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Comment: Re:It's systemic (Score 1) 190

by whoever57 (#47566891) Attached to: Comcast Confessions

Comcast has two mantras. Increase sales and cut costs.

Comcast is cr*p at doing the latter. Why did it take a callout to my house in order to get my cablecard working? The online system and their attempt to authorize the cablecard when I called in both failed, but why? All that happened during the callout was that the technician called his buddy to send the signal to authorize the cablecard. Then he changed a few connectors in the wiring -- probably to justify the callout.

Comment: Re:I must be the outlier (Score 1) 190

by dbIII (#47565325) Attached to: Comcast Confessions

no, I could no longer justify the cost

That's the trick - convince salesfolk that there is no money in your pockets and you are dead to them. Sometimes it's worth them thinking you are an utter loser just so that they will leave you alone.
Asking telemarketers if there are any jobs available where they are used to be a good one - until those jobs moved offshore and now the trick no longer works.

Comment: Re:Unbelievable (Score 2) 227

by dbIII (#47565267) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

I can't believe this idiocy is still going on

Imagine it's 1987. The local "indie" record company and the local record shops get together and roll out (incredibly expensive) CD burners that can burn discs of whatever the customers want from the catalogue of that "indie" record company for the price of a normal albumn. Launch day happened and suddenly everyone's knee deep in lawyers and the police are chasing customers out of the shop - the parent record company called the cops on their partly owned "indie" record company that turned out to not be as "indie" as everyone thought (especially after they owed a lot in legal costs).
There's been decades to stop the idiocy. People are ripping and downloading because of many missed opportunities, missed due to short term greed.

Comment: Re:Technology transfer (Score 1) 154

That time around 2000 with the tank targeting system was a true moment of black comedy when after that US technology was supplied from Israel to China it was mass produced and on-sold to Iran.
However blaming "Israel" for that one is like blaming the USA for Charles Manson - criminals exist and the thing was apparently stolen.

Comment: Re:They were in their system for four months?!?! (Score 1) 154

a stateful firewall will somehow prevent windows users running god knows what malware on their web connected desktop machines

In the old days such machines were considered potentially hostile and not allowed on the same network as the production/process line machines. Sometimes you'd have something on both networks to carefully feed apropriate information to the potentially virus ridden machines that were used to type up reports.
Now we've got malware far beyond the dreams of those "paranoid" days yet things are left wide open - so what do you expect when another report comes out of outsiders stealing the crown jewels?

Comment: Re:I like Swift pretty well (Score 1) 293

by dbIII (#47564155) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)
The difference is that if either project is abandoned there's still the source code of the environment to work with so it can be tweaked to run indefinitely.
With various VB versions or similar fully closed source environments you are stuck with whatever it ran on at the time of abandonment with zero chance of being able to run it on something newer - hence the Win2k. I've got other abandoned software of the same vintage running on the most recent Solaris because it was not written in fucking VB so is immune to the MS only problem of DLL hell (though it was written for sparc, so that is still limiting).

Comment: Re:Web = Garbage (Score 1) 293

by dbIII (#47562875) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

It'll be interesting to see where C# is in 10 years.

Abandoned like every other version of an MS language unless there is a large, organised and mostly independent C# community outside of Microsoft. The developers versus marketers situation in MS means internally they are going to be trying to push "the next big thing" and abandon what they already have unless there are a lot of external successes that the developers can dazzle the marketers with.

Comment: If it's in the licence you are stuck with it (Score 1) 710

by dbIII (#47562575) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"
If it's in the licence you are stuck with it - GPL or anything else.
Some people have argued that that the GPL is unreasonable because it insists you shouldn't just cut and paste the code, put your own name on it, and then use it in a closed source project. Whether you feel entitled to other people's stuff or not the price of admission is sticking to whatever terms the code is licenced under, whether that is not being allowed to rip off the code and call it yours or in the other case not allowed to reverse engineer the application. Whether it's not against the law is irrelevant - it's like "no shoes no service", the vendor gets to cut off service if you break their terms of service even if you are not breaking the law.

Comment: Re:I like Swift pretty well (Score 1) 293

by dbIII (#47562423) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)
Jokes aside, I've still got a win2k machine hanging about for a legacy application because VB isn't portable (and it's not a virtual machine because the fucking idiot that wrote their abandonware in VB made sure it won't run without a parallel port dongle).
It gets used rarely and the newer software that is to replace it is being written in python - the portability lesson has been learnt.

Comment: It is very simple (Score 1) 293

by dbIII (#47562333) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)
Clearly if someone considers that CSS is essential for a programmer then they have limited exposure to situations where it is not (ie. anything other than applications to generate web pages). The only sad thing is trying to force that attitude on programmers who have nothing to do with web based applications.

Comment: Re:City of London Police =/= British Police (Score 3, Informative) 156

by whoever57 (#47557397) Attached to: London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

They are a police force specific to a small area, that doesn't mean they are governed by corporations.

Apparently you failed to read the section on elections in the City of London:

The City has a unique electoral system. Most of its voters are representatives of businesses and other bodies that occupy premises in the City.

So, yes, they are governed by corporations.

Comment: Expect many years before approved in USA (Score 2) 63

by whoever57 (#47555329) Attached to: UK Team Claims Breakthrough In Universal Cancer Test

Like many medical advances, this will likely take years before it is approved for use in the USA. Apart from the FDA being very slow, this would cut into revenues from colonoscopies.

Even things like better and safe sunscreen are available in other developed countries but not in the USA. Improved treatments for tooth decay took years before approval in the USA.

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.