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Comment Re:ever think why (Score 1) 252

There is no "mass piracy" going on. There are pirates who won't pay for anything, because they thing they are awesome and don't have to be functioning members of society, because they think they are better than all those "idiots" (everyone else). I know of a guy that pirates movies he never watches, because he thinks it is cool. He has thousands of movies in his "collection", more than any human could watch in a lifetime. He is a mass offender.

I assume from the tone of your post that you have contempt for this individual. I'm just curious as to the degree of harm this "mass offender" is doing society or the creators of these works? He copies but does not watch and would never pay for anything. How is the net effect any different than a different individual who does not watch or copy anything? I know someone who hasn't been to a theater in years and does not buy or rent DVDs. He just doesn't care about movies.

I suspect that a lot of people just harbor unfocused anger that pirates just don't play by their rules.

Comment Re:ever think why (Score 1) 252

I have a 14 year old kid and he can find any movie you can name to stream within a minute or too. I challenged him one day and he surprised me at his success. He says the kids all watch them in study hall. Google or not, once one kid in a public school knows the secret sites, they all know them.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 1) 502

And this is also a problem I encounter a lot where people are engaged in black and white thinking.

I find it humorous that you accuse others of black and white thinking when I merely quoted you verbatim doing the same. You responded to the original parent who claimed

"The whole reason my company still has Windows 7 is due to having to support an application that ONLY works in IE9."

and you said

"Any company that developed their web application using home grown quirks mode javascript is going to reap what they sow. They better upgrade or be put out to pasture."

Those are your words, not mine. You have no idea the circumstances of why they are using that application or what alternatives exist. It is arrogant to assume you know more and can offer unsolicited, unilateral, and coercive advice to that one short simple statement. One of my clients was in a similar situation until late 2015 when they had to use an accounting package required by DoD for their contract work. The requirement was baked right into their contracts. The company owner hated that he was stuck running IE7 just so DoD could do tracking audits. There were NO ALTERNATIVES on the market at any cost at the time. The owner told me he would pay triple just to ditch their accounting system because he hated it so much. You see, the software company had bought up all the competition and shut them all down. My client had been a customer to one of their competitors prior to being abandoned.

I simply called you out saying that there are grey area cases you must consider before insisting on upgrade at any cost, but you replied to me stating:

That mindset translates to leaving a big door wide open for competition to come along and wipe you out. I can personally sympathize with your position but the free market doesn't particularly care. It's survival of the fittest. Get in the game or get wiped out.

Now I realize you have tried to backtrack and qualify your responses since to align more with what I said from the beginning. It must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Obviously, I hit a nerve when I noted your attitude. Why don't you step back and do a little self evaluation. Again; your words...

> You are being myopic. Look up that definition.
> I can tell from your arguments which have apparently become personal that you are inexperienced because people who are experienced don't talk like you.
> It's about track record. I have a track record of success. That's not arrogance. That's a fact.
> you might have an inferiority complex
> the difference between you and me is that I have a deep understanding of psychology

Now go reread the definition of arrogant. Pay close attention to the second entry. Better yet, have someone else read your statements and give you an honest opinion of whether or not they sound arrogant.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 1) 502

You seem to consider more angles than most, but the fact is there are no straight line decisions to be made.

My point exactly. You on the other hand originally wrote:

They better upgrade or be put out to pasture.

and

That mindset translates to leaving a big door wide open for competition to come along and wipe you out.

which makes your original position seem pretty cut-and-dry in favor of upgrading in spite of other circumstances.

Be careful with ad hominem attacks and fundamental attribution error ("Don't be arrogant"). I'm well educated on the subject matter domain.

Definition of arrogant
1: exaggerating or disposed to exaggerate one's own worth or importance often by an overbearing manner
2 : showing an offensive attitude of superiority : proceeding from or characterized by arrogance

Arrogance and education are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they often go hand-in-hand. Reason can often get clouded by proselytizing when the two intersect.

Any company that developed their web application using home grown quirks mode javascript is going to reap what they sow.

Sounds pretty arrogant to me...

Comment Re:Simple (Score 1) 502

That mindset translates to leaving a big door wide open for competition to come along and wipe you out. I can personally sympathize with your position but the free market doesn't particularly care. It's survival of the fittest. Get in the game or get wiped out.

Yes. It is survival of the fittest and survival means not spending capital on unnecessary expenses. I have a client with a half million dollar NMR running on old software. Are you going to pony up $50,000 for them to upgrade to Windows 10? Another client has a specialized GC/MS in an analytical lab running on Windows NT4. There is no upgrade path and so upgrade means throwing it away. Will you front the cash to replace it? I worked on a computer two years ago still running Windows 95 interfacing to a custom semiconductor testing machine on a IEEE-488 bus. A couple years before that, I had a client was still running Windows 98 on tube bender machines. Honda was their biggest buyer and they didn't care it was produced on old software. Another client is currently running an old insecure version of Java 7 on a Windows 7 machine that can't be upgraded because the software which runs the HVAC in their building won't run on anything newer. Honeywell won't update it and It has to stay on the network to talk to them. To "upgrade" means replacing all the HVAC equipment including all the sensors, controls and dampers throughout the building. You gonna pay for that upgrade?

Don't be arrogant. Not every "upgrade" is hindered by some simple home grown Active X web application or some bean counter not wanting to spend money on new Windows licenses. It's a big world out there and there are lots of small businesses that do just fine without being "wiped out" by running older software.

Comment Re:Not news (Score 1) 502

I have been reading a few books on the evolution of English from the "Old English" Anglo-Saxon roots, through the Norman Conquest and the infiltration of Danish, Celtic, French and Latin influences and though major shifts in grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary and I am AMAZED that anyone can learn English as a second language. There are so many inconsistencies and irregularities which we native speakers take for granted that I don't know how you guys remember them. Of course, we have issues like American/British spelling differences and word choices such as learned/learnt or kerb/curb or lorry/truck or brilliant/awesome. Even in the UK there are dialects of English that are almost incomprehensible to native English speakers in the US. Of course, I'd guess that native Brits from Aristocratic England would have a lot of trouble understanding someone from the Ozarks over here too. :-)

Comment Re:Bashing Windows 10 (Score 3, Insightful) 502

Now on to some bashing, we'll start with force updates that everyone complains the most about. Sorry, but this is a necessary evil, because muggles won't f'ing upgrade their systems, leaving them vulnerable and they just don't give a flying f. The only way to address this needless insecurity is to force updates. Personally I don't mind, I like to be running latest and greatest anyway, but just keep in mind, its the idiots who refuse to upgrade their crap that brought this upon us all. Deal with it. For drivers causing PROBLEMS when updated (I've had this too), Microsoft has since day 1 had a tool to disable updates on specific hardware in your machine. So stop whining and use that tool when necessary.

Whoa right there cowboy. If the updates were - I don't know - tested and vetted, maybe the forced updates wouldn't be a problem. Since they aren't and they break countless machines, many of which are owned by the clueless "idiots" you reference, we have plenty of people with broken computers who have no idea how to fix these problems. When you wake up only to find all networking is now broken, or your printers are all missing, or your data partition is inaccessible, or you have a blue screen that won't resolve with rebooting, the forced updates are a deal breaker for the great unwashed masses, period.

For the people who have a clue, the telemetry is the deal breaker.

Comment Re:Expected /. response (Score 1) 502

But if I'm in a position where I have to decide what's better for my company or my customers, the visceral hate cannot be the deciding factor.

Well, how about cold hard facts? Not everyone can afford the enterprise version and I laugh at the Windows 10 apologists when every week, I am asked to fix some Windows 10 issue courtesy of non-blockable updates from Microsoft. Last week's fun fix was the result of an update to printer drivers that caused some color printers to default to black and white. The "new" driver had no color option. At least they had a printer. Some of the Windows 10 machines lost all of their printers. The previous month was a problem that broke all networking adapters on some machines. I still have a coworker that has an issue where his laptop freezes for 15 to 30 seconds at a time for a Windows timeout error. Apparently a SSD primary drive and spinning secondary drive causes Windows 10 some problems on certain laptops. It's been broken since August. Funny, it works fine with Windows 7 and Linux. Of course, I can't forget about the two machines that had their dual boot with Linux corrupted. Linux has no issue on updates, but I guess Microsoft doesn't have the technical expertise to support that option.

The update process for Windows 10 is a giant, steaming pile of shit. If you could disable it, you might be able to have a stable or secure OS for more than a month, but every update is a crap-shoot for what got broken this time.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 1) 502

The whole reason my company still has Windows 7 is due to having to support an application that ONLY works in IE9.

Any company that developed their web application using home grown quirks mode javascript is going to reap what they sow. They better upgrade or be put out to pasture. It's not hard these days where you have jQuery, bootstrap grids, react and all sorts of things that do everything for you for the most part. Hand-rolling your own javascript frameworks is reinventing the wheel and you're not going to be able to do it better than the popular ones do it now anyway. It's wasted effort.

Do you realize that some companies have to support old software not because they "rolled their own" junk, but because they are at the mercy of other companies that sell the software that they need to operate? Not every company is a Fortune 500 business with the money to write and support their own applications and some depend on specialized software that may have no alternatives..

Comment Re:This is an automatic process (Score 1) 159

Maybe the artist was laughing all the way to the bank about having gotten porn displayed in public by calling it "Neptune" instead of calling it "My boyfriend Fred".

Does it matter? Does being Fred make it evil while "Neptune" or "David" is artistic? Is the human body so filthy that it automatically becomes pornography when viewed? If so, why do we put up with all of these other animals running around in nature without a stitch of clothing hiding their indecency, where children can see? Put 'em all in jail. Make 'em register as tier 3 sex offenders for life.

Comment Re:This is an automatic process (Score 1) 159

I guess there are 1970's conservatives and 1940's conservatives.

1940's or 1880's? When we question the fitness for display of a public statue of a Greek god, I think the common sense of the people has jumped the shark. In twenty years, will we be calling for Victorian morals and demand public displays of pianos and tables have their legs covered for modesty?

Comment Re:Automatically plunging necklines (Score 1) 159

Ultimately this is why young people will avoid Facebook if they are not doing it already. It will become an echo chamber for the old.

This is already happening. Facebook is what mom and dad or grandma and grandpa use to share recipes and pictures of their dog. My daughter deleted her account after the election because of all the post election bickering. My younger kids have mostly abandoned theirs. Most of the still-in-school crowd has moved on to Instagram and Snapchat.

Comment Re:Be wary of what you ask (Score 1) 159

Since nips ain't no big deal can you send me a pic of yours and especially your mother's, wife's, or girlfriend's which ever is more applicable?

Most probably after we sent a pic of ours, you will have plucked your own eye out of their orbit, and ran away screaming off.

The goggles. They do nothing.

Comment Re:This is an automatic process (Score 1) 159

I am torn over this issue. As a conservative, I do think the prevalence of pornography and the accessibility of these images is harmful to society on the whole.

As a conservative myself, I yearn for the good-old-days back in the seventies when you could buy Playboy at the magazine rack of your local supermarket, streakers would crash sporting events, and you didn't get put on sexual predator registries for life and banned from ever living near schools or parks just for taking a piss in public.

Generations will look back at our folly and judge us like we judge the witch hunters of the seventeenth century.

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