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Comment Re: as someone who is suffering from this... (Score 1) 168

I don't think the Valley would manage without this program.

Then they're incompetent. There is absolutely no reason to think people here, already in the industry or working their way up out of school, can't do the job just as well.

From what I see every day about the people from Silicon Valley, if these are supposed to be smart people I can only wonder what their definition of stupid is. The utter crap of software and services they pump out is staggering. Even more so when one considers the amount of money people pour down the black hole of ineptitude while claiming they're producing something worthwhile.

Comment Fixing Number Spoofing is Hard (Score 1) 114

Sure, it's just a simple matter of programming to re-architect the signalling system that's driven the phone companies since the mid-80s. Unfortunately, number spoofing has been an important feature for legitimate businesses - it lets them do things like always give you the number of their main office as caller-id, even if the person is calling from a remote office, or let you give the direct number of the caller, even if the call is getting routed through the company's main office PBX VOIP gateway. It also provides the ability to do a lot more complicated things. And (this mattered more back then than now) it let them run phone switches on processors that were made in the 1960s and 1970s, and with mainframes that might have 10 MIPS of CPU power (compared with the wimpy 1 MIPS VAX I was using in 1980.) My wristwatch probably has less RAM than that, but probably a much faster CPU, and my wimpy Android phone has about as much RAM as my VAX had disk.

And yes, within the next decade we may well have re-architected the world's phone systems away from the designs we used back then (and much of the implementation has changed radically already), but interface standards stick around a lot longer than implementations, and are a lot harder to get rid of.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 82

There is no competition when there are only two players in broadband. The head of Verizon explicitly stated they would not be competing on price when they moved into areas serviced by Comcast.

Verizon prices are effectively the same as Comcast's for the same service.*

*+/- 5 mbps for the same price.

Comment Re:Sentencing (Score 1) 80

It's the Russian trolls. They inhabit boards such as these in their vain and transparent attempt to spread Putin's propaganda. Anything which lays out facts, such as Russia's invasion of Ukraine or occupation of Crimea or its abuse of the Tartars, is immediately met with downmods or insults or anything else to try and sway opinions because they don't want the truth to be told.

After all, there is no word for truth in the Russian language.

Comment Re:Politics aside, is this a copyright violation? (Score 1) 399

each email is a creative work by the author

Yes, good point! Without the government sticking their guns in everyone's faces and enforcing the email-writer's monopoly on commercially profiting from their blood, sweat, and tears, what incentive would party members have to communicate with each other?

If we don't properly enforce this monopoly, party members will give up and stop emailing each other! Then where will be be?

Comment Re:There in good company. (Score 1) 70

mail account .. with a paltry 1TB of storage.

Which just goes to show, FUSE makes it viable for people to use any protocol, even IMAP, as a filesystem.

/home/dude# cd /mnt/imap/imap.yahoo.com/inbox/movies/msgid48D5A4EC-8B93-4DAB-8D6D-740DA165E63E@example.com /mnt/imap/imap.yahoo.com/inbox/movies/msgid48D5A4EC-8B93-4DAB-8D6D-740DA165E63E@example.com# mpv attachment1/Robocop\ \(1987\).mkv

Comment Hypocrisy at its best (Score 0) 29

IP addresses (which can often determine the user's location),

So now an IP address can be used to determine a person's location yet people on here whine about how an IP address can't be traced to someone accused of child pornography or stealing music/movies.

Would be nice if you people would make up your minds.

Comment Re:Sentencing (Score 3, Interesting) 80

There is nothing Russia can buy from any other country that they can't make themselves.

No, it can't. There are many high-tech components Russia cannot make because it does not have the technical knowledge nor manufacturing to do. If it did it would be building its own ships rather than paying France to do so or its own engines instead of from Ukraine.

You are aware they are a military super-power right?

No, they're not. Russia is only capable of attacking its weaker, smaller neighbors because it has no navy to speak of. Its sole aircraft carrier has to a have a tug come along when it goes into open waters because it breaks down so often.

There is obviously something else behind it, but BS accusations about spies and superweapons makes it easier to swallow for dumb Americans like yourself, and it fits the agenda.

Speaking of propaganda. . . How much vodka is Putin paying you folks? It's not like the ruble is worth much nowadays. And since he's destroying imported food everything costs a lot more so he has to pay you in vodka to you keep coming to the office in St. Petersburg to do your daily trolling.

Comment Re:in soviet russia we bomb you! (Score 1, Flamebait) 80

There's the Russian troll. Always trying to deflect blame from Russia.

"It's Ukraine's fault Russia invaded them. Had they not wanted the freedom of the West rather than the oppression of Russia this wouldn't have happened."

"It's Ukraine's fault the terrorists are receiving arms and munitions from Russia. Had they let them burn polling places, destroy ballots and attack those who wanted to vote in free and open elections this wouldn't have happened."

"It's Ukraine's fault Russia invaded and occupies Crimea. Had Ukraine expelled the Tartars like Russia is doing, stolen their businesses like Putin is doing, put in place state propaganda like Putin is doing, this wouldn't have happened."

"If Ukraine hadn't fought back when it was attacked by Russia the sanctions against Russia which have cut the GDP of Russia in half wouldn't have happened."

It's always someone elses fault when Russia shoots itself in the foot, right comrade?

Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 127

Putting it on my wrist doesn't add convenience, it detracts from it- you're forcing me to use a tiny display with unusably small text. Taking my phone out of my pocket takes 0 effort. It provides literally a negative benefit and makes the experience worse. That's why sales are plummeting.

ANd no, I don't think a watch is more convenient even for telling time. I'd rather have a compact device in my pocket and not have to remember putting on a watch, or deal with the discomfort of wearing one. A phone beats it even for that.

Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1, Insightful) 127

My phone combines other devices and puts them in one spot- with a screen big enough to use and small enough to put in my pocket. Putting it on my wrist adds 0 functionality, increases the likelihood it will break, is uncomfortable, and makes it much harder to write a decent UI for. The first thing I did when I realized my first cell phone told the time was throw out my watch.

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