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Comment: Re:Buy the book BANNED by Costco! (Score 0) 135

by jedidiah (#47418607) Attached to: Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

If it weren't for all of this fake controversy and bogus righteous indignation, I would have no idea what this book is. Perhaps it just didn't sell well at Costco. It's a warehouse store you know. You can't depend on an item being there the next time you visit even if it was there the last time.

These Tea Baggers seem to be missing the whole "Warehouse Club" concept here.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 497

by jedidiah (#47415705) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

I might not be able to build a skyscraper but I can nail some boards together, plunge a toilet, wire a room, or lay some tile.

Basic home maintenance is something that everyone needs to understand regardless of whether they own their place or not. People need to know enough to be able to delegate to experts and not get robbed in the process. People need to understand what they are buying.

People need to be able to fend for themselves on a very basic level.

This American love of stupidity only serves to make for easier victims.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 497

by jedidiah (#47415633) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

"Complex" is not for laymen. There is only so much that you can do with any "appliance". Beyond that, you actually have to know what you are doing. This "problem" has nothing to do with programming.

Once you get into "complex", you really do want something along the lines of a profession were people have to be licensed and they can be held accountable for their failures. For the "complex" stuff, we should be striving MORE for something comparable to real engineering or medicine rather than pushing for trained monkeys and amateurs.

Right tool for the job and all that...

Comment: Re:First world problems (Score 1) 348

by jedidiah (#47370961) Attached to: Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

...although a screensaver can be a really simple thing. It doesn't need to be some power hungry monster that eats your entire download cap. This is simply the common developer problem of not being able to relate to the end user. They are used to having unlimited resources and code accordingly.

      More experienced vendors in the same space don't take such a boneheaded and obviously wrongful approach.

Comment: Re:or don't trust the Internet (Score 1) 191

by jedidiah (#47369099) Attached to: 30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

The local hospital? Are you kidding? Do you know what kind of nasty stuff you can pick up at the hospital? Some of it is even anti-biotic resistant.

You don't want to be hanging out at the hospital any more than you absolutely have to. It's much like the Internet in this regard.

Comment: Re:501(c)(3) Classes (Score 2) 228

by jedidiah (#47362665) Attached to: The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

The only problem with your rant is the fact that an entity that looks like a conventional looking company can in-fact be a non-profit enterprise. Hospitals notably fall into this category and they hardly give stuff away for free. They are some of the most notorious high way robbers on the planet.

This is a situation where the "quacks like a duck" legal principle doesn't quite work out.

Comment: Re:Supreme Court did *not* say corps are people .. (Score 2, Informative) 1304

by jedidiah (#47361345) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

> You are mischaracterizing the Supreme Court decision Citizens United.

Not at all. He's merely disagreeing with it. This is America. We get to disagree with Kings and Popes and idiots who have the gall to call themselves judges.

There is no direct 1:1 person -> corporate pass through. The whole POINT of a corporation is to prevent that.

What we have here are a legal fiction being granted MORE power than real people while still retaining all of the extra protections they get from not really being people.

Comment: Re:Supreme Court did *not* say corps are people .. (Score 1) 1304

by jedidiah (#47360689) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

> (1) Groups of people have the same free speech rights are individual persons.

Groups of people don't have the same moral awareness or legal responsibility as individuals do. They are at best, like children and should be thought of as such.

When you take a group of people and put them together, you end up with a rampaging mob. You don't end up with a Bog hive mind with the soul of a Greek poet.

Your entire line of reasoning is pure bullshit that blatantly ignores human nature.

Comment: Re:Listen to the trolls (Score 1) 93

by jedidiah (#47341345) Attached to: Bye Bye Aereo, For Now

...I seem to recall making that same remark myself in response to the first Aereo message posted here.

Some guy's black robe won't magically prevent everyone from trying to get that rule applied in the lower courts. It will have to be litigated back up to the SCOTUS before 9 guys can declare that "sorry, it doesn't apply to you". Although even that's not assured. By the time it gets back up to the SCOTUS, it could be different guys or case could just come out different.

It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions. - Robert Bly