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Comment Re:Moronic Subject for an Article (Score 2) 42

This really is a moronic article. Programming language choice is not about "popular" or "cool" - it's whatever tool gets the job done.

For a hobby? Sure. Otherwise it's about whatever tool gets the paycheck done. Java sucks today and isn't the best tool for any job, yet it dominates the job market. It was a bad tool 15 years ago, and it will be a bad tool 15 years from now, when it will still dominate the job market. And by then, sadly, $10 computers will run Java easily.

C will always be the kernel guy's tool, and those jobs pay nicely, but there will never be very many of them. C++ has faded (despite being a darn good language with the latest standard, too many burned bridges). C# will go down with the Microsoft ship. Will one of the new fad languages have staying power? Maybe. Likely 1 of them will, if not a current one. But fucking Java just refuses to die.

Comment Re: America in one sentence (Score 1) 363

Knighthood only overlapped with religion in a few times and places - it was really just cavalry. "Chivalry" meant "horsemanship" for most of the time the word was current, and only came to mean "and other things knights should do" towards the end.

Human nature doesn't change, nor does the need to protect civilization from assholes. However, combat robots will fundamentally redefine "arms" in the coming decades, and there's no telling what that looks like.

Comment Re:Drones might have weapons. (Score 1) 363

All who fly them low enough deserve the hate. You don't see many people upset about drones flying high enough that you can't see them, or they're just a dot. It's the assholes who buzz animals, peek into upper story windows, disturb your family in your back yard, that sort of thing.that draws the hate.

Comment Re:Case Backwards (Score 1) 363

In some states, it is perfectly legal to shoot someone on your property as long as you say the magic words "I was in fear for my life". Of course, it would be awkward if your target survived the shot and told a different story, but that problem has a straightforward solution.

True story from Texas: my mother bought a gun after a couple of break-ins. She asked the cops what the rules were. The explained that she should make sure he "falls inside the house *wink*" and that he doesn't survive.

Comment Re:America in one sentence (Score 1) 363

In the early days of America, most of the colonies had a law requiring you to bring your gun to church, at least for men, in case something/someone needed shooting that week. Similar laws predate guns, going back, well, as far as we have written records of laws . Many cultures, perhaps most, have required citizens to keep arms in good condition. Heck, mostly what defined a "knight" from roman times to medieval was that your could brings better weapons to the fight.

Comment Re:FAA fines (Score 2) 363

I wouldn't be worried about his fines, I'd be more worried about the consequences of shooting at an aircraft in federal airspace.

That's a federal crime that could net you up to 20 years in jail.

It depends on the state, but somewhere around 50 feet it stops being "airspace" and starts being "your property". Much like you're still trespassing if you climb a tree.

Comment These are good changes (Score 2) 52

The daypass thing is mildly more confusing, but I suspect part of the logic is to encourage use of the Binge-On technology, without which towers are likely to get clogged pretty quickly. I also suspect that the soft limit of 27G a month will be torn through pretty quickly by anyone making heavy use of HD video. Go over the 27G and you're "deprioritized" - you'll get full service during quiet times, but you'll be throttled when everyone else is trying to use the network (which is fair, but you probably don't want it to happen to you!)

The big improvement is that Tethering is now an acceptable half-megabit/s, rather than 2G speeds. That makes "Unlimited tethering" actually useful again.

The big question for me is how to encourage video streaming companies to sign up to Binge-On if there's no incentive. In theory, they can just transmit 1080p over HTTPS (protocols like DASH are HTTPS friendly) and T-Mobile will never know.

With the original implementation, the advantage was that your viewers could watch your services without worrying about it coming out of their data. But if data is unlimited...

Comment Re: gotta stay paranoid.. (Score 1) 190

All my data is stored on a CPM machine with no networking capability. I hand code all binaries in Assembly Language. Never had a breach.

For a long time, the GAO ran all its internet-facing servers on Netware. I don't think they had a breach during those years. I've always thought that was a clever strategy, if only because the list of people who could hack on the Netware kernel was so small.

These days I'm not sure if there really is a platform you could make work in production but is so obscure that no one bothers developing exploits for it. Maybe a mainframe OS, now that the financials have left mainframes behind? But then, government-funded attackers can develop expertise in whatever oddball system they need to, so maybe those days have passed.

Comment Re:Yes and no (Score 2) 37

It is vital to keep pace with the changing regulatory and technology landscape to safeguard and advance business objectives. Working backwards by identifying and understanding future risks, predicting risks and acting ahead of competition, can make a company more robust

Wow, buzzword bingo in a single quote. Where's Weird Al when you need him? Right here!

This consultant must have been toning it down though. I would have a expected a "proven methodology" and "commitment to quality" in there somewhere, and maybe a "seamless integration" too.

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