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Comment Oh this is SOOOOO secure. (Score 0) 208

Thus, any time you need to plug a device such as a smartphones into a USB port to charge itâ"let's say at a public charging kiosk or a coworker's computer

Unless one is standing right there, what is to prevent someone from removing the "condom", plugging the bare cable in, slurping all one's data off, then putting the "condom"?

Comment Re:There is a 2nd alternative ... (Score 1) 321

That assumes you can convince a major corporation that it is in their best interest to fund development. Linux is a major server operating system. IceWM is a minor and little used window manager. There is a big difference.

There are reasons for corporations to support Linux, Apache, Mozilla, and some other projects. But, there is no reason for corporations to support the majority of projects because the corporations don't get anything out of it.

Comment Re:How to attract developers? (Score 0) 321

It is different than closed source software. You are conflating the utility of an application with the quality of the project.

If the developer of a closed source app can make enough of a profit selling an app, then the developer will continue to maintain and improve the app regardless of the size of the user base. With FLOSS even if a project has a large user base, it can and will die a slow and ugly death as soon as all the "sexy" code is written because the developer(s) will move on to more interesting projects. The primary exceptions to this is when a project is adopted by one or more companies who pay for developers to work on the project or the most of the changes in the project involve sexy code.

In short, if a closed source application is profitable, it will be maintained, even if it is of low quality and possibly low utility. Even useful, high quality, high utility FLOSS projects will be left to rot because the work that is left is boring and no one wants to work on it. If you want evidence, just look at the high profile projects that have had annoying little bugs that lasted for months or even years because hunting down the bug and fixing it would be boring.

Comment How to attract developers? (Score -1, Flamebait) 321

You want them to do boring, tedious work. Hmmm. What could you do to make people want to do boring tedious work? I know, pay them!

Oh, wait, you want them to work for free? Now you know why 90% of FLOSS projects are crap. When all the sexy code is written and all that is left is the boring stuff, the coders leave to for the new hotness.

Oh sure, people will point to things like Linux, Apache, etc. but when you get down to it, most FLOSS projects end up as either abandonware or as rarely updated side projects with half-implemented features and unfixed bugs, let alone getting modern features.

So, if you are interested in maintaining or upgrading your favorite FLOSS project, you better be willing to pay for it.

Comment Re:Might be? (Score 2) 314

Myself and my wife have both switched to e-cigs full time - myself for 6 months, her a bit more reluctantly and recently. The tobacco analog flavours are pretty nasty, but then I neve actually liked the taste of tobacco anyway - it's the act of smoking and nicotine itself I'm addicted to. Now she smokes a menthol mix, and I'm a fan of fruit flavours.

I've tried to quit many, many times during a 23 year cigarette habit. Patches, gum, straight cold turkey, Allan Carr, you name it, I probably tried it. Longest time was a year before stress got me smoking again. The day I had an e-cig, I've not had a single tobacco cig since. My phlegmy cough is gone, my sense of taste is much better, I don't reek of smoke (going back and smelling an old coat that I wore while smoking just smells rank - when you smoke, you don't realise HOW stinky you are to non smokers). I also feel better.

Nicotine itself is highly addictive, but in stimulant terms isn't much different to caffeine. It's the tar, carbon monoxide, benzene and all the other carcinogens as byproducts of combustion that are really terrible for your health.

We're still on the hunt for the perfect clearomizer that gives the right combination of warmth, vapour quantity and reliability (some tanks crack very easily), but generally it's been a very easy transition for me. My wife struggled at first as the amount of vapour wasn't enough for her in comparison, but a dual-coil seems to have fixed that, and we hand-mix the liquid as we both prefer a different mix of PG to VG. I am slowly tapering my nicotine mix down (currently at 8%, which is already pretty low). I'm still hoping to quit outright at some point.

Are they 100% safe? Don't know. Most studies have shown no risk, and the worst impact has been some inflammation in those with existing breathing conditions. Given the components of the liquid are all individually safe for consumption in other products, as long as you get it from a reliable supplier that doesn't use cheap chinese contaminated liquid, it should be pretty safe. It's certainly a lot safer than the known highly dangerous tobacco cigs. I'd have no problem with goverments ensuring product purity by regulation and enforcing age restrictions - all the sellers I know insist on 18+ only, and are entirely upfront about the dangers of nicotine.

Yet European legislation is lining up to class them as medicines, and defacto ban e-cigs, as they obviously don't have a health benefit in and of themselves - only in relation to the alternative. It seems ludicrous to try and ban a product that is at worst far less dangerous than cigarettes, when cigarettes themselves don't have to clear the same proposed hurdles.

Comment Re:proving parent right... (Score 1) 356

It's not illegal to possess cash. Not even large amounts of cash. If he never saw drugs, he had no actual knowledge that anything illegal was going on. His incarceration wasn't about upholding the law, it was about making an example so that next person would know that he better cooperate with the feds.

LK

Comment Re:So it has come to this (Score 5, Insightful) 531

Are you asking for evidence of donation or of the ACLU doing far more good than the NRA? Both seem to be odd questions.

The NRA claims that protecting gun ownership protects civil rights by empowering the individual to defend themselves against the government (we'll ignore, for a moment that nothing could be further from the truth, and everyone in this nation, armed or not is a heartbeat away from a smart bomb at their breakfast table, or that you can be financially and socially ruined without ever having the opportunity to shoot back). Let's take the NRA's claim at face value and assume that they are 100% correct.

They still only defend the status quo. Having a gun doesn't undo the erosion of rights due to the corrosive influence of the re-election cycle in Washington. The ACLU seeks to actively move the line of civil rights back to where it started, and hopefully even a bit further through the courts and activism.

Now, the ACLU and the NRA happen to disagree over the interpretation of the 2nd amendment (FWIW, I think that was the stupidest call the ACLU ever made) but even when they disagree they're still nominally working toward the same goal (the ACLU isn't trying to prop up the gun industry, but I'm talking about implied goals, here), so it's pretty easy to judge which of them objectively makes the most progress...

Comment Re:Oh, really? (Score 1) 1255

Let me know when you recover from blaming other people for your problems.

When I was 30, I decided that the cause of the problem was less important than the solution. The pointless nonsense that I was subjected to may have made me dislike that environment but it was up to me to further my education. So, I did.

Busywork is a significant part of any job almost regardless of payscale. Meetings are busywork, charting is busywork. Strategy sessions are busywork. Recording results is busywork. Reading and signing documents is busywork.

If your meetings are busywork, then you shouldn't have them. Charting, strategy sessions, recording and reporting are not busywork. They allow an organization to be sure that resources are being spent in a most constructive manner.

In fact given your rant above, you come off sounding like someone who has to be constantly stimulated in your job. Which to your supervisor sounds a lot like we have to be constantly working to keep you entertained. No offense but I'll just hire the next guy who can handle being bored from time to time without blaming me for destroying his "love of work"

What yes men like you don't seem to understand is that when we're unhappy with employment, we can leave.

It has happened to me a few times. I've left over not getting a promotion or raise that I thought I deserved. (Admittedly, I'm not unbiased in this regard) I have left over unreasonably autocratic management.

While you find ways to cope with misery, we move on and find happiness.

LK

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