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Comment Re:All these words (Score 4, Interesting) 102

Sound like high minded excuse to start use the platform for political purposes. All these words "bullying", "fake news", etc. are code words involved in liberal virtue signalling. "Fake news" is something that those evil right wingers do (especially it does not apply to New York Times, et al. or any garbage coming from BLM or other such outlets).

Deception, coercion, half-truths and complete fabrication are not, and have never been, tools used exclusively by people with one particular political leaning or another. They're used by leftists, rightists, centrists, libertarians, conservatives, liberals, democrats, republicans, greens, independents, tea partiers, anarcho-communists, fascists, feminists, masculinists, and everyone in between or beyond.

It might be the case that a certain number of news outlets could be liberally biased enough to use these tactics to undermine right-wing political viewpoints, but this in no way prevents or exonerates those outlets which are right-wing, from using the same tactics.

If your complaint then becomes that there are too many liberal news sources and not enough mainstream conservative news sources, then you're basically saying that you want the news to present you with lies that agree with your personal political dogma, rather than lies that attack or offend your personal political dogma.

If you think that a change of color or movement along a right/left spectrum will in any way affect the frequency and severity of lies, deception and coercion used by the mainstream media, you would be plain wrong in that belief. ANY politically motivated organization, regardless of what agenda they're pushing, is going to distribute deceptive and patently false information, also known as propaganda, that supports the agenda they are being paid to push.

The only way to return news media to reporting on objective truths observable by scientifically rigorous methods, and away from speculation, hearsay, the passing of rumors and fabrications, and opinion-slinging (all of which are inherently biased toward some particular set of beliefs, and in the context of politics, toward some particular set of political beliefs), is to forcibly separate media from financial incentive. Capitalist media is always going to be propaganda for someone.

Comment Re:Java sucks (Score 1) 155

Also, to make your argument look even more silly, Java was already ridiculously popular before Sun open sourced the code. Before that it was (mostly) freeware, but companies of all sizes were also buying support licenses for proprietary Java back in the early days. Open sourcing Java just accelerated its popularity, because, in the early days of .NET, its competition was much more platform-constrained (Windows-only, before Mono) and pricey (required a Visual Studio license to unlock some features or, in the very early days, to even get a compiler).

In fact, if you appreciate the extremely open nature of the .NET ecosystem today, then you owe thanks to Java, because Microsoft only open sourced .NET and allowed/encouraged/fostered the Mono project and cross-platform packages in Nuget because of Java/Maven's advantages that were pulling developers off of the .NET ecosystem.

Today, in 2017, there's not much reason to use Java compared to .NET if the libraries you need are supported on .NET (and even if not, you can use IKVM if you're absolutely intent on not running the Oracle HotSpot JVM, but you'll still be shipping Java bytecode). But Java led the way in platform openness and Microsoft was helpless but to follow or watch their platform crumble into obsolescence like VBScript and Cobol.

Comment Re:Java sucks (Score 1) 155

There are a precious few languages I can think of today that require you to pay money to get access to the platform and a compiler/IDE/interpreter.

All the major implementations of JavaScript are free.
C#, VB.NET and all the .NET languages are free.
C, C++, and Objective C are free (many free implementations exist).
Ada, Go, Haskell, Python, Ruby, Perl, PHP, Lisp, and virtually all of the hundreds of "esoteric" programming languages are free.

Your argument is based around a false premise, that if someone is willing to pay money to access a programming language, it is inherently more valuable than languages that can be developed in for free.

About the only languages that are popular and non-free are ones such as VBScript and VBA (they require a Windows OS, but free as in free beer interpreters exist) and a few really unpopular and hated languages like Cobol, Progress and MUMPS.

Are you trying to say that all the free programming languages mentioned above are worse than VBScript, VBA, Cobol, Progress and MUMPS? If so, you need to have your head examined. Spend some time actually _developing with_ one of these crippled, outdated, outmoded, feature-deprived and slow as balls "non-free" programming languages, and you'll be running back as fast as you can into the arms of the nearest free language. Maybe even Java.

Comment Re:Unlimited? (Score 1) 196

What's the difference? If your only other option is unreliable 3 Mbit ADSL that drops out when it rains, you're damned right people are going to use this as a home Internet connection.

If Verizon thinks they have a problem with unlimited data users on the cellular network, they can easily fix it by bringing FiOS to the 97% of the customers in their monopoly "turf" who get no service at all from them, or only ADSL. This is a problem they themselves created.

Comment Re: The problem could be Android (Score 1) 69

Meanwhile Apple continues to slowly make concessions to users' demands for added freedoms and features, like:

Adblocking, introduced in iOS 9. Some of the popular adblocking apps are really quite good, even compared to the best adblockers on the desktop like uBlock Origin, but perhaps not quite as performant (meh).

Sideloading; for $0 you can use a Hackintosh + an Apple developer account, or some open source experimental build tools on github, to compile open source iOS apps and load/run them on your phone -- there are plenty; see https://github.com/dkhamsing/o... .

Better support for third-party keyboards (than before),

Continued robust support for "Restrictions", i.e., preventing apps from doing things. And the apps are required to be coded to nominally work with user-tunable restrictions enabled; they can't just say "Sorry, without X you can't use our app, bye" (Apple will pull your app from the app store if it does that). The app must function as well as it still can without the desired permissions. Granted, an app mainly designed to record sound and encode it in MP3 isn't going to be terribly useful without microphone access, but it would still have to, for instance, give you access to play back existing recordings or copy them out to other apps.

And despite all the user empowerment that has been coming to iOS in recent years, we continue to enjoy a *truly* lag-free, buttery-smooth UI with sparingly few bugs (which are usually fixed by the .2 minor release of any given iOS major release). Our batteries continue to be saved by iOS's tight grip on applications' background behavior. TouchID is the best fingerprint recognition system on a smartphone, period. The latest iPhone has shipped the fastest mobile CPU, GPU and NAND for several generations in a row now, and also was the first product to mass market with a new SoC transistor fabrication size (16 nm with the iPhone 6S). And they (finally) caught up with competitors in making their phones water-resistant.

I don't even feel the need to jailbreak. The few things I want to do that I can't do with anything on the app store, I can easily do by compiling an open source iOS app on GitHub. Apps themselves have such robust access to the device's capabilities that jailbreaking doesn't even seem like it would add any value. I'm just waiting for someone to port a better browser like Firefox or Chromium to iOS and make the sources available to be compiled. That'd be awesome.

I used Android phones for 5 years, but I've never been more satisfied with my mobile devices than I've been with my iPhone 6S Plus and now 7 Plus.

Comment Re:Nature's taking care of the problem (Score 1) 137

Can't tell if trolling or just stupid...

"you must be american" --> Well don't let *facts* get in the way of your discrimination against people from a particular country:

India has a land area of 2.87 million km^2. 1.2 billion people live there.

The U.S. has a land area of 9.83 million km^2. 328 million people live there.

If the implication of your comment "you must be american" is that my country is more overpopulated than India, it's going to be fairly hard to convince me of that, when we have many times more land and about 1/4 as many people living in that land.

Yes, the US has a population growth problem, but then so do most parts of the world. But the US is not currently, as it stands, anywhere near as overpopulated as India.

Comment Nature's taking care of the problem (Score 2, Insightful) 137

http://www.albartlett.org/pres...

Either we choose from the list of ways to solve the population problem, or nature will choose for us. India is grossly overpopulated. Nature is running its course. You cannot build a society, a philosophy, a religion, a way of life that's built around reproducing as quickly and exponentially as possible while discovering new resources (land, energy) at a rate slower than exponential. The math doesn't work.

Their next strategy is to try and spill over into the other less-overpopulated parts of the world and make *those* places just as overpopulated as India, if not more. They just don't seem to get it.

Comment Price and bugs (Score 1) 270

It's not the media that dissuades me from buying a self-driving car. Not at all. It's the price of self-driving cars, and the fact that they're still pretty buggy.

Once the price of reliable, safe, bug-free-to-a-very-high-standard-deviation self-driving vehicles drops, I'll be in the market. I couldn't care less what the media wants me to think. The FUD bounces off and splats against the floor.

Comment Duh (Score 1) 64

I first realized something to this effect way back in 2002, when a company called Ctrax offered a download-based DRM music service for college students for a small fee (or was it free?). This was absolutely revolutionary in 2002, when Spotify, etc. didn't exist, so if you wanted to obtain large quantities of licensed music for free, this was basically one of the best ways to do it. I guess Ctrax came so early at the beginning of the "de-DRMing" of the music industry because college students were among the most egregious music pirates, so getting money out of the university and/or the students is better than getting $0 out of them. ... But you couldn't transfer the files between machines; you couldn't convert them to MP3s; you couldn't listen to them in other media players; you couldn't apply pitch shifting (and the EQ sucked); you couldn't transfer them to a mobile device; you couldn't back them up; and you'd lose access to them when your subscription to Ctrax expired.

In other words, the company didn't trust its users, so they imposed arbitrary restrictions on users, and used your own computer hardware against you to enforce those restrictions.

And I complained - loudly - about this in philosophical discussions in Computer Science courses. But of course everyone laughed at me for being silly about restricted music downloads because it's only a minor inconvenience, and I should be happy to have access to that much music anyway.

Well, we gave them an inch, and now they've taken every mile of the surface of the Earth. Good job, guys.

Comment Re:OVH - the abuser gets abused (Score 1) 116

The complaints aren't being "ignored". You try to deal with as many customers as they have while still turning a profit and see how many complaints you get and what your response time is. Besides, if OVH disappeared today, all the spammers would flock to the next-cheapest hosts, and then Amazon or Microsoft or Hetzner or whoever would be the #1 spammer, and we'd all be complaining about them.

Don't blame the landlord for a high crime rate in the city.

Comment Re:Sucks to be her I guess (Score 0) 412

Sounds like a person with a mental disorder who should be receiving professional treatment, not receiving accolades for trying to extort money from the people who took pride in being able to raise a daughter and sharing that joy with others.

No kidding. It is the highest privilege and joy to raise a child, even for people who realize world acclaim and fortune. Everyone always says, with complete honesty and without reservation, that their children are the most important thing to them in the world. Unless this woman has an excessively dysfunctional relationship with her parents to the point that they literally intended to do this specifically to torment her, it is an utterly harmless act for them to post the pictures. 99.999% chance they just love their daughter. This is really sad.

Comment Re:Fiber to the sidewalk (FTTS) (Score 1) 44

You're either trolling, or you have no idea what you're talking about. The problem is that Verizon is not hooking up even those who have requested -- no, *begged* -- for FiOS for *years*, consistently, with their complaints reaching as high as regional executives. If they were just not actively hooking up those who didn't request it, that would be fine. But they are not actually providing service to *many* households that they pass, and there is nothing that a consumer without a lot of money and influence can do to make them provide service.

If they were doing this with their own private capital, I wouldn't be complaining. But Verizon spends an enormous amount of public money at all levels of Government on their FiOS rollout. They even take money that was earmarked for enhancements and maintenance to FiOS or the PSTN (the old phone system including DSL), and use that towards building out their cellular network. So even when you *give* them money to build out fiber and better landline internet connections, they won't do it. They can't help but be tantalized at the prospect of making $10 for every gigabyte of traffic sent or received by every consumer in the United States, and if the regulators don't stop them, that's exactly how it's going to be for an increasing number of people.

Comment Fiber to the sidewalk (FTTS) (Score 3, Interesting) 44

Apparently Verizon's strategy for laying fiber and building the next generation of Internet infrastructure for US consumers is to lay fiber buried underneath their street or sidewalk. Because you see, consumers don't actually want to CONNECT to the fiber; they're perfectly content with just the idea of it passing down the street in front of their house.

And for this, let's collect many billions of dollars in taxpayer money and funnel it to this corporation. I'm sure this will pay huge dividends for our GDP as our consumers become more connected to the global economy... through their $10/GB 4G LTE connection.

Fuck Verizon.

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