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Comment: Re:Why do people support this racist? (Score 1) 190

by linearZ (#48789685) Attached to: Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

The "place of Apartheid" could either be South Africa (where Elon Musk is from) or the US deep South up to the 1960's.

Musk dodged the South African draft by emigrating to Canada on his own in his teens. The only 60 minutes reports on Elon Musk are puff pieces that seem driven by a PR engine - no accusations of killing. Gerogia has been politically Republican for the past 20 years. Was the AC talking about some Georgia politician who may have been in Vietnam? Perhaps AC's tinfoil hat is on too tight?

Comment: Better to not lead the witness. (Score 1) 159

by linearZ (#48014683) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

I've found that withholding the a full bug list, while allowing customer to directly submit bugs to engineers (e.g. limiting customers visibility on Bugzilla to only the bugs they submit) is a very powerful approach. This allows some level of verification without leading the witness, and a better understanding of what is important to customers on the whole. I always advocate for making it as easy for the customers to submit bugs. You want the marketing people to filter information from engineers to customers, not the other way around.

As for submitting whole bug list, with the exception of certain situations (obvious impact on large pct of user base, open source, safety/security) I really don't see the point. I ask myself - in developing proprietary software is there benefit to publishing minor bugs that don't impact a large percentage of the user base? Does it help me sleep better? Am I somehow magically off the hook for bugs that have been published? In my experience the answers to these questions is "No", and advocacy to submitting all bugs to the customers is generally rooted in the ego of the engineer. It is marketing/sale's job to manage the customer expectations, not the engineer's - we have to live with this fact.

Comment: A strawman argument at best. (Score 1) 354

by linearZ (#48000627) Attached to: FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

"What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law."

I've yet to see any of these devices marketed as allowing people to place themselves beyond the law. Law enforcement are the only ones pushing the idea that the only purpose is to circumvent the law. Of course, the lapdog media has no problem reprinting the "encryption is for criminals" message.

Comment: Brought to You by Apple? (Score 2, Interesting) 408

by linearZ (#47954951) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Reading this, you would think that Apple is the only large company making tech.

This is what all large companies do. For instance, Windows was built on hundreds of companies that Microsoft went out and bought because they needed the tech. Samsung builds shit from scratch all the time, and probably has more CNC machines at its disposal than Apple.

This is nothing more than an Apple puff piece. To remove the marketing content, one would have to replace Apple with "large corporation", then the article's title would just be "No, You Can't Manufacture Like a Large Corporation". Then you can replace the author's name with "Duh".

Comment: A meatspace solution to a meatspace problem (Score 1) 363

by linearZ (#47859669) Attached to: BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

The fossils running content providers, and some ISPs still can't figure out how to monitize the internet for their existing models of the world. This problem is so 1990's, still so applicable. Rather than realize the internet for what it is, they need to apply boarders and geoblocking because, well... because otherwise Johnny Rotten would be able to sell butter outside of Britain?

The BBC are morons. People aren't going to stop using VPNs, the genie is way too far out of the bottle for that. If they really want to control content for profit, perhaps they should look at all of the folks make money on subscriptions services?

Comment: Is this really a good investment? (Score 1) 97

by linearZ (#47839741) Attached to: Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

Only a matter of time before the Chinese government takes over Alibaba, or sues because of "antitrust" or whatever other reason it can think of to get its cut. Either way, how can owning part of a Chinese business be a good investment, unless you are former/current PLA or a wig wearer in the Communist party?

I wouldn't waste my money.

Comment: Re:But hey... (Score 1) 789

Yep. This is all Obama's fault.... The misinformation coming from American wing nuts is nearly as silly as the stuff coming out of Russia.

The US isn't the world's policeman. This isn't the US' conflict. And, most importantly, the Ukraine has no oil for the US. The US is much better off having the EU try to purchase Gas from an antagonized Russia embroiled in a dispute in the region a majority of its pipelines run through. It makes it far easier for the US to start selling LNG to Europe.

The US has far more to gain by doing nothing but stoking outrage. No sane US president would get seriously involved with Russia over Ukraine. If you are saying Romney is crazy, then you may have a point. But Romney never really struck me as crazy. Your typical two-faced, corporate back, US politician - yes. But not crazy.

Comment: Re:Yes Google and FB are the ones to protect us? (Score 1) 116

by linearZ (#47728929) Attached to: NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

Google, Facebook, and the NSA government are nothing more than competing Panopticons. They all want as much of your personal information as they can collect, and they all want to keep it as long as they can.

If one of these organizations is legally battling the other, then you can be sure it is because they feel they should more of your data than the other, not because of a moral imperative.

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928