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Comment Microsoft Involvement (Score 4, Insightful) 121

Raise your hand if you didn't see this coming. Frankly, I'm shocked that people stayed with Cyanogen, Inc. after Microsoft got involved. Once Microsoft puts money into your company, it's time to start looking for a new job while you still have one.

Microsoft has always been the kiss of death, and it still surprises me when people don't see the writing on the wall.

Comment Re:Barn door? (Score 5, Insightful) 212

...allowed the wholesale search of business records without constitutionally valid warrants.

Remember, the failure isn't just the Legislative branch. It is also the Judicial branch, which doesn't smack these down and punish the offenders. And it's the executive branch, which seeks patently illegal powers. We have a complete breakdown in the checks and balances system, which is supposed to prevent these abuses.

Comment Re:I saw this when the rush started (Score 1) 170

Tablets are for consumption, not production.

Tablets are fantastic for gathering data in the field. Laptops generally suck for this purpose, and phones are usually too limited. The 10" tablet is the perfect data gathering tool in many, many circumstances.

Usually, there is very little overlap in the usefulness of phones, tablets, and laptops. They each serve certain purposes better than the others. It takes very little imagination to see which is most appropriate for a given objective. Tables are great tools for particular problem domains.

Comment Re:Couldn't have happened to a nicer company (Score 3, Interesting) 47

The same is true if Apple, Atari, and Commodore had use the 6809 but the 6502 was also cheaper.

I know this is off-topic: I programmed assembler for the 6809, and that thing was a workhorse for its era. It's instruction set was well thought out, and its indexing modes were awesome.

Then I entered the Intel world. Blech!

Comment Re:I'd like to... (Score 4, Insightful) 110

...lots of reasoned arguments clipped...

None of that matters. Not one bit. You are making the wrong arguments, regardless of how logical and well reasoned they are. It's just irrelevant.

What matters is how you can push people's emotional buttons. The enemies of freedom (the FBI, CIA, GCHQ, etc.) are successfully pushing the "encryption equals terrorism" emotional lie onto an ignorant populace. Emotional lies trump reasoned truths every time.

Emotional lies can be effectively countered with emotional truths, but cannot be countered with logical reasoning. Most people are not logical. For example, "The FBI's fight against freedom will expose your children to pedophiles" or, "GCHQ's war on privacy will make you a target of terrorists" will be more effective than debating within the TLAs' frameworks.

Comment Re:Putin rejoices (Score 2) 180

But buying stuff from an aggressor is certainly increasing a national security threat.

If I lived in an area that was experiencing fracking-induced earthquakes, I would probably be overwhelmed by the devil's bargain I would have to strike: keep living there, and probably lose everything to an earthquake (which isn't an insurable loss anymore just about anywhere). Or support the movement to stop fracking, and support an evil empire (which may or may not ever affect me, but would weigh heavily on my moral conscience).

Fracking is going to depress property values in the affected areas, so moving right now would be the only viable option. Otherwise, I would be royally screwed in a few more years.

Comment Re:Trends in the Tech Industry (Score 2) 595

No one asked for systemd either, but look what happened.

That is patently false. SysV init is a fragile, horribly broken piece of shit that should have died 20 years ago. Having used systemd-based Kubuntu for some time now, I'm finding most things work far better than they ever did under SysV init:

1) Boot times on my virtual machines are much, much faster than they ever were under SysV init. The clever hacks piled on top of it to make Linux boot faster were so fragile that they broke at the drop of a pin.

2) Hardware interaction is far more reliable than it ever was under SysV init. This is much like boot speeds. There were hacks upon hacks to main dynamic hardware appear usable, but they were very fragile and painful to use. Desktop Linux under SysV init was horribly painful on the hardware interaction front between 1991 and the introduction of systemd.

These are the two main issues that had needed to be resolved since Linux's inception, and that nobody had ever been able to solve before. It's fashionable to dump on systemd (and Pulse Audio, for that matter), but they both solved a crucial failing of Linux desktops that nobody had done successfully -- ever.

As a desktop user and server administrator, I love systemd. My only complaint about it is that it took way too long for it to kill SysV init.

Comment Re:out of the ISP's hands - so what is the ISP for (Score 1) 184

Why not take the fiber into the city's hands to begin with?

This gets around the "unfair competition" drum that the monopolistic ISP's beat on relentlessly, as well as removing the "natural monopoly" drum beat at the same time.

If the city owns the infrastructure, then the natural monopoly problem is solved: only one set of wires is run. But then there is the second solved "problem": private companies cannot argue that the city is "unfairly" competing against privately owned companies. The city is letting private companies manage and operate the service, but without monopoly power of infrastructure ownership to wield against customers.

This is exactly the model that needs to be implemented across the country.

Comment Re:Aw, Poor Trent... (Score 1) 428

You should stop drinking the RIAA kool aid and face the fact that not everybody who ever wanted to listen to 30 seconds of your music is going to pay for it if they have no other option.

I know of Trent Reznor for one reason: Nine Inch Nails.

I know of Nine Inch Nails for one reason: they were on the soundtrack for the original Quake.

Now that I know of both, and YouTube is now A Thing with a bunch of music, I looked up Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor. I think I nearly made it to 30 seconds of listener before I couldn't stand it anymore. Even if Trent paid me to listen, I wouldn't accept. It's just not my kind of sound.

Trent and NIN are great for video game atmosphere, but really, really suck for general listening. It's like being told what Tub Girl is (DO NOT LOOK THAT UP! YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!), and laughing about it, versus actually seeing it. I'm sure some people like that shit, but I couldn't stand it. That's the difference between Trent on a game soundtrack versus listening to him raw.

But YouTube didn't take any of my money away from Trent, as I would never have bought his "music" anyway. It did, however, confirm my basic opinion.

Comment Re:Traffic lanes designated to buses or bicycles n (Score 4, Insightful) 165

I can not identify an argument for "net neutrality", that would not also not apply to attempts to prioritize â" such as by designating traffic lanes for them â" buses, bicycles, cars with electronic toll-payment transponders, and even for emergency vehicles.

Perhaps this will help:

I can not identify an argument for "apples" that would not also not apply to "oranges."

Hope that helps clarify it a bit.

Comment Re:Guns, freedom and all the rest (Score 4, Insightful) 1144

I think we all know, if we are perfectly honest with ourselves, that when the amount of high-powered firearms that are freely available is higher, then the number of people killed in shootings will be higher as well.

Studies agree with you. However, studies do no agree with your implied conclusion: firearm availability causes higher homicide rates.

The end of the article summarizes it nicely:

In comparing the United States to industrialized democracies, the Academies says data show the U.S. has the highest rate of homicide and firearm-related homicide. But this also raises a chicken-and-egg question. "A high level of violence may be a cause of a high level of firearms availability instead of the other way around."

Does the higher availability of guns in the U.S. cause the higher homicide rate, or does the higher homicide rate lead to the higher availability of guns in the U.S.? There is no causal relationship between the two; there is merely a statistical association.

In particular, pay attention to the non-firearm homicide rate in the U.S., which is also higher than in any other industrialized country. This strongly implies that firearms are a red-herring. The U.S. has deep societal problems that are unrelated to the availability of guns, and that do not fit into clean, easy pigeon holes. Gun death is merely a rough measure of those deeper problems, which will not be solved even if guns are eradicated from the country. The means of homicide will change, but not the underlying cause.

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