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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

jbmartin6 Article Thumbs Down (77 comments)

This article is all about speculations on our megacity future, I was more interested in how he got the city that big.

4 hours ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

jbmartin6 Costly and Unreliable? (92 comments)

to portray the networks as unreliable and costly

I wasn't sure to which networks this was referring.

5 hours ago
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Google Wins $1.3 Million From Patent Troll

jbmartin6 Re:Judicial Order (34 comments)

If there is a true free market in legal services, someone should go to them and say "I will be the lawyer in your losing case for only $500k in legal fees!"

yesterday
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FBI Investigates 'Sophisticated' Cyber Attack On JP Morgan, 4 More US Banks

jbmartin6 Russia = bogeyman (97 comments)

I didn't see any evidence of Russia being involved, other than gross speculation. Meanwhile, the NYT article states the researchers believe the malware was produced by the same people who made Stuxnet and Flame. That points to the US and Israel, not Russia.

yesterday
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Euro Bank Santander Commissions Study On Bitcoin's Impact On Banking

jbmartin6 Why bother? (50 comments)

I don't see why they would bother. According to many of the folks here on /. Bitcoin is just a Ponzi scheme and it is sure to collapse any time now.

yesterday
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

jbmartin6 Re:Cats (487 comments)

I think apex predators won't be able to position themselves as overlords. How would they recruit allies? There's just not enough cooperation among these sorts.

2 days ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

jbmartin6 Re:Impacts (487 comments)

This is a great intersection of goals. Getting rid of coal power for cleaner alternatives has a lot of benefits even if you lend no credence to AGW.

2 days ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

jbmartin6 Security (194 comments)

The article doesn't specify why they need to replace the hand rather than just do a software reset. But my first thought was of all those stories a while ago about security on diabetic pumps, and I thought "Well now we know why there shouldn't be security on these devices"

3 days ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

jbmartin6 This doesn't compute...or does it (112 comments)

At first I thought, "years of hard work"? How can this be when clones fill up the store in a matter of days? Doesn't seem like it is that much work. Then I thought, well perhaps designer spends years designing a game with all sorts of clever ideas then copiers use them all a few days after release. I have to ask, though, is this what happens? Surely a game must spend some time before becoming popular enough to copy, during which it builds a following and has first mover advantage. Copiers can't copy those advantages. It seems like it is still worth doing to many since folks are still making games for these platforms.

4 days ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

jbmartin6 Re:Where would we flee to? (257 comments)

In the USA at least, as I was recently schooled on another thread, local monopolies are forbidden by federal law. Now exorbitant fees are a different matter.

about a week ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

jbmartin6 Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (459 comments)

Yes, that is my point. The current business model is not the only one. Who knows, maybe they would finance the things with different merchandising deals. No single person is capable of knowing everything that is or isn't possible. How much of the cost goes into the actors salaries? I don't know, but I'll bet there is a whole lot of wiggle room there.

about a week ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

jbmartin6 Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (459 comments)

I think you are wrong to suppose you are capable of predicting what is or is not possible. History is full of examples of people figuring out ways to do things that many others dismissed as impossible. I don't know what the field might look like either.

about a week ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

jbmartin6 Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (459 comments)

removing all copy protection would require movies as we currently know them to cease to exist

"as we currently know them" is the key phrase here. No one in the current production chain has any right to keep their job at everyone else's expense, any more than blacksmiths and farriers did. Now, would movies, good and bad, still get made if copying was perfectly legal? Yes, although the field would no doubt be very different than what we currently know.

about a week ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

jbmartin6 Re:Just don't deal with Americans (249 comments)

Yes THEY are all retards, aren't they? Or at least, that is a major plank of the youtard platform.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

jbmartin6 Re:Very normal (249 comments)

At first they had a backdoor, swearing three times would get you to a human quickly, but word got out and they disabled that feature.

Priceless!

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

jbmartin6 Re:Is there an counter to this? (249 comments)

When dealing with a telco, I just told them I wasn't going to pay anymore and this phone call constituted their notice. Then off I went. Of course, I didn't care about the fallout when they tried to pursue collections and did their credit reporting thing. I understand that not everyone is able or willing to take that hit. It didn't affect me at all.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

jbmartin6 Re:Just don't deal with Americans (249 comments)

That is really interesting, thanks for this correction! I am inconvenienced by having to reassess my opinions, but I do not blame you for this. ;-)

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

jbmartin6 Re:Just doin' business (249 comments)

It really depends on how it is done. If the rep says "You know with your usage this other plan would provide the same options and be $10 less" (I know, when would that really happen) or "I see you are close to the limit, for $10 more you would get the next biggest tier", I would agree that there is no problem. If they go overboard and start yammering about "get our phone service for just $50 more!" on a call about Internet service then I'll have a problem.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

jbmartin6 Re:Just don't deal with Americans (249 comments)

No, those rights are not available to other providers, that is part of the problem. Typically the local governments grant a monopoly to one provider and keeps out all others, in exchange for some consideration from the cable operators. This is one reason why Comcast and Time Warner don't directly compete in any areas.

about two weeks ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

jbmartin6 Re:I'm not so sure.... (171 comments)

Yes, the summary's idea that one could get a heart transplant with faked records is baloney. But there are a lot of simpler health care interactions which are easier to get with faked records, such as basic prescriptions. And it's not much harder to monetize, you do it the same way you do credit cards. Those marketplaces are well established for both CC info and health info, in many cases they are the same place.

about two weeks ago

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Here comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

jbmartin6 jbmartin6 writes  |  about 2 months ago

jbmartin6 (1232050) writes "The Panopticon may be coming, but perhaps not how we think. Instead of a massive government surveillance program, we might end up subjected to ubiquitous monitoring to save on our insurance premiums. The "internet of things (you can't get away from)" makes this more and more possible. Here a company saved money on its health insurance premiums by distributing Fitbits and an online service to enable reporting fitness gains back to the insurance company. We've already seen the stories on using black boxes to monitor drivers. There is even an insurance company named Panoptic! Heck why not a premium hike for owners of this or that "aggressiveness gene"? What if in the future we got a quick "+50 cents" tweet for every scoop of iced cream? I suppose the natural stopping point might be the balance between an individual's willingness to be monitored and the desire to reduce insurance premiums."

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