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Comment: Re: things you wouldn't expect to hear from Micros (Score 1) 150

by HiThere (#49149515) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine

That's all very nice, but MS is a software company. I'll admit I was thinking of cross-platform development environments, like their announced open source .NET, about which I know little, and I don't really count stuff they sell as end products. I will acknowledge that this is bias on my part.

OTOH, ... you actually use those things on a tablet? As other than file viewers? (You didn't say you did, so perhaps I'm misunderstanding you.)

That said, if I'd been thinking of consumer end-products I'd never have made that statement. MSOffice for Apple has been out for ages...and MSWord 5.2a for the Mac was the best word processor I've ever used. Far superior to any later versions, and it fixed a lot of bugs from the previous versions. These days it wouldn't be so good as, of course, it didn't handle unicode, but that's still the only improvement that I know about.

Comment: Re:One thing for sure (Score 1) 484

by HiThere (#49149385) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

While I agree that there's no good evidence that Jesus, per se, existed, there's some evidence that a person somewhat similar existed several decades before the time Jesus is supposed to have lived. Or at least someone who promulgated the doctrines that Jesus is reported to have promulgated. (Ignoring those of his disciples that diverge from the "red letter" text.)

It's been awhile since I looked at this so I can't be closer than "several decades", but it was somewhere between about 40 years and about 400 years. (Not a big help, I admit.) I think it was related to the Essenes.

Comment: Re:Not having a mobile phone is suspicious... (Score 2) 78

by Bob the Super Hamste (#49146543) Attached to: OPSEC For Activists, Because Encryption Is No Guarantee
Personally if we really wanted to mess with them set up a bunch of disposable e-mail addresses over the course of a week using open WiFi connections with a computer running ToR and then periodically e-mail random data attachments back and forth. Hell I've done this for shits and giggles, when I am at the bank send off some random data since I can connect the Starbucks WiFi across the parking lot, at the used book store connect to McDonalds WiFi next door. Poisson the well make their mining of data useless and make them waste resources trying to decrypt output from /dev/random. The e-mail address are just first names of people in groups (the Beatles, the 12 apostles, Metallica, the US senate judiciary committee, etc) with random letter/number combination passwords. After a couple of months stop using those e-mails and then after a bit create a new set of accounts but a different number of them rinse and repeat. Being a white male with US citizenship, born in the US and residing in the US offers a lot of protection to do this but I wouldn't recommend anyone with a suspicious* background to do this.

* By suspicious I mean someone who might have ties to any protest organization, be a naturalized citizen, have visited any strange countries, be a minority, committed a crime other than a traffic/parking ticket, or any other group the government may want to target or would be ignored by the news media. Basically it would be similar to driving while black, or the opposite of being a young white girl who gets murdered or put on trial in a foreign country. I hate to say it but it is sadly true that the general population would't care about your plight if you could be painted as an undesireable.

Comment: Re:Split Shifts (Score 1) 235

Actually, the best method for avoiding union interference is to not treat employees like shit, thus removing incentive to join a union.

On the other hand, I hear Walmart does quite well with their "burn anyone who so much as mentions the word 'union' alive" policy, so I could be way off base.

Comment: Re:There's no $$$ to be made in security (Score 1) 113

I would love to find this out as well given the silly offers I have gotten. The worst offer I got was for $35,000 a year which being someone with 10 years of experience with securing industrial control systems and 15 years experience as a software engineer which I laughed at. Most of the unsolicited offers I have been getting have been for $50K-$60K but frequently there are the stupid low ones.

Comment: Re:Easy of porting over is the key (Score 1) 178

by hairyfeet (#49143555) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

I'm sorry but I think you are wrong, and here is why....the "risk" came from the previous CEO which there is no danger of returning. It was Ballmer that was pushing the "branding" bullshit, Ballmer that was pushing GFWL, Ballmer that was sticking Winflags on everything, every single complaint Gabe had cane be traced back to Steve Ballmer.

Nadella's slogan should be "Not the Ballmer, not the Ballmer" as he has shown that gives not a single fuck about sticking Winflags, devs said they wanted .NET to be open sourced? There ya go, enjoy. All the Metrosexual Winbranded crap Ballmer kept trying to shovel whether the market wanted it or not? GONE. Nadella is ZERO threat to Steam because Nadella sees that Steam has a loyal userbase and that brings value to the Windows platform, no way in hell is he gonna risk losing tens of millions of loyal as hell gamers by treating Steam as a second class citizen. Ballmer thought it was still 1997 and he could just bully his way into a market like the old days and cost the company billions with his alienating attitude, there is no way in hell Nadella is gonna do that.

Finally you have to remember that SteamOS is already fucked because Gabe shot his load too damned early. he got all those OEMs to hop on board only to leave them high and dry without an OS on launch day, so no way in hell is he gonna get jack shit when it comes to OEM support. No Steamboxes on shelves? Nobody but a few Linux faithful using SteamOS, hell he'll only get a small subset of Linux gamers as many have already said they will not support Steam simply on DRM principles, so there really isn't even any growth in that teeny niche market!

Will he keep it on life support for a few years, just in case? Probably, if for no other reason that to save face and to keep them from looking like a failure, but the days of big SteamOS announcements and buzz? Stick a fork, the fat lady is down the street having a sammich.

Comment: Re:Driver model (Score 1) 178

by hairyfeet (#49143331) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

Then riddle me this...why does NOBODY, and I do mean nobody, not in FOSS nor in proprietary, support Torvalds driver model? After all if it was good there is absolutely NOTHING stopping them from adopting it, right? And what about BSD, why does it not follow the great Torvalds driver model?

The reason why is obvious, its because its shit that just won't scale. Hell basic math will show you that "let the kernel devs handle it" utterly collapses when the number of drivers reaches 5 figures because there simply is not enough kernel devs to keep up with all the hardware that is already out, much less the hundreds of new devices released this and every other quarter. It really VERY simple, in 1993, when the entire OS could fit on a single floppy? Then sure letting the kernel devs handle it made sense, they had MAYBE 30 drivers all told to deal with, now how many is there? 100,000? 200,000? Even if you pumped up the devs on coke and locked them in a room with NOTHING to but but deal with drivers they would have MAYBE 5 minutes every 3 years for each driver!

There is a REASON why the Hairyfeet challenge has stood for nearly 8 years without a single consumer Linux OS passing and it all comes down to his driver model not scaling, simple as that. BSD? It passes the Hairyfeet challenge with flying colors, too bad there simply isn't enough consumer hardware support for it to be a viable desktop. Its been 24 years now, 24 years of the same excuses, 24 years of "update foo broke my drivers", 24 years of manufacturers being unable to put a fucking penguin on the box because they can't JUST support Linux, even JUST support a distro like Ubuntu, they have to support "Ubuntu version X, kernel version Y" because THAT is how fucking picky Linus has made the OS with his fucked up driver model!

Meanwhile a Windows user can buy a PC and have the drivers that come on the system run for the ENTIRE LIFE of the system, I can take a copy of XP RTM, install the drivers, and then run it through the entire life of the OS, 3 service packs and countless patches, know how many drivers will be non functional at the end? NONE, that is how many drivers will be broken at the end and THAT is what you are competing against, and failing miserably!

But if you truly believe what you are saying? Then put your money where your mouth is and take the Hairyfeet challenge which just FYI only requires Linux to run HALF, I repeat HALF as long as a Windows lifecycle. Surely your OS can do half of what Windows can, right? I look forward to seeing your video posted here and the complete vid on Dropbox. of course we'll never see it because if you actually attempt to take the challenge you'll see what I saw countless times and that is Torvalds.driver.model.doesn' and it all comes down to his driver model being made of fail.

Comment: Re:Hard to believe (Score 3, Interesting) 150

by plover (#49142293) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine

Microsoft is a very different company than they were under Gates or the Sweat-hog. They long ago figured out that their cash cows were kind of fragile, and they more recently figured out that they alienated a lot of developers. They are now trying to find ways to woo developers to any of their product families, not just to Windows. And they've done some great work on a lot of software engineering fronts, including secure development, powerful tools, integrations, and are even dabbling in open source,

Comment: Re:More of this (Score 5, Informative) 150

by HiThere (#49142217) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine

To be fair, at the time MS adopted the CRLF line ending style there were *four* standards, none of them dominant:
CR, LF, CRLF, and LFCR (called line carriage return). They picked one existing standard, and Unix was already using another. The supporters of the other standards have died off, so there are only two standards left.

So don't blame MS for all the bad decisions. Only some of them. I still wouldn't want to use their software, though. Perhaps if they live up to their current "We love FOSS" line for a decade or so I'll change my mind, but currently it just feels like their latest lie.

Comment: Re:Kinda stupid since (Score 1) 484

by HiThere (#49141997) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

Well....... if you'd said the point of human group organiztions is power, I'd agree with you, and as religions are human group organizations, that applies to them, but not any more to them than to the girl scouts or "Citizen's committee to suppor the libraries". The big ones are a bit more successful, of course...

The real questions are "How much effort do they put into accomplishing their ostensible purpose relative to the amount of power they have?" and "Are they a net benefit to humanity?" I wouldn't trust any member of an organization to honestly answer that about the organization he was a member of. Or even to realize that they were being dishonest.

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