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Comment: Manual? We Don't Need No Stinkin Manual (Score 0) 244

by mlw4428 (#49690053) Attached to: RTFM? How To Write a Manual Worth Reading
Let's be honest. Manuals are a concept best left in the 90s/early 2000s. With the advent of media sharing, communication platforms, like Youtube, or Skype, it would be far better to show a person what to do. No more looking through complex manuals trying to find "that one page". Textual interfaces are good for some things, but education has always been best at hands-on learning. Sitting someone down and step-by-step showing them how to do something in a video would be far more useful.

Comment: Re:I don't buy it (Score 1) 265

by mlw4428 (#48143479) Attached to: Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism
Yes and no. Most of the general public that deal with software who have any real influence are your managers/executives and I think they're the ones more or less meant in this article. My company won't lay in bed with Open Source because of the recent issues and their opinions on the lack of support. I'm not saying FOSS is bad, just why ONE company chooses not to.

Comment: Re:Honestly, rifles are not the problem (Score 1) 651

by mlw4428 (#48074309) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine
I wouldn't say pistols are teh best self-defense weapon. It depends highly on the situation, environment, and other engagement parameters. For example, at home, your best weapon could be a shotgun with rounds that don't easily penetrate through drywall. It could be a semi-automatic rifle with a larger clip meant to provide extended engagement times without reloading against targets. It might be an airsoft rifle against some idiot kid.

There is no "one-size fits all" weapon. But that's not to say that weapons shouldn't be tracked to some degree. I don't mind the government knowing what I have...I'm protected by the Constitution and case precedents set by the US Supreme Court. I also fully understand that if the government wants my weapons I'm in no real tactical position to fight them off. They have superior numbers, firepower, and ability to make my life suck. I would let them take what they wanted and fight for it in court. Cliven Bundy and all his little cohorts might've thought they stared down the US government, and maybe they did. But if Uncle Sam wanted to he could've waived his hand, dropped a few bombs, and wiped out the whole ranch in under an hour. I favor a peaceful approach over an aggressive approach whenever tactical advantage isn't on my side.

Comment: Re:There goes HIPAA (Score 1) 99

by mlw4428 (#48055453) Attached to: Facebook Ready To Get Into Healthcare
Why would you think that? HIPPA very much applies to any company that handles medical data and I can assure you that HIPPA violators aren't taken lightly. It's also one of those laws that can pierce the corporate veil (IE your CEO could go to jail/be fined directly for violating HIPPA). Facebook wouldn't be so stupid as to want to get tangled on the bad side of HIPPA.

Comment: Minimum Specs != A Good Time (Score 2) 554

by mlw4428 (#48048537) Attached to: Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista
ThemMinimum specs for the OS doesn't hold anything back. 64-bit builds exist and "fancy" features of the UI can become disabled if certain hardware isn't available. Furthermore I'd say it points to some level of efficiency in that the OS can run on a low end system. Arguments can be made either way about whether the sheer slowness would be totally a fault of Windows or of the software you're running.

Comment: Re:I would like to see a return... (Score 1) 120

by mlw4428 (#48021795) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe
France has a different culture and population and economic class separations than does America. It's a people problem more than a procedural problem. Ironically we could do the insurance thing totally cashless fairly easily (government provided debit card/insurance card with a payment guarantee for covered procedures).

Comment: Re:I would like to see a return... (Score 1) 120

by mlw4428 (#48020503) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe
You're very much correct about the UK. However France requires a copay and I don't disagree with that. Truly free healthcare leads people to go to the ER for stuff their Primary Care Physician should be handling (as the uninsured do now). This presents the ER staff with a large triage issue and it affects emergency care quality. A reasonable fee would discourage this and allow for the creation of additional funding that could be applicable to public funded medical research. Stipulations on that research could be things such as private companies using the research must not patent protect any application of that research (so a drug company using public money couldn't patent and restrict access to a new drug that, say, cures cancer).

Medical research is rather expensive and pure taxation wouldn't be enough. I'd love to see the bulk of medical research moved into the public domain vs companies discovering a cure and making a pill that has to be taken forever (at great cost) instead of using the version of the pill which cures in one round of treatment.

Comment: How About America Tax Apple Too? (Score 0) 120

by mlw4428 (#48019991) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe
Let's face it, Apple doesn't exist without America. Their designers live here, their product engineers live here, their top management lives here. It shouldn't matter that a shell company based out of Ireland is what "holds" Apple assets. If a company does business in the US (selling to US consumers) it should be required to submit the same financial paperwork as any other registered American company. It should then be taxed accordingly. If they don't like they're free to get out of our country and never be allowed to sell a single product unless they accept a 400% tariff which gives true blue American companies an edge within one of the world's most powerful, prosperous, consumer driven market. They're free to sell to Cuba anytime they want, good luck selling your overpriced junk to a bunch of poor people.

Comment: Re:I would like to see a return... (Score 2) 120

by mlw4428 (#48019963) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe
> all other health costs.

Let's clarify this. Universal Coverage doesn't mean "free" healthcare. It would work the same way a private insurance plan works now, except it's the government running the program and doing so without charging money to pay for CEO private jets, bonuses, and lobbying efforts. No one I know has a problem with paying copays, deductibles, or coinsurances, it's the massive premiums (of which a not-insignificant chunk of which goes to paying silly things while insurance companies actively work to deny claims for any small reason they can find).

Comment: Re:Why is (Score 1) 201

by mlw4428 (#47639755) Attached to: Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome
Do you feel you're exempt from having to pay for the work others have done? We can get real philosophical and shit about whether copying data is tantamount to stealing it, but there certainly can't be any argument to the point that if you don't purchase a DVD or download you're not paying the people who are asking to be paid for their work. People like you are why companies feel the need for restrictive DRM. You feel the product is overpriced so you won't pay for it, but that doesn't mean you should than be able to partake in that product's benefits, right? I think this is the biggest problem for software devs like myself who feel that our work entitles us to payment OR you don't have a right to use my software. I don't think that's unfair.

In the sciences, we are now uniquely priviledged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand. -- Gerald Holton