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Comment: Re:A step in the right direction (Score 1) 217

by DocHoncho (#48261861) Attached to: Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

It's a good thing they don't have something like %APPDATA%, otherwise there would be the worst of both worlds! A registry crammed full of cruft and detritus AND a hundred thousand vendor whatever files laying about.

"Should we put this config option in the registry or the config file?"
"Flip a coin!"

Comment: Re: Not a chance (Score 1) 627

by DocHoncho (#48254855) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

No kidding, what a luddite! He should be embracing the Bank's innovations in extracting maximum profit from customers. Their bloated fee structures, heavy handed customer service and predatory lending practices should be the envy of any smaller bank or credit union. Those little guys must be a bunch of losers if they're not doing everything they possibly can to maximize profit at the expense of customers!

Remember kids, if you're not "Too Big to Fail" you're not big enough!

Comment: Re:Good for them (Score 1) 553

by DocHoncho (#48237417) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

What, you thought because the US is touted as a leader in technology that our financial system wouldn't be lodged firmly in the 1980's? What the banks want, the banks get. And what the banks want, is to keep reaming us with absurd fees for services the rest of the world takes for granted. They're going to drag their feet for as long as possible about doing anything that even hints at being good for consumers, and once they do, they're going to make sure we pay dearly for it.

$4.99/transaction fee for NFC transactions? Sure, why the hell not?

Comment: Re:This'll end up in court... (Score 2) 553

by DocHoncho (#48237301) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Exactly! We need a new set of companies to dominate the market, to create new and exciting security problems, innovative modes of discrimination and exploitation, and new types of excessive charges. So what if it has a clunky interface, requires always on mobile service (and data charges) and probably creates new efficiencies for remote theft?

Theoretically NFC payment systems should allow greater degrees of consumer control, security measures and ease of use, but lets be realistic here: which software company do you believe can actually pull off more than two of the three? Google will be changing shit around every version for no reason other than because they can, the Apple version will be easy to use for one or two use-cases and a complete clusterfuck for the rest and this CurrentC thing will be the complete abomination that it sounds like. Amazon will jump in with some poorly thought out copy-cat version of the Google NFC that only works on, and Microsoft will blunder in late in the game with a solution that's reasonably well engineered and has a slick interface, but no one uses it because no one uses it.

At this point, I imagine that if NFC were the new way of payments, that Google and Apple will end up being the de facto means of utilizing the technology, and we'll all be stuck a little bit deeper in either of their respective tar pits, dependent on them first for communication, then for financial transactions. "My Android was free with a two year contract, sign me right the fuck up for some more sweet, sweet vendor lock in baby!"

Comment: Re: Michael Savage (Score 1) 370

by DocHoncho (#48222401) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

How about they don't be self-centered pricks and accept quarantine instead of risking infecting thousands of people. Getting around quarantines like that should be highly illegal. The guy was a doctor, he should have known better.

Yeah, good luck with that. So many of the world's problems could be solved if only people would stop being self centered jerks! And then we could all link arms and sing Kumbaya!

These cases of doctors/nurses traveling even after exposure are particularly egregious, but human history is literally a case study in self centered and thoughtless behavior, "screw you i got mine" mentality and other related, unpleasant human traits. Why can't we all just get along??

Comment: Re:It is opt-out in OSX. (Score 4, Interesting) 312

by DocHoncho (#48184121) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Considering that the Feds probably get a copy of everything they gather in the first place, I can hardly see them fining Apple for doing their work for them! The very idea of Apple turning all this data over to the Feds for "disposal" is utterly ludicrous. There may still yet be some areas of the US government that work for the people, but the DOJ and Intelligence agencies are clearly serving one interest: their own.

Comment: Re: So no company is going to install it? (Score 1) 367

by DocHoncho (#48069467) Attached to: Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

Does Windows 10 preview incorporate some manner of AI algorithm for making such determinations?

I could get in big trouble for this, they made me sign an NDA but here's the pseudo-code:

function gatherTextData(field) {
        if (field.type == "password") {
                return ""
        else {
                return field.value

I think they've got a patent pending, it's pretty complicated stuff.

Comment: Re:Catching up with Fedora (Score 2) 644

by DocHoncho (#48030853) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

No, I don't understand it. And I don't really feel as though I want to, since I'm only working in a Windows environment because I'm too lazy to switch back and forth between a Linux one for work and Windows for games. I do web development, and it will be a cold day in hell before I touch any part of the MS web stack, so I spend most of my time remoted into one Linux box or another. Cygwin fills in the gaps. .Net? Hmmph, more like .Meh

Comment: Re:Catching up with Fedora (Score 4, Interesting) 644

by DocHoncho (#48030519) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10


PS C:\> Get-ChildItem


PS C:\> Set-Location dev
PS C:\dev> Get-Content _vimrc .....

How one might obtain a directory listing in a concise format is beyond me.
Sure, those stupid commands are aliased to ls and cd, but the "real" versions are indicative of how all the commands are named. Names only a Java dev could love. Invoke-some-random-command-with-a-very-long-name-for-no-reason. LOL.

My personal favorite, however, is command invocation:

PS C:\> 7z.exe
Bad numeric constant: 7. (What??)

PS C:\> '7z.exe'
7z.exe (Uh...)

PS C:\> & '.\7z.exe' (WTF?)

7-Zip 9.20 Copyright (c) 1999-2010 Igor Pavlov 2010-11-18

Every command drags you further and further down into the soul crushing hell that is COM, or whatever the current framework du jour is this year. I suppose it must be useful for something, but I think I'll stick with GnuWin32 and the powershell's idiot cousin, cmd.exe when I absolutely must work on a windows box.

Terseness. Hah. I'm sure the poor sons of bitches stuck administering a bunch of crufty Windows boxes get some millage out of it, but I'll be damned if I'd use it for day to day CLI work.

Comment: Re:if so, U.S. is stupid (Score 2) 200

by DocHoncho (#47994617) Attached to: Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

The US spends six times as much in order to keep the NASA boondoggle afloat. I'm for space exploration as much as the next guy, but lets not pretend that the modern US space program is kept around for any reason other than it's a massive jobs program for the defense/aerospace industries.

That they do some good science despite the cynical, money grubbing bullshit is a miracle.

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurence of the improbable. - H. L. Mencken