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Comment Re:Unix-like directories? (Score 1) 36

Drive letters are by and large a hangover from CP/M and DOS, and could have been eliminated, or at least deprecated as early as Windows NT 3.5. Frankly, driver letter are completely ludicrous, to the point of being outright annoying. I've had local storage devices knock out drive shares, as an example of how utterly stupid the system is. We're literally dealing with a 40+ year old file device paradigm that only exists because MS seems completely unwilling to accept that Unix does it better.

Comment no one asked for this (Score 1) 36

This reads like a business product, but is clearly targeting "home users". No home user asked for this. It's unnecessary. Google Drive, OneDrive, and Dropbox all provide near universal multiplatform support for file sharing and storage, and protocols like FTP, SFTP, DCC, BitTorrent, etc exist and are well supported for providing more direct transfer methods for home users.

Now, if you want a business product, sure, you could probably fit this in somewhere, the somewhere where people don't use network shares, VPNs, or have OneDrive already setup(so, non-Microsoft shops)

Comment Re:Enablers shift expectations (Score 1) 101

None of the people in this discussion have mentioned the real evil destroying our world.

Books. Newspapers. Written language. When Gutenberg's press came into existence, there was a Swedish psychologist warning everyone that we'd all experience information overload, social withdrawal, and all manner of ills becoming addicted to the vast mountains of text sent our way. The family is destroyed as the father now reads the paper at breakfast instead of interacting with his household, and the children read their books instead of playing with other children.

When will we destroy this great tool of Satan which has corrupted the hearts of good men?

Comment Re:SubjectsSuck (Score 1) 178

More ridiculous is the claim that including crypto will force WordPress to implement better security. WordPress can just ignore this; and getting hacked by shitty REST API authentication verification isn't fixed by pouring on more crypto sauce.

This guy is a crypto nerd who thinks crypto solves all problems. It doesn't. He probably has databases with columns (UserID, UserName, CryptedPassword, AESKey) so the password is AES-encrypted with an individual key per-user.

Comment Yes, you see it here in S.E. Asia (Score 5, Interesting) 312

So I'm very familiar with two countries, Vietnam and Thailand.

Vietnam, as you all know, went through a difficult occupation by the French, then the Americans, before having their country divided in two and then suffering a devastating civil war which killed millions of people (4 million?) before unification. The result? Everyone, more or less, started out very poor (during the late 70s and early 80s starvation was a real fear). So everyone was equal. Now though, inequality is climbing (fast) as the winners have "capitalized" (ironic comment intended on the supposedly communist country) on their ability to extract a greater and greater portion of the country's rising wealth. Still, for a time, society was remarkably fluid and anyone could be anyone (for example the ex-prime minister came from humble beginnings).

Thailand has not been conquered by a foreign power (ever?), certainly not by the westerners who did so to every other country in S.E. Asia. (That was due to the astuteness of their past king(s) who played the foreigners off against each other). So the power structures in Thailand have remained static for hundreds of years. In the last century, because of the great increase in wealth coming from modernization and technology, much of it was captured by the ruling class. Thus you have an urban elite that was (until recently) running the show from Bangkok (the "Hi So" or High Society) and getting richer and richer in the process. A populist (yet corrupt) billionaire politician used this great divide to sweep himself into power (sound familiar) only to be ultimately blocked by the military (acting on behest of the existing power structures).

Comment Re:Yup (Score 4, Informative) 312

The Declaration may not be "Law", but it is _the_ single most important document in American History. The Declaration of Independence is what founded the country. The document provides both the reason for discarding rule from England

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

And the principles that the Country should, and would, have.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

I'd recommend reading the whole Document. The Constitution is the Law used to protect the rights declared.

Comment Re:Bullshit isn't the same as "lie". (Score 1) 340

So you are attempting to assert that "bullshit" is not a lie under certain circumstances? No, I'm not going to read a book about Bullshitting about lies. A lie, is a lie, is a lie. No matter what the purpose, no matter what the context, dishonesty is the exact opposite of honesty. Perhaps in your strange world, a person can be "almost" guilty of a crime too.

Comment Re:Bullshit isn't the same as "lie". (Score 1) 340

Sorry, but you are the one confused. There is no difference between "bullshitting" and a "white lie", which are both forms of lying. Both are dishonest, and the only argument you could attempt to use is that certain lies cause no harm.

If I told you that I drank 50 gallons of beer, I am bullshitting. That happens to also be a lie.

If your partner/spouse asks if they are fat and you say "no", and they happen to be fat.. you are telling a white lie. That happens to also be a lie.

So much for people being able to think critically today. Being dishonest is somehow not lying.. go figure.

Comment Re:Agile! (Score 1) 74

Yes well, some people hear the word "Agile" and don't bother to look up what that means. There are published standards on this stuff, you know. They're built on top of other published standards. I don't like the SCRUM terminology largely because I work better with direct information instead of social idealism--therapy for me involves a pencil and a clipboard while the psychiatrist tries to explain wtf is wrong inside my head, not group-hug sessions, supportive friends, and pep talks--but it's still actually a highly-bureaucratic, defined process. I simply have to decode the metaphor to something concrete to access it.

Comment Re:You almost got it (Score 1) 382

Nate Silver and his "group of hacks" made it clear that there were no guarantees. Perhaps if you had read his analyses, you would understand that. He made it clear right up until the election that Trump's chances were far from non-zero, and even went into detail in some of his blog posts to explain some of the problems with polling in some of the states. If you had actually read anything he wrote, rather than just inventing a "Nate Silver is a hack" narrative to beat him with, then you would understand a great deal of how he weighted the polls, and how uncertain he viewed the projections.

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