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Comment: Re:Developers Bitch (Score 1) 335

by goofballs (#33072680) Attached to: Android Data Stealing App Downloaded By Millions

The tethering app wasn't discovered because it was extremely difficult to trigger - it required very specific network settings, a multi-step setup process, and tapping different colors in a specific pattern just to enable the tether. Very different from discovering an app is sending your data off wholesale.

yup, different. much more like THIS iphone app. ;D http://www.pcworld.com/article/188595/

Comment: Re:Duh... (Score 1) 428

by goofballs (#32967208) Attached to: Murdoch's UK Paywall a Miserable Failure

I wouldn't call the economist far right... they are in favor of legalization of drugs, for instance, and are generally against all forms of prohibitionism. I think they are quite left-wing on many social issues (in favor of civil liberties, etc), and a bit right wing on economy (as in strongly free market oriented).

simply put, they are classically liberal.

Comment: Re:he won't be (Score 1) 619

by goofballs (#29732791) Attached to: Ted Dziuba Says, "I Don't Code In My Free Time"

Maybe I`m a masochist .. but I would _love_ my day in court to rail against this straight jacket society that we are becoming.

Like everything eventually does .. fair hiring has gone _way_ too far. I`m all for everyone getting a fair shake, but eventually you won't even be allowed to ask for a name.. lest they don't get the job and claim it's because you have it out for guy's named "Jack".

I figure if I ask the question in good faith.. I'd feel quite happy arguing my point in a court room.

you might be happy with it, but it's pretty well established that there's a pretty f'in good chance you'd lose. then you would have caused yourself a ridiculous amount of time and money for no good reason (being that it's been well established what the safe bounds of interview questions are).

with your attitude, if your company lets you continue to interview, they're opening themselves to a LOT of liability.

i used to feel the same way as you do, until i became a manager and had to take all the legal training regarding what you can and can't ask, with real life examples of when the company has gotten in trouble for w/ hiring. it's absolutely amazing how easy it is to get into trouble legally.

Comment: Re:he won't be (Score 1) 619

by goofballs (#29728223) Attached to: Ted Dziuba Says, "I Don't Code In My Free Time"

As for what a person does (non programming) in their off time.. again.. I think perfectly reasonable. Also on the table in my opinion are what their favourite classes in high school were, what books/movies that like, what music, what they do with their friends on a Friday.

those are some horrendous questions to ask. say you're interviewing a great programmer, and you ask those questions. they answered that their favorite movie was brokeback mountain, and on fridays they hang out in west hollywood and suck d*ck at a glory hole. the next guy you interview for the same position ends up even more qualified, and you then end up hiring them. you may not care that they're gayer than big gay al, but the og great programmer doesn't know that, and may sue your dumb ass.

that's obviously meant to be an extreme example, but even more realistic scenarios will get you into trouble (i.e. a guy says he likes to go out with his boyfriend, or a woman says she likes to spend it with her kids, someone says they go to temple, etc).

there are some questions you can't ask, but asking some technically allowed questions will get the same answers as if you asked a illegal question, which can cause you massive headaches down the road. so stick to the questions pertaining to the job itself.

Comment: Re:Sometimes Apple still thinks too much like a... (Score 1) 841

by goofballs (#28712625) Attached to: Apple Update Means Palm Pre Can No Longer Sync With iTunes

Clones are what nearly bankrupted Apple back during the 90s. Admittedly the clones were of poor quality, but they just about did the company in. While Steve did do more than just kill off the agreement under which the clones were being made, it did put Apple a fair ways back towards prosperity.

So it's more than a little understandable that they'd be clone shy.

far from being of poor quality, apple could not compete with the quality, speed, and price of the clones.

Comment: Re:Wish in one hand, crap in the other... (Score 3, Funny) 1186

by goofballs (#28007137) Attached to: US To Require That New Cars Get 42 MPG By 2016

I drive a small car... I hear the whole 'squished like a pancake' thing all the time, but despite hearing it and seeing lots of even major car accidents on the Los Angeles freeways, I see a lot of people take hits in small cars and not only survive, but their cars are still working well enough to drive them away from the scene.

maybe that's because the average commute speeds in LA are so low (5-11 mph average in the sepulveda pass). :P

Comment: Re:Dell Mini 9 + OSX = win (Score 2, Insightful) 435

by goofballs (#27832333) Attached to: First Look At Windows 7 On an Entry-Level Netbook
i've only been using os x since 10.5 (on a santa rosa macbook), and had to get a new printer because it wouldn't reliably print to my canon i860 attached to a print server, even though it could see it, and the printer works with our xp and vista laptops. i replaced that printer with a hp l7580 aio- the printer works fine, but it pretty regulary can't scan.
Government

Wisconsin Passes Digital Download Tax 327

Posted by Soulskill
from the harvesting-the-tubes dept.
McGruber writes with news that the State of Wisconsin has passed legislation to extend sales tax to digital downloads. The new law will go into effect on October 1st. Estimates suggest that the 5% tax on "downloads of music, games, books, ring tones and other video entertainment" will bring in $6.7 million annually. "[Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle] has been fighting for the change for years. He and other state officials say it is a matter of fairness: Internet vendors shouldn't have a tax-exempt advantage over Wisconsin's brick-and-mortar retail stores." Similar legislation has been proposed in North Carolina, and we've previously discussed New York's foray into taxing sales made online in addition to downloaded purchases.
Programming

The Case For Supporting and Using Mono 570

Posted by timothy
from the reason-18-it's-the-kissing-disease dept.
snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister argues in favor of Mono, asking those among the open source community who have 'variously described Mono as a trap, a kludge, or simply a waste of effort' to look past Miguel de Icaza and Mono's associations with Microsoft and give the open source implementation of .Net a second chance, as he himself has, having predicted Mono's demise at the hands of open source Java in 2006. Far from being just a clone of .Net for Linux, McAllister argues, Mono has been 'expanding its presence into exciting and unexpected new niches.' And for those who argue that 'developing open-source software based on Microsoft technologies is like walking into a lion's den,' McAllister suggests taking a look at the direction Mono is heading. The more Mono evolves, the less likely Microsoft is to use patent claims or some other dirty trick to bring down the platform."

Comment: Re:I stopped reading... (Score 1) 459

by goofballs (#26697929) Attached to: A Gates Foundation Education Initiative Fizzles

For example, the access to my country's equivalent to the ivy league schools doesn't depend on your family's wealth, which means that if you are dumb as a door knob and you happen to be the son of a billionaire then you still have to work your ass off in order to be admitted to one of those schools. It also means that if you are terribly smart and talented then you may enrol in those schools, no matter how poor you are. It's raw talent that matters, now raw cash.

and of course if you're terribly smart and talented, you can pretty much enroll in any school in the u.s. as well, and especially at the best- harvard, for example, requires NO contribution from students whose families make less than $60k, and families up to $180k are expected to contribute up to 10% of their income. it is NOT cash that prevents those who are "terribly smart and talented" from going to schools- maybe it prevents the average student, but that's a different topic... :p

Comment: Re:Why it is impressive (Score 1) 746

by goofballs (#26554625) Attached to: Is Microsoft Improving Its Image?

But is 10.3 and 10.4 being faster than 10.0 and 10.1 really an achievement? Early OS X releases, if we are to be fair, were crap.

They were only "crap" in the sense that not everything in the window manager (essentially) had been worked out as much. People didn't like Finder as much as the old, there was not as much software - but the core was in OK shape.

no no, it was also "crap" in the sense that it was pretty dog slow. it's pretty good these days though.

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