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Comment: Re:Parent is, sadly, correct (Score 2) 205

by dAzED1 (#49735309) Attached to: Australian Law Could Criminalize the Teaching of Encryption

"Seriously I am living in Islamic country right now. (snip) I couldnt understand how any sane person knowing the alternatives would want this."

You're saying you know the alternatives, you're saying someone who chooses to live there knowing the alternatives isn't sane, and you're saying you live there. So, you're saying you're not sane...right? And if so, why should I take your word on the rest of it?

Comment: agile works great^H^H^H^H^Hcheaply for... (Score 1) 507

by dAzED1 (#49691575) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?
Agile works cheaply for software which is a relative island onto itself; facebook, google stuff, etc - where you have to meet a standard for a web client, but where otherwise you can publish API versions and allow people to continue to use previous versions, but that nothing is really built /on/ your product. It works horribly for anything which has to work with anything else which might change (yes, standards change....slowly). Operating systems, libraries, etc - when a core principle is to ignore documentation or any group other than the engineers themselves (including clients) then yeah - works well for islands, not things which are parts to a larger puzzle.

Comment: Re: who cares? Me. (Score 1) 154

by dAzED1 (#49674347) Attached to: Windows 10 the Last Version of Windows? Not So Fast.
do you really not see a difference between someone internally testing their own software only they use, and then releasing their software to themselves...and someone doing the same method for OS platforms *other people* use? Even updates to AWS maintain (or attempt to) availability of the different versions of methods; you call it the old way versus the new way (trying to not say backwards compatibility, when it's just a RESTFUL API...)

Comment: Re:WindOwS X (Score 1) 154

by dAzED1 (#49666187) Attached to: Windows 10 the Last Version of Windows? Not So Fast.
why in the world would that be scary? There aren't rolling releases. OSX simply became the brand/platform name, same as "Windows" is. If you want to be technical, SunOS 5.0 came out in 1992, and we're still now on 5.11 23 years later. OSX currently has 4 supported versions - 10.7 - 10.11. 10.6 was supported still until a couple months ago, which meant they had 5 versions at that point.

Comment: who cares? Me. (Score 5, Insightful) 154

by dAzED1 (#49665277) Attached to: Windows 10 the Last Version of Windows? Not So Fast.
Responsible software should have a released branch that has only bug fixes, and then other versions for new features. Otherwise, how the fark can one use your software for certified products? How can someone do a risk analysis on something as a platform, when it might change daily? Feature changes should not be casually thrown in. Yes, mozilla stupidly did this - but most software does not, and should not. Fortunately in the case of Firefox, it's not used as a /platform/, it's used as a client, so as long as the previous features still work the same it's not as big of a deal. Something as core as the OS itself though? Do you really want device manufacturers to stop using your product? Yes we get it - hire the cheapest (h1b) workers you can, and reduce down to having a single branch - since what made you a massive company seems to not be something you want to do anymore, and you'd prefer to act like a tiny hole in the wall shop.

Comment: certifications? Data security? (Score 2) 199

by dAzED1 (#49647611) Attached to: Future Holds Large Updates Instead of Stand-Alone Windows Releases
Do none of these folks care about certifications? It's already hard enough to get Windows reasonably secure yet still have software work on it. When you get X certified, you certify it to work in Y situation. The stupid rolling release crap makes that impossible. "Fast" versus "slow?" How about "give me security updates to product X which is certified" versus "give me features and major backend changes in the same stream as the security updates." Yes, it makes it cheaper for the company to wrap everything up together - means they only maintain a single branch. Yay Mozilla for unleashing that laziness upon the world.

Comment: Re:This again? (Score 1) 480

by dAzED1 (#49596655) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive
again, we can have a very good grasp on *what* without having a grasp on *why*, as in the example I gave: gravity. We use it as a law, it's an accepted thing in nearly any super-particle physics, yet we don't really know *why* it works. And again, as soon as we know *why* something works, that's the last paper that will ever need to be written on the subject. Every paper should explain how to repeat the experiment, with observations about the experiment. You're demanding of this paper something few - if any - papers in the history of science has ever attempted to accomplish.

Comment: Re:This again? (Score 1) 480

by dAzED1 (#49596507) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive
"If I were to peer-review a paper on this, I would insist on a plausible physical explanation for the claimed measurement." That's stupid. Providing proof that something interesting is happening and repeatable is viable science all on its own. I've read quite a lot of highly-respected papers from highly-respected people in highly-respected journals which did nothing other than document a pattern of behavior without explanation. In fact, most scientists I know will say they rarely ever really think they know *why* something happened, but that doesn't stop them from wanting to know. Some things get thousands of perfectly cromulent papers written prior to anyone really having a firm grasp on the "why" - hell, if you have the "why" then you probably have the last paper that will ever need to be written on the subject. Even farking *gravity* is still a bit of a mystery. We're pretty good on exactly *how* it works, but the *why* that you insist is necessary, for even something we all pretend to understand, isn't really yet known.

Comment: Re:Gamechanger (Score 1) 514

by dAzED1 (#49596305) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System
$30k means an instant $9k back from the gov, and you can HERO finance (or just do a home improvement loan) the rest. Since your monthly payments won't be any higher than your electric would have been, there really isn't any reason anyone who owns a home can't afford to get solar. And if all that doesn't work out for you - how about the zero down solar lease option, which is still even now making your payments immediately less despite being zero down, and the price won't go up (even with inflation, so you're good on lots of levels).

Comment: Re:Why it did not go further (Score 3, Insightful) 134

I *constantly* have people ask me why I don't have an iphone. They gave me crap about my Samsung Gear Fit watch too, which I got when replacing my previous phone (which was stolen, else I'd still have it). Despite getting that watch almost two years ago, I've heard nothing but ridicule for not just waiting for the apple watch - I can complete the Trans-Catalina Trail on a single charge from my Gear Fit on a single charge, and it does everything I could possibly want my watch to do - yet yes, I get lots of ridicule for it at work. This is at multiple locations too - I'm a consultant, and I've got a long list of clients where the engineers for what ever reason think that talking about why apple is better over, and over, and over, is interesting conversation. So, chalk me up to being a witness to silly fanboy behavior

Comment: Re:stop with the pipes already. (Score 1) 678

by dAzED1 (#49512719) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California
Re Beer: so, I should be pitching my upcoming meadery as a way to imbibe, without waste? It takes me 1 liter of water to make 1 liter of mead...does beer really waste that much? Are you talking just about the water used during cleaning? If so, why not then suggest changing diets to not include things which need vigorous cleaning? Also, there's a lot of cattle in California - those things need tremendous amounts of water. That should be on your list waaaaay before beer ;)

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