What this industry needs is a professional organization and standards (or a trade union, but professional organization would be better). Alas, we are awash with folks who have been duped into libertarianism, and it's obsessive individualism (I gotta do ME, man), a tired ideology that prevents natural tribal grouping for mutual benefit. A locked tight political gambit for sure. Still there are signs that the craziness is ending.
>> The security issue is a valid question.
Not really. WebGL, like OpenGL, Glide or D3D is just an API abstraction. The way MS would likely implement WebGL (or WebD3D) is as a "wrapper" layer that would re-interpret all the WebGL calls to another lower level API - essentially, a shim would exist that would use lower level APIs, but not expose them. The layer that deals with the WebGL calls can be as hard as the engineers make it - there is no requirement in the WebGL spec that the API provide unfiltered access to lower level system APIs.
What MS is saying is actually just not factually accurate. I'm pretty surprised more haven't caught on to that.
> But even if it is harder to break into a cloud service, the reward:effort ratio is much, MUCH higher for the cloud service.
That's a darn good point.
Or stored on anything connected to the net at all? Do you really think most people's personal computing equipment (including - maybe especially - their smart phones) is more secure than a cloud service?
If I were betting on which, as a class of internet connected storage - cloud services, or personal hardware - is more secure, I'd bet on cloud services.
I guess I have the same problem with that scope as I did with the healthcare reform push by Barack Obama and the democrats - you really need to aim for something much higher than what you'll settle for. We need to be selling paper ballots - not agreeing to a system we know is extremely problematic, before there is even a discussion. There's so little benefit gained from using OSS in computerized voting machines, when compared with not using computerized machines at all. I don't see the point in making it a goal. In other words, seek what you want, not what you'll settle for.
Cheating is always possible and will always be attempted. What you want is a system that makes it harder to cheat. Paper ballots required a coordinated effort by a lot of people to cheat - that's why you see so much voter intimidation and other screwy (and visible) tactics when votes are cast on paper.
E-Voting machines - they just need one or two strategically placed individuals to heavily skew the results - that's why voter intimidation tactics decrease with these machines (come on NAACP - why do you think intimidation decreases?).
Open source does nothing to address this problem - using these machines, all you do is boil the system down to a very small target for tampering, and at the same time, increase the impact of that tampering. Open source software provides only false assurance, and can still be easily replaced by tampering with just a few people.
If it was open source software running on a micro architecture, it still wouldn't matter. The fact that they are machines is what the problem is. In NY we use a lever system - they are also problematic for the same reason, though at least you can look inside the thing and see what it's doing - and tell when tampering has occurred. With a computer you can NEVER EVER look inside and see what it's running, no matter how clean you think the millions of lines of open source code you looked at last week are.
Please gain some sanity - you can never EVER trust these machines. It's a PHYSICAL impossibility. Wise up.
Pen and paper is the least problematic, most accurate way to do polling. It's even the cheapest - but it's the hardest to tamper with - which is why politicians don't like it. This isn't hard to understand, so let's get with understanding it.
I think I'll look for a good Snow Leopard hacintosh guide.
Does that do object literals (json), closures, and dynamic (untyped) variables (sometimes those are nice to have). I know on the desktop there is a garbage collector, but that's not available on the iPhone (not necessarily bad).
Well, you are talking about the dumb crap the corporate media is whining about - I don't care how much emotion he shows, I don't think it matters.
What I want is a bold mission statement, a vision - something to get behind. I want him to lead. His problem is he's a process guy, and so he comes off as wishy washy, aimless and emotionless (which is what the no-nothing media has picked up on). He needs to have some kind of vision to point to in all of his messaging. Something different from the Reagan era, something new - something that signifies change is coming. A Green energy push would be nice - or anything that indicates real benefit for working and middle income citizens.
Ultimately I do think he is just another trickle-down free-market Chicago school of economics failure - but I was hoping he could see the error of his ways, and reach for something a bit more inline with the truest American values. THat's maybe a tall ordre, considering the place the culture in DC is today, but I don't think that's too much to ask.
Fox News is a serious problem for all Americans, and especially for Democratic presidents. I won't argue that.
Obama needs to step up his game - if only to make the politically wise moves to sure up his base, though I dislike expressing ideas like these in purely political terms.
He needs to reach farther from the start, so we end up somewhere that makes sense. The healthcare bill is the example there. All that energy, and what did we end up with? Light health insurance reform modeled on a compromised reform bill from the 90s. We can do better. He can do better, and to save his presidency, he must.
This country needs a point at the moon mission statement from Obama, but all he gives are let's all work together and figure this out, return to the past (republican/free market plan for healthcare from 1994? Seriously?), incremental nonsense that makes no one happy, and frustrates everyone. Obama's response to the oil spill is more of the same bland soup - and it's pissing people off. He doesn't have to stop the leak, but for the sake of this country, he needs to be a lot more bold, and take a stand on some principle for a change.
It should read "Police want to limit your right to video record them".
I read text all day on an LCD and find it superior to the hard to look at reflective surface of curved printed paper. To each their own I guess.