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Comment: What rubbish! (Score 0) 220

by mikein08 (#48635395) Attached to: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower
Coding is not a superpower, as simple coding can be taught to any moron who can think semi-logically. Ask the average teenage coder to write a program to run a bank of elevators efficiently, or solve the youngest uncle problem, or solve the shortest distance problem. Or ask the average teenage coder to explain how i/o systems work. I'm betting the average "coder" has no clue about any of these things.

Comment: Re:I love contextually useful ads. (Score 1) 69

by dreamchaser (#48578355) Attached to: How Your In-Store Shopping Affects the Ads You See On Facebook

Nobody forces you to use gmail or Facebook though. To you they are a free 'service' but they really aren't a service to you. That's just the carrot. You are the product they sell. Don't want them to have any information about you? Don't use them. I don't use Facebook for that very reason, and I use my gmail for innocuous things and as my spam catcher account. My choices.

Want your email to be as private as possible? Stand up your own server or use a paid service that you think you can trust. Don't want Facebook using any data it collects on you? Great, me either! So don't use it.

Comment: Re:It won't be long (Score 1) 325

by dreamchaser (#48546185) Attached to: Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

It is not a non-issue in that these sorts of things could be prevented with proper regulation of drones, or at least the chances of something like this happening could be greatly reduced. No amount of rules, training, or regulation can control what the birds are going to do. Your analogy is very bad.

Comment: In my experience (Score 4, Interesting) 118

by dreamchaser (#48539413) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?

I work with clients ranging from small business to Fortune 10 companies. On the SMB side most do support their own, though they rarely write patches. I don't know a single large enterprise using Linux that doesn't pay RedHat or whoever for support though. There are many reasons for that. SLAs are easier to hold a third party to than an internal organization. It makes the C level people feel better to have a company they are paying accountable for support. They do not have to carry the burden of the extra staff needed (that's a big one). The list goes on.

"Any excuse will serve a tyrant." -- Aesop