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Comment Re:Seems about right (Score 4, Funny) 161

This happens to me too. With one such software, I was trying to discuss my bugfix in the forum when the admin deleted my comment. I asked why, and he said disclosing my fully-original modification that made the software work was a violation of the license agreement.

So I asked if Google was in violation of their license for distributing the code they ripped off and removed the Apache license from, and they deleted the whole post.

Comment Re:Javascript really sucks (Score 1) 300

Yeah, testing for browser compatibility is such a hassle, and it's better than it's ever been, but sucks how IE's (non-edge) js engine is so slow!

I think you're right though. OP would say the same thing about Java if he had to deal with same bullshit I ran into during the visual j++ years when MS was in full embrace-and-extend mode. I probably still have the binaries they're not legally allowed to distribute in case of compatibility emergency.

Comment Re:Javascript really sucks (Score 3, Insightful) 300

As a dev who primarily works in JS, I'm extremely curious to hear about this! When I talk about limitations of JS, I point out the shortcomings (lack of native 64-bit integer support, or anything other than its singular "number" type is a big one), their workarounds, then conclude by saying it will probably be addressed in the future. The ecmascript standards are very well specified, and compatibility is well mapped out.

Are you talking about node.js by chance? I'm confused about what was "installed" and what options were available. Normally js runs in a browser, and there's not much in the way of options when installing those. Are you talking about the language itself, or the environment such as npm modules?

I like to criticize c# myself, but I think the complaints more accurately pertain to the .net framework.

Please share some details, because I love to know about JS caveats and pitfalls and share them with others. Without this information, they sound like pebkac issues.

Wishing for JS to die out is for wusses. Why not be proactive about killing it off with a better alternative for browser providers to implement? What would you suggest? Samsung has a lot invested in their Tizen OS, and they're not about to abandon that any time soon.

Comment Real question: Putting your earnings to work? (Score 0) 410

* Just showed up to this post and waded through all the not-actual-question posts of people expressing themselves, ready to emit some signal amongst the noise *

I read a Vice article/video heard some interesting viewpoints from you about where people should constructively channel their anger regarding big pharma, insurance, and the abuses Congress permits to happen and how money fits into it. You've talked about how what you do provides legitimate service and benefit, and while I maintain healthy skepticism, it left me curious to learn more specifically about what you meant.

How could / would you use your financial success to promote these benefits further? Besides advice that generally anyone (or at least the /. audience) could do to take action, would you be willing to hire talented software developers (I'm lining up options for my next job, btw) to apply some data science that would both lower costs for people and provide better healthcare? Sort of like what Cambia does, but you could incubate your own operation before trying to launch a full company.

I'm full of ideas, but I'm short on time having a full job. In summary: what could you do with your money and knowledge that could help people more? Feel free to contact me about it.

Comment Re:9.1 (Score 1) 1009

No way, all my techie friends in school and I were delighted to throw win98 in the trash immediately when win2k came out. The protected memory model felt like "about damn time, whyTF waste another second with win9x turds?" while also providing the current api and interface features. And yes, we were all serious with linux (and other unices) by then too.

Everyone who needed their computer to be more than a toy was running win2k as soon as they could.

Comment Re:Or simply install Linux (Score 1) 578

Seamless integration with networks is VASTLY superior in Linux than Windows,

I'm pretty serious into Linux for multiple purposes and I rail against how craptastic NetworkManager (I call it NetworkMangler) is. Seriously, it's weak attempt at mimicking something even WinXP actually handles quite well. Pray that you never have to work with a device that generates a new mac address for itself every time it reboots, because it thinks you have a completely new device and creates new entries for it while clobbering routing for other interfaces that are in use at the time. Plus it clutters the device list. Disabling it and using traditional network interface tools is not easy either.

And proxy settings in Ubuntu? There are TWO separate places to maintain those (system and gnome settings) and the stupid gui doesn't even provide for the no-proxy list. I don't even want to think of how much time I've wasted at work helping people wrestle with getting the simple proxy settings to work correctly.

Windows explorer shell is pretty crap, but at least managing network interfaces on Windows makes Linux look bad in comparison. NetworkMangler may be fine for the basic use cases that 95% of people run into, but it gets ugly real fast for moderately complex setups.

Comment If Bill thinks iPad users are bad... (Score 4, Funny) 618

He should check out windows users sometime. They can't:
- find the very files that they just saved
- or even just browse the contents of their machine
- switch between programs without a mouse (I alt-tab and they go "woah, how'd you do that!?")
- change the toner catridge in the network printer themselves
- climb under their own dirty desks to plug things in
- be trusted to install their own software
- understand why IE is a poor choice

Yes, I did work as a support monkey for a little while.

Comment Re:GASP we break the law all the time and no one d (Score 2) 400

I renovated a house not long ago where the late owner did a lot of work himself... poorly. Many of the outlets had their ground and neutral reversed. Sure, the world continues to spin and appliances will work when plugged into it. It could also kill a person quickly in certain situations.

I make a distinction about that being a good safety regulation imposed by law, versus speed limits where one driver can be safer over the speed limit than a less capable driver under the speed limit.

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