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Comment: Some Premises Need to be Questioned (Score 2) 119

by Bruce Perens (#49383785) Attached to: NSA Worried About Recruitment, Post-Snowden

I am still having a little trouble with "we don't need our spies to spy". Maybe we do.

I am also having trouble believing that the kind of encryption we use on the Internet actually stops the U.S. Government from finding out whatever it wishes although IETF and sysadmins might be kidding themselves that it can. Government can get to the end systems. They can subborn your staff. Etc.

Comment: Will try to play video in HTML 5.0 mode now. (Score 1) 130

by MtViewGuy (#49382391) Attached to: Firefox 37 Released

There's also an important change in Firefox 37.0--if you access YouTube, videos are played back with the HTML 5.0 player, eliminate the use of Adobe Flash to play back videos. Hopefully, this means smoother video playback at higher resolutions. Hopefully, this applies to embedded videos from other sources.

Comment: Re: It's stupid (Score 1) 176

Yes. The last stuff I wrote that I couldn't compile today was in "Promal" or "Paradox". My C and C++ code from 1980 still builds and runs.

All of my web development is on Ruby on Rails. That environment has had a lot of development and I've had to port to new versions. So old code for RoR would not quite run out of the box, but it's close.

Comment: It's stupid (Score 0) 176

Development with a proprietary language is ultimately harmful to your own interests, whether you make proprietary software for a profit or Free software.

The one thing every business needs is control. When you make it possible for another company to block your business, you lose control. Your options become limited. Solving business problems potentially becomes very costly, involving a complete rewrite.

The one thing that should be abundantly clear to everyone by now is that making your business dependent on Microsoft anything is ultimately a losing proposition. They have a long history of deprecating their own products after customers have built products upon them.

Comment: Yes, it's free. Also, the patent system sucks (Score 2) 176

All Open Source licenses come with an implicit patent grant, it's an exhaustion doctrine in equitable law.

The problem is not patent holders who contribute to the code, you're protected from them. It's trolls who make no contribution and then sue.

Of course these same trolls sue regarding proprietary code as well.

Comment: Re:apples real problem is utility. (Score 1) 54

by mccalli (#49377573) Attached to: Apple Extends Its Trade-In Program
You understand that the release of the latest iPhone generations produced the highest rate switchers away from Android and over to the iPhone, right?

I don't mind the debate - I've had an iPhone since the 3GS but was and am seriously looking at switching away for various reasons. The debate should be based on fact though, and the facts are that Apple doesn't have a dearth of people moving off other platforms and over to its own.

Comment: Re:A Corollary for Code (Score 1) 210

by 91degrees (#49377441) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology
Absolutely agree with that. Some of the horrors I've seen include everything is a singleton, virtual methods replaced with templates, a complete reimplementation of std::map and std::vector, with map implemented as a vector of key/value pairs (Yes - seriously; they had O(n) access time). Actualy, that last one was all about reinventing the wheel. A reinvention of string class (where we already use 3 standard-ish implementations).

The nicer projects use standard types, base the architecture on existing successful products, and have a fairly simple class heirarchy.

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