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Comment: That's normal business transaction (Score 4, Insightful) 92 92

When you sell a business as a whole, you sell its inventory, credits, debits and running contracts. If you want to do that differently than you have to stipulate. But then the business's value will be different. Private customer information is as much inventory as is the fish tank in the hall.

Comment: Re:If you cannot answer your own question.. (Score 2) 296 296

Furthermore you should ask yourself why you would need such a low level access when low lever performance clearly isn't the main issue. Consider using available main stream OSS APIs and libraries to allow higher abstraction level. You could then contribute to improve the used library.

Reuse components that others developed. It will most likely render you more effective and efficient. You would also pay the component developers back at least through lips service. The components will improve. Everyone will be a winner.

Comment: Less suspect than the others (Score 5, Insightful) 78 78

IMHO Google remains less suspect than other corporations, when it comes to defending privacy. I would never trust MS or Apple with my data. Not that they would gladly hand over data. But the corners they cut in order to achieve their own goals and the negligible contributions to OSS show that they're only in it for the money. I know, purely subjective but we as commoners will only be able to judge through indirect perception. Much like you can judge by lack of code quality that software is unlikely to be well developed.

Comment: Re: One more in a crowded field (Score 3, Interesting) 337 337

... and C is the only language more popular than Java...

Nitpicking here. I started with C nearly 3 decades ago, I switched to Java but I'd be able to pick up C again in a very short time. Large parts of large/huge systems I design in C structures as they provide a nice abstraction of the underlying hardware. No matter how much I like C, it's no longer number 1 when considering the number of programmers involved. It's "too technical" for application programmers. Considering that financial programmers push the numbers and that they are moving from COBOL to Java, I see Java as the COBOL of the future. The upshot is that Java is good enough to do almost anything and much more elegant than COBOL.

Comment: Re:outrageous (Score 3, Informative) 363 363

Go back say 100 years. Then you could occasionally go to a chemist and buy a set containing heroin and syringes. See for yourself: From 1898 through to 1910, diacetylmorphine was marketed under the trademark name Heroin as a non-addictive morphine substitute and cough suppressant. And here someone even has a site on hystoric syringes.

I don't say that using heroin makes sense. For me it doesn't. But who are we to meddle with people that want to intravenously inject that stuff? Just because someone proclaimed a war on drugs doesn't mean that such a war makes any sense.

Comment: I'll start using Swift (Score 2, Insightful) 270 270

I'll start adopting Swift as soon as it has an active community on most commercially interesting platforms. E.g. all UNIX derivatives, Windows, z/OS and Mac of course. When I have ample choice of programmers to hire. Not interested in technologies exclusively centered around one supplier.

Comment: /. gone to the dogs (Score -1, Flamebait) 117 117

To me this article is the final proof that /. Is gone to the dogs. Usually /. needs days to display items. But now a sensational bit of news pops up and the editors go "ooh.. we're gong to totally cover this item. OMG OMG!"

Harrison Ford is a great action film actor but his contribution to geekiness does not warrant this reaction by /. editors.

Comment: What about schizos? (Score -1, Troll) 311 311

What about schizos? I mean, can one of my personalities post something that one of my other personalities objects against? We -and this is not majestic plural- don't wish to over-complicate things with academic self-abuse. But my personality named Gerald wishes Knut to be punished whenever he posts images of my body when Gerald is, so to speak, 'in charge'. My personality named Sandy herself also wishes to be punished. But that's a different story. And she should not be given the opportunity to abuse existing laws, habits and rules.

Just making a point.

Comment: Google could bring back Apps Sync (Score 1) 175 175

Awhile back Google started asking money for Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook®. I think I speak for many when I say that this is a neat gimmick I could have continued using to sync my Outlook Calendar at work with my private Gmail Calendar. For Google that was one way to reduce MS' influence on Android by penetrating Outlook and make corporate users see alternatives. Alas, Google decided to make peanuts and the regular user stopped using Apps Sync for MS. I guess that now MS Outlook on Android considered by my employer for making workers more productive whilst using their own device. Security on Outlook for Android should be interesting.

Comment: Situations where using your own is forbidden (Score 1) 165 165

There are situations where using your own computer is forbidden.

What a stupid bit of advertising here. It puts off resellers as the product is marketed to circumvent procedures and hence to engage in illicit activities. And in cases where circumventing procedures is beneficial to the common good, activists will already have spotted that opportunity.

I admit that I'm not a marketing guru. But why not elegantly appeal to people wanting to travel light for instance?

"Well, it don't make the sun shine, but at least it don't deepen the shit." -- Straiter Empy, in _Riddley_Walker_ by Russell Hoban

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