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Comment: Re:Yeah that will work (Score 1) 35

by Dunbal (#49630909) Attached to: Europe Vows To Get Rid of Geo-blocking
I can vouch for this, living in one of those regions that GP says "who gives a fuck about that". Which is about as much as I care for his comment. Region blocking is ridiculous, but just because the EU wants to spend (more) money to make a(nother) useless law it can't enforce doesn't mean I think they're on the right track. It's the idiots with the distribution network who let themselves be bullied into going along with these schemes that need to wake up and realize they are literally shutting themselves out of markets and profits.

Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 405

by bill_mcgonigle (#49628559) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

Essentially he has no statistics to back his claims

I don't think you need statistics in a world where Java rules as a primary language for software development.

I've said here for years that Java is a great language for the 80% of average programmers because it tells you what's wrong most of the time, makes you do things right, and generally doesn't fall down unpredictably (J2EE FactoryFactoryFactories might be a different issue).

The top 10% can argue viscously about whether Python or Ruby or Haskell is the One True Language (shut up, LISP fanatics) - but in the meantime millions of developers are cranking out order inventory code in Java.

The top 1% of developers can deftly move back and forth among all of these, to suit the task.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 188

by bill_mcgonigle (#49628455) Attached to: Uber Forced Out of Kansas

and a host of other legal requirements that are supposed to ensure the safety of the passengers.

Supposed to but they don't. Apparently you've never experienced an insane taxi driver.

Uber lets customers easily leave feedback on individual drivers, which is communicated out to the client base, unlike any government model.

As well, the drivers can leave feedback on the passengers, improving cabbie safety. Cabbie murder is a real problem an medallions are not bullet-proof shields.

This bill does real harm because it eliminates the real safety gains of Uber over the government regulation model. The trouble with government models is they only need to have intent, not results. A competitive market does not have that fatal flaw.

Of course if an Uber operator were to try to continue, the police would draw their guns as well - really illustrating the risk imbalance.

Comment: Re:Oh give it a rest (Score 1) 158

by TheGratefulNet (#49628229) Attached to: French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law

in the WW2 days, the US rounded up japanese americans and put them in 'camps' for 'safe keeping'. quite a shameful thing to do and a black mark on US history ;(

how did they find the japanese americans?


a lot of us have refused to feed the census since we consider it immoral (given how it was abused in the past). there are good things that come from it, but I'd still rather not take part in it.

many of us are at the point of being so suspicious of any 'info request' that comes across our desk, my new reaction is 'no, I won't answer or supply you your requested info.'

I guess its the new-normal, now. but I question every single request for 'more info' and challenge them all. rolling over and supplying info for the surveillance state will only work against you.

Comment: Re:Not law yet (Score 1) 158

by TheGratefulNet (#49628193) Attached to: French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law

I have mail and many domains at gandi, a french registrar and hoster.

sigh. I guess if this law passes, I have to transfer my accounts to some new company. even if gandi relocates (I doubt it) they'll still be a french company and therefore, subject to the french set of bullshit laws.

damn. this is a big hassle. any recommendations for 'good countries' that host domains, etc? swiss? holland? who still has 'good freedom' left?

Comment: Re:Because of the action of a few ... (Score 2) 158

by TheGratefulNet (#49628159) Attached to: French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law

islam has, as part of its philosophy (if you call it that; its hardly a 'love of mankind'!) that everyone on the earth HAS to convert to islam. they may not say that to your face in english on camera, but its there and they all know it.

there are 'temporary peaces' where they regroup to refight you again. there is NEVER a perma peace. they do not want it and they will not accept it.

basically, I hate saying this but this religion is toxic to the earth and should be removed.

how long do you want to give them to westernize and 'live and let live' ? how much more do you want to endure while they 'teach' us what's really on their mind?

no one wants bloody wars, but a slow perma-war is much worse, isn't it?

does anyone seriously believe that islam will modernize? hell, name ANY religion that has changed even one bit since its creation. you can't expect any religion (which is mostly based on non-facts and non-provable things) to 'grow up'. the thing is, most religions are not hell-bent (..) on making everyone on the planet the same as you. christianity IS like that, but they at least won't go to the same extremes; they'll bug the hell out of you and try to enact laws to favor their own views but they rarely try to KILL you. islam is not like that; killing to convert is part of their way.

we have 3 things we can do: 1) nothing, 2) accept our defeat and just put up with this continual set of attacks, 3) man-up to the conflict and fight it to the end.

do you see a #4? I really don't. sooner or later, we will have to deal with this with #3. the question is: how much more destruction of OUR way of life are we willing to tolerate in order to avoid #3?

Comment: Re:We warned France not to follow our mistakes (Score 1) 158

by TheGratefulNet (#49628081) Attached to: French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law

and similar to us, they wont ever get their older style freedom back, either. once gone, freedom is damned hard to regain.

sigh. the US can -almost- be forgiven for their stupid plunge into insanity, but the french have seen what we have had to deal with (our citizens) in the past decade or so after all the 'SHUT DOWN EVERYTHING!' bullshit; and they STILL decided to go full retard!

stupid french. seriously stupid french. they saw how it mostly ruined us and they STILL wanted to join that club! ;(

see, people: even with advanced knowledge of what repression will do to your country, politicians still DO NOT CARE and will do anything to get more power even when it means throwing their country under the bus.

Comment: Re:Some good data... (Score 1) 343

by Xest (#49627515) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

Let's be clear, it's not even about $39 devices from dodgy Chinese manufacturers on ancient Android 2.3.

My official Google Galaxy Nexus stopped receiving updates in less than 18 months and was a $350 device and is stuck on an old vulnerable version of 4.

When even Google themselves can't be fucked to keep their first party devices secure, using some lame excuse about an unsupported chipset (even though 3rd parties like Cyanogen have had no problem updating it) then how can they expect anyone else to?

Make no mistake, in this case, Google is the problem. When Google wont even lead on the issue with their own OS, how can anyone else with less resources, less freedom to change the OS, and less profit per handset be expected to follow?

If Google was competent on the issue and actually took the lead by guaranteeing 3 - 5 years of updates on all their first party devices, you might find everyone else pressured into doing the same simply to compete, but when Google barely even breaks 1 year no one else is likely to do any better either - 1 year is such a short time in the world of updates, that I can see why most companies just see that as the standard and equate it to "no need to do updates at all".

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