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Comment: douche (Score 1) 845

by comrade1 (#45564011) Attached to: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service — and No Google Glass, Either
The words I've heard associated with google glass among my friends are 'douche', 'ass', 'moron', etc. These are friends that work as programmers and managers for google, facebook, apple, and adobe. I'd bet the sentiment outside of those companies by tech leaders is similar. I think it's interesting that the blowback for google glass that was in the general population is now in the tech population. But ultimately the negative attitude to google glass won't matter. Three to five years from now the google glass equivalent will be nothing more than a small unnoticeable pin or grain of dust. Today we'll notice in a meeting when someone is wearing glass, but a few years from now we won't. (although people can record and replay meetings with their cellphone easily, but it's an active process)

Comment: This is going to be huge (Score 5, Interesting) 109

by comrade1 (#45325939) Attached to: Swiss Government Backs Privacy Oriented ISP
I live in Switzerland. I was never quite happy with the european cloud computing providers I found because they were based in places like the uk, france, etc. Eventually I did find a swiss company but they were small and not feature-rich (compared to aws). I've worked with swisscom in the past on tech projects and they are extremely competent. I look forward to see what they come up with. And related to this, I've been looking into investments that will take advantage of europeans moving their data back to europe and requirements/laws for purchasing non-u.s. networking equipment. I found some good investments for companies on the hardware side, and I think this might be a good investment on the computing side.

Comment: is the answer D? (Score 4, Interesting) 663

by comrade1 (#45311403) Attached to: A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core
Because the pennies add up to 5, and to be whole it should be 6? Or is whole milk 6% fat and 6/100 = .06 * 5 pennies = .30, or in other words 30%, which is why the genius kid picked B? Or is it message about the deflation of the value of the dollar in international markets and the price of milk?

Comment: Time to leave (Score 5, Interesting) 622

If you have desirable skills, it's time to leave the u.s. If you can't leave then move your data and services outside the u.s. I don't mean to godwin, but I spent most of my life wondering when I would have left Germany if I lived there during the rise of the Nazis, and how I can apply this to my own life. Two of my great-grandparents fled and lost some modest lands, and one of my grandfather's land was invaded by the Germans. He went back to fight the Germans while in the u.s. army. I often wondered at what point my great-grandparents decided it was time to give up and leave Germany. They left a comfortable aristocratic life and became immigrants in the u.s., owning a neighborhood grocery store. They made a new and somewhat comfortable life for themselves in the u.s. but gave up more to leave. About 6 years ago I decided to leave the u.s. and move to Switzerland, one of the last bastions of freedom in the West. I was lucky - it's difficult to get a work permit here, and will be even more difficult after the elections coming up. So, if you can, just leave. Don't be a cog in the evil that the u.s. has become. If you can't leave, then do what you can to not support it.

Comment: General rules (Score 1) 227

by comrade1 (#45215517) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose Frameworks That Will Survive?
God-tier: Open-source with corporate backing (many apache.org projects, maybe some google frameworks but they're usually not as well designed) Good-tier: Open-source without corporate backing but with an active developer community Ok-tier: Open-source with small community Shit-tier: Closed-source, especially if it's coming from a company.

Comment: Meaningless (Score 2, Interesting) 216

by comrade1 (#44815801) Attached to: Google's Encryption Plan To Stifle NSA's Dragnet Will Raise the Stakes
As long as the data is in the u.s. and subject to government subpoena this is meaningless. Depending on how google is structured they could move their data centers outside the u.s. and not have it subject to secret orders. Switzerland would be a great place as they have strict data protection laws.

Comment: Re:Two can play at this game (Score 1) 638

by comrade1 (#40972395) Attached to: White House Pulls Down TSA Petition
I meant in the sense that they believe and live by some ideals that are also considered American (but Switzerland was a democracy before the u.s. so I'm not sure if that's the correct way to look at it). Ideals like personal responsibility, gun ownership, democracy. it's nothing like its neighboring countries. It's almost libertarian, but real libertarian not slashdot libertarian. By 'real' I mean that there are some laws and also many social controls for behaviors that affect others, but not for things that only affect yourself.

Thus spake the master programmer: "After three days without programming, life becomes meaningless." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"

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