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Comment: Re:Who wants a watch that you have to recharge dai (Score 1) 131

by Marginal Coward (#48629101) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

Every night, I set my (dumb)watch next to my phone as I plug in the phone to charge. It wouldn't be a hardship for me (or most folks) to plug in their watch at night for charging right alongside their phone.

Then again, the smartwatch people evidently think it's too much trouble to pull their phone out of their pocket whenever the poor little thing gets upset about something and demands instant attention. So, maybe you're right.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 457

by Marginal Coward (#48626697) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Am i the only one wondering if this is just a hoax from Sony/the authorities

This reminds me of something that a Coke executive said following the New Coke fiasco regarding the conspiracy theories that appeared when sales of Old Coke subsequently spiked: "We're not that dumb, and we're not that smart."

Comment: Re:I don't see the big deal here. (Score 1) 174

by Marginal Coward (#48625275) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

I interpret this quite differently. This can be viewed as a childish act of vanity by a child and the country he happens to rule. Or, it can be viewed as a preemptive strike against future DVDs of "The Interview" raining down upon the country from balloons in order to create unrest among The People. Or, it can be viewed as a message to enemies of all kinds, including other nations. Basically, if they're willing to put their (cyberattack) cards down for a mere movie, the message is, "Don't mess with us." This is particularly ominous coming from people who have nuclear weapons and missiles.

Unfortunately, I wouldn't be real surprised if one of the principle actors in the film were to suffer some sort of unfortunate "accident" in the very near future. If so, we can interpret that as part of the message.

Comment: Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (Score 0) 173

by Marginal Coward (#48602503) Attached to: The GPLv2 Goes To Court

Coincidentally, I ran into some text on Wikipedia yesterday that gives a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Free_Documentation_License">some interpretation by Richard Stallman of the "GNU Free Documentation License" (GFDL). I've seen miscellaneous other interpretations of the GPL attributed to him over the years. His opinion - whether you agree with it or not - has generally struck me as irrelevant from a legal point of view: lawyers have more expertise in this, and courts get the final say. So, the value of his opinion, if any, has seemed to me to be only that of a spiritual leader of his movement. The True Believers of any religion should, of course, carefully study and heed each word given to them by their prophet. Fortunately, with Stallman, and Apostle Eben Moglen still around, True Believers need not interpret things for themselves, as they necessarily must do in older religions.

For example, years ago when the license for Python 1.6 was being formulated, it was repeatedly revised in one section until Stallman declared it to be "GPL compatible". Since he's neither a lawyer or a court, I wondered why it mattered so much to Tim Peters (who, as in so many things, seemed to speak for Python's creator, Guido Van Rossum.) I eventually realized that Stallman's opinion was highly important in terms of swaying the True Believers - who Tim/Guido did not dare offend. And of course, on a more practical level, none of the conventional legal authority knew or cared anything about the situation, so perhaps Stallman was the highest available court to adjudicate the issue.

Comment: Re:Growing Isolation (Score 1) 157

by Marginal Coward (#48582351) Attached to: Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

I figured such points would be made. Anyway, I don't see any advantage in using a security product from a country that is increasingly at odds with my own. Russian folks (that is, the ones who still live there, unlike my friend) may feel the same way about the American companies.

My Russian friend makes the point that everybody thinks they're the good guy, and that everybody else is the bad guy. So in reality, maybe everybody is the bad guy. Oh, except that my friend has many positive things to say about Putin and even Stalin. Go figure.

One striking and objective difference between Us and Them is that Them has a dictator whereas Us has a lame duck. I much prefer the lame duck system, regardless of the particular lame duck involved. The lame duck system also saves folks like Mussolini and Gaddafi the indignity of having their corpses mutilated after their term expires.

Comment: Notes from a real Sync user (Score 2) 232

by Marginal Coward (#48581685) Attached to: Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

As a real Sync user (from 2012), my experience has been that its problems have more to do with user interface than "stability". Even if QNX improves on the latter, it does nothing for the former. The main problems are:

- The user interface for navigating features isn't very intuitive
- It relies too much on a voice recognition system that doesn't really work well. Either make that work well (a hard problem) or don't rely on it so much (an easy problem).

Oh, and regarding the problem playing from a USB stick mentioned above, the basic trick is that you have to format your USB with FAT32. Well, obviously.

Comment: Re:Growing Isolation (Score 1, Interesting) 157

by Marginal Coward (#48580877) Attached to: Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

Luckily, Kaspersky is based in Moscow, so that's one high-tech business that's likely to continue operating in Russia, regardless of Russian isolation.

I'm sure Putin appreciates having a firm that is dedicated to protecting the world's computers form malware located right handy there in the Russian capital. I recently switched from Kaspersky to another product when a Russian friend of mine pointed out the obvious fact that an anti-malware product that's popular worldwide could be quite a dangerous thing in the hands of a dictator.

Comment: Re:Tiny Dancer (Score 1) 243

Hold me closer, Tony Danza... aw, Elton, you're a big softie.

Which reminds me, there's a version of "Levon" by Jon Bon Jovi that's pretty good. It's kindda fun to see how he tries to make Elton's 'garage' (rhymes with 'carriage') work when he says in the American way (rhymes with 'barrage'.)

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