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Comment: Re:Remember M$'s role on SCO? (Score 3, Informative) 189

by darronb (#49491437) Attached to: Microsoft's Role As Accuser In the Antitrust Suit Against Google

He's talking about targeted advertising, not traditional advertising.

He's saying that if you have so much information about a person that you know they're diabetic, and actually use that as a factor in deciding to show them stuff that statistically they'll go for even though you know it's proven to be harming them... that should be an actionable offense.

I think there's a better example that's less politicized: It's also like working out someone goes to a gambling support group and intentionally serving them a bunch of ads for casinos in Vegas.

That's way different than just showing ads to the public. It's even quite different from having the information somewhere else in the company and not using it in the advertising algorithms.

I actually agree with his point of view to an extent... although it should be easy to avoid doing that sort of thing. Targeted advertising algorithms that include automatic inferences might go there however and eventually need some kind of 'moral guidance' instructions of some kind.

I do not agree that having so much information that you "should" know that Vegas ad was wrong to show to the gambler but didn't use it in the decision process is wrong (the OP might). Right now we're in a glut of data but the analysis and understanding of that data is not mature. I don't think the state of the art makes that negligence. I do think we might get to the point where the algorithms are so advanced that it WOULD be wrong... much like it would be wrong for a human advertiser to go through that thought process and decide to show the ad.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 886

by darronb (#49339889) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Religious freedom doesn't trump any law not in the constitution.

What if, say, a weird religion popped up claiming:

1) their religion believes that beer is sacred and their members should be allowed to drive cars with any BAC level they want. Cars aren't in the constitution... obviously they should be allowed... right? ... right?
2) Sidewalks and lawns are just as good as roads
3) street signs and lights are for wimps and the opposite of the indended action should be taken when possible for the driver
3) hitting trees at speed and walking away unharmed should be a sport
4) cars should be blaring readings from their religious doctrine at 110dba at all times (even parked)

Go ahead, toss your hands up and say that's just the way it is.

Comment: Re:I'm dying of curiousity (Score 1) 188

by darronb (#49190519) Attached to: Software Freedom Conservancy Funds GPL Suit Against VMWare

Yes, I'm quite curious about the lack of specifics.

It starts off with a very reasonable BusyBox violation that need to be corrected, and then veers off into claiming there's a much bigger problem without specifically stating it. It SOUNDS like they're saying VMWare's hypervisor is loaded by something that loads from the kernel and therefore it all must be GPL.

I'd like to be corrected if this is wrong.

Linus' own comment about a driver ported to Linux not falling under the GPL because the driver effort doesn't generally require Linux is simple from a general level, but not a technical one. Obviously the specific Linux driver requires Linux... you're not loading the same Linux driver on Windows. How much of the Linux-specific version of the driver can be custom just for Linux?

I'm sure the hypervisor was not from-scratch written for Linux, but existed before that. Anything that has a history before Linux should similarly be excluded.

If it's just the VMI layer that the discussion seems to indicate VMWare was close to open sourcing anyway at one point... it's hard to see what the big deal is.

Often lawyers have this awful tendency to want to 'score' as much as possible for their client to show their value... even if it's stuff that reasonably shouldn't be fought over.

Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 1) 265

Oh. My. God.

If that cycle happens just a couple times... the mosquitos could be larger than the planet and their gravity would crush us all!

Stop the apocalypse! These arrogant sciencey people must be stopped at all costs!

Where'd I put my magic polished rock? I'm feeling nervous so the energy in the groundwater under my feet must not be in balance. I need to spend a few hours rubbing my magic energy tuning rock to put things right. We all have to be agents to change to make the world better, you know. *condescending look*

(Sadly, that last part isn't an exaggeration. I knew people who really thought like that)

Comment: Douchebag company anyway (Score 4, Insightful) 450

They 'expire' the online features of their Quicken, etc software every few years, to force an upgrade. They have no need to do anything on their end with the online connectivity... it's all connecting directly to banks. It's crippling their software to force upgrades that add very little value (and usually add more bugs than improvements).

They also at least at one point had 'problems' connecting to network printers that they had to go out of their way to detect, just to force upgrades to higher level software.... because, you know... people with network printers must be businesses.

F--- them. There are very few people I actually despise, and the executives there certainly made the list.

Comment: Re:Which is it? (Score 1) 330

by darronb (#47915065) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Given the number of YOUNG kids who are playing this game for a substantial fraction of their lives... it'll totally be (1).

My son at 7 has played for at least two years so far. While he keeps trying out clones of various sorts and other games... they never go anywhere. He's playing Minecraft or watching Minecraft videos on Youtube to the tune of about 25% of his free time. (and THAT is just because that's all we'll let him do)

He's now moved to online servers and doesn't seem to want to bother to play on Dad's server any more. (*sigh*) By the way... any Minecraft players out there keep the language clean on public servers please! :)

Maybe it won't be quite as huge as Lego... or maybe it will be bigger. What it will be is pretty damn big.

Comment: Go away NADA (Score 1) 455

by darronb (#47268215) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

Car dealerships have got to be about the worst consumer facing industry there is.

Most of the 'local' revenue is from fleecing other locals with borderline (and some not so borderline) scams. I'm amazed there's not some big undercover expose showing all the crap they do on a regular basis. (Maybe there is and I just haven't seen one... ?)

Die already.

If they somehow magically pulled a 180 on the entrenched shitbaggery that permeates that whole industry and turned into normal retail sales outlets maybe I'd start to listen to whatever the hell they're saying here.

(I guess I should disclose I've got some Tesla stock, but that has zero bearing on my opinion of car dealers)

Comment: Re:Where does 'free' end? (Score 1) 480

by darronb (#46350507) Attached to: Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Yes, they are... just indirectly. That's kind of like saying I'm free to charge whatever I want at our cookie stand.... only my super secret grandma recipe has to be shared with all the other cookie stands. Now, you've forced grandma to give up her family secret and now we as a family have lost value. We can't charge $5 a cookie for the best-cookie-ever, only $0.50 because Timmy next door is selling our recipe too. Society gains, maybe... at our expense.

So far, nobody's coming after Grandma's recipes... but why not? You're coming after mine (software)

The effort I put into a work has value, and it is not unethical to charge you a fee if you want to benefit from my work by using it. Sure, maybe someday you want to use my printer with some new OS you're playing with and you can't and that pisses you off... but I don't see why that's much different than saying that by buying a printer you should have the rights to the entire design and be legally able to build your own and sell them. Sorry... that wouldn't work, would it?

By saying non-free software is unethical... he's saying the novel, unique parts of what make my work valuable should be freely given away to everyone to copy and use as they want... just like Grandma's cookie recipe.

Comment: Where does 'free' end? (Score 1) 480

by darronb (#46348037) Attached to: Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Why only software? (or hardware) Why not building architecture, art design, books, the complete design of say your car or an airplane? Isn't that the same? Wouldn't "society" benefit in similar ways if EVERY SINGLE PRODUCT made by man was open for everyone to copy and modify as they wanted?

Where does this not just turn into flat out socialism? Now, I'm not a knee-jerk "socialism is bad" type... but I don't think it's naturally better or 'more ethical'.

You might say "we've never seen quite my kind of socialism", but EVERYONE says that about their perfect form of society.

Why not everything? Why just the fruits of my labor, as a software developer?

As far as I can tell, you're essentially demanding that I 'take one for the team'... calling me unethical if I don't.

Comment: DIDO ... just more MIMO? (Score 1) 120

by darronb (#46288287) Attached to: New 'pCell' Technology Could Bring Next Generation Speeds To 4G Networks

Sounds like more of the same beamforming they've done for years, just more of it spread further apart.

So DIDO, distributed in distributed out... sounds like MIMO with more antennas, more distance between them (surrounding the targets, even)

I'm not sure why this isn't an obvious extension of MIMO. Harder to do, sure... and cool that it's coming... but obvious in concept.

Comment: Re:Mac has superior model (Score 1) 829

by darronb (#45772377) Attached to: Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

Well, I would have agreed with you... but Jobs is dead now.

It will eventually get really hard to ignore the corporate world and continue to explain that to shareholders. There's no way they're going to capture say >30% market share there without actually listening to what corporations need.

The "We'll show you what you want" thing that works(ed?) so well for them in the consumer space is only going to get them so far into the corporate world. The corporate world wants a platform that is dependable, easy to administer, doesn't arbitrarily break, and continues running crap internal software written by monkeys as long as possible. It's the almost the opposite of cool...

Comment: Re:Mac has superior model (Score 1) 829

by darronb (#45760211) Attached to: Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

You've got to be F-ing kidding me.

I've got a macbook pro retina 2012. I took the free upgrade from Lion (which came with it) to Mavericks... the NEXT POINT RELEASE.

It removed all third party drivers (even ones that were compatible with Mavericks). I was extremely lucky my USB 3.0 Ethernet hub had a driver on release day. Some I just installed right back on.

It removed command line tools breaking my build setup... and when I added that back I find there's no gdb with Mavericks. My build environment is crippled on lldb until the third party stuff can sort that out.

There's apparently been quite massive application platform changes, and a whole lot of software is now broken.

Apple quite obviously doesn't give half a shit about breaking anything that's not Apple software. That's the massive, space-elevator sized mindset fuckup that will keep them out of any significant share in corporate environments that actually need shit to not break any more often that absolutely necessary for... well... forever, until Apple gets the message.

Apparently, I was pretty spoiled growing up with Microsoft. Most third party stuff worked across updates... unless there was actually a real reason for it (driver level changes, etc). You know... because that's what USED to be purpose #1 of any operating system... be a platform to run crap reliably. Now, it's apparently be-the-ENTIRE-platform, and other software is apparently just a bunch of annoying freeloaders along for the ride.

The real tragedy is that this lazy mindset is infecting some Linux platforms (well, okay.. Ubuntu). They seem highly enthusiastic to duplicate Apple's boneheaded modus operandi.

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