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Comment: let them suck it (Score 4, Insightful) 353

by lophophore (#47998623) Attached to: FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

If the feds come to me with a valid warrant to decrypt my phone -- I'll do it -- rather than risk contempt of court. Their warrant better say what they are looking for.

Anybody else wants to look at it -- they can suck it.

Police & other government agencies have been snooping on suspects' phones for too long, without a warrant, and that is in direct contradiction to this:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

That is the fourth amendment to the constitution, and it remains the law of this land. No, you cannot search my phone without a warrant.

Comment: Re:Hot Damn! (Score 2, Informative) 730

by lophophore (#47867053) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

They did have the first iPod, no doubt. But as far as the first portable MP3 player, no. Try PJB100, invented by Digital Equipment Corporation.

They did have the first iPhone, but that was not the first smart phone, no. Sorry again. Palm.

They did have the first iPad, but that was not the first tablet computer, not by a long shot. GRiD was first.

Oh yeah, that GUI they claimed to invent and sued Microsoft over? Yeah, not theirs, either. Xerox. Sorry.

Apple is a marketing company, not a technology company. They have brazenly stolen others ideas and (quite successfully) marketed them.

Enjoy your lock-in.

Comment: What is cool? (Score 3, Insightful) 511

by lophophore (#47743165) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

What is cool? Programming isn't cool. Programmers aren't cool. Being a guitar player in a great band is probably cool. Being a chick magnet might be cool. When has being a Java dev gotten anybody laid?

The only people who care about how "cool" a language is are posers. A professional developer is going to choose the tool that is going to let him/her build what he/she wants with the least fuss. For a lot of today's applications, that tool may well be Java.

What's uncool is a skill that won't get you a job. Java can get you a job, help you buy a car, a house, live your life.

Comment: Re:Simulations are limited by imagination (Score 0) 173

by WinterSolstice (#47734193) Attached to: Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Or just drive the damn car.

I swear, I'm SO sick of this driverless car crap. I don't want one, I don't want to share roads with one, I don't want to even see them.
It's bad enough dealing with humans, the last thing I want is this.

We HAVE a way to get around without you having to drive. It's called public transportation. Get on a damn bus, taxi, or train.

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