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Comment: Hypocrite (Score 1) 653

by Zalbik (#49416907) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights


You keep using that word.

I do not think it means what you think it means.

For Tim Cook she compares completely different circumstances (doing business with a company that has poor human rights vs enacting legislation to restrict human rights).

For Clinton, she gives no evidence whatsoever that receiving money from these countries has influenced the Clinton Foundation's policies in any detrimental way towards women.

This is just typical political grandstanding and nonsense.

Comment: Re:meanwhile (Score 1) 342

by Zalbik (#49287599) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'

So working for a regulatory agency is now a Men in Black sort of thing? "This is the last suit you'll ever wear"

So if they are ever laid off / fired / quit the regulatory job, then what? Go work flipping burgers?

IMHO, the heads of regulatory organizations should be elected officials with a minimum qualification requirement. That way they are more beholden to voters than to either government pressure or corporate lobbyists (in theory).

Comment: Re:brain-damaged simplicity boners (Score 1) 277

by Zalbik (#49208235) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time Change On Sunday For N. America

Humans have been phase-locked to the mean solar day for just over 200 out of the last 6 million years.

Given that human-like species only evolved ~3 million years ago, and modern homo sapiens ~100,000 years ago, your choice of timeline seems strange. Not that it has anything to do with DST, just sayin'

Majority of what population? People living north of the 49th? I doubt it.

I live in Canada, and most of the Canadians I know also think DST is a bad idea.

Unscientific, but still:
http://globalnews.ca/news/1868... - 79% of canadians against DST
https://www.onlineparty.ca/iss... - 60% of canadians against DST

Saskatchewan actually doesn't have DST anymore, they got rid of it in 1966, staying on Standard time year round.

Comment: Re:misleading headline (Score 1) 130

by Zalbik (#49182759) Attached to: Schneier: Either Everyone Is Cyber-secure Or No One Is

Bruce's thesis is that if spy agencies deliberately allow for weakened security infrastructure so they can monitor communications, then the enemy can make use of those weak points. That there is no way to just let the "good guys hack".

"the NSA has two missions...To secure the computing infrastructure of the US against foreign espionage, and to provide espionage on foreign communication."
If they allow hacks to propagate so they can spy, then communication is not secure. (i.e. they fail the first part of their mission)
If communication is secure, then they cannot spy (i.e. they fail the second part of their mission)

The difference between this issue and military/sports metaphors is that in this case both sides make use of the exact same defensive tools, and those tools could be perfected such that it becomes unreasonably difficult to mount any sort of offense.

Comment: So Much Wrong (Score 1) 247

by Zalbik (#49181329) Attached to: Study: Refactoring Doesn't Improve Code Quality

There is so much wrong with the study, I can hardly decide where to begin...

1) They used a single project of 4500 lines of code. That's quite small. The project may have been fairly easy to analyze/debug/maintain even if the code quality is crap.

2) No objective measure was given of the "bad code smells" identified in the selected project.

3) It is possible they did a very bad job refactoring the code base. In addition to refactoring, they should have had other software professionals evaluate whether the "refactored" code was more maintainable in order to control for this.

4) There is no indication that they controlled for variability in the student's skill sets. The students who worked on the original code may have been much better students than those that worked on the refactored code.

5) The student group sizes were far too small to get meaningful results.

6) The "quiz" to determine analyzability consisted of 15 questions. This is far too small a size to determine how analyzable the code is.

7) The mean analyzability scores were 7 vs 6.63. This suggests the student's in both sets may have poor understanding of the code bases.

8) 10 refactoring techniques were not chosen based on applicability to the system in question, but were instead chosen based on previous studies that ranked the impact of refactoring on code quality. i.e. they treated refactoring as a "silver bullet" rather than deciding what types of refactoring were most applicable to the project in question.

There are so many flaws in the methodology that the results are meaningless. The only reason to waste time with this sort of nonsense is publicity.

Comment: Re:Pay us for other people's work (Score 3, Insightful) 208

by Zalbik (#49033817) Attached to: Elementary OS: Why We Make You Type "$0"

Why are they not allowed to charge for their work when the baker can?

Nobody is saying they shouldn't be allowed to. Heck, the licensing of most open source stuff explicitly allows you to charge for distribution.

What people are saying is they are being hypocrites for doing so.

Basically, to use your analogy:
The coal miner mined the coal for free
The generator generated electricity for free
The water gatherer filtered the water for free
The farmer grew the grain for free
The baker baked the bread for free
The waiter served the bread for free

Now these asshats spread a bit of butter on the bread and feel they should be compensated for their efforts, even though everyone else did most of the work for free. They don't seem to have felt any There is also no indication that the Elementary OS group intend to share any funds they receive with the people who did most of the work to provide their product.

Yes, they are within their rights to ask for money. They are still blatant hypocrites for doing so.

Comment: Re:Risks and Challenges (Score 4, Funny) 175

by Zalbik (#49018027) Attached to: Hobbyists Selling Tesla Coil Kits To Fund Drone Flight Over North Korea

Interesting that "Starting a War" does not appear in that section.

That's just a perk of the $1000 reward level:

"Get all of the previous rewards and we will give you the opportunity to choose a payload to put in the drone as well (as long as the weight and size fit the constraints)!"

Just cough up $1000, and ask they drop off a copy of "The Interview" in Pyongyang. That will likely start a war.

Not because it was disrespectful towards Kim Jong Un, but because it was such a godawful terrible movie.

Comment: Re:Yes. It serves a crucial purpose. (Score 5, Insightful) 645

by Zalbik (#48999369) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

Showing these murders serves as a gut punch to the free world. It enables us to have a visceral reaction to this brutality,

And this is exactly why the video should not be shown or viewed. Our reaction to terrorism should NOT be an emotional one, for a number of reasons:

1) It screws with our understanding of how likely a situation is to occur. People "feel" that their children are more in danger of being abducted now than 20 years ago precisely be because there is more graphic reporting of abductions, not because more abductions occur. Similarly, graphic evidence of violence influences our perception of how likely that violence is to occur.

2) It's screws with how we respond to such incidents. Juries that are presented graphic imagery of a murder are far more likely to convict than those who are not, even if the crimes are identical. Citation

3) It gives our government far too much power. The reason so many draconian measures were easily passed post-9/11 is EXACTLY because it had a massive emotional reaction from the people. Our reaction should be based on reason, not a our "visceral reaction to brutality".

I'm not worried about Fox doing ISIS's work for them. I'm worried about them influencing the militant "let's glass the whole middle east" segment of America.

Comment: Re:Cue the libertarian fucktards (Score 1) 379

by Zalbik (#48982561) Attached to: Confirmed: FCC Will Try To Regulate Internet Under Title II

Ahhh...so you only agree with government regulation when it supports your own agenda...I see.

That's the problem I have with many Libertarians (the fucktard variety or other). Rather than just state "these are the areas we believe should be regulated, and these not", they often scream nosily about any regulation when it is something they disagree with and just remain silent if it is something they support.

It'd be nice if there was an actual position they took that described how they expect the government to function that was something other than "government bad. less regulation good. free markets good. deficits bad".

Never let facts stand in the way of demonizing your political enemies.

Is that intentionally ironic?

Comment: Re:Evidence for the assertion ? (Score 1) 113

by Zalbik (#48980149) Attached to: Pilot's Selfies Could Have Caused Deadly Air Crash

No, the evidence is:

1) Flying a plane takes a lot of attention. Sometimes things happen in a plane that require immediate attention.
2) There is no evidence of any mechanical failure with the plane.
3) There is evidence that the plane was operating correctly.
4) Therefore, based on (2) and (3), the crash was caused by pilot error.
5) The pilot's was taking selfies at critical points during the flight. This requires some attention.

Therefore, based on 1, 4 and 5 the act of taking selfies could have contributed to the crash.

Comment: Re:.NET applications on Linux? (Score 1) 253

by Zalbik (#48980031) Attached to: Microsoft Open Sources CoreCLR, the<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Execution Engine

WinForms is considered 'deprecated' by Microsoft

No, it really isn't. A substantial segment of the community assumed it would be deprecated when MS started heavily pushing WPF. Given that WPF has been around for 8 years now, it doesn't appear to be the "WinForms"-killer some thought it would be.

That being said, WinForms all but officially in "maintenance-only" mode. I would be seriously surprised to see new features. However, this is different than being deprecated.

There are signs that WPF is also heading into "maintenance only" mode, with the future being HTML5.

Make sure your code does nothing gracefully.