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Comment Not just americans ... (Score 3, Interesting) 176

I've got two spoof accounts on Facebook, one for work - we're an agency selling Social Media Marketing among other things,so it's more or less expected of me - and one I established roughly 7 years ago when i started social dancing and constantly meeting people who asked me if I was on Facebook. I looked at Twitter a few months after it came out, thought "wtf?" after 3 minutes and have used it since maybe 4 times or so. No inroads at all with instagram, whatscrap and other data hogs.

Long story short, even though I'm your Type A 80ies computerkid who has never had less than 5 email accounts in the last 2 decades and who was on Fidonet back in the day posting every day, I see a significant difference between me and many many other people. Today *I* am the one who's more away from electronic media than the average - a thing quite unthinkable back in the 90ies. Even though I haven't changed my habits that much.

Facebook I consider particularly evil, as it is a funnel of constant superficial vanity-induced anti-social behaviour that, as far as I can tell, has a significant impact on the general social skills of people growing up with it. Facebook here being a synonym for anything "social" media these days. A fascinating look into someone from this social media native generation is Essena O'Neills account on why she quit her life as an instagram "professional". Yes, you can shake your head in disbelief about the naivity and the obviousness of what she finally realised, but don't forget: these are people who grew up with this - they never knew anyhting else - which makes her account ever more honest, poignant and impressive.

I see the signs left, right and center: Social media has a significant negative impact on the general publics mental health. To put it in other words: FB is not a social network, it's basically a global mental illness.

My 2 cents.

Comment Won't happen. Sorry, there is no AI ever ... (Score 1) 329

... that can turn the harebrained buzzword/bullshit-laden confused and convoluted descriptions ("specs") of my marketing crew into a working product.
No freakin' way. The AI would probably have a meltdown.

My job will remain for a loooong time. If the rest of the population were able to formulate what they actually want, I'd be out of a job 10 years ago, with CASE tools taking my job. But that didn't happen. However, I might be the one discussion the new software with the AI. Looking forward to that. But then again, research shows that talking uses something like 80% of our brain while writing uses 25%.

So some sort of coding via type, even if it is to talk to an "AI", will probably always remain.

My 2 cents.

Comment No. (Score 1) 103

Isn't sinking 100s of millions into construction of a new corporate headquarters one the Fucked Company(tm) 6 common signs that a company is about to implode?


Not if those 5 Billion come from the 240 billion in cash that you have accumulated in earnings but selling product with revenues up to north of 30% (iPhone raw earnings are between 200$ and 250$ per device. Which is why Huawei, Google and Co. cry themselves to sleep at night.). Then 5 Billion for an attempt to build the worlds best office building is a nice neat little extra for the crew.

If you're a startup running on high burnrate spending other peoples money with no income to show for though, that's an entirely different story.
Then building a flashy new building is usually a sign that things are going to turn south soon after. I just finished reading "Boo Hoo", a first hand account of the 'rise' and fall of boo.com of the hayday of Dotbomb times. That is a prime example of what your talking about. Apple is just about the exact opposite of that.

Comment Can't be that bad. (Score 2) 135

You can deduct a *lot* from tracking a user these days. Especially with all the data smartphone apps offer up to their suppliers. You basically have a more complete and trustworthy personal profile of a person than the person could probably even willingly give themselves. Sleeping habits, areas of interest, modes of transport, typing speed, wording/education, interests, income, temper, sexual preferences, political affiliation, religious beliefs ... the data hog megacorps of today know *everything* about you.

Having a large set of algorithms chose your partner for you based on such data is most likely to be a better choice than most humans could ever hope to make. The computer already knows much more about both mates than each could know about each other in years. And bring people together who would've never come together under regular circumstances.

Finding a fitting mate would actually be one of the better reasons for me to offer my data up to some app.

My 2 cents.

Comment No one cares about 'inequality' ... (Score 1) 489

... whatever that may be in specific cases.
Every person needs to feel loved and needs to feel competent, preferably by doing useful work they can handle and is thankfully recieved by their community while being and feeling mentally and physically healthy. With food, shelter, security, fulfilment and good regular sex at the foundation. Aside from that, hardly anyone really cares how rich the next guys is vis-a-vis himself.

If I can have all that, I seriously couldn't care less if everyone else was a billionaire but me. And I suspect it's like that for most people.

Bottom line:
Equality != Quality of life inside a society.

Comment Gotta love PHP ... (Score 3, Funny) 204

I'm smiling while I read this.

Every single bit of this news is sooo PHP and one of the reasons this awkward mess of a PL is so successful.

They find something new or something they need and bolt it on. Just like that. End of story. A vote on the core team, a little coding and *BAM* PHP has a new inner API function with what has to be the most over-the-top all-out-PHP-style name for an inner API function ever - sodium_crypto_box_keypair_from_secretkey_and_publickey($ecdh_secret, $ecdh_public); (seriously, this is no joke).

Totally LOL. Takes the cake for inner function names ten times over, even by PHP standards, which is quite a stunt. And right away PHP has up-to-date hard crypto that even a simpleton can use.

You have to hand it to the PHP crew - they actually get shit done, no matter what. :-)

Comment Errrm, ... because they're freakin' Astronauts? (Score 1) 154

What kind of a question is that?

They are ASTRONAUTS. Flying and operating insanely expensive equipment on massive insanely expensive missions where just about every move has critical consequences. It's the same reason you can't have angry outbursts on the Spaceshuttle. These people a cool. Like, seriously and certified cool.

Of *course* they're not allowed to get drunk.

Yes, russian cosmonauts were/are allowed to have a shot of Vodka after long tricky EVAs and similar big events. They're russians, what do you expect?
The closest to getting drunk in space was when the crew on the Mir decided to access their Vodka supplies of schedule. Vodka supplies being two or three smaller flasks. There are reports of some smaller "parties" on the Mir towards its EOL. But that's about it.

Comment The *only* good thing about abrahamic cults (Score 1) 904

No fucking way. This has got to be some kind of alt-right/4chan/cuck joke parody, right? Woman convinces beta male to have "open relationship" so she can fuck alphas on the side, SHOCKING beta with no game can't score, harasses actually capable women and helps ruin otherwise successful company.

"Sluts and cucks ruin everything for everyone." This has to be a joke, right?

No, it's reality.

And right here you have the *only* good or at least moderately useful thing about abrahamic revelation cults (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) as a primitive operating system of society: Executed well, they keep the sexual imbalance in check with sexual moral codes, see that every pot has a lid and prevent an all-out anarchic fight over women in which a few men get most of the women. A circumstance hat usually eventually gives rise to fanatism and degeneration/destruction.

"Girls, kiss the fascists where ever you find them!" - Kurt Tucholsky
Smart man.

Comment How is this sexism? (Score 0) 904

So this guy is harassing someone as to have sex with her. How is this sexism? Apart from the word being similar that is? Did he claim she is a lesser person because she is a woman? Or should spread her legs on demand because she is a woman and he is a man?

What really annoys me that all over the world in this debate people confuse inappropriate behavior with sexism.
This implies that it would be less of an inappropriate behavior if the was bugging me (a man) for sex. And I seriously beg to differ. If the man would be bugging another man for sex in the same manner it would be just as annoying.

I really wish people and especially the press wouldn't constantly mix this up, so we'd have a chance to actually solve true sexism.

Comment Good decision. HTCs linup is a mess these days. (Score 1) 40

The HTC Desire was my first touchscreen smartphone, and for more than a year it was the best device on the planet and way ahead of anything else, including the iPhones of that time. The Flyer Tablet was a seriously impressive device, topping the iPad of the day in every aspect.

Now roughly 6 years later HTC is barely recognizable. A bloated and jumbled lineup of smartphones with nothing clearly sticking out. I'd cut 80% of the devices offered and focus on building the best smarrtphones available again.

Comment No. IoT is a fad. ... (Score 4, Insightful) 374

... Embedded is a reason to learn C though. And embedded and IoT do have some intersection/overlap. But I IoT itself is mostly a fad involving the slapping together of unsafe preconfection microlinuxes with unsafe overkill websevers/port 80 stuff and adding that to toasters and stuff that really don't need it and won't be used more than ~3 times unless by some bored teenagers wgo wants to screw up your homes heating or AC by surfing on shodan for some lonb forgotten default access to said IoT trinkets.

Bottom line:
You shouldn't do anything because of IoT unless it,s avoiding it like the plague (unless you're a hacker that is). OTOH If you want to learn embedded, C with assembler for the basics is the way to go.

Good luck.

Comment Similar thing in Germany (Score 1) 318

The Society of German Engineers (VDI) regularly hyperinflates the numbers of required IT experts and engineers and open positions by orders of magnitude to get more people into University studying related fields to keep up the supply of fresh cheap graduates that can be bought cheaply and sold out expensively and score contractors some neat margins. It's the very same kind of ultimate bullsh*t, just with a slightly different goal.

Submission + - The Munich Linux Project is to be cancelled and rolled back

Qbertino writes: Apparently , as German IT News Website Heise.de reports, LiMux, the prestigious FOSS project of replacing the entire cities administration IT with FOSS based systems is about to be cancelled and decommissioned.

A paper set up by a board of city officials wants to reorganise the cities IT to "commonly used software" and a base client of the cities software running on MS Windows that integrates well with the cities ERP system based on SAP. The best possible integration of office software products with SAP is the goal, which looks like LibreOffice will be ruled out. The OS independence of the system is stated as a goal, but is seen by the article as more of a token gesture than a true strategy. The costs of remigration back to non-FOSS systems aren't mentioned.

Currently roughly 15 000 Systems in Munich are running on FOSS, 5000 on Windows. The city concil will make the final decision on this next week. Oppositional parties like the Greens and the Pirates call the move a huge leap backwards to the Quasi-Monopoly of Microsoft Windows and a waste of resources.

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