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Comment Re:there is a hellacious amount of ignorance here (Score 1) 195

Mod parent up. Software people need to understand this: users cannot be asked to do "deep reasearch" and "understand permissions", they do not have the time, and they paid good money for their device that should simply work.

And we can say they are "noobs" or "stoopid" all we want, and do not deserve nice things, but the reality is that examining permissions is right now really user-unfriendly, and actually not possible: I can easily make a program that requires map access and being able to send a data message for the fun little location game I am selling, and there is no way even the smartest permissions-examiner now knows I have made a remotely-activated stalking device.

Users will vote with their wallets to get phones where they can simply get their stuff done and get some fun out of them without having the feeling every step could be quicksand. So as phone ecosystem manufacturer you have the choice of don't let crap happen on the phone, or watch your consumer pay your competitor for a phone where crap can't happen. And to make crap not happen, you will have to only allow safe programs on the phone. And as parent shows, this means a closed store.

Comment Re:mixed feelings and abstract hate. (Score 2) 917

It's certainly contentious, but not outright hostile. However wrong their basis may be, it's implied that the creators are putting that app out to help those who they believe to have a problem.

Um, no, it actually is outright hostile to people with same sex attractions. The methods that Exodus proposes to handle the negative feelings surrounding same sex attractions are methods that are scientifically proven to leave the psyche of the person worse off, sometimes suicidally so. That is incredibly hostile to Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals, and that you do not recognize selling repression, shame, guilt, peer-pressure and thus depression and possibly death as hostile really should tell you something.

If you want to help GLBTs who have a problem to lead well adjusted happy productive lives, the science on this is pretty clear: give them acceptance, love, support, and help instill a feeling of self-confidence and being whole and being fine with these fundamental and immutable romantic feelings.

Exodus is the homo-hating equivalent of treating cancer patients with homeopathy instead of chemotherapy. The way they hurt vulnerable people is downright dangerous, and in my opinion, evil.

If you are going to censor your store from evil and destructive or bigoted apps, this one fully qualifies.

Comment Re:It's theater... (Score 2) 342

What's staring me in the face? A fucking TGI Fridays.

You tellin' me they don't have knives in the kitchen?

To be fair, the last time I was in O'Hare in the American Airlines terminal, the Wolfgang Puck restaurant's kitchen knives appeared to have been affixed to the workstation with fairly heavy-duty steel cables.

This is not to say getting knives and explosives into the "secure" areas aren't trivial. Security theater indeed.

Comment Re:Bullshit. (Score 1) 667

I've also seen the most elegant solutions to complicated problems in banks and hedge funds. Trying to predict which way a given security will move given past patterns is a very hard problem, yet I've seen systems that do just that and do it correctly 75% of the time.

Submission + - Programmers Just Don't Learn To Handle Their Ego (

Linux Ate My Dog! writes: For better or for worse, the web has transitioned from a system made by software engineers joined by a neglected user interface pro tinkering with page layouts, to one where teams of coders, Interaction Designers, and Graphic Designers work together to create rich interactive experiences. I have transitioned with it, from the software cubicles to the Digital Agency, and working with Graphic Designers I noticed something interesting: they handle critiques of their design much better than programmers do of their code, and I think it is because of what they go through during their training. During crunch time nobody cares what code looks like internally, just that it passes acceptance tests, so we get very ego-invested in how save the world from missing our deadline. While there are strategies to handle ego-investment, and pair-programming does force us to review the internals of code and architecture more these days, is there actual planned systematic review of your code? How do you handle criticism and praise for your lines?

Comment Re:Verizon has best coverage... but it's verizon. (Score 1) 395

Fair enough -- I don't claim AT&T is perfect, and far from it. My friend's Blackberry on AT&T will randomly drop calls or refuse data connections in Manhattan, even though he'd have full signal. I'd be sitting across from him in the same restaurant, and my iPhone would be fully functional.

All that says, though, is that his particular Blackberry model + revision has worse radio implementation compared to my particular iPhone model + revision for that exact situation.

As for AT&T refusing service, back when I lived in St. Louis, before they merged with BellSouth's wireless, Southwestern Bell's wireless refused wireless service to me citing their inability to find my address. Since I lived in St. Louis County but in an unincorporated area between Creve Coeur and Maryland Heights, I was not entirely surprised. We ended up going with Voicestream (now T-Mobile), and their GSM coverage was abysmal too, especially outside town. I'm sure things have changed in the 10 years since I've moved out of the area though.

It's similar in Japan, too, or was in 2003 or thereabouts. The #2 mobile carrier, KDDI's Au, had issues with servicing my grandmother's place in a medium-sized city. DoCoMo had no issues, and everyone in town used DoCoMo. Back in Tokyo, Au had completed their 3G rollout, and had far superiour 3G coverage to DoCoMo, who had coverage on paper but their towers were too far apart to penetrate far into buildings. Again, I hear things are very different now that they have ditched PDC and are releasing W-CDMA phones exclusively.

Comment Re:Verizon has best coverage... but it's verizon. (Score 1) 395

Outside of cities? Which cities are you generalizing about? I'm regularly in NYC, and my vanilla iPhone 3G doesn't skip a beat. However, in Westchester and Putnam counties, I've had issues where my phone will drop out of 3G and stay on EDGE. Up here in Connecticut, it doesn't skip a beat either.

In Chicago, it was much the same. I'd go out to the exurbs, and things sometimes got a little wonky, but then I'd return the next day, and I'm in solid 3G, with solid signal strength.

Comment Re:Illegible Cursive going away? Oh Noez! (Score 1) 857

The entire world is filled with average people. My point in my original post was that most people, for whatever reason, when writing cursive, tend to come out with seriously illegible scrawl. This has nothing to do with their lack of desire -- I have yet to come across people who pride themselves on illegible penmanship -- but the inherent lack of legibility built into the cursive system they've been taught.

So instead of starting from the illegible scrawl, they propose to the reader they start from something more legible. It's like instead of shoehorning functional programming concepts into Java, they start with ocaml.

I'm not discounting the artistic side of this entire endeavour. As a former professional musician, I do not believe everything should be useful. However, if given a choice between teaching my hypothetical children how to write cursive and print, so they can communicate, I'd much rather they were taught to print legiblly than scrawl. If they wanted to take up calligraphy, more power to them, but I do not believe in shoving art down their throats.

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