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Comment Re:Why does the FBI continue to engage in witchcra (Score 1) 262

It definitely does not work at all for at least some people, like me. If anyone needs an example subject or someone with standing who's career was affected, let me know. Additionally, important medical information was withheld from me for 4 years, drastically increasing my risk of a catastrophic event.

Comment No: Re: They could be death convulsions. (Score 1) 47

Thunderbird is still the best email reader by far. I have many gigabytes of email in 10+ accounts all easily and quickly available on all machines. The editing experience, especially inline threaded replies, is the best. Outlook is a joke here.

And, at least for a power user, Firefox is still the best browser. I commonly have hundreds of tabs open, up to 700+. Only Firefox handles that gracefully, remembers all of them with all of their history, and, at least after a restart, uses a reasonable amount of memory. And with Nightly, now it's multithreaded which is starting to get interesting.

On desktop, Firefox has about equal share to IE and just under half of Chrome. Not terrible. Hopefully they will take IE's share. ;-)

Comment Trust employees, Solve Security, Easy Efficiency (Score 2) 267

Claiming security issues is a cop out and excuse to be controlling. If you are running insecure systems, and you are if you are running Windows, then set up a separate wifi network for personal / misc. Internet access. Users can then use their personal devices, phones, tablets, etc., or you could provide Chromebooks which are cheap, secure, easily wipeable, etc. Set up web printing for tickets or similar. If you need to solve attention problems, it needs to be done at the personal level, perhaps suggesting an easy way to insert frequent short breaks. For most types of work, frequent breaks improves productivity. In the past, people took many smoke breaks and similar, so it's not necessarily the case that a Facebook break is a huge new problem. Losing track of time, keeping things in proportion, those can be an issue. A little structure or hinting of some kind is probably all that is needed there.

Comment C++ and Qt is cross-platform, high function (Score 1) 296

My preferred general purpose C++ solution would be to use Qt when possible. It already has virtually everything you would use in an operating system with baseline networking, GUI, etc. already wrapped for cross-platform use in a clean, powerful way.

If you are writing a utility or a service, there are other choices. If you think you need the widest range of features, you might need a native GUI, GPU access, etc., Qt is the only real choice.

Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, Node with C++ modules provides a nice base. It is even used as the basis for desktop apps with web-based GUIs (see Atom editor .) You get Javascript scripting, full web server capability, WebSockets for bidirectional communication, etc. Nginx is another possibility for something like that.

You could use Java or C# for portable-ish apps. In some ways, Qt seems even more portable now, especially for GUI and OS-specific features. Java and C# also don't make for great UI without a lot of work, and then it tends to be sluggish. For UIs, you want either a modern web UI, or a well-designed Qt UI. Interestingly, Qt includes a modern web capability embedded. Even the native Qt GUI is styled using CSS.

For a pure server app, Java, Node (Javascript), Python (according to many), and C++ are good. PHP, because Facebook has improved it, may be OK. Perl, Ruby/Rails, Drupal, WordPress, etc. all seem to be fading for app framework use because of developments in Javascript libraries. WebComponents / Polymer SPAs are very interesting.

Comment Re:Because This Worked Out So Well for the 3DS/Wii (Score 1) 15

You don't understand what Tango is. This is not just gyro-based control. The cameras on the back of the unit are mapping out the space visually so that they sense position and movement in a highly detailed way. Tango is capable of real-time understanding of the geometry of the room and whole building it is in as it can see it. Gyro input may also be used, but is secondary to the visual input. Look closer next time.

Comment Old anti-lock can cause accidents (Score 1) 304

I crashed and totaled my 2004 Mazda RX-8 about 18 months ago. A vehicle changed to my lane on the highway, then had to do a panic stop from 70mph to stopped. The normally amazing RX-8 brakes (and I had the high end braking package) failed in that circumstance. I had to do maximum braking. Anti-lock backed it off from a skid but never kicked back in. I rolled into the stopped vehicle in front of me at 30-40mph. You could see evidence on the road behind me: just a six inch skid, then nothing.

It would be good to handle more cases like this rather than the old methods of doing poorly in some braking (like here) to help people not good in snow.

Comment Re:Felonies even if the FBI did'em (Score 1) 168

Based on the statements related above about the judge insisting that the order did not authorize this, this does seem like Verizon and the FBI committed offenses here, probably felony unauthorized access to a computing system and others. Regardless of the outcome of this case, if it were me I would file civil and criminal charges.

Comment Re:Google Apps (Score 1) 210

Yes, I have been running my own mail / web server since 1992. As soon as something is more reliable than that, I might consider switching to it. ;-)

My email archive is about 30GB last I checked. Fully backed up. Very fast to search.

Maildirs are dumb. Imap to mbox folders are the way to go. I roll them over at 200MB. With Thunderbird caching and a good Imap server indexing, it is faster than any available email service.

Of course Thunderbird is great with Gmail, AOL, and too.

Comment Re:Whoever is responsible for this article (Score 1) 1258

"Logic is a system whereby one may go wrong with confidence."
While less intelligent (or often just less applied) people might decide to believe anything, it is the intelligent, applied types that can, if they make a few mistakes, really hit the slippery slopes of irrationality with a vengeance. If you're good at argument and rationalizing and have a good imagination, but are weak in the scientific principle or critical thinking, you might be a religious lunatic soon.

However, for those properly educated and lacking those mistakes or equivalent childhood inculcation that sticks too much, more education, especially about critical thinking, science, and religion itself, seems to strongly push towards rationality.

Comment Pro-se competency should be the rule (Score 5, Interesting) 897

I let many companies and people abuse me because I couldn't afford time or attorneys to take them to court. Then I turned my attention to learning enough to be competent enough to put a stop to that. Way overdue.

People should be comfortable representing themselves more. Perhaps not for a crucial criminal trial, but for everything else it should be considered. Basics of the legal system and navigating it should be taught in high school. The fact is that you can combat many opponents well if it costs you next to nothing and they feel they have to pay a lot for attorneys. True to some extent even for well-funded opponents in some circumstances. A major problem is that a lot of information, like process / procedures / formats, is hidden, but you can get it eventually.

I've successfully run a couple civil actions and successfully contested a couple low-level parking / traffic tickets. I just appealed one in California Appellate court, raising some interesting (to me) constitutional issues. (Waiting for my loss letter...) Good to do A) to work out the details of the process, B) to learn the law better, and C) protest annoying and not-helping-safety/society abuse of laws to meet a quota. I even recently figured out the details of filing citizen's arrest requests to maximally complain about a very dangerous, and illegal, maneuver of a CHP to give someone a speeding ticket. The officer was the only unsafe driver I saw between SF and SJ. (Next time, I'll get positive ID.)

In California, additional "fees" were added to traffic tickets that make a typical speeding ticket >$500 and really minor infractions start at $240. That's enough to be worth contesting at every point. In fact, it may be enough to change the rules of evidence in some cases.

I need to populate my pro-se site soon with some of these as examples, if people are interested.
And yes, I want to attack the overbroad "unlicensed practice of law" statutes that exist in 49 states. Of course you can't fraudulently hold yourself out as a bar-certified lawyer, and you shouldn't (can't, according to those laws) give people advice about what they should do. (The latter makes sense in a narrow sense: Besides what the law means, and what past cases have found, to actually advise people, you should know what the local custom, practices, probabilities, leanings, etc. the local judges and prosecutors have. That is separate from talking about the law or your own experience or analysis / opinions. First amendment rules there. That's the best I can understand the real legal line for conduct.) People aren't confused about who is a doctor just because they suggest that you eat better, get exercise, and take Ritalin or whatever. It is a ridiculous abuse of the public to enact laws so clearly designed to prevent sharing of information to protect blessed professionals.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.