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Comment: Re:So China is going to do (Score 2) 89

by sg_oneill (#47572181) Attached to: Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

what the DOJ failed to do.

Well not quite. The DOJ proposed splitting microsoft in half. Chinas solution to corruption tends to involve ventilating the CEOs brain with lead, 15 minutes after the judge declares "Fuck this guy!".

The only one who seemed to be advocating caping bill G here was probably ESR, because ESR is kind of a mentalist (RMS doesnt do guns)

Comment: Re:It's not a marketplace.. (Score 3, Insightful) 213

by sg_oneill (#47571945) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

It's not a marketplace, it's a lottery for developers.

Or at least for our clients. I cottoned on *very* early that the SAFE money isn't in the app store, but in writing apps for others. Usually poor schmucks who believe their "Floppy duck clone will corner the market if only they had a coder". At first I was pretty OK with this, after all no one else in my hometown was doing it, and I could easily clock $4K a week ($12K for 3 weeks development with contracts back to back) and dude these where pretty good apps. But after a while it sort of started to feel like I was taking people for a ride by not explaining the market to these people. In the end I decided to stop doing social networking apps simply because they almost NEVER succeed , and I started insisting that they needed to start on a marketing plan with a professional *before* the contract starts (Since marketing considerations DO in fact drive it). This was all to protect my clients and ultimately my own reputation (Sometimes when an app fails in the market the client will blame the coder and thats BAD for reputation, even if its just total unfair nonsense).

And in the end I was lucky to get $500 a week because the work dried up as people moved to less ethical mass-production offshore developers who wouldnt say unpleasant things like "You need to spend some money on a marketing plan first" or "I dont feel comfortable spending your life savings on yet another facebook clone"

Yeah, I work for the government now. Somehow this feels more ethical.

Comment: Re:Sales flow chart. (Score 4, Informative) 96

by sg_oneill (#47551807) Attached to: Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

How does PostGreSQL compare?

I work at a large government department with stupidly large scientific datasets being thrown in and out of databases and we're migrating as fast as we can from Oracle to Postgres. The only thing we can't really shake is bloody Oracle financials and a few crufted old Java apps that we don't have the code to rewrite.

Postgres handles beautifully, and on some things even better although on some nasty multi-join type things Oracle will still beat it.

But it doesn't even matter because we can just throw more hardware at it infinitely cheaper than the extortion racket that Oracle pricing represents.

MariaDB is surprisingly competent too and in fact even has a surprisingly complete GIS implementation (Although PostGIS is the gold standard as far as we are concerned). Just avoid the Oracle branded one (MySQL), its not as well tuned, doesn't play nice with packaging systems and is generally posessed of the Oracle odour.

Comment: Re:Delivery method (Score 1) 64

by sg_oneill (#47512705) Attached to: Researchers Successfully Cut HIV DNA Out of Human Cells

Actually a Judas-virus approach would be perfect since its already clear that the body seems unable or unwilling to kill the virus, its free to move into place to knife its buddies. And if the body does decide to start killing the viruses, well all the better really it means the body now realises HIV isn't something to keep about!

Comment: Pretty low (Score 5, Insightful) 76

Exploiting the technical ignorance of elderly congressmen by lying about the technical needs of deaf folks.

Its pretty scummy tactic. Unfortunately for Verison disabilities activists can be INCREDIBLY noisy when they are shat upon, so I doubt our deaf friends are going to tolerate this guff at all.

Go deaf dudes!

Comment: Re:Such harassment (Score 1) 362

by sg_oneill (#47505553) Attached to: Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

I'm curious, have you ever had a job? I don't mean a summer job or your coding job surrounded by fellow nerdlings. I'm talking about a job in a larger company where you have to deal with all sorts of people.

Yes, I work in the public service and been CTO at a telecommunications provider and I've fired staff before for this.

I suggest working on your social skills if your making a habit of upsetting your female coworkers.

Comment: Re:The good news is that he's mortal (Score 1) 63

by sg_oneill (#47505533) Attached to: Rupert Murdoch's Quest To Buy Time Warner: Not Done Yet

No matter how rich and obnoxious the fucker will eventually drop dead.

You'll want it soon. He's done incredible damage to australias democracy by controlling 70% of the media and using it to straight up intimidate politicians and then blatantly lie about those who don't bow down.

An amazing amount of australians believe the rises in their energy costs came from the carbon tarifs despite every economist of note pointing out the inflation was almost insignificant , and many australians even complain about the effect the mining tax has on them despite it applying to about 2 or 3 hundred companies tops.

Very few realise that 90% of peoples taxes dropped somewhat significantly BECAUSE of those taxes. But why would they know? Newscorp decided to simply not report that, and it led to an astonishingly incompetent government being voted in.

Don't let this happen to you America.

Comment: Re:Such harassment (Score 1, Troll) 362

by sg_oneill (#47472293) Attached to: Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Whether it does or doe not contribute to a healthy work environment, is it sexual harassment?

I say no.

Who gives a shit about the semantics. If your making your female workmates uncomfortable, you deserve to be rapidly ejected out the door with "DO NOT HIRE AGAIN" stamped on your file.

Comment: Re: Maybe, maybe not. (Score 0) 749

by sg_oneill (#47454111) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Unfortunately that is not the case. Swiss have ultimately bowed to the US.

When US says jump, the rest of the world jumps...

Nothing unfortunate about it. That only affects the rich and powerful who for all purpose defraud american taxpayers and then shift the money offshore.

Why should any american have to suffer increased deficits and taxes so a tiny elite of wealthy parasites can continue to leach american money offshore

Comment: Re:Most humans couldn't pass that test (Score 1) 285

by sg_oneill (#47453961) Attached to: The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

One day was pestering to be let out of a room and I managed to whack him right in the face with the door. His response was to walk slowly over to the sofa look right at me and then scratch it really slowly while holding my gaze.

Mine did even worse once. She normally sleeps on the end of my bed. One night however I had a girlfriend stay over the night and the cat got a bit upset when she threw the cat off the bed. So she went out into the hallway, pulled all my girlfriends clothes out of her bag and strew them up and down the hallway. Then *pissed on them*. First time she's peed inside since she was a kitten.

That was a pretty strong message I suspect.,

Comment: Re:Does anyone oppose this? (Score 2) 155

by sg_oneill (#47446739) Attached to: Fighting Climate Change With Trade

Since when have protective tariffs been "efficient"?

Freemarket capitalists should be supporting freetrade no matter what reason the politicians give for getting rid of tariffs. Or are you one of those freemaket people who only think there should be freetrade if the USA benefits?

"grrr scientists are engaged in a vast left wing conspiracy organized by the lizard people to lie about physics for some reason" is why.

Some peoples brains just sieze up when the scientific community points out some aspects of our current way of life might be harmful to our long term viability as a society.

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