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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

carys689 Re:Natural rebound (336 comments)

... Ann Arbor (20 miles west) is one if the nicest college towns you could ever want to visit and has some really cool business activity going on.

Not if you went to Ohio State. :)

4 days ago

Facebook Lets Beheading Clips Return To Its Site

carys689 What do you expect? (277 comments)

What do you expect from a hack like Mark Zuckerberg?

about 6 months ago

Lessons From the Healthcare.gov Fiasco

carys689 No way to build a system (501 comments)

They violated just about every rule in the book regarding the development of large computer systems. If the Apollo space program had been managed like this, it is conceivably unlikely we would've gotten an astronaut to orbit the earth, let alone get him to the moon. Maybe Obamacare should be run by NASA.

about 6 months ago

HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You

carys689 Productive or Counter-Productive? (477 comments)

So Meg wants everyone to traipse on in from their homes to the cube farms which are noisy, crowded, and as such, on the verge of constant chaos. I know. I've been there.

about 6 months ago

US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test

carys689 TV the culprit? (745 comments)

It's been said that the average American spends 4 hours a day watching TV. That may have something to do with the low scores.

about 6 months ago

German NSA Critic Denied Entry To the US

carys689 Free Speech? (352 comments)

I guess 1st amendment rights extend only to U.S. citizens.

about 7 months ago

Justice Department Slaps IBM Over H-1B Hiring Practices

carys689 Joke fine (195 comments)

The $44,400 fine is not even a slap on the wrist. Not exactly a deterrent to other companies engaged in such activity.

about 7 months ago

Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

carys689 Bad idea? (729 comments)

They should not change this. This has been standard mouse-interaction behavour on most, if not all, UNIX (and UNIX variants) GUIs, not just GNOME.

about 7 months ago

Linus Torvalds Admits He's Been Asked To Insert Backdoor Into Linux

carys689 Nyet (576 comments)

Just say 'no'. And tell them to f--k off while you're at it.

about 7 months ago

Obama Asks FCC To Make Carriers Unlock All Mobile Devices

carys689 Re: Topology (378 comments)

Verizon Wireless is CDMA. All of China is CDMA. What's wrong with CDMA? If the phone is lost or stolen, the carrier can turn it into a brick. Not sure you can do that with a GSM phone.

about 7 months ago

Verizon's Plan To Turn the Web Into Pay-Per-View

carys689 Wrong perception? (332 comments)

If I am not mistaken, I think Verizon's plan is to control how much bandwidth each web site can have based on how much the site's owner is willing to pay for the size of the pipe. As users of the Internet, you should be able to use as much bandwidth as the contract with your ISP allows -- I don't think that part will change. However, when it comes to online retail traffic this would tilt the playing field in favor of the big guns -- just like in the brick-and-mortar retail world. This is obviously a hot issue. I believe net neutrality succeeds only as long as bandwidth appears to be unlimited. Ten to fifteen years ago there was an extreme overabundance of bandwidth and it was very hard to argue against net neutrality. I am not sure that's true anymore.

about 7 months ago

Linus Responds To RdRand Petition With Scorn

carys689 Good Ol' Linus (566 comments)

Nice guy.

about 7 months ago

Google Speeding Up New Encryption Project After Latest Snowden Leaks

carys689 Good. (248 comments)

Good. What encryption was Google using before? AES? If so, I find it hard to believe that anyone (or anything) can break an AES encryption.

about 7 months ago

Lowell Observatory Pushes To Name an Asteroid "Trayvon"

carys689 Seriously? (588 comments)

Honoring a pot-smoking, violence-prone teenager? Seriously?

about 8 months ago

Feds Seek Prison For Man Who Taught How To Beat a Polygraph

carys689 Curious (374 comments)

This is curious. For some reason, I was under the impression that lie detector results are not permissible as testimony in court cases precisely because of their unreliability. So why is this a big deal?

about 8 months ago

U.S. Gov't Still Fighting the Man Behind Buckyballs; Guess Who's Winning?

carys689 Re:Sounds good to me (555 comments)

Isn't this what insurance is for? Businesses, large and small, get sued all the time. If you don't have insurance, especially if you're running a small business, you COULD be held personally liable, so this is not something new.

about 8 months ago

How One Programmer Is Coding Faster By Voice Than Keyboard

carys689 Good idea (214 comments)

... since a significant number of programmers are, shall we say, less than proficient typers.

about 8 months ago

Bill Gates Seeking Patent To Make Shakespeare Less Boring

carys689 Bill Gates patent (338 comments)

Maybe Bill Gates should seek a patent on making Bill Gates less boring.

about 8 months ago

Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

carys689 To each his own (1501 comments)

As for Linus' abusive behavior: it is his right to act like a jerk. Most people would not work for or along side such a person, but apparently Linus has enough supporters/admirers/worshippers, that he is not motivated to tone it down a couple of notches. But he should try it sometime just to see what a difference it will make.

about 9 months ago


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