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Comment: Re:So Mr. Stallman was right (Score 1) 200

by perpenso (#48476699) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Android is *NOT* Linux based, it is merely Linux hosted. Android is its own OS, its own environment.

And now you know why Richard Stallman was right about calling the familiar desktop and server operating system "GNU/Linux". Android has a completely different userland on top of the same Linux kernel that underlies GNU/Linux.

No. Android is not some sort of userland, not some sort of GUI layer. It is its own thing. Android is a basically a Java based OS where the hardware and the host operating system are both abstracted away.

Comment: Re:IQ of congress (Score 1) 163

by perpenso (#48475551) Attached to: Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

hmm where these "constructive well thought out amendments " actually spoiling amendments?

No. Those I lumped under "Some republicans offered BS amendments and were rightfully voted down.".

What I thought "constructive well thought out amendments" were more like someone identifying a loophole/exploit and suggesting a fix. A fix that did not go against the spirit and intent of the legislation. Reasonable constructive criticisms and suggestions. And I want to emphasize these loopholes and exploits were not even discussed. Zero questions, zero debate, zero discussion; just an immediate no vote. Its not like they thought about it and decided no.

Seriously, the committee was complete theatre. It truly seemed that the legislation was written in a closed back room process and that absolutely no changes were going to be allowed. All the Democrats were apparently aware of this and played their proper role and offered no amendments at all, asked no questions, offered no discussion.

Comment: Android is *NOT* Linux ... (Score 1) 200

by perpenso (#48475485) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Because some idiot decided to strip the security out of Linux to make Android. No Android app is safe, auto updates of a safe app can make it unsafe with no notice to the user. They took the safest OS there is and made a Frankenstein POS out of it to make it user friendly.

Android is *NOT* Linux based, it is merely Linux hosted. Android is its own OS, its own environment. As such Android is perfectly free to have less or *more* security than Linux. There was no stripping security out, there was only how much security to build into this new and independent environment.

There is a way for apps to jump through some hoops and access Linux (NDK) but only about 25% of apps (last I read) do this. For the vast majority of Android Apps and Android Developers they are just like Android users. They don't see or use Linux at all. If Android were to be updated to host on BSD these users and developers would not know or care. Of the remain 25%, many of their apps would still compile and run. Many use standard *nix calls, nothing Linux specific like most FOSS software.

Comment: There are still political consequence (Score 1) 186

Why would Obama care about lobbyist money? As of two weeks ago, he's been freed of all political consequences to any of his actions. He can finally do what he thinks is right.

He was personally freed from all consequences once re-elected. As he told the Russian President he would never have to face another election so he would be more flexible once re-elected.

As for consequences to the democratic party he is no more free before the recent midterm election than after. What he did and what he will do will effect the party, be it helpful or hurtful.

Comment: Re:IQ of congress (Score 1) 163

by perpenso (#48422621) Attached to: Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

you do know how parliamentary procedure works with you know amendments to motions :-) id suggest reading Citrine and Roberts rules as background than the standing orders and rules of debate for the congress before making that assumption

Did you ever watch CSPAN when Obamacare was being drafted? I watched one night. Something drafted in the backrooms by who knows who was brought out. Democrats offered zero amendments. Some republicans offered BS amendments and were rightfully voted down. Other republicans offered constructive well thought out amendments with explanations for the problem / unintended consequence they were addressing. Every single one of these amendments were voted down **without** discussion. No questions. No debate. No discussion. Nothing. It was as if the current text of the bill was negotiated somewhere else behind closed doors and **zero** changes could be made.

Textbooks, and Electric Company videos, about bills ... meet the real world.

Comment: Re:IQ of congress (Score 2) 163

by perpenso (#48420747) Attached to: Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

I'm good with coders in congress; as long as they have debugging experience, and most of the bugs were in code written by their peers.

The problem is these coders will never see the 1.0 release before they are asked to vote on it. There are no opportunities to debug the first draft.

Comment: Re:I have a revolutionary idea.... (Score 1) 167

by perpenso (#48420521) Attached to: Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water
If in an undeveloped area the coastline may have anything from small streams to rivers emptying into the ocean (well small steams generally disappear at the sand, or a little earlier, and go subterranean but are often visible from the coastal trail/road). Backpacking water filters (mine is roughly 1 pound / 0.5 kilo) work quite well under these circumstances to make the water potable.

Comment: Re:How much does the device weigh? (Score 1) 167

by perpenso (#48420369) Attached to: Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

I guess if 1 liter is all you'll ever need. There are people who do distance biking and 1 liter is a joke.

I used 1L in the example since the device was claiming 0.5L an hour under ideal conditions. The weights I used for the camelback itself were actually for a 3L model. Personally I always fill it to 3L despite normally consuming 1.5L on rides and hikes. I'd rather have extra than go without, plus its a safety margin. If I think I'll need all 3L to get from one fill to another I'll bring a second 3L bladder.

Comment: Re:Perception is a tool ... (Score 1) 328

by perpenso (#48420091) Attached to: Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

How do you refute a polygraph result? Some guy doesn't like you and just says that this set of wiggly lines means your lying. While what it really means is the guy interpreting wiggly lines for a job is just an asshole.

Re-read my post. Its making no claim about polygraphs spotting a troublesome candidate. Its pointing out that the government could see value by troublesome candidates self-selecting to avoid jobs that involve a polygraph, or a candidate cracking under pressure and making an admission. Refuting is a 3rd case, it provides no value, but it does not change the fact that the other 2 cases may provide value from a government perspective.

Comment: Re:You don't have it straight ... (Score 1) 328

I did not reply to your first comment but to another one of your countless comments ...

A demonstrably false statement on your part. You in fact started this subthread in response to my post where I began "He entered into a conspiracy ..."
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