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Comment Not just Yes, Hell Yes (Score 2) 198

I've been programming professionally now for over three decades...

A while ago, if you were working on projects, and you wanted to do something complex - you were buying an external library to make that happen. UI forms, even data storage collections!

Nowadays even if you are working on a closed system, you are using a LOT of open parts and libraries to help make things happen. Most people are using Apache instead of proprietary web servers. Most people are using a multitude of open source libraries that means when you switch jobs your expertise is no longer fully invalidated, because you can use some of the same libraries as you move around. Many people are browsing using WebKit, way more than IE...

Sure there are a lot of closed systems around still but they operate in a world that is dominated now by more open protocols, open source tools, and libraries and so on. No longer is it considered risky to go with open source when LAMP now is considered the conservative choice.

Even though software development is still a pain for all sorts of reasons, it's still never been better and easier than it is now and you can build things today that just were not possible to pull off 20 years ago. Open source will continue to advance as the idea has proven to be gene4rally solid and reliable, and will only continue to spread further... eventually we may reach a plateau beyond which the remaining software will generally be closed for a variety of reasons, but I don't think we are there yet.

Comment What matters is now, not then (Score 2, Interesting) 147

It doesn't matter to me what the origins may have been; it matters what things are.

I find it pretty stupid to judge the starting point of organizations that were founded decades ago against the more recent Fox News, which was formed when outlets were already turning partisan and was just a bit ahead of the curve.

I'm not dealing in whataboutism; I deal in simple hard truths. And that is that Fox News is no more partisan now than any major news outlet (except possibly the Wall St Journal).

I also find it telling that you hide behind the AC mask to critique others... obviously that makes your opinion on the subject worth quite a bit less than mine.

Comment It's all propaganda now (Score 4, Interesting) 147

Everyone else may have agendas and fail in their full diligence, but Fox fails INTENTIONALLY since its inception

If you claim Fox News is propaganda, without saying CNN is propaganda, MSNBC is propaganda, the NYT is propaganda, then how can we respect your hyper-partisan views?

Here's a hint: It's all propaganda now. Most journalism now is driving you to think a certain way, providing facts that fit a narrative and omitting ones that do not.

Until you realize that you yourself are just another tool of propaganda by denouncing a single source and implying the others are reliable.

P.S. Fox News was not any more designed as propaganda than any of the other news sources, it evolved like the rest of them to where we are now. To claim there is any difference between what Fox is doing and what CNN is doing is what I take exception at. You cannot label them differently.

Comment Actually not (Score 1) 51

And that "someone" was Channel 4, who launched Black Mirror before losing it to Netflix.

That's just the thing though, Black Mirror my have been popular but Channel 4 didn't seem to realize it, or else they would not have lost it/let it go in the first place.

Netflix deserves a lot of credit for finding things that it realizes are actually popular, and rescuing them to give them a new home.

However with Black Mirror in particular, I personally do not like it much. The warnings they give I think are good ones, but the actual episodes really seem like they should be 15 minutes each, not an hour. There is so much repetition and dead space in them... I have not watched the Amazon show yet but probably will give it a go at some point and see if it's any better.

Comment Not much of a timeline (Score 3, Insightful) 217

Although interesting to see what happened after "the wrong button was pressed", I would still love to know more about how such a terribly incorrect action could be triggered so easily with no outside verification. Like the governor doesn't even get one minute to verify and cancel a state-wide alert?

I know time is of the essence in these things but it just seems crazy a shift change could trigger this, and in a way crazier that if that was possible, it never happened before. It seems pretty obvious something must have changed recently to allow this to happen, what was that?

Comment Re: Of course (Score 1) 1008

In many of those cases, it was actually earned by us. It's not like that money magically materialized in the pockets of all those people - ultimately, someone, somewhere, made a product or service (or, more likely, a small part of it - but still made it with their own labor) that someone else needed. All those people that OP listed are just rentiers who cash in on that transaction, because the economy is structured in a way that allows them to collect economic rent from all wealth generated by people who actually work.

Comment Interesting you argue to vote Republican (Score 5, Insightful) 521

For a few years, then your taxes will creep up.

But only if we elect Democrats, since they all voted against the tax bill and all the Republicans voted for it... so Republicans a few years from now would vote to keep the cuts permanent, and obviously Democrats would get rid of the tax cut.

Rare to see an AC on Slashdot argue so clearly why the whole country should vote Republican!

Comment I can see the 1% is here posting as AC (Score 0) 521

Trump raised our taxes to pay for tax cuts

Wow, I just feel SO SORRY for eat or west coast millionaires who have to pay more in taxes now that state tax refunds are capped. It's true you are helping pay for tax cuts for the poor across the U.S., sorry to hear you are so put out by it. Not.

I mean it's so sad that you may have to stop waxing your yacht quite as often as you like or what have you.

Comment Haters are so stupid (Score 2) 144

Comcast throttled Netflix and Netflix made the problem go away by paying an extortion fee.

Sad to see the day when people on Slashdot have no idea how the internet works, or what interconnection fees are.

I live in fucking downtown San Francisco and my ONLY choice of high-speed cable Internet is Comcast.

Hi, I said exactly the same thing. I'm in a different city, in exactly the same situation. Do you even read?

I mean you go so far as to ejaculate all over the screen that "my own gigabit internet service fee probably keeps a nice shine on some executives yacht."

And you interpreted that to mean I was *happy* about the situation? Like I said, do you even read??

Haters like you are SUCH retards. I am trying super-hard not to roll my eyes that you also come from San Francisco, which I would have put money on before... the elitism literally boils out of your words.

Someday you will be adult and be properly ashamed of what you are now. But I guess today is not that day.

I'll let you have the last response since Haters and Retards will chatter on and on about themselves and misreading things until the end of time. Ain't nobody got time for that, I have other people to help while you try to bring them down.

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