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Comment: Re:Brand? (Score 1) 156

by hey! (#49633499) Attached to: 17-Year-Old Radio Astronomy Mystery Traced Back To Kitchen Microwave

I'd like to know which brand of microwave lasts 17 years?

Any brand, so long as it was made more than 25 years ago or so.

My kids like to watch vintage TV shows, and in one sitcom from the early 80s there was a plot line involving a TV remote -- this was back when remotes were still an expensive novelty. I paused and pointed out the thing in question. It was huge blocky moster of metal and wood, and looked like it had been forged by Durin in the deeps of Mount Gundabad. While virtually everything they use is incomparably more sophisticated than that thing, nothing approaches the build quality; physically it's all injection-molded crap that's been designed to be discarded after two or three years and replaced.

We can thank Bill Clinton and his China trade deals for amazingly cheap consumer goods that are designed to fail after a couple of years and be impossible to repair.

Comment: Re:Single case anecdote. (Score 2) 224

by TheGratefulNet (#49632723) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

and now, sun and DEC are both long gone and one of them, nearly entirely forgotton. (sad, I worked at both of those fine companies and was lucky to have had the chance to work at such places).

linux is here, but vax and vms and alpha (and ultrix; I ran ultrix for a while) are all pretty much unknowns today.

wonder how long linux still remain relevant? I don't see it going away, but then again, I said the same of sun and DEC (and SGI, lets throw them in there, too. yeah, I was there, too, lol.).

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 4, Interesting) 224

by TheGratefulNet (#49631853) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

about 10 or 15 yrs ago, at least in the bay area, people WERE afraid of the linux gpl. I worked at many places that avoided using linux code in their products and we used any form of bsd we could.

now, I never see bsd mentioned anymore in job ads. its ALL about linux.

wonder what finally made the c-levels unafraid of linux? the gpl is still the same and we did have gplv2 and v3 back in the old days when bsd was 'the thing to use' for networking boxes.

Comment: Re:I'm sure no one will misconstrue this at all... (Score 1) 87

by TheGratefulNet (#49631749) Attached to: Apple's Plans For Your DNA

lets ignore the fact that network and system security is a total fucking JOKE on compute devices these days.

wait, lets NOT ignore that. in fact, its more important than the 'good use' cases.

if there's any chance my med history info gets out to the wrong people (ie, most people are the wrong people) then this should never even be prototyped, much less implemented.

"hey, there's a car crash up ahead! should we just keep driving and hope we can get thru or do we go around it and avoid it?"

this is a car crash waiting to ruin lives. NO THANKS!

it would be funny - if it wasn't so pathetic - how stupidly we trust computers to contain our most sensitive info.

its similar to when I go to the doctor and they ask if I want to join their 'internet service' so that I can dialog with my doctor online and have him/her send med info to me over email. and each time I have to return the lecture to the supposedly 'smart doctor' that only a fool (or millenial..) would opt to have his most sensitive info sent over what is totally unsecured channels. and don't give me that "but its ssl!" bullshit. we all should know better than that, as geeks.

Comment: Re:To think I once subscribed to this site (Score 1) 219

So actually bothering to read the government's account of what it has done makes you a "leftist" then? And then telling other people what you found is "harassment"?

It must be easy to whip up that old self-righteous anger when you're so -- let's say, "semantically flexible".

Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 1) 87

by TheGratefulNet (#49631457) Attached to: Apple's Plans For Your DNA

I don't blame apple for wanting to do this.

but I DO blame us, the consumers, for falling for every god damned privacy-invading scheme conceivable.

its like people are going out of their way to ruin their own lives and become part of the surveillance state.

"hey, it has some glass that you can press on. how cool is that? lets fully trust our lives to this new god of ours."

(facepalm times ten to the facefalm exponent)

If God had a beard, he'd be a UNIX programmer.