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Comment: Re:Translation... (Score 1) 185

by jellomizer (#47918597) Attached to: WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

The Government Bidding process for services is corrupt by design.
You can make bid for service.
Then you have stipulations which weigh it in a companies favor, not because they are required for the job, but to write the contract for the company.

I have seen State Bids for services for a Web Site. Which has odd requirements, such as 20+ years in COBOL, 10+ Years in RPG, 3 Years of HTML, 2 Years of ASP.NET
When you see these contracts you know they are for a particular person they want to keep on board.

Comment: Re:What I like ... errrm, respect about Apples Swi (Score 1) 178

by jellomizer (#47916927) Attached to: Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

My main issue is we are entering a post desktop world. (No the desktop isn't dyeing, but it isn't the center of our computing world)
So we need the following.
1. A platform to create moble apps.
2. Being able to create these apps on different systems.

It is actually very lame to have to have a Mac to build an iOS app. You really should be able to do it on at least the Big three OS Windows,Mac,Linux. Because we are not desktop centrist anymore and people will go around with different Desktops and OS's freely.

Comment: Writing code isn't always fun. (Score 4, Interesting) 51

by jellomizer (#47916855) Attached to: Industry-Based ToDo Alliance Wants To Guide FOSS Development

The biggest issue with a lot of of the home grown Open Source Apps, is getting past the dreaded 80% complete mark.
This is the point in the program where all the interesting proof of concepts and interesting algorithms are all set. However that last 20% is a lot of the detail fine tuning that really puts all the pieces in play.
This last 20% mark when it no longer becomes fun, is where the project looses steam and sometimes dies off.
Having a company putting money towards development with management and direction and all those MBA Buzzwords basically means we push the developers to get that last 20% done.
But of course if they are pushing to get that set done, and are putting in resources to help that, it is going to be their vision of 20% not necessary yours.

I know a lot of the Open Source people have this Anti-Corporate everything mind set... However to make it in the world there needs other sources of motivation other then just feeling good.

Comment: Digital Data likes to move. (Score 1) 257

by jellomizer (#47910623) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Analog Data fairs better when it isn't touched, every read could damage it a bit, and copying a copy of a copy using analog methods will degrade its content.

For digital data, it wants to be moved around.
The more you copy and move digital data the better it is.
Raid Disks makes sure you have a couple of copies.
You post it the cloud and it will last longer.
You could get fancy and have a backup method that copies your data from one drive to an other. When it fails you swap the drive out with a new one.

Comment: Re:Minecraft itself is a phenomenon, but (Score 1) 322

by jellomizer (#47908759) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

I have to agree 2.5 billion for a game title is over the top. Especially as most game titles do not have a long life. Sure it is popular now... However in 5 years? 10 years?
Nintendo got lucky with a few franchisees.
Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon. But these are charactors/story universes. Mindcraft doesn't have such an in-depth story it is just the game fad of the time.

Comment: Re:It's not your phone (Score 1) 602

For the most part people are happy with that.
When you own something it is up to you to keep it maintained. When you have these services the owner needs to do the maintenance, if something goes off it is their fault. As well on the average they have the resources to keep all their devices maintained.

Sure I kinda wish these companies can give us the option to own or rent. For those cases where I feel I am better off owning it even with the extra responsibility of ownership.

Comment: Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (Score 1) 880

by fyngyrz (#47900443) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Agnosticism is about knowledge. the Theism / Atheism poles are diametric opposites: belief and non-belief. There's no middle ground definable by knowledge, or lack thereof.

Agnosticism is not a third position. You're either a theist -- that is, you hold some measure of belief in a god or gods -- or you're not, and you don't. From there, you can, if you like, assert a state of knowledge to bolster your choice, or a lack of a state of knowledge to do the same thing. But your position is still either you believe, or you don't.

The whole point about belief, or not, is that it is contingent upon faith. Knowledge is not.

Hope that helped some.

Comment: Re:What are the bounds of property? (Score 1) 163

by fyngyrz (#47899291) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

An interesting issue is, the photons that formed the image were not on their property at the time, nor do they have a legitimate claim to ownership of those photons just because they happened to bounce off their stuff. They probably bounced off a lot of other stuff, too. "My photon! MY PHOTON!" has more than a little bit of the ring of insanity about it. :)

If you don't want a photonic record of your actions, the sensible answer is to avoid photons that can form such a thing, i.e., stay inside your dwelling with opaque curtains drawn, erect a fence and a cover, etc.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten

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