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Comment Re:Does it matter? (Score 1) 226

No opinion lives in a void. Knowing that someone uses a particular device or not, or even if they are preferential to a company or not, gives important information that should not have to be gleaned from an opinion. And no, you don't have to root for a team, but what's the fun in watching? Seeing some good fundamentals? Ok, we are nerds, that is a great reason to watch!

Comment Re:And (Score 1) 93

As far as I'm concerned, as an American, the entire point of reading the article is to give me a new perspective on my leaders. I have no context for how this affects Vietnam or it's people. I can make brash assumptions about Vietnam's Orwellian society or whatever, but I have no skin in that game. I do not keep track of the pros and cons of world governments, especially not one as unimportant to my life as Vietnam.

Where this does affect me is allowing my eyes to open to similar abuses around me. Where before I was not outraged at an Identity Protection Agency keeping tabs on Congress-critter Brightbottom's online persona, now I will be giving Brightbottom's people a sharp talking. This can leak into my psyche and change how I view an online persona. Perhaps I've had no opinion about this topic. I am annoyed by propaganda and begin investigating the topic. I read up on the Identity Protection Agency that Brightbottom employs and learn that such antics are generally unimportant, so I can ignore this as just another futile sign of weakened power.

Comment Re:java is shit (Score 1) 226

I think you overstate your case. When I click the Windows Start button on XP it does respond. What I want of course must wait for the data to be available and rendered, but at least the Start button appears in a different state than prior to clicking. It gives me reason to believe the computer has acknowledged my action and will respond.

Often my interactions on my Android phone take time to give me any response. That is a failure and any app should work diligently to fix it as I am happy to use a different app. My phone is not a person, I do deserve to lord over it.

Comment Re:Tell him to write goddamn login page himself? (Score 3, Insightful) 507

Given the GP's vitriol, I'm guessing he's one of those self-taught coders who has to deal with someone telling him his code is poor. My experience shows that self-taught coders do write a lot more code, but tend to write it without understanding how it's less maintainable. Us college learners try to write less code that does more, but often end up in the design phase longer than necessary.

Comment Re:What's the big deal? (Score 1) 305

You've missed the point. None of those things allow someone to know exactly where someone is located in real time. If a school administrator fancies one of the students, this system enables knowing exactly where a student is and if any other students are nearby. And then what happens when students start building readers. This goes downhill quickly.

Comment Re:From the original article... (Score 1) 305

You must be British or something, but you have it wrong. School is mandatory to 16 years of age as a minimum while some states including Texas are at 18. The one part that does fit your argument is that because it's a magnet school it's not the standard public school and she always has the option to attend there instead. However, the badges are likely to turn up there as well once the pilot program ends.

Comment Re:Secrecy? (Score 1) 72

No, we don't need those data centers today. We don't need near instant access to caturday videos. The amount of reactionary nonsense here is depressing. If the article placed blame on anyone, it's users demanding unnecessary access to meaningless data. They did an excellent job of explaining how data centers get to be energy hogs and frankly this article could be the catalyst that convinces CIOs to move to virtualized data centers rather than the one server one application wastefulness that many places still employ today. Better tech is around the corner and this is how we shift thinking.

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