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Comment Nuance is the key (Score 0) 388

Global warming is basically a misnomer. The concept of global temperatures rising in the past hundred years or so has been debunked many times now. However, climate change - other than that caused naturally - is a fact, especially with global weather patterns becoming more and more erratic and local weather patterns becoming more and more extreme as a result of that.

Comment The word 'pragmatic' is the key here (Score 1) 15

If you read the article properly, you would have understood that according to her it is all about being pragmatic. This means weighing the financial risks of having bad code in your software, against the costs of fixing it.

This person speaks from the perspective of a CTO. It is all about risks and the costs that go along with it. The world of a CTO is not all black-and-white with regards to software and bad code. There is a lot of grey area, where the cost of fixing a bug does not always necessarily measure up to the financial risk of leaving it there (although, there are of course, legal aspects to consider here as well).

Reality bites. Although it depends on the business model and the hierarchical organisation of the company you work for, it is usually not up to the engineers (regardless of which department they work in) to decide which piece of bad code in the released product gets fixed and which does not. That is usually a release manager or a product manager's job. The engineer's job is to detect and report the bad code in the released product and act on it if requested.

Comment What an idiocy (Score 1) 247

If having an Arabic word as an SSID for your wifi becomes grounds for arrest, France has really lost its way.

What's next? Procecuting the creators of Joan of Arcardia for using "One of us" by Joan Osborne, or even more silly, Joan Osborne herself? The song contains the phrase "god is great"... Of course, the first case would be doubly ironic, because of the reference to the 100 years' war.

Comment Ridiculous (Score 1) 56

"Earlier in the week, the jury found Amazon guilty of breaching rules for shipping dangerous goods by airmail on four counts between November 2013 and May 2015."

This is where I stopped reading. Please come back when you have a proper justice system where proper judges determine your guilt, not a bunch of people whose only interest is to get out of the jury chamber as soon as possible.

Comment Re:Consistency (Score 1) 197

The DMCA is only valid for those sites physically located in the US. If a person decides to setup a server in another sovereign nation he is not required to comply with the DMCA. That is also Cloudflare's main and best defense against it.

If that person suddenly decides to host and distribute copyrighted content on that site, he is again not required to comply with the DMCA. However, he might have to contend with the requirements of the local legislation of the country he is hosting his server in.

Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 1) 536

I have a Bluetooth headphone set that I bought years ago and the sound quality on that one was total crap. It didn't even seem to be the headphone set itself, but the bluetooth connection. The best way to describe the crappy sound would be that the devices were constantly adjusting the playback speed. It was like listening to a record on a cheap record player with a bad drive string.

That was the first and last time I used a bluetooth audio device.

Comment Good news! (Score 1) 179

Although I've been using it less and less for the past couple of years, Slackware remains my favorite Linux distribution. Ohter distributions simply became easier to install and maintain over the years. However, I'm considering moving back to Slackware, because that vile concoction called systemd is starting to infest every Linux distribution that is out there, with the exception of some of the more esoteric distributions. And truth be told, IMHO Slackware is the only "real" Linux distribution left.

The first Slackware version I installed was 3.2, I still have the CD box lying around somewhere. I got it from the father of a friend of mine and couldn't install it at home, because all I had was a very old 286 (yeah, it's lame I know; it did run Minix for a while though, that was fun too). Although that soon changed, I got permission at the university to use a PC in one of the project rooms to install and learn Linux. That was an interesting time for me. For a while I even walked around with a Linux installation on a very portable medium: a ZIP floppy (this was before ZIPSlack). While everyone was doing their programming excercises on Windows (or rather in a DOS box in Windows 95), I had full access to a development environment that I could take with me and simply insert into lab computer and work on them. And then, when I got home I could simply do the same and work on them some more. Those were interesting times!

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