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Comment: Re:It's more than that (Score 1) 103

by nine-times (#48232077) Attached to: The Problem With Positive Thinking

Yeah, when people start talking about how great positive thinking is, I always think, "Sure, as long as things are going well."

Your mindset is, to some degree, a prediction of the future. For that prediction to be helpful, it needs to be fairly accurate. Now many people will point out that predictions can be self-fulfilling, and a positive expectation is more likely to lead to a positive outcome. It's true. But it can also leave you unprepared for a negative outcome.

I think positivity needs to be measured, constrained, and tempered by a realistic assessment. It's useful to consider the what happens if things don't go well, and prepare for things to go very badly. Perhaps more importantly, I think it's important for us all to understand that different people just seem to have different mindsets, different approaches, and different personalities. Whatever your mindset, it can be helpful to have someone around who is very positive, because they can help to keep us all motivated and moving forward. But it's also very useful to have a pessimist around, who will point out the problems with your plans, force you to confront some uncomfortable truths, and rain on your parade a little bit.

People of all kinds can be useful and valuable, so it's important to not shit all over pessimists all the time. As if they don't have enough to worry about, without y'all treating them like they're useless.

Comment: Re:The US tech industry (Score 1) 223

by drinkypoo (#48229089) Attached to: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Yes, I'm sure there is no market for a low-power quiet mini OSX computer.

There is, but by making it just a few CCs larger (for a bigger cooler) they could also have made it cheaper and faster. But presumably, that would eat into sales of still more expensive products with larger margins, so that would be a mistake for them. Which just underscores the point of how bad a deal you're getting when you buy Apple hardware.

Comment: Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (Score 4, Insightful) 223

by drinkypoo (#48228593) Attached to: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

The reports are that the cloud provider part of the business is losing stunning amounts of money.

Only because they're trying to corner the market

right, but just like retail, it's not clear that this is possible,

overall the company seems sustainable, it can afford to make losses like the one last quarter in part because it can easily reverse those losses if it ever becomes a serious problem

It's not clear that it can. Amazon's model depends on endless growth, but you can't grow forever.

Comment: Re:What is critical thinking? (Score 1) 518

by drinkypoo (#48228583) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

They just assumed the "right" group is big enough to support their growth and they were wrong.

No, no they were not. The problem is that hiring criteria have gotten all fucked. Instead of proving what you can do, it's having all the right buzzwords on your resume, and being young. So they hire young people who haven't developed common sense yet and then wonder why there isn't any in their organization. They fail to reward their most valuable players, literally often pushing them out the door, and then wonder why they can't execute.

It's not because there are not people out there with critical thinking skills. It's that the people doing the hiring lack them. They're hiring people based on ooh shiny, and not on actual abilities needed to get the work done.

TL;DR: If they stop hiring people based on bullshit and actually hire for creativity, common sense, flexibility, and yes, critical thinking skills, then they won't be having these problems.

Comment: Re:Go T-Mo (Score 1) 106

by drinkypoo (#48228539) Attached to: AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

erhaps you have just been using the built-in crapware that Verizon ships with their phones. Also, even though the phones ship with a locked bootloader, I have had no trouble unlocking the bootloader in order to install a custom ROM like cyanogenmod, or rooting the existing rom, or both.

This is not always a practical option; it can void your manufacturer's warranty so if something goes wrong with your $600 phone within the warranty period then you're screwed,

If someone told me I voided my warranty for installing CM, I really would see them in court. They're going to have to show that CM is incompatible, and in the process, they'll basically have to declare that their phone is not an android phone, which will make them look like cunts in the press.

Comment: Re:We have always been at war with Oceania. (Score 1) 281

by drinkypoo (#48228533) Attached to: Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

Please confine yourself to references to the title of that book. Quotes from the text invariably give me the creeps.

That's because it's such a successful imitation of life. That feeling is supposed to galvanize you to action... hopefully not involving firearms

Comment: Re:yup! (Score 1) 281

by drinkypoo (#48228519) Attached to: Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

While in reality the invention of the assault rifle and the Internet has pretty much blown away anything they intended in the Second and First Amendments, respectively.

[citation needed]

Before you even try, you're completely, absolutely wrong. The assault rifle did nothing to blow away the second amendment, because it does nothing to change the reasons for its inception. And the internet does nothing to blow away the first amendment, it only makes it more important.

But, I can't wait to see your reasoning as to why freedom should be reduced because progress has happened. You just want to maintain a balance of progress, and we have to go backwards socially to make you happy?

Comment: Re: Ugh! (Score 1) 281

by drinkypoo (#48228505) Attached to: Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

In an ideal system (and probably one that exists only in imagination),

oh, you get it!

Working towards a better ideal system is not a bad thing at all.

You can't work towards an unattainable goal. And that's what this is about. It's not trying to get as close as possible to utopia, it's trying to create it. But utopia means "nowhere" for a reason. You cannot create perfection. You can only mitigate the lack of perfection inherent to a world with free will. Or, you know, you can eliminate free will. That's the only way to have an "ideal" system. And again, that's precisely what this is about. The attempt to eliminate free will. Instead of building a fairer system, and thus reducing events like these, they want to build a system that maintains the status quo while also suppressing events like these. In order to do that, they will reduce free will.

Comment: Re:Shot in the back (Score 1) 281

by drinkypoo (#48228493) Attached to: Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

Bullets. You have to track the shit out of them. If you gave the guards at the War Memorial live ammo, it would be a complete clusterfuck.

If our government finds tracking bullets to be an arduous task, perhaps they are not qualified to have them in the first place.

What if the gun got dropped and discharged?

Then it's a miserable piece of shit. Only shitty guns discharge when dropped. Spend the money to get them a decent fucking gun, especially if they're your honor guard. There's no honor in standing there with a shitty gun. (The gun imparts no particular honor IMO, but it should at least be decent.)

What if you stopped for a picture and someone took your gun

Took your gun? Seriously? TOOK YOUR GUN? What the actual FUCK? You don't put the fucking thing down

or cut themselves on the bayonet?

If their gun doesn't have a sharp bayonet now, why would it magically gain one if you gave them bullets?

What if the magazine fell out and the ammo sprayed all over the ground? Now the person guarding is presenting the image of a drunkard scrambling around for their car keys in the dark.

What if the person you assigned to the honor guard was a total fuckup who should not be allowed to look at a gun, let alone hold one? Well gee, then I guess they shouldn't be in the fucking military. Give them a dishonorable discharge immediately. They failed to take their responsibilities seriously.

Or, you know, again, don't specify a shitty gun. Because again, an honor guard standing there holding a shitty gun is a symbol of impotence, and that's not what we want representing us.

Weird scenarios, but all significantly more likely than a schizophrenic walking up to you and shooting you in the back in cold blood on a boring Hump Day morning.

[citation needed]

If you're giving someone ammo, you're expecting them to get shot at, right? Which really means they should be wearing armour as well, not the ceremonial dress uniform

This is not about expecting them to get shot at. This is about it's fucking stupid to have a gun and no bullets. An unarmed honor guard is like a dick with no balls. How is that honorable?

Comment: Re:Clarification regarding backports (Score 1) 122

by drinkypoo (#48228473) Attached to: OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

Advising your users to use your own repository is not a satisfying answer.

Yes, yes it is. At least, I am satisfied by such an answer.

If there's a package in Debian, then it should be fine using it.

And if it's not fine to use it, then it should be removed from the repo, without a request from the developer.

My advice then would be to explicitely ask that the owncloud package is not synced again in any future release of Ubuntu, so you don't run into the same trouble again.

There's no technical reason they can't remove a non-required package from a release. So yes, that's the solution, but it shouldn't be the only solution.

Air is water with holes in it.