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Comment He's just a tech CEO Was Re:Ellison is a terrorist (Score 1) 157

None of these tech company leaders are "nice guys." Most of them exaggerate for effect and press. Most of them treat employees as "replaceable cogs." Many lie about what their company's have to ship and only fix it later (if ever) with an update.... of course such "misrepresentation" will get them the customers money now, rather than later or never.

Comment Re:Russia would have nada If the US system was hon (Score 1) 531

Except Russia is not the source of the leaks, the DNC is. Russia is only a suspected, but not proven, conduit, but the sources of the info have so far not said that the information is not accurate.

The source of the information is Hillary's campaign and the DNC. The deliverer or messenger *might* be Russia. And that makes a great narrative, but that really does not matter and is an attempt by Hillary and the DNC to discredit content that they already acknowledge as accurate.

Comment It didn't work for Roger Ebert (Score 1) 145

Roger Ebert, popular movie critic, lost his voice to when his jaw was removed to fight the cancer that eventually killed him.

Like Majel he had 25+ years of recorded material from TV shows like At the Movies. He even hired a firm to create a voice from that material. As it turned out, that 25+ years of recording was inadequate to create a working synthetic voice.

I suspect Roger had more material than Majel as he was doing 22 minute review shows for some many years compared to Majel's occasional appearances and scripted "computer voice" work.

Comment Russia would have nada If the US system was honest (Score 5, Informative) 531

Russia would have no negative information if the US system was run honestly and transparently. It is not and I thank *ALL* disclosures that wake up the US citizenry. The info source does not matter.


The current 2 party duopoly is a corrupt manipulative mess as the US presidential candidate choices.


Both Hillary and Trump are AWFUL candidates. So a huge number of voters are stuck voting against who they think is worse. There is NO positive choice.

Comment Re:If the content was once freely available... (Score 1) 154

> When was the last time you put an ad blocker on an app?


I do that now for everything. I've got an ad filter running through a local VPN that filters content from advertising sites. It takes out almost everything except in apps that use their own ads rather than the ad networks.

Works on Android Apps and Linux and Macs and PCs can use it as a proxy.

Comment Re:The problem isn't that they're old... (Score 2) 194

Quality is not an issue when you have a monopoly. That monopoly may be via Intellectual Property or due to control of service. In either case you can get the cheapest dumbest workers and still make more than you would with better qualified workers. Being the member of an Oligopoly can work similarly. Just match the competence of your limited competitors usually via standardization of service or product and again only a very few workers need to be competent. If you want to know why IT looks the way it does just start thinking like an MBA.

Comment Re:Shouldn't a good ad-blocker be undetectable? (Score 1) 534

The only way to prevent users from blocking ads is to make every webpage unique, so that each refresh is not really even the same page.

That would make ad blocking really hard since there'd be no way to identify the Ad via URL or Javascript.

So here's to a much less cached Internet to make sure we all see Ads. WooHoo! Soon no connection will be fast!

Comment Re:A bubble that doesn't pop? (Score 1) 244

If old age becomes obsolete you can expect government sponsored retirement benefits will too. In fact, I would expect a regulation that requires you forfeit SS and medicare at age X if you accept effective anti-aging therapies.

With appropriate regulation this just one more path to make both SS and Medicare solvent because less people are using either.

Comment It is still here (was Re:What happened to C?) (Score 1) 172

Why do so many of the "new" languages remind of good ol' fashioned UCSD Pascal p-code or even original Microsoft BASIC where everything is compiled to a tokenized intermediate platform independent pseudo assembly language that is interpreted or JIT compiled to the native CPU on the fly.

In the 70s and 80s and 90s the stuff designed this way ran slow slow slow. And all the new similar designs still do compared to code compiled or assembled to run on the target processor.

Give me a safer C like what Rust appears to be. Something that produces fast native code, but prevents programmers from doing stupid stuff.

Let's not even get into the disaster that Javascript is in the browser: Download a tarball of Javascript and execute: What browser am I running in? If this is browser of version X run this pile of code instead of all these other special piles for other browsers with multiple versions.

C hasn't gone away because it continues to be the best tool we have for producing fast code.

Don't believe me? Write almost any program in both C and ??? (except assembler) then run them on the same platform. Compare.

Comment Tie complete food components list to a barcode (Score 1) 514

The "warning label will be too big" argument is completely bogus. Food manufacturers must be mandated to provide complete component lists and ingredient sources via a barcode and public database on the Internet. Then consumers can optionally at any time of their choosing use smart phones/barcode readers to choose what they want to buy prior to or after purchase. Will consumers share their "opinions" of both good and bad food components with others? Hell, yes! And like open source software everyone sharing info about and consuming or choosing not to consume "open source food" products will be better for it. The fact that this hasn't occurred puts the "big lie" to all myths about "rational consumers" who can make their own choices about their food purchases. You cannot make rational choices if you don't have the ability to obtain the necessary information. Large food manufacturers may be causing their own continued decline by attempting to hide GMO etc. As rational consumers are left only with the option to not buy foods from the "big food conglomerates" if they want to avoid what they fear. This is already happening. I recently visited father's MD with my father for his checkup. In the doctor's reception area was a warning about GMO foods and all the brands and corporations to not buy unlabeled GMO food from.

Comment Good Luck Leaving Oracle (Score 5, Interesting) 190

Oracle products are specifically designed to make it very difficult and costly to leave the platform given all their proprietary extensions to SQL and supported programming language and development tools.

If your application was designed with Oracle development tools you are likely completely S**t Outta Luck. But if all you did was use Oracle as an RDMBS and avoided all their lock-in traps you should be able to port to PostgreSQL.

But in most situations, Oracle is the Hotel California of platforms: "you can check in anytime you want, but you can never leave.." at least not without significant costs in porting which will be more painful and risky than to simply keep paying.....

Because of this the best option is usually to specify and enforce that Oracle *NOT* be used on any new or replacement projects while the organization just keeps paying and paying and paying on the systems that require Oracle.

There are a number of very good reasons that few Internet startups run out and buy Oracle for infrastructure use.

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