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Comment: There was a time (Score 4, Insightful) 516

by CHK6 (#49750939) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users
It's hard to fathom, but there was a time when websites had zero ads in them. Just the information you were looking for. It was wonderful. There were no cookies or tracking to think about. It was pleasant to traverse the paths you came across.

But then Netscape came in and poo-poo'ed it all up. The neighborhood never recovered and websites look like a collage of Las Vegas billboards strewn about nagging and pestering you about crap you don't want and if you wanted it you would have searched for it in the first place.

Now the ads are like digital lice that pop up in mobile applications and the only cure it to pay for them to go away.

But I still remember those good old days.

Comment: Transition of taxing (Score 1) 825

by CHK6 (#49736151) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax
The gas tax will slowly transform into the environment tax as more vehicles transition to hybrid and all alternative energy models. So states will penalize older model vehicles due to pollution, the same way they tax cigarettes. And the mileage tax will appear because they still have to maintain the roads and infrastructure that make diving possible. Tolls do not make much sense as they do not cover ancillary roads in neighborhoods and the complexities of city centers. So the question is does the state trust my odometer like a water/electric meter or will they be tracking me?

Comment: Texting, the digital grunting (Score 2) 386

by CHK6 (#49724999) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students
Knee jerk reaction here, but adding the point that kids don't use chalk, pens, or pencils, but rather text is because the communication between generations continues to degrade. And now the youths' communication are de-evolving into what is little more than digital grunts and chirps. And they think teachers should low their standards of communication? I thought teacher were to teach and challenge, not lower the standards.

Comment: Make better language, not better coders. (Score 0) 148

by CHK6 (#49700315) Attached to: Rust 1.0 Released
From what I can tell RUST was made mostly from the desire to remove the vulnerabilities that C and C++ allow; mostly in the pointer space. So instead of training better coders in C and C++, just make a language that removes those abilities all together.

Personally, I prefer my programming language to be willing and powerful enough to do whatever I want it to do. That allows me to be more creative and squeeze the most potential out of the code as I want.

Professionally, I would like to see Mozilla re-write Firefox in 100% RUST before I touch it. That would be the best testament to the language.

Comment: Re:Do they still teach assembly language? (Score 1) 368

by CHK6 (#49699377) Attached to: MenuetOS, an Operating System Written Entirely In Assembly, Hits 1.0
For the most part colleges and technical schools do not touch assembly. I will come across many graduate level classes will if your are an IEEE graduate. Some schools hide assembly under there embedded hardware/software programs. You know it has to be taught at some level for the compiler and linker advancements and at the bare metal level for chip manufacturers.

I have always enjoyed Assembly, but never had the chance to use it at the professional level. C is the lowest I have gone and only twice got to do some inline some assembly to do some clock adjustments.

Comment: Why not as long as there is no DRM (Score 1) 270

by CHK6 (#49699309) Attached to: Here Comes the Keurig of Everything
If these new devices impose a DRM of any form, then no there is little use for them. The scam of DRM on food products is a bust. Or at least I hope so. The amount of counter space is not a logical argument. People will buy what they want regardless if it makes sense or not. I know families that have unopened mixers, blenders, toasters, bread makers and all forms of food processors stashed away in closets and cabinets. I use to have an air popcorn maker, but then settled with just getting microwave bags. I turned the popcorn maker into a heat gun.

Comment: Obj-C, then Swift, and then.... (Score 1) 270

by CHK6 (#49675225) Attached to: Swift Vs. Objective-C: Why the Future Favors Swift
I find it's bad form on Apple's part to make developers chase them. There is a level of effort to gain a mastery of a programming language and to then switch tracks on the developers like that shows Apple has a clarity of vision problem. So what's developers to do when Apple decides Swift isn't good enough in a couple years and the phase out XCode from building it? I find it distasteful that Apple's fundamental iOS and OS X is developed in and maintained in C. Yet they push on the outside developer community to use something else entirely.

Comment: OEM and Windows Updates (Score 1) 154

by CHK6 (#49667599) Attached to: Windows 10 the Last Version of Windows? Not So Fast.
I'm fine with rolling updates, just as long as the update doesn't cripple the hardware. With so many different flavors of hardware being cheaply thrown about in Microsoft Windows devices, it leaves to wonder if Microsoft might clamp down more on OEMs to shape up their specs. And the #1 reason Apple is a leader in this area of computing. For me to have a great experience, the manufacturer needs to control the entire stack from hardware to OS. Else I'm pulled into an endless spiral of driver updates and once everything is ironed out the performance is below par.

Comment: Re:Affect the moon? (Score 1) 61

by CHK6 (#49650381) Attached to: Subsurface Ocean Waves Can Be More Than 500 Meters High
The salinity of the water makes the water denser. The subsurface waves alter the salinity and the tidal bulge the moon produces changes with density in the salinity of the subsurface tidal waves. The smaller the tidal bulge then the moon approaches the Earth. The greater the bulge then the moon moves away from the Earth.

Comment: Thank you (Score 1) 99

by CHK6 (#49644587) Attached to: Amazon's Delivery Drones Will Be Able To Track Your Location
On behalf of every spy and intelligence agency in existence, I want to thank you for your excitement. This is just the first step to a wonderful partnership of personalized tracking. Once fully implemented and embraced we will be announcing our second phase of enjoyment modifications to insure you are also happy. You want to be happy right? That's right. After tracking you where ever and when ever we want, we will insure that you are always happy. And when we find you are no longer in agreement and happy, we will dispatch our love joy drones to insure your dose of happiness and compliance is at optimum levels. Because a happy customer is a repeat customer.

Comment: DRM Toaster for bread? (Score 1) 369

by CHK6 (#49644561) Attached to: Keurig Stock Drops, Says It Was Wrong About DRM Coffee Pods
Sounds like Green Mountain has recognized the cause of their symptoms or short earnings, but not acknowledged it was a bad move. They are not being terribly clear on future models and where does that leave those poor consumers with version two point ohhh-no models? Sounds more like they will keep the DRM, reduce the license cost so that others would adopt the new cup and make a special My-DRM-K-Cup model.

As a heavy coffee drinker, here's a thought for Green Mountain. How about instead of milking consumers for every drink of coffee, how about solely concentrating on making a great coffee maker.

This idea of theirs for a DRM coffee cup system is as smart as making a DRM toaster for bread.

Comment: Nice (Score 1) 265

by CHK6 (#49638619) Attached to: Microsoft Releases PowerShell DSC For Linux
I help run a hybrid environment of a few thousand servers mixed between Windows and Linux with 50/50 of on-prem and cloud locations. Having one shell to rule them all will be nice and I look forward to the advancements that will help me manage them within the IT department. I have found PowerShell much more approachable than other shell counterparts. I will admit there are a few teething pains in learning the gotchas with PowerShell coming from Bash, Awk, and Sed. Some of my own Awk and Sed scripts looks like I rolled around on top of my keyboard. It's bad when I cannot read my own Sed and Awk code and have to refer to Google. Also the integration packs and the help for PowerShell commands is better than Linux man pages.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long