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Comment: Re:Obama is but a puppet (Score 1) 227

by Dr_Barnowl (#47945597) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Like many others have stated when confronted with this topic - I'd love to see them make a dramatization of the in-between years of Star Trek - the time between the present (or the near future), going through to the time of Zefram Cochrane and the subsequent ascent into the civilization that birthed Starfleet and the Federation.

Of course, the real "secret sauce" there is presumably that FTL travel means that previously scarce resources become much more readily available, as starships can visit locations where they are abundant and bring them back. This presumably ushers in an era of post-scarcity economics.

If you believe that these technologies can be achieved with mere Earthly resources, then perhaps we may even live to see it...

Comment: Re:Good (Score 3, Insightful) 125

by Dr_Barnowl (#47943567) Attached to: Next Android To Enable Local Encryption By Default Too, Says Google

In addition to the notes that this is a minimal burden on most modern CPUs, Android L will offer much better battery life - on the same devices - owning to it's new execution environment, which will more than offset the additional cost.

I think it's a sop though - the problem, as demonstrated so well recently to a host of famous women, is not that your local device is terribly vulnerable. After all, we're talking one of the few pieces of data storage that most people will have on their person most of their waking hours.

The real problem is cloud storage. While much has been made of the tactics used to gain access to them, note that any sysadmin on the cloud services responsible likely has the same level of access. You'll only have "private" cloud when your device carrys a private encryption key that the service is not privy to - and this isn't going to happen on the big services (excepting MEGA, allegedly), because the reason they let you store your stuff on their cloud for free is because they can mine it for information. And could you really trust a "private" cloud client anyway? Who says the software doesn't leak your private key back to the author?

If you want private data, Free Software is really the only answer, and having your own private hardware would help too.

Comment: Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (Score 1) 268

by Dr_Barnowl (#47924861) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

That said ; it's also far harder for developers to actually communicate their rightness to other groups, like management and marketing, because they don't understand the language you're using when talking about it. Even if you break it down to the level where your primary school aged children could understand it, there will be people in positions of power that just won't grok what your project is about or why it's important.

At some point, you either have to finish the project just to justify that it should even exist... or do some sweet talking. And that's where a "professional" appearance comes in.

Although some management grok that developer ability is often reversely correlated with dress formality, a developer who groks that sometimes, it's worth suiting up, will probably be able to promote their own agenda. Even among the group of managers that get it, they will gain respect for the recognition that they have made an effort to speak the appropriate social language.

I agree that daily suit wearing just isn't comfortable or necessary, but for the right occasions having a good suit on standby is an excellent way to make a point - that you're confident about your ability. And heck, if you're confident, then other people should be, right?

Comment: Re:Why does business exist? (Score 1) 321

by Dr_Barnowl (#47922577) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

The state does not wish to serve the people any longer. The state serves it's corporate masters, in return for scraps from their table.

The corporations don't want to serve the people, they want to profit from them. Any actual services or goods they provide are a mere incidental detail. History has shown us that if a corporation can get away with selling dirt instead of food they will do that.

When the media is controlled by a few large corporations, there is no free market. Free markets depend on perfect information being supplied to the consumer. There can never be a free market while there are large media corporations, but large media corporations are an inevitable consequence of the market.

As you say below, if the state stuck to their natural role of providing services that you cannot trust a corporation to provide, like healthcare, it would be fine. Instead, at the bidding of their masters, they manufacture wars to increase demand and exploitation opportunities, they engage in mass surveillance of their own citizens for fear that they may be deposed, they destroy effcient and functional public utilities so that corporations can buy them out and charge more for what was once reasonably priced for all....

The state is indeed corrupt ; but mostly because the corporations have worked so hard to corrupt it. We need a state that will protect us from corporations, instead of falling to their knees before them.

Comment: Re: power consumption? (Score 1) 207

by Dr_Barnowl (#47897193) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

Phablets will have a longer battery life too because of the larger battery ; while the screen (and therefore it's battery consumption) increases with the area of the phone, the CPU, radio, etc, have fixed power consumption.

OK, so if you have a phablet, you may use it more... but that's the point, more *useful* battery life.

Comment: Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (Score 1) 149

So you're saying that tax is unfair because rich people find loopholes to avoid paying it, and ways to have public money dropped into their hands, and you think the solution to this is to cut taxes?


The tax-avoidance behaviour of the rich demonstrates very clearly the reason we need government, and public works, which is that corporations and more particularly corporate officers engage in behaviour that benefits themselves, at the expense of absolutely anyone else. Because the effect of money is to grant power, and the effect of power is to give you a greater ability to change the world according to your design, the natural outcome of this is.. well, the feudal system.

I agree that the squeezed middle and the poverty classes are suffering unfairly, but ithe reason for that is not that they are paying too much tax. The reason is the increasingly unchecked power of those who *don't* pay their taxes.

I say bring an ounce of honesty to it all. Since money is clearly a way to buy power, make it explicit. And *very* expensive. Deficit solved....

Comment: Re:The Future! (Score 1) 613

by Dr_Barnowl (#47817709) Attached to: You Got Your Windows In My Linux

I agree that Unity had a teething period... but I spend most of my time using applications and terminals, not the window manager.

I actually like things like the HUD menu, where you can tap alt and type something and find a menu item buried deep in the tree with a few keystrokes. And the movement of the close button makes sense at the top left, if that's where your "open an app" tool is - it's usually the next thing you'll do. Windows puts it as far away as you can get, and OSX is barely better.

Especially if you learn a few key shortcuts, it's entirely usable. And shouldn't represent more than a fraction of 1% of your time using an OS anyway.

Comment: Re:What's wrong with Windows Server? (Score 1) 613

by Dr_Barnowl (#47817203) Attached to: You Got Your Windows In My Linux

You need tools that futz with low-level stuff and insert hooks into the process, like procexp.

Having to use tools that do things that you'd ordinarily associate with rootkits isn't really a good answer.

And svchost.exe can host the DLLs for multiple services at once... you can't kill the process without killing all of them. A terrible design, compensating for the heavyweight nature of Windows processes.

Comment: Re:And well they should. (Score 1) 79

by Dr_Barnowl (#47804989) Attached to: China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

It's true, but in the office suite space, the only programs that properly support open formats are currently OSS.

The standard version of MOO-XML isn't implemented by MS Office (it still only supports the "transitional" version).

MS Office does it's best to break ODF documents when possible as far as I can tell. It destroyed all the formulas in ODS sheets last time I tried editing one in Excel.

Comment: Re: Fail (Score 1) 251

by Dr_Barnowl (#47763421) Attached to: TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

The 99% believe that there is no kind of talent or ability that makes one person's labour literally worth 10,000 times that of another.

Those kind of wages (I refuse to say "earnings") usually require either the direction of vast amounts of other peoples labour (and therefore represent a salami slicing scam where the productivity of that labour is being directed up the corporate pyramid), or intangible and imaginary "wealth" which in effect is just a massive confidence trick.

The 1% are bilking the rest of us. They live high on the hog by using their power to manipulate the system to deliver the fruits of our labours into their pockets. That's what the 99% actually believe.

Scamming some noob because they don't understand computers is morally no different, but a drop in the bucket in comparison.

Comment: Re:Already? (Score 1) 251

by Dr_Barnowl (#47757701) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

XP was 5.1

Windows 2000 was Windows 5 (and very stable, and really, really fast on modern hardware). Inevitably it was DRM that put paid to my attempt to keep using Windows 2000 until it was impractical... some of the games I wanted to play were depending on cryptographic components that didn't ship in Win2k.

So I "upgraded" to Vista.

I didn't have quite the same urge to hold onto that one as long as possible....

Comment: Re:Not worth it (Score 1) 251

by Dr_Barnowl (#47757657) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

MS do OEM and retail disks, distinct from vendor-specific OEM images.

The OEM release is intended to go on one machine ONLY and the license is bound to that system. Upgrading it will typically provoke different levels of incredulity from the activiation server.

The retail release is allowed to be on one machine CONCURRENTLY and you can move it between machines, and upgrade to your hearts content, although you may still get hassled into phoning a robot and beeping a bit at it.

The rules about selling the OEM disk are supposed to mean that it only goes to the manufacture of a new computer, but I've seen vendors bend the rules as far as they can go and sell the OEM disk to anyone that buys a new hard drive.

"It's curtains for you, Mighty Mouse! This gun is so futuristic that even *I* don't know how it works!" -- from Ralph Bakshi's Mighty Mouse