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Comment: Re: You don't need to tell a smart kid they're sma (Score 1) 243

by Chriscypher (#47737063) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

It hurts me to watch /. slowly die like this. Used to be only the editors sucked, but I never came here for the articles but for the discussion. Used to be, there would be a zillion well thought and documented responses illustrating all angles of a topic. I found this site to be an excellent forum to expand my understanding of issues surrounding a topic through informed, rational discourse. But the quality over the last few years has just trended ever lower and lately the quality of comments have just gone through the floor. If anyone knows where all the smart contributors went please consider throwing me a link. I'll keep it a secret from all these bigoted morons.

Comment: Re:Server & Tools too... (Score 1) 497

by Chriscypher (#43910045) Attached to: Can Microsoft Survive If Windows Doesn't Dominate?

This is just my opinion, but I believe the only reason most people are willing to shell out several hundred bucks for Office is because they are either too cowardly to learn new software or wealthy enough to afford the higher quality that it offers. Strictly speaking, I don't think the vast majority of people who use office actually need MS Office because of some critical or irreplaceable feature it has.

Nope.
They buy it because MS Office keeps its file format incompatible, and it's easier/more polite to use the files from your customer without asking them to "Save As to Excel 97 xls format". Not using MS is barrier to commerce, and until that changes MS will keep its grip.

Comment: Re: Not Trek (Score 1) 514

by Chriscypher (#43757475) Attached to: Review: <em>Star Trek: Into Darkness</em>

Best summation yet.

What I HATE about this reboot is that they failed to re imagine the series in a modern context.

What does a post-economic earth look like? With transporter technology anything can be immediately manufactured. How did this transform earth and people? This is the Trek universe. Minds engage.

If I wanted some dumb action adventure movie I have a zillion options. I expect more from Trek.

Comment: Re:Are they on some older software that can't hand (Score 1) 91

by Chriscypher (#43471139) Attached to: American Airlines Grounds Flights

Owning 4 shares in a company gives me about as much say as a voter in an election. No I don;t get to decide who the senator of my state is, but I do have influence over it, even if that influence is small. All the voters added up completely determines the outcome. It's not important that the smallest shareholder always affects the outcome of every decision, it only matters that this is possible. Just like I don't need to cast the deciding vote in an election for my vote to count.

Have you ever actually voted your proxy? It does not work like a government election.

You can vote or withhold your vote for a select list of directors. They are more often than not the current board of directors. You do not get to choose between contenders for the same board seat. Since the directors on the ballot are nominated by shareholders with far more shares than you, your vote is mostly symbolic and meaningless.

Unless you are CALPERS, manage a large trust or investment fund, or are otherwise a .1%-er with a heavy stake, you cannot dictate board nominees, and therefore have no say in oversight.

Bottom line: You can vote for or against, but do not get to choose your oligarchs.

Comment: Re:Mac Mini is flagrantly unsuitable as a server (Score 1) 367

by Chriscypher (#43054871) Attached to: Among Servers, Apple's Mac Mini Quietly Gains Ground

Why not OS X for a mail server?

Because its really no simpler to set one up on OSX than on Linux. Its not really any harder either, but why pay for OSX and Mac mini hardware when you can take your pick of free operating systems, with a wider array of more capable hardware than a mac mini.

Doing postfix and dovecot on OSX is going to involve editing config files, terminal command line interface work, and so on. So if you are comfortable with that on OSX... you might as well use BSD or Linux, and you'll have a lot better community support.

That's a complete crock. For $50 you add OSX Server software atop OSX, which has all services already installed with noob-friendly GUI configuration panels for setup. The only time you need to get into terminal and the actual config files is if you need something unusual.

Mail, spam filtering, Open Directory, FTP, file sharing, calendar and contacts server, wiki, web server, database: it's all already there awaiting you to turn it on with a checkbox. It's such a good value proposition for small business that needing only one of these services makes it compelling.

Comment: Re:Online security for banks is a joke. (Score 2) 195

by Chriscypher (#42872841) Attached to: Everything You Know About Password-Stealing Is Wrong

ETrade They used to be good. They had the concept of a "trading password" on top of a regular password. Exactly what I wanted. You need to provide the trading password to actually do trade or cash out money or transfer funds. They took it away! I called to complain. They gave me a free RSA dongle. These jokers imagine their customers having an RSA key fob for each account. Cant ditch them. Our company stock purchase plan is with them.

So what's the problem with Etrade having a RSA dongle? Seems to me it's way more secure to prevent credential capture, as the account login password is 'new' every minute and they timeout active logins fairly quickly.

Comment: Re:Apple is going to be stagnant. (Score 1) 301

by Chriscypher (#39412387) Attached to: Apple to Buy Back $10bn of Its Shares and Pay Dividend

It's that kind of thinking which led to Steve Jobs being drummed out of Apple by the Board of Directors in the first place, who thought Apple had outgrown it's startup leadership. It's not an "Apple gizmo fad", but a company which (under visionary leadership) has transformed the world multiple times, with:
  * the first microcomputer (Apple ][)
  * first GUI user interface (Macintosh)
  * first useful mp3 player (iPod)
  * first useful desktop certified UNIX (OSX)
  * first useful smartphone (iPhone)
  * first useful tablet computer (iPad)
  * &etc
My point is that, as a company, they have a decades long track record of providing groundbreaking, useful technologies. They have had flops. They may not be the first to market in a niche, but when their products ship they come to define the niche.

The biggest threat to Apple IMHO is that it:
  * concentrate too much on consumer and ignore enterprise level solutions
    - why does not OSX server have built-in iOS policy enforcement features? (instead of relying on 3rd parties) etc etc etc.
    - why has the MacPro line not been updated still long after xServe discontinued?
  * corporate management brain rot redefines Apple as a "cash cow" instead of continuing the tradition of useful and world transforming innovation established by Jobs & company.

They can continue to push current technologies down the road, with faster/larger capacity devices, but this is incremental improvement. How far can they push the "digital hub" paradigm? What's the next innovative paradigm? What can they do new?
  * iTV (if they can make it not suck like AppleTV)
  * enterprise deployment and management solutions, better business quality scheduling and groupware built-in

For the last decade I have looked at the market capitalization of stocks like RIM, Motorola, Nokia, Dell, HPQ, MSFT as fodder for Apple growth. This has been immensely profitable to me. The numbers at Apple look great at this market cap, it should be sustainable as phone and computers have fairly limited lifespans and computer market share had lots of room for growth. But how far up is up? Management at Apple must be genuinely visionary, and not what generally passes for this across the industry.

Comment: Re:Failures, what a surprise... (Score 1) 451

by Chriscypher (#38017292) Attached to: Failures Mark First National Test of Emergency Alert System

Not true.

On 9/11, no one knew how vast the problem was, just that the nation was somehow under attack.
This is why they grounded all planes in the entire US, not just over certain airspaces.

It would have been entirely appropriate to have sent out a national warning, and to urge everyone to a high alert status of a problem of unknown extent.

ie. "Nation under coordinated domestic terrorist attack of multiple targets. Observe caution and report suspicious activity to local police immediately. Tune into news and keep informed.", etc.

On 9/11 no one knew how big the problem was. We had not seen anything of this type in current generations.

Comment: Re:kid in front, semi in the back. (Score 1) 295

by Chriscypher (#37763474) Attached to: How Google's Autonomous Vehicles Work

When I was learning to drive, my teacher told me before you dodge (or brake for) any deer on the road, always check rear view mirror to make sure a semi trailer isn't following you to brake and kill 15 people behind that. It's easy to say deer.

But what if it's a kid. Gets harder right?

I am glad this robot car takes that decision off my hands yeah? :D

If there's a semi on your ass and you haven't slowed down to allow for their lack of breaking room, then you are at fault for not diffusing a dangerous situation.

You should always be checking your rearview mirror, and taking tailgaters into the overall account of danger. and reducing it accordingly.

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