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Comment: This could have been good... (Score 1) 82

by ilsaloving (#46818963) Attached to: Parents' Privacy Concerns Kill 'Personalized Learning' Initiative

But the simple fact that between US corporations and the US government, privacy abuses have been so bad (although admittedly still better than some other countries) that there is no chance people would willingly opt into any such system. Even if the current incarnation is honest, there is 0% chance that it will stay that way, for one reason or another.

Everyone older than a teenager should remember the whole Google 'do no evil' thing, and many of us honestly hoped that they would stay that way. Unfortunately, reality had a way of crushing Google's desires to be honest and innocent, and to make a long story short they now they play hard ball just like everybody else.

The idea is great. But the reality would have never worked. Just like both Communism and Democracy.

Comment: Even faster road to nowhere (Score 1) 141

by ilsaloving (#46818867) Attached to: Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector

I think Intel has given up trying to compete directly with USB. Instead, they're pumping thunderbolt to be as fast as it can possibly go, for people who care more about performance than cost.

I can't think of any other reason why they'd be pushing performance so hard while prices are still so absurd that no consumer in their right mind would purchase them if there is a USB equivalent to be had.

Comment: Ok... What does it DO? (Score 2) 54

by ilsaloving (#46771211) Attached to: All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

I skimmed through all these pages and there isn't a single sentence describing what it does in order to accomplish it's goals.

Ok, great, it wants to have distributed social networking, email, yadda yadda.

Is it using Diaspora for the social networking aspects? Maybe it's using leftover magic beans?

I'm not even going to waste my time downloading this thing if they can't even say how they're planning on achieving those goals.

Comment: Moar DevOps! (Score 1) 225

by ilsaloving (#46766281) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

We need *more* of these kind of positions, not less. Pure developers generally don't understand, and often don't even care, what happens to their code after it's gone through their build cycle.

There are way too many products out there, especially those in the 'enterprise' category, that are absolutely ridiculous to install, maintain, or both. They let security concerns fly out the window because having some random port open is more convenient to them, and hell with the risks. Developers should be *required* to spend time learning about and maintaining infrastructure on a regular basis so that they understand how their code impacts said infrastructure.

Comment: No kidding (Score 2) 121

by ilsaloving (#46745913) Attached to: 44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

And when I see (usually in the news) posts from other twitters, it makes me wish the other 46% would do the same.

There is very little you can constructively say in just 140 characters. Twitter is great for only very specific scenarios such as status reports, quick facts, quick questions or witty one-liners.

Everything else is just inanity from people who think the more exclamation marks you use at the end of a sentence, the more seriously you should take their statement.

The sole reason I set up an account was so I could follow a couple of local restaurants because they post useful things like their daily specials. And that ST:TNG S8 guy. Too bad he stopped writing new plot synopses.

Comment: Re:I think this is bullshit (Score 1) 1746

by ilsaloving (#46653685) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

You keep using the word 'Right'. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Eich did not "have a right" to be CEO of mozilla. He had as much a "right" to be CEO of mozilla as you or I.

The difference between working a very specific job, and trying to deny an entire class of people marriage benefits is so huge I don't even know where to begin.

Comment: Re:Desperation? (Score 1) 387

Why was this marked troll?

How is it not desperation when Microsoft has to start giving away their flagship mobile OS because no one wants it?

Or that they're FINALLY bringing back something resembling a proper desktop UI instead of their ridiculous fisher-price ATM interface that they had forced on people, and in the process added insult to injury on an already flagging computer market.

The only truly interesting/innovative idea in that whole announcement is Cordana, which actually sounds pretty cool, assuming that it lives up to Microsoft's hype. And we all know how completely untrustworthy Microsoft's hype-machine is.

Comment: Desperation? (Score 2, Interesting) 387

Wow, this just smacks of all kinds of desperation. It's amazing how badly Microsoft fails when they're not allowed to stack the deck in their favour.

Although I'm curious about Cortana. If they make her/him/it sound like GladOS, I would have to seriously reconsider my position. :3

You can not get anything worthwhile done without raising a sweat. -- The First Law Of Thermodynamics