shop apparently had a crew of a dozen or so people. They all had admin rights on the Google domain plus some root admin account. When they fired Williams, (according to the court docs), the laptop was sent back with the root account set to auto-login. Apparently the company they had outsourced the IT to either wiped the machine or did something to it where the root account got locked out or the password changed. The only other account that had admin access was William's personal google account (which was supposed to be removed from admin rights).

He didn't want to work with them anymore to help them recover their admin account, which they screwed up. They ended up suing him. He ended up losing because he didn't show up to all the court dates, because he couldn't travel to Indiana because he was not able to take his kid with him to Indiana (because of a ruling from family court).

If he would have shown up to court, he actually would have won. It was the school's responsibility to secure their property before firing him (including logins, etc.) They didn't, and they can't expect him to even answer his phone after they separated. He was actually in the right, by law, to ask for compensation for working with them, as a new contract work for hire. This is pretty standard case law, and the LRB has postings about it all the time. Now, he could have been in the wrong if there was a policy about not associating the domain admin account with your personal account, but that clearly wasn't the case since it was well known that it was done and they didn't bat an eyelash about it.

Comment Re:ATT & DirecTV wouldn't be a violation. (Score 3) 74

Because AT&T has been given a defacto monopoly status (or really, participating in an oligopoly) by them being granted gobs of wireless spectrum in an exclusive manner. They aren't being told what they need to set their prices at, they are simply being told that they can't price them differently between them and their competitors. In the case of AT&T, they are not charging the customer or their subsidiary DirecTV for bandwidth, but for anybody who is using any of their competitors, they are charging the customer. This means that the customer is incentivized to use AT&T's product rather than a competitor, because while using the (T) service might cost $35 a month for unlimited streaming, it could cost in the hundreds or thousands for their competitors.

Comment Re:I'm confused... (Score 1) 88

Essentially, if you stream from Netflix, Youtube etc. they will only send 480p or 720i video, instead of full HD. When the providers agree to do this for TMO users, TMO zero-rates the bandwidth for the end user. The same goes for certain audio providers (Pandora, etc.).

TMO offers users three options in their control panel -- opt out of the zero rating (meaning you get the full HD videos, but the bandwidth goes against your cap), you can pay for the zero rating to cover the full HD (you get full HD video, and it's zero rated), or you can stay on the zero-rating, no HD package.

For an additional fee, you can also get the full-speed tethering (this includes the zero-rating full HD). It's just not included in their base package.

I really don't see what the big deal is. Even if you want full-speed tethering, it's still cheaper than VZW and (T). And the fact they give you the ability to opt-out of the new options is good. Again, the other guys are doing similar things with no ability to opt out.

Comment Re:the un-unlimited plan (Score 1) 88

I've been able to keep my old TMO plan from 2007, which included some limited minutes, but unlimited data + tethering. It's $70/month, so pretty much the same as the One plans, with those exceptions. TMO has been really good about grandfathering plans and keeping them as is, unlike (T) and VZ.

Comment Re:How !! (Score 1) 313

The FAA has changed their rules in the last three years. They no longer have to work with another airline to get you to your final destination. There is now a timer that starts that if they don't get you there by any means within a comparable passage class within 2 hours of your scheduled destination, they owe you cash, based on some formula that is basically a refund of your ticket, plus possibly a penalty. If they know that they can't get you there within two hours, you fall prey to the machine and hope you find somebody who will work with you to make it right. The FAA no longer tracks airlines that bump passengers, and if you do get involuntary refused booking, you have to go to arbitration, and possibly court to get the full refund allowed by the FAA.

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