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Comment I call bullshit! (Score 1, Insightful) 377

"Stu Gale, who just so happens to be a computer security expert" There is no way a 'security expert' left their laptop in a state where a random thief could log into it. Password on sleep, password on screen saver, full-disk encryption, no guest account... These are thing EVERY 'security expert' has configured. If you stole my laptop, you'd have to wipe it and install a new OS, and then I'm not going to be able to remote into it anymore.

Comment Re:Mac sales lead to other sales (Score 2) 230

This right here.

Look at my username. LOOK AT IT.

I was a Mac-only guy back in the late 90's. I had a subscription to MacAddict magazine for several years. My first computer was a beige G3/300 running MacOS 8.1. I eventually upgraded that box to 224MB of RAM and added a Voodoo3 3000 card (with the firmware flashed for the Mac).

I hated Windows and everything it stood for. But I started using white-box hardware running Windows when I wanted to make Unreal Tournament maps in 2002.

When I got over that phase (in 2005 or so), I started running Linux. But it was annoying and limiting and didn't play any good games. So I went back to Windows.

Not too long after that, I switched from being a primarily PHP/Java developer to a .Net/C# developer. This was around the 2007 to 2008 time-frame, so a good, solid, paying job was nothing to scoff at just for requiring the use of Microsoft software. As I began to learn more about .Net, I found that it's the "it just works" of software development ecosystems. When Windows 7 came along, I jumped on it. Windows 8.1 was good on a tablet. Windows 10 has been just fine. And through it all, .Net has been great. I've made a comfortable living for most of the last decade doing .Net development.

Sure, I kept buying Macs up until about 2007 or so. I had an iPhone (original model) for a while. But Apple's shit just gets on my nerves. Over and over they promised things that never happened. They produced shiny hardware that never performed. They kept nerfing the software. And when OSX 10.5 came out and replaced the normal IP firewall with an application firewall, I knew it was over. I haven't bothered with a new Mac since. I have actively pushed people away from Apple products. When people ask for help with esoteric Apple issues, I tell them "I don't know anything about Apple products", which, funny enough, is what I used to say about Windows.

So I've been there, and I've done that. Your journey away from Apple is just beginning. Mine has finished, and I have no regrets about it. And Apple should take it to heart if they want to survive.

Comment Re:Doesn't matter. (Score 2, Informative) 80

Windows is far superior to Mac OS X. So is Linux.

Having been a user of all three, and a developer on all three, systems for many years, I actually know what I'm talking about.

I would readily recommend Windows workstations and, for some tasks, servers. I would readily recommend Linux for servers. I have written software for both. I would not recommend Macs for anything, as the hardware is unimpressive and not different from anything any other PC manufacturer makes, and the software is stifling and foam-padded so as not to be "unfriendly". Personally, I find that exact quality to be rather unfriendly in and of itself.

So if you need a Fisher-Price computer, and you feel you need to pay double the market rate for it, by all means, buy an Apple. And don't be too sad when your "new" computer is poorly supported, gets cut off from necessary updates, and bogs down under the "burden" of minor software updates over the course of the next two years. Everyone who has ever bought a Mac certainly understands your pain.

I used to be a fanboi like you, and if you don't believe me, check my username.

Comment Re:How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

VW probably will end up paying out several thousand dollars to each affected VW owner, but of course that hurts the VW employees and shareholders, it does not actually hurt the people who did this.

That is the key problem with all this clamoring, it want to punish the innocent and let the guilty go free.

You seem to see this a some sort of rogue element within VW. While that may be true, I think it's more likely that it is just a refection of the way the company operates, and their desperation to gain a fresh foothold in the US market.

Comment Re:How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

You need to find the people who actually did this, and punish them, not the millions of employees of a huge corporation who had no idea it was going on.

Given that the current "thinking" is that corporations are people, then the employees and shareholders are nothing more than some sort of symbiote that live off of the corporate host. The host needs to feel pain, or it will do it again.

Lots of car companies have had coverups about design flaws, but I can't remember another auto industry case of outright fraud like this one.

I expect there to be a variety of class action suits. I expect the US government to at least try and recoup the amount given out in tax credits, based on VW's supposed "green" status with their TDI engine. I imagine this will play out in every country that has any sort of emission laws.

Comment Where can I find the except clause? (Score 5, Insightful) 575

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

No matter how many times I read that, I can't seem to find the clause that says "Except when..."

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