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Comment: Re:Good, I say (Score 1) 502

by forrie (#47616281) Attached to: Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

As I understand, back in world war II, Einstein presented Truman with the atom bomb; Tesla presented him the "death ray". Had the US Gov't gone with Tesla, our world energy grid might be a very different configuration now.

There's a significant amount of money being made by the energy industry, who essentially has us enslaved. They will do anything they can to lobby against free energy, but it's the wave of the future -- personally, I'd love to see this not just for the reduced expenditure, but for the environment /and/ some relish in watching the present power industry model crumble. It probably won't all go one way or the other -- adopting newer technology is almost always expensive, unless Tesla can find a way around that, with reduced costs (that will be key). The Sun (and other forms) provides for it, why shouldn't we benefit from it? Yes, I realize that's very idealistic, but I think we're getting closer to it becoming a reality.

Comment: Maybe (Score 4, Interesting) 282

by forrie (#47388739) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

I suppose that depends upon other variables. Such as, what are your personal risk factors? For example: a family, do you have enough $ resources so if you fail you'll recover ok, etc. Lots of people got hit badly in the $ when the tech market went kaput -- some haven't really fully recovered. Then, there is age. We all know what the stereotype is of age in the IT sector - though I would hire an older IT person over a kid any day, partly due to their wisdom from experience. Back in the stock boom, it used to be 2 years max I would change jobs and/or positions; not just to stay relevant, but to move on. Sometimes I got lucky, by being pulled in to new ventures because I knew people (that's a powerful ally in this industry).

Seems like the market is starting to grow a little bit, but I'm not sure it's a job-bull market just yet. Curious what others think and feel about this.

Comment: Location? (Score 2) 349

by forrie (#47384533) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

I wonder if the DMCA sharks would have a more difficult time issuing this if github were not hosted within the United States. Anyone know more about this?

I can understand why github would comply first, debate later -- they have many employees who could be at risk. I agree with a previous poster, in that there should be a "cost" for filing DMCA complaints, especially if they prove to be baseless. This process seems to be always associated with bullying or some form of abuse, rather than genuinely protecting copyrighted content -- doing more harm than good.

Comment: Release the freecode code (Score 3, Interesting) 62

by forrie (#47265007) Attached to: Freecode Freezeup

Sad to see it go, it's been a staple for me, for many years.

I don't see much value in a static version of Freecode - I mean, it has reference value, but why bother? I still see the function itself as a valuable resource; I don't particularly care for or its layout. How about they open source the Freecode code, so that someone else can consider using it.

Comment: Not a bad idea, I'll give Disney a fair chance (Score 1) 157

by forrie (#46853625) Attached to: Lucasfilm Announces Break With <em>Star Wars</em> Expanded Universe

I wonder if the reasoning for this is along similar lines as the Star Trek venue in the theaters.

While at first my reaction was negative -- after thinking about it, I would imagine that the folks at Disney are well-aware of how devout Star Wars fans feel about the the spirit of the story and the characters and worlds behind it; further, if they mess this up not only will they lose the income potential, they will have a lot of very angry fans on their doorstep. It could be that Star Wars doesn't live in a box anymore, that it's time for some fresh energy into the story - I can live with that, provided it's done appropriately. We don't want to see Mickey Mouse behind a tie fighter :-) I am willing to give Disney a fair chance.

I agree with a previous poster here, elsewhere, about the "prequels" being very cookie-cutter -- cities, venues that we are already familiar with. Boring. We need more unknown worlds like Dagobah, et al, to stimulate our imagination, to keep a rich storyline going (along with interest).

But I think they will have only one chance at this...

Comment: Not just the apps, other apps (Score 1) 139

by forrie (#45927107) Attached to: Mobile Banking Apps For iOS Woefully Insecure

I learned this lesson the hard way, back a couple revisions with the iPhone. I downloaded Paypal and logged in once, logged out. The very next day, someone stole a couple hundred $$. Clearly, one of the apps I had on the phone had a clever keylogger or other monitoring scheme that was running. Apple did everything to divest themselves of any liability or interest. So we have to be concerned about other apps' behavior and have "failth" (in the case of Apple) in the ability of organizations to properly audit code before allowed in the App Store. It's an imperfect process. Android's platform being more open, having more malware on record, as I have read.

I hesitate to use mobile devices for financial operations. Not worth it, not yet, IMHO.

Comment: Hopefully (Score 1) 186

by forrie (#45898301) Attached to: Red Hat To Help Develop CentOS

MySQL was absorbed by Oracle with similar hopes and aspirations... and look what happened. As I recall, RH was getting really pissed off at CentOS, enough to change their development processes to make it more difficult to re-assemble the distribution. Now, they want to be best pals? Okay, we'll see :-)

Genuinely, the combined effort would be useful to everyone, that is if RH's intentions are as on the level as they claim.

Comment: They did this before (Score 1) 194

by forrie (#45052285) Attached to: Social Fixer Falls Victim To Facebook Legal Threats

They have threatened the creator of F.B. Purity (a mozilla plugin). I think they'll have a more difficult time actually legitimizing their claim, as this is a plugin that runs on the customer's system, which FB cannot, ever, claim ownership over. But they will probably try! And yes, the article about his experience is valid - why not go after Adblock? Can you imagine. The risk there is legal precedence, which I don't believe really exists concretely (yet. But someone could add here to correct me). If they brought this legal action through the courts and a decision were made in favor of the user (the desktop), that affects everyone. I'm sure this isn't the last of this!

Comment: Me, too (Score 1) 261

by forrie (#44980167) Attached to: Why iOS 7 Is Making Some Users Feel 'Sick'

Thankfully, I don't have any of those disorders, but I did experience disorientation for a about 3 days or so, getting used to the UI motion. I still don't care for it, even when you reduce it in the preferences, it's still comes across as flashy, like an annoyance. I'm actually not a big fan of the interface redesign. Overall, my experience of this phone (5S) is not like going from a 3GS to 4S. It was neat, but not exciting. Apple can (and should) do better.

Judging from the reaction to the UI, it seems like they make a lot of assumptions about customers and what they want.

Comment: Not that thrilled (Score 1) 488

by forrie (#44918903) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

I love my iPhone. I've had one since the first model.

iOS7 is "okay" - it has a few new bells and whistles, most of it is just the new UI. I can't say I'm all that impressed -- and honestly, the animation makes me dizzy! Even the Accessibility options to reduce the animation doesn't help.

Word up, to Apple: you're going to have to cut the crap with these minor incremental upgrades -- Android is catching up, very quickly, as are other major manufacturers of 'droid platform (think: Samsung).

Um, no biometrics please. Like I trust Apple to "keep it secret; keep it safe". Nope.

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