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Comment Can't be done (Score 5, Funny) 189

As has been pointed out to us in the last three weeks by the GOP, you can't simply "correct" what's wrong with a law, you have to repeal it ENTIRELY. Nothing short of that is acceptable. Even if there are things that are useful, the whole bathtub must be thrown out because to simply change the parts which are not working would be to admit that the Law isn't the end of civilization as we know it.

I'm with the GOP - repeal it entirely or I'll hold my breath until I pass out. Or something like that.

Comment Re:"New Interest" is needed (Score 1) 118

Blackberry has something that presently no one else has -- government security approval and systems in place using it.

Other players have earned the approval but none are currently deploying anything which exploits it.

My way lets them continue on doing their blackberry thing without compromising their approval. Wrapping it with Android enable fun and interesting apps.

Comment Well, except that it's impossible... (Score 1) 101

What bugs the shit out of me is that people who should know better act as though DRM isn't impossible. Quick, describe a system to me in which I can give you my data but you can only process it in ways I approve of. That means that you can't copy-and-paste it, or even just take a film photo of the screen and scan that in. Seriously. Working copy protection cannot be implemented in this universe, perhaps short of every participating computer having a quantum component that stops working as soon as you observe it.

No, I wouldn't secure my personal data with Digital Restrictions Management. That's insane and can't possibly work. I'd secure my personal data with contracts that say "this is what you can do with it, and I'm going to sue you into oblivion if I find it on the Internet". That's the only known way of restricting how another party uses your information.

Comment Very unlikely (Score 1) 414

I can't see that happening, because:

1. Apple has spent countless millions on user interface research, whereas Ubuntu seems to be taking advice from a blind guy out behind the Taco Bell, and
2. Apple has a sense of taste and recognizes that different UIs are appropriate in different places. If Apple made shoes, they'd have both Italian loafers and tech sandals. If Ubuntu made shoes, they'd offer only the Air Wingtip line.

Comment "New Interest" is needed (Score 1) 118

One of the rarely spoken problems with Blackberry is that it had become stale. Somehow they mistakenly thought "oh hey, these touchscreen phones are what people want! let's make one too!" It wasn't the touchscreen. It was the apps and the user interface. Being able to do so much more with a phone is the big deal... but it also makes a phone into a toy and a huge distraction. Blackberry is a "business device."

That Blackberry is a business device which is well established for its security and other business-centric features is functional, but "old and stale." So what's a 'berry to do? Well, if they were to ask me, I'd tell them to build a blackberry "module" device and stick it into an Android phone. The two devices work together in that the Android provides the UI to the device which then maintains all the Blackberry core business features and the Android device accesses the data through an API. That way, Android apps can be available to keep people interested in their toy while the Blackberry-ness can continue on.

Comment Re: Maybe there is hope (Score 1) 745

Everything I've heard about Silicon Valley suggests that it is a complete zoo traffic-wise, with most having to live an hour away due to costs/etc.

That sounds about like what I've heard and seen. The rents are ridiculous, so lots of people live far away, and the traffic is bad during rush hour because there's no decent public transit. From what I saw, all the companies are in office parks, so the density is very poor, and you have to drive everywhere.

If anything it seems worse than a city, like half of New Jersey.

I assume you're talking about north NJ; I actually live there. It's not "worse than a city", it's just different. NJ's main problem is high property taxes and high rents, but nothing like Silicon Valley-area rents. There's a reason so many people live in NJ and commute by train or bus to Manhattan: NYC is so ridiculously expensive that it's cheaper to live in NJ, plus you can afford a much larger place, maybe even sitting next to some woods; there's lots of parks and greenery all over the place on this side of the Hudson. The other thing that's not so great about NJ is the driving time; all the roads were probably designed by animals (literally: I think all the roads were laid out along colonial-era horse roads, which of course were probably previously trails used by Indians, which were probably previously animal trails), and generally quite small; there's some highways of course, but for the most part between all the narrow spaghetti-like roads and traffic lights, it takes a while to get anywhere compared to a west coast city.

By suburb I mean someplace where you don't have to drive more than 10min to get to a fully operational farm, but where residences and medium-sized businesses are plentiful.

That's not a suburb, that's your own personal definition for something you seem to prefer. Lots of American cities are mostly suburban, and don't have any farms anywhere around. Atlanta for instance is famous for its sprawl.

Comment Re:False rumor? (Score 1) 477

Actually I do. Though the text is a bit different, it runs more along the lines of

"Well, I'll be here at 8am if you insist, but so far my experience showed that most companies I worked for were much happier to see me come in later and in turn see me go when the work is done, not when the clock strikes 5. I somehow don't think it talks about high work ethics if the servers goes into meltdown but the security head goes off to play golf. 8am is a time when you may expect me to still be here if it is necessary, but I really hope, for both of us, that you don't expect me to be here at 8am already".

Believe it or not, some bosses enjoy it when you're frank and direct with them. It's also the kind of boss I enjoy working for.

Comment Re:Without DRM... (Score 4, Insightful) 348

Fine by me. I can survive without their content. Can they survive without my money?

A company that does not sell its products goes under. I don't quite get why everyone thinks it would be different for content providers. Why does everyone think they got the longer breath, it's not like we're dying without the latest Hollywood crapfest.

Comment Re:The equivalency is... (Score 1) 537

It's almost as if they don't realize or accept the most basic of truths; that we are animals, born naked, due to the instinct-driven activities of naked animals. Religion, on these issues, is a psychological problem, with a strong denial of reality aspect.

Imagine you're in a semi-sapient proto-human in a savannah, and see a bush wiggle. The possible interpretations, in descending order of importance, are:

  1. 1. There's a predator in the bushes, waiting to eat you.
  2. 2. There's prey in the bushes, waiting to be eaten.
  3. 3. It was just the wind.

Basically, people are programmed to see purposes behind every event because it leads to higher evolutionary success. And this got even more so when we kept getting smarter and make our societies more complex; in today's world it's more important than ever. And that means religion is not going anywhere: people are going to keep seeking purpose behind seemingly random events because that tendency pays of in cases where there actually is some agent involved. If anything, we're getting more religious over time.

If true, that would put Dawkin's crusade into a rather ironic light, since his own discipline is saying he can't succeed. And it also means that religion is actually an attempt to manage the underlaying psychological problem - rather than just let everyone do pattern-matching and modeling their behaviour on presumably random data, create a dogma that unifies expected behaviour and allows somewhat rational analysis. And then you run into problems again when said dogma picks up cultural memes and preserves them way past their useful life, assuming they ever had any, as both Christianity and Islam have. Still, the alternative is leaving people vulnerable to the likes of Hubbard and Jim Jones.

Heck, the current US government shutdown is a fine example of a religious fight, a battle between two groups of people who believe in incompatible versions of reality, and - typically of such fights - are also convinced that theirs is the only possible and the other side is just lying for the sake of being evil. It's also a good example of what happens in a society when a unifying dogma breaks down and leaves members with too little common ground to really function together.

Comment Re:Rather early to call the site a failure, isn't (Score 1) 497

Who treats a rash with medical care? And besides, these HDHPs don't cover that; if you show up at the clinic for poison ivy and a Prednizone prescription, you pay for that out of pocket. If you show up for appendicitis and it costs $1300 for xrays and surgery, you pay for that out of pocket.

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