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Comment Missing the point... (Score 1) 398

At least for me, I don't expect to change anyone's mind with such posts. They are typically meant to educate people about what is going on, and trigger people who *already agree* to pay attention and even to get active. Not to mention urging people to contact their representatives to voice their opinion about important issues they may not know about.

Regarding the "damaging friendships" bit...as far as I'm concerned, that is a good thing. Why would I want to be friends with the kind of worthless people that would be opposed to my typical post? Seriously...friendships are based on mutual respect and admiration. People who say politics aren't appropriate on Facebook or other social media are just far too apathetic in my view.

Comment Don't use a proprietary OS? (Score 1) 236

Sorry, but if you care about privacy, using a proprietary OS is a non-starter. You simply MUST use an open-source operating system. The idea of security on Windows or IOS is absurd. These companies can insert whatever backdoors they wish at any time, and you have no way of knowing or doing anything about it. This isn't a matter of my-platform's-better-than-yours, it's simply the fact that proprietary software and security are not compatible.

Comment Where's Bernie? (Score 1) 993

It seems really odd that Bernie Sanders was left off of this list, only because so many people have declared that they are still intending to vote for him. I'm not doing so myself, and I do think it's rather stupid now that he has completely dropped out of the race, but enough people are passionate about it that it should have been included in this poll!

Comment Glad to hear it (Score 1) 233

There's no excuse for not using suspects fingerprints in this way, so long as they have legally obtained a search warrant. It's certainly no different than breaking a lock to enter someone's home. I believe this is mostly going to affect poorly educated criminals like drug dealers, petty thieves, and such. Anyone with half a brain would not rely on a simple phone lock to encrypt their data in the first place. It's so trivial to do, those who don't really must be the worst, most obnoxious criminals out there.

Comment It's easy to explain what Twitter is. (Score 2) 106

I don't know why there is any confusion. Twitter is a platform that allows users of early 2000-era mobile phones to submit brief, 140-character messages via SMS and for others to subscribe to and see those messages.

Twitter was already way behind technologically when it launched, and now is just a joke. SMS is dead. The notion of these arbitrary character limitations make no sense in 2016. I hope more than anything to see Twitter go bankrupt very soon. The fact that so-called "journalists" treat Twitter as an actual source of news is downright shameful. Our technology has advanced so far beyond this that there is absolutely no excuse for it in this day and age.

Good bye Twitter, and good riddance!

Comment Re:Indians, huh ? (Score 1) 360

This, exactly this! Yes, as others have pointed out, there's a lot of shitty code produced by Western programmers, but the amount produced by Indian programmers is a much higher percentage. Perhaps it's because of the extreme pressure they're under to work quickly. Oh, and forget about testing... Unit testing, functional testing...nope. Just get it out the door!

Comment Re:I just stole your job and I am proud of it! (Score 1) 360

The dollar sign comes *before* the number. That is the difference you get with a native English-speaking developer. That's not always required, but you have *no* idea the extent to which people complain about you guys and your incompetence when it comes to language. You're definitely good for fulfilling certain specific tasks...busywork, mostly. You just have to be explicitly directed like a little puppy, told every specific thing to do and how to do it. No ability to think on your own. If that's the kind of life you want to lead, then congratulations!

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