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Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 251

Hating on the people making the calls is wrong...

Hating on people working for legit companies operating within the law is a bit much. But hating on that asshole with "windows support" who knows good and damned well he's trying to infect your machine with malware in order to extort you, well not hating that jerk would be ridiculous.

Comment Re:Require that patents be defended (Score 1) 134

A patent should be about your brilliant invention of how to do something, in detail, that nobody else could figure out. It should not be about what to do, without any details on the how.

That, combined with patent examiners knowledgeable enough to recognize and reject software patents that consist of going from requirements to design by gluing together well-know techniques, would eliminate the real problems. It wouldn't satisfy RMS, but it would limit software patents to the extremely rare ones that are truly novel and non-obvious.

Comment link bait, and utterly stupid (Score 5, Insightful) 428

Well, let's see, Apple is a high-pressure workplace, to which people go when they cannot make it at Tesla. Wait, what???

The article is mostly based on the opinion of a single hipster jackass who felt that he was too good to apply at Apple, backed up by the opinion of a few other people who don't want to work there, and a recruiter. Note the lack of information from anyone who has actually ever worked there.

Comment Re:Trump would 'convince' not 'force' Apple (Score 1) 875

... tax... which Tim Cooke has said is a driving force for Apple to make their products overseas.

Citation? Because I don't think he ever said that.

But I do know that he has said there is simply no way in the U.S. to get in one place the 10s of 1000s of workers with the equivalent of 2-year associates degrees that are required to keep those factories running.

Comment false question (Score 1) 284

The entire point of this is to first convince many people to say "why yes, that does seem reasonable" then advance to "but we can't do it if service providers use secure encryption, and that's why we must be provided back doors"! Granted, most email is not stored encrypted with the account owners' public keys, but that's what this "hypothetical" is about, require back doors, then apply that to all stored communications, not just email.

Comment Re:One kind of employee (Score 1) 227

A person who applies to the industry leader and then turns down the job because they "already found something" don't even have a serious professional career, they're a fry cook looking for a paycheck.

You're off-point. This wasn't about turning down a job offer with Google; this was about not waiting any longer to find out if a job would be offered.

The process as described is unreasonable and utterly disrespectful to applicants. There is no rational reason Google could not make its decisions more quickly.

Comment Re:I have one, but teething pains (Score 1) 85

I replaced the old router serving as the house AP with a Ubiquity UniFi AP-AC-PRO - a nice fairly low cost enterprise-class AP over the holidays. (It only costs $150!)

And I have to admit, I'm impressed - covers three floors and everything with full signal at 2.4GHz, and at 5GHz, it's actually usable on all three floors.

Thanks for that; I need to look into one of these ;-)

Comment Re:This is the least of the problems with SO. (Score 1) 303

Most of the code there is obvious. No need for copyright or licensing. The answer to "how do I do a rotate an unsigned integer?" isn't a work of art. Even the longer snippets of code are just that: snippets. They're composed of techniques that are widely known and widely used, and most certainly these snippets were copied from somewhere else in the first place!! There's almost never anything original in stackexchange. Having to put attributions on this is like having to use attributions with tweets. The code snippets almost certainly can not be copyrighted as they're too small and the original authors are unknown or can't be reached.

Why the hell has this not yet been modded up to +5???

What next, we can't use code snippets from "The C Programming Language, Kernighan and Ritchie" without attribution? Because there have been billions of copies of those snippets over the years.

Ages ago, I bought a book on cross-platform GUI development, which was advertised as having a useful library explained in the book and included on the CD that came with the book. And guess what? Yep, there was a license printed in there, which basically prevented any reasonable use at all of the library. Somehow, the author and the lawyers had not actually communicated regarding the purpose of the CD ;-) Didn't matter anyway, the book and the framework turned out to be really crappy...

Comment Re:This is the least of the problems with SO. (Score 1) 303

The awful moderation is by far the biggest problem. It's so frustrating to ask a perfectly good question, get some good answers to it, and then later on some micropenised moderator comes along and starts muddling with the questions and answers just to make himself feel like his micropenis isn't as small as it is.

Yeah, I've never used SO heavily, just occasionally. But over the last few months it does seem like fully half of the few queries I have that lead me to SO, are closed as "not relevant to programming", despite being obviously 100% relevant to programming. Seriously, what kind of jackass moderates a question about setting network call timeouts FROM CODE as not being about programming.

I know it didn't used to be that way, because it was only in 2015 that I encountered the first obviously incorrect, probably malicious, "not relevant" moderation. And it has grown to be all the damn time now. I used to be happy when google put an SO question at the top of my responses because it was likely to provide good info, now I'm starting to be annoyed by it.

Comment Re:EHR Developers are not EHR Daily Drivers (Score 1) 111

I had a very, very tiny pool of doctors (almost all pediatricians who see no Medicare patients...

Yeah, if not for that loophole, I would have been driven out of the business years ago... The biggest problem is the requirement for re-certification after *any* code change, which basically requires waterfall style development with at most 3 releases, maybe 4 if you have god-like competence in your project management, per year. That's a near-perfect way to completely disallow any and all innovation.

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