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Comment OS that just seems to hate its users (Score 1) 376

The number of times I've seen Windows 10 break on a Windows update on some machine in a new and interesting way is significantly higher that most Windows OS releases I've seen. Its outperforming Windows Millennium in this metric. Sometimes it also manages to break the user's apps at the same time. At issue seems to be MS ramming updates down people's throats. I'd say there is a benefit in waiting for patches to be tested thoroughly, and scheduling less aggressive restart times. MS needs to release control of this aspect as they clearly don't understand change management. I appreciate updates can be deferred, however I find after a while they apply regardless resulting in unexpected restarts on systems that are expected to always be available.

Comment The ABS can't even keep its telephones working (Score 1) 129

The technological prowess of the ABS is equivalent to that of a small rock or pebble. Australian's can't even request paper forms because EVERY SINGLE NUMBER for the ABS is jammed. Also, they don't provide an online form to request this. My faith is strong that this data will never be hacked.

Comment Re:Er (Score 1) 623

According to what I have read of the Tesla Autopilot capabilities, first it will try to look for speed signs, and if not it will defer to the GPS database for a speed limit. It makes me wonder why the car was reporting a faster speed than it should have been travelling at, and whether the driver was contributing to the accident by overriding the accelerator. Obviously I have not driven one of these things, but I'm sure someone here could enlighten us.

Comment Wrong response (Score 1) 133

This is a fairly pathetic response from the Obama administration. Rather that focusing on DNC corruption, the President is working to create better infrastructure to assist them in keeping their corrupt secrets. I don't want to call out the US government as being entirely corrupt, but here we are. Maybe, instead of this, the Obama administration would be better of using the money as a reward, to Guccifer 2.0, for his assistance for doing their job.

Comment Fortunately we have some free alternatives (Score 1) 61

Frankly, I find Apple's business to be very disingenuous. Its built on the backs of so many consumers paying a premium for competent software, yet ends up with paid services that routinely attempts to delete their purchases and content or censor what the consumer has access to. Its not just the music, I don't think any of Apple's walled garden offerings are particularly fair. The App store routinely makes decisions on behalf of users as to what content should be available and what should be proactively removed. As a developer, thats just how I, and many people I work with feel. Strongly. Although, I should thank Trent Reznor of Apple for the wicked template.

Comment Why would anyone.. (Score 1) 134 an icecream with a credit card? I mean, Wendy's has only two products: soft service ice-cream and hot-dogs, and I'm pretty sure I'm the only person on the planet who buys their hotdogs. Something is very fishy about this story. Also, why are we calling these 'restaurants' now? They are a kiosk at most.

Comment I quit my job after two weeks notice (Score 1) 765

but my employer demanded 4 weeks. I had to leave because I had discovered that they weren't paying my super, or any of the other employees, which was illegal on its own, but they were also engaged in a phoenix scam to avoid liability on back paying the super. So, in the end I lost all of my annual leave, didn't get paid for the last month of employment, even though my employer was the one who had broken contract by not paying super. This is the tale of another business that caught fire and burnt to the ground the moment I left, though, so I can't be too bitter. The life lesson I've learnt is if you are a bit of a bastard, you can literally double your yearly wage with a tactical-quit operation.

Comment Re:Why does it keep happening? (Score 1) 95

I don't know that I completely agree. I think Software Engineers are forgiven mistakes given the complexity of the environment within which they work, however there is liability in any industry, and depending on the level to which you are producing products (ie. medical, scientific), they are held to a certain level of quality.

The way the industry typically regulates software is by requiring testing. However, testing can't always predict edge cases, for which modern operating systems have a plethora of.

Additionally, the product that the engineer produces can only be as good as the tools on which it is running, and often the fault will either come from hardware or the bugs in the runtime environment.

Besides all of this, typically Computer Systems Engineers who choose to major in software still have to do all the other STEM subjects the rest of the faculty does.

Often, the real problem is that the products are designed by Companies rather than individual Software Engineers. That said, look at the guys that made The Pirate Bay, or Napster. They were clearly held accountable for their software.

Comment Re: cinema better than home? (Score 1) 32

Yeah, its not even the otger people. There is something about the cinema screen that is too big. It makes the image really difficult to track with your eyes. Also, so many artefacts are added to fuck up the cam recorders that the quality of the image is rubbish. I constantly ask myself âoedo i watch for free at home, or pay a premium for an inferior product?â

Comment Re:He just happened to have one handy? (Score 1) 106

I think your post may have missed the point. Its a bit embarrassing because the guy who created the firewall, was being blocked by the firewall, while attempting to retrieve technical information about firewalls which firstly demonstrates that the firewall is blocking legitimate web content on a country-wide level.

Secondarily, in order to defeat the technological measures that he himself had created in order to protect China's 'innocence', hes fired up an extremely standard tool to bypass the blocking measures, while at the same time demonstrating to others how to bypass the blocking measures, all the while attempting to explain how the blocking measures are a good thing.

Its the technological equivalent demonstrating how to break an 'unbreakable plate' while demonstrating the virtues of said 'unbreakable plate'

Comment What about Darwin? (Score 1) 565

Depending on where you work, I'm in an office of techies right now and about half of them have brought their OS X device in with them. Thats a lot of people running desktop BSD. I was under the impression that desktop *nix is here, it just wasn't delivered under a GNU license. If the big difference between OS X and GNU offerings is the Windowing manager, then it seems pretty clear who is letting down 'Linux on the desktop' effort.

Comment Isn't what the FBI is doing illegal? (Score 1) 255

I was under the impression that the DMCA rendered circumventing a digital lock to be illegal.... so why is the US government, who created that law, boasting about how they are circumventing the digital locks Apple has created for its devices? Surely evidence is inadmissible if it has been illegally obtained.

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