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Comment Your textbook is stupid and the author should be f (Score 1) 213

Your textbook is pretty dumb. it's just as much linux as your wireless router is probably linux - no, it's even more so linux than that. just because you're not using X doesnt make it non-linux - or then me and my brothers first linux installations weren't linux too(they were).

Android most definitely is Linux. you cannot separate the two. even if you're not using ndk and using only dalvik/art, you're still using linux threads and a bunch of other linux things almost directly.

you COULD maybe run "android apps" inside another operating system, but Android as in lets say android 5.0 or whatever is definitely linux and a lot of how the apps and systems on it work bind directly to the linux kernel all the way to the way process security works. furthermore you can just run linux binaries too, provided that the linux installation of course on the phone has everything that binary needs in order to run.

anyways, if your android textbook says it's not linux, then people who learn by it will probably never even think that it is linux and thus can just wonder with amazement at what some apps do while they can never make their apps do the same.

did the textbook also tell you that asynctasks are somehow magical without showing you the source to them, disproving them as magical and making them look like a dumb waste of space?

Comment Re:DuckDuckGo (Score 1) 102

the idea is to demote links to such search engines.

the companies who provide this service to the media companies are lazy as fuck, so what they care is just sending a few per week to the same sites that are on the first page of results. they bill by the amounts served and bill high and just do it enough.

case in point how it works on youtube - you can find common movies and tv shows from major networks if you just bother to type in the names. the folks SELLING this service to the media companies DO NOT EVEN BOTHER with that 99% of the time, instead they just trust youtubes content id.

seriously, if I can find top gear on youtube, why can't the folks selling the content protection to bbc cant? because they are lazy fucks.

Comment Re:If Apple built a Hololens we'd never hear about (Score 1) 106

But they want developers on board of it already.
Despite the developers not having a market or users to sell to!

2019 is just as good as saying "in the future! with memristors!".

the development suite for hololens 1 is THREE THOUSAND BUCKS. THREE FUCKING THOUSAND BUCKS.

or 5000 bucks if you want warranty and basic mdm that you would get for free on a 99 bucks android phone.

2019 is just as same as saying they're just waiting for some prices to come down. but it makes it almost totally utterly pointless to buy the devkit for 3000 bucks now, given that an user version of the same thing is 2 years away(at least) and might not have _anything_ to do with the devkit!

Comment Re: whose fraud??? (Score 5, Insightful) 184

thats exactly the thing why they want it in USA rather than NZ.

because it no longer matters in USA if you can win in court because YOU DON'T HAVE TO.

plea bargains are such bullshit in both ways. it's a travesty.

for example, there's far more murders in usa than there are convicted murderers - and same applies to all other kind of cases.

as if what happened depends on if you plea guilty or not - how the fuck is that even supposed to work? now i'm all right with giving more lenient sentences to people who confess but changing the crime based on if you get a confession or not is a travesty on the world of statistics.. and well, morals too.

not to mention of course that you're not supposed to even get a more lenient sentence for confessing because you're not supposed to witness against yourself in the first place.

Comment Re:whose fraud??? (Score 5, Interesting) 184

the system, feds, mpaa and some of the new zealand officials can't just drop the case either now since they are all so deep in it that if the case gets dropped without getting him into a court in usa then they're all in deep doodoo already.

basically, what MPAA, FBI etc. want is for fatty fat pants to get dragged into a US court and make him do a plea bargain - since otherwise they're on the hook for fucking up the investigation in many shady ways from day 0. someone(mpaa?) pushed them into this years ago now and now they're already so deep in damages and questionable conduit that the real question is under what authority did they even do everything they did.

like, they don't even want the normal court proceedings - they just want some kind of a plea bargain to get them off the hook. that way it never goes to actual court.

also - how the fuck do you change the reason for extradition in the middle of extradition hearings anyways?

if they wanted just an actual court they might just as well have done that inside new zealand.

Comment Re: I'm sure he had nothing to hide (Score 3, Insightful) 893

trump doesn't understand that or if he does then he thinks he can have an advantage of the situation, he was brought up during the cold war years and for that period there's like two powers in the world, usa and russia. his followers understand this much. makes it a lot easier for him to deal with china when he doesn't understand them too and they are "outside" of the power game(when they really aren't).

for Putin it suits well because Trump doesn't want Putin out of the office, trump doesn't care if Russia is democratic or not. if anything trump would want to have the same powers Putin has.

Comment Re:Free (Score 3, Interesting) 258

playboy is more of a brand than anything nowadays.

also playboy does some non-nude variations internationally already.

the thai version is non-nude for example.. and they got a thai tv channel thats non-nude too.

this new "we'll have nudes but they're not going to be 100% sexual but just natural" thing sounds like a disaster though.

Comment Re:Ugly things from the eighties! (Score 3, Interesting) 611

IBM Series M keyboards.

TeamOS/2. These was one of the scenes you hung out in, if you wanted to be a PC-hacker.

Tag Lines: eg OS/2: because a 386 is a terrible thing to waste. or OS/2: a multi-threaded suite.

AT (and other pretentious terms that dated just too quickly).

Floppies (of all sizes).

Comment Ugly things from the eighties! (Score 1) 611

I'm nigh on near sixty, these are the sort of things wizards of various kinds (inc me) did. I did a fair bit of computing from 1977, but the main iron arrived in 1992.

BASIC, the kind of stuff you find in ROMBASIC and BASICA/GWBASIC, not QBASIC.

Wiring up things like cross-over cables and null modems.

Using a line-editor to edit text files (such as MS-Edlin).

Running pipes and scripts to do things.

XYZ-Wars. eg Edlin is better than Copycon

IBM Mainframe printer codes, and how to convert these into Windows or dos.

Writing to the iron in some code.

Computers before file-systems and operating systems. (The fourth computer i used actually had an operating system).

Comment not useless, but not revolutionary. (Score 3, Insightful) 139

it's just a move towards back to windows 2000 gui rules.

you know, like input text boxes looking like input text boxes and buttons being distinctly buttons.

they make it sound all fancy and all that, but thats what it is. basically they're reinventing the wheel they spent tens of millions dollars to research in mid and early '90s.

a good example of how the current metro design language is fucked up is just the windows 10 installer. you have _choices_ where the other choice is a distinct box and the another choice is something that looks like a hyperlink buried in the text - both of these behave the same (take you to the next screen with the choice you made) but look totally different to the point that most users aren't even aware there is a choice to install it without a microsoft account.

Comment Reduce burocracy! (READ THIS FINLAND SITUATION) (Score 2) 399

Trying it in kenya seems strange.

But, the idea of universal income is that you can do away with all the other social security mechanisms and give people enough that they can survive. This means that then you CAN take extra jobs for a little less money.

Basically in Finland now you CAN NOT take a job that pays under a certain amount in the month because then you will be out of other benefits and you can't survive! but if you would have universal income then you COULD do another job for even 5 bucks / hour, making a lot more jobs viable.

the thing in finland is that the government is obliged ALREADY to provide basic social security to everyone through one way or another but the burocracy for that is very heavy. If you would roll up all the benefits into one, including housing benefits, and just give that to everyone it would be cheaper, easier and enable you to work at the same time.

also it would put pressure to provide housing in which you could live with that.

it would be feasible to take jobs like mowing your neighbors lawn for couple of bucks - right now it really isn't if you're unemployed as you would get kicked out of unemployment status(potentially, or get a quarantine).

Basically it enables a lot of smaller jobs to be done vs. just putting everyone in the social security/unemployment benefits which deny the possibility to take low paying jobs for couple of days every now and then.

as such it would enable manufacturing and service jobs that are not feasible right now, but more importantly you could just fire most of the burocrats out of a cannon into the moon.

why isn't this already being done fullscale in Finland? well duh the buros don't want to lose their jobs too(also in some cities the waiting time to get a social security hearing is longer than even legally allowed.. ).

it would be rather simple to implement too. just make the progressive taxing that finland has just a little bit more progressive, so that people earning (pre tax) 2700e / month or so would be sitting at the same income level of money to the hand (universal basic income would be given to _everyone_ - even those who have good jobs and don't need it. thats what makes it UNIVERSAL and makes it unnecessary to have the burocracy around it).

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