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Comment Re:No. It won't be (Score 1) 176

And Microsoft has an ARM version of the NT Kernel. The problem is never the OS, its the fact that the software for x86 can't run on ARM

And apparently nobody has ever ported a compiler to the ARM platform?

This legacy crap of x86 is tedious ... people have been cross-compiling software for decades.

It's just the people who slavishly can't do anything not x86 (Microsoft) who keep us tethered to this.

I'm pretty sure Apple could port a lot of their own software relatively quickly. Again, this is something people have done for decades.

I've personally worked on several products which compiled to multiple hardware platforms from the exact same codebase. It's not like nobody has ever done it before.

Can we stop clinging to a decades old platform because people are too lazy to deal with it not being x86?

Comment Re:Why not trade skills as well? (Score 1) 216

The political fascination with coding is ridiculous. The last time I checked, we still need plumbers, electricians, welders, and equipment operators as well. Why not make those skills mandatory as well?


Because there aren't billionaire plumbers with the ear of government who are loudly saying kids must learn to run pipe for the economy to succeed.

This is "which rich people are driving this agenda?". The tech billionaires all want to be handed a large, cheap labor pool ... and as a result are framing the debate in terms of national prosperity.

The reality is, they're not looking for the prosperity of these kids. They're looking at having these kids be a cheap fucking work force.

These kids are the new serfs of the "knowledge economy".

I fail to see this as anything other than trying to drive down the cost of skilled labor by pretending you can have a large somewhat-skilled labor force.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 218

Honestly, at what time in the time you've been using Slashdot with that 6 digit ID have you ever seen evidence of the editors at Slashdot doing any of this stuff?

Honestly, you might as well be shocked and appalled that bears shit in the woods.

It's not like this is new.

Comment Can we buy a hyphen or two? (Score 1) 53

Complex Living Brain Simulation

So much disambiguation needed.

Complex-Living Brain Simulation ... the brain simulation lives in a complex.

Complex Living-Brain Simulation ... it's complex and simulates a "living brain".

Complex-Living-Brain Simulation ... a simulation of brains which live in complexes.

I'd like to say I expect better from the Guardian. I'd like to, but I can't.

Comment Re:Correct. Including the US government. (Score 4, Insightful) 108

If you're an American (or frankly, any innocent person) anywhere in the world who isn't an active member of a foreign terrorist organization or an agent of a foreign power, the Intelligence Community DOES NOT CARE ABOUT and actually DOES NOT WANT your data

And there you have it ladies and gentlemen ... you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide.

If you're now so jaded that you don't actually believe the US and its allies, and their principles, are something worth defending and fighting for

If you believe you defend these things by undermining what they actually mean, then I'm afraid you don't deserve to have these things defended since you've already given up on them.

If Americans are saying "well, gee, it's OK if the government has the ability to trample my rights, but it's OK because terrorists", then it's time to stop fucking pretending you have these things left to defend ... and the US should get on with failing utterly so the rest of the world can stop pretending you're not full of shit.

Because increasingly Americans seem to think them being the enemy of the freedoms of everybody on the planet is OK.

Here's a hint, it isn't.

Everything you said screams "we as Americans have already give up, but as long as we have the illusion of security we don't give a fuck about the underlying principles".

So, please, if you're going to abandon those principles, don't talk about defending them. Because it's either delusional or dishonest. Everything about this undermines those principles American claim to cling to.

Comment Re:For now... bite me (Score 4, Insightful) 108

When they outlaw encryption, only outlaws will have encryption.

Enjoy the indefinite detention as you're held as a terrorist for failing to decrypt. A little "parallel construction"/perjury to trump up some charges if you don't play along.

See, non-compliant citizens will be presumed guilty and treated as a security risk. Just to be safe you understand.

So, I applaud the sentiment, and agree with you. But it's worth pointing out that the kinds of governments who want this shit will simply find ways to compel you, or otherwise ruin your damned life. They won't play nicely, and they won't do it publicly.

I'm not sure most Americans realize the extent to which their rights and freedoms no longer exist in the same way they believe they do.

Comment In other words ... (Score 3, Insightful) 108

We accept for now there is public pushback against our planned fascism, for now we will back off on this, but in the future we reserve the right to proceed further with the fascism.

I'm sorry, but if the US government is essentially just saying "fascism is only temporarily on hold", the US is already fucked.

You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide; give us your papers please, comrade.

Comment Sounds like bullshit to me ... (Score 1, Insightful) 216

Let's be perfectly clear here: If you get a highschool diploma, and stop your education ... you will not be programming computers.

If you think you're going to have a bunch of kids coming out of highschool who are the programming workforce of the future ... you have decided to set your kids future up so that they will be the low-paid programmers who only have a highschool diploma.

Somehow we've let a bunch of rich people who work in technology to convince the world that everybody needs to know how to program a computer. And this is largely so they can have a large workforce of cheap fucking labor.

The people telling us this don't give a shit about your kids. They give a shit about driving down wages for their own profits.

Comment Re:Wah wah... (Score 3, Informative) 100

Second keepass as I've used it for work for several years.

Copy around your own encrypted database. Don't entrust some damned service with your passwords.

There's several variations on this kind of thing. No subscription, and nobody else has your passwords.

It's also got a really nice feature where it can put your password into the paste buffer for only 10 seconds or so, and then it disappears.

Using a web-based service to track your passwords seems more dangerous than useful to me.

Comment Re:So what (Score 1) 41

Not everyone is so butthurt about the potential to look stupid as you clearly are..

It's not looking stupid which concerns me .. I look stupid fairly constantly. That doesn't bother me.

But the whole ream of security issues caused by letting a website have the password for your email account absolutely hurts my brain. Under what other circumstances would you hand that password over to anybody? Ideally none, but suddenly a website asks for it and people do it.

The problem is the internet requires a level of paranoia which doesn't come natural to most people. Failing to assume the internet is constantly trying to fuck you over is a perilous mistake.

But, make no mistake about it, the internet is a place which does not have your best interests at heart. Which means you have to have a fairly constant mind-set that it's a potentially hostile place.

Comment Re:Not surprised ... (Score 2) 41

It may surprise you to know that tons of people successfully ignore Facebook all the time.

I have all my browsers set to explicitly not trust facebook at all .. I don't allow their shit to set cookies, run scripts, or track me across the internet. Nada. Zip.

Actively blocking and not using facebook is an entirely viable strategy.

If you can't ignore FB, that's your problem.

Comment Re:attack? (Score 1) 41

i had a more hollywood version of events in mind. using linkedin to map out government employees that can be used to identify weaknesses that are then used for blackmail.

Honestly, by the time you're talking about a nation state doing espionage ... that level of investment could be plausible.

Maybe not so much with the blackmail, but if you could then move on to some social engineering or spear phishing that's probably the point. LinkedIn likely gives you a way to identify your targets.

A bunch of hackers may not reach that level of sophistication. A nation state employing some hackers to achieve a goal has the means to do a LOT more.

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