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Comment: Not everything has to be online (Score 1) 390 390

by Nitewing98 (#44385577) Attached to: Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks

What this convinces me of, more than ever, is that not everything needs a cpu and not every cpu needs to be online. I can foresee hooking up a cell device to a target car and taking control of it over the internet. Perhaps the folks on the Battlestar Galactica were right to keep some things "old school."

Comment: Re: because desktop linux is a toy and novelty (Score 1) 1215 1215

by Nitewing98 (#43951017) Attached to: What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

I much prefer either Linux or OS X, or any unix-based system over Windows. I have used Linux as a desktop OS and as a server OS. I have also used Windows IIS for web server, and would rather deal with Apache and perl. I would much rather write a bash script or an Applescript than a batch file. YMMV.

Comment: Re:Out of his mind (Score 1) 176 176

Valid point. I guess my problem with computer code as IP is: At what point does something become too trivial to matter? A shorter method, a better-laid out object, entire modules, etc. Any computer language has a finite number of combinations (within a given length) that are valid code. If you and I write the same method, who decides if you wrote it first or I did?

Also, to be fair, I'm coming at this from the standpoint of a math major, not a business major. From a math standpoint, once a routine is written and it works in the most efficient manner, it should never have to be written again. For me to argue that it's mine when you have the same code only forces you to rewrite in a less-efficient way.

Comment: Re:Out of his mind (Score 2, Insightful) 176 176

"So even if he is the original author of the software, (he carries the details and inspiration in his head), and the software came out of his mind, he is still a criminal for telling/selling his idea to someone else."

Yep. As long as he was being paid by GS to write that code, it belongs to them. I know that most programmers don't like this idea, but that's the way IP works in this world. I think it sucks too. But from a business perspective, how else do they "get an edge" on their competitors, if they have the same software?

Comment: Re:US Not Seeking Goldman Charges (Score 1) 176 176

"Are we all missing something? Is there some different and higher standard of triple- and quadruple-lying that applies to bank CEOs but not to baseball players?"

Yes. As long as "corporations are people" and can line the coffers of Congress' re-election funds, they won't be called on anything. This is why corporations are NOT people.

Comment: Glad I'm not using Windows (Score 1) 671 671

by Nitewing98 (#40950633) Attached to: CowboyNeal Weighs In On the Windows 8 "Metro" GUI

Not trying to be snarky, but I'm glad I don't have a horse in this race. While Apple has incorporated some iOS features back into OS X, they haven't forced the tablet UI on all the desktop users. And what features they have incorporated (like LaunchPad) are ignorable for those that don't want them.

Keep pushing MS and they will capitulate, guys. I am sure you will win.

Comment: Re:yes and no (Score 2) 521 521

by Nitewing98 (#40876143) Attached to: UEFI Secure Boot and Linux: Where Things Stand

Why does this piss you off? And is it the locking out of other OS's from Apple's hardware, or the fact that no one seemed to care, that's upset you?

When Apple licensed the Mac OS back in the 90's it hurt what little business Apple did have. Apple is, and has always been, a system provider, meaning hardware+software. While selling the Mac OS to run on non-Mac hardware has been tossed around for years, it will never happen since Apple wouldn't sell enough copies to stay in business by selling hardware that can be replaced with a cheap PC.

If you want to run a non-Apple OS on a Mac, that's been possible since 2006.

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination -- but the combination is locked up in the safe. -- Peter DeVries