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Comment: Re:Hold on a minute (Score 1) 60

by jedidiah (#48187541) Attached to: Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

Wages have been stagnant for awhile now. They might be an improvement on a Wal-Mart greeter but they seem to have not improved much in some places in the last 10 or so years.

Inflation is slowly eroding the apparent advantage.

Plus SFO and NYC are crazy expensive places to live. You just need more there.

Comment: Re: I don't follow (Score 1) 346

by jedidiah (#48181937) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

> The new iMac and the Macbook pro both ship with retina.

In other words: screw all of the legacy users where legacy means last years model.

This is the problem with Apple's idea of "forward thinking". They don't just offer a new new features, they prevent you from using the old ones.

If real life hasn't caught up to the future quite yet, that puts you in a bind.

Comment: Re:Remove It (Score 1) 516

by jedidiah (#48170573) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

> I'm sure some elder statesman of the Unix world would ask "Why would you ever want a GUI on a UNIX system? "

This would be the "green screen" myth that certain trolls like to fixate on so much.

The truth is that GUIs were commonplace on Unix workstations long before they were widely adopted on DOS kludge clones. However, this fact does not mean that this feature has to be force fed to everyone all the time.

The key feature of a Unix GUI is that it is HIGHLY OPTIONAL. It also does not sabotage anything else. It doesn't require abandoning the Unix design philosophy. A GUI is not fundementally incompatible with the rest of Unix.

If you want an all-singing-all-dancing-crap-of-the-world style logfile, leave the originals alone and create a new set of tools that build on top of what's already there and leave what's there alone.

There's no need to sabotage other people's stuff.

Comment: Re:Has it been working so far? (Score 2) 383

by jedidiah (#48165199) Attached to: Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

I'm glad that there is a virtual lynch mob around willing to shout down bad ideas. Some things are just bad ideas. They are very well understood as to why they are bad ideas. Yet people proceed (and kid themselves) despite of a lot of sound reasoning and appeals to first principles.

Past a certain point you have to turn the volume up to 11 just to get dissent to register to some people.

Comment: So funny it's sad. (Score 1) 290

by jedidiah (#48162691) Attached to: Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Never mind Tesla. I don't even want to deal with dealers for conventional cars. I would rather order the thing online direct from the factory (or Amazon) and just have it delivered. There is so much crap an nonsense you have to deal with at a car dealership, it's not even funny.

This "upselling" thing is a sickness that seems to have infested everything.

Comment: Re:Are you patenting software? (Score 1) 224

by jedidiah (#48158775) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

Patents and trade secrets are the same thing.

Patents are supposed to be useful trade secrets that have been disclosed for consideration. The patent monopoly is that consideration. The point being that it's more productive to make that trade secret public knowledge.

Patents aren't meant to be an anti-competitive bludgeon or a virtual land grab.

Their original intent is more like an adhoc sort of peer reviewed technical journal except those things probably didn't exist when modern patents systems were first created.

That said, patents are pretty much worthless for disclosure purposes. They are designed for litigation, not useful disclosure. The treble damages rule also discourages everyone from actually trying to use patents as the storehouse of knowledge they're supposed to be.

Comment: Re:Are you patenting software? (Score 1) 224

by jedidiah (#48158701) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

> So software patents should be abolished because some patents were incorrectly granted...

Not "some", the vast majority. The error rate for software patents is more like 99%.

> Should prisons be abolished because some prisoners were incorrectly sentenced?

If this were happening 99% of the time, then sure?

Software patents are so bad that it would be simpler just to abolish them. Although the real problem is the assumption from the Ayn Rand types that avarice is the mother of invention.

Comment: Re:Smartphone? (Score 2) 94

by jedidiah (#48154387) Attached to: Eggcyte is Making a Pocket-Sized Personal Web Server (Video)'s an even more novel idea: just store data on your phone and stop worrying about Rube Goldberg machines meant to get around the limitations of locked down and crippled mobile platforms.

This sounds like an alternative to a network hard drive and likely to be used for similar reasons.

Spamming the world may not be it's actual intent.

The web is probably supported by your highly proprietary mobile device even if nothing else is. Probably simple to use too.

Comment: Simple bait and switch. (Score 3, Informative) 376

by jedidiah (#48153591) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

These are not the WMDs were were told were in Iraq. While Saddam's history with chemical weapons was well known at the time, they were NOT what people were concerned about. This stuff was not what was used as the excuse to go to war and invade.

They were not part of the sales pitch.

Also, these finds were well reported when they happened. They aren't a surprise. They're hardly news.

This sounds like a bad attempt at rewriting history. Someone is hoping that we all have short memories.

Comment: Re:Just tell me (Score 1) 463

by jedidiah (#48150677) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Hospitals have always been places of death. People have just been able to successfully kid themselves in the last few decades. It's basic logic. You take everyone with any kind of medical problem and concentrate them in one location.

Even with diligent medical practices, they are bound to be breeding grounds and exchange points for all kinds of nasty things.

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