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Comment: Re:"Rogue"? (Score 1) 276

by steelfood (#48941975) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

In my experience, Google does not offer good support. They're primarily engineers, and engineers typically have no sense of the needs of anybody else but themselves. Remember, you're the product, not the customer. They are assuredly not a "decent" vendor by any means. They're a tolerated vendor, and not because they're necessarily such great products, but tolerated only because there's no one else.

Rather than any conscious decision to deny you support, the woes you experienced was probably a result of that prevailing corporate mentality. Don't ever count on Google for support. Some of their engineers may be helpful, but there's no corporate policy and in particular, no corporate culture of thinking of their users.

Comment: Re:So you could use this tool to make your code an (Score 1) 218

by steelfood (#48929219) Attached to: Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

If you did this every time, you'd be identified as the guy who runs his code through Google Translate prior to release.

Non-normal behavior is the most easy to single-out. In order to avoid detection, you basically have to become noise. And if you're the only one, then even that is a pattern.

Sure, you could run some things through Google Translate and leave some things alone, but that'd be the equivalent of having two online personas.

Comment: Re:jessh (Score 1) 397

by steelfood (#48917249) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

You forgot to take something into account: People in the Northeast are used to snow. Lots of it. Some are better prepared than others, but nobody lives here thinking that it'll snow once every decade. 6 inches is nothing. Hell, 12 inches is a bad storm, but nothing to write home about.

The forecasters were going off about 3 feet, 36 inches, total. They also kept saying, from Monday afternoon to Wednesday, which is big, but certainly manageable, and far more manageable than say, a storm blowing by dumping 16 inches in an hour before leaving. Either somebody forgot to do the math, or they decided to pick up the 36 inches number and call for mass panic.

Yes, people should've gone home early and stayed off the highways. Yes, people should've prepared with extra dry food and water. But no, mass transit didn't need to be shut down. No, the roads didn't need to be closed. No, things shouldn't have been forcibly grinded down to a halt.

It was a disproportionate response for very little risk. The wind was a bigger cause for concern than the snowfall, but wind can't shut down mass transit and close off all the roads and create a big sensation that, if it panned out, would've paid off big for the media. But the way the news channels treated it, you would've thought everybody borrowed a page from CNN's playbook. Which is to say, they were completely irresponsible. Where's MH370 again?

And by your logic, you shouldn't go outside whenever there's a thunderstorm, because you might get hit by lightning. Or worse, you might get hit by the storm surge and be washed out to sea. Sorry, I don't buy it. You might enjoy cowering in fear every time something unusual (and this wasn't even unusual to boot) happens, but we're supposed to be pretty damn resiliant in the Northeast. And this response just smacks of cowardice to me.

Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 158

by steelfood (#48888907) Attached to: Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

A phone is not a tablet. For most people, phones get replaced once every two years. While tablets are not like computers who have a lifetime of upwards of 7 years, they're in between, around 4 or 5.

And the developer base is different too. The moment Vista came out, people began migrating their applications off XP. But developers were until fairly recently still developing with Gingerbread in mind.

Comment: Re:I'd welcome Google as my carrier (Score 1) 238

by steelfood (#48862425) Attached to: Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

Take that a step further:

You exceeded the posted speed limit by an average of $Z MPH over $W minutes. You were an average of $V distance from another vehicle over $U minutes. You accelerated at intersections $T times. You short stopped $S times.

It'd be easy to build up a driving profile based on GPS data. In fact, insurance companies already do it.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 383

by steelfood (#48861177) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

Land of the free and home of the brave? You have to be fucking kidding us.

You bought into that pile of marketing dog shit?

Reality is closer to land of the diminishingly-freer, home of the cowardly and ignorant but loud.

We're still freer than most countries (for example, we have hate crime laws, but no hate speech laws) and without a strong American traditional culture, more tolerant, which is freedom in a different sense. But we're not that much freer, and we're losing what we have little by little.

Do you suffer painful hallucination? -- Don Juan, cited by Carlos Casteneda