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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Maxwell Where would we flee to? (87 comments)

Required comment: the big corps have won. Deal with it.

about an hour ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Maxwell Phones + 1 laptop. (143 comments)

For everything else, I'll take my solid-as-a-rock Gigabit ethernet thanks. Also, off the lawn please!

2 days ago
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Feds: Red Light Camera Firm Paid For Chicago Official's Car, Condo

Maxwell Settle for 1M. No harm done (115 comments)

They settle out of court for 1M, he'll get to keep the car named condo and nothing will come of it. The city needs the revenue too badly to take the cameras down. Remember kids, white collar crime *does* pay!

4 days ago
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Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

Maxwell Doesn't scale anyway (81 comments)

One of the major drivers of online was for scalability/cost. Do the bulk stuff asynchronously online with some minimal in person or synchronous work. If this is an instructor led , real time course they might as well be 'in the building' anyway. How would 200 people take a course like this? All you need is 23 professors, easy right?

about a week ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Maxwell How did micorsoft 'solve' this problem? (249 comments)

For 20 years we had nothing but Microsoft (DOS, Windows) on PC's and somehow we survived. Now we need someone to curate the app store? Why not submit your app for review, like in the olden days? The reviewing, rating and recommending of apps should be a separate function than publishing...

about a week ago
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Interviews: James Cameron and John Bruno Answer Your Questions

Maxwell hard to hate this guy... (24 comments)

There is a lot of hate for his movie success - just 8 films to date, virtually all of them massively successful - but man he sounds cool in this interview!

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Maxwell IE11=IE6 all over again (138 comments)

Sure, all we have to do is rewrite the internet to work with IE11 and we'll be fine. I propose Microsoft should start with Sharepoint, Project server, CRM Dynamics etc that currently don't work well with IE11...

Firefox 3.6 has better overall compatibility than IE11!

about two weeks ago
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Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

Maxwell Re:Uh...try again (116 comments)

Think again. AOL, prodigy, compuserve were all proprietary, isolated systems. They did not provide internet access. It wasn't until 89/90 that there email services could even talk to each other (via the internet).

Source: old enough to have listed compuserve "forums" and AOL "keywords" on my business cards...

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

Maxwell Re:Seriously? Nope! (194 comments)

What he really wanted was for someone to actually read his request. I guess it wasn't you.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

Maxwell Re:Fire(wall) and forget (348 comments)

No that is Windows Server Security 101. Network security is different. If you had network security you don't need firewalls on every single server in your enterprise because that traffic is already caught and logged elsewhere. By the time they are at your server, and you haven't detected it, it is too late.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

Maxwell Re:Fire(wall) and forget (348 comments)

Stop being rational. Just, stop it. You never need a business case for awesomely complex, double reverse DMZ firewall setups here on /. !

about three weeks ago
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Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

Maxwell Re:Out of the public domain? (96 comments)

If one can ride by on their bicycle and take a picture of "secret installations", they have a security leak. It's not an American concept.

about three weeks ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Maxwell You weren't asked to be creative... (372 comments)

"Software development has become a mostly operational activity, rather than a creative one." And this is a bad thing?

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

Maxwell Re: Too long (161 comments)

Worse than that: They were the #1 dial up ISP (behind AOL) were the #1 DSL ISP (with MSN premium, bundled with verizon, bell etc.). they had the #1 travel site, #1 encyclopedia site, and #1 chat tool all at the same time circa 2000.

The only thing they didn't do was sell ads...

about a month ago
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HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

Maxwell Re:Totally would buy (68 comments)

Shouldn't you be telling that to HP? from the site: "The HP ProLiant Moonshot Server is available with the Intel® Atom Processor S1260...."

about a month ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Maxwell Re:I've always thought that the best way for Israe (379 comments)

They do that occasionally, and are universally condemned for it. Remember Israel is not allowed to defend itself. They have to just accept 100's or rockets a day lobbed at them and not react. If they do fire back, and go as far as to warn the targets, Hamas gathers their children and brings them to the target creating mini-martyr's and generating huge sympathy, especially from the west.

They have a standing offer: it Hamas stops the rockets, they stop theirs. Not difficult, unless your Hamas

about a month ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

Maxwell Wait a second (143 comments)

I tired to find the original source. Don't see it. Instead all we have is "

A report by broadcaster CCTV criticized the iPhone's "Frequent Locations" function for allowing users to be tracked and information about them revealed.

"This is extremely sensitive data," said a researcher interviewed by the broadcaster. If the data were accessed, it could reveal an entire country's economic situation and "even state secrets," the researcher said."

This is far, far from a government decree. The American equivalent would be an interview on PBS. Other than approving it to air, this has nothing to do with the government. I suspect most Chinese will see right through this, it may even help Apple sales.

about a month ago
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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

Maxwell Re:Bad mashup between a tablet and phone (139 comments)

There was a time when BB didn't fit in pockets either, they were worn in little holders attached to your belt. Back to the future, man.

about a month and a half ago
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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

Maxwell Re:Que the outrage (139 comments)

And BB were always fat and square before the Bold models got slimmer. This is like the true successor to the click wheel line.

about a month and a half ago

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