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Comment Re:Crapdroid? No thanks. (Score 2) 149 149

Android runs fine IFF you get a Google Nexus phone, AND don't go through Verizon or AT&T and have their malware installed.

Or if you buy any Android-compatible phone, root it and install your own OS on it. Seriously, I don't understand why anyone on Slashdot doesn't do this.

Comment Re:Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 1) 566 566

Shouldn't we collectively agree on what is needed, before we collectively decide to pay for them? Is this a democratic republic?

Yes, we should have candidates who clearly state what they intend to have the government pay for then we can collectively decide whether to vote for those candidates or not.

oh, wait....

Comment Re:Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 4, Informative) 566 566

Then whose job is it to address global concerns?

You are aware of the idea of the tragedy of the commons, correct?

Do you really expect the free market to magically solve global issues where the problem domain exists in the tens to hundreds of years rather than the next fiscal quarter? Why would it?

Comment Re:Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 1) 566 566

Not in other developed/First World countries.

Not in other countries that have the same level of medical resources.

For example, in the 1990's, there were more scan machines (MRI, CT, CAT) in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, than in all of Canada. Or, the recent/current stories of the UK's NIH telling the UK public that the level of care can't remain the same and will be diminished.

And yet studies show the overall quality of health care and life expectancy to be higher in Canada.

Perhaps the quality of health care shouldn't be determined by the number of MRI machines purchased?

Comment Re:Scripts that interact with passwords fields aws (Score 3, Informative) 365 365

JavaScript can also intercept the contents of the clipboard.

Not by default it can't.

True there are potentially bugs in implementation or bad configurations that allow scripts to read the external clipboard, but the same argument could be made against password managers. Poor security / configuration of the browser could allow scripts to read the password provided by the password manager.

Comment Re:Scripts that interact with passwords fields aws (Score 0) 365 365

There was no equivocation here. The original statement was:

Browser shouldn't allow scripts to interact with a password field. Period.

I thought Lastpass (to name one) uses Javascript to change the form fields, including the password field

The response never equated Lastpass to a script. It said Lastpass uses Javascript to change the form fields in contradiction to the statement that scripts should never be allowed to interact with a password field.

Comment Re:... and the hype for Windows 10 begins.... (Score 3, Insightful) 405 405

Unfortunately, I agree with you. For technically minded people.

Unfortunately now that the vast majority of PC's are in the hands of people who are only semi-technical and will happily disable the update service, firewall and anti-virus cause their buddy Steve said it made his PC run faster. Steve also recommends plugging the network cable directly into the cable modem as that router thing just causes parity errors.

It's almost like the should sell a "Home" version for the vast majority of people, then have some sort of "Enterprise" or "Professional" version for technical people.

Comment Re:For an alternative (Score 1) 581 581

The difference is Reddit is not banning people based on race, color, religion, sexual orientation etc.

They don't care who you are, they are banning certain forms of speech. Equally, from everyone.

That is entirely within their prerogative.

The equivalent would be a bakery refusing to bake a cake with a swastika on it. Or an apartment not allowing people to hang rainbow gay pride banners from their balcony.

Reddit is not "certain classes of people", they are excluding certain opinions from their site. As to this being hypocritical, perhaps, but I believe both people and organizations should be allowed to change their opinions on certain matters.

Based on the comments from their CEO, they are no longer a place that values unfettered free speech. This in itself is not an immoral thing.

Comment Re:A long time coming... (Score 4, Insightful) 364 364

Here in Alberta, our newest government is planning the same thing over 3 years (minimum wage increase to $15/hr from the current $10.20/hr)

And yes the cost of some goods will go up.

The thing is, labor cost is only a part of the cost of goods and services. So while the cost of good and services will go up, it will not go up as much as the increase in income.

Basically this narrows the gap between the very poor and the middle / upper class. This is a good thing.

"A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Ghandi

Comment Re: It's like Venezuela but without all the gun cr (Score 4, Informative) 431 431

The Greeks just got more debt piled on top of too much debt and its totally destroyed their economy.

A few additional interesting facts:

1) The original cause of the Greek debt was due to the fact that greek labor costs were significantly higher than other EU nations. When they joined the EU, this caused a large trade deficit...leading to lower GDP and higher debt.

2) Greece has always been somewhat left-leaning and rather than curtail spending during low income years, they actually increased spending by incurring more debt

3) The government (with the help of some banks) "hid" their massive deficit spending through the use of credit default swaps. This made Greece appear to be a better investment than they actually were when other banks provided loans.

4) Greece also historically has one of the highest rates of tax evasion

All of the above contributed to the present crisis, not just "bad greek loans".

Citations mostly from wikipedia, but plenty of similar info on the web.

Comment Re:GMOs have so many different problems (Score 3, Insightful) 188 188

Some of the greatest research ever done was done in Universities with grant money with no thought of any commercial applications.

Yes, but most of it wasn't.

Obviously commercialisation and testing is a different issue, that is where capital becomes relevant.

Commercialization and testing are almost entirely irrelevant compared to the capital required to research and develop new technologies...particularly in biology/medicine.

As with most things, this shouldn't be a black or white "patents are good" or "patents are evil". The question is how long should patent protection last and when should patent protection start. Some people think forever, others think zero years. The answer is most likely somewhere between those two :-).

I will agree that with the rate of technological change today, the current 20 year protection is ridiculous. Technologies are typically woefully outdated by the time patents expire. IMHO patents should last significantly less time than currently (say 5 years or so), and should require that the product be commercially produced within some reasonable amount of time after applying for the patent.

Knowledge should be it's own reward.

Unfortunately, you can't eat, drink, live in or wear knowledge. At some point monetary compensation is required. The question is how much and how is this compensation provided.

Comment Terrible Analysis (Score 4, Insightful) 250 250

Stick with program managing, Justin. Actually, given you were responsible for Silverlight, find some other career entirely.

If you check Perl, Java, PHP or C++ on, you will see exactly the same trends.

If you perform his same terrible analysis of the TIOBE index, PHP, C++, VB.NET, Objective-C are all going to collapse. Apparently Java has been "heading for collapse" since 2004.

People who can't do statistics shouldn't report on them.

The problem does not appear to be that C# is becoming less popular (than other languages), it's appears that custom application development as a whole is becoming less popular than it was a few years ago.

This may be due to the economy, outsourcing, mobile platforms or whatever. You can't suddenly pull reasons out of your ass like this being due to "Microsoft’s ever revolving door of new technologies", despite how pissed off you are at them for shit-canning your pet project.

When doing stats on whether something is less popular, it's helpful to ask "less popular than what". Sure, it may be less popular than it used to be, but so are the competing languages. This does not indicate that the C# ecosystem is going to collapse.

Comment Re:If there are patent issues (Score 1) 355 355

Remember VB?

Yes, I remember VB. It was the laughingstock of programming languages. I know very few developers who were anything but relieved when Microsoft put the final nail in the coffin of that abomination of a language.

Remember Silverlight? The "Flash Killer",

Yes, let's take terrible, proprietary, security-hole ridden technology and replace it with our terrible, proprietary, security-hole ridden technology. Netflix was utterly retarded for "betting the farm" on it. As such, it was never a particularly popular technology and was appropriately end-of-life'd when wiser minds at Microsoft realized there were much better ways to accomplish the same thing, and stopped investing in it.

BTW, Microsoft supported VB for 10 years after it's final version. Silverlight is still supported

I'm not sure what you are complaining about here

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