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Comment Re: "We" are forcing quality down ... (Score 1) 64

Sure, people will buy the cheapest thing if there is no compelling reason to buy the more expensive thing. That is how capitalism is designed. Consumers look for the best deal and corporations try to spend as much money as possible. It is up to the government to strike a balance between the two. What needs to be done is to convince people 'buying local' is a compelling reason on its own. The government has not been successful at doing that.

Actually no. It's not just capitalism. It is culture. Travel the world. Go to Germany. Italy, and the best example of all, Japan. People buy less, but when they buy, they tend to buy quality (and typically home-made.) They just don't buy cheap made abroad nilly willy unless there is a specific intent or when practical.

What is happening, and I keep referring to this, is that we are a rich country of really poor people who see themselves (quite realistically) at the bottom of a barrel. Struggling to make ends meet coupled with a culture that worships consumerism and pays lip service to savings, we have masses who simply cannot opt to buy unless the cheapest thing they find.

You do not typically see this kind of mass behavior in a developed country (but you do see it, by necessity, in poor countries, like the one I come from.)

Quality has a cost (in particular American-made quality), and that is something not within reach of the American blue collar worker.

Comment Re:Can they innovate into not being Walmart? (Score 1) 64

Lol you're probably a brainwashed wal-mart employee but ok. Wal-mart did not single handedly create the trend to shrink packaging sizes they did however pressure the supply chain not "single handedly" despite the impression you might have gotten by their massive PR campaign to improve their image right around that time.

^^ In summary, LOL hurr durr.

Comment The Bullshit is strong in this one. (Score 1) 64

Except that for most things you spend more when you buy at walmart because the quality is much lower.

And this is a problem because? Sometimes you want something cheap. Sometimes you don't. I buy the shows I go to the office at walmart for less than $20. Cheap pair of docker and polo shirt knock offs (or from Target) and voila, business casual for an industry (software) that doesn't typically give a shit about what you wear.

Now, for running shoes, a nice pair of trekking sandals, or for dress shoes to go with my business suites (when I have to be formal) I spent a lot more on that.

Additionally, some people cannot afford to buy anything but cheap and rely on walmart for bulk purchases or the dollar store. That shit you are spouting right there is kind of dogmatic, spouted from a position of privilege.

I never buy anything from walmart either because of this and because of how shitty they treat not only their employees.

Sure they are shitty in terms of pay, but 1) employees are not forced to work there or, say, McDonalds (disclosure, I worked at McDonalds 26 years ago), and 2) is it really solely's Walmart's fault?

We have a society where every fucking body exercises an "everyone for himself, I got mine, fuck you very much attitude." Everyone. Including SWJs.

We have no reasonable health care system separated from employment (be it single payer or government regulated.) Furthermore, we have no reasonable pension system either (no, social security ain't it.)

What's worse, people on the receiving end of inequality keep voting against their own interests either by action or inaction.

By action like those flyover country imbeciles who are now panicking after realizing their beloved ACA/Medicaid expansion benefits were one and the same as the hated Obamacare free shit handouts that (supposedly) inner city moochers were getting.

By inaction, like those many blue voters who were also dependent on government programs, who understood the threats posed by promises of mindless, absolutist "small government" government, but who could not fucking bother to go vote because they didn't like the major candidates.

So here we are, from bad to worse if you are poor. Of all the rich countries in the world, we are the ones were being poor is really fucking catastrophic.

Companies like Walmart simply operate in a culture and governance that represents people's attitudes. We are fucking complacent with the many problems that plague us, but we do nothing about it other than bitching about "evul corps".

Corporations do not have an obligation for social engineering. Government does (and ergo, by the people who vote or choose not to vote.)

This is the richest country of poor people the world has ever seen. By design, by the people. Them wounds are self-inflicted.

The whole "I ain't gonna buy from Walmart hurr durr", that's bullshit. It changes nothing (since the problem is not there), and it hurts employees who obviously rely on a store's ability to sell to make a paycheck.

Sure, delude yourself into thinking you are standing up to something by choosing not to buy at Walmart. That'll show them meanies.

Comment Re:Professionalize computer science (Score 1) 84

those engineering activities are/will be moved to India. You need to hold upper management accountable.

People keep repeating this shit over and over. Some of it goes offshore. Some does not. And new stuff certainly doesn't, at least not until it gets mainstream.

It will change once China and India become more entrepreneurial and innovative (it's not a matter of IF but WHEN). But for the time being, and for a good while, roll with the punches and stay ahead of the curve. If you do the same job after 5-10 years, expect your work to go to wherever.

Comment Re: Leftist regulation run amok. (Score 1) 553

The last right-leaning, conservative Republican president was Eisenhower. All presidents since then, be they Republican or Democrat, would best be described as neoconservatives or progressives, both of which are left-leaning political ideologies. The Republican ones haven't leaned as far to the left as the Democrats have, but they surely haven't been leaning to the right, either. This is what people mean when they describe both parties as being the same; both are considered to be left-leaning, just at slightly different angles. Neither leans to the right. America today would be very different had there been actual right-leaning presidents in power since Eisenhower.

This statement is both axiomatic and unsubstantiated.

Comment Re:And now a Rant from all the Vista Supporters... (Score 1) 167

Same here - we have 1 laptop running Vista (only Windows system in the house, generally secure network, and it doesn't leave the house typically - IOW, security risks are minimal). We missed the upgrade to Win7 - in part b/c we had Vista Ultimate and there was no equivalent upgrade any Win7 product. However, now I'd like to swap the HDD for an SSD but Vista makes that impossible (Vista could use a flash for some things, but not the primary OS; the optimizations for that didn't hit until Win7, so if you do use an SSD with Vista you're chewing up the disk life.).

The laptop, however, is near EOL entirely (2006/2007 purchase IIRC). It might get a new life with Linux but as it needs a new battery and only has 4 GB RAM total (max'd out) that is not likely.

Unfortunately, I really don't want to give my wife Win10 on any new system we buy. I'd much prefer giving her Win7 but we won't likely have a choice.

One option would be to find a used Win7, Win8.x laptop somewhere, and buy it for cheap. As a media consumption, it'd be perfectly fine. That's what I'm looking right now.

Comment Re:And now a Rant from all the Vista Supporters... (Score 1) 167

This is actually going to be the real problem here.

Retiring Vista is no biggie. I don't know anyone who didn't immediately replace Vista with Seven as soon as it became available.

* Raises hand *. Me.

I have an old HP laptop that could not upgrade to Windows 7, and it's been running Vista since I bought it in 2008. My wife uses it for e-mail, photography, web browsing, google docs, and stuff. As it is, it is a good media consumption machine for her needs. It is also the laptop where my daughter does her computer-assigned work.

For what it is being used, we'd never had a reason to spend money in upgrading.

I know that this day was going to come, but it still sucks. I need to find a new laptop for her since 1) using it after the *doomsday date* will surely get compromised the moment my wife or my daughter connects to the web, and 2) not having a laptop is going to affect their day-to-day activities.

Ugh, not the expense I was planning to do anytime soon. A few hundred bucks is still a few hundred bucks. Oh well.

Comment Re: perspective (Score 1) 63

Struts was the only thing available for a long time back in the dark ages of J2EE. So a lot of smart people were drawn into doing stupid things because that was the only thing available.

By the time Struts 2 came about it was about the time most smart people realised how stupid the whole J2EE thing was and abandoned it and starting trying out better things. Most stupid people went on to Struts 2.

That's an axiomatic, self-fulfilling statement. Congratulations.

Comment perspective (Score 1) 63

Whoever chose struts 2 back then probably deserve it

Maybe not for the 6 months in which it was relevant, but for the 13[1] years where all java sweatshops kept on using that piece of shit yes, they deserve it.

[1]not a precise number

Struts 2 is fine. It works fine. It with JSP/JSTL is all you ever need in the general case. Everything else is sugar (except few problem domains where you truly need something new.) I like Vaadim and Stripes, but I've seen enough sites VERY WELL built with plain old Struts and JPS/JSTL to know it is the wielder, not the tool.)

If you have a decently built system that runs well on Struts, why change it? Just to try something new? That's not engineering, that's playing on someone else's dime.

Every damned software worth a damn has experienced a critical security bug. This is no different. And a solution is already available (patch it.)

Moreover, the exploit is only significant if you are not running your containers and httpd servers with least privileges (as nobody and/or chroot jailed/dockerized, with a user that has no login access, etc.)

Do that and your chances of getting 0-exploited drop dramatically regardless of what software you use.

Comment Re: Liberals -- explain yourselves (Score 1) 337

I thought of an elegant retort, but I think it's best if you were simply told to get raped with a fire poker.

Feel free to include me in your repressed sexual fantasies if that makes you feel like a winner. I won't be the one standing between a wretch and happiness.

Comment Re:Liberals -- explain yourselves (Score 1) 337

Thank you for proving that the Bushes were not conservatives, but actually liberals.

With an axiomatic statement like that, there is no fucking way to respond to it.

But I'll try. See, the political center has gone so fucking to the right that Reagan would be considered a commie by today's standards. That is why only stupid people use labels like "liberal" or "conservative" in absolute terms.

So... don't be stupid. Leave the dogma aside, travel the country and the world and talk to people with views different from yours, be them to your left and right.

You'll find your dogma to be quite narrow-minded in short order.

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