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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.

Comment Re: YES (Score 1) 313

Having been one of the people that got bumped from a flight because they overbooked and they couldn't get enough volunteers, it does happen. First time I've flown United in about a decade (I usually fly Delta because they have the most coverage in the Midwest), so I didn't have any status. I was stuck in SF for three days. They put me up in a roach motel, and I ended up having to pay for my taxi to and from the airport each day to wait to catch the next flight that had an available seat. The compensation? $800, which half was used up in transportation, food, etc. It didn't even come close to covering the two days I missed at work.

They need to re-reimburse you up to about two times the cost of the leg of the flight they bump you, plus the average cost of the other legs you couldn't make. They sometimes will offer more to make you go away quietly. The amount they have to pay out is the same if you don't make it to the final destination 2 hours late as it is a week late. They have no incentive to get you there if they missed their mark. If you end up flying with multiple carriers on the same itinerary, then you can expect to be even more screwed since those other legs may not be covered.

Back in the 90's and early 00's, it was pretty rare to be completely screwed if they bumped you. Often times they would work with other airlines to get you to your destination as soon as possible. They also didn't overbook every flight going to common places, they would usually keep one flight a day at 95% with the others at 110%, so that if there was a failure somewhere along the way, they had seats to move people to. Now they pretty much every flight at 110%+ with little regard of what happens to the passengers.

Comment Re:Who needs Aircraft Entertainement System in (Score 1) 56

You do realize that providing internet access to a device that is traveling at 300MPH+ is not exactly as simple as upgrading a WiFi access point... The WiFi system in the planes is not the problem -- it's the LMRS that either uses a point-to-point antenna or satellite system to provide internet access.

The nice thing about having those screens is that you don't have to have your laptop open all the time. Sometimes you want to just sit back and not have to juggle a laptop or ipad on your lap while everything else is going on around you.

Comment Re:Blanket policy at the border... (Score 2) 229

Sure. Every inch of the world has free and open internet access. There isn't a single country that blocks websites, intercepts data, blocks VPNs or does anything else with commodity traffic that would stop this from working. Oh, and the internet is never disturbed when a country is in crisis. Ever.

Comment Re:Something's not right... (Score 1) 133

I'm imagining a situation where this kid was the rock-star of the organization, which was pretty weak in the IT side. He wrote the systems that controlled everything, and he probably setup all the servers, etc. Since he was pretty young, he didn't use proper AAA systems, and probably created logins for himself on all the systems. He probably knew all the back-doors and other ways to get into the systems since he built it.

When he got fired, his employer probably removed his key-card access (if they used one), and most likely his email. They didn't /know/ about all the shadow systems and logins that exist because he didn't document them. And that is where the problem began...

Comment Re:Yes please (Score 4, Insightful) 304

But here is the kicker -- Senator A and Senator C both have towns in their districts that build floatys and arm-wings for the Navy... The Navy doesn't actually need them, and if they completely control their own spending, they will cancel the contract. Both Senators will have heavy job losses in their districts, spurning hard economic times, making it harder for them to get re-elected. If they write a bill that dictates that the Navy buys all these floatys and arm-wings for the Navy, then they saved jobs and are heroes... The same goes for army/navy bases, etc. Heck, it's reasons like that, that there is a fully stocked air-force armory in my town -- 75 miles away from the closest air-force base and 30 miles away from the closest airport that can even land a jet.

And that is why things don't chance. If we made these organizations more efficient and allowed them to spend in ways that are actually useful to them, lots of people lose their jobs (mostly people in congress, but you know)...

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