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Comment Re:what? (Score 1) 232

Praytell, when is the last time Apple admitted a security flaw? January 2016 http://lists.apple.com/archive...
Windows is plagued by bad design decisions. Such as? Taking granted that Windows foundation was based on running on a 16bit PC.
Open source flaws usually tend to be dealt with fairly rapidly once discovered. However what is the fallout for a quick patch update?
I think you're going a little overboard calling people zealots there Chuck. Zealots are not just fans of open source, but ignore the problems that do exist and point to the problems in others select cases to make your point.

There are a set of Large Open source project, but a lot of small ones where there is a few people who care about the source.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 3, Interesting) 173

Because if cheating is done right, it is hard to proove. Most competitions allow a degree of "Failure" in the game. So if you are running a race, while you are not suppose to come in contact with the person you are racing with. However most judges will not be hardass enough to discredit an accidental hit. However if you are going to cheat, you may "Accidentally" hit your biggest threat just to get him off his stride.

Now this is cheating, however it is hard to prove.
That and sportsmanship lesson one, was to publically not be a sore loser. So saying he cheated is often the call of a sore loser.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 173

Winners tend to win because they take more chances. Playing it safe, means you are going to be in the middle of the pack. But if you take your chances you can win big or lose big, People who have this attitude can see cheating as taking one of those risks.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 173

It is true, but you are expecting a rational train of thought from a person. Being that their self identity is being challenged, they will have more of an instinctual instinct then a well planned thought and consequence.

Besides if you can rationalize it away such as everyone else is doing it ("they cheating too") so by cheating they are keeping the environment equal.

But even in less game method, when our self identity is threatened we will lash out and fight for it. Say you are a programmer and one of those "Rock Star" Programmers always the one being called when things get tough and you have an answer. Then a new guy comes who knows some newer technology, which can solve your problems that you fix better. How quick will you discredit the technology, pointing out any flaw in the system as the key reason why it is obviously inferior. Vs. the more rational thing, of actually taking time to learn and embrace the technology and adding it to your tool box of tools, that can enhance your ability.

Comment Re:And there was much rejoicing! (Score 1) 570

The question is who would they vote of instead now?
If they go towards a more moderate candidate or a crazy nut?
Fox News has done an excellent job at radicalizing the base, making sure Democrats are hated as godless communist who wants to control every aspect of your life.

Comment Total Carbon? (Score 0, Redundant) 281

I would like to know what the Total Carbon footprint is.
How much carbon does it take to make a solar panel, ship it, set it up.
How many trees will need to be knocked down to build the solar farm. Does the energy produced from the solar panel over its expected life actually offset the cost of implementing it, and long term maintenance.

I am not saying it is bad for the envrionment on the whole. But I would like to see the true costs.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 264

While we shouldn't dismiss problems ranging from rape to unprofessional behavior as just being prude.
Academia is very hierarchical in structure, so there is a pecking order in power there. So having men who are in a higher power position hitting on women in lower power positions puts them in a disadvantage. While they can go forward, it will still mark them as being "Miss. Woman's Lib" and isolate them from working up the power command of academia.

     

Comment Some stuff doesn't need to be smart. (Score 1) 95

As with all technology. Just because it exists doesn't always mean that it needs to be implemented.
For example the eject button on the remote control for your VCR/DVD/Blueray player. Sure it is technically possible, but what is the point. After from your chair you eject the disk, you will still need to get off your butt, to take the media out, and replace it with something else.

Some devices don't need internet connectivity. Just because when they are soo far away from you they are no longer useful.

Comment Re:Alternate title (Score 2, Insightful) 133

So you are stating in a story that a free internet meant to be given to the poor, from a For Profit Company, however being blocked by the government because it has interests in keeping the underclass out of power, and probably have ties with other telecom companies, to block competition because they are offer lower price as a key competitive advantage. Is showing the evils of capitalism. Where in this case free market is motivated to provide free infrastructure in order to increase revenue from services offered.

Stop over simplifying things. Unregulated capitalism is bad, Over regulated capitalism is just as bad too. The details is important, not the political stance.

Comment Re:That isn't trustful. (Score 1) 576

No they are stuck in the 1990s
Their rant about Linux is the same argument that was true back in the mid 1990s however Linux has matured sense then.
Some of the biggest business problems they face can be far easier fixed with a partial adoption of Linux.

I am not an open source zealot. But in terms of control, and configurability Linux is superior to Windows. That comment was to try to silence a flood of just to switch to Linux posts.

Comment That isn't trustful. (Score 4, Insightful) 576

For the enterprise version we really need it predictable so it can be managed. Even if talking to MS is harmless and overall a good thing, it means you are having your computer talk to something you may not want too.

At work we are still on Windows 7 with little chance going over to 10 because of stuff like this. (I would prefer Linux, but our management is stuck in the 1990s)

Comment Re:Well, that's pretty much a textbook violation. (Score 4, Interesting) 106

Is it?
They are not preventing Netflix or YouTube, There isn't any sign that they are slowing down their performance. It is just they are counting the data the same as any other internet download.
The only twist is that Verizon isn't charging for bandwidth for its own service.
You could say the cost of Verizon mobile is being paid from the service fee, and you are actually paying more then than the data cap fees.

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