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Comment: Really? He caused 2 wars (Score 1) 70

by coder111 (#48762771) Attached to: SpaceX One Step Closer To Launching Astronaut
War in South Ossetia/Georgia. War in Ukraine. Ongoing civil war/occupation of Chechnya, and he played quite a big part in that. You could argue that 2nd Chechen war was effectively started in order to make Putin popular and put him in power.

How has he been a better world citizen. He's been as bad as USA, probably more.

And I'm not saying this to praise USA. As someone else said, this is a choice between a thug and a crook.

Well, ok, unless you count the whole mass surveilance business. And then other shenanigans created by USA corporations. But I could argue Putin would have done the same and more, except his hands were too short- Russia is not as powerful as USA, and not as technologically advanced.


Comment: Many VMs is about legacy crap, not Open-source (Score 1) 149

by coder111 (#48563285) Attached to: Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core
Ok, so you have several reasonably well maintained open-source (or close) things running with same JVM. Good for you. In your use-case, you only need one VM.

Now try running some legacy enterprise crap from 2003 which hasn't been touched for last 10 years on JDK8. And now imagine it uses JNI.


Comment: That's the point! (Score 1) 293

All this hydrogen crap is done for only one reason that I can see- to keep oil and related companies in business. You still need some company to manufacture hydrogen, you still need complex transportation, you still need complex filing stations, and none of that you can do yourself. It's exactly the same business model, very similar infrastructure and process as dealing with gasoline. I.E. business as usual.

Purely battery electrical vehicles give customers control of charging their cars. You only need a charging station if you are on a long range journey. This will make lots of existing businesss obsolete, and it will be fought tooth and nail by the established companies. They will "invent" useless crap like corn alcohol or hydrogent to confuse the market and to slow down proliferation of purely battery electrical vehicles.

Theoretical research behind this- fuel cells and direct chemicals to electricity transformation with water as a byproduct is a cute idea, but it's very inpractical. Total energy efficiency of the whole system is low, transportation of hydrogen is tricky, and fuel cells are expensive. And it doesn't give you home-charging flexibility...


Comment: Funny enough I'm neither (Score 1) 525

by coder111 (#48376417) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform
I've lived under Soviet Union. It wasn't much fun. I'm definitely NOT a communist, even though Soviet union wasn't really communist.

I don't pretend to know the solution. But I'll be the first to say that the current system of corporate demoracy is broken and must be improved.

I also believe that the solution will probably depend heavily on individual freedoms, and keeping computing, communications and the internet free and private. The alternative is a totalitarian regime backed by modern technology and that is the scariest thing I can imagine- and we are rapidly moving in that direction.


Comment: That's my point (Score 1) 525

by coder111 (#48376395) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform
I just love this way of thinking. Oh, they are being dicks and screwing people over to make money. Well that's ok then...

I know businesses and corporations, most of the big ones at least, are being dicks to make money. That is still NOT OK. I know it's the "usual" way to do business. But it's still NOT OK. I know that's the way things have been for a very long time. That still doesn't make it OK.

And I do know Linux has it's share of problems, especially on desktop for newbie users. That still doesn't make it OK for Microsoft or any other organization to be dicks.


Comment: 90% of big corporations ARE evil (Score 1) 525

by coder111 (#48371859) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform
Yes it does. And that's the problem with corporations and capitalism in general.

Corporation by design is supposed to do one thing and one thing only- earn money for shareholders. All other concerns basically do not exist. Corporations do not have morals, they cannot have morals, and yet they are legal persons. If you were to do a personality profile on corporate behaviour- you'll find they all act as maniac psychopats. Corporations will hapily pollute, externalize costs, screw up communities, bribe & corrupt as long as they can get away with it- and usually they can. If they cannot do it in the West, they'll find some poorer country and do it there.

While a corporation is small, you could argue that it follows moral standards of the founders. However, as soon as it gets bigger, it inevitably becomes evil. And that is because of the way we reward corporations and define their success. We don't consider a corporation successful because it cleaned something up or improved life, we say a corporation is successful because it earned record profits. Sometimes you can achieve both, but if people can be screwed over to improve profits, that will eventually happen.


Comment: Microsoft is not less evil,more companies are Evil (Score 4, Insightful) 525

by coder111 (#48370033) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform
Microsoft still has dominance (monopoly) of desktop OS and office software. They still have incompatible office formats. They still corrupt international standards organizations. They still have the mindset of "Microsoft way or the highway". They still bundle their OS with most computers and vendors that want to sell computers without Windows still get in trouble. They still screw up their mobile phone partners.

They are still as evil as they used to be. They missed the boat with search/internet services and mobile- so they have a weeker position now. And now we have other evil companies like Apple and Google, and other evil organizations like NSA and GCHQ that affect the internet and computing world. But given emergence of new evils and reduction of power of Microsoft does not make them less evil.


Comment: Swearing is not much of a problem (Score 4, Insightful) 387

by coder111 (#48166405) Attached to: Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux
I prefer people who swear and yell at me to people who sit there doing nothing while bad things are happening. Or people who sit there and hate you silently and scheme behind your back. Or people who do the wrong thing just to avoid conflict and it ends up tanking the project. Or people who always quietly do what they are told instead of saying "this is wrong, this idea is stupid, we need to do things differently".

There are much worse things than swearing and being offensive, especially if soneone deserves it.

Getting results is what's critical. Being nice is a nice to have, but ultimately less important. In other words I'll take competent assholes who get things done over impotent nice guys. And competent assholes tend to stop acting like assholes when you earn their respect.

On the other hand, I would be reluctant to work with an asshole who's being an asshole without a good reason just because he likes hurting people. That is wrong. But this is now what we are talking about here- I never heard Linus being like that.


Comment: Jolla- open and Linux based (Score 1) 132

by coder111 (#48090013) Attached to: Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone
If you need open, Linux-based and hackable, try getting a Jolla. http://jolla.com/

It is not available in US yet, and it's a bit pricy, but it's being developed at a good pace, and I hope it will get there. I'll get one when I retire my current phone, just because Google is closing up Android more and more with each release.

I wonder how Jolla would cope with low-end hardware like in this 35$ phone. It's supposedly faster than recent Androids on same hardware, not sure how low can you go though.


Comment: You need to learn how GPS works (Score 1) 132

by coder111 (#48090001) Attached to: Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone
GPS is a RECEIVER UNIT ONLY. Unless your phone keeps GPS always on and transmits your GPS location via wireless or mobile connection, GPS is useless for tracking.

And government, your network provider and emergency services can track your phone just fine without GPS by using triangulation and comparing signal strengths from several mobile towers surrounding you.


Comment: These are not HACKABLE, these are INSECURE (Score 5, Insightful) 53

by coder111 (#47590211) Attached to: The World's Most Hackable Cars
Slashdot of all places should know the difference.

Hackable- I can install Debian on it and tweak the engine to play mp3s.

Insecure- Some asshat will ruin your day because the vendor doesn't provide timely patches, or the patches they provide make things worse so you cannot install them, or there is no way to patch things at all, or it's so tedious nobody does it.


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