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Comment Re:systemd is a UNIX Philosophy Violation (Score 2) 146

What people don't realize is how systemd is a big battlefield. This is a program that wasn't placed into userspace as close to the kernel as possible just because it was better than init, sysv, GRUB, and the many utilities that it replaces... but was dropped into place for pure political reasons.

Yeah, I really don't know if that's right or wrong or what. I know I don't like it either. For me, multiple features of the UNIX design ideas that has made Linux successful are being openly violated, practically with contempt. Per the wikipedia page on the UNIX philosophy: the power of a system comes more from the relationships among programs than from the programs themselves.

Systemd directly harms the server admins like me. I don't understand the urgent need to have the init system minding other daemon's business. It's not that there's no precedence for it, but, init doesn't need to check time, be involved in my bluetooth stack, xorg stack, etc. other than starting it, polling it, and stopping it.

Comment What's the Definition of "Success" (Score 2) 146

I should have closed the tab when it opened on an infoworld story.

Services to support Free software has proven to be a viable business model. IMO, that's a huge win. But, VCs aren't going to get too many IPOs out of that and infoworld probably has some newer advertisers thanks to Free software, but nothing like a Google or Microsoft.

The only threats on the horizon are continued support of increasingly draconian intellectual property laws. They impact everything, not just for software. Two examples: economic growth is constrained and the expansionn of basic human knowledge is restricted. It's returning to a feudal society structure. THAT, in my opinion, is the actual threat.

Comment Re:Yes MS has lost and is now nice (Score 0) 421

The old gray beards today might say the same with IBM or Digital but once market forces correct a monopoly the company either whithers or adapts.

Did you sleep through the monopoly classes in Econ 101? There's no market force that corrects a monopoly. Microsoft still has a monopoly.

Under a free market people play nice or loose out.

Did you attend any Econ classes at all? That's not how markets works.

4. MS more liberal with pricing for non corporations. Google VS Community edition. It is pro and free!

Ugh. First hit is free. Site licensing has gone up radically. The kickbacks make it so.

5. MS is opening sourcing .NET and lots of frameworks

Uhhh, yeah... What's the plan here? Where's DotNet going? Abandonware...

6. Azure supports non win32 operating systems.

And? What's the strategy here? Follow Amazon? Uhh. Yeah...

7. MS is putting more effort in security and stabilizing and fixing bugs now that competition exists.

And? Fixing bugs is something for which we should be thankful? What's the transparency on that?

Browsers are competitive. Mobile operating systems competitive. Development environments are competitive. Clouds and virtual services for legacy win32 apps scare the crap out of them so soon if mega corps want to leave they can.

You mean all those free browsers are charging because there's a viable market? Microsoft is irrelevant in mobile.

Does Microsoft pay you much for this nonsense?

Comment Story Telling, Stories, Themes (Score 1) 121

I'm not sure if I'm understanding your question, but it seems to me he'd be interested in stories and story telling.

  The key here is to help him explore what stories are powerful to the human mind. As a parent, Jung is your go-to guy for the reasons why stories have been retold for generations and should give you plenty of structure and direction for good material for your son to work with.

More simply, there are child friendly versions of Shakespeare, the stories told in Operas, and be careful getting a semi-authentic Brothers Grimm book. The original stories are a little graphic in places, but more powerful. There are also board games about story telling.

Hopefully, I haven't gone too far in the wrong direction. It just seems to me, good games always had good stories as structure.

Comment Lay off the Freedom Loving Punch (Score 4, Informative) 504

The last time I looked, the flip side to a regulated utility was a deregulated utility. Deregulated utilities end up as monopolies.

The other last time I looked, business interests of all kinds turn to governments to maintain their profits, and raise barriers to competition. And spare me the "The problem is bad regulation." That's not the problem.

Comment Re:Nonsense... Really? (Score 1) 384

Anonymity is not what you think it is on the Interwebs, at least in the U.S. Given the amount of data collected by the NSA, if you posting anonymously becomes a person of interest to Federal law enforcement, then your anonymity is gone as it doesn't take much to figure out who you are by your traffic.

Facingbook certainly knows who you are, anonymous comments included, if you use that site.

Comment Censorship by Another Name (Score 4, Insightful) 384

Ok, not really, but what a sensational headline!

Most of the sites using facingbooks and other comment systems ban comments someone, somewhere, in the media property don't like, which turns out to be most of the interesting comments. And then comments just die.

The "Internet is growing up" has many meanings, but the one the most powerful Americans want is one that is a broadcast-only sh!t pipe the broadcaster (Media Monopolists) can endlessly quantize and monetize their viewers. Discouraging comments fits in nicely with those plans!

Comment I Know Someone Who Bought Them For a Small School! (Score 2) 262

They have a double-digit purchase of the devices and it will be no surprise that the Microsoft people gave them a GREAT deal per unit.

I don't know a whole lot about tablets nor do I care but I test drove one for a while. My nearest experience comparison is with the Android/Play marketplace. If you are an Android user, the interface doesn't have any surprises.

What's hilarious is the almost empty "marketplace." The only thing in it were apps written by the few companies Microsoft hasn't managed to crush or alienate. Of the few apps in the marketplace, imagine single-digit reviews being a heavily reviewed/downloaded application.

The buyer was promised special "support" because so many (double digits!!!!) were bought, but that was an epic waste of the buyer's time. Eventually someone determined to use the thing found someone at Microsoft that knew something about the devices. It wasn't in support, that's for sure. There are apparently a large number of undocumented features essentially paving the way for an "enterprise tablet" inside the Microsoft ActiveDirectory/groupware-whatever jail.

I've got a negative bias because I don't "get" tablets. Me, personally, it's not even close to the Android ecosystem and the blinky tiles do nothing for me. Judging by how many tiny promises were broken and time wasted for the buyer and almost empty marketplace the device is doomed. Microsoft could keep it going though just to say they've got a tablet.

Comment Electronic Purse is Already Done (Score 1) 463

Let's back up for a minute:

#1 reason for a country to go to an electronic purse is to eliminate the tremendous costs of managing currency. Think about the logistics required to keep money in an economy. It's not just "oh, ship $10 million USD to Las Vegas so peoples can gamble or whatever." It's an ENORMOUS HASSLE. Electronic purses are very tantalizing way to be far more efficient as a currency provider.

Banks and nations have mostly gone to a banking standard with a smart card providing a great degree of fraud protection for online transactions. "ONLINE" means anywhere a trusted network connection/payment terminal is set up. Done. Use a debit/credit card and any number of officious people can get that transaction information. Most of you guys and the girl reading this don't seem to mind this...

What you are attempting to discuss is OFFLINE transactions. This software is sometimes referred to as an electronic purse.

Bob wants to give Joe $10 for a cool Commodore 64 and there's no paper currency in the economy. So, Bob has his smart card and puts it into a dumb, untrusted reader. The reader device asks how much to transfer. Joe then sticks his card in and like magic $10 in value is added to Joe's card and Bob's is credited with no network connection. Can the transaction be fed back to some server? Depends on the electronic purse. Can you have a relatively anonymous system that works? Yes.

Lots worse privacy issues than this. It's just that it's not okay to talk about them. We got to protect ourselves from those Terrists and all.

Where's my mobile phone that is a pay terminal? USA is still in the stone ages making a killing with 'identity protection' schemes and magnetic stripes. Why? Banks make more money and it's pretty cheap.

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Submission + - Another Expansion of Corporate Powers in Stop Onli->

mpapet writes: Get ready for another expansion of corporate media powers with the "Stop Online Piracy Act." The bill is another try at expanding the control of the Internet to corporations.
-Corporations can create and enforce nationwide DNS blacklists.
-Allows the government to deny the use of anti-censorship software.
The best for last:
-Unspecified copyright violations related to Internet activities will be classified as felonies.

A version of the bill dated 2011-10-26 is here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/71190678/E-PARASITES

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