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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

cmorriss Re:No price != No cost (409 comments)

The advertisers are the customer and you are the product.

Ugh, not this crap again. I'm a customer who pays with my information. Google then takes that information and offers it to advertisers. So, if Google wants me to keep paying with my information, they have to provide me, their customer, with a good service.

It is possible to have more than one type of customer.

about a month ago
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Google's Project Tango Seeks To Map a 3D World

cmorriss Re:consumerism at its finest (49 comments)

Lowe's already has this in their mobile app. They recently added bin numbers to all their shelving. Select a store, search for something and it will give you the aisle and shelf number in addition a map of the store with the location pointed out.

So this is pretty much done, and in a very nice way.

about 2 months ago
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Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'

cmorriss Re:But... (341 comments)

My dad is a home inspector and I was talking to him the other day about how amazing Glass would be for his job. He often has to climb into difficult spots and take pictures or movies. This would be a dream tool for him.

about 2 months ago
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French, German Leaders: Keep European Email Off US Servers

cmorriss Re:Favorite part (115 comments)

INCOMING!!!

>>>joke**** WHOOSH ****joke>>>>

No shit Sherlock.

about 2 months ago
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Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

cmorriss Re:what price increases? (424 comments)

It's technology. You pointed out yourself how the price per mbs has dropped over the years and then suggest for some reason it should now go up. Technology naturally drops in price because of advances regardless of how many people are using it. Unless of course you have a monopoly.

about 2 months ago
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Google Says It Has "No Current Plans Regarding Bitcoin"

cmorriss Re:It's called Gcoin now. (157 comments)

Wow, where to begin.

First of all, in-store credit vouchers are not "their own currency" at all. They're just U.S. dollars with restrictions on where they can be spent. They'll always be worth the same amount in dollars because they're not a separate currency at all. other currencies values are tracked separately from each other. Yes, a particular currency can be tied to another currency, but at any point, that tie can be severed. A voucher's tie to the U.S. dollar can NEVER be severed because it IS U.S. dollars.

All cryptocurrencies that follow the same architecture of bitcoin by their nature are controlled by 51% of the owners of the currency. Just because a company creates a new currency and blesses it by accepting it at all their terminals doesn't mean it's controlled by them, as long as it follows the bitcoin architecture.

I was VERY skeptical of bitcoin until I read this article by Marc Andreesen: http://techland.time.com/2014/...

Yes, he has a lot invested in bitcoin companies which gives him a bias and some of his arguments are in my opinion flat out wrong, the majority of what he says does sound very interesting and gave me a new perspective on the currency.

about 3 months ago
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Google Begins To Merge Google+, Gmail Contacts

cmorriss Re:bad bad idea (339 comments)

Good lord. I understand Slashdot folks generally don't like to read the actual article, but I don't think a single comment on this has come from someone who actually read it.

It is simply and integration between G+ and gmail. They are NOT merging. IF you use G+, then you'll be able to send emails to people in G+ without having to know their email address. It's a nice convenience. That is all.

So if you're not using G+ for anything now, nothing at all will change for you in gmail. If you are using it, you will get some nice new feature.

about 3 months ago
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US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

cmorriss Re:All or nothing (903 comments)

Everyone can get access to as much healthcare as they want. This simply is a determination of whether very specific religious organizations are required by law to pay for something they find unethical. Just because something isn't covered by insurance doesn't mean it is denied to them. They must simply pay for it on their own. This isn't something that even costs that much.

about 3 months ago
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

cmorriss Re:How many don't use the chrome part? (321 comments)

I bought an Acer C720 for my wife. Chrome OS is nearly perfect for her. All she does is surf the web and the small amount of photo editing can be done in web apps like pixelr. Plex and Netflix work like champs.

The only hitch was Skype as she uses it to talk to her family in Italy. That's where linux comes in. Installed crouton and have it running aside chrome OS. Skype runs beautifully in it and she can hear a call while in chrome OS and switch with a single key combo and switch back when finished.

Microsoft should be worried about this. It will only improve and piece by piece take over the last remaining bastion of their empire.

about 4 months ago
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Nasdaq 4000 — This Time It's Different?

cmorriss Re:Blowing bubbles again? (241 comments)

If you've only gotten a 9% return in the past 12 months, you should either be near retirement or are way too conservative in your fund choices. I have a very diversified portfolio and still easily have a return above 20% in the last 12 months.

about 5 months ago
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CPJ Report: the Obama Administration and Press Freedoms

cmorriss Re:Transparency (289 comments)

Are you on drugs? Bush was lambasted by the media. Constantly. Now Obama is in office. Remember how we're still fighting a war in Afghanistan? What happened to Guantanimo? The only reason we know ANYTHING about the NSA is because every news outlet would be dumb as a bag of rocks not to report it. It was thrown in their lap.

Who knows what else is going on. There's very little real journalism in today's media. Part of that really is a belief by many in the media that Obama is overall a great man and they should not pound him too hard for anything, and part of that is because of the KGB like surveillance of the media keeping everyone else in line as much as possible.

about 6 months ago
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Liberal Saudi Web Forum Founder Sentenced To 600 Lashes and 7 Years In Prison

cmorriss Re:WTF? (506 comments)

God damn it. disk? ruined the whole post.

about 9 months ago
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Liberal Saudi Web Forum Founder Sentenced To 600 Lashes and 7 Years In Prison

cmorriss Re:WTF? (506 comments)

Your word for today is Asshole. Learn what it means.

You need to stop being a disk when trying to make your point. It doesn't make you right.

about 9 months ago
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Why Yahoo and Marissa Mayer's Over Reliance On Alibaba Could Spell Trouble

cmorriss Re:Duh... (91 comments)

Not that I think Mayer is any good as a CEO, but this entire article is based on the premise that most of their revenue in the second quarter was from selling off an investment which is false. The $1.07 billion in revenue is completely separate from the investment gain from Alibaba. Investment gains like that are never counted as revenue.

See official quarterly results for more details: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/yahoo-reports-second-quarter-2013-200500159.html

about 8 months ago
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Why Yahoo and Marissa Mayer's Over Reliance On Alibaba Could Spell Trouble

cmorriss Re:selling shares is not revenue (91 comments)

It is NOT reported as revenue. TFA and summary are wrong. If you want the details: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/yahoo-reports-second-quarter-2013-200500159.html

Yahoo! reported $1.07 billion in revenue without including the gain from Alibaba. The whole article makes little sense and the summary plays up a small piece from the article that isn't even correct. This should never have made it onto Slashdot.

about 8 months ago
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Perspectives On the Latest IBM Layoffs

cmorriss Re:Welcome to corporate America (135 comments)

While what you're saying is true for some corporations in the U.S., maybe most, there are plenty that treat their employees with respect as long as their employees respect the company. I left IBM for just such a company and am VERY happy at my new job. IBM will slowly whither and die if it continues on its track. Natural selection and a healthy entrepreneurship continually reform the corporate landscape ensuring only the fittest survive in the long run. And to be the fittest, you have to have a healthy corporate culture and good people.

about 10 months ago
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Perspectives On the Latest IBM Layoffs

cmorriss Re:I'm glad I got out of there (135 comments)

I'll second everything in the parent post including the joy of leaving the company last year. I had joined in the late 90's and saw the party slowly end and the crushing grip of earnings expectations squeeze every last penny out of the soul of each employee, especially anyone with talent.

The company has been transformed by Palmisano into a company eating machine. The buying spree started around 2001 and has only increased. After each purchase of a company, any products it has are fed into the IBM sales machine which promises the world to every customer. Development then gets its hands on it and tries to graft every interface imaginable and scale it to hundreds of times anything that had ever been tried. Bandaids are wrapped on the thousands of issues that arise during this process and the product enters a permanent maintenance mode until another company is purchased with a similar product to replace it. Once replaced, it is summarily shat into the dung heap of end-of-life'd IBM crapware.

All "innovation" in IBM is now focused simply on how to make the Frankenstein mess of products the company has acquired over the past decade work with each other in only the simplest ways. No more room for real developers and in fact most good ones have either headed for the doors or are in the process of doing so.

about 10 months ago
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Ask slashdot: Which 100+ User Virtualization Solution Should I Use?

cmorriss Re:KVM (191 comments)

If you want KVM with the manageability of VMWare, then oVirt is what you're looking for. Fee as well, open source and RedHat is investing heavily in it as they base their RedHat Enterprise Virtualization Manager product on it.

http://www.ovirt.org/

about a year ago
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Senators Seek H-1B Cap That Can Reach 300,000

cmorriss Re:Definition of a cap (605 comments)

> Wages in the US have not been on an inevitable downward march,

Adjusted for inflation, this statement is bullshit. Since 1999, household income has *fallen.* That's 14 solid years.

But hey, you go look up these facts yourself. They're googleable.

--
BMO

Umm, I'm not sure where you got your data since you didn't provide a source, but googling produced something different. Inflation adjusted wages have been pretty flat since 2000 at every income level. I actually have graphs to back this up. The bottom shows them going up from 2000 to 2007 and then dropping as would be expected in a recession.

http://www.advisorperspectives.com/dshort/charts/census/household-income.html?household-incomes-mean-real.gif
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US_real_median_household_income_1967_-_2011.PNG

about a year ago

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