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Comment There was nothing to catch (Score 2) 172

These idiots have no idea what caused the fires. They haven't shown a single case where they can identify that the pressure on the battery causes thermal runaway. Remember that several phones failed while idle (not charging) and one failed while turned off (the guy on the plane). This "explanation" is just a couple of guys trying to Monday morning quarterback.

Comment NO - they didn't find the problem (Score 3, Interesting) 172

If they found the problem, it means that they can reproduce it. They were entirely unable to make their test unit fail due to the tight fit, nor were they able to observe that an increase in pressure of a phone in the off condition (under which at least one of the fires occurred in the v2 Note 7) *led to* a runaway thermal condition.

They're basically just speculating because they are looking for some clicks. This is about as conclusive proof as Trump has of 3 million illegals voting in California.

Comment Its irrelevant these days (Score 1) 355

Its irrelevant these days, since commercial programming is no longer an art.
Programming used to be an art. Art implies using innate skill to create something intrisically elegant/beautiful and mostly intended to be around for a while. Since this book was written, most institutions have done all they can to remove all creativity from programming, turn it into a braindead dumbed down repeatable process so companies can get away with hiring even the cheapest most clueless people to write software. Ive seen time and time again that there is no reward or recognition for writing elegant, stable code.
All the rewards/recognition goes to those who bodge together a quick unstable hack not suitable to be maintained or to last longer than the 10 minutes required to convince the boss to check the "done" box. They move on after blowing their own trumpet and leaving a "TODO: rewrite this" comment for other more careful people to find and repair their damage. But the managers don't see that part.

Comment Re:Retail and Driving (Score 1) 110

>Just what are people with only high school supposed to do?

In the words of one of the most (in)famous capitalists:

"I can't afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the [welfare] establishments I have mentioned: they cost enough: and those who are badly off must go there.''
"Many can't go there; and many would rather die.''
"If they would rather die,'' said Scrooge, ``they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."

Comment Re: You Can't Do The Time (Score 2) 128

It would depend on how well the prison is ran.
Often the jails are just filled with drug offenders. Not the harden criminals. For a nerd it would be like being at high school again.

However many IT Guys are just as big and tough as any other person who goes into prison. This is 2016 not the 1980's Revenge of the Nerds movies.

Comment Re:$50 - an hour? (Score 2) 119

Well it was done on the guys personal time. It may had made sense to not to try to get too greedy. If he needed to hire an outside contractor to do the work, over $100.00 is not unreasonable. However most companies who have to do the random residential fix, usually tries to cut them some slack and do the work at cost, as to not garner bad reviews.

Comment Too bad we can't own software anymore. (Score -1, Offtopic) 119

Now this is actually a tricky concept. The GNU People think software should be owned by anyone with. While most companies who make their money writing software wants controls on what is happening so they can support and make money off it.
Then you get to the problem where these systems are all hooked up to a network and are communicating with other systems. Where we need to be sure that we get constant updates to these systems otherwise we will be part of a problem of creating more insecure networks and makes it easier for malware and hacks to become really common.

You could use the same argument that is used for Vaccines, that you should be forced to update as to help keep the overall network secure and operational. However unlike vaccines, there are good reasons to not upgrading. Mostly due to backwards compatibility issues that occur, and for the case of going from Windows 7 to Windows 10 switching to an interface that is dramatically different and not necessarily optimized for your work.

If we were to own our software again... We will need to be responsible for any problems that we may cause to the outside public. And most people are just not savvy enough to do this.

Comment Re:There is only fake news (Score 1) 353

I totally agree. Since its inception the BBC have been fastidiously impartial in their reporting, however times have changed and I was disgusted to see how BBC America were so blatantly pro-Hillary, and also how they now allow/encourage their news presenters to make personal off-hand observations on stories thay are reporting. Consequently we now get Katty Kay et al. using BBC America as their personal media channel to push their radical feminist and political views.

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