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Comment: Re:Better protection against SEO. (Score 2) 194

by rudy_wayne (#49501523) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

What made Google so great when it was still relatively new was the results were more relevant, i.e. they weren't just a bunch of advertisements. With the rise SEO that is less the case now, and looking for something on Google for me now means adding "-buy -purchase -price -shop" automatically.

Unfortunately, that's what happens when a search engine is run by a company that depends on advertising for 96% of its revenue. Google is not in the search business. They are not a technology company, no matter how many data centers and driverless cars they have.

They are an ADVERTISING company and their business model depends on getting you to click on as many ads and "sponsored links" as possible, using whatever deceptive methods necessary.

Comment: Re:privacy? (Score 4, Insightful) 194

by rudy_wayne (#49501497) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

Here's a radical idea. How about if the search engine returns results that are ACTUALLY WHAT I'M SEARCHING FOR.

One day I was trying to find a particular video clip. No matter how i tried to refine my search query, all I got was completely irrelevant bullshit. Now, the video I was looking for was somewhat old and obscure and so its entirely possible that it doesn't exist anywhere on the Internet. That's fine. I can accept that.

But, if that's the case, then my search should return zero results. Not thousands of irrelevant results.

Comment: Re:Sony pirating e-books? (Score 2) 53

by rudy_wayne (#49500031) Attached to: Hacked Sony Emails Reveal That Sony Had Pirated Books About Hacking

Is this Slashdot or The Onion?

both will make you cry...


But seriously. This is humorous and ironic, but not at all surprising. Every organization that has engaged in extensive "anti-piracy" actions has been found, almost without exception, to be involved in some sort of piracy themselves.

Comment: Re:How convenient for Apple... (Score 1) 124

in order to make native Apple apps to seem better.

That makes no sense. They don't achieve anything if their apps look better than the other apps on the device, they just make the entire experience worse. It would be like cutting off their nose to spite their face.

Because no company has ever done that before.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 5, Insightful) 320

by rudy_wayne (#49487545) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

The iPads weren't standalone education devices â" they were supposed to work in conjunction with another device carrying curriculum from a company named Pearson. But the district now says the combined tech didn't meet their needs, and they want their money back.

So... They didn't test the iPad / content combo to establish usability / feasibility / usefulness prior to dropping all this cash?

Anyone with half a brain could see that this whole thing had FIASCO written all over it in bright red letters. The whole thing reeks of one giant scam.

-- The school district signed an initial $30 million deal with Apple in a program that was supposed to eventually cost up to $1.3 billion. As part of the program, the LA School District would buy iPads from Apple at $768 each

You can go into any store an buy the most expensive iPad for $699. The school system is spending a billion dollars and didn't negotiate a discount on the price? They're actually paying $79 over retail !!?? What the fucking fuck.

-- and then Pearson, a subcontractor with Apple, would provide math and science curriculum for the tablets at an additional $200 per unit.

$200 per unit for some shitty software? You've now jacked up the price to nearly a thousand dollars per iPad. Again, they're spending a billion dollars and don't negotiate a discount?

-- Less than 2 months after the program started, the school district reported that one-third of the 2,100 iPads distributed during the initial rollout of the program, had gone missing.

Seriously? You didn't see this coming from a mile away?

-- And best of all, the schools district's Assistant Superintendent, essentially the number 2 person in charge of the entire school system, is a former executive with Pearson, the company providing the software, and he was heavily involved in helping Pearson land the contract..

Comment: Re:These days... (Score 5, Insightful) 892

"Men negotiate harder than women do"

So everyone is penalized because women are inferior to men. Nice.

But the bigger issue is why negotiating even exists at all. Too many companies want to make the hiring process like buying a used car, offering you a low figure, hoping you'll take it, and only offering more if you "negotiate harder".

Comment: Re:The future of console games (Score 5, Insightful) 249

by rudy_wayne (#49395545) Attached to: Sony Buys, Shuts Down OnLive

And you believe them? Talk about naive...

If they go under they aren't going to give a crap about you and if another company buys Valve and shuts it down they aren't going to care about you either.

It isn't just a question of Valve going out of business.

Sony bought OnLive to get their patent portfolio. It's the only thing Sony cared about. That's why they bought them and shut them down.

No matter what Valve says, the same thing could happen to them. And when it happens, they won't be able to do any of the things they have promised because someone else is calling the shots and they no longer have any say in it.

Comment: Re:Similar to pay-upfront job scams (Score 2) 89

If you have to pay a fee to get the job -- it's a scam. Except in this case, they're not even bothering to guarantee you the job. Because it's so exciting, they need only promise you the opportunity. And then further down the road, they'll likely ask for more money, "to get further up the ladder, still".

Maybe Mars One should partner with Amway.

Comment: Re:Type "bush hid the facts" into Notepad. (Score 5, Informative) 119

by rudy_wayne (#49309567) Attached to: OS X Users: 13 Characters of Assyrian Can Crash Your Chrome Tab

  About every ten months, somebody new discovers the Notepad file encoding problem. Let's see what else there is to say about it.

First of all, can we change Notepad's detection algorithm? The problem is that there are a lot of different text files out there. Let's look just at the ones that Notepad supports.

        8-bit ANSI (of which 7-bit ASCII is a subset). These have no BOM; they just dive right in with bytes of text. They are also probably the most common type of text file.
        UTF-8. These usually begin with a BOM but not always.
        Unicode big-endian (UTF-16BE). These usually begin with a BOM but not always.
        Unicode little-endian (UTF-16LE). These usually begin with a BOM but not always.

If a BOM is found, then life is easy, since the BOM tells you what encoding the file uses. The problem is when there is no BOM. Now you have to guess, and when you guess, you can guess wrong. For example, consider this file:


Depending on which encoding you assume, you get very different results.

        If you assume 8-bit ANSI (with code page 1252), then the file consists of the two characters U+00D0 U+00AE, or "". Sure this looks strange, but maybe it's part of the word VATNI which might be the name of an Icelandic hotel.
        If you assume UTF-8, then the file consists of the single Cyrillic character U+042E
        If you assume Unicode big-endian, then the file consists of the Korean Hangul syllable U+D0AE
        If you assume Unicode little-endian, then the file consists of the Korean Hangul syllable U+AED0

  Some people might say that the rule should be "All files without a BOM are 8-bit ANSI." In that case, you're going to misinterpret all the files that use UTF-8 or UTF-16 and don't have a BOM. Note that the Unicode standard even advises against using a BOM for UTF-8, so you're already throwing out everybody who follows the recommendation.

Okay, given that the Unicode folks recommend against using a BOM for UTF-8, maybe your rule is "All files without a BOM are UTF-8." Well, that messes up all 8-bit ANSI files that use characters above 127.

Maybe you're willing to accept that ambiguity, and use the rule, "If the file looks like valid UTF-8, then use UTF-8; otherwise use 8-bit ANSI, but under no circumstances should you treat the file as UTF-16LE or UTF-16BE." In other words, "never auto-detect UTF-16". First, you still have ambiguous cases, like the file above, which could be either 8-bit ANSI or UTF-8. And second, you are going to be flat-out wrong when you run into a Unicode file that lacks a BOM, since you're going to misinterpret it as either UTF-8 or (more likely) 8-bit ANSI. You might decide that programs that generate UTF-16 files without a BOM are broken, but that doesn't mean that they don't exist. For example,

cmd /u /c dir >results.txt

This generates a UTF-16LE file without a BOM. If you poke around your Windows directory, you'll probably find other Unicode files without a BOM. (For example, I found COM+.log.) These files still "worked" under the old IsTextUnicode algorithm, but now they are unreadable. Maybe you consider that an acceptable loss.

The point is that no matter how you decide to resolve the ambiguity, somebody will win and somebody else will lose. And then people can start experimenting with the "losers" to find one that makes your algorithm look stupid for choosing "incorrectly".

Comment: Re:I can't wait for the Linus Torvalds rant over t (Score 0) 362

by rudy_wayne (#49305329) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers

Make no mistake. This is a literal and direct attack on Linux. OEM's will not care about the few people who use Linux and will omit this ability essentially killing Linux off. This is Microsoft's attempt at the final nail in the coffin of Linux.

This isn't about Linux (although I'm sure Microsoft's hatred of Linux has something to do with it). People who buy a pre-built system from one of the big OEMs have no intention of installing an alternative OS, so this is a non-issue for them.

If you do buy a pre-built system from one of the big OEMs so you can put Linux on it, you're too stupid to be allowed near a computer.

Buy the components and build it yourself and you won't be bothered with any of this bullshit. Anyone who knows which end of a screwdriver to hold can easily do it.

According to the latest official figures, 43% of all statistics are totally worthless.