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Comment: Re:Yeah! (Score 1) 173

And further flies at altitudes that will be visible and audible to vast swaths of the population, flies at altitudes that include buildings, towers and uncontrolled landing zones.

As well as other important issues.

Yep, gotta get on this right away. It's more important to be first than right. While the FAA could likely move a bit faster, my sympathies simply don't pour out to Amazon. And it's perfectly OK to work on this sort of technology away from busy population centers. Like we've pretty much always done in aviation.

Comment: Re: It's stupid (Score 1) 160

Yes. The last stuff I wrote that I couldn't compile today was in "Promal" or "Paradox". My C and C++ code from 1980 still builds and runs.

All of my web development is on Ruby on Rails. That environment has had a lot of development and I've had to port to new versions. So old code for RoR would not quite run out of the box, but it's close.

Comment: It's stupid (Score 0) 160

Development with a proprietary language is ultimately harmful to your own interests, whether you make proprietary software for a profit or Free software.

The one thing every business needs is control. When you make it possible for another company to block your business, you lose control. Your options become limited. Solving business problems potentially becomes very costly, involving a complete rewrite.

The one thing that should be abundantly clear to everyone by now is that making your business dependent on Microsoft anything is ultimately a losing proposition. They have a long history of deprecating their own products after customers have built products upon them.

Comment: Yes, it's free. Also, the patent system sucks (Score 1) 160

All Open Source licenses come with an implicit patent grant, it's an exhaustion doctrine in equitable law.

The problem is not patent holders who contribute to the code, you're protected from them. It's trolls who make no contribution and then sue.

Of course these same trolls sue regarding proprietary code as well.

Comment: Re:Not sure, if this is "news for nerds" (Score 4, Insightful) 116

I think it was Sears and, in fact, it appears to be active today. Although likely ignored by pretty much all.

Perhaps Amazon has more reach - it certainly has more cachet - but I don't see this as terribly effective. For one thing, standardized prices imply consistent quality. That might happen when you're making widgets. For labor with any degree of skill - I'm rather doubtful that this is the case.

Comment: Re:in that case how does that explain politicians (Score 3, Insightful) 310

by ColdWetDog (#49375409) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

most of our ruling class aren't poor!

Don't conflate intelligence (or, in the case of TFA, certain aspects of learning and higher order function) with social success. Politics is more emotional than technical. It is abundantly clear that intelligence (whatever the hell that actually happens to be), the ability to learn, the ability to think have only a modest bearing on what happens to an individual throughout their lives.

Besides, the actual magnitude of the effect in TFA seems rather small - there are likely a number of other factors involved to determine if you are fated to be Steve Woz or Idi Amin.

Comment: Re:Why not restrict all ads to GIFs or JPGs? (Score 1) 109

by ColdWetDog (#49373235) Attached to: How Malvertising Abuses Real-Time Bidding On Ad Networks

Do they? I know there's a premium on popup ads and interstitial pages, but I've never met anyone who said "wow, what an amazing ad jumping around and flashing lights at me, let's click on that instead of checking out the content I came for".

Apparently you don't interact with my family - it is a sad, strange world out there.

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.