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Comment Re:Closed Ecosystem (Score 4, Interesting) 91 91

I can update a proper linux system. apt-get update (etc etc) and I'm good. it could be a 5 yr old linux install, 10 yr even more. it will still get security and major bugfixes.

android? yeah, right. my nexus one (go ahead, laugh at the old guy with the ancient phone) has not had an update for over 3 years now; probably more than that. 2.x distro from cyan and even they stopped doing updates. I have no time in my schedule to learn android internals well enough to do this myself (I could do it for linux, but I have no desire to waste time on phone crap, too many other things to get done). and so, I am running quite old software on a mobile computer and unless I pay for new hardware (my old hw works fine, still) I can't get updates.

this is the main reason why I hate google so much. they totally messed up on the whole android build/deploy/update system. its not linux, its not separatable (gfx and kernel and ip stack all are comingled, like a college-hire might design, sigh) and you can't update just the parts you need. its a whole update or nothing at all. HOW UTTERLY STUPID.

I wish I could get to love apple gear. then again, they EOL their old products, too, and so I'd have to keep rebuying hardware just like android guys are forced to do.

I may just go back to dumb phones again. this is ridiculous. a mobile computer with wireless access, a lot of my personal info on it and yet no update mechanism at all. essentially its abandonware. hundreds of dollars and I have a device that won't ever get updated even though there's not a single good reason for that.

what I can't figure out is: was google stupid or smart when they planned this? I tend to think they were both; stupid due to having too many kids onboard who don't understand the longevity of embedded systems in the real world; and smart since they force people to keep re-re-rebuying things and that must make their hardware partners very happy. they also can ignore older hardware and save time on multiple forks and build trees. but it was all the wrong design for END USERS. we are the ones who get screwed by this.

I cannot ever forgive google. they could have kept linux clean on the phone and allowed users to update ip-stack, kernel, etc. but they put a lot of effort into NOT allowing this and we all pay for it with security problems; and ones that we won't ever be able to fix, either, unless we do the work ourselves (which is not acceptable for an embedded system).

Comment Re:Jury Nullification (Score 5, Informative) 592 592

and in most of the US, its borderline illegal to even MENTION JN in court. judges will kick you out, lock you up, threaten you, try to scare you. voire dire does all it can to try to reject jurors that even KNOW what JN is. and if you tell them during VD that you don't know what JN is and then later, they find out you do, you are in contempt.

its all neatly stacked up so that your CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS are not vocalized or listed or communicated to you.

"nice liberty you got there; would be a shame if something were to happen to it"

Comment Re:The NSA has done several things to help securit (Score 1) 105 105

you are far too trusting; and you have zero reason to trust thives and robbers and villians.

go ahead and trust the spooks. hey, enjoy! ignorance is bliss.

but to trust anyone from those orgs, now that we truly know the mentality of those in control, THAT's what the definition of crazy-talk is.

zero cred. sorry, but anything from the spooks is untrustable and probably always has been. the fact that they act like they are trying to 'help' just makes matters even worse.

and the old chestnut about 'but its open source!' means nothing. how many of us are truly qualified to read and understand well-crafted back-door and unsafe code? given how many security breaks we have in every bit of running code mankind has ever written, I would say that almost no one can truly be sure that the source you are reading is really safe and has no ill side-effects. systems are very complex. even experts can be fooled; and with agencies that have more money than god, they can afford to hire and retain the 'best' (and most evil) minds in existence.

go ahead and trust them. but I won't. not in a million years.

Comment Re:Worst? Heh (Score 1) 574 574

ever hear a cassette on a nakamichi?

some have been as good as studio masters (which says a lot about how bad some masters can be).

I've head tapes on a nak dragon that I could not believe were dolby B cassettes.

there is ANALOG compression (dolby) on tapes and its quite good. mp3 sucks and has issues even at higher bit rates.

I like digital audio but a good cassette is NOT junk!

Comment Re:Google's desire to sell all things (Score 1, Insightful) 217 217

sorry, but google, OF ALL COMPANIES, is not allowed to use the incompetance-card. they go around telling everyone that they have the smartest and brightest engineers. in the world. they constantly tell us this, directly and indirectly.

and so, that much hubris denies you the 'we didn't know!' card.

you knew. you FUCKING KNEW. don't give me that shit, google.

or, come clean and admit you are just another sweatshop employing drones in human skin who are just doing what they are told and have no ability to think on their own. you ready to admit that you hire yes-men and no one there would dare go against your oh-so-mighty data collection requirements?

I don't believe they hire super bright people, to be honest. they hire young kids who simly will do what they are told and will look the other way if you give them free lunch, free clothes and an employer name that still has a wow-factor to many.

the group-think is too strong to fight against the data collection monster. I dont' think any google employee would last if he/she stood up and spoke against a privacy violation on a user's data. as long as google gets to keep all your data, there is no such thing as privacy for users and its drilled into the employees, indirectly, but still drilled into them.

Comment Re:certs are like college degrees (Score 2, Interesting) 296 296

if you have no experience or are from a 3rd world country, sure.

if you have experience, certs are usually a waste of time. I would actually hire people who did NOT bother with certs.

I run into folks from india all the time (bay area resident, fact of life here) and more often than not, they are filled with degrees and certs and lots of memorization. still, with all that 'stuff' the output from many indians is sub-par. they don't THINK, they just have amassed lots of DATA in their heads.

sadly, those are the folks who are now, almost completely in control of the hiring. indian bosses, indian co-workers, indian ceo's. they think their methods of learning is great and they hire from their own culture, ignoring (blatantly) the locals who grew up here and who did NOT spend their time swallowing textbooks and memorizing algorithms.

not much more to say about the subject. oh, right - cheating - LOTS and lots of cheating on tests in india. its documented and known. and so, what good are certs if the culture encourages and allows cheating?

certs are useless. less than useless, in fact. give me someone who can think and that's most of an engineering job; not rote data storage in greymatter.

Comment Re:The job of the press is accountability (Score 2) 161 161

#include "notsureifserious.jpg"

you cannot be serious. the press are 100% owned by the powers that they should be reporting on. we have no honest or free press anymore, at least not in the english speaking countries that I'm aware of.

The last person that quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong -- until the next person quits or is fired.