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Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 126

I actually worked doing government auditing in a department I shall decline to name. And as much as I railed and wrote STERN LETTERS and what not, nothing would shake the bureacrats love of their bloody spreadsheets.

The fact that the *only* asset list in the whole damn department of 10K+ employees around the country was kept on a single excel file that was collated from other excel files by a vbscript written by a secretary was not seen as a problem by anyone except me and the IT dept (who where also systematically ignored) meant that pretty much all my recomendations where systematically ignored. And now I work in the private sector again....

Comment Re:Failbook knows NOTHING about me (Score 2) 149

Since I'm not a fool who still uses Failbook, Failbook knows NOTHING about me whatsoever.

You're a fool.
There's extensive datacollection from Facebook on other web sites, tied to cookies, browser fingerprinting and various other means.
Even here on Slashdot.
Combine that with friends and acquaintances that might post about you, or pictures that contain you.

Comment More fish (Score 2) 149

I try to get my g/f to not post pictures and things of me but she does it anyway.

Not respecting your request for privacy is a ditch reason.
Seriously, I cannot see how any relationship can last without trust and respecting each other's wishes. Even when not deemed important. Especially when not deemed important.

Comment Re:or, maybe Google screwed up "ownership" (Score 1) 170

If Google had designed (? or something?) Android so that updating the base OS was something that could be pushed direct from Google instead of from each manufacturer's bollixed version of the system, there'd be no problem for any of us.

That may seem obvious now, but it's far from clear that Android would have succeeded the way it has if OEMs hadn't been allowed to differentiate their versions. That was (and is) something that's important to them, and they may well have decided that they wanted to do their own thing instead if Google hadn't given them the degree of control they wanted. Or maybe they'd have adopted Windows, since while it wouldn't allow them to customize it would have had the advantage of being from the then-biggest OS maker around.

It seems very likely that the ability of OEMs to customize was a core component of what made the Android ecosystem successful.

Also, keep in mind that the only way Google could really have kept OEMs from modifying Android however they like would have been to keep it closed. Personally, I'm glad that Google made the choices it did, not because I'm a Google employee working on Android (though I am), but because I've been an open source and free software advocate since before Google even existed. Android is far from perfect, and devices aren't as open as I would like, but I think the mobile software world is much better than it would have been without a F/LOSS mobile OS.

Comment Re:Outrageously short service life for updates (Score 1) 170

I still think that two years of updates is outrageous forced obsolescence that is prematurely adding electronic garbage to landfills.

FWIW, it's actually two years of upgrades and three years of security updates on Nexus devices.

I'm seriously considering going back to an iPhone on my next phone upgrade, despite all the concerns I have about them too. They at least support their hardware for around 5 years.

At least they have done so in the past. Note that they've never made any commitment to that, so they could stop.

Comment Re:What if.. (Score 1) 322

What if say, someone like me who does not have a Twitter or Facebook account wanted to visit America would that now make me a terrorist?

Would it be deemed that I am refusing to cooperate by telling them I do not have such?

No, but they will likely note it down, and if a search later finds out that you really had one, you can at least expect to have your phone/PC confiscated, be tossed out at your own expense, and automatically be refused future admission to the US or on flights that relay through US controlled territories.

Comment Re:Batten down the hatches - a bubble's bout to bu (Score 1) 162

The central banks of the world are conjuring money out of thin air and using it to buy stocks

Cite? I'm not aware of any central bank buying stocks. The "quantitative easing" they're doing -- AFAIK -- is all bond purchasing, which means they're not buying ownership in real businesses, they're lending money to real businesses.

Concurrently, interest rates are artificially low

That's debatable. Without the actions of the central banks, we would likely be in a deflationary cycle. Assuming interest rates naturally adjusted accordingly, they should go very low, or even negative. Some of the central banks have gone to slightly negative interest rates, but they won't go nearly as negative as would naturally occur in a deflationary cycle. Instead, they're pumping money into the economy (via QE) to avoid deflation.

Comment Re:"More Professional Than Ever" (Score 2) 290

You are confusing contributing with leading the project.

Determining what code is written, what new features are developed, is leading the project. Not merging the contributions after ensuring the code is well written.

Linus leads from behind. After a feature is developed, he decides whether it will be allowed into the kernel. It's the same sort of decisionmaking process as in most development workflows, it just front-ends most of the work.

In most development processes, someone will decide "the product should do X", and they'll make some slides and pitch the ideas and the leaders will decide whether or not to pursue it. If they decide to pursue it then the developers will build it, debug it, test it, etc. The process is optimized around conserving a scarce resource, developer time.

In the Linux process, someone decides "Linux should do X", and so they build it, write all the code, debug it, test it... and then they'll send it to Linus, who decides whether or not to merge it. Same process, the difference is that the leader decides on the basis of fully-implemented code, rather than slideware. In the Linux model, developer time is not scarce and the process does not optimize for conserving it.

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