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Comment Re:Massive and stupid (Score 1) 207

"Are you guys ready? Let's roll." -Todd Beamer

The passengers on Flight 93 are the heroes you deride.

Absolutely not - I don't deride them at all. In fact what they did was *all the more remarkable* for the fact that people don't in general do that, and they couldn't really have been sure that their situation was unwinnable. But they were still one plane out of 4. It was the grandparent poster that was deriding the other planes' passengers for somehow not being superhuman like Flight 93.

Comment Re:Massive and stupid (Score 2, Insightful) 207

The attacks on 11 September 2001 could have been prevented by the airliner passengers choosing not to remain in their seats and sending text messages or calling home, but instead putting down the would-be hijackers. Back in those days passengers were carrying knives, knitting needles, scissors, hairspray and assorted other items capable of being "weaponised." The Government has deliberately and with malice of forethought decided to overreact by curtailing the freedoms of the People.

The real world isn't a Steven Segal film and real people are not marines. A trained and vicious hijacker (or several) would generally be able to control the situation, and you can't realistically think it is reliable to leave security to normal folk to rising up. Pretty classy thing, blaming the passengers with your hindsight. Anyway, since in the actual situation they largely didn't go all kung fu on hijacker-ass, clearly taking weapons out of the situation rather than arming everybody is the only sensible way to go.

Comment Re:Why so complicated? (Score 2) 111

It is literally a circular network connected to one CPU and a bunch of dumb nodes.
Each node has a network ID. They can pass messages and only the nodes that are listening for it will get it.

I'd put real money on betting you've never done anything near hardware development...

Comment Re:Fragmentation is an issue? No shit! (Score 2) 111

Nobody who has done Android development is surprised to hear this.

I generally find the opposite, the ones crowing about fragmentation tend to be the ones who have no experience in development on Android (and indeed any non-iPhone platform) and handling perfectly pedestrian problems that we've been working with for all of programming history...

Different hardware and OS versions is standard standard, part of being a programmer...

Comment Re:Give me bigger iOS devices. Android is crap. (Score 1) 177

Ever since the iPad 1 shipped, I've advocated a range of iPads in all the standard drafting sheet sizes, from A (8.5" x 11") to D (17"x22"). Direct manipulation on large, high-DPI displays would make for an amazing user experience for CAD.

Of course, if I spent the money that a 17x22" device would cost, there's no way in hell I'd settle for Android. I LIKE getting OS updates.


And thus is the main disadvantage of iOS - you get what you're given, and nothing else...

Comment Re:Re serialization issue (Score 1) 105

I almost wonder whether Google are encouraging people to publicize Android vulnerabilities so they can say 'look, this isn't working, we need to be able to push updates to phones ourselves'.

If that was really what they wanted to do, they would've designed it that way in the first place. Windows manages to update itself across a wide variety of hardware without involvement from the manufacturers.

Windows is also highly limited on the hardware it can run on, and very restricted in what the manufacturers can do to improve the OS. One of the reasons Android is as widespread and good as it is is that there was alot of freedom in the early days for improvements to be made by manufacturers, which eventually got folded into the main stock builds.

Android seriously needs to focus on security updates now, but to lock down the manufacturers years ago would have seriously restricted its development.

Comment Re:Information wants to be free (Re:Embarrassment) (Score 1) 318

If, for whatever reasons, an employer wants to know, what sort of a person you are with your friends — and they all will, once the positions they are considering you for reach a certain height, they'll find out. With private investigators, if need be.

And that makes it OK?

What you present to the employer being separate from your personal life is actually a really important part of how we function as a society.

Is it? How so? Can you cite any studies showing usefulness of such separation? Or how this separation changed over the years — for the betterment of society, or otherwise?

Well clearly I'm not going to have such studies to hand, not sure how you would study such a thing, but this one touches on similar subjects showing how there is inbuilt racism / nationalism in CV selection. That sort of problem is only going to get worse with the more information available.

Comment Re:Here's a thought... (Score 1) 318

Also, control all your friends so that they don't post any information online about you. Control Google and whoever's facial recognition algorthms from auto tagging you. Control all the stuff you have no possible control over, because I don't want to consider that possibly this new technology we've invented might have really bad consequences and I can't be bothered to do anything about it.

Comment Re:Embarrassment (Score 1) 318

Are employers looking at Facebook also mostly a social thing?
The problem isn't embarrasment, it's judgmental people with the power to affect your live.

Yeah, we'll get right on that. I'm sure that decision makers with no judgment will become a thing. Much better if they go by what you copied into your resume than by what you actually did in public.

And this is why we have privacy. That people have disconnected lives where they are one person at work and another with their friends, is fundamental to actually being able to be yourself, to be a fully rounded person. If we start being terrified that everything we do in public will be available to anyone to judge out-of-context or through their own prejudices, you effectively give up your freedom and we are forced to regress to the lowest common denominator for behaviour. What appears on the internet is not just what you put there, it's what other people post.

What you present to the employer being separate from your personal life is actually a really important part of how we function as a society.

Comment Re:Bill Hadley is going to be disappointed (Score 4, Insightful) 233

I am a firm believer in free speech. The cure for bad speech (as the accusation apparently was) is not less bad speech but more good speech.

Fine, but doesn't there have to be consequences when someone just makes shit up about someone else? Especially when it's something that is such a powderkeg in current climate? We don't consider it reasonable that people prove a negative, so you're already on the backfoot if someone decides to start a rumour. With Twitter and Wikipedia, it's very easy for a rumour to get repeated so much it feels like the truth.

Comment Re:Bill Hadley is going to be disappointed (Score 2) 233

I don't think he will be disappointed. I think the purpose of the lawsuit is to send a message to Mr. Hadley's future political opponents to be careful what they say about him. In other words, this is intended to have a chilling effect on political speech.

Accusing someone of molesting children is political speech now? Sure...

Isn't it right that people are careful what they say about other people?

Comment Re:London is good, Berlin is better (Score 1) 410

In IT you don't need German. English is more then enough. Even though the average salaries are a bit lower then in London you still get much better overall life quality. A pizza during lunch break costs 4 EUR here, a monthly public transport ticket around 80EUR, a decent flat outside of mitte (60m2) goes for 600-700 EUR.

I mean, yeah you might get by but aren't you missing out on actually living there? If you can't read / speak / interact with people without forcing them into your language? There is more to living in a place than cheap pizza.

The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it. -- Anthony Burgess