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Comment My data is my own. (Score 1) 482

I have lived through several iterations of what was originally called "time sharing" and is now called "the cloud." my biggest complaint is that vendors want the primary location of all my data to be on their site. We only get to look at it, or maybe download an archive of it. I have always believed in the opposite model: My data exists and is used and manipulated on my local system. The cloud should only be there as a replication service to facilitate merging that data to my other devices (and only if I don't feel like actually connecting those devices directly). Kind of like a universal, automatic GIT for all file types.

Comment Re: He's got his talking points (Score 4, Insightful) 478

He's not making his argument BY calling names. He is making an argument, and THEN calling names.

There is a huge difference. The former is born out of ignorance. The latter is born out of the frustration from needing to make said argument yet again.

In my view, conflating the two is a sure sign of the former which will likely prompt others to more of the latter.

Comment Re: Not a vulnerability in Java Commons Library (Score 1) 115

This! Plus:

Java is perceived to be more vulnerable for the same reason it is more popular ... More comes "in the box."

The Java language comes pre-packaged with a huge set of libraries. C and C++ are really nothing more than concepts. You install a compiler that implements the concept. So, if the compiler has a vulnerability or bug, people blame it on the compiler. Libraries, toolkits, and frameworks are available for C and C++. However, they too are perceived as separate from the languages. So, if said "accessories' have bugs, people blame it on the accessories rather than the language.

C and C++, by definition, cannot have bugs because the are merely concepts. "Java," by its definition as a concept as well as an entire ecosystem of actual code is bound to have infinitely more bugs than C or C++.

When people blame the Java concept and ecosystem as a whole for bugs that exist in one or two of said "accessories," it just shows me they haven't learned how to use that wet, squishy thing just below their hair-product display area.

Comment Coder == Welder (Score 1) 568

I really like where this conversation is going lately. Coders are not engineers any more that carpenters are architects. There already exists a specific field called "Software Engineering." Not many universities offer it as a degree program. And there should be board accredited certification tests just as are required for all other professional careers. The fact that we do not have said certifications leads to this confusing grey area where some programmers get paid the big bucks because they really ARE performing the role of architect or engineer, and others think they should get the big bucks merely because they call themselves architects or engineers.

Most programmers/coders and other IT people need to face the fact that we are really just the welders, pipefitters, and crane operators of the computer world.

Comment She's just a small part of the problem. (Score 2) 245

After sitting through a jury selection process, I have figured out that even this, supposedly fair process, is deeply broken in favor of the prosecution. If you are honest and don't agree with an overly harsh mandatory sentencing law, or don't trust cops implicitly, or are willing to accept that you may have one of many biases, which research shows we ALL have; then you will be disqualified.

Sitting there, observing the people who quickly figured out the exact right things to say to NOT be disqualified, especially after hearing how those same people talked while we were waiting outside of the courtroom, I can't help but believe those are the people who are eager to vote "guilty." I met several others who came to this same conclusion.

So, once a cop has decided to arrest you, large parts of the system seem to have been "gerrymandered" in a way to drastically increase the probability of conviction. I call it, "The law of secretly intended consequences."

Comment Re: Sure. (Score 1) 130

I grew up making plastic models of all things Apollo. I would not have known "exactly" what it was. However, if there were lots of one-off, precision machined components, made out of unusual alloys, AND I lived near a NASA facility, then I would have at least had my suspicions and looked into it.

Comment Re: About as far as you can throw a strawman (Score 1) 620

I'm about as liberal as they come. However, my rights do not end at the point where some idiot may misinterpret them and use them unwisely, or even unsafely. Classic example: We have the right to free speech. Some idiots thought that applied to shouting "Fire" in a crowded theater. The courts ruled against that. By your logic, the courts should have ruled that we no longer have free speech because some idiots could use it unwisely and someone could get hurt.

While I don't like a lot of the decisions made by courts, we still need them to make judgements based on more information than is found in a /. summary.

Knee-jerk rights-taking is a tool of the elite. Don't fall victim to that mentality.

"Love your country but never trust its government." -- from a hand-painted road sign in central Pennsylvania