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Comment: I'd glad pay $1200... IF (Score 2) 391

by mindmaster064 (#48746867) Attached to: Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman
If they used pro-audio grade components... A portable device using those isn't available... I prefer listening on my studio monitors to most things because I can actually hear them. The lack of "actuation" in the weaker components is drastic and noticeable. I'd pay for a crystal clear strong headphone amp with a player... I realize these components are pretty cheap on a larger form-factor. But, getting them in a small box would be marvelous -- it hasn't really been done. Most of these devices are consumer rather than prosumer oriented and the quality suffers as a result. I guarantee until you listen to your music through a true amp/studio speaker setup you have no clue what you've been missing from your tunes (like entire parts of them..).

Comment: Re:It would do them good. (Score 1) 223

by mindmaster064 (#48707983) Attached to: US Army Could Waive Combat Training For Hackers
I think the point is that these type of people are generally NOT interested in fitness. If that's the requirement you eliminate 99% of the technical people and are left with a relatively small pool who don't fit the profile of a good hacker-type because they make time for fitness and generally don't spend as much time on the tech. Only so much time in the day.. if you're pumping iron you're not pumping code.. Doctors, nurses, and chaplains are already on such a modified program and do not have to fitness qualify nor do they often have to attend boot camp at all. Most of those people walk in with degrees with 2nd Lt. or better rank.. I am a long-bearded and long-haired tech and I only never signed up because I had to become something I completely wasn't to join up... If I could do my tech, keep the hair, and help the country I am others would probably be interested.

Comment: Re:Yay! Hopenchange! (Score 1) 225

by mindmaster064 (#47531473) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding
Same here. I tried college, but I was already too advanced when I enrolled and I literally bored myself out of the place. I've never had a college degree or needed one and I've worked solo, my own company, and even with fortune 500s. Generally, I never was stopped at any point due to not having that paper but I have lost to others on experience on a particular platform or whatever. Fine, I can deal. =)

Comment: Re:they can't find people who will work 60-80+ hou (Score 1) 225

by mindmaster064 (#47531437) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding
More like they build the job posting to fit one foreign amateurs resume and then act like there is no one in the USA that could do it. The H1-B is complete fucking slavery. No raises likely and as many hours as the employer wants to put you through OR you get fired and lose your ability to stay here -- then have to buy your own ticket home. That's why our corporatacracy allows this -- employment is slavery too, but not nearly as bad. As long as you work for money you're basically in debt, so the wage slave is only slightly better off. We should be against this process not only because it costs US workers jobs, but because it is a violation of the human rights of the individuals as well. The problem is that we need government reform that represents the people not the fictious entities known as companies. Until that happens the money is the most important thing.

Comment: Re:1st Amendment rights?? (Score 1) 347

501(c) is used by a lot of social or policy based groups. Since I don't think their purpose is gathering money to profit, but rather to feed campaigns they believe in it is no different than passing a hat among your friends. I don't really want government to get into policing this type of thing because it limits our ability to effect the political process for good. Since money is the only thing candidates think about that is the only way to control them and keep them honest. Going after 501(c) is basically just going after you and me in the long haul through the organizations and groups that we can use to influence politics now and in the future.

Comment: Re:~45yrs of buffer overflows... (Score 1) 127

by mindmaster064 (#47161943) Attached to: GnuTLS Flaw Leaves Many Linux Users Open To Attacks
Yes, but it's easier to worry about one library (the VM) than 5000. Also the need for "compiling" is caused by the limitation that your OS cannot directly digest the bytecode. If it could there is nearly no need for a C++ glue layer other than a very minimal one that can easily be secured. If it can read that code then the C++ dependency goes away outside of the small bit riding right on the hardware. Put C where it belongs -- touching the hardware -- move the standard libraries into the virtual sandbox. No more problems.

Comment: Sometimes things aren't done for evil. (Score 2) 80

by mindmaster064 (#47161907) Attached to: AMD, NVIDIA, and Developers Weigh In On GameWorks Controversy
Bottom line, if a game runs poorly on a graphic device AMD and NVIDIA directly get blamed. This program is merely NVIDIA's tack towards improving user perception. They know if you have a problem running software on one of their cards you will probably go buy a Radeon. The computing hardware in each card is far beyond the privy of any single developer to understand at this point. You need a glue layer and technical resources to properly expose the interfaces. The problem is when one vendor is specifically excluded from the glue layer. Both of these vendors have been cheating benchmarks by analyzing what game is attempting to access the features and then dumbing them down selectively in barely perceivable ways to artificially pump benchmark results. The problem I have with NVIDIA doing this is mostly that they typically have their own black box code (that is closed) and you have no idea how that is interacting. If it interacts poorly with your application you are just screwed. There is nothing to fix you must patch around it. Ergo, the state of the current NVIDIA drivers in Linux. =)

Comment: Re:~45yrs of buffer overflows... (Score 1) 127

by mindmaster064 (#47158535) Attached to: GnuTLS Flaw Leaves Many Linux Users Open To Attacks
I'd even go far as to say the problem creeps into larger issues. All the libraries you require are based in C/C++. QT, etc. These code bases are completely massive and even if you run some small "shows a box on screen" app you are calling 3000 lines of possibly broken an insecure code. The solution is move the core libraries away from C to C#, Java, or some other viable candidate that prevents software from "doing bad things". Essentially what the open source community has been saying is "trust us", but who exactly do you trust to carry your wallet? I only trust myself... How about you? Community developed software is great provided it is implemented on a framework that is invulnerable to input errors. I rather have my app crash than get hacked.

Comment: Re:Mostly because companies are bastards. (Score 1) 138

by mindmaster064 (#45773341) Attached to: Percentage of Self-Employed IT Workers Increasing
The S-corp is a newbie way... Really you need to fully incorporate in a state that doesn't have state or personal income tax (Wyoming, Nevada -- do Delaware if you want to IPO and get big) (yes you'll never get away from the fed..) Standard corporations can take a TON more exemptions than you can personally so any "pass-thru" is just false savings and you're leaving money on the table. Any decent corp is paying exactly $0 federal tax most of the time so there is no reason to take the S election and lose money. Mostly how much you can charge is how you can "come off" there are businesses willing to pay any unreasonable rate. Just remember if you ask for $300/hr you are expected to pick up lunch, dinner, and buy the drinks -- it just goes with the territory.

Comment: The reason it is still used is simple. (Score 3, Interesting) 276

by mindmaster064 (#44102617) Attached to: Join COBOL's Next Generation
COBOL is one of the few languages that is completely standardized. IO, formatting, everything works the same EVERYWHERE. Certainly, the column nature of coding in the language is annoying, but not much more than BASIC was with it's numbering scheme. As far as the programs that chug through industrial-sized databases go few touch as many records as COBOL does.

Comment: This has been going on since at least 2001. (Score 4, Interesting) 262

I used to work at Bank of America and NSA had a black door closet in our office that I couldn't get into. Now mind you I had a security key card that could open any door in the establishment due to me being in the network security team. I could get in any VIP office, the trade floor, any secured area and any BofA server room on the premises but no one in our company could open that one door. So it's not just Internet dotcoms it's all your financial transactions and anything else as well. They are snarfing everything.

Comment: This console will be useless. (Score 1) 581

Half the players of these games are non-internet connected teenagers at least in terms of their bedrooms. They can't buy $70+ games either as a rule. Microsoft just hasn't had enough strikeouts yet eh? Well they'll learn the hard way. All the next gen PlayStation has to do is be less draconian because the hardware is absolutely the fucking same.

Comment: Re:Why can't they do it like everyone else? (Score 1) 183

Actually the .Net philosophy to me seems the polar opposite of Java. .Net releases seem further apart but seem to work better and have more integrated functionality. Personally... after using both for a long time C# + .net wins.... The portability comment isn't even an issue anymore really... Mono is working well in most cases (the gap is mostly in the latest incarnations of and MVC) and is fast enough to run games so it is fast enough for any business use at least in my mind. Personally, I dislike Microsoft and Oracle but I dislike Oracle way more.

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