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Comment Re:Except they used regular SMS (Score 5, Insightful) 291

Still, the governments of the world have been asking us to give up on having any level of privacy so that they can "catch terrorists". I think they need to demonstrate some things before I can even think about accepting that idea.

1) There's oversight over the collection and storage of the data that guarantees that it's being used for that purpose. There's no possibility that it can be used for other law enforcement operations, for blackmail, or for looking at dick pics (thank you, John Oliver).
2) The program is effective. If you're collecting my SMS messages so that you can stop terrorist attacks, show me that you're catching terrorists that way. Don't collect SMS messages preemptively and then go, "Well after the fact, we found that the terrorists used SMS and we just didn't catch it. But after we caught people who were involved and found their cell phones, we thought it was kind of helpful to see those SMS messages."
3) Explain why the terrorists won't just change their methods. People say things like, "When guns are illegal, only criminals will have guns," and then the same people say, "We need to make it illegal to send encrypted messages that we can't break." It doesn't make sense.

That's just to start. I'll think about more questions when those can be answered.

Comment Re:A better idea (Score 4, Interesting) 284

Pretty much plan isn't going to work if you allow for blatant rule-breaking. Make it so if you have a "junior apprentice programmer" that has 20 years of experience and is running the project, the company gets fined and the hiring manager risks jail time. Have random audits to confirm people are following the rules. Enforce those rules.

Besides, if someone is applying for an H-1B visa for a "junior apprentice programmer" on the basis that they need a specialist that isn't available in the US population, that application should be rejected on it's face.

Comment Re:DRM is bad. (Score 1) 106

Yeah, but some of that data is straight-up garbage. I doubt we're producing books, music, and movies at a rate that outpaces our ability to store them. I'm sure we have plenty of storage to archive all the important works of art that are being created. I'm sure we could archive the source code of every piece of software-- even including all the various versions. I even bet we have plenty to to archive every tweet, blog post, and instagram pic.

If I had to guess, I'd guess the problem would come from trying to archive every phone call, text message, IM, email, and download-- including metadata, including redundant copies of everything transferred. That is, if I send an email to 20 people containing a 50 MB PDF, keeping each copy, 50 MB * 21. If you're trying to store a copy of every movie every time it's streamed from Netflix, that's going to add up really quick.

So the real trick is going to be to make sure we have an archival procedure for the data we care about. We don't need to store everything.

Comment Re:DRM is bad. (Score 1) 106

Video games aren't "nascent" at all, they've been around since the 1970s

Well in comparison to other art forms-- e.g. painting, sculpture, writing-- that's nascent. And part of my point here is that we've probably already lost some of that art from the first few decades due to DRM, or just due to the software being locked to specific hardware. I'm possibly a little radical in that I've supported the idea that, if developers want to enjoy legal copyright protection, they should be submitting their source code to some governmental body (Library of Congress?) for preservation. When the copyright expires, the source should be put into public domain.

and were better quality in previous decades too.

I don't know why you're even bringing up this idea. Some people are going to argue with you, but it's completely irrelevant to what I was saying.

Comment Re:Amber: Journeys Beyond (Score 1) 106

[I] had to install Windows 95 using VMWare to get it to play.

This reminds me of a thought that I've had about Linux gaming. Basically, it would be really great if the whole Steam Machine thing took off, and Linux became the de facto platform for PC gaming-- not because of immediate problems that it might solve, but because of this issue of archiving old games. Even if the game itself was never open sourced, you would always have the option of tracking down the specific Linux version/revision that the game was designed to play on, virtualize that platform, and then play the game. Right now, playing games in virtual machines doesn't make for great performance, but old games were designed for slower computers, so perfomance is less of an issue.

In fact, what would be ideal is if games could be bundled in some kind of container that had it running on a stripped-down VM, making it completely portable and archivable. I'm sure it'd be a technical challenge to make that happen in such a way that the game ran well, but I feel like if you made a VM OS optimized just for playing games (including no other components) you could make it fairly small and lightweight.

Comment Re:DRM is bad. (Score 3, Insightful) 106

The problem is that we don't know.

Today, we learned how to understand Egyptian hieroglyphs by looking at the Rosetta Stone. I doubt whoever made that stone understood the importance at the time. Jumping ahead to something more modern, a lot of early Doctor Who episodes were lost because they taped over them. The idea of reruns wasn't quite a thing yet, and the people making the show apparently didn't think anyone would be interested in watching them again.

So those are just two examples, but there are many writers and artists and engineers throughout history whose work became important or relevant much later on. Meanwhile, we're basically throwing away all the examples of a nascent art form that combines art and engineering like nothing that came before. The way we're locking games into specific hardware platforms and requiring DRM-- it'd be like if we burned all books 7 years after they're completed, for fear that someone might read them without paying a licensing fee.

Comment Re: Offer paid support? (Score 1) 213

I think the GP post was pointing out that if its FOSS, they can also compare the code before and after the fix, and see what the fox was. If you're frequently charging them for fixes that are suspiciously obscure-but-simple-to-fix, they're in a position to review the changes and call you out.

Comment Re:Such innovations (Score 2) 77

Innovation 2: Hidden cost reductions - getting Gateway boxes with "missing" SIMM slots, expansion card slots, etc.

Also, using low quality/defective parts. I don't know quite what they were doing, but I owned one Gateway computer, and almost every part failed at some point. The hard drive failed 4 times. The tape backup drive failed twice. The CD-ROM drive failed 3 times. The video card died once. The monitor died at one point. All of this was within the first 2 years and was covered under warranty, but it was a mess.

A few years later, my parents bought another one. Same basic deal.

In hindsight, I wonder how they did it, picking so many failed parts. For example, they used Western Digital hard drives. Did they make a deal with Western Digital to buy defective drives at a discount? How did Western Digital sort out drives that would work for at least 3 months, but fail within the first 6 months? It doesn't really make sense. But Gateway sure seemed to know how to scoop up every defective drive Western Digital put out.

Comment Re:Disagree with the language used... (Score 1) 576

But now imagine that the boss of your boss of your boss says the same about you on an official company meeting in front of all other employees. Even if meant as joke, as most people don't know him personally, it will be taken seriously.

Yeah, but this is part of what I was thinking. And I'm stressing that I don't follow these things and I don't know, but it sounds plausible that it'd be sort of like if the boss of your boss of your boss did that at a company meeting in front of other employees, and then was like, "What? That was just a friendly meeting and we're all friends here." Like maybe it's not as much about being completely antisocial, and more about horrifically misreading the situation.

Comment Re:Disagree with the language used... (Score 1) 576

Same rules apply: If it does not improve the flow of information, it does not belong in the email. Some swearwords don't bring any points across that could not be covered by "professional english" subset ;-).

I do think there's a little complexity here, and I'm not sure exactly how it works in this situation. What I have in mind is that, honestly, I might swear and say "unprofessional" things when communicating with coworkers. If I'm talking to someone who I work closely with on a daily basis, it's possible that I'd see something I thought was stupid and say, "Oh my god, that's so f#*^king stupid. What the hell was that guy thinking. If he does that again, I'm going to put my foot up his a$%." But that's in speaking to a guy that I know well, that I work with every day. I wouldn't say that on my company's twitter account.

So I do wonder, is there some disconnect in understanding what this mailing list is? I don't know, just putting the idea out there. Maybe Torvalds thinks he's talking to coworkers, and the rest of us are reading it as though it's a professional public communication.

Comment Re:lost my respect when they started hosting spamm (Score 1) 38

I'll be honest: They lost my respect the first time I heard of them. The name "Go Daddy" is super creepy. I find it hard to take a company seriously when it chooses a name like that. And then I logged into the site at one point when I was helping someone, and the negative associations were reinforced. The whole thing always felt like a spam/scam site. I think I saw one of the commercials once, and I wasn't particularly offended or anything, but again, it reinforced the sense that the company seemed trashy/scammy/spammy.

Even the logo-- that dude with the sunglasses-- I don't know why but he looks like a perv to me. I think it's the "Go Daddy" association, which always sounded to me like it was somehow hearkening to the concept of child molestation. The words "Go Daddy" look like they're written with sloppy and perhaps childish handwriting, as though a child is telling "daddy" to go away. I want to ask, "Is it because Daddy did something bad?" He looks creepy, wearing sunglasses and has some kind of a star stuck to his bald head. And what are those orange lines emanating from the top of his head?

Is it just me? I can't be the first person to think this. Seems like really bad marketing to me, but I've never heard anyone else mention it.

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