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Comment Re:This sucks (Score 1) 102

"Er... I dropped my straw on the floor, could I please have another one?"
"Sure, here you go. Have a nice day!"
"Err, sorry, no, I said 'straw', not 'straw', can I swap it please?"
"Oh sorry, yeah sure, here have one of these"

They came up with a (clever) gimmick, and the best name they could come up with was "straw".

Comment Re:Just more government run amuck, that's all (Score 1) 158

I'll accept the office thing, because they're usually hooked up to a building control system of some sort, and so can/will be saving out stats and whatnot. However, having a light in your garage that comes on when you walk in and turns off when you're not in there has zero surveillance potential.

Comment Re:A good manager should know when there's a probl (Score 1) 158

> you shouldn't have a bias toward easily obtained data

Nicely summed up. Management is hard, if you're not up to that challenge, then get out and let someone else have a crack at it. It seems though, as humans, having a nice graph to look at makes us feel like we have some control over something.

Comment Re:Remind me (Score 1) 134

I may well be alone in this, but I think this actually sounds like a good idea. I really could do with a personal assistant that knows every detail of every email I've ever written or received and can tell me to do stuff in emails that are 'below the fold' that I've forgotten about.

What I don't want is all that happening on someone else's server. If it could all happen on my computer without need to send every last detail to 'the cloud' then I'd genuinely be interested. Until then, I'll keep using my (Siri-disabled) Mac, thanks.

Comment Re:Gonna watch this one. (Score 1) 105

If this action leads to less/no sellers wanting to sell to the UK, then it does achieve something: it means that the average idiot can't get to the illegal content. Sure, you and I can get a Raspberry Pi, install Kodi (or even buy a 'plain' Kodi box, I guess) and install a bajillion plugins from random sources on the Internet, but we're a distinct minority. If this course of action succeeds, it does reduce the number of 'customers' for illegal content by quite a degree.

From another point of view, they *have* to stamp on these guys. I believe the legality of what they're doing is currently being tested in court, so even if that ruling says they're not doing something illegal, they still have to go after them. If we fast forward a couple of years when 10% of the TV watching public have one of these boxes and are using it, then it's impossible to stop it then. Right now the penetration is pretty low, and is 'destroyable', if the law goes the way they want it to.

Note to self: buy one of these boxes before they get harder to buy ;-) (and in that respect, this action does more harm than good)

Comment Re:Civilian use? (Score 1) 203

Such ships seem like a great idea - some years ago there was one for sale (not sure who the previous owner was). I seem to remember it was for sale in the low-millions of dollars sort of range. The thing is, to get it off the dock you need millions more just to tow it, millions more to dock it somewhere you can work on it and then (probably) hundreds of millions more to refit it and make it work in any useful sense.

There's a reason military budgets get measured in the billions ;-)

Comment Re:Citizens know illegal labor is needed (Score 1) 318

How about $0/hour for lawn care, with a robot to do it for you? Granted, right now you'll spend around $1000 buying said robot, and will spend a bit of time getting it all setup in your garden, but after that it's $0. You could keep the initial costs down by sharing with your neighbour, if that matter to you.

As for the orange, I guess it's cost could come down if a robot grows it, picks it, packs it and drives it to your location. I can't see anyone wanting a robot babysitter unless it was pretty much a human-substitute, and they aren't happening for a generation or two, so the $30/hour probably won't come down though.

Comment Re:What is the problem?.. (Score 5, Insightful) 341

If I may... the news here is that committing a crime and being arrested for it (might) mean law enforcement get to see every last thing you've ever posted to the Internet, even if you thought those posts were vaguely private and beyond the reach of the likes of a google search. Many of us already knew this, but the point is being made clearly and explicitly here.

I can understand the dislike of the criminals in protests, but I'm amazed at the partisan vitriol in most of the modded up comments. It seems that if you're a /.er, you must have huge disdain for criminals who attended a protest against a very controversial (and currently unpopular) president. In order to show how much you dislike said criminals, you must entirely support law enforcement, no matter how invasive they are. You're allowed to voice your dislike of law enforcement's methods and the general loss of privacy the modern age brings in other threads, but not this one.

"Throwing the book at the criminals" seems reasonable enough, but let's leave all their friends, relatives and random acquaintances that they've ever had out if it, eh?

Comment Re:DR Testing as a business model (Score 1) 356

As a sysadmin, this sounds great (a bit 'brown trousers' for me personally, but great). However, one of my clients is entirely 'in the cloud', so no need for your truck of kit - just provide as many VMs as we like somewhere on t'internet. Ideally you'd be able to do this in a 'little internet' which has a VPN to get into it, has it's own DNS servers, and maybe ways to 'bend' or alter requests to other cloudy services, such as Google or Amazon such that the app 'thinks' its talking to the real, live production service, but actually it's talking to a test account or some such. That means I can spin up my clients world in your environment and have it think it was on the internet, but actually not interact with anything real - and I don't need to change every account and password baked into the code and config so I don't do any damage to real data.

Secondly, just like the backups and drills that most companies don't bother to do, they won't bother to hire a service like this either. You'll probably be able to make a few top-dollar sales to some big shops who already have very good DR procedures, but the little place (or even medium place) probably won't bother.

One way I could imagine this working would be to gain some sort of certification. Say for example, the fiduciary regulations of Elbonia were changed to say that all app providers must have externally verified DR capability, then your business would fit right in and solve that need - and you'd probably get lots of work, and hopefully lots of repeat work too. Short of regulations though, whatever certification you could come up with on your own wouldn't be worth enough to have people want to pay to get it.

Comment Re:Simple solution to the H1B problem exists. (Score 1) 834

...or demand that the H1B gets paid whatever they get paid, but you have to pay the difference to a US employee in tax. Then the government gets money to build walls, towers, pyramids or aeroplanes or whatever to glorify their leaders (and jobs get created for the people who have to build said monuments).

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