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Comment: Life has caught up to our dreams. (Score 1) 214

by jedidiah (#49165179) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

The problem with new Trek isn't JJ Abrams. It's us. The future painted by Star Trek in the 1960's isn't quite so distant any more. It's actually a little quaint. The "ethnic crewmen" are no longer awkward stereotypes. They are real people viewed much more as equals and just plain mundane.

The Scottish engineer is actually a real geeky Scot.
The Asian is more than a smiling cheerful guy.
The Russian is actually from Leningrad and actually sounds like someone who could be Spock's protoge.
The black girl comes off as more than just a switchboard operator.

Most of the tech of the old show seems dated so they find the need to make it all look even snazzier.

We are past most of the little details and the big details are taken for granted.

The future arrived. The bar is higher now. The remarkable has become the mundane.

Comment: Re:Yet another reason to abandon physical media. (Score 2) 106

by jedidiah (#49155579) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

> If you watch your movies via streaming, this is not an issue. 2015 people, 2015.

Yes. In 2015 there's still plenty of stuff that's not available via streaming or is only available at a price that most people aren't interested in paying.

Some us actually use this stuff and don't merely talk about it.

Comment: Re:It's not just the fragmentation (Score 3, Insightful) 136

by jedidiah (#49140913) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

Meanwhile, there is this PC platform that wiped out all of it's other bespoke competitors probably before you even touched your first computer. PCs are MUCH more diverse than Android phones. But if you started whining about "fragmentation" to PC developers they would look at you like you grew a second head.

Comment: Re:The state is easy to see. (Score 1, Troll) 197

by jedidiah (#49139487) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

What do "desktop users" even want? Do they even have any real desires or do they just mindlessly take whatever is force fed to them by a Microsoft dominated OEM channel?

These are the same "desktop users" that turned their noses up at MacOS in favor of DOS.

The idea that Linux "lost the desktop" is assinine. It was never there to take. It was owned by DOS from day one. Quality of the product accounts for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

By Lemming-centric market metrics, even MacOS is a failure.

Thankfully most other markets are not quite as broken and I am not stuck eating dirt. Only in the computing market is the notion of not wanting to eat dirt seen as extreme or subversive.

Comment: Re:Easy of porting over is the key (Score 4, Insightful) 197

by jedidiah (#49138257) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

This Linux gaming renaissance is most likely a side effect of how every other gaming platform besides Windows uses "something else". That something else is Linux compatible. That reduces the distance between Linux and what has already been ported to.

Android, MacOS, even the PS4 and Wii's are intermediate steps towards Linux.

It's no great surprise that the most interesting ports for Linux are being done by a MacOS porting house.

Beyond the big titles, Linux is a significant part of the market. The indies were already porting to Linux because of this.

Comment: Re:Media streamer? (Score 5, Insightful) 59

by jedidiah (#49132261) Attached to: Intel Updates NUC Mini PC Line With Broadwell-U, Tested and Benchmarked

While the NUCs are overkill for HTPC duty, the PIs are also not sufficiently there either. A PI just has problems keeping up with the user interface (XBMC).

Something like a Chromebox is the sweet spot. Decent enough GPU for video decoding and a CPU that's not ridiculously anemic.

Comment: Re:Companies ask for it (Score 3, Insightful) 186

by jedidiah (#49128279) Attached to: Jury Tells Apple To Pay $532.9 Million In Patent Suit

Better yet, if people are re-inventing your work why do you even think you should be granted ownership of it? Chances are that you contributed nothing to the state of the art. You didn't publish anything that's actually useful. Patents are rubbish as documentation. So if that's all you've contributed to the world, then you didn't contribute anything really.

The fact that ANYONE could "re-invent" your stuff means the patent should be tossed.

Patents are evil that way. They allow patent holders to claim ownership of the work of others. It's legalized theft.

Comment: Re:Canadians (Score 2) 176

by jedidiah (#49119841) Attached to: H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative For Engineers, Dev Leads

I don't have to "imagine" anything. I have seen it firsthand. I have seen the no-talent schmucks from India used as scab labor and I have seen the overqualified and highly talented types from 1st world countries. Both were underpaid and in a vulnerable position.

Talent worth importing is talent worth importing with full status and no strings attached.

Comment: Re:I have an H1-B employee (Score 5, Informative) 176

by jedidiah (#49119791) Attached to: H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative For Engineers, Dev Leads

No. The H1B debate is about creating an easy to exploit underclass. Even the "talented types" get abused by corporations. Corporations get a free pass to rape pillage and plunder because that's just (Ayn Rand) trendy these days.

Corporations want people that are easy to exploit. People with full legal status are harder to abuse. They also have higher expecations and higher overhead.

Comment: Re:What about urban sprawl in the ancient times? (Score 1) 81

Well, the idea of taking at least one day off every 7 is a pretty old one. I am sure it's not limited to one particular nation state or culture.

It's a pleasant fantasy that you can drive labor indefinitely but the physical universe (and human bodies) has finite limits.

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. -- Bill Vaughn