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Comment Re:The blood is on Snowden's (& Greenwald's) h (Score 1) 268

The "surveilance is evil" guys need to propose an alternative way for intelligence agencies to work.
As an example, there are about 1 million Syrian refugees in Europe.
About 13% of them are positive about ISIS.

Tell me, pretty please, how you are supposed to monitor 130'000 men.

Comment What "gender balance"? (Score 1) 291

Disclaimer: I come from USSR myself.

It's true that women had access to education and what not from Lenin's times.
Yet it is still statistically "not balanced" as majority of STEM-ers or politicians are, again, men.
The same goes for the top management of the most companies.
You can sure come across women here and there, but it's hardly any different from the West.

On top of it, views in regards of what harassment and "other things" is are much more, let's say, relaxed.
Just an example from a popular series ""

1) sexual relationships with the boss, so what, no big deal
2) rape attempt, again, no big deal either

Comment Re:Another example of why Java sucks (Score 1) 115

Magnitudes slower means "10-100-1000 times slower" which is BS.
Java's main problem is memory footprint, not execution speed.
Which is on par with C++ code, unless you do extreme object allocate/GC or use sin/cos (which used to be done NOT using CPUs capabilities, leading to much slower code. All to guarantee exactly the same result across platforms)

Comment Reasons listed in TFA are TOTALLY wrong (Score 2) 213

Based on my experience, I'm working for one of the big multi-nationals for years.

Bugs fixed quicker in commercial software, are you kidding me?
Fucking, seriously???
It's not only that most of the times you have to find workarounds/fixes yourself, it's that since it's commercial and not OSS code, what you'll likely face won't even be decompiled code, it will be bloody OBFUSCATED decompiled code with things like a.b.c.d1() all over the place!!!

At least for the corp I work for (and I'm pretty sure for most corporations out there) the main reasons for go for commercial over OSS is: LEGAL.
Some motherfucker patents "using (some ancient thingy that everyone on the planet uses) to quickly iterate over tree)" and kaboom, with OSS (no protection whatsoever) you need to pay either them directly or lawyers to fend them off.

With commercial software that's seller's problem.
As easy as that.

There are, of course, libs that are too widely used and would seriously harm IT projects if not used, e.g. apache commons libs. Well, for that there is short whitelist of items that "have been reviewed" along with "mitigation strategies".

Every manager is aware of this, so when you have a choice over "ShareIt" or "ShareThis", one is free, one is not, decision is made instantly, "of course we want the non-free one".

MSDOS is not dead, it just smells that way. -- Henry Spencer