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Comment Change Intel.Prop laws, for design evolution (Score 1) 505

I would change intellectual property laws so that we can get an actual *evolution* of device and UI design.
Forcing companies to poorly ape better design features only gives us half-baked products with confusing interfaces as R&D departments dance around IP rules preventing them from simply using a superior design.

  E.g. The continued awful design of Windows making a kludge of Macintosh's far better UI. The above-mentioned 7-8" e-ink reader being superior to the Kindle and Kindle kopy-kats. Android vs. iPhone. The list is nearly endless.

The second thing I would change is: Adding basic html formatting to Slashdot, Reddit has. It ain't that hard..

Comment Idiocy (Score 1) 387

"Pens and paper have no place in the modern classroom, according to Lia De Cicco Remu,"

Poppycock. One expresses themselves differently via pen, pencil, paint brush, computer keyboard, thumb-type, mechanical typewriter, or electronic dictation... each are notably distinct. Remove any one and you limit the modes of expression available. At our collective, expressive peril.

Comment Windows, just Windows (Score 1) 199

What's in a name?
So a lot of great comments here, I too do not look forward to a forced-march subscription model that's being floated here. I can't imagine what that means for our enterprise, quarterly patches for servers are already a day of pain. Now we'll get constant rolling updates of servers AND workstations? Great.

But the name: Oh Microsoft, why do you have to make the naming *WORSE*? It's not like the path was convoluted enough...
(Windows 3.1, 95, NT, 2000, XP, 7, 8.1, 10)
But now the new version is simply called "Windows", making it considerably more difficult for techies to discuss which version they are running.

Now when someone asks "What systems are you running?" it will require /more/ exchanges to discern that you are just running the "Windows" version of Windows. "Windows 'Windows'" perhaps. ... WinSquared.

It's not like they could have chosen "Windows Infinity", or "Windows Silver", or "Windows Rolling Update", or "Window Terminal", or "Windows FuckYou We Own Your Ass Now", or "Windows Sprawl", or "Windows Sauron" or something *specific* with which we could actually refer to it. They have to call it the one sole word that is common to ALL Windows releases since 1993... thereby forcing techies to have a longer conversation about which fucking version they are talking about. No more shorthand ("W2008"), now always ever more will you have to have a a multi-lined conversation as you try to discern /exactly/ which version you are running.

Thanks Microsoft. You autistic jerks.

Comment Suspicious, indeed... (Score 1) 394

I technically have an FB account... under a pseudonym but I don't use it nor 'friend' other people, and demure when they ask if they can 'friend' me, same with Twitter. And no LinkedIn at all. I've never once been asked for any of that for any job interview despite the fact that I have virtually no obvious findable online presence, and I live in Seattle, techno-Central-North these days.

I can understand a certain level of 'transparency', or personal promotion uses for LinkedIn professionally, and there are uses for social media personally, specifically event invites (or the 'knife' argument above). Twitter is useful for news updates. But there are plenty of us who stay anonymous or don't have accounts with nyms linked to our real names, and we are doing just fine.

Job wants to know info? Read my resume/CV, call my references.
New potential friend shocked I'm not on FB? They are probably too lame a human being to really engage with anyway. Ask them if they've ever been outside the USA (have YOU ever been outside the USA?), or know how to build a fire, or speak another language.

City life done made y'all soft...

One would be interested to know more details about the original poster... who IS this person, anyway? Cui bono?

Comment Funding the police motive (Score 1) 760

It would bias the police's interests in funding their department with fines, as they often do in the US, towards stopping and arresting RICH people for one, since they would be paying the greater numerical fines. It might give the rich a bit of a taste of equality, for once... naturally, they will resist implementation of 'day-fines'.

All the more reason to implement them immediately.

Comment The Nine Billion Names of God (Score 1) 531

Then he added, in an afterthought: “Wonder if the computer’s finished its run. It was due about now.”
Chuck didn’t reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just see Chuck’s face, a white oval turned toward the sky.
“Look,” whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There is always a last time for everything.)
Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.

Comment *Your* Stories, *Your* Memories.... (Score 3, Insightful) 698

After my siblings and I lost our mom prematurely, the thing that we have struggled with the most is missing all the stories she had in her head... about our early years, of course, but also about different stages of things in our lives - sequences of events, or tales of lesser-known relatives. Happy memories of us that she had & liked to recall... Silly stores that made *her* laugh... that warmed *her* heart... We will never be able to get those now that she's passed over. We've been able to reconstruct some details between us, but HER stories - anything she never wrote down - are gone forever now.

I humbly suggest to not be a "Dad" and "tell" her stuff, but instead share the stuff that makes you happy & joyful to have known her & cared for her while you did.

And,.. you have my condolences, you are in a difficult situation. All the best to you and yours..

Comment Because with ultimate power... (Score 1) 406

...comes ultimate responsibility. And these guys have done /nothing/ if not prove themselves ultimately responsible.

That said, this is all just PR bluster. They've already backdoored all harddrives by infecting the firmware, compromised Cisco and backdoored all switches, they probably have operatives inside MS who've placed impossible-to-find backdoors in all versions of their OS's, they've stolen millions of SIM card K{i} keys, and their monitoring kit can hoover up any data for later processing that has the mildest whiff of interesting to it--automatically.

They "say" they *want* to sniff all encrypted coms... because they already are. Probably.

Who knows, maybe not, but when secretive agencies make a lot of PR noise, you can be certain it's a distraction.

Comment Re:good bye to US datacenters (Score 1) 406

Well, they could keylog your computer and just lift the password.
Or, i don't know, steal the crypto key to the SIM card in your phone or something, and then keylog your phone.
Or simply, take a hammer to your fingers until you gave them all your passphrases. But you're probably not that valuable or interesting to them to do this one.

Space is to place as eternity is to time. -- Joseph Joubert