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Comment Industry should not allow patents in standards (Score 1) 58

the FTC said the patents that Qualcomm sought to license are standard essential patents, which means that the industry uses them widely and they are supposed to be licensed on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.

I don't get this. Why do industry groups allow patented technologies in standards? Yes, I'm looking at you, IEEE.

The way I look at it, if you patent something, industry should not give you the unfair advantage of codifying your particular patented technology or whatnot. Feel free to make a market for yourself and make it a defacto standard. However, if you want the endorsement of a reputable industry group, you should be required to offer an irrevocable royalty-free license to anyone wants to implement the standard. At least, that is how it would work in my perfect little world.

Submission + - Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence (bbc.com)

techtech writes: President Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence for leaking documents to Wikileaks in 2010.
The 29-year-old transgender US Army private, born Bradley Manning, will be freed on 17 May instead of her scheduled 2045 release.
She was sentenced to 35 years in 2013 for her role in leaking diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy group.
The leak was one of the largest breaches of classified material in US history.

Comment Re:I only want an operating system (Score 2) 208

If this were a free market, we could pay money in exchange for the goods and services we want. Assuming we can agree on a price, but I doubt even a million dollars would could get Microsoft's attention.

It is a free market. What you describe actually exists. In fact, something better than what you describe exists: Linux. It may seem tired, but there are literally dozens of distributions out there. Some have corporate backing (e.g., RedHat, SuSE), others are developed by a community (e.g., Debian), and others are the result of heroics by primarily one individual (e.g., Slackware). The point is that there are so many options, some which will take your money, others of which will not.

Many of those Linux distributions are a viable alternative for many people now. Of course, they may not be what you are accustomed to, and they may not run all of your favorite applications, but most things in life are some of trade-off. Do you want to run a particular app or group of apps at the expense of your privacy? Or are you willing to give up something else in order to secure your privacy?

On the flip side, in a free market producers are free to produce what they want. For example, I can walk in to a Chick-Fil-A and try to order a cheeseburger. Of course, they don't make cheeseburgers, so they won't be able to sell it to me. At that point I have to make a choice: do I stick with Chick-Fil-A because I really want the waffle-cut fries, or do I go to Burger King next door?

You and everyone else out there has a choice now, you just have to decide what is really important.

Comment I called this already (Score 5, Interesting) 208

I will simply refer you to my comment in last week's discussion on "Microsoft To Enhance User Privacy Controls In Upcoming Windows 10 Update": here

Bottom line: Microsoft's only objective was "get people to quit trashing us openly". Of course, the current state very well could have been their desired end goal and they went extreme from the outset to give them room to appear to compromise. Either way, whether or not it was planned, they make themselves look (comparatively) like the good guys.

Comment Re:What about Scheme? (Score 1) 203

SQL isn't a programming language. Its a database language used with other languages. You wouldn't decide to use it instead of anything on the list above.

Nobody actually uses Ruby or Eiffel for anything serious. I'll accept the addition of FORTRAN but purely for legacy reasons, nobody does new development in it.

Comment Re:What about Scheme? (Score 1) 203

Yes, but the only reason anyone programs in it is that it was one of only 2 supported languages for MacOS and the only supported language for iOS for a very long time. Nobody actually liked the language. There was no critical mass of people begging Apple to make their platforms work for Objective C, they wanted to try and lock developers into a skillset that didn't transfer.

Comment Re:500,000 job openings (Score 1) 196

I was just on the market (new job started Monday). I told every company who asked me I was looking for 180+. I ended up with offers coming on over that. So it isn't the money. And while I'm not in my 50s, many of my new coworkers are. SO it isn't the age. Right now in this market if you can't find a job programming, PEBKAC.

Comment Re: Better to spend on education than salaries (Score 3, Interesting) 196

No there aren't. Not unless you're counting the retired by choice. I just went through a job search. I had more companies begging to interview me than I could reasonably handle. Salaries for experienced devs are hitting the 200K/yr range because there aren't enough of them.

What there are is way too many intro level people who take a bootcap or make a website or two and call themselves programmers, making it hard to find quality to fill low level jobs. But there aren't anywhere near enough seniors on the market at the moment.

Comment Re:What about Scheme? (Score 1, Interesting) 203

No. But in reality nothing other than C, C++, C#, Java, Javascript, Perl, PHP, Python, Objective C, and Swift are. You can find one or two instances of something else, but basically it means the lead programmer had a hardon for the language- everything else combines makes up about 1-2% of all programs written. And really the last 2 in the above list exist only because Apple decided they wanted to try for developer lockin.

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