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Comment: Stallman was right (Score 5, Insightful) 56

by jabberw0k (#47538223) Attached to: Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

These so-called "smart telephones" aren't telephones at all; they are computers. Computers that you cannot control. And if you aren't, who is?

Some folks thought Richard Stallman was crazy for saying no-one should run software or use hardware that is based on clandestine (proprietary, hidden) knowledge. This latest revelation is just one reason he was right all along.

Comment: Those complaints aren't about telephone features (Score 1) 289

by jabberw0k (#47501153) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

Telephones are devices that let you speak to someone (tele-, far; and phone-, sound).

The real mystery is why anyone who has the slightest clue about technology, would buy or wish to use a computer that runs software you cannot control or replace. Even the TRS-80 let you shut off the built-in Microsoft BASIC ROM, and the Apple ][ let you run something other than Integer BASIC. These allegedly "smart" so-called "telephones" seem quite brain-dead.

Comment: "Smart" aren't (Score 0) 399

by jabberw0k (#46858289) Attached to: Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches
I already can't grok why anyone wants a "smart" phone that freezes and crashes all the time, acts like the NSA in your pocket, has no usable keys or keyboard, a screen that's like reading the internet through a straw, and generally has nothing but irritating "features." I certainly do not want a digital watch with no buttons.

Comment: Re:Big Iron (Score 1) 139

by jabberw0k (#46821699) Attached to: Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones
Except those were rack upon rack of glowing hot vacuum tubes all connected by point-to-point wiring with cabinets of core and drum memory alongside. Very much individual components, with the vacuum tubes having to be replaced at least one a day. These were then replaced with racks of transistor logic, and then IC logic, all on little replaceable cards. All designed for easy maintenance and in the hope that customers would upgrade their systems.

Comment: The Night of the Living Mainframe (Score 3, Insightful) 169

by jabberw0k (#46682675) Attached to: Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe
Sure, all those so-called "telephones" running on 99-cent "apps" are plentiful, like cockroaches, but if you're running one the million- or billion-dollar companies that let those awkward thumbpaint-smudge-laden gadgets actually do anything, you're talking mainframes one way or another (call them a "cloud" if you must).

Real Programmers don't write in PL/I. PL/I is for programmers who can't decide whether to write in COBOL or FORTRAN.