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Comment: Re:Consipricy nuts, go! (Score 5, Insightful) 98

Objection: relevance.

These other things are not the topic of discussion. They are just red herrings to distract from the fact that the US appears to have acted in a civilized manner this time.

Civilized behavior should not be swept under the rug because you have a hate-on for some particular country. Your nonsense undermines the positive reinforcement that encourages good behavior and discourages bad behavior.

Doesn't matter if it's the US or Hezbollah.

Comment: Re:Aaaaahahaha ... gotta love it: (Score 2) 128

by jedidiah (#47424551) Attached to: Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

No. It was not a "sensible" comment for the time. Anyone with a lick of sense could see where the tech was going and could easily realize that you had to plan for the future.

PCs of the time were stuck in the kind of situation that Tannenbaum described not because of any inherent technical limitation but because Microsoft was a lame monopolistic sandbagger holding back the entire industry.

Even in 1992 there wasn't that much of a gap between the capabilities of proprietary Unix hardware and PCs. Some Unix machines even ran on microprocessors used by competing home computers.

That's why Linus created his own kernel to begin with.

Comment: Re:Buy the book BANNED by Costco! (Score 0) 149

by jedidiah (#47418607) Attached to: Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

If it weren't for all of this fake controversy and bogus righteous indignation, I would have no idea what this book is. Perhaps it just didn't sell well at Costco. It's a warehouse store you know. You can't depend on an item being there the next time you visit even if it was there the last time.

These Tea Baggers seem to be missing the whole "Warehouse Club" concept here.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 586

by jedidiah (#47415705) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

I might not be able to build a skyscraper but I can nail some boards together, plunge a toilet, wire a room, or lay some tile.

Basic home maintenance is something that everyone needs to understand regardless of whether they own their place or not. People need to know enough to be able to delegate to experts and not get robbed in the process. People need to understand what they are buying.

People need to be able to fend for themselves on a very basic level.

This American love of stupidity only serves to make for easier victims.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 2) 586

by jedidiah (#47415633) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

"Complex" is not for laymen. There is only so much that you can do with any "appliance". Beyond that, you actually have to know what you are doing. This "problem" has nothing to do with programming.

Once you get into "complex", you really do want something along the lines of a profession were people have to be licensed and they can be held accountable for their failures. For the "complex" stuff, we should be striving MORE for something comparable to real engineering or medicine rather than pushing for trained monkeys and amateurs.

Right tool for the job and all that...

Comment: Re:First world problems (Score 1) 348

by jedidiah (#47370961) Attached to: Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

...although a screensaver can be a really simple thing. It doesn't need to be some power hungry monster that eats your entire download cap. This is simply the common developer problem of not being able to relate to the end user. They are used to having unlimited resources and code accordingly.

      More experienced vendors in the same space don't take such a boneheaded and obviously wrongful approach.

Comment: Re:or don't trust the Internet (Score 1) 191

by jedidiah (#47369099) Attached to: 30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

The local hospital? Are you kidding? Do you know what kind of nasty stuff you can pick up at the hospital? Some of it is even anti-biotic resistant.

You don't want to be hanging out at the hospital any more than you absolutely have to. It's much like the Internet in this regard.

Comment: Re:501(c)(3) Classes (Score 2) 228

by jedidiah (#47362665) Attached to: The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

The only problem with your rant is the fact that an entity that looks like a conventional looking company can in-fact be a non-profit enterprise. Hospitals notably fall into this category and they hardly give stuff away for free. They are some of the most notorious high way robbers on the planet.

This is a situation where the "quacks like a duck" legal principle doesn't quite work out.

A computer scientist is someone who fixes things that aren't broken.