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Comment Re:truly free markets require full information (Score 1) 740

The thing is, you don't need federal government intervention to gain access to full information.

Take this case; if indeed, there is consumer interest in knowing that the food they eat is GMO-free, then there is an economic incentive for people who do sell GMO-free stuff to label their products accordingly - they'll get more sales. If you want to buy GMO-free, buy according to the label. You have all the information you need to make informed decisions, and it didn't need authoritarian legislation from on high.

Comment Re:This is not surge pricing (Score 1) 164

Uber's pricing responds to demand - it may be pre-programmed for known peaks, but it's also flexible enough to respond to conditions - although the surge during the Sydney siege was perhaps immoral, it was just the pricing algorithm doing its job, responding to a random increase in demand.

I'm not even convinced of that. People focus on what Uber was charging, but were their traditional taxis who were willing to drive into the middle of the situation to pick up passengers for standard fares?

Uber increases the rates drivers receive in order to encourage them more drivers to participate in times of high demand. The question is, would more or less people have been able to get transport out if Uber drivers hadn't been receiving higher rates? If the answer is "more", then I'd say Uber's actions were fully justified, and resulted in more net good than would have occurred if they hadn't increased their rates, and fewer drivers had participated.

Comment Re:is this really still an OS anymore? (Score 5, Insightful) 355

1. But I use windows for gaming! Steam has more than 200 titles that run just fine in Linux

It does. But like 90% of everything, most of them suck. There's a handful that are good. Games aren't fungible - it may be that just a single, specific title not being available on Linux is enough to keep certain people on windows.

Personally, I run a linux machine and a windows machine, with a kvm switch. I game on windows, and do everything else on linux. Works for me.

Comment Re:WhipslashPleaseGetRidOfSubjectsInComments (Score 1) 254

What the author is saying is given Mint is just Cinnamon + Ubuntu, why distribute this somewhat hacked together kludge, rather than collaborating with Canonical?

I don't get how that's a hacked together kludge. Ubuntu + repo + default packages seems like it's using the package system exactly the way it's supposed to be. I mean, every person I know running linux adds extra repos, and switches out the default packages at some point. This doesn't sound like a kludge so much as a slightly differently configured base install. Whether that's a significant enough difference to merit a new distro name might be a reasonable question, but it doesn't sound very kludgey.

Comment Pointless bill (Score 3, Interesting) 172

The motion called upon the Senate to note that strong digital encryption protects the personal and financial information of millions of people; that encryption is an important tool to prevent identity theft and other crime; that encryption ensures that public interest whistleblowers, journalists and other civil society actors can conduct their activities more securely; and that the Government, through services such as Medicare and Centrelink, and digital platforms such as myGov, depends on encryption to keep client information safe.

The motion also called upon the Senate to note that any decrease in public trust in digital systems and services will present an obstacle to the Government’s agile innovation agenda”.

Secondly, it called upon the Federal Government to “support the continued development and use of strong encryption technologies; resist any push from other governments to weaken encryption on personal devices; and work with law enforcement to develop alternative avenues to obtain information through warrants and targeted surveillance that does not put every Australian at greater risk of identity theft.”

It called on the senate to "support" and "note". Sounds like it was a largely pointless bill in the first place. Not that both major parties wouldn't sell out their voters for a dollar if it was on the table, but whether this particular bill passed or didn't will mean precisely squat to anyone, ever.

Comment Re:Not in China (Score 5, Insightful) 255

I'm no Apple supporter, but your comparison is (heh) apples-and-oranges. In the US, it's refusing to alter its software to allow the FBI to access private data. In China, it's allowing the government to perform a security audit of its source code - you know, just like every open source project on the planet implicitly allows China to do.

I mean, by that standard, Linux is co-operating with Chinese attempts to violate the privacy of its users, because it publishes its source code for the government to audit (if they feel like it), too. And honestly, with this admission about the FBI coming into the open, it just goes to show how justified other governments are in demanding to examine US products for signs of government malfeasance.

Comment Re:The Australian Government. (Score 1) 158

To say the current mob (which have an approval rating in some kind of glide approximating a two door kelvinator) has any plans at all for leading a country is almost as big a joke as the party itself.

As opposed to the opposition party, who was booted out of office in the biggest swing in electoral history? The situation was the same under the previous party, too - they'd wear out their tongues on american shoeleather just as fast.

There's a reason last election had the most minority parties ever represented in the senate. Australians are sick of the crap *both* major parties are pulling. We haven't had a Prime Minister complete a full term since 2007.

Comment Re: Hipster software is the real problem. (Score 1) 86

Even if GitHub goes down, you can point your repos to a different origin, and continue on as normal, so it still has value. But yeah, I just run my own repos for personal projects. Businesses seem to love paying people for stuff though.

I've used git and hg. I honestly can't see much difference between the two, but I've probably not dipped too deeply into their featuresets.

Comment Re:Well, yeah (Score 3, Insightful) 928

Is Linux successful? Debatable. It has success in limited uses, but has never grown beyond these uses. It is a feature, not a product. Linus accomplished a lot, but what groundbreaking thing has he done in the last 20 years?

None of which has much to do with the kernel. I doubt there's a single feature you can point to and say "because the kernel is missing/mis-implemented this, people will not adopt linux". The lack of adoption of linux in userspace, if it is due to any technical reason at all, is to do with problems in the userspace tools.

Comment Re:Companies don't get it.... (Score 1) 474

According to Agile, you cannot do a 40 so we're stuck if the task can't be broken down.

There's no such thing. Every task can be broken down. That's what programming is - you break tasks down into smaller and smaller components, until they're able to be represented as sequences of bit manipulations.

If your company has some anal-retentive policy about which tasks are/aren't allowed to be broken down, well, that's stupid, but it's nothing to do with reality, or agile.

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