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Comment Telephone Game: Racist Edition (Score 2, Insightful) 108

Reuters version -- "applicants who have ever been present in territory controlled by the Islamic State" * (link)
Verge version -- "applicants who have ever visited ISIS-controlled territory" (link)
Parent version -- "applications from people who like to hang out with ISIS" (above)

* Comprised in the majority of citizens who were victims, prisoners, kidnapped, abused, forced slaves and wives, i.e., any brown-skinned refugees.

Comment Re:Totally abandoning their core userbase (Score 2) 49

They're putting short term profits ahead of the long game. Long before the iPhone came out OS X came bundled with XCode. Anyone wanting to learn to code for the Mac could do it out of the box starting with 10.3. For a college student that wasn't quite ready to get started in Linux (And this was Linux 2003 mind you) it was amazing that I could compile stuff out of the box without dealing with cygwin on Windows XP.

If you coded in XCode the PPC-64, x86 and x86-64 migrations were relatively painless. When the iPhone finally got a dev kit the tools had been out for 5+ years. People were able to hop in to iPhone development. Distributed builds over ZeroConf have been supported for a while as well. Have a dozen machines sitting idle? Hit compile and distribute the load.

Apple has fallen completely on their face supporting the people that make the pretty widget iPhone apps. Unless they start churning out development tools there isn't going to be a machine to do iOS n+2 development on.

Comment Re:homily (Score 5, Insightful) 95

Actually, I deal with an internal web app that does something similar, poor performance with diffing agent strings being presented, between IE9/11, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox browsers hitting it and getting very very different experiences.

The cause is attempts at code optimizations, some not done well at all. Despite their best efforts, none of our tech teams can blame some grand conspiracy with Microsoft, since no motive exists for this.

But our users find evidence when IE works so much better than, for instance, Chrome. Until a month ago, that is, when the JVMs got to be working properly, and woot, now IE is the slog despite working just as before, and Chrome is blazingly fast. Now it's a grand conspiracy to kill IE use at the enterprise level.

Ya can't win, ya know. whatever you do, if the browsers get different performance results, you're doing it deliberately, because there is some reason...

More reason to avoid web programming. Servicing is still a sweet spot around here.

Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 1) 152

Of course I want completely private, self paid health care. That is the only way to ensure that it is affordable and of good quality, with people competing to provide it to you.

Health *insurance* should *not* be used to pay for most health concerns and care, it should be a high deductible thing, something that kicks in when a person is in trouble that is too expensive to pay out of pocket.

Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 0) 152

Obviously you do not *understand* history, understanding goes beyond what you are doing with it. If you *understood* history you would have learned that every empire ended up diluting the value of its currency, with the inevitable failure of that currency and with the inevitable loss of the empire status. The status of the empire shifted from the former to some previously backwater place that had just enough economic freedom that for sometime the government there wouldn't be meddling with the economy and with the actual money. Eventually that backward place would grow and become the dominant economy and its growing government would then stifle and inevitably destroy the economy by taxes, laws but most importantly by declaring fiat and devaluing its currency.

The money of whatever the current economic empire is always desirable because the rest of the world can either exchange it for whatever the empire produces or store it because it is intrinsically valuable in itself (gold for example). However as the economy of the empire becomes more and more regulated by the growing government, the production leaves, so there is less to exchange for with the empire. The growing government needs more and more funding, eventually starts clipping the coins, diluting gold with less valuable metals, declaring the coins to have face value that is meaningless, not a weight of a precious and intrinsically valuable metal. Switching to paper and ultimately to an electronic fiat not backed by anything, gold nor production is the ultimate nail in the coffin of that empire. Thinking you understand and understanding are quite different things.

Comment Re:DRM is necessary to stop piracy (Score 2) 215

Quite true; Digital Restrictions Management (contrary to what another poster said, smart people do realize and don't allow the reframing of the language away from how most people experience DRM) doesn't affect those who get their copies stripped of the restrictions as is commonplace amongst those who share. DRM chiefly adversely affects those who participate in the process (whether they spend their own money to do it or are given it gratis).

DRM is the excuse publishers use to justify the ongoing control over one's computer, spying regime modern-day DRM schemes make possible and use, and thus pose genuine risks to everyday computer users. This is not about "balancing" rights as another poster said, this is about copyright holders and their business partners using a mechanism to get more control over your devices, your privacy, and your life than they ought to have. To publishers who claim they wouldn't engage in the process without DRM, I say that's fine but I want to see proof and lots of it; please don't publish without DRM controls you couldn't have a few short years ago (remember that DRM schemes always become more onerous over time and publishers always try to convince the public they can't get by without the higher degree of control). Let your competition distribute their work at whatever price they think they can get DRM-free and do with the reduced competition. The publisher's threat is (taken on the whole) an empty threat and everyone knows it.

Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 1) 152

Wait, you are comparing a situation with some government wanting to steal from a company to a situation involving 2 private sides (employees and the employer)? I guess you don't see any difference but it does exist. It is not 'US workers', it is AT&T employees and it is a private contract issue, not a case of racketeering.

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