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Comment: Re:What a coincidence. (Score 1) 33

Wouldn't it just be easier to aggregate information from social media sites using a weighted system. Just put 4Chan at the top of the weighting, with Facebook next and use separate weighting scales for positive versus negative mention counts. Both are valid predictors, so it should work and get closer.

I'm glad one of my side jobs is setting up IPS / IDP and similar security on firewalls. I'll never be thirsting for work.

Comment: Re:Why focus on the desktop? (Score 1) 727

by aaronb1138 (#47718035) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
Embracing the device world and abandoning the desktop means exclusive large sources of cash and interested parties who would take control of the kernel from Linus. That's why he needs the desktop to stay alive as a dream. Red Hat, IBM, and Apache are probably the only ones with any clout keeping Samsung and Google from digging deep and streamlining the kernel for ARM / mobile device use exclusively.

I wouldn't even blame Google, Samsung, et. al. if they did decide to just flat out fork the kernel completely and drop the cruft. Hopefully they would bring an ABI driver framework with them.

Comment: Re:Any bets on how long before the plug is pulled? (Score 1) 142

Let me preface that I think lawyers are a terrible scourge and sap resources from the global economy and especially in the US from the GDP.

That said, I really want to see a successful lawsuit against Kickstarter making them responsible for inherently bad / illegal products. This licensing / EULA / contracts crap that absolves the middle men of responsibility is complete garbage.

Comment: The real issue (Score 2) 183

by aaronb1138 (#47609353) Attached to: Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews
The real issue is people putting ridiculous amounts of stock into online reviews that are easily manipulated both by the vendor of a given service or a minority of disgruntled and hyper-critical customers. With groups like Yelp or Angie's List, it gets especially messy, because they don't use a verification system for reviewers and on both sides there are paid armies of the people who can't hack it as (lame sack of shite) SEO consultants trying to grift a buck manipulating reviews positive for their clients and negative for nearby competitors.

This gets even worse when we consider the nasty culture of anti-confrontation where people instead of bringing an issue appropriately to management and getting it fixed, just spout vitriol and become oversensitive over minutia.

Sure, lots of bad service exists in the various service and product industries. The simple fix is to clearly ask for what you want and then not pay (demand a credit / refund) when things are not made right. Too bad the majority of people willing to go to such lengths are usually the self-absorbed assholes who have unreasonable requests and expectations.

Comment: Re:Nothing (Score 1) 430

This. This guy gets it. And it gets really old having programmers blame all of their issues on "I gots the aspergers" and "I'm a creative person". The source code for most FOSS projects is a terrible mess anyways. People just shove their hands in wherever they want and leave garbage behind. Good source code seems to only come from individual / small team (<5 devs) projects and some commercial software. A few older semi-FOSS projects (more the freeware not OSS or shareware projects) for Windows aren't too bad either, but the programmers all eventually let the projects go as they are highly employable and get jobs that pay them for their quality work.

The GNU and Linux communities are rife with people who aren't otherwise employable and can't keep it together personally or professionally. I don't mind deploying Linux servers for specialized purposes, but you can be sure I disable automatic update mechanisms most of the time to prevent the inevitable critical application breakage that the lack of testing and consistency brings.

Comment: Re:Good grief (Score 1) 98

Old saying goes, "I can't afford to buy cheap crap."

I have yet to see a computing environment where the demand of computing power significantly outstripped supply due to antiquated technology except where the network administrators were practically tenured. In those cases they were gobbling up so much in salary and blowing time to keep fixing stuff mostly due to age.

The administrator even seems to point at that he is trying to fix problems that don't fully exist. "...and it is hacked a lot." Is one of those telling statements that maybe the problems are the administrator going overboard to justify his job.

Comment: Re:De-salination? (Score 2) 110

This is exactly what I was thinking about. I am betting all along the Middle East and African coastlines this would be a killer technology to both drive steam turbines and produce potable water concurrently. I would bet the issue would be salts and other particulates clogging the water passages though. Might work as a final stage distillation in a plant that is completely solar powered though.

The other issue for using it as an electric (or rather mechanical) generation source is the fact that it needs direct sunlight in the "boiler" or pressurized section which is tricky. This would definitely necessitate a different structure of solar farm + turbine than currently in use. Most of the more successful solar thermal electricity generation schemes have worked precisely because they plug into existing electricity generation turbine infrastructure.

Comment: Re:Walled garden? (Score 4, Insightful) 171

by aaronb1138 (#47462963) Attached to: Is the Software Renaissance Ending?
That remark is nonsense. Most hobbies require an investment in tools and materials to continue the hobby. At $8-40 / month, iDevelopment is among the cheapest of hobbies. Evening adding in the Apple tax to own a couple iShinys still keeps this well below the cost of most modest hobbies.

If someone is trying to make a living off iCrapware, then they will certainly need to be making a good amount more than that per month to sustain themselves. Not being able to afford a fixed $40 / month cost to do business means your product is a failure.

Comment: Re:Documentary (Score 1) 117

People with a rudimentary knowledge of international economics and politics believed any of that? Much less a decent knowledge of network hardware and software.

We can't lay large scale cognitive dissonance on politicians and government agencies. It violates all forms of rational thinking. What rational mind thinks that a government agency (e.g. the NSA) whose hiring profile is mathematics graduates and ex-marines isn't obtaining information in a questionable manner and then ripping apart encryption.

In the US we have presidents who tap the strategic oil reserves to drop gas prices a nickel or two just to improve their or their party's chances just before an election. All of these sociological maneuvers are obvious as can be. We can't hold the matchstick men accountable for setting us ablaze when the public is so complicit.

Comment: Documentary (Score 1) 117

Clearly, many of you missed the short PBS run of the BBC documentary, Spooks, which details the exploits of MI5 in the UK. Peter Firth as the lead, great casting.

Joking aside, I don't understand all of the shock and awe at post-Snowden revelations about how various security agencies around the world operate. I have yet to see anything that comes off as remotely new knowledge since the Cold War. Yes, computers have made it easier in the years since the Cold War to store, catalog, and search data as well as automate human tasks. That's what computers were made for. Did people really think that the security services were going to act like the IRS and use the computer as a poor substitute for paper forms as opposed to modernizing and stretching technology's legs? Are people really so naive as to not understand the extreme manner to which computing advances have been driven by the needs of various secret security agencies around the world?

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