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Comment: How is Apple even to blame? (Score 1) 319

by ilsaloving (#49487621) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

The article very clearly states that their issues involve poorly written software by Pearson, and the school itself apparently didn't have any idea how to configure the iPads with a secure configuration.

I'm also willing to bet that Pearson did a bad job because they were mismanaged by the school, with requirements being written on cocktail napkins and whatnot.

Comment: People have only themselves to blame (Score 1) 153

"A given examples is Madden '09, which had its"

And nothing of value was lost.

Seriously, games should have thought of this before buying these asnine games that force you to log into some ephimeral DRM network just to let you play.

At this point I have written off almost all major game manufacturers cause of this crap. If I can't play a game offline, then I don't get that game (unless it's 90% discounted on steam, then *maybe*)

I remember being really excited about Starcraft 2, until I found out that the single-player mode is basically one big tutorial sessions, they stripped out local LAN plan, and you have to log into battlenet just to play the game. They did similar with Diablo 3. My interest instantly evaporated and I've basically written Blizzard off because of this nonsense.

EA is another fantastic example. Maxis is now a dead brand cause EA screwed things up so utterly badly. The only reason I can think of that EA is still in business, is because they've managed to tap the demographic of emotionally stunted males with self-esteem and co-dependency issues.

If you look around, we now have a new renessance of indy developers making all sorts of amazing games. There's a reason for that..... they make games without bullshit attached. I can only hope that this trend accelerates and that the existing big box publishers go bankrupt.

Comment: Re:Saudi Arabia, etc. (Score 1) 653

by ilsaloving (#49414583) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights

Belief in a goal and the ability to realize that goal are two completely different things. Apple has the power to influence Indiana. Apple does not have the power to influence other countries without risking financial destruction in that country, as Google had unfortunately demonstrated in China.

Comment: Obvious bullshit statement (Score 4, Interesting) 45

The statement is obviously bullshit, but the question then is, "What is the real reason?"

Possibilities include:
1. Everyone is buying Windows Kinect because it's fun to hack around with, but very little of that is translating into stuff they can make money from. Kinda like the way Sony removed Linux support from the PS3 because people were buying PS3s, putting Linux on them, and then not buying games.
2. Some Microsoft exec saw how Apple is outshining everyone else, and people are continuing to buy Apple stuff despite them restricting all their products, and thought that Microsoft needs to get in on that action.
3. The different products are actually virtually equivalent except for the adapter, so it doesn't make sense to have two different lines. But if that was true, why wouldn't they just come out and say that? (Note, this isn't mutually exclusive from #2)
4. Some other reason I can't think of?

Comment: Hardly surprising (Score 4, Interesting) 49

by ilsaloving (#49361317) Attached to: Startups Increasingly Targeted With Hacks

What's the demographic of the people running these startups? People who have grown up in the Web 2.0 age that think they know better than older folk that have already run into these situations and come up with means to mitigate them. Because it's "old" it's bad and has to be thrown away and discarded.

Having worked with some of these people first hand, my level of contempt for these webscale "developers" knows no bounds. It's like working with 15 year olds who think they know how the world works and complain bitterly that their parents are holding them back. Their a testament to Dunning and Kruger.

I've been pushing back at our company against using all these saas because this sort of situation is just going to keep happening, and undoubtedly escalate, all because webscale developers arrogantly dismiss the lessons of the past.

(eg: I actually had someone tell me that they refused to use port 80 because it was "against modern development practises". I'm pretty sure I physically felt several brain cells shrivel up and die when I heard that. They also refuse to use version control and branching because merges are "too problematic".)

Put your best foot forward. Or just call in and say you're sick.