One of my favorites...
133 posts • joined 12 Aug 2008
"Other countries have already successfully rolled out the system and there are no reports, at least, of any meaningful cyber-attack to date."
When your computer blows a power supply do you take out your typewriter and send off a letter to your boss/teacher to tell them that the world+dog ate your report?
Are they really gonna (attempt to) establish UPS's along *the whole system?
Were there any reported cyber-attacks that really weren't full of *meaning?
"Okay, I take your point, but it's still sounds a bit patronizing."
Understatement of the year award winner...
Lou Abbot does marketing.
As an artist, I get to choose whether or not to make customers happy, when to make them happy or not(kinda) how I personally feel is best and for what price and/or cost. At least my copyright lets me (think) I have full, legal "Restraint of trade" over that.
Unfortunately, it also means racists, bigots, marketing areseholes of all kinds also have subtle amounts of that *control, and would like to (and do) use it for cultural *dampening. The proof is in the soggy pudding so generously designated as popular before it even hits the stage.
Don't confuse the intention of "pop culture" with the work of *artists. Artists having full control over their production pisses off (to no end) those who live vicariously trough them....
Nicely done edge_e.... hence my "vacuum" comment.
"Are the content owners saying they want the freedom to release the same content at a *lower* price in other parts of Europe..."
No. They feel the value of the product increases when it is available only locally... of course, specifically immediately after "release". Part of the problem here (in this comment group) is everyone frames what they call "art" into/with access to a TV show/video. I know we are mostly *technicians, but, clearly, we all need to dig deeper into "art" and the cases/forms in which this effects the artists/authors/musicians. The actual IP.
Capitalism doesn't work "ipso facto". That's rather disingenuous, or if not at least naive. There's no *vacuum for it.
"Politicians should rightly be focused on their electorate and not their lobbyists. Protect our choices, not the special-case profits of companies."
While I agree with this sentiment, that so called capitalism, in the forms that it currently exists, takes this statement and twists it by making the *actual electorate = "the special-case profits of companies". This is how libertarianists (one of many ways) have twisted themselves against their own best interests into supporting "the lowest common denominator".
"But PLEASE do not tar and feather all Americans with the same "American values" brush!!!!!
That the *pursuit of happiness* is subjective... really pisses-off libertarians and so-called "capitalists".
It really should be "The United Sovereignties of America", then we can just ignore Texasistan, and the neighboring like *states... have them sign on separately to the Geneva convention. Don't expect us northern *states to come to your rescue when you personally start losing whatever war it is you feel like waging... trying to maintain your black gold dominance and your patriarchical abusiveness. You too, Califoniawood. We know you really have no "intellectual" property, and you don't represent US from a cultural perspective, so stop negotiating worldwide trade agreements and copyright laws for anyone else.
"How do you spell 'hypocrisy' in American English?"
"Demoncrat... Democratic machine."
Someone left the toilet seat up and didn't flush.
"...interviewing randomly selected volunteers..."
It's not even the proverbial case of "proving it with statistics", it's barely even describing it.
"Also, kudos to HBO for producing so much good original programming. This Sunday they start the new seasons of Game of Thrones, Veep and Silicon Valley on the same day and run the seasons concurrently. If those shows... "
There's your problem, right there... your second paragraph. That's how quickly the attention changes from understanding and core concerns to patting someone on the back for what's on telly. The later gets 1/3rd again the attention, and if you look at the news 2/3rds of that are stories about so-called entertainment. Supply side economics driven, of course.
I challenge that his interviews weren't cherry picked... let alone his interviewees.
"... a little civil discourse on this website without YOUR bigotted namecalling of every thing and person you don't like. There is no one on this site that even approaches you in the vitriolic manner that you attack..."
I usually like having fun and making fun, obfuscate things a bit without being specifically dishonest and enjoy a little banter... however... bull* really gets to me, too.
No, claiming it's "Anti-Religion" is not "conversley"... it's bull*.
Trevor ain't specifically anti-american, yet, again, clearly anti bull*, and thankfully, specifically yours, as you, sir, are a classhole (to say the least)... and are not allowed to use the term Nazi... ever. Get out of our country! We've tried to make progress in the last 100 years, yet certainly not able to enough because of the same old bull* trying hard to go backwards... and we just don't want your bull* around here anymore.
BTW- standing still / not progressing IS going backwards.
Here's a quote:
"..."Maybe the continued media glorification of the hip hop THUG life will result in some nice crackhouse jobs for these new "graduates"."..."
Your bull* has been called out. Again.
"hands up who wants to be tracked by default?"
Them asking the question is degrading my experience... considerably. If the marketing team was worth a grain of salt... or it really mattered... or one could proffer any gain from knowing... they'd already know what my answer would "most likely" be. However, ask me the question more than once I'm very likely to give different answers each time (just to mess with the data), and yous really don't want that, do you?
"But if you can figure out a way to stop people looking for even just one way to feel superior to everybody else, by all means, please do. I'm all for it."
I'd thought (when I was younger) that forms/surveys should just stop asking people to identify/choose a "race", and it would slowly stop being a consideration. I believe it'll take something beyond that, but...
Everything cultural has identity. People do have choices and often want to choose. Sometimes people don't want to choose or share. The mere decision of identity isn't always on the road to a "superiority complex", even if it seems to be a necessary first step.
Artists seem to be being forced into something within the original issue here. The least of which is cultural comparison. Perhaps, specifically, loss of context control.
There will be nothing for artists to communicate if we were all *culturally the same. There would be no reason to reflect when everything is, in essence, a mirror image. High art would be pictures of your lunch. Hmmm... that sounds familiar...
It's only the half empty part of the glass that is perfectly flawed.
That level of sales won't make the 'bots mainstream, as ABI suggests the time is right for “Organizations that are comfortable with the risk of early-stage adoption” to make a purchase.
Not the bullshit bingo game, again!
This has a BOFH episode written all over it.
"...or at least compels drivers to be adequately covered..."
Based on the cost of medical treatment these days (not to mention vehicles), even with their additional coverage on top of whatever "compelled" insurance the driver has which they deem ok (the site says nothing about the requirements of the driver's policy), this falls short of "adequate" in my book.
Double thumbs up, dorsetknob!
Perhaps you, too, would like to *own a cab company...
"It's about ergonomics.".... "Apple has always been about the interface and convenience of use for ordinary people of their equipment."
Snicker... chuckle... LOL... ROTFLMFAO...
LOL! Completely irrelevant corporate folly. Just like "Citizens United". Bullshit.
Put down the puppets and step away from our civilization.
I can't believe anyone hasn't yet suggested that she was letting people "hack" her systems just so NSA could follow the trail of those who would be so arrogant to believe they could do so without being *watched. Do I sense naivety?
veti - We've been here before. Don't put Snowden under Obama just because it happened to be revealed during his time. Those *revelations are about way before him.
Shame on John Leyden for writing an article on this subject which really requires no more attention, and certainly not here. Justifying mentioning it would be palatable 'cuz it is an "IT" issue, but all this one does is a not-so-decent Howard Cosell emulation... describing talking about talking about it. We are over it... over here. Those that aren't are only partisan.
Perhaps you can scribble an article about a certain letter that 47 senators should have used encrypted email to send instead of blatantly disrespecting a whole country. Perhaps on a different website.
"...that cost me nothing."
"...Or Comcast or at&t."
Everyone's a comedian.
"The fight over Google's/Facebook's/Netflix's dominance in content is for another day, and it's not even up to the FCC to take up that one."
It's a strange bird, this one. When porn is broadcast, content is the issue for FCC. Is it not exactly because they are losing any/all sense of government/oversight power/relevance that they've latched onto the only piece they have any chance of some (allbeit limited) control... perhaps an only point-of-access to keep the record *keeping going. <mini-tinfoil>
It seems that independence between content and delivery systems (even if the cat's head is sticking out of the bag) is a goal I'd prefer, one where if not even more strictly enforced, will end up with entire swatches of independent internet-intranet networks that can (and will) actually be isolated from the internet in general.
Think of the rural student never knowing that all of his internet access came from the <pick your enemies religious/political ideals> supported library. It sounds like some foreign governments' actions... as wars are fought over. Perhaps provider/deliveries can start reporting a whole different outcome to yesterdays football match...you know... just to keep the morale up.
"On the other hand, it signals incredible micromanagement of an industry by a Western power that's supposed to favor of light-touch government."
I'm not sure where it says "supposed to" favor light touch, anywhere. It does say "supposed to" be about the people... yet, that's been pseudo-redefined lately.
The FCC isn't specifically a "light touch" kind of agency (conceptually). I can think of (at least) 7 reasons my freedoms are being *touched. 8 if you include "fire". I consider these very heavy-handed. (ok, maybe not the "fire" one).
With this as part of the key to the definition of "data-broker", the legislation is useless:
"...concerning an individual who is not a customer or..."
It's not just marketing that calls everyone a customer.
"Nothing of substance has changed since then."
Yeahbut... back then Democrats were considered conservatives and Republicans were liberals.
"All traders phones are monitored its a dismissal offence to use a non-company phone for trading business."
Even before GPS became public, a cellphone signal and the camera locked onto each trader were bound. Any attempt at buying a prepaid cell from the local five-n-dime was considered uncivilized... <tinfoil>
The mere thought of the day-trader trading in after hours sessions with his own cash means that person is by default dishonest... not just moonlighting?
I'll take it one step further... farther... father?
"However, firms do need to exercise some caution and accept that there will be some behaviours and trades that appear suspicious on the face of it but which are in fact perfectly legitimate."
Let's see.. it is, in fact, perfectly legitimate to take money+infomation=more money, so, yes please tell us you are excercising caution when you are trying to distinguish between profitability and profit. We'll believe you.
"Technology can be used to flag malpractice but there should be follow up procedures to ensure firms understand the context of traders' actions before taking any disciplinary action."
Let's see... the context of traders actions is to make money... mostly for themselves, but *sometimes through and for a 3rd, 4th, 5th... party, so please explain to us what/who these "follow-up procedures are for. We'll believe you.
"...with decidedly mixed results."
Too much chaos for data to be meaningful, but they'll keep trying to sell it as a predictability, of course. At least some things are predictable.
Just... compare who are "friends" and who makes money most of the time. How many or how long can winning streaks be? Or... is beyond the threshold of "WTF were you thinking? If you keep that up, everyone will find out the game is rigged". That information doesn't seem to need to be so big to extract that conclusion.
We know you lost your chance to fix this... yet, I can guess what you wanted to type.
And the statement "Let’s leave the power where it belongs - with the American people." is about as disingenuous as it gets. Should have read "Let’s leave the power where it belongs - with the American people" because that is the real intent of Pai's message.
Please don't quote anything Rush Limbaugh says here. I'm not saying ignore him (cause he ain't gonna just go away) but some places should be sacred.
"...greatest experiment in Capitalism ever."
Well, as long as you realize we are still experimenting with it. When it comes to people, society demands more support and civility than an individual's or collective's ability to capitalize on *something.
"Liberalism is a mental disorder!".
Please realize that "Liberalism" (apparently) means different things on the opposing sides of the pond.
"...technologists invent ever more life-enhancing applications..."
It makes me think of the Borg every time someone uses this *justification.
In case anyone is still *caring...
"For example, working on a 300 page Word document for 3 hrs, and then hitting "Save",..."
Even if I agree with the pending "OS in real-time" problem at hand... I'd have to say "haven't you've been there before?" and "If so, whyTF are you still keeping single documents even close to the 300 page range?"... and... "Three hours without hitting the save button?".
Have a pint and think about what *you have(n't) done.
"Most sat there with gaping mouths, not sure what to do. Around me, international colleagues were scratching their heads, turning red with embarrassment; some began to rock back and forth with panic in their eyes; some giggled nervously; others looked close to tears; all of us willing the three-minute dirge to end and put us out of our misery."
After the first 1.1min. yous realized this *was being recorded and started sing along with it, after all I'm sure you really wanted to get invited to the next staging!
"... throws in the trowel".
When you throw in the "towel", it means your boxing manager/trainer did that to *stop the fight because you got so freakin punch drunk that you probably couldn't even form the *words.
Really bad cockney rhyming slang? A mondegreen?
"I would rather watch insurance seminars and read Actuary Tables than to watch fat, grown men glare at each other like Siamese-fighting fish. That's when I learned to drink."
That's how they learned to drink.
Anything with Steve Carell.
The Wedding Singer is the only movie I've ever walked out on.
"If they really wanted it to be non-partisan, it would be run like the Supreme Court, with the president nominating people to an open post, with Senate confirmation required."
Do you really think that these three aren't partisan... and that they were put there because of non-partisan *reasons?
It's the Magical Men from Happy-Land in a big gumdrop white house on Lollipop Lane! With flowers and bells and leprechauns and magic frogs with funny little hats.
Or did I miss the whole sarcastic nature...
"This will be the first of many during Obama's last two years, of that you can be sure."
It has already started with bullshit lawsuits because there are a bunch of whiney babies up on the hill not getting thier way and know that they ain't getting *shit done for two years ... actually a lame (duck) legislative branch. Obama doesn't even have to care...
"Hopefully the judicial branch will do it's job and quell the loud-mouths on capitol hill..."
Only because it's a partisan bench do they think it's their *job.
A number of Dems here aren't quite Dems, but the NeoCons still need 67 to override presidential vetos.
"If shareholders were able to be sued directly, there would be no advantage to a corporate structure and you'd probably see the majority of today's public companies taken private in short order."
Now that they have (legitmized (sort of)) a "vote" with their money with the passing of "Citizens United"(sic) make 'em all private and responsible across the board. They asked for it. Perhaps it'll serve to trim down to size that overly exposed and imposed gambling institution over there on Wall St. Maybe they'll actually issue jail time for future crooks. It should also create alot of jobs for all those lawyers out there with nothing better to do. Perhaps another 50x(?) Attorneys general + sub staff positions. Just what the libertarians want. <burp>
James 51 - Nice suggestions... especially the "no-tax haven" part.
Greed does not need any more help... especially financial institutions that don't add *real value. Eventually everything and anything can be pointed to as a reason for failure... and what's to prevent claiming that since lack of growth is, in essence, a loss, it's a reason for a suit?
You EU'ns need to hold your ground, or you'll become a US State... without any representation. (Not that we don't already have a bunch of those)
BTW - The person who went through this post and down-voted everyone is a victim of the same kind of brainwashing that needs to be continually called out.
...or they were imaging PCs with the applications on. I've seen this in loads of places where they were not really what I'd call pirating...
So when the software phones home to get an update and checks to see if this is a registered, working license, the update engine sent out alerts because this was the same group of 100 licenses from the same IP bank the got the same patch 257 times.
Yarrrrr, matey! Blind fold 'em and make'm walk the plank!
"So Akamai and other CDNs or Net Edge Cache systems are evil?
"No! We didn't mean THAT!" "
Oh, Yes we did!
"Aside from that the ability to apparently decide in microscopic detail what your buying preferences are will result in the perfect advertising campaign aimed at you personally."
Advertising will be useless because everyone'll have enough information from the IoT to always have only the best *version available and everyone will know what that is and buy only that. The end of materialism as we know it. Only form will matter. Functionality will cease to function.