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Windows 8 and 8.1 Pass 15% Market Share, Windows XP Drops Below 20% Mark

Mitreya Re:Wondering about those numbers. (192 comments)

It's interesting that while 8.1 is around 10%-ish, 8 is still about 5%.

Perhaps 8.1 is the one that comes with downgrade to Windows7 option. I wonder if they counted how many licenses are downgraded after purchase.

about a month and a half ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Mitreya Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

This is what you get when you depend on video for news, you can think that centrists are leftists

Actually, I think this is what you get when you live in US.
Don't think we have any centrists left, our "leftists" would be considered moderate-right anywhere else.

about 2 months ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Mitreya Re:I welcome the Death Spiral (392 comments)

I'd much rather see an ala carte system with a few very good premium channels, along with some scrappy quirky channel

Also, the channels have to have dynamic scheduling. Maybe we could just subscribe to the actual shows? (To be able to save the next Firefly?)

I used to arrange my life around favorite TV shows when I was a kid. But as an adult, I'd rather shows rearranged for me.

about 2 months ago
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US Post Office Increases Secret Tracking of Mail

Mitreya Re:competition (112 comments)

which means in many cases yes, defending your privacy sometimes with their freedom.

Both of your references link to Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio which is hardly "many cases". Rather, this is one case, where the only person to stand up against government surveillance spent 6 years in prison (plus lost his job and a lot of money paying for lawyers before that). I assume the clear lesson here is that he may be the last one to do something like this.

about 2 months ago
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US Post Office Increases Secret Tracking of Mail

Mitreya Re:competition (112 comments)

if you don't want to be tracked you may want to choose a competitor who will not provide your data to the government that way.

Yes, I am sure that UPS and FedEx will defend my privacy with their lives. Are you aware of a competitor who is unlikely to provide my data to the government?

The first class mail delivery has to be opened to the competition, the USPS has a monopoly on it

What would be the point of doing this? To get better mail rates as long as you live in one of the top-10 major cities?

about 2 months ago
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US Post Office Increases Secret Tracking of Mail

Mitreya Where does the money come from? (112 comments)

Wilcox sued the county, was awarded nearly $1 million in a settlement in 2011

I assume it came out of the salaries of the officials responsible for the mail tracking?

about 2 months ago
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Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

Mitreya Re:"Until now"? (124 comments)

Are there other lawsuits pending? Is there something of a 'proper channels' method to appealing, and how many cases have been submitted to that?

I am quite sure there isn't such channel
I think the ones suing have some accidental way of proving that they are, in fact, on the no-fly list. I don't believe there is a channel to confirm if you are on the no-fly list. Very Kafkaesque indeed.

about 2 months ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

Mitreya Re:Easy up now (231 comments)

Secondly, the biometrics are just an additional method of payment, it's entirely optional. No one's stopping you from paying in cash.

Oh, yes, because optional things never become mandatory. Only 10 years ago, the EZ-pass highway electronic payment system was optional. It even offered a discount (initially).

Now, there are several bridges where cash payment has been eliminated altogether. And many, many locations where the only available cash lane requires extra 15 minutes of my time.

I am talking about US, but I am sure such "optional" feature creep is an international thing.

about 3 months ago
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Verizon Pays $7.4 Million To Settle FCC Privacy Investigation

Mitreya Re:That'll teach them (50 comments)

How fast do you suppose Verizon wireless makes 7.4 million? 3 hours? 4?

Also, how much compensation did the affected customers receive?
Even if the punishment were painful, why does FCC get all of it?

Verizon has agreed to notify customers of their opt-out rights on every bill for the next three years.

Oh, well, never mind. I guess customers got something out of this settlement after all. And in the fourth year, Verizon doesn't even have to notify them about their opt-out rights?

about 4 months ago
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F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data

Mitreya Normal now (164 comments)

Xiaomi smartphones do in fact upload user data without their permission/knowledge

Considering that half the apps out there (and I mean benign/legitimate apps!) seem to upload user data without user's knowledge, that is not so shocking. Once you start using your phone, several apps will start siphoning your data.

Recent "simplification" of Android Google-store permissions means that I don't even know how much of a permission I am giving to a new app.

about 4 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

Mitreya Re:Good riddance (790 comments)

They have an obligation to report child porn if they find it, but they don't have an obligation to look.

Actually, naive me was thinking that they have an obligation NOT TO LOOK.
I also have a storage room rental -- does that mean the owner is allowed to do random checks for stolen goods? Just in case?

about 5 months ago
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NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

Mitreya Re:Let them drink! (532 comments)

people who have bad eating habits

None of this precludes bad eating habits though. It just makes it more expensive or cumbersome (nor does it help people who drink several medium drinks throughout the day). So sounds like pointless grandstanding

Education is the way to help. I think the rules requiring posting calories on the menu had done a lot more to improve health than any such stupid ban. And no one contested that in court.

You can't really force people to make healthy choices by legislation. Information/labeling helps though.

about 6 months ago
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Seattle Gets Takeout By Amazon

Mitreya What is the value? (61 comments)

Amazon has their value mostly in guaranteed/fast/free shipping and low prices. How are they going to break into this market?

about 6 months ago
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High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

Mitreya Re:Happened before, will happen again (382 comments)

Dutch tulip panic in the 1700's ... The world moves on and financiers quickly explore new avenues, leaving the old behind

Ah, but did the people who lost on tulip investment get bailed out back then? Seems like the new way is to save the financial institutions because their collapse would be too damaging to the world.

about 7 months ago
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New Federal Database Will Track Americans' Credit Ratings, Other Financial Info

Mitreya Re:Mortgages are public records (294 comments)

Mortgages are public records. State and local governments already have all that data. Anyone can look it up.

I don't think mortgages are public record. Sales of houses and their prices are public record, but that is a far cry from knowing your actual mortgage (maybe you paid cash?)

There's a lot of funny stuff going on in the foreclosure area, but nobody has been analysing that as a "big data" problem.

Yes, "big data in a cloud with web 2.0" is the solution. It is reasonably known what "funny stuff" goes on, but instead of cracking down on these practices, we are going to do reports. Reports are needed to identify the problem when it is a mystery.

about 7 months ago
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Oregon vs. Oracle: the Battle of Blame Heats Up

Mitreya I like the non-commital announcement (83 comments)

She did not commit to filing suit, but said, "I share your determination to recover every dollar to which Oregon is entitled."

You can say a lot of words without promising anything. I particularly like "recover every dollar to which Oregon is entitled". It could be $0 or $1 or $100M, because she didn't mention how much that is in her opinion.

about 7 months ago
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Declining LG's New Ad-friendly Privacy Policy Removes Features From Smart TVs

Mitreya Nope. (221 comments)

Does a manufacturer have the right to "brick" certain integral services just because the end user doesn't feel comfortable sharing a bunch of info with LG and other, unnamed third parties?

Of course they don't.
I am sure that just in 3-4 years, after a lawsuit, affected customers will be able to get a $7.50 credit good towards purchase of a new LG TV.

about 7 months ago
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California Bill Would Safeguard Consumers' Rights To Criticize Firms Online

Mitreya Re:Not First Amendment (160 comments)

You CAN be sued for any ACTUAL damages DIRECTLY related to your speech, IF it was defamatory / libelous.

Not disagreeing with you...
However, you can be SUCCESSFULLY sued for actual damages, blah blah. Without that, you can STILL be sued albeit unsuccessfully. An eventually-lost lawsuit would still cost you a lot of money to defend yourself. Maybe more money than whatever damages you are accused of.

about 7 months ago
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Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

Mitreya Re:Don't complain. Sue. (297 comments)

Don't complain. Sue.

"State secrets".
Allowing the lawsuit to proceed will expose state secrets and undermine the all-important War on Terror.
Next suggestion?

about 7 months ago

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