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Comment: Re:Backport\Upstream? Seems unlikely (Score 1) 242

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#46760751) Attached to: OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL
They also just don't have much in the way of resources, so even things that are doable from a software engineering standpoint may well be impractical from an available man-hours standpoint, and pretty much anything is probably taking time away from some other aspect of OpenBSD development.

Comment: Nice little service you've got there... (Score 1) 312

Really, netflix, congratulations. Very disruptive of you and all that. And the transition from a primarily USPS model to a substantially streaming service (barring that one really embarrassing fuckup that you could hardly have handled worse, oh how we chuckled over here...) Really sticking it to the stogy incumbents.

Now, it would be a pity if your customers were to... experience service disruptions... would it not?

Comment: With considerable annoyance... (Score 2) 361

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#46756963) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?
I think I chose 'Tax Act' based on price to e-file federal and state; but I was very displeased. Not so much by 'Tax Act', or even by the taxation(I, um, did my best to refrain from calculating how many years I'd need to buy Uncle Sam another slipped F-35 deadline, or a Literal Coffin Ship); but by the fact that I was, largely because of lobbying by Intuit and friends, paying to re-type numbers from a variety of forms the IRS already has. Seriously?

Yeah, sure, if you have some sort of complex arrangement get thee to a tax accountant, maybe even a suitable lawyer; but this was just redundancy for its own sake: I took a W-2 and a bunch of 1099s and a few other bits and pieces, all provided by various institutions to both me and the feds, and then retyped them into another form so that they could be submitted to the feds. WTF? That wouldn't even make sense for free, much less paying.

C'mon, IRS, just let me see what you think my return should be(you have to calculate it anyway when deciding who to audit) and I'll tell you if I have any changes or disputes. We'll both save time and trouble. How about it?

Comment: Re:I've heard this somewhere before... (Score 3, Insightful) 133

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#46756345) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

Amazon, in its majestic equality, requires both code monkeys and senior executives to pay for their own upgrades.

It beats the alternative of providing the upgrades for free to the people who can most easily afford them, in the service of maintaining a good, solid, hierarchy.

Comment: Cheapskate? (Score 4, Interesting) 133

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#46756305) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture
Doesn't 'cheapskate' have a somewhat perjorative connotation, either edging into 'stingy' (if talking about spending on socially normative things) or 'penny wise, pound foolish' (if talking about good sense in short and long term cost/benefit thinking)?

From what the article decribes, Amazon isn't so much 'cheapskate' as operating perfectly sensibly given their scale, cutting unnecessary (but usually bundled) components, and not giving in to poorly justified; but commonly assumed, habits like sending Important Employees to fly business class.

I can understand why they would be scaring their competitors pretty seriously; but I'm not sure that I see the 'cheapskate' bit.

Comment: Re:Breaking News (Score 4, Insightful) 79

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#46755889) Attached to: Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan
You don't bring in machines for their imagination, you bring them in for their repeatability and speed on something the imagination person has already worked out. At least for the moment, this means that automating-out all your skilled workers is probably a bad strategy, similar to eliminating all entry level positions and then wondering where the talented internal hiring options went.

(It also seems to be the case that, for all the advances in fancy-CAD and haptic feedback immersive somethingsomething, it's still pretty hard to beat having access to some actual materials and machine tools for the designing process. Sure, it all has to get CADed out in the end; but humans have a lot of experience manipulating objects. Somewhat less with observing 3d renders of objects floating in virtual space behind their monitor as they click at them.)

Comment: Re:will smart watches ever catch on? (Score 2) 259

My judgement is probably biased, because I loath my phone and its interruptions; but 'smart watches' appear to be devices that you attach to your wrist because your phone is configured to bother you so often that you need a second, more easily accessible, device to provide a summary of the incoming demand on your time and attention in order to see if you should follow through with taking your phone out of your pocket.

Maybe I'm just getting bitter in my old age and shouting at those damn smartphones to get off my lawn; but if something isn't important enough to take my phone out of my pocket for, the fact that I'm being alerted to it is a software configuration defect that should be solved by my phone shutting the hell up, not by it phoning my watch to demand attention.

Comment: Re:will smart watches ever catch on? (Score 1) 259

Arguably, the existence of such a device is an argument against the utility of the 'smartwatch' notion: Both are wrist-mounted; but that cuff-thing is basically an entire phone (at least before the horrors of the Phablet Era) strapped to your wrist, science-fiction-communicator-widget style. A direct refusal to sacrifice the screen size, computational and battery power, and other advantages of a larger device.

There's certainly an argument to be made for such things; but as an alternative to just storing your phone in your pocket, not as a different class of device.

Comment: Re:Prediction fail (Score 1) 259

Depends on how much credit you want to give for predictions that correctly interpret the purpose and effect of the shift; but provide no technical detail whatsoever.

Would the grim ruminations of the marxists concerning the distribution of the means of production qualify? They tend to either be writing about smokestack industry or broad historical trends, specific implementation unspecified; but some of them would probably feel pretty well validated by the (substantial) shift from computers that provide programming tools by default, to computers that don't ship with any; but can run some if you obtain them elsewhere, to computers that explicitly and artificially forbid essentially all program production(on the device itself, if you SSH into a real computer Apple and friends don't much care what you type on their shiny tablets).

I don't think that the sort of techies who like techology enough to enthusiastically prognosticate about the future of it would have guessed "In the future, computers will be opaque closed boxes. And consumers will fucking love it with the same intensity and in far greater numbers than you did your obscurantist geek box. Where is your god now, nerd?"

Comment: Re:Fantastic Google Chrome marketing (Score 4, Informative) 201

by BZ (#46753313) Attached to: Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

It's absolutely true. There were a bunch of blog posts by Mozilla employees supporting Brendan as CEO (even though many disagreed with his position on Prop 8), all completely ignored by the media. Looking at the relevant date range on http://planet.mozilla.org/ should find them...

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