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Comment Re:Bullshit, Todd. (Score 4, Insightful) 266

The father "propagating his like" and all that does matter in some cultures though. And it's not just a matter of shame, which can be considerable, for the parents. Bastardy can carry a stigma for the child as well that may even persist into adulthood.

I'm not endorsing such beliefs, mind you. Nor am I accusing these parents of holding them. Hell, I neither have nor want kids, for that matter. But the cultural attitudes I described do exist in the world. And they can cause significant problems for the child beyond the, not at all insignificant, medical questions that may arise from unknown parentage.

Comment It does make sense. (Score 1) 54

Where Obama was fairly forward-looking and Hillary appeared to have a similar outlook; 45 is overtly hostile towards the technology sector and its interests in general; and the Bay Area and Silicon Valley in particular. Given said hostility on the part of the executive branch, it does make sence that Google, Facebook, Apple, and company, would look to buying themselves some congresscritters as a defensive move. Perilous times, and all that.

It's very far from an ideal situation. But tech has suffered in the past from not playing "the game". For example, in the 1990s, tech lobbying was minimal, allowing the RIAA and MPAA to blindside them by buying the DMCA. How much time and money, would you guess, has been wasted in tech complying with the copyright cartel on that one law alone? How many tech companies did their lot outright put out of business? It wasn't just Napster by a long shot. You can hardly blame tech for determining not to make the same mistake a second time.

Comment Re:O RLY? (Score 4, Interesting) 374

> Systemd is not perfect but it is a huge improvement
> on the old script init that couldn't handle modern
> features like hotplugging devices and sleep mode.

Yes, because I'm going to hot plug anything besides a keyboard & monitor on a crash cart into a (hardware) Linux box, or put an EC2 instance into sleep mode.

Half the problem with people "hating the mainstream" is that half-baked tools that don't fit the use case are being forced on us. Systemd may ultimately be perfectly cromulent on a consumer desktop focused Linux like Ubuntu or Mint... though I would still argue that it was rolled out there well before it was ready for prime time. But the majority of Linux systems out there are not consumer desktops, are they? And it has no goddamned business at all in a datacenter distro like RHEL, CentOS, or (upstream) Debian. It breaks modularity, tries to do too many things in one service, needs to be updated & rebooted too often, tells us to "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" in too many places, and is difficult to troubleshoot when things go wrong, not least because it also forces journald and its binary logs onto us.

I'm not religiously attached to SysV init scripts by any means. But systemd was not the right replacement for them. It wasn't ready for production when it was launched. And the only reason it's even tolerable now is because the "new way" of doing things is to not try to fix a system that's gone wobbly; but to just unceremoniously kill the instance and launch a replacement. (And even there... you'll note that Amazon has not drank the systemd Kool-aid. Their own (Red Hat based) distro is still happily using init and syslog.)

Comment Re:Appeal (Score 1) 215

^^^ This.

I'm convinced that the bulk of the "We hate Uber" crowd are from places where they didn't have to rely on taxis in the pre-Uber era. Taxis are really just horrible. And Uber would never have gained a foothold were it not for the fact. I've been a regular Uber customer since they still called themselves Ubercab, were only in San Francisco, and the town cars were their only service with fares at 1.5-2x that of a cab for the same ride. And even at twice the price, Uber was a vastly superior service. And to be fair, in the here and now so is Lyft; which gets about an equal share of my business these days.

Buy the taxi companies? A pox upon their houses, I say. They made their own bed, and provided the opening for Uber in the first place, by having bloody awful and unreliable service at whatever the price.

Comment Re:So what happens in a race to the bottom? (Score 2) 467

I know some people who work for Amazon. And they have very little to say about it that's not good. It's a challenging company and you have to constantly be learning their new technologies. But my friends there love it, and are treated very well.

Long time ago, I had a few friends who worked for Walmart. Working there is a dead-end job with no real prospects. The company treated them like crap and they hated every minute.

Easy enough for me to pick which one I'd prefer to win.

Comment Re:Good Setup (Score 1) 360

Having been in the position of the IT guy dumping crap laptops onto developers; I'll point out that IT understands perfectly how important RAM is to developers... good CPUs and SSD, or at least Fusion, drives too. If IT is issuing 4GB skinny-disk laptops, it's not by their choice. It's because some PHB/MBA type is golf buddies with a sales weasel from Dell or HP; and they locked the company into a contract for (usually) leased laptops in a standard "on size fits all" configuration that was decided on without consulting IT or development as to their needs.

Comment Re:All the more reason to avoid protests... (Score 1) 195

And it's a perfectly sound conclusion to reach if you're actually familiar with the protest scene. I call it a "scene" because that's exactly what it is. Just like you have ravers, goths, punks, emo kids, hippies, and whatnot, you have protesters. And it doesn't matter if he protest is to free Mumia, no blood for oil, food not bombs, or whatever Noam Chomsky's latest book is about; it's always the same people. That's because it's their social circle. The weekend's protest is where they go to hang out with their friends, to have fun, to see free concerts, to get dates, and so on. (Yes, when I first moved to San Francisco; I used to hang out with some of these people myself.)

So yes, when a bunch of strangers show up, nobody knows who they are, and they start causing trouble; it's pretty damn obvious... if you've paid a whit of attention at the protests every weekend previously... that what you're dealing with there is not protestors, but that the cause of the week has touched the nerve of someone powerful and they sent in the agents provocateur.

Comment Re:The Fallen (Score 0, Troll) 195

Are you kidding? The police in the US regularly get their jollies gunning down unarmed citizens... not just adults mind you, but children as well; and the only "punishment" they receive is paid vacation (administrative leave) and *maybe* some negative media attention. Anything they can plausibly spin as an accident of any kind won't even be noticed.

Comment Re:The way of the Dodo (Score 1) 226

Youâ(TM)re quite right about the Alamo. Ever since they opened a location in my city, itâ(TM)s the only one I goto. No babies, no phones, and ZOMG, those boozy milkshakesâ¦

Even so though; the GP is right in that thereâ(TM)s progressively less reason to goto a theater anymore. My TV and stereo are good enough⦠and Iâ(TM)ve learned to replicate enough of the boozy milkshakes⦠that it really takes a highly visual movie that makes full use of the big screen to get me even to the Alamo. Basically, unless Jedi Knights, the USS Enterprise, Iron Man, or Groot are on that screen; Iâ(TM)m waiting for Netflix or Blu Ray.

Comment Re:AKA: Google Destroys local business (Score 1) 76

Except Google, unlike a communist state or Walmart, pays better than restaurants do... including as part of the compensation package stock options that have made multimillionaires out of their chefs. People who make more money also pay more income tax. I'm not going to guess at the numbers, but that would at least partially mitigate the "ZOMG they're not paying sales tax at the restaurants" hit; especially considering that income tax is mandatory where the sales tax could be averted by bringing lunch (prepared from untaxed groceries) from home and whatnot.

Also, if the GP is referring to the Google offices I think he is; the food options in the vicinity were pretty grim before they moved in anyway. A Gordon Biersch Brewery restaurant was the highlight of the area. And that's hardly something you'd want to eat on a regular basis.

Comment Re: Rough edges visible miles away (Score 1) 92

I would venture a guess that 99.9% is a low estimate for the number of people who have a phone. Regardless of what the actual number is though, I'd also guess that it is dwarfed by the number of people who live in the states that have refused to implement the REAL ID act and whose citizens are going o suddenly find themselves unable to fly at all next year.

Comment Re:The Discrimination is about wages, not age (Score 2) 207

In my experience, most "team building exercises", do involve drinking... quite a lot of it sometimes... following the preliminaries. Sometimes the preliminaries aren't so preliminary, for that matter. We have an office beer fridge for a reason, after all. And you're right. It does build camaraderie and exchange of ideas.

And really... when you're there for a third of your day 5 out of 7 anyway; it's definitely worth finding a job where you like your coworkers enough to socialize with them. I have. (And actually, a few of us were already friends before becoming coworkers.) So I don't mind at all sticking around (or popping down to the pub) for a while to do so.

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