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Comment Works great till it don't (Score 1) 396

Automation works great, till it breaks or hits an edge case. Then you need people like me to fix it.

Infact I would say that most computer based automation is so full of flaws, that things need constant babysitting, code updates, etc. Its rare to find an automated system that just keeps on ticking for an entire year without some sort of intervention, let alone multiple years or decades.

And all the best automation costs tonnes of money. Sometimes its just cheaper to hire minimum wage people to do it. But I am all for a push for better and more all encompassing automation (who wouldn't be!). No one should be forced to do mundane or repetitive tasks in the 21st century.

Comment Re:GO STICK YOUR HEAD IN A PIG (Score 1) 376

"Or alternatively you could not buy a fucking internet fridge. "

Just like you can choose to not bank with a bank that uses interac flash... (hint they all use it)

Or get a phone thats not a smart phone. (all feature phones where i live are backordered, with an eta of never)

Or a TV thats not a smart TV. (commercial displays dont count, and they are all smart now anyway)

Or buy a fridge with fucking metal shelves in it! Seriously, they are all fragile glass and plastic now. Try and buy a new fridge with metal shelves inside.

If they can't even go back to a feature people do want, durable shelves that last 20 years, they sure as shit aren't going to let you buy one without wifi in it.

Marketing "feature" collusion isn't forcing you into anything. It simply reduces the amount of options you have until there is only one option left.

Comment Easy explanation: HAM (Score 2) 84

Because of the 15% foreign buyers tax that vancouver instituted in sept, our HAM (hot asian money) has moved slightly south. I thought this was a well known fact so its a shame the article seems to have another hypothesis that is much less likely. Seeing as the spike almost exactly corresponds with the tax and not any massive hiring in the last 6 months.

Welcome to unaffordability seattle! probably a good time to buy property, hold it for a few months and flip, if the lower mainland BC is any indication of whats in store for you guys.

Comment So annoying (Score 1) 207

Copying code from a blog that uses horrible non keyboard quotation marks is the bane of my existence. So many times I have syntax errors caused by the almost identical looking "curly" quotes that some blogs use. Why? why use these stupid things, just to appear fancy? That people want to "save" them is like someone saying they prefer their software to have bugs in it.

I say burn them. Burn them with FIRE!

Comment Re:DDOS has had its 15 minutes (Score 1) 74

"Ok, everybody who was *sic*effected*sic* by this raise your hands! Anybody?"

Short memory eh? A DDoS attack took down multiple services around oct ( https://www.wired.com/2016/10/... ). That one personally affected me as one of our dns providers went down, causing customers headaches for a day or two.

So yes, ddos attacks do *affect* people, in the real world, right now. And they are scary and newsworthy when they occur.

The end result should be that companies are law bound and forced to support IoT devices for ~15 years from the date of manufacture of the device. It should be no different than an auto recall where you receive a letter in the mail. You think companies do that out of their own good will? no, they were forced to by law. Why were they forced by law to do that? Because people became enraged and the media hyped up that rage so that laws were passed. The media publicizing these events is completely 100% necessary, if our goal is secure devices and an educated populace. I don't see any other way to combat these new IoT botnets, do you? Your solution of "just ignore them" is fanciful. Doesn't work with any sort of crime, so it won't work for botnets. You defend yourself, which in this case means educating manufacturers and your fellow man about a clear and present danger.

Comment Typical corporation (Score 1) 45

Corporate stooge: "We no longer want this item, so please add the plastic to the ocean!"

Opportunist Environmentalist: "But sir its a perfectly working device, surely we can sell it!"

Corporate stooge: "And tarnish our american overlords brand by selling a *USED* iphone! please go die now!"

Opportunist Environmentalist: "okay..."

Corporate stooge: "Now if you'll excuse me I have to switch over the lines to make pirated iphone parts so i can buy up property all over the world and make housing unaffordable for locals!"

*employer leaves room and opportunist pockets device*

Its not stealing if its trash. But this is capitalist china, so 10 years in jail for violating corporate rules (and not affording the requisite bribes) seems accurate.

Comment Re:So Combating Climate change was a GOP 'thing' (Score 3, Interesting) 302

"So, unless my math is wrong, that puts the GOP on the right side of Climate Change fully ten years before Al Gore and the Democrats"

I think you are confused because as much as i loathe reagan, conservatives used to believe in environmental protections. In fact i remember there being a broad consensus about the science of it in the 80s and 90s.

Face it, the so called republican party in the USA simply does not stand for the same things it did 30 years ago. Things are leaning much more to the authoritarian, anti science and pro-ignorance right than probably even classical republicans are comfortable with.

Very few countries have as much of a problem recognizing climate change as real as much as the USA seems to. It's probably going to be a very fascinating historical study, if we survive it. Most other countries at this point are capable of acknowledging AGW but then disagree over what to do about it. This includes conservatives in those countries. Outright denial though seems to be a purely american thing from what i have observed.

Comment Re:A leader who defuses the situation? (Score 4, Informative) 469

"Our job is making sure no one annexes us. Other countries can posture all they want."

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me."

History repeats too much to have such a myopic attitude about world affairs.

Comment Re:Not Surprising (Score 2) 333

"But Apple does protect your privacy"

One of the first things OSX does after you install it is bitch at you about enabling location services and then forces you to create and link an apple ID to even get software updates for the OS. The level of cloud integration turned on by default on ipads is sickening as well.

So claiming OSX/IOS is better than windows as far as privacy is concerned is laughable. Microsoft is obviously playing catchup to OSX here but apple did start this BS first. Its just apple users crave loss of privacy because they dont have to worry about backups and things "just work(tm)". The reason they work is because of the tight control of apple corporate overlords.

Comment Re:Trust (Score 1) 322

"And to be honest, user-hostile is much harder to debug than any Linux problems you might have."

Lots of people saying "just use linux" not just you, but you are are the person i am replying to so here goes.

Simply accounting. Doesnt work in linux as far as i can search. Planetside 2, does not work in linux, as far as i can see.

Linux is awesome on the server, vmware, android.. But because I dont have time to dick around with compatibility problems i run windows 7 because it just works. And when i go to install a program and there is a problem, i dont have to second guess whether it is an incompatibility with the platform.

In 2020 we shall see if more games are cross platform (looks like wasteland 2 and wasteland 3 are, so thats great!). But still I would have trouble giving up programs like winamp, which i have been using since the 90s. And the main issue for me is that I know that programs will just work in windows. My wifes programs especially. I can work around UI differences and program incompatibilities, but my wife cannot. I also have been a windows only tech for 15 years and there is something to be said for using what you have to support. I can tell usually pretty quickly if an issue is a hardware or software problem, and i feel that a lot of that knowledge is windows specific. Sure the logging in 8000 times better in linux, but unless i start using linux regularly professionally i doubt I will install it at home. No one will give me a job maintaining linux workstations with no desktop linux experience, so its a catch 22 as far as my career is concerned.

Comment Re:I forget, why is this relevant? (Score 1) 418

Trump and clinton are the same. But trump is a reactionary megalomaniac who has zero impulse control and poor intelligence. Not someone you want to be leading the worlds most powerful military and having access to nuclear weapons.

From an outside perspective, both of your candidates are corrupt pro business conservatives. A proper alternative would be bernie sanders or ron paul, both of whom had great ideas but got stomped out by the establishment. Trump and clinton are the establishment! so I wouldn't expect any change, and with trump you have the added bonus of someone stupider and more reactionary than bush. This creates a real danger to the entire world.

Comment Re:This is a good thing. (Score 1) 418

Firstly, as you can see by this wikipedia article, later than 20 weeks is extremely rare (about 2%). However religious fundamentalists want to ban ALL abortion, so you can cherry pick parts of their argument where it fits you i guess but you are being disingenuous to the position.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

All abortions should be a couple or the mothers decision, not the state. What we don't need in this world are more children brought up by uncaring people who didn't want to have children in the first place. It's the parents decision to have kids or not, not the state.

Comment Re:It's the stadium stupid (Score 1) 236

"We had a similar problem at a bluegrass festival with just 5000 people, 4 different free WiFi access points, all unusable because connections timed out due to being so overloaded."

4 access points for 5000 people? Yeah your gonna have a bad time. Most access points can support like 100 people on them max. In a temporary situation, I would have gotten at least 10, more like 20 APs for that amount of people and a wireless lan controller to manage them. We regularly use aprox 80 APs to cover a building with 5000 users. You completely underestimated how many APs you need for sure! I never covered a large outdoor space, but you usually do these things by number of people attending because each AP can only handle so many connections.

Stadiums on the other hand sometimes have thousands to tens of thousands of APs and as other people pointed out, concerts in those stadiums work ok. Someone also said that the wireless infrastructure was provided just for the benches (or whatever they are called). So the surfaces would have had thier own wireless network on the playfield. This makes sense as no one is going to use the same wifi network for public as for something as important as team tools.

Having used MS surface devices professionally, I can say that they are nice, but they are also quite buggy, so i would blame them and windows 10 for most of the problems. Bring some ipads in and see if they have the same problems, i bet they dont.

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