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Comment: e-commerce (Score 5, Interesting) 159

I worked in e-commerce once. Our client had fifteen tracking pixels in the final page of the checkout process! It added a good 10 ~ 20 seconds to that page. That was on top of all the Adobe Omniture garbage.

I refused to pulled crazy triple shifts after I the Thanksgiving break and was let go. I was so glad. It was totally not worth it and unemployment felt awesome after all that rubbish.

Also, fuck TOMS shoes!

Comment: Re:No self driving trains? (Score 0) 393

by SumDog (#49717403) Attached to: Feds Order Amtrak To Turn On System That Would've Prevented Crash

And this is why I hate the idea of self driving cars. It's an insane amount of complexity to make a car self-driving. For a fraction of that effort (although a lot more pain an initial expense) we could lay down rails through every suburb and have automated travel cars. It would require a fraction of the processing power; even with you account for all the sensors to prevent the cars from running over little kids and such.

Self driving cars are an insane amount of effort on shit technology: cars! It's like Bitcoin. It's better money, but the problem is money is shit. We should be moving away from money entirely, not trying to make a newer version. You can put M&M and sprinkles on shit and it's still shit.

Public transport, better rails, better subways: all these things are absolutely necessary to keep us from destroying our planet. Whether you believe climate change is man made or not is irrelevant. Event excluding carbon emissions, all the other pollution that goes into our goods and transportation is excessive. Drastic changes need to be made, ten years ago, to keep us from running out of resources. All we do now is start more wars to get those resources, pushing back the inevitable.

Comment: Re:call me skeptical (Score 1) 190

There is almost no outrage anymore to the rape-a-scanners. There are studies showing people who have high levels of CAT scans have an increase risk of cancer above baseline. There has never been an independent (non-TSA) study on the body scanners or milimeter-wave machines.

Fifteen years from now, are we going to see a significant increase of certain cancers for all frequent fliers?

Comment: Re:I still have dial-up (Score 1) 153

by SumDog (#49672345) Attached to: Closing This Summer: Verizon To Scoop Up AOL For $4.4 Billion

I have a Vivid ViViFi adapter for that. Their an Australian company that uses Wi-Max (Sprint's old 4G protocol; although at a different frequency so you can't use old Sprint hardware). You can pay when connecting if you need some emergency GB when your Internet goes down. In the US, I just use to tether via Sprint (I had an unlimited plan, but that was 3 years ago so I'm pretty sure that plan is gone now).

Comment: Re:Australian here with wishful thinking (Score 1) 125

> 3. Do something about the price disparity to overseas that can not be reasonably be explained by the tax, shipping, costs to do business in Australia, etc.

I don't think they really can. Companies set their prices higher because of simple supply and demand. Australians still consume these products at the higher prices, even though those prices are way above the minimum wage/cost of living differences between the US and Australia. It would require the Australian government to introduce specific price gouging legislation, aimed directly at media companies, and include wording comparing AU to other world prices for the product.

I mean it's possible, but it'd be very difficult to get this kind of bill passed.

Comment: Re:Firefox (Score 4, Insightful) 199

by SumDog (#49645111) Attached to: Future Holds Large Updates Instead of Stand-Alone Windows Releases

Um...I actually like the FF/Chrome versioing. I was really hoping either IE or Safari would adopt it as well. If IE (or Spartan or whatever it's called now) goes to it, we'll finally see an end to a lot of corporate internal shit apps and technical debt. It will be painful at first, but once all the major browsers are on rolling updates, web app developers will be forced to make stuff that works correctly. Big shit companies that can't keep up will have to adapt or die.

Comment: Re:Rolling updates, no thank you (Score 2) 199

by SumDog (#49645107) Attached to: Future Holds Large Updates Instead of Stand-Alone Windows Releases

I've personally never explicitly bought a single Microsoft license. They either come with my laptop or I get them via my university MSDN subscription or a BizSpark MSDN (MS program to give free licenses to startups). It's one thing I hate about the new Adobe Creative Cloud concept. I don't want to have to "subscribe" to use my software. I should only have to pay for it once. Period.

In the old days I'd run both Photoshop 3 and 4 on my system as I gradually transitioned to learn how to do everything in the new version (or gave up and went back to 3 to do something in a feature that had seemed to disappear).

Comment: But...he got reimbursed? (Score 1) 190

by SumDog (#49643161) Attached to: No Justice For Victims of Identity Theft

So he got all his money back, they just never caught the person? My old housemate from University was a victim of identity theft and even after going through all his records and fighting with the bank, he still ended up being out about $3k! He worked in a grocery store and was a history major so that was *a lot* of money for him.

In this case this person got all his money back correct? I can understand wanting the person who did this brought to justice (I mean I'm sure it was weeks of paperwork and such to reverse everything; not to mention upping your security/passwords/etc on all your services), but at least he didn't lose that money permanently.

Comment: Re:systemd sux (Score 4, Insightful) 442

by SumDog (#49554411) Attached to: Debian 8 Jessie Released

Really? It's the apocalypse?

Look, I don't like systemd from a design perspective. But it does do one or two things really well: It's standardized init scripts between each distribution and it has full process control. It can track a process no matter how many children it makes.

It does way too much other stuff too. The binary logs are dumb. It's not small and modular. Yada yada.

The biggest problem which needed to be solved was full process management and none of the other projects were really getting anywhere.

It sucks. It shows that Redhat controls way to much. Other projects weren't able to get in. Yea I know. But it's not causing systems to go unstable and crash all the time. Put some perspective into it.

Comment: Re:OnePlus not created by Cyanogenmod folks? (Score 1) 38

by SumDog (#49408273) Attached to: Forking Away: OnePlus Introduces Android-Based OxygenOS

Cyanogen got certain headset manufacturers to pick up their OS as the stock/base OS; the first one being the Opo. I've heard OnePlus was a couple of the Opo engineers who went of and did their own thing. So no, Cyanogen didn't make or design the phone. And the Cyanogen version on the OnePlus isn't the same as their open source version (has some closed apps on it).

I'm not entirely clear on why Cyanogen broke their contract with OnePlus. There must be something more there, but I haven't found anything on it.

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