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An open letter to the management of Slashdot.

onyxruby Re:Noted (14 comments)

Thank you.

about 7 months ago
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Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

onyxruby Re:"...as we migrate our audience..." (232 comments)

Than why are you pulling a microsoft and ignoring your community? Your community /is/ your product. Like microsoft forcing metro with Windows 8 the beta site isnt functional and you insist on ignoring the very hands that feed you. Without your community slashdot is just another has been website.

about 7 months ago
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Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

onyxruby bad idea (593 comments)

This is a bad idea because it gives an air of credibility where it doesn't belong. What's next, debating 9/11 truthers? I respect Bill Nye and his decision, however i feel he degrades himself doing this.

about 7 months ago
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DEA Presentation Shows How Agency Hides Investigative Methods From Trial Review

onyxruby Re:Fruit of the poison tree (266 comments)

Thanks for playing internet lawyer. You have failed and now some person might think that they can get out of things just because the evidence was obtained illegally. As long as a private citizen gets the evidence without being under the direction of law enforcement, even if they got it illegally, it is admissible.

United States v. Jacobsen
(1984) 466 U.S. 109, 113 [The Fourth Amendment] is wholly inapplicable to a search or seizure, even an unreasonable one, effected by a private individual not acting as an agent of the Government or with the participation or knowledge of any governmental official

http://le.alcoda.org/publicati...

about 7 months ago
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James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

onyxruby Re:nonsense (321 comments)

Isssues with jobs being outsourced are just as prevelant in the UK, Australia, Canada etc. Unfortunately it is a very international problem.

about 7 months ago
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James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

onyxruby nonsense (321 comments)

We don't need to pay students to study engineering. We have plenty of engineers. We need to stop paying companies (through tax breaks) to out source engineering. There is no STEM shortage, and this myth needs to mercilessly shot down every time a company executive propagates it.

about 7 months ago
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Environmental Report Raises Pressure On Obama To Approve Keystone Pipeline

onyxruby False premisis (301 comments)

Many people seem to be under the delusion that if we don't allow the pipeline into the US that the oil wont be extracted. It is Canada's right to extract the oil and sell it to the market - and they will. By removing the pipeline to the US from the table all you are doing is forcing the market to adapt. The market can and will adapt by either using trucks to haul the oil (much higher risk of a spill) or by selling their product elsewhere.

You lose the advantage of having the environmental impact of a single pipeline that is easy to monitor and the safest relative way to transport oil. Your instead replacing it with shipping through another pipeline to a port where it will be placed on ships and sent overseas. The most likely place to ship it to is China and you can rest assured they won't be worrying about environmental impact reports.

Now the same amount of oil is being used and it has a higher impact on the environment during shipment and afterwards. Meanwhile the US will be importing oil from overseas to meet demand, again adding shipping risks and emissions. This is plainly worse for the environment and the net result is pretty much the opposite of people are trying to achieve.

about 8 months ago
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How the Black Hole Firewall Paradox Was Resolved

onyxruby Piffle (118 comments)

You fall into a black hole and you will heated up from friction to the point that you become atomized. The idea that wouldn't be incinerated is absurd when the brightest and hottest objects in the universe are quasars caused by material being incinerated from friction. Now whether you are incinerated first or spaghettified first or killed by radiation is a different story. One way or another though you will be incinerated.

about 8 months ago
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Reports Say Satya Nadella Is Microsoft's Next CEO

onyxruby Outsourcing (177 comments)

I have to wonder what will happen to their outsourcing efforts if a person from India is made CEO? Microsoft already has well over 10,000 jobs outsourced to India as it is now? That being said their enterprise division generally seems to be run much more competently than their other divisions and he may well be the best candidate for the job.

about 8 months ago
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Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

onyxruby Honest name (430 comments)

Let's give this an honest name shall we. Why don't we call these bills Protect Oligopoly Results Kineticly act - or PORK acts. The only thing these bills do is protect the business model of existing oligopolies and prevent competition. They are inherently anti-capitalist and have no place in the US (or anywhere else in my opinion).

Competition is a wonderful thing and those countries that have competition have much better service for much better prices and their companies still make quite a bit of money.

about 8 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

onyxruby Re:Lots of nonsense (723 comments)

I think you'll find a hell of a time finding idiots that can drive in a foot, much less half a foot of snow. We get ice and sleet up here as well, or even the fun combination of freezing rain covered by a sheet of snow that hides the ice from visibility.

If you live outside of a main corridor you probably won't get your road salted before a storm. Even in major cities you probably wont see a plow for a few days after a storm and the streets are left covered in snow and ice for months at a time with no pavement visible. If you live in the country you might not see a plow for several days or a week after a storm. Anything less than 4 inches in many places isn't considered enough to bother sending out the plows at all.

You can drive up and down hills covered in ice, and we routinely do so. You sound like a whiny pretentious child. However in my years of travel I have spent quite a bit of time with southerners that are not whiny pretentious children and who routinely asked me for advice for how to drive in winter weather conditions. The advice wasn't for you, it was for those with a desire not to crash their car or get stranded the next time this happens. I know your conditions quite well. I have experienced winter weather in the south everywhere from Texas to Georgia. I have even driven in Atlanta during rush hour.

about 8 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

onyxruby Re:Lots of nonsense (723 comments)

I'm not oblivious to how things are in the south in the winter, I've spent a year in Texas and traveled the south extensively. It's quite possible to drive on ice and do so safely, you only need to google pictures of ice fishing to find all kinds of vehicles that are driven onto frozen lakes. The third responder to my post gave a fairly decent description that would work quite nicely for streets that are covered in ice.

The bottom line is to make your tires /barely/ move and ensure that they aren't spinning. This requires feathering the gas very gently, and as long as you do so you can climb hills covered in ice. Start your entry to the hill with momentum from before the hill and once your momentum starts to slip let off the gas keeping just enough to barely move. Once you are moving you can slowly add more speed, however as soon as your tires start to slip you have to let off the gas.

about 8 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

onyxruby Lots of nonsense (723 comments)

I read story after story about how most people don't have 4 wheel drive, snow tires and they don't have salt for the roads. Most people from the north don't have 4 wheel drive and they don't have snow tires (all season are most common). The amounts of snow that shut down the south doesn't even justify putting salt down up north, it simply snows small amounts like that too often to justify it.

Really, you don't need a 4x4 SUV with snow tires just to tackled a couple inches of snow. In fact a vehicle like that is more likely to lose control and roll over in the ditch. A regular 2wd car with all season tires is perfectly fine for typical winter driving in the north. If you can afford snow tires those are preferred, but hardly required. Applying more gas if your stuck will never get you out, it will just make you more stuck. Slowly rock your car out sideways and back and forth and you can free yourself most of the time.

What you do need to do is remember to slow the hell down. You need a lot more stopping distance than normal. You also need a lot longer to start and if you pull into traffic like normal your going to get T-boned. When you do slow down do so before the curve and don't slam on your brakes. Most people lose control and spin out when they are braking. Try braking when you are in an isolated area to know how long it will take your car - not you - to respond.

There is no excuse for that kind of thing other than people being reckless. If the conditions aren't familiar to you, than slow the hell down until you become familiar, it's that simple.

about 8 months ago
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Historical Carbon Emissions From Dragons In Middle Earth

onyxruby Smaug is environmentally wonderful (69 comments)

Replace the denizens of an entire city with a single creature - check. Single creature spends most of it's time lounging about and doing nothing - check. Single creature reuses the work product of others instead of making their own emissions - check. Single creature eats far less than an entire city - check.

It's a no brainier - Smaug is good for the environment.

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot PT Cruiser Spotted In the Wild

onyxruby Sadly I remember this (94 comments)

Can we have a new contest to reimburse the owner and bury this sad memory once and for all? I nominate the Atari ET graveyard for a proper disposal facility myself.

about 8 months ago
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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

onyxruby As bad as Obama (343 comments)

Snowden hasn't done a damn thing for peace. What he has done is cripple the ability of the west to gain intelligence. Intelligence is critical to allowing governments to have the knowledge to avert wars. Peace also comes through improved diplomacy, and I don't think anyone can honestly say that diplomatic relations have improved anywhere since he started his tell all. What he has done has hurt diplomatic efforts for any number of nations and that is pretty much the opposite of being a peacemaker.

You can make arguments about exposing what was going on with peoples privacy being invaded. However that doesn't have a damn thing to do with being a peacemaker. Look at the people that have earned the Nobel Peace prize in the past, they all focused on improving relations and easing tensions. To say that what he did in any way helped peace makes a mockery of the Nobel Peace price and deprives those who actually deserve it. /flame on

about 8 months ago
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The Human Body May Not Be Cut Out For Space

onyxruby Re:Of course humans aren't adapted for space. (267 comments)

Sure thing. We'll gradually get rid of this pesky atmosphere of ours and slowly adapt to more space like conditions. Of course turning the gravity and magnetic field down will be a challenge onlu hollywood can meet.

about 8 months ago
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VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

onyxruby Re:Pathetic Example (683 comments)

Socialism doesn't require democracy, in fact it often dictates a lack of democracy to enact as you run the risk of the people choosing themselves over the community. History is rife with examples of socialist states that tried to solve this problem by either eliminating voting or limiting voting to one party. The same thing goes for the right to assemble, if the masses assemble they might demand something different and socialism fails when the people don't want to go along with it. Again history is full of examples of socialist states where the right to assemble was strongly curtailed.

Socialism doesn't have anything to do with racism, culture or genocide as a requirement or a curtailment. Private companies were routinely seized by the Nazi's and even when companies were 'owned' in name by someone else they were effectively government owned. Such was the extant of this that they were seized as war assets and either put out of business or forced into new lines of business. BMW and Volkswagen are direct examples of the result of this (BMW used to make war planes and the blue / white propeller emblem is homage to that history). The nazi's were very anti-corporation and anti-business, traits that run counter to fascism and right wing politics.

I am not putting a flag in the Reichstag, I am simply stating an inconvenient truth, one that the youth of today tend to be unaware of. What are the elements of socialism? You will find all of those elements in Nazi Germany.

about 8 months ago
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VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

onyxruby Re:Pathetic Example (683 comments)

I take it you have never actually cracked open a history book to study the subject your talking about. The Germans invaded the Soviets because they thought they could surprise them and defeat them before they got any stronger. They were so confident of a quick victory they didn't even have winter clothing. I am not right wing, I'm a moderate that leans left. The only thing you got right was that Italy was right wing.

about 8 months ago
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VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

onyxruby Re:Pathetic Example (683 comments)

Propaganda? That was the last thing I looked up. I went by their values and social agendas as well as their actions. They were very adamant about implementing their socialist values and forcing the population to put community before everything else. Set aside the war crimes and genocide and look at the rest of what they did for over a decade - it was pure socialism.

about 8 months ago

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An open letter to the management of Slashdot.

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  about 7 months ago

onyxruby (118189) writes "I have been watch for some time now as Slashdot has started beta testing a new version of the website. As you are well aware the new site would constitute a complete change to the look, interface and functionality of Slashdot.org.

Change happens, and for those of us who work with technology for a living it is the only constant. Change is a process and in and of itself is not a bad thing when it offers improvement. Unfortunately the change that has been offered negatively impacts the look, interface and most importantly the functionality of Slashdot.
Many people have had trouble reverting back to the classic interface. The new interface simply does not offer the functionality of the old. Things like statistics, comments and layout are very difficult to find. You have a community that lives and breathes data and want to know their data. How is my comment ranked, how many people responded – it’s really all about the dialogue. Can I get the information that I want in a readily digestible format?

As you’re well aware the new site does not offer the very thing that people come here for. This in and of itself is not why your community has organized a boycott of Beta. The boycott was originated because the new version will be implemented whether the community wants it or not.

I want to explain why this change has gone down people’s throats about as well as Windows 8’s Metro interface. The reason has absolutely nothing to do with the interface and everything to do with the perception that the editors and management of Slashdot appear to have.

The message that has been consistently handed down is that we are “your audience”. We are not your “your audience” we are your product. People do not come to Slashdot for the news stories, there are untold other sites that provide those as well as professional and original writing about them. People come here for the community of insiders from across the industry.

Please respect the community and stop what you’re doing. You have commented that you don’t want to maintain two code bases. Your community works in the industry and understands this, which leads many to suggest you abandon the new code base entirely so that you are only maintaining once code base. Tell us what your trying to accomplish and I would imagine that a wide range of experts would be more than willing to help you meet your goals."
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Microsoft to finally put Windows RT out to pasture

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  about 10 months ago

onyxruby (118189) writes "Microsoft is finally going to put Windows RT out to pasture. After ignoring pundits, the public, the press and industry and a staggering $900 writedown the subsequent lack of sales for the second edition of the RT have finally gotten the message through. Hopefully this is a sign that Microsoft is finally starting to listen and reign in their world class arrogance."
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Microsoft ends war on employees, stops Stacked Ranking

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  about 10 months ago

onyxruby (118189) writes "Microsoft has decided to end the war on their own employees and had made the decision to end Stack Ranking. At long last Microsoft employees will be able to focus on the their job and performance instead of everyone else. Stacked Ranking has long been blamed for holding back Microsoft from any number of markets and has arguably cost Microsoft billions of dollars in lost opportunities. This could arguably be even more important for the turnaround of Microsoft than the removal of Steve Ballmer and the recently instituted corporate reorganization."
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Silk road finally taken down

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  about a year ago

onyxruby (118189) writes "The silk road website has finally been taken down and seized by the government. The criminal complaint against 29-year-old owner Ross Ulbricht can be found over at Krebs On Security.

Probably the largest question about the seizure of the Silk Road is what took so long? It can only be assumed that the site was being monitored for a period of time to facilitate additional cases. Other like kind competing sites already offer similar services and of course always lead to the question of, is this a trap?"

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Author Tom Clancy has passed away

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  about a year ago

onyxruby (118189) writes "Tom Clancy, author of books from Hunt for Red October to the Sum of All Fears has passed away. He was well known for a writing about a commercial aircraft being used to perform a terrorist attack before 9/11.

He wrote 17 number one selling books and was praised for working extensively for working with people for getting technical details about his novels correct. He was well known for works of fiction that often featured technology that could be or some claimed was in use and at points was even interviewed by the FBI or CIA to find out how he knew what he knew."

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Copyright troll lawfirm Prenday Law facing repurcussions at home

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  about a year ago

onyxruby (118189) writes "A Federal judge has taken the unusual step of re-opening a number of cases in Minnesota that may have also suffered fraud from Prenda lawfirm lawyers Paul Hansmeier, John Steele and Paul Duffy. This is a direct result of the Prenda decision that was handed down in May.

It remains to be seen if they will face further repercussions for seeding their own torrents as they were often the ones who put their films on the Internet to begin with."

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FAA considering easing policies against using personal devices on airplanes

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  about a year ago

onyxruby (118189) writes "The FAA has been re-examining their Luddite policy against the use of some personal electronic devices (not cell phones) being used on aircraft during takeoff and landing. The policy has been flouted for decades by passengers that have considered it unrealistic. With thousands of flights daily having personal devices left on the evidence against this piece of security theater has long been settled in the public mind. At this point many experts are now also doubting the validity of the decades old policy in the modern world."
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Microsoft to start dumping Surface RT to schools for $199

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  about a year ago

onyxruby (118189) writes "In a move that will remind many of Apple in the 80's Microsoft is going to start dumping Surface RT computers to educational institutions. In a further effort to try to gain mind share for their disastrous Surface RT platform Microsoft is giving away 10,000 Surface RT's to teachers through the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education).

The strategy of flooding the educational market was quite successful for Apple. Unfortunately for Microsoft today's computers require management and the Surface RT presents significant management challenges in terms of the inability to join the computer to a domain or available management tools."

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Is Sony trying to reform?

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  about a year ago

onyxruby (118189) writes "Sony has had more than it's share of scandals and been rightly vilified by the public for a series of anti-consumer policies. A company that starts to treat their customers as the enemy tends to enter a death spiral (Circuit City etc). Sony has been having financial trouble for some time and needs to turn things around.

Sony appears to be making a sincere and earnest attempt to do exactly this with the latest PS4. The Verge covers how Sony has made the PS4 and crafted policies explicitly to make the PS4 consumer friendly to the public. They make the case that the PS4 will be superior in nearly every way by not requiring an Internet connection, not restricting used games, supporting indie developers and selling for $100 cheaper than the Xbox One."

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H1B jobs database approved as part of immigration reform bill

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  about a year ago

onyxruby (118189) writes "U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has inserted language into the comprehensive immigration bill that may be used to massively increase the number of H1B visa workers allowed into the United States. In a rare move at actually trying to preserve American jobs a national jobs database will be set up that will be used for posting jobs before allocating them to H1B visa holders.

The database would be operated by the Labor Department and employers would have to list jobs for 30 days prior to filling them with H-1B workers. The requirements for the listings are sparse, requiring only that an employer disclose the positions title, description, location, wages, education, experience needed, name and zip code of the employer the and the process for applying for the job.

The implications of having a jobs database that can be used to help unemployed and underemployed Americans obtain jobs are huge. The implications for having something that could potentially be used to enforce any level of accountability are effectively unprecedented.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has been focusing on adding as many H1B visa holders as possible and adamantly opposing measures that could be used to ensure employers actually make an effort to hire Americans for jobs first. He has also led the fight to limit the power the U.S. Labor Department and other agencies to audit and enforce H1B visas."

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Microsoft considering botching Start Menu return in Windows 8.1

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  about a year ago

onyxruby (118189) writes "Microsoft is considering slapping the face of the millions demanding the return of the Start Menu in Windows 8. Apparently they are seriously considering using the Start Menu button as nothing more than a shortcut to the metro UI. Microsoft simply doesn't get their customers or understand what they want."
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EA shuts down more online only games, continues to be oblivious

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  about a year and a half ago

onyxruby (118189) writes "EA shutdown another round of less profitable games today, including a variation of Sim City. These games could only be accessed by playing online and no offline mode will be made available to players. Real world money that was spent by players on the game for adds on will be lost with only two months left to spend it or lose it.

EA continues to be oblivious as to why online only requirements to play games like Sim City are a significant issue and refuses to change their policy. Perhaps it takes people who are not traditional gamers getting screwed over by the publishers to change an otherwise apathetic public's mind over the issue?"

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Microsoft salvaging Windows 8, restoring boot direct to destop and start button?

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  about a year and a half ago

onyxruby (118189) writes "Rumors have abounded today Microsoft may be trying to salvage Windows 8 and is testing the restoration of the start button and the ability to boot directly to the desktop. Both of these design decisions have been widely criticized with many people openly blaming these choices for the previously unheralded downfall of the desktop market itself. Even Windows Vista had a higher deployment rate than Windows 8 has had and enterprises made very clear that absolutely would not deploy Windows 8 until these issues were resolved. Hopefully Microsoft finally listened to the markets (PC manufacturers, enterprises and consumers) and will never again make such a foolish decision."
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Comet delivered microfossil supports Panspermia

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  about a year and a half ago

onyxruby writes "On December 29th of last year a comet exploded over Sri Lanka. When examined by Cardiff University one of the comet samples was found to contain micro-fossils akin to plankton. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center tested additional samples with similar results. The research paper was published in the Journal of Cosmology.

In practice this means that the argument that life did not start on Earth has gained additional evidence."

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Poor quality control from Verizon, 11 bad cell phones in one year

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  about 2 years ago

onyxruby writes "I have been through a total of 11 (not a typo) defective cell phones from Verizon in one year. I have had cell phone after cell phone sent out to me and require replacement although all but the first one was 'certified like new'. The problem is that the warranty refurbished cell phones have been put through very poor quality control with problems that never should have been put back into production.

I have had cell phones sent out to me with a defective power button, one that wouldn't charge the battery, several with bad antennas, more than one that was unusable the day I received it, phones with screens that would blank out and several that were completely unstabile. The point being that the phones would fail for different reasons, and could always be verified by a third party (I wasn't abusing them).

I had so many problems the technical rep at my local store recognizes me by face. I had phones that the very day I got them they could not get a signal from the tower laying on the counter in the Verizon store. I went through more than one model as a certain model kept failing on me and eventually a new model was offered to alleviate my problems. Every time I did this I had to buy a new protective case and screen covers. At one point I actually went through three defective cell phones in a single week.

After a solid year of problem after problem I was finally allowed an early upgrade by 6 months to an actual 'new' phone and about $120 in credit for my hassle. I have lost far more than this on cases and covers and time and have had to call back in to chase down my credits multiple times. Is Verizon being reasonable or is this par for the course treatment for customers today?"
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What's happening at Microsoft?

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  about 2 years ago

onyxruby writes "Has Microsoft completely lost it's way? For years they dominated as no other company, even taking over from IBM. However Microsoft has lost their vision that made them the once dominant force in the market. Microsoft has been desperately afraid that they computing is moving past the desktop and into mobile platforms where they have a historically weak presence.

In response Windows 8 was developed to be as mobile friendly as possible, to the point of forcing everyone to use the default mobile interface by default. The result could not be more hostile to enterprise environments. Microsoft is willing to sacrifice Windows 8 knowing that enterprises are migrating to Windows 7 anyways.

The reason Microsoft is sacrificing an entire enterprise operating system release and angering the enterprise is to avoid being left behind in the mobile market. They did so in direct response to the Apple iPad and the risk they perceive in it. In order to push this vision they even brought out proof of concept hardware in terms of the Surface tablet which was generally well received and many people think could be quite competitive.

However they have completely failed in executing their vision. The first reports of pricing for surface tablets are now out and they are going to cost significantly more than the Ipad! The price is well into the netbook category for hardware that is far less competitive. Who on earth enters a market with markedly higher prices and inferior hardware? What's happening at Microsoft? This never would have happened under Bill Gates."

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Is organic farming the future Hummer of the eco movement?

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  about 2 years ago

onyxruby writes "Organic farming has caught on as a popular means of claiming to be eco friendly. With a relatively low personal cost (just pay twice as much at the checkout) and claimed health benefits it has become a popular option for those who can afford it. However is this simple green washing?

Researchers at Stanford University reviewed 200 studies and found health benefits to largely be anecdotal. Chensheng Lu with Standford University was asked to pick if one was healthier than the other, "Right now I think it's all based on anecdotal evidence".

With a world population that has already hit 7 billion people, finding cropland to feed the worlds masses is no small matter. Organic yields are substantially lower than conventional yields and the only way to obtain additional farmland it to take wildlands. According to Dr. Steve Savage who did the first comprehensive study of organic farming for the USDA in 2008 simply converting the United States alone to organic standards would require substantial additional cropland.

a switch to organic agriculture would require a 43 percent increase over current U.S. cropland, according to Savage. As he puts it, "On a land-area basis, this additional area would be 97% the physical size of Spain or 71% the size of Texas

The first comprehensive studies of organic farming coming back saying that the health benefits are anecdotal and the loss of yield substantial. I'm inclined to call organic farming the Hummer of the Eco movement, to be held in contempt as exposed as simple green washing. I think in years to come it will be looked at no differently than ethanol from corn. Can anyone make a good argument against this?"
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Obama claims India doesn't poach jobs

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  more than 3 years ago

onyxruby writes "Obama shows just how out of touch he is with regular America and it's needs. He has made the audacious claim that India adds jobs instead of poaching jobs from America. Mr Obama, I believe several million out of work Americans whose jobs are now in India would disagree with you. You would think with the recent political thrashing the Democrats took in the last election would have been a wake up call. What happened to the Democrat party being the one to defend the average working Joe? In a time of severe recession, with millions of jobs lost, we needs jobs, and more to the point, we need them in our country."
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The dead file

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  more than 4 years ago

onyxruby writes "In the recent pass my father has passed away, leaving me to be the one to do computer work. All of this has led me to wonder, what suggestions do people have for working with the digital life of someone who has passed away?

Will companies like Yahoo give access to someone's email if they receive a copy of a death certificate? How would you want to have the news broken to you that someone you talked with online passed away or is it better not to access said services from a privacy standpoint leaving some people literally in the dark about what happened to someone? Considering society as a whole is moving more and more of itself online, I think this will only become more relevant.

What do people do with their own stuff, do people have things like a safety deposit box with passwords in it? There are digital services that will send an email on your dead self's behalf, but is there any kind of service that people would literally trust with the digital keys to your financial self?

How would an estate handle things like software and music he purchased (if dvd's are the property of the estate to be disbursed, why not digital music?). Considering that some people can literally have many thousands of dollars in digital content, I don't think it should dissapear just because someone passed away, that would certainly never be acceptable with a cd or dvd collection."
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State of Minnesota attemps internet censorship

onyxruby onyxruby writes  |  more than 5 years ago

onyxruby writes "The state of Minnesota is attempting to become the first state to actively censor citizens Internet access.

A division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety that enforces gambling and alcohol laws said today that it has instructed 11 national and regional telephone and Internet service providers (ISPs) to block access

.

The article fails to mention by what legal authority they are attempting to censor these websites. Gambling online in Minnesota is illegal, and it appears that the state is simply trying to "order" ISP's to censor the Internet. While I don't personally gamble (the odds are stacked too much in favor of the house), the implications of state ordered censorship are disturbing. This creates a dangerous slippery slope precedent about the limitations of state power."

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