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Comment: Re:The Economist (Score 1) 282

by postbigbang (#46774761) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Byte is great as a history book of how we got here, until about a year before its demise. It chronicled much, and it served many masters and interests with a lot of personality. It did ok online, but even that folded, and much of what UBM bought is dead, failed in the transition to online.

There are classic issues, but that was yesterday, and tomorrow much is going to be different. There are still new technologies, some advances, and more than enough cults of code and hardware, now bifurcated into traditional vs mobile computing. Add-in the Maker Movements, 3D printing, and what was once a handful of really creative geeks is now multiple disciplines of them. There's not an easy way to chronicle the computer industry, because it's now industries, reaching everywhere.

Byte served its purpose well. Long live Byte. Goodbye, Byte, Circuit Cellar, Pournelle, and so many other characters. Long live Ars Technica, Wired, GigaOm, and dozens of other sites like NetworkWorld, InfoWorld, The Register, and so forth. Print will never come back. You won't feel it in your hands until your foldable smartphone makes this comfy some day in the future-- to do again.

Comment: Re:Old news (Score 1, Interesting) 144

It indeed is the same level as the bug Apple fixed. Plentiful access methods are hinged on this lib and code.

It's non-trivial, and affects clients and servers in a wide breadth. Yes, were you watching, you'd have upgraded to fixed versions. Too many, however, don't know the difference between a CVE and a live hand grenade. Or they weren't watching. Same vulnerability result.

Comment: Re:fuck me (Score 3, Insightful) 125

by postbigbang (#46573123) Attached to: Google Glass Signs Deal With Ray Ban's Parent Company

The OS is only part of it. I am not a fanboi, but Apple does several things nicely:

-it creates reality distortion fields of billion dollar size
-it has consistent build quality that reflects serious engineering feats, and vendor liaison and supply-chain discipline
-it has remarkable consistency, good and bad, mostly good
-they are very good at supporting their users and are very connected/focused on their users
-they are masters, perhaps wizards at meme control.

The OS is very important, but that's not why they get top dollar for their goods. Their assets don't depreciate as rapidly, and they are fiendishly consistent.

Comment: Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (Score 2) 466

It's my belief that there are many, many more than just the slashdotters that are of the belief that the communications shenanigans are tough. If you don't speak up, you give tacit silent approval. So, speak up. Educate the populace regarding the history of utilities, monopolies, and how this affects them. Then do it again. That's why I posted. That's why you posted. Don't give up.

Comment: Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (Score 5, Interesting) 466

This isn't telephony. It's a data communications issue, upon which rides both time-sensitive data (audio, video) and non-time sensitive data. AT&T's arrogance is that of Southwestern Bell's (remember, this is not the AT&T of old) vision for profits.

It's a monopolistic view. It's the old "we own the highway" versus "we gave you rights of way because you were a municipal and regional utility". I say we reclaim the rights of way, and meter AT&T for their belligerence. That'll fix it for everyone.

Comment: Re:ZOMG a bad thing didn't happen! (Score 1) 202

by postbigbang (#46540343) Attached to: Earth Barely Dodged Solar Blast In 2012

Oh, geez. Not click-bait enough. Sun spots to kill grid! Everything dead! Your iStuff bleeding on the floor!

You've got the right formula.

There would be stuff that would obviously croak beyond repair. Other than a little tanner, that's about it save for certain parts of the grid, which could indeed see whopping coulombs dumped in unexpected places. But mass hysteria sells clicks.

UNIX is hot. It's more than hot. It's steaming. It's quicksilver lightning with a laserbeam kicker. -- Michael Jay Tucker