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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.

Comment: Re:It's debatable that you can (Score 1) 174

> Even then you don't have the freedom to hang out with the weirdos if your neighbors are going to ostracize you for it.

It usually takes us a year after moving to develop more than one or two neighborhood friendships. It's not like the tribe is going to deny you food or won't help you build your hut or something. Neighbors are less important than ever.

The new 'neighbors' are parents of your kids classmates, people at work, etc. There's also gym friends, hobby friends, virtual communities of all kinds... you can pretty much find like minded people if you look a little bit. (Which is actually a serious problem as we don't seem mentally prepared as a species for feedback loops from too much 'similar thinking' like watching too much Fox, MSNBC, local conspiracy groups, serious new age groups, terrorists, etc)

There's also the concept that what passes for too weird these days is quite different than it used to be. I'm fairly sure you could be pretty weird these days and very few people would hold it against you or treat you much differently.

Comment: Re:Fuck these government pricks (Score 1) 371

by darronb (#45522901) Attached to: FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe To Halt DNA Test Service

Wow... supplements. Especially the wackier new age ones... listing everything under the sun as cured by them and as long as there's a "for entertainment purposes only" on the bottle it's okay.

I asked my mother about that label once, she said "Oh, it's just something the government makes them put there. These really work." Most people buying that garbage think the same thing.

The web sites are WAY worse... but then I'm not sure what could be done about that.

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 1216

by darronb (#45515391) Attached to: Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

The biggest problem I have with what passes for ideology these days is how goddamn absolute everyone is about it.

I just said I don't think we should have too much equality. I absolutely do not want everything to be equal regardless of individual effort.

I am NOT saying we solve a massive income disparity by giving everyone in the world 40K/yr.

I work 80-110 hours a week, almost all year long. I'm not in the 99%. I definitely believe in working hard to get ahead and being rewarded for it. I don't want my sons coasting for the rest of their lives because their dad was successful. I want them to have to work at least a little bit to maintain the good life they've inherited. That in my mind is the only way you'll help guarantee that the people living the good life actually deserve to.

Society falls apart at the extremes. It's perfectly rational to adjust the system to maintain balance. The easiest way to solve this particular problem I think is with the tax code. There's just some level of disparity that's not healthy. You can still have it, it will just be harder to do at the FAR extremes. It's a weighting factor, a correction factor.

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux