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Comment: Ads not needed (Score 4, Insightful) 611

by jmyers (#47720043) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

People already pay for their internet connection, bandwith, web hosting, etc. Maybe the Telegraph could not exist on the web without ads, but that does not mean the internet could not exist. This person seems to belive that the internet exists only because of commercial content producers.

Comment: Not changed much (Score 5, Insightful) 294

by jmyers (#47650955) Attached to: The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

I don't see many changes. Vendors, managers, and salespeople change the buzz words every few years and talk of great paradigm shifts. Programmers continue to write code and produce actual results. In a perfect world the programmers get to choose their own tools. In the real world we have to use whatever buzz word compliant tools are thrown in the mix each year. They never actually live up to the hype and you have to dig in and find the code buried within and build stuff that works. I remember when the salespeople were touting dBase II and how programming would be completely changed. Right.

Comment: Re:sounds like North Korea news (Score 1) 109

by jmyers (#47432655) Attached to: Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

Who decides what are facts? Who decides what the 2 sides are? The government? If there ever was such a law it must have been enforced really badly at least during my lifetime (I am 54). I have always seen huge bias in news from any source. The difference that's happened over the last 20 years or so is that commentators have started to state their bias up front. I believe that is way more honest because you know what you are getting and can weight the information accordingly. The fact is that anything that comes from the mouth of a human is going to have a bias applied. The people who claim to not have bias are usually the worst culprits because they are unable to see their own bias.

Something like internet search trends is a great way to get an unbiased view of what people are interested or concerned about. This can be done completely by computer with no human interaction and bias applied. But of course the search providers will not provide the unfiltered facts. All they see is their own bias and dollar signs.

Comment: Who decides what is happy (Score 1) 109

by jmyers (#47431181) Attached to: Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

So it might make me happy to know some bad news, like my Bank just got hacked.This is nothing but trying to put a happy face on censorship. I hate "search trends" reports and articles. I wish they would factually publish that actual trends with no filtering. that would be truly interesting. I am sure this has never been done. If the trends have been real in the past then it really proves how stupid most people are. It normally appears to be as pop fluff and the same stuff the MSM is pushing as issues of the day.

Comment: Re:Of course they can (Score 1) 138

by jmyers (#46988525) Attached to: Can Google Influence Elections?

The people that would be influenced by Google are the same ones influenced by People magazine and major TV networks. These people decide a lot of elections. The so called "undecided voters" which is another term for dumbass. They pay no attention to politics except that last few weeks before a presidential election. They are the swing votes that are going to go with the candidate based on good looks and charisma. The major TV networks have almost complete control over the process of selecting the candidate for these people. They have no idea that 3rd party candidates exist. I talked to a lot of people about Gary Johnson last election and many were adamant there was no 3rd party candidate this time and I didn't know what I was talking about.

Not only Google themselves could be able to swing the results. The candidate with the best SEO team might be able to influence the results. Run some negative TV ads that drop keywords is a way you know people will search. This could bring to the surface some really nasty articles written with the slant of your choice. Unfortunately negative works big time on the dumbass voter crowd.

Comment: Re:did you checked the video? (Score 4, Insightful) 688

by jmyers (#46872613) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign

I am old enough to remember when UI's were very good. text on green screen terminal that were made to do exactly what was needed and were as simple as possible. Then computers got more powerful and people started designing GUIs that did in fact suck because the keyboard functions people had learned no longer worked or worked differently. Everything was quirky and ran very slow. Then hardware caught up and design got much better. Then web apps started to take off and the UIs sucked because of limited browser features and rookie web developers. Then programming tools and browser features improved and "web 2.0" UIs took hold and they got much better. Most of this evolution in design was driven to create the "next big thing", to wow users into wanting your design.

Now we are in a stagnant period where no new ground breaking PC technology has come along for a while. Tablets and smartphones took off so they appear to be getting all the attention. Designers and developers hungry to be on the verge of the next big thing are focusing on tablets and copying the big players like Google and Apple. At these companies design decisions are being made based on revenue streams rather than testing and user feedback. How do we make our product maintain it's branding? How to we guide the user into our revenue stream? It is no longer about what the users want tor need it is about forcing users into a tranche that can be exploited.

Comment: Re:Security through Antiquity? (Score 1) 481

by jmyers (#46868193) Attached to: US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

I had customers with 8" floppy drives up until '95 or so. Mostly Persci dual 8" drives, I would shutter any time I got a call from one of them. I did many cat eye alignments. I was glad to see the last of those go off contract along with the 17" CDC hard disk drives. Nothing like the smell of a head crash on one of those.

Comment: Re:Here's hoping. (Score 1) 693

by jmyers (#46747867) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

I've never had problem with Mint MATE edition. I run version 13 on one system since it came out and 16 on a couple others since it was released. I have found MATE to work exactly as expected and to be very stable and reliable. I have tried Cinnamon on several system and always had the crash to fallback mode after a few minutes of use. l also find the screens less smooth and jumpier. This is most likely video driver issue, but if so the system is way too picky to use in production. KDE would probably be fine too but I have not used it enough to form an opinion.

I have to believe the people recommending Cinnamon don't use it and recommend for political reasons (they want the gnome2 code base to die). Maybe they happen to have some magical hardware combination that works. I have tried a lot of systems including a reasonably new notebook and Cinnamon always crashes.I refuse to try hacks and workarounds when there is an alternative that works out of the box (mate).

I will continue to try Cinnamon and gnome3 and other systems as new versions are releases just to check them out and see how they are progressing. I have no problem changing when soemhting better comes along. So far Mint/MATE is my go to production stable desktop.

Comment: Re:Here's hoping. (Score 3, Interesting) 693

by jmyers (#46741147) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

"pleasant on the eye" is subjective and mealiness. In my experience Cinnamon is unreliable which is not good for people just trying Linux. I have installed Linux Mint on many systems, Every time a new release comes out I try Cinnamon hoping for better results. It often crashes and reverts to "fallback mode" which as awful. Maybe it works on some magic hardware combination that I have not tried. MATE has worked perfectly out of the box on every system I have tried. Stable, reliable and pleasant to my eye. I have also tried the fedora MATE spin and it was nowhere near the polish and functionality of the Mint systems. So it may be Mint treatment of MATE as much as the DE itself.

Cinnamon is for people in denial about Gnome 3 and believe it has actual value buried deep in there somewhere.
MATE is for people who just want to use a computer for actual work.
KDE is for people that want to use a computer for actual work and also like eye candy.

Comment: Re:So how many of them are actually qualified (Score 1) 214

This is the best comment so far. The fact is that we will continue to consume fossils fuels until they are gone. The various initiatives to displace fossil fuels only decide who gets to control and profit from them. the facts of AGW are irrelevant. Politicians, governments and businessmen alike do not give a damn. They all use the issue to advance their own agendas which are not about saving the planet.

If all of the oil companies were nationalized there would be sudden silence about AGW. In that case we would suffer worse affects. I know /. loves to complain about corporations, but at at least there is some level of control and oversight. There is no control and oversight when it comes to the US and other powerful governments. Democracy is pretty much dead.

Comment: Re:It's a start (Score 1) 294

by jmyers (#46700659) Attached to: Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

Translation: "I live with my mom and have never done actual work so I don't mind playing with toys".

  I have learned to live with the ribbon but it sucks horribly. It wastes space. Icons are stupid an meaningless. Text menu items arraigned intelligently are meaningful and useful to people that use these tools to do actual work. It is a step backwards and in now way an improvement.

Comment: Re:systemd Architecture (Score 3, Interesting) 641

by jmyers (#46662847) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

I adopted Linux and various other open source programs because I was frustrated with the attitude of the vendors I was dealing with, SCO, AT&T, NCR, Sperry, etc. They were all jockeying for position and creating incompatibilities with each other. I had to support a program that ran on a lot on Unices. I discovered the GNU tools that would run the same way on various platforms then toyed with Linux and eventually started using it in production.

The big difference with GNU and Linux was is seemed to be all about the users. Users creating software for other users without "vendor goals" as baggage. I was a very loyal Red Hat users for years but GNOME 3 drove me to Mint and now I keep seeing more examples where they and other "open source" companies have become like the old Unix vendors.

Glad to see Linus pushing back against it.

Comment: Workarounds make code complex (Score 1) 381

by jmyers (#44123971) Attached to: Dr. Dobb's Calls BS On Obsession With Simple Code

A lot of what makes code ugly and complex is working around bugs and incomplete features in languages, database, etc. Every time I start a new project I try to start with a good clean framework. If never fails that you hit a point where documented features dont work and after waisting many hours of research you find the ugly hack workarounds. These acheive the end result but make you cringe when you maintain the code.

Are we running light with overbyte?