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Comment: Re:choice (Score 1) 1034

by rfolkker (#46024359) Attached to: AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

When you need to use a "Trick" to avoid legal harassment by the system, the system has failed.

There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Our system was designed so that stupidity, ignorance, or naivety would not be a crime. Unfortunately, that day has passed.

It now seems to be about loop-holes, tricks, and double-standards. Not really life-affirming.

Comment: Hmm, that reminds me of something... (Score 5, Informative) 226

by rfolkker (#45878789) Attached to: BlackBerry Sues iPhone Keyboard Maker Typo

It's funny, when the Blackberry Curve came out, I remember thinking of how much the keyboard and layout reminded me of my Treo 600...

And now, ~10 years later, Blackberry is suing someone for something they didn't even create... I don't see Handspring/Palm/PalmOne having a tiff about it (but then again, maybe if they sued everyone who came out with something more desirable than their product, they might still be around soaking up others' profits...)

Don't get me wrong. I believe that someone who creates something has a right to profit off of it, without some second-rate hack coming in and stealing the idea out from under them.

But, seriously, the keyboard design? It wasn't original when it was on the Blackberry, and it still isn't original now that Blackberry is going the way of the dodo.

Comment: Seriously? (Score 1) 504

by rfolkker (#45707783) Attached to: CBS 60 Minutes: NSA Speaks Out On Snowden, Spying

Does anyone actually believe any of this drivel?

If they are not using the data, then why are they collecting it? It's probably the simplest question that brings the whole altruistic big brother theory to its knees (and proceeds to shoot an arrow into it).

I can not, and will not believe that an agency that is designed around exploiting secrets has my best interests in mind. Which is why they are *NOT* supposed to operate on our soil. They can not have the best interests of those they collect information on, since the whole purpose of the information is for their interests.

Comment: Re:Compile time is irrelevant. (Score 5, Informative) 196

by rfolkker (#45330089) Attached to: Speed Test: Comparing Intel C++, GNU C++, and LLVM Clang Compilers

I have worked on projects that have taken upwards of 8 hours for a full compile. There is a lot of validity behind the business impact of different compilers.

The current mentality of throw more horse power at a problem is not always the practical, or the logical conclusion. If you can improve your overall compile time, it can improve your productive time.

From a Build Engineering perspective, analyzing why it takes time for a project to compile is one of the most important metrics.

Not only do I monitor how long a project takes to compile, but I also keep an active average, and try to maintain highs and lows to identify compile spikes.

We monitor processor(s), disk access speeds, memory loads, build warnings, change size, concurred builds, etc.

We look at all possible solutions. With the current build tools we have, we can either provision another build system for the queue, or if necessary increase memory, or disk space, or faster drives, more processors, or even upgraded software. We have gone as far as home-grown fixes to get around issues until better solutions become available.

All of this needs to be accounted for, so, not only is compile time relevant, but what is CAUSING compile times is relevant.

Comment: Re:Just upload your encrypted data online (Score 4, Interesting) 223

by rfolkker (#44808015) Attached to: Device Security: How Border Searches Are Really Used

It's not shocking, considering the current disregard for personal privacy currently administered by the government. It may be shocking if you take out the fact that many people are already aware of the fact that we have lost the war on privacy, and now are just going through the dance pretending that it's something we can win.

The US government has had a taste of knowing everything, and now thinks that it is our best interest to suspend/revoke/rewrite privacy laws because they just hinder investigations. Nevermind the fact that the rights of citizens should come first by our own principals.

Either way, shocking or not, this has been going on for over 10 years now, and will only get more invasive as new ways are revealed, and we become more complacent to the methods already used.

Even though there are those of us that disagree with this, and fight it as much as we can, it will not change the fact that the general population already has the mentality of "If you have nothing to hide...", and the government continues to keep it's mis-fires localized and on the "fringe", people will continue to give up their rights until we reach that ever lovable point of no return (which I honestly believe we have already passed).

Comment: Almost interesting (Score 2) 362

by rfolkker (#44717331) Attached to: Inside OS X Mavericks

After reading through all three pages (the first page being a real push not to read further), I was able to almost find out more about the new OS.

Being fairly anti-mac (I am also anti-windows, but use it every day anyways...), I was wondering what the new offerings were, and what it might actually have to compete.

And I have to say, I was completely unsuprised. By both the reviewer and the review. The direction appears to be divergent of functional use, and more in line with "synergistic management solutions". Bringing more shared functionality between devices (and I do see this as a boon for the Apple "Brand").

On the same note from what I read, the concerns I have (about the review and the reviewer) are as follows:
Audio HAL... Unless Apple redefined HAL, a hardware abstraction layer in direct access devices is nothing new. Linux has had it since day one, with /dev. Windows reintroduced it in a meaningful way with DirectX 1.0 (before that there were third party solutions). So, I am not really sure if this is new to Mac, or if there was new functionality introduced, but as it stands, it feels like a Jeep thing, and I just don't get it...

OS bound password storage... Yeah, NO. The last thing (and I am not just being my normal paranoid self) I would ever want is my operating system to upload my authentication information up to a third party (them) storage container. Not only do I as an individual have to worry about their security, their intentions, and well the honesty of every one of their employees, it seems to be a lazy, sloppy, and self-defeating method of security. If you are going to give your passwords to someone else to keep them safe, why are you using passwords (Yes, I am aware, we have no choice)?

Wireless external monitor support... Love the idea, I wish that the wireless HDMI support actually went somewhere. I keep a half a dozen pcs within kissing distance of my T.V. It would be nice to be able to use my T.V. as an alternate display. With that being said, it's another tribute to the catch all AirPlay concept. Great for Apple, but highly limiting to the level of supported devices and environments. I would rather have my choice of devices, but, then again, that's why I appreciate their business model, and don't buy their products.

The last thing I would like to mention is the fact that the article holds to a standard format of first give a positive impression. Then outline some real world issues, then leave on a positive note. This leaves the impression that it is a highly biased review. The OS is obviously struggling, and there are some areas that are fairly niche where it is struggling, but when one of the core benefits you outline is directly (or indirectly) related to the the most significant issue they are struggling with, it is not a positive thing. It is something to watch for, and unless it is a must have technology, or you are a developer looking to get in at the ground floor, this is actually something you want to avoid until it is resolved.

Many Linux and Windows people have suffered through early adoption. And while the concept of early adoption is fairly foreign to Apple (I won't go into the semantics of it, but open-source, and open development have caused both Windows and Linux to display research and development opportunities that very few Apple users have had a chance to really experience), there are growing pains that comes with it. Now, this doesn't mean that I think that the new OS will fail, or that it will be anything less than a raving success.

I won't even go as far as to say that the only people who will buy into this are Mac Fanboys. I don't think that will be the case. Apple has proven time and again that "Synergistic Management Solutions" work. And this is a step towards a more integrated solution. That means more adopters, and ideally a more "Dedicated Ecosystem". As a result, they should see a growth in their market. But, this needs to be taken with a grain of salt. When companies make steps like this, they always falter. And a blind review does not directly help the cause. Bashing it doesn't help either. Apple has their work cut out for them, and this is one of the biggest risks I have seen them take in quite a few years.

Comment: Re:News for nerds? (Score 2) 267

by rfolkker (#43961189) Attached to: Are You a Geek or a Nerd?

Actually, that is still the title of the homepage. It just seems that firefox overwrites the tag with the RSS object count.

<title>Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters</title>

If you watch when the front page loads, the title appears briefly, and then is replaced by Slashdot (##).

IE still shows the title, and I don't have Chrome or Safari installed, so I have no idea (nor do I actually care) how either of those react.

I could care less about how IE reacts, but that POS is still installed, so I figured I would check...
I don't have access to lynx or links right now, otherwise I would have checked them (the only other browsers I would actually use).

I am not sure if that makes me a geek or a nerd for checking that, but either way... I know I am not a hipster, because I still have my soul.

+ - Sprint, now with adware!->

Submitted by rfolkker
rfolkker (443051) writes "I just received an update notification from sprint informing me that I should update to the latest voice mail application by saying: "With this update, you will be able to enjoy premium Ad-supported features such as inline playback and auto forward to email."
It looks like Sprint is looking to start supplementing their income by placing ads with services they already charge with.

It wouldn't be so bad if this were an optional package you could install with your voice mail if you want it, but no, you have to get it if you want to keep your existing software up to date."

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+ - How do we move from using contract developers to hiring some in house?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I run a small software consulting company who outsources most of it's work to contractors. I market myself as being able to handle any technical project but only really take the fun ones, then shop it around to developers who are interested.

I write excellent product specs, provide bug tracking & source control and in general am a programming project manager with empathy for developers. I don't ask them to work weekends and I provide detailed, reproducible bug reports and I pay on time. The only 'rule' (if you can call it that) is: I do not pay for bugs. Developers can make more work for themselves by causing bugs and with the specifications I write there is no excuse for not testing their code.

Developers are always fine with it until we get toward the end of a project and the customer is complaining about bugs. Then all of a sudden I am asking my contractors to work for 'free' and they can make more money elsewhere. Ugh.

Every project ends up being a pissing match, so, I think the solution is to finally hire someone fulltime and pay for everything (bugs or not) and just keep them busy. But how can I make that transition? The guy I'd need to hire would have to know a LOT of languages and be proficient in all of them and I can't afford to pay someone $100K/year right now.

Ideas?"

Comment: Re:Paranoid? IRS? Fast & Furious? Seized Recor (Score 1) 521

by rfolkker (#43784017) Attached to: Working Handgun Printed On a Sub-$2,000 3D Printer

I think the most ironic part about this post (and it was really hard to pick one thing as the most ironic...) was that every single item mentioned is a conservative propaganda talking point.

While there were those who have been citing for years now that:
The IRS has had powers to influence companies without proper oversight. While all the way back to the 80s (and before) there were cases of the IRS performing targeted auditing that had driven companies out of business with nothing more than false information or a clerical error on the IRS's side.

The warrentless FBI issue has been brought up several times with people who have been nothing more that remotely related to those who the government is interested in, or by people who have simply posted something on facebook. There are hundreds of complaints out about this, but, it happens to the media once (after they do the same thing to a government only a couple years before), and all of a sudden people bring up the issue.

There is a reason the "Fast & Furious" gun fiasco disappeared out of the news almost as quickly as it came in. It wasn't an attempt at gun control, lack of gun control made the case fall apart. Because they couldn't arrest anyone distributing guns to those who would do us harm, they had to "watch" (and they still do on a daily basis) guns sold in the US go to people who would do us harm. But as the laws stand, until the gun is used in a crime, there does not need to be a trail of the gun ownership, which means any private citizen can sell a gun to someone who can not legally own one. There was only one gun that "walked" in the F&F ordeal. All the rest were monitored sales.

I won't even comment on a single person commenting on wanting to take our guns. That just seems silly.

Meanwhile,

We have groups of people who are targeted and arrested because they are hide their faces and participate in public gatherings without warrents.

We have police infiltrating religious groups in order to bait and catch potential "threats".

We have laws being put in place that restrict people from respecting their religious views (Christian, Muslim, Hindi, or otherwise) because it might offend atheists.

We have regulations put in place so that citizens must answer to businesses, while regulations (or the agencies responsible for the regulations) depleted so that businesses do not have to answer to citizens.

We have raving geniuses (sarcasm alert) publicly posting information that can only do harm. And while I am all for the free exchange of information. Only a complete idiot would think that releasing schematics for a printed gun will not be used to kill innocent people. It is only a matter of time. And by proving something people already knew, all they did was make it easier for people who would normally be too dumb to figure it out to do harm. Knowledge is a responsibility, and should be handled as such.

We have people leaking government information endangering lives, policy, and stability because they feel people should know, or for their own personal gain. Again, knowledge is power, taking that from those who protect us does nothing but prevent them from being able to protect us. Now, if the government, or someone in the government is obviously doing something counter to the nations security or stability, it should be raised up. But not in this crazy partisan banter that seems to snowball.

There are news stories of police shooting children trying to protect the same people they are killing.

We live in a world where Governments have lost control of their own borders. And as a result, they (in the case of the US, and many other countries at the behest of their own citizens and elected officials) are targeting it's own citizens to create a feeling of safety.

And if you think the little things you mentioned are anything near the nightmare that already exists, you are so lost.

With the escalated fear of those who are not us, you have citizens attacking innocent people because they think the police are not acting. You have people wondering why the government is not helping them 10 minutes before a disaster strikes. There are laws that allow people to kill otherwise innocent people simply because they feel threatened. You have laws that prevent people from defending themselves when they are actively being threatened.

There are laws that are seriously being considered that would prevent people from even growing their own food.

Considering all the issues we have created for ourselves (and we really can't blame our governments, after all, we made them do it), the US government trying to confiscate firearms really seems childish to me.
I would rather:
Be able grow my own food.
Practice my own religion.
Speak my mind.
Capture and report a crime without becoming a criminal.
Plan my own retirement.
Be able to go to a doctor who can help me.
Be able to buy the medication I need to survive.
Not get killed because someone *thinks* I am dangerous.
Not get sued into oblivion.
Be able to say whatever I want (with the understanding that what I say should do no harm).
be able to give my kids a proper education.
be able to get a proper education.
be able to pay for my basic needs.
Marry who I want.
Receive the benefits from my spouse if they pass.
Create something new and inventive without (again) being sued into oblivion. ...
This list is nearly endless of things that have been infringed since I have entered this world (some even before).

But I have to say, the right to own and use a firearm only becomes an issue when all of these completely collapse... So, while you are busy polishing your guns, and screaming that someone wants to take them...

PLEASE STOP AGREEING TO TAKE THE RIGHTS THE GUNS ARE MEANT TO PROTECT!!! If you fight your rights with the politicians you elect, you don't need to fight for your rights with guns.

Stop electing people who use fear and negativity to promote their ideas.

Stop electing people sponsored by large corporations.

Start electing the people you know and respect.

Care less about their values, and more about their respect for your values.

Stop bring political parties into the discussion. They are meaningless banter at best.

And remember, the right thing is always easy to identify, it's just not always the easiest way to go.

+ - Scientist Warns against Bringing Mammoths Back from the Dead ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A renowned archaeologist has said people must start considering the ethical issues surrounding bringing extinct animals back to life as scientists are "on the brink" of doing so.

Dr Alice Roberts, an archaeologist and professor who has also appeared on several TV shows, says the dilemmas in bringing animals back from the dead should be "grappled with" as scientists begin to make further breakthroughs."

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+ - New Strain of "Superwheat" Could Be An Answer To Food Security Concerns 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A new, bigger, stronger strain of wheat has been created by British scientists who bred the "superwheat" by combining a modern wheat variety with an ancient one. Scientists at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany say that the U.K.'s wheat yields could increase by as much as 30 percent by introducing the new strain of synthetic wheat."

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