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Comment: Re:Who cares, it's just bits (Score 1) 131

by Half-pint HAL (#47398607) Attached to: Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

and bbb - the pricing is stupid for the demand. if they asked for more they could run a bigger batch faster....

They don't want to run a bigger batch, because it's not finished yet. If they had wanted to, they could have ramped up production months ago, satiated market demand then retired. But they would have been a flash in the pan. They're trying to build a long-term business, and while I'm not convinced they're going to solve the latency problems entirely, I at least respect their integrity for not rushing an unfinished product out the door.

Comment: Re:GIGO (Score 1) 194

by Half-pint HAL (#47392011) Attached to: IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

Anyone who has been around in IT knows Objective C doesn't even come up outside of Apple development (and really there aren't many of those compared to finance, engineering, healthcare and web developers in the world

But the GP was talking about mobile development, and a heck of a lot of mobile development is Apple development. Have you ever heard of a mobile Matlab implementation? I hadn't. It exists, but I only know it does because I googled* it right now.

(* using Bing. because something I downloaded yesterday changed my search page.)

Comment: Re:That's Russian citizen's loss. (Score 1) 204

Does this affect the rest of the world? Nope.

Selfish git.

But that aside, it does affect the rest of the world, as there are many people in the world who operate international web businesses, and they are going to lose access to a pretty large market thanks to this. I'm currently speccing up a service, and as a result of this legislation, I can no longer assume anything about the viability of a Russian translation, and I'm going to have to calculate the viability assuming only the Russian-speaking populations of places like Ukraine, Lithuania and various *stans.

Comment: Re:Remember... (Score 1) 204

Russian expatriates are Russian citizens too. And employment data is a thing that gets stored. I hope they're not looking for work with an Internet company...

This is a hugely important point that bears repeating.

Russian expatriates are Russian citizens too. And employment data is a thing that gets stored. I hope they're not looking for work with an Internet company...

Therefore it will be illegal, on a technicality, for any citizen to work overseas. In fact, it will be pretty difficult to even do any translation work.

What has gone little noted in the press (outside of non-Russian Russian-language newspapers is that Russia has implemented laws to try to prevent emigration. Dual citizenship is illegal, and if you get a residency permit for a foreign country, you have to deregister as Russian resident, and get a special foreign-resident-Russian passport. There have even been rumours of an imminent ban on exit visas for Russian academics.

Russia doesn't want its citizens mixing with foreigners, as we are seen as "corrupting" them. Russians who travel abroad are viewed with suspicion by their neighbours. It's a genuinely scary state of affairs.

Comment: Re:Not all that new, but what is personal? (Score 1) 204

EU directives are not about "EU companies" but "companies operating in EU". I.e. companies that store information about EU citizens.

No, companies that operate in the EU have operations in the EU -- offices, warehouses, datacentres etc. If I buy from Stewart-MacDonald's instrument-making supplies in the US and they ship the goods to my EU address, that's not "operating in the EU", they're operating in the US.

Yes, companies like Google did initially try to argue that they weren't really "operating" in the EU per se, but they were called up on their location-based advertising.

Comment: Re:Not all that new, but what is personal? (Score 1) 204

As another pointed out, Russia isn't anywhere near the first country to do this; in fact, doesn't the European Union require it Union-wide?

The EU directive isn't about local control, but about data protection standards -- non-EU countries can apply to be considered equivalent if their laws have suitable protections. Although the EU did kind of give up the moral high ground when it granted equivalent status to Israel, mere months after Mossad sent a death squad into one of the Arab countries on cloned EU passports....

Comment: Re:Blame Google. (Score 1) 238

They don't like the law, because they don't like spending money, just making it.

As opposed to all of those other companies that love spending money and hate making it?

Exactly the same, of course. My point is just that we shouldn't paint Google as the "good guys" for opposing a law that costs them hard cash.

Comment: Re:Blame Google. (Score 1) 238

My brother is a health and safety officer for a large private-sector industrial facility. When new equipment and materials are brought on-site, he has to perform risk assessments to assure they comply with the appropriate legislation, and this is at his employers' expense. Why should Google be any different? Not knowing what's inside a box is a poor excuse for lack of due diligence. In fact, it's negligence.

Prof: So the American government went to IBM to come up with a data encryption standard and they came up with ... Student: EBCDIC!"