The Microsoft iinvesting in Dell idea needs watching down the road. This could close off another avenue the open source based software groups (Linux, etc.) use as their get-the-foot-in-the-door. (Microsoft is not a big fan of competing operating systems running on the hardware, especially free ones.)
jerryy commented on the diary post Shaving with Occam’s Razor in Activism & Radical Politics by Kit OConnell.
One of the big problems though of applying The Razor ™ (or the solution to its predecessor- the Gordian Knot) to problems is as softly stated by Albert Einstein in elismattu’s observation and more bluntly stated by H.L. Mencken: “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” These simply [...]
Slate is claiming in an update to their article about this issue that Instagram is backing away from this idea:
“Publishing without copyright notice loses it as well,”
That is not true, but the gist of your thought is on track. You are probably thinking of Trademarks, where you as the holder have to activiely protect the mark.
These may help you:
You do not have to register your copyright to get protection as long as you have some proof you ‘created’ it, but if you need to pursue legal remedies it needs to be registered so the courts can determine appropriate responses (ie. no registration not much money, registered – some money). I suspect contract lawyers wil have something to chat with judges about on those click-through agreements.
jerryy commented on the blog post FTC Commissioner Ramirez Refuses to Endorse Giving Google Stolen Safari Data
Unless I missed something, they also get to keep the advertsing revenue and other paid-for expenses they generated during that time.
If you want to fight the man by being the man, you can form your company to do similar things like Google or Yahoo or Bing or whomever, but it will take some serious money to get going. This will give you a vague shadow of an idea of what is involved:
but take what you read here with a lot of spoons of salt. To do this as a large scale competitor, non-or-for profit, you will need lots of equipment, some highly educated talent and the means to support them both. You will have to break Google’s clout, older computer folks might remember a marketing slogan ‘No one got fired for recommending IBM’. IBM ruled the tech world until that clout was ended. Right now, now one gets fired for recommending Google’s advertising.
jerryy commented on the blog post Reuters Reporter’s Hit Job on a Recent Report on US Drone Strikes in Pakistan
I think you are close to why she is among others that are suddently pouncing on this report… because it is getting some airplay, so to speak, inside the US. News articles about reports like this one from Amnesty International:
have been around for a while, but do not get much notice in the US media. This one from Stanford and NYU is from the home crowd which means folks inside the US will have access to the information.
jerryy commented on the blog post The Tech World Gets a New Trade Association, Or “How to Read a DC Press Release”
This also helps give them an inside track when enough people get tired of the patent portfolio wars and call on Congress to finally stop the ongoing fiasco.
In other tech meets politics news, apparently folks attending the next Super Bowl in New Orleans wil not have to worry about the planned circling drones falling out of the sky and hitting them while they are watching the game. Someone decided to cancel that particluar permit to let the drones fly during the game.
jerryy commented on the blog post Google Pulls Utoopi Paid Sex App Marketed to Students From Google Play
It must be synchronicity that you have decided to not only launch a tech with politics section, but that you also talk about tech with sex as an early article.
Gizmodo (a big tech site) has an article that brings out some of that lucrative sex advertising:
That title is correct, the article is nsfw.
jerryy commented on the blog post US Finalizes 2025 Fuel Efficiency Standard of 54.5 MPG
You might get a kick out of this list from the good ‘ol days of 2009:
All 15 got over 54 mpg (the lowest is 56 mpg) with quite a few getting over 60 mpg. None are sold in the US.
jerryy commented on the blog post US Drone Warfare Is ‘Vigilantism Conducted by Robots’
How many reports are there of large groups of Afghanis or other peoples climbing in big boats to head this way and do harm to us? Of course we do have lunatics like these folks:
Eventually we are all taking up a bit of space 6 foot deep, so the questions is are we going to spend our living time hiding in fear, helping those in charge keep us afraid?
jerryy commented on the diary post Apple’s Two Faces: Power Gaps Between Brazil and China Foxconn Workers by Michelle Chen.
Vastly simplifying the difference between China and Brazil: both have huge markets, but Brazil’s labor pool is proactively protected, while China’s is not. “Brazil currently puts a hefty fee on imported goods. Despite these (which reportedly can triple prices) iPhone already accounts for an estimated 10 percent of local smartphone sales.” “There are some countries [...]
jerryy commented on the blog post Apple Holding $60 Billion in Offshore Reserves for Ransom
You are mistaken in your claims.
The OS (operating system) is open source, called Darwin, it is free, you can install it on a variety of hardware setups. The GUI (graphical user interface) is what Apple restricts to their own hardware — that makes sure it actually runs on the hardware. Should you really push it, there is a thriving online community (look up Hacintosh) that will show you how to get the GUI part running on generic computers.
The price of the complete OS and GIU package has never been very high, the most any Apple OS and GUI package has cost is $129 — without needing any special phone home license numbers — compare that to the ‘generous’ terms offered by Microsoft, which are not. Nowadays the complete OS and GUI costs around $49..
Also, your claim about the hardware lockdown is misleading. Open up a Mac Tower computer. Making internal equipment changes does not get easier. Adding memory to any Mac machine that can actually use it is straight forward. Yup the iPhones and iPads are sealed pretty tight, but most folks do not want to open them up. As well as most folks do not want to replace motherboards on their computers, so those are a bit more harder to get at.
Lastly, now pay attention to what is written. the complaints about about the high prices and low quantities were from the older times when Apple had assembly lines here in the US. Not now, then. Long before the idea of unibody computers was even thought of. Now the prices are low and requested quantities are available.
jerryy commented on the blog post Apple Holding $60 Billion in Offshore Reserves for Ransom
Ms. Rosalind, you might want to reread the report you are citing. It mentions Apple twice in the whole thing, first in a chart that lists corporate incomes and second in a line saying that Apple is asking for a repatriation holiday. None of the mentions are connected to the paragraph you quote.
In 2010, Apple paid an effective 24% US income tax (they paid $4.53 billion in US taxes. In 2011, they paid $8.52 billion in US taxes) much higher rate than many other US companies, especially upper income US companies.
The income Apple has outside the US comes from selling products outside the US.
Apple employs quite a few seasonal, part time and full time employees in the US abd also creates quite a few indirect jobs as well. (Yes, they create quite a few direct and indirect jobs in other countries as well, but they do it here as well.)
btw, GE has over 90 billion parked outside the US.
This is a weird attack on Apple, it used to be when Apple had assembly lines in the US, folks complained that the prices were ‘too high’ and ‘not available in large quantities’ so business buyers would not buy Apple’s products in large quantities, except for graphics departments.
jerryy commented on the blog post Debating Whether It Is Legal to Kill US Citizens Abroad
Mr. Hitches is no longer around to defend his views, but his thoughts on Islam extended to all religions.
Mr. Dawkins is still around; he would prefer you use evidewnce to back up your claims:
“The mission of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science is to support scientific education, critical thinking and evidence-based understanding of the natural world in the quest to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and suffering.”
He too has a view towards religions.
Without evidence, murdering Anwar and Khan, and Anwar’s son is just that — murder.
What you are advocating is the same as killing the clerk at Kinkos that helps a walk-in customer make photocopies, under the guise of the cleark must be the propgandist for some mafia organization.
jerryy commented on the diary post Hey, Did You Happen to See the Most Beautiful Girl in the World? by Jane Hamsher.
I certainly hope that this turns out well for you and her. You do have the grace, don’t worry about the composure, that is what privacy is for.
jerryy commented on the blog post Greenpeace: #OccupyDuke Energy in Asheville North Carolina
Greenpeace also sent out an email announcement aimed at collecting signatures:
A long URL.
1250 people arrested at the White House during the Tar Sands action
None had previous criminal records previous criminal records are normally a factor in deciding who to prosecute.
That is amazing considering that almost 7% of the US population has a criminal record (with about 1 in 15 people doing jailtime at some point). You would expect that around 88 of the 1250 would be joining Dan.
jerryy commented on the blog post Nothing About the Insurance Market Makes the Individual Mandate Legally Unique
What you are using for your cost is more of a ‘gross average payout’ than a cost per person. Averages hide quite a bit. Say for example, a few hundred of the payouts are for cancer treatments, which is expensive, the payouts quickly overwhelm the ratio.
(It is the Bill Gates problem: put BG in a room with a 100 fast food employees, the average wage in the room is multimillionaire, even though all 100 fast food workers incomes put together will not add up to a single million.)
To further Jon’s point, suppose the next time there is a crisis in the auto industry (given the economy …) the administration decides all folks in New York City, Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco that take public transportation must buy a car. This economic activity will benefit car companies and cause a major disaster in those cities. Just finding the parking space for all of those apartment dwellers to put the cars is gonna be rough.
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