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Comment Could this "story" (Score 3, Insightful) 183

possibly be any more slanted? I'm no Apple fanboy. I've never owned any Apple products and don't like the way Apple does business, nor their history of employee relations, but come on. Claiming someone "possibly" changed their LinkedIn profile due to fear of Apple is out of line.

It's nothing more than rank speculation. If fear of Apple--use of intimidation against the engineers by Apple is implied--was the motivation for changing a LinkedIn profile why didn't the rest of the engineers change their profiles back? Was Apple capable of intimidating only one out of several engineers? Are the majority of the engineers too stupid to know what Apple is like?

The slant taken by this story assumes way too many facts not in evidence.

Comment Re:Well, probably it it's the best we can do (Score 2, Insightful) 555

So what? Then raise taxes on gasoline and lower the VAT. The problem is, adding complicated rules artificially increases the cost, which makes everything cost more anyway. A gas tax is simple and elegant, and will have the desired effect without having to setup agencies to enforce the mileage regulations. Also, companies may find a way to "cheat" or find loopholes.

Comment Re:and? (Score 2, Insightful) 555

Wow, what a genius. So your solution to the problems of a state (run by Democrats since 1970 except for one year), made bankrupt and a laughing stock of the nation by out of control spending, is to increase the spending and lower the taxes at the same time!? And the problem was caused by allowing those pesky people the right to vote on the government initiatives? And the government in California is too small because the Republicans are keeping it that way?

Could you possibly get any more things wrong in one post? Please tell us that the Sun rotates around the Earth and that the Earth is flat and at least we'll know that you are completely insane. Please do yourself and the rest of us a favor and don't ever speak again.

Comment Re:Just let it die (Score 1) 667

> Swing, Java3D, Vector/ArrayList, StringBuilder/StringBuffer, Date handling, etc.

This is because, unlike what php did when going from 4 to 5, older constructs have always been supported in Java. In the worst case scenario, older constructs are only "deprecated", then a warning is given to you recommending to use the newer constructs but the older ones continue to work fine.

This sure would be a nice feature to have when deploying php 4 applications into a php 5 platform and it is also one big shops with thousands of lines of legacy code are looking for. It is sometimes called "backward compatibility" and I have no problem with that. ;-)

Comment Re:tattooed love boys program? (Score 1) 667

It provides the greatest infrastructure and options for scalability.

This also shows, at the same time, what I perceive as being the main problem with Java. Scalability, high availability and generally making things enterprise-y does have a big impact on complexity, and as such on maintainability as well.

When rolling out *any* Java application, the tendency is to make sure it's scalable, and that it works in a HA cluster, because it may be difficult to "staple on" scalability and high availability later on. Fair enough?

But what I see all the time is situations where tuning for high availability results in more downtime than it prevents; situations where the scalability options are not used because they were not needed in the first place.

If there is so much focus on using technology that is not needed, at the cost of having low-maintenance systems, then indeed it was technology for the sake of technology. Or in other words, it was fashion dictating the technology to use for the job, rather than actual requirements.

Comment Re:Not that big of a deal (Score 1) 268

You DO realize what you basically said was "the difference is stealing from someone I like VS someone I hate" right?

No, I was interested in the difference between stealing and violating an unjust law out of necessity. I have no personal sympathy for tomtom. I do have a personal interest in being able to use my mp3 player without paying people who have done no work at all for me. Although software patents do not exist in my country yet, it's just a matter of time before my legislation gets infected too.

In case you don't know your history in the late 70s MSFT bought QDOS, and with it the first FAT (now called FAT 12) and then they paid for R&D to create FAT16 and later FAT32. It didn't just magically come into existence you know.

The patent is not about FAT32. It's about a scheme for storing long filenames alongside short ones. Which is something everybody and his dog could devise in a few hours of work. The problem is that even if I, to respect MSFT's IP, invented a better one, it would be of no use to me, because the only scheme we're interested in is the MSFT one, because that's the only one Windows will understand.

And from what I understand MSFT licenses FAT dirt cheap, which is why the flash drive manufacturers never bothered coming up with something else. So like it or not there is NO difference between MSFT and Busybox when it comes to suing. None at all. Both paid good money to develop a product and in both cases someone else gave them the finger and took it, end of story.

Well, the fact that tomtom and MSFT settled out of court should at least give you some doubt about the simplicity of your reconstruction. Anyhow, I was more interested in the moral difference between the two cases. And by the way, IIRC the busybox developers are trying to stop the lawsuits against companies who, according to them, inadvertently violated their copyrights: that makes them different from a patent troll.

What I find funny is the FSF and other FLOSS advocates (like yourself) arguing over Mono VS Java and Theora VS H.264 when you are all about to get train fucked and don't even know it! You see MSFT came out with this little piece of tech called exFAT that even the drives at the local Big Lots are starting to come formatted with. And unlike FAT32 with its cheap license, or .NET which has the "we'll not sue" covenant exFAT IS patented up the ass and they WILL sue if you don't shell out for licenses. So while everyone at the FSF argues over whether binary blobs should be allowed they are about to find out how nasty things can be when no PMP, or cell phone, or flash drive, or pretty much any mobile device will work with FLOSS unless you break out your checkbook.

Now I don't understand, that's exactly my concern. Why doesn't that scream to you "software patents suck and need to be abolished"?

You know, I really hoped that Linux would present a "third way" and allow real competition in the X86/64 arena, but all this crap over Mono and H.264 and now exFAT (which I swear to God I had one FLOSSie say with straight face say to use EXT3 with all that overhead on flash drives) it is pretty obvious to me the zealots rule FLOSS and are determined to keep it a niche that fits their agenda. So please, don't use Mono, or H.264, and format all your flash drives with EXT3, whatever. In less than 3 years Linux won't be able to hook with jack shit as all drives will be coming with exFAT and Windows 8 will probably drop the old FAT32 leaving FLOSS swinging in the breeze. it is a damned shame, as the competition would have been nice, but zealotry never helps, only hurts.

I think that actually "FLOSS" isn't "ruled" by anyone. Everyone will do whatever he likes. In fact, the usage of mono among "FLOSSies" is growing. I personally use h264 because it's better than Theora and I (still) can do it without breaking the law. I don't use mono to develop new software because I find Java to be (at least) technically equivalent, thus I can choose the solution that IMHO better guards my ass in case somebody in the future decides to use the nuclear option (cfr. the patent wars between Nokia / Apple / HTC to get an early taste).

Comment Re:Accuracy (Score 5, Interesting) 316

SA made GPS accurate to 10m.. With the "SA" feature disabled, you're down to 2m... And with Satelite enhancements, it's more like 20cm !

But that's irrelevant.. Because SA was intended to disable any enemy force from using GPS for accurate positioning - until they realized D-GPS (Differential GPS) made the whole point moot (you take a reference point - you send the signal to the receiver - And therefore - the receiver can deduce the SA introduced clock error - because now you have a ref point .. And believe it or not - it is a United Stated Uniform service - the US Coast Gard - that came up with it to overcome the artificially introduced uncertainty).

However, the military still keep exclusive use of the 1Mhz band (with the 10Mhz being public) - for the only purpose of being able to make real time measurements on tropospheric distortions - so - what happens - is that the military can make 1m accurate reading WITHOUT sat aids.

Comment Re:Retard. (Score 1) 428

"If we only relied on our senses, we could assume that it's safe to live next to Chernobyl ffs!"

Maybe. On the other hand, relying on your senses alone, you can determine that the fuana and flora around Chernobyl aren't exactly "right", and decide to live elsewhere.

Comment Costs and benefits (Score 5, Insightful) 316

This is in spite of $160M spent on modernizing LORAN stations over the past 10 years.

There's this thing called the Concorde Fallacy that is relevant here. It doesn't matter how much money you spent, all that should matter is anticipated future costs and benefits. And I think for a 200m redundant navigation system, future costs >> benefits.

Comment Re:I only read the summary... (Score 1) 231

that was probably enough though.

Not even close. You might have more success in the future if you can figure out a way to relate your knee-jerk reactions to the actual content of the posted material. I know that expecting you to actually read it is out of the question. Maybe you could find some way to get Mechanical Turkers to poorly summarize it in such a way as to provide hooks for your hastily composed responses.

Comment Re:That is not entirely accurate (Score 1) 491

Trade barriers? Currency pegged to the dollar to increase exports? Nothing new. Japan did it decades ago.

I really doubt we will see a real estate bubble in China during the next decade. They are starting from a much different position. Many people from the country are still moving to the cities. Housing materials are not something that is exactly scarce either. Most of the costs are in construction labor which is something there is little shortage of in China.

That leaves the possibility of an energy crisis. Mind you the chinese are investing in every form of energy you can possibly think of, plus they have vast reserves of cheap coal. So if worst comes to worst, they can ramp up the construction of coal-to-liquids plants (they already have one) and use that instead of oil. They also still have enough of a command economy to rapidly ramp up construction of such plants if necessary. Their economy is quite far from reaching a point of diminishing returns on investment. The gap with "western" countries is still too wide.

The US also does ok with energy having large coal and shale reserves. The areas with the largest problem regarding their energy supply are Japan and the EU.

Comment Re:Wait for it... (Score 1) 195

Save your beer money, because if you don't have this, you will be a social outcast.

I'd rather be a social outcast than someone so desperate for the approval of others that they'll buy a gadget just for the status it bestows.

See, I can never figure this sentiment out. Since I moved to the Mac about 2 years ago, I haven't noticed any particular rise in my social status. When I get my laptop out, it's not like girls sidle up to me and start cooing in my ear or anything. I just open it and start working/playing (instead of waiting for it to wake up, like with every other laptop I've had).

I think that someone opening a laptop running Linux has more of an "oooh" factor than a Mac. When students of mine who are running Linux open their computers in the classroom, people go, "Hey, what's that?" and gather around. But like half of the class is using Macs. It's just a computer.

I mean, thanks for thinking I'm higher status because I spent exactly the same amount of money as I would have buying the ThinkPad I was looking at at the time, but really, it's just a computer. I use it to do stuff.

Comment UK extradition (Score 1) 125

Interesting. I'd love to see the list. Though I imagine it depends on which country you are running from, right?

Yup, each country has its own treaties about extradition.
After some Googling, here's an article about extradition specific to UK.
Any country *not* in the two lists (part 1 and 2 of the act) is safe.

Well, not all countries are safe per se. I doubt Afghanistan and Pakistan could count as safe, but they are at least safe from extradition. The 2 Congos won't be a nice place either. Indonesia could be a better bet. China and North Korea are not on the list for obvious political reasons. Strangely, nor is Japan or South Korea.

The most complicated part isn't finding a country with no extradition treaty with the country one is running from (due to the absence of a global international treaty that's trivial).
The problem is finding :
- a way to *reach* said country safely without getting caught along the way. (The closest seems to be Morocco and that's not exactly next door)
- a way to get a new life in said country despite language barrier, lack of funding and possible political instability of said country.
- and both, without having any money nor any other possession beside the clothes the convict had on himself when running out of jail.

That is much more difficult to achieve than keeping low profile.

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