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Comment Re:i know what i'm thinking is heavily biased but! (Score 1) 190

That's the point- they're all as bad as each other. Why should I distrust a Chinese product any more than an American one? Neither government has exactly got a rosy reputation for due process in cyberspace.

You've short circuited your thinking. The difference is that in China, a company is synonymous with the government, but in America, companies and the government are separate.

Do American companies collaborate with the government? Sure, sometimes. Do they comply with government laws that gag them from talking about what they're doing? Sure, sometimes. But if I hear the US government has been killing people with drones, and then I'm thinking about doing business with Instagram, I don't think to myself, "Wait -- was Instagram in on that whole drone murder thing?"

With Chinese companies, the gray area is much darker, because you simply cannot do business there without close ties to the government.

Comment Re:Not Bill Gates' Microsoft (Score 2) 339

Microsoft are doing it for the same reason I see Apple doing it - it makes business sense. Microsoft is no-longer able to steamroll standards through by becoming the de-facto standard.

But this was predicted, wasn't it?

What's that Gandhi said? "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

How many boxes has open source ticked off on that list?

Don't hate Microsoft. Just smile and nod. And if they become amazingly successful by using open source because "it makes business sense," and they play by the rules and they quit using dirty business tactics and they compete on merit and open source becomes an everyday part of their business ... congratulate them.

Comment Re:Microsoft and Open Source don't mix (Score 1) 339

If they contributed, they contributed. Does it matter that they did so because there is a demand for their VMs to run Linux, rather than out of the goodness of their hearts?

If they contributed solely out of their own business interests, and their contributions add nothing of value other than compatibility with Microsoft's proprietary software, and nobody who doesn't want to use Microsoft's proprietary software will see any benefit whatsoever from any of the changes Microsoft contributed to the kernel, then yeah, I would say it's fair to rate Microsoft's contributions to the Linux kernel lower than those of a company like, say, Red Hat.

Those stories a couple years ago about how "Microsoft is now one of the top kernel contributors"? Look at it this way: That's how much Microsoft had to change the kernel to make it work with Microsoft's proprietary VM tech.

Fair enough. Microsoft's contributions are as welcome as anybody's, provided it plays by the rules. But are you saying we're supposed to congratulate them for it? Hardly, I say.

Comment Re:Hi, I'm In QA (Score 1) 366

Hopefully you have a QA team...if your project is large enough and you do not have a QA team, consider proposing the concept to management

I worked for a company that had a QA team. Basically, the presence of the QA team was seen as confirmation that every engineering decision was right and correct. Never mind that nobody ever listened to what the QA team said. The fact that they were allowed to speak up at meetings was proof that everything we did had "passed QA."

Comment Re:Well no (Score 1) 709

When I inquired as to why a local fast food restaurant was selling "shakes", not "milkshakes", I found out that they could not sell them as "milk" shakes because there was not enough milk in them. They were selling sweetened sawdust ( aka "cellulose" ).

My understanding is that McDonald's shakes are mostly potato starch. I think this is because it's more stable than half-melted ice cream; you can make the shakes quickly and they will have the consistency customers expect. Real ice cream shakes run the risk of liquefying prematurely. The part about them "not containing enough milk" is probably urban legend, though.

Comment Re:Much hyperbole about nothing (Score 1) 320

This guy isn't a security expert. He doesn't even know that Java is a programming language, and that Oracle's JVM is not "a version of Java used to surf the web".

You're assuming quite a lot there. I didn't see any sentence in there that said "Oracle's JVM is the version of Java used to surf the web." But most of the exploits we're talking about certainly do involve the version of Java used to surf the web -- the Java plugin. People who are just running desktop Java apps aren't vulnerable. These are browser exploits, or exploits that attack the interface between the plugin and the browser. If a Reuters reporter wants to simplify the language so that regular people can understand it, where's the harm?

Comment Re:Hate Bradley's treatment, but... (Score 1) 341

Whistleblowing is when there is a crime taking place such as if innocent people are being murdered, tortured, etc. In the Cablegate leak there weren't any instances of human rights abuses that I could see.

Other than all those Iraqi civilians getting shot in that one video, I guess.

I'm not going to argue that what Manning did was in keeping with his oath or with U.S. law, but come on -- if the leaked information wasn't important and relevant, then what's all the goddamn fuss about? Why isn't Bradley Manning a free man today?

The leak wasn't worth the risk and to leak to Julian Assange, a foreign national??!

Oh, can the flag-waving. The leaked cables were all about U.S. foreign policy. Who would like to know about that -- whom does it concern -- if not foreign nationals?

But suppose Manning leaked the cables to someone who wasn't a foreign national. When that person went and turned over the information to The New York Times the way Assange did, I guess foreign nationals were just going to ignore it?

This is the dumbest argument against what Manning did that I've heard yet.

Comment Re:Hate Bradley's treatment, but... (Score 2) 341

So does an attention seeking narcissist deserves death threats, which he has gotten?

For his narcissism? No. But he just gave an interview where he said he consciously made a decision that he knew might have literally ended another man's life. Death threats are one thing, but how many people have actively taken steps to kill Adrian Lamo -- the way he admits he did to Bradley Manning? I hope he realizes that there might be consequences for actions as grave as his, but I assume he doesn't, because he's a narcissist.

Does an attention seeking narcissist deserve the immense amount of gut level hate that's being thrown at him?

Again, for his narcissism? No on the "gut-level hate," whatever that means. But he certainly deserves my utmost contempt for being such a despicable person. You might think he did what he did out of some kind of pang of conscience, but as I've said, I don't buy that. Not one bit. He didn't do it for his country, or out of concern for Manning's mental health, or any of the other excuses. He did it for himself, because he's not really capable of thinking about anyone else. Whether it's his autism that makes him that way or whatever other reason, it still pretty much makes him scum, IMHO.

Seriously, Donald Trump has a better image than Adrian Lamo does to some of these guys.

Donald Trump is a television cartoon personality. Adrian Lamo is a real person who ruined another man's life in a way that hopefully none of us will ever experience, and he did it for pretty much no valid reason at all. I'll take Donald Trump.

Comment Re:and how well will that work?? (Score 1) 228

For instance, wifi has become way more of a bitch than it was in Win7 and access to wifi status (seeing how much data is/has been transmitted, etc) seems to be missing.

Mouse to taskbar. Click on Network icon in the system tray. A big Network panel pops up from the right of the screen showing all the networks you're connected to and all the Wi-Fi networks that are available. Right click on the one you're connected to, choose "Show estimated data usage" from the menu. That took me less than ten seconds to figure out and I'd never even tried to find out my data usage before. I'd say that's pretty intuitive.

Well, that and the crashes/failures to awake from sleep.
That's definitely a hardware problem, most likely related to bad/outdated drivers.

Comment Re:Lol, More commissions in the form of lawyer pay (Score 1) 92

Where can you buy a decent RPN device today? Nowhere.

Well, nowhere except Amazon I guess. Or TigerDirect, or Best Buy, or whatever ... I have one of these and it works great. I don't have cause to do a lot of number-crunching most days anymore, though, and the AAA batteries on it tend to run out even after I haven't been using it, so more often than not I end up using an HP48 emulator on my Android phone. I do like the real buttons on the standalone calculator, though, so if I had more cause to calculate I'd use that.

Comment Re:Hope it's not windows 8 (Score 4, Informative) 228

What I want to see is a real Web browser as a Metro app.

Errr, well you know, Windows 8 ships with a Metro flavor of IE 10, and with recent versions of Chrome you can opt to have that run as a Metro app, too. I think Firefox might still be working on it. But there doesn't seem to be anything stopping you from trying one of the others out and seeing how it works for you.

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