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Comment Glad to see them getting what they deserve (Score 2) 483

I used to be a GoDaddy customer until I got "fined" by them for some made-up claim of spamming. They said they'd take away all of my domains if I didn't give them $199 and I didn't have the resources to fight-back so I just gave them the money and then left their service shortly thereafter. Apparently, a lot of people have had the same issue. There was a whole thing about it on NoDaddy, but they eventually took that down somehow.

Comment Re:How about repurposed Android smartphones? (Score 1) 158

I was just going to post this myself.

Since it'd be fully programmable, right down to the Linux kernel, and there's now a USB Host API (Android API 12+) you could easily integrate the phone with whatever control system you like.

The sky's the limit!

Comment Re:But he's and IT Expert! (Score 1) 222

If this sorry excuse is what passes an expert, I think my grandma has a good chance at a new career.

His Barack Obama Is Your New Bicycle website is particularly telling. Looks like something a (gifted) seven-year-old could have made in an intro to HTML class.

Comment Anti-competitve practices (Score 5, Interesting) 96

Apple ought to have been prosecuted for its anti-competitive practices a long time ago. I have no idea why this hasn't happened.

For God's sake, Microsoft is forced to include a nag screen advertising other browsers (including the ones virtually nobody uses) while Apple gets a free pass to prevent others browsers from even functioning properly on iOS, censors its competitors and dissidents in its app store, and makes use of vendor lock-in wherever it can.

Why the double standard?

Comment Re:This is bunk (Score 0) 193

I was going to say the same thing. This is already happening with the Internet now. This article ought to have been written around 2000. The thing is, this is more of a programming language dark-age than renaissance. Lots of different low-quality languages that exist to either allow poor programming practices or perform vendor lock-in. Why should I have to use Objective C, Java, PHP, and C# for one simple project?

Comment Re:But he's and IT Expert! (Score 0, Flamebait) 222

The fact that he was using all Apple products, with iCloud no less, is a good sign that he's not an expert.

After all, this is the company which profits from people who are willing to pay a lot more for a computer system provided it is very simple and is secure from viruses and hackers. LOL.

Comment Re:Apple's Failure, Not Amazon's (Score 1) 222

I've never heard of anyone having more than one card from the same issuer before. Usually, a bank won't offer you a second card if you already have one with them. Why do you have multiple cards from the same bank?

In the case where you have two cards with the same issuer one digit could be used, provided it is different. In the event it's not different, two digits and so on until a noticeable difference exists.

Comment Re:Apple's Failure, Not Amazon's (Score 1) 222

Every e-commerce company in the world that allows you to store your card info will display the last four digits of your card number, because what other option is there? What other unique determinant could you possibly display in order to allow people to select one card from a set?

Card issuer.

Comment Re:Get into Mobile Computing (Score 2) 247

This is excellent advice. When I was 10 years old I started doing programming for the Palm OS platform. It was a bit harder then (programming in C, very limited resources, etc...) but I can't imagine desktop programming would have been easier. There were some great third-party distributors available that would handle the sales and cut my cheque each month and prices were higher back then ($10-$20 per unit). By the time I was 15 I was making more in royalties than my parents -- although this was a pretty low bar seeing as how my father is an alcoholic and my mother didn't manage to get her degree until I was 9 years old.

When the Palm OS platform died I decided, regrettably, that I just wanted to have a normal childhood and study natural science in university. This turned out to be a mistake because the emotional problems caused by my father's abuse and constantly switching schools made fitting in more or less impossible.

After taking a hiatus from programming for about 5 years I recently wrote a very complex scientific modeling app related to the field I was studying. It was probably the most fulfilling thing I'd done in years. I've still got a lot of improvements planned, but it's getting some sales (not like before, unfortunately). I make the majority of my money from programming contracts now and I've decided to transfer to computer science.

"Don't tell me I'm burning the candle at both ends -- tell me where to get more wax!!"

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