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Comment: "Hack?" (Score 1) 107

by Sloppy (#49155605) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

Isn't the very point of this player's system, that the player serves the interests of the disc's publisher over the interests of the users, where the users' needs should always yield whenever there is a conflict? That's not a mere technicality; it's the very essence. From the spec's pov, this is desirable operation. Nothing has been subverted.

Comment: Re:Greedy bastards. (Score 1) 185

by aardvarkjoe (#49155089) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

You're missing the point of how powerful branding can be.

No, I'm not. But it's not the ".dev" TLD that makes the branding. You're making the assumption that having a ".dev" domain registered to yourself will transform into that branding without any evidence, and against all logic.

Tell that to every good developer who wasn't hired because some shitty developer with an MSDN certification and no experience got hired instead.

So what? Idiot hiring managers will do what they do, and there's a huge list of stupid reasons why they might refuse to hire somebody. The availability of .dev domains doesn't make any difference in that respect -- anyone who would make a decision based on something that moronic would just find some other stupid reason to hire the poor candidate.

Comment: Re:Greedy bastards. (Score 1) 185

by aardvarkjoe (#49155001) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

At first it's not going to be considered an exclusive requirement that good developers have .dev, but eventually, as the .dev becomes a cognitive shortcut for "good developer" people will start thinking that those without .dev are in some way suspect - after all, if they were that good, why wouldn't they have a .dev?

If Google was capable of doing this, then there would already be a perception that all good developers are Google developers. And that isn't anywhere close to true.

This isn't just speculation, either - the same thing can be seen in the computer world today (or at least recently) with the "XXX Certification" nonsense, be it A+ / MSDN / whatever. I've seen job hiring requirements that require certifications that are pointless to the job, or that focus more on certifications than actual job experience or ability.

Nobody but idiot managers think that not having a particular certification means that someone is a bad developer. This isn't a problem where general perception is concerned.

Comment: Re:All your dev are belong to us.... (Score 1) 185

by aardvarkjoe (#49154573) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

But why does that matter?

I really can't see any reason why this is any "worse" than a single entity owning, say, Domain names really aren't like real estate -- the namespace is so big that you're always going to be able to find an alternative.

If there's some group organization that feels strongly that there should be a TLD reserved for developers, then they should go ahead and register one.

Comment: Re:Greedy bastards. (Score 3, Insightful) 185

by aardvarkjoe (#49154527) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

That no non-Google developer can register a .dev is akin to saying that if you don't work for Google you're not really a developer.

This doesn't make much sense. No developers have a .dev URL today, so obviously nobody associates the two that way right now. And if it's restricted to Google developers, that association is never going to be formed in the future either.

Comment: Re:If you hate Change so much...... (Score 1) 514

by aardvarkjoe (#49137657) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

1c coin exists because there is a zinc lobby though they have agreed to a compromise which is a problem for the vending machine lobby. There is fundamentally no good reason economically and even politically this would be fixable given a less destructive congress.

The zinc lobby is a large part of the reason why the government won't make the change, but not the only one. The last time I discussed it with anyone, I was amazed at the number of seemingly rational people who were convinced that any attempt to get rid of the penny was a conspiracy to drive up prices.

Change of any sort frightens people, even over the stupidest of things.

Comment: Encryption Castle (Score 1) 192

by Sloppy (#49096631) Attached to: How NSA Spies Stole the Keys To the Encryption Castle

Cell phone SIMs are the "Encryption Castle", really? From a practical perspective, they are essentially plaintext, since everything gets fully decrypted at each hop.

Maybe I will start calling my previous car a "Dining Palace" in honor of the epic glorious time that I once ate a chili dog while driving, shifting and making a left turn (alas, this was before I had a cell phone) without getting any chili on my shirt.

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.