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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

jmauro Re:RTF(License)A (650 comments)

It wasn't a carrier but a guided missile cruiser, the USS Yorktown.

about two weeks ago
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Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

jmauro Re:They are predominantly "at will" employees. (148 comments)

In case you are wondering, non-competes are also not legal in California, unless the competition occurs as side work during your employment at the company, and generally are not considered legally enforceable in the U.S., unless they continue to pay your salary (plus scaled increases based on past increases, if any were performance related) during the lockout period. You can thank my cousin for this, as he took his non-compete to the supreme court (and yes, they payed him to take the year off at his regular salary to prevent him from going to a competitor).

This isn't true. Since they're based in state law they're actually enforceable in a lot of places (like Massachusetts and Maryland.) In fact, Massachusetts keeps doing studies on how Boston can be the next Tech center like Silicon Valley, and that's the number one thing they need to do is change their non-compete laws to match California's. Somehow they try some marketing plan instead of doing the change in the law. My guess there is some industry benefiting from the non-compete enforcement (like finance or something) which is why it never happens.

about three weeks ago
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Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

jmauro Re:My solution... (195 comments)

Back in the days when you could get regular CD-ROM drives I saw some setups that would put /usr, /usr/local and /opt on a CD-R and then boot of the CD. Since the drive couldn't write even trying to force a reboot to mount RW was pointless since the drive couldn't physically write to the drive.

The down side was it was a pain to operate like that since every patch required a new CD to be burned. Most gave up after too long once they realized how often they'd need to be patching thing.

about 2 months ago
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Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

jmauro Re:Now that it is private? (287 comments)

The difference is if the company was public all the metrics that the big financial companies would use would go completely haywire during the layoffs, causing the stock price to drop like a rock (even if it was good for the company in the long run). As such, once private you can do these sorts of maneuvers without the financial markets screaming bloody murder, since you're not tradable.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix: Non-'A' Players Unworthy of Jobs

jmauro Re: 'A' Players Make a Lot of Questionable Decisi (397 comments)

Flash didn't have video DRM at the time of launch. Silverlight did so it was chosen since DRM was judged as the most important feature to have.

about 4 months ago
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US Treasury Completes Bailout of General Motors

jmauro Re:I think... (425 comments)

No. They're actually at about $1.5 billion right now when you add up the financing, loans, IPO, etc.

about 4 months ago
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Company Wants To Put Power Plants In the Sky

jmauro Re:Why not build them on the beds of rivers (223 comments)

That's still a dam, just not with an as large of reservoir. The grandparent was talking about submerged power generation on a river which has never been done successfully.

about 5 months ago
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Company Wants To Put Power Plants In the Sky

jmauro Re:Why not build them on the beds of rivers (223 comments)

What you propose is possible for things like ocean currents, but a river isn't deep enough or have enough of a continual flow to be useful for power generation unless you use a dam to build a reservoir. Then the water can be released at a steady rate, and you can hide the power generation portions in places where there is no boat traffic, like inside the dam.

about 5 months ago
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EU To Allow 3G and 4G Connections On Planes

jmauro Re:Only for business (106 comments)

It will probably be a local cell on the plane that relays through a satellite connection. Like they do WiFi now.

about 5 months ago
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Box CEO Talks European Plans, Warns About Meeting BlackBerry's Fate

jmauro Re:Not necessarily true ... (44 comments)

But my point being, as long as your product is THE ONLY ONE IN THE MARKET, and as long as the market still exists, you have nothing to worry about.

If you think you are the only one in the market, there is a good chance that you have completely misdefined your market. History is littered with companies that thought they had their market down pat and that they were the only major dominate player in it. But there are always products that are just tangential to your market that make a good enough replacement that some consumers will start using (and then the company will improve making it good enough for other customers). See Blackberry, Blockbuster, large steel mills. Most companies will miss this until it's too late since the first customers to leave are usually the most price sensitive (and therefore usually the least profitable ones).

The only company that really catches onto this well is Apple who's fully willing to cannibalize their sales of one product to introduce a new one in a slightly different market. See the iPhone basically killing off the iPod and the iPad starting to eat deep into the Mac sales.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Converting Trial and Pirated iWork, iLife and Aperture To Full Versions

jmauro Re:If only I were less organized! (134 comments)

You can just download them for free now from the App Store.

about 6 months ago
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Finally, a Bill To End Patent Trolling

jmauro Re:Good start, but... (162 comments)

I think you have it backwards. The "trolls" need to identify what product of yours is infringing and how, not the other way around. You still don't need an actual product to file a suit with the new bill.

about 6 months ago
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Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

jmauro Re:Can someone please explain ... (658 comments)

Even easier. Raise the gas tax. It'll increase revenue, easier to administer, and encourage even less use of gas.

Until we reach a world where we use zero gas to transport, this makes the most sense, since gas taxes are both a rough proxy for miles traveled and encourages less fuel use.

about 6 months ago
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Call Yourself a Hacker, Lose Your 4th Amendment Rights

jmauro Re:The blogspam is a crock of shit. (488 comments)

The new company he works for actually released it already. It's been on github for the last 7 months. If there was a question of ownership on the code, why it couldn't be figured out from comparing the released version of Visdom to the internal version of Sophia to see if any code was stolen is left up to the reader.

about 6 months ago
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No FiOS In Boston? We'll Make an Ad Anyway

jmauro Re:Not sure why this article made the cut. (202 comments)

They're replacing the landline POTS service with a fixed wireless system or with FIOS. The wireless service is similar for POTS, but doesn't do DSL.

Depends on the neighborhood on who gets what.

about 6 months ago
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Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault

jmauro Re:A cynic's view (637 comments)

Storing currency amounts as cents is actually fairly common.

about 8 months ago
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Office 365, Amazon, Others Vulnerable To Exploit Microsoft Knew About In 2012

jmauro They know how cookies work right? (125 comments)

It looks like they're exporting, deleting and then reimporting cookies before the cookies are set to expire. They can then get back into the site they just had access to. I fail to see how this "exploit" isn't actually the expected behavior of a properly functioning login tracked with a cookie.

about 9 months ago
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Apple's War Against Jailbreaking Now Makes Perfect Sense

jmauro Re:Apple Product Resale Value = $0. (321 comments)

If you're selling your phone you'd disable the lock feature, disassociate the phone from your account and sell it. It only hurts those who are selling stolen iPhones, not those who are legitimately reselling the device.

about 10 months ago

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