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Comment: Hardware Companies & Telecoms Have Too Much Po (Score 3, Interesting) 131 131

We should be able to get the latest software, and uninstall bloatware without having to root our device and invalidate our warranty. As it stands I have an old version of Android filled with Samsung crapware. Not surprised to learn LG is pulling crap also - just disappointed there aren't real alternatives for when I upgrade to a new phone.

Comment: For the Needs and Pleasure of the Wealthy (Score 5, Interesting) 249 249

Its hard not to be cynical when this is how the wealthy use their influence in a society that actively caters to them. I'm glad Slashdot keeps reporting on these issues, and I hope we will support and punish as appropriate candidates who oppose H1B. I hope we will have our own movement and do our own work in as many different social avenues as we can to defeat attempts to make things harder for us for the sole reason of lining the pockets of the wealthy more than they already are.

Comment: Re:Sociopath (Score 1) 170 170

Oh great internet warrior who doesn't know how to reply directly to a comment: Well done! Yes I and the AC are the same person! Your brilliance tricked me into replying to a comment thread and thus revealing my identity! Your valid arguments have further convinced me everything I have said simply must be mistaken. Retire your keyboard oh great one you can do no better than this glorious victory.

Comment: Re:Sociopath (Score 1) 170 170

Domestic violence is under reported in general, but indeed it is more so for men. I didn't mean to imply they are not also victims of abuse. Simply that your statement that men who engage in an aggressive sport are less likely to commit domestic violence. That is bullshit. All you are offering is anecdotal evidence

You're putting words in my mouth, I did not say men are pigs. I also didn't say you said it is nonexistent. You did however HEAVILY imply it is rare BECAUSE of how aggressive ice hockey is. Which is silliness.

Comment: Re:The customers will protest loud (Score 2) 198 198

Some developers do get all their money from ads, (and some school districts do as well) but thankfully they are far from the majority. Ads are awful, but in criticizing them we will win more allies if we also think of ways to support the people attempting to make a living in the work they do. Journalism, art, etc are important things for a society to have. Taking a confrontational attitude towards those people is counter productive.

Comment: Re:The customers will protest loud (Score 1) 198 198

This line of logic is awful. I love free content as much as the next guy, but would you say that fire fighters, teachers, or software developers ought to forgo salaries entirely? I mean, according to your logic they would produce better work if they did it for free.

Comment: Re:Sociopath (Score 1) 170 170

A hockey player that abuses his wife is pretty rare.

That's nonsense. You can have a violent sport like boxing and still have the players be abusers. Plus read this.

Even bigger problem though is that is a misunderstanding of domestic violence and why it happens. It isn't "men have aggression and need to get it out". More like a mix of cultural (shitty views of women as "less than" men, toxic attitudes towards relationships especially marriage, etc) and individual factors. Why not read up on it a bit?

Comment: Re:Nah. (Score 1) 434 434

They give a shit if their stupid Samsung version of Android is buggy, filled with crapware, and slow. They don't care WHY it is shitty, but they care that it is. Whether the culprit is Samsung or Verizon, part of the blame will fall on "my stupid Android phone that doesn't work right anymore".

Comment: Not Mutually Exclusive (Score 4, Interesting) 425 425

The truth is that programming isn't a passion or a talent, says Edge, it is just a bunch of skills that can be learned.

Lost me here. Programming can definitely be a passion, and it can also be a talent. One might have a natural aptitude at programming. That doesn't mean one cannot learn the skill of programming, or that someone who finds it difficult in the beginning will not become an expert.

In my career I've noticed that there are developers who are brilliant, and developers who struggle. The ones who struggle can succeed through mentoring and training.

There are also developers who are kind and have great social skills, as well as those who do not. This is true of any employee at a company, including managers. Social skills can also be a passion, a talent, and a skill. That is also something that can be improved through mentoring and training.

The primary reasons we don't see this happen for social skills are office politics and the false view that personalities and behaviors are fixed.

If you are reading this and your programming skills or social skills are lacking - invest in yourself and work on them. It will pay off handsomely.

The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.