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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

Craefter Re:she's a nutcase (710 comments)

I wish I could mod the parent up. Really, she was offended because men were men and woman were woman. If they didn't like to be the center of attention they should do their hula hooping exercises at home, with the blinds down, doors closed..... in the basement.

That being said, maybe she had some other more valid issues but it seems that this is a case where she blames the world for her own sensitivities.

about a month ago

Foxconn Accused of Forcing InternsTo Build PS4s Or Lose School Credit

Craefter Re:Sorry, but we NEED our new techno gadgets in ti (196 comments)

Cheap labor will just shift to another poor country, there is still enough of them to choose from. Next up: Made in Africa.

about 6 months ago

Foxconn Accused of Forcing InternsTo Build PS4s Or Lose School Credit

Craefter Sorry, but we NEED our new techno gadgets in time! (196 comments)

Why does China get the job done?
- They understand their priorities when the world wants the latest gadgets
- Cheap labor
- Small kiddy fingers == smaller gadgets
- Lost of cheap labor
- Factories run at 24/7 which means a more efficient use of factory resources
- No workers's union which could jeopardize deadlines.

Currently China is a booming economy (partially because they have lots of cheap labor). Maybe The West has become too elitist in A) Gadget demands and B) Worker rights. Our demand is there, China is just for filling our wishes.

about 6 months ago

Oculus Rift Raises Another $16 Million

Craefter Re:Hope they will fix the motion sickness problem (104 comments)

This. Your "inner eye" just has to get used to it. I can remember the first time I saw the original Doom, looking over somebody's shoulder, I got motion sickness within a couple of minutes. Now when I want to play an FPS I know I have to get used to it over a week or so, slowly build up the time I can play before I get sick. I guess a system like the Rift wouldn't be any different. It will never be able to simulate all your senses so you just have to get used to it.

about 10 months ago

UK Government Spending £6,000 Per Computer Every Year To Maintain Desktops

Craefter Re:Kelly could be quite right (193 comments)

I ignored the iPad argument because an iPad is nice to play with in meetings or on the go but I can't imagine it to replace my desktop, ever. In my experience the only people who think an iPad can replace a desktop are managers who use it to read E-mail but for the the rest do not do any productive work, be it iPad or desktop.

about 10 months ago

UK Government Spending £6,000 Per Computer Every Year To Maintain Desktops

Craefter Kelly could be quite right (193 comments)

I believe the writer of the article does not consider enterprise items like geo-redundant infrastructure, storage, backup, auditing compliance and enterprise level servers. The majority of the cost is probably generated by slow IT processes to change, acquire and deploy software or features. A lot of meetings and paperwork is often needed and those people need to be paid also. A lot of large organizations do not know the meaning of the word "agile".

about 10 months ago

Saudi Arabian Telecom Pitches to Moxie Marlinspike

Craefter Moxie's To-Do list: Don't go to Saudi Arbia (128 comments)

In their twisted for of reality they could arrest you for "aiding the enemy".

In other news: Don't go to the States, you could get arrested for downloading a song.

about a year ago

Microsoft Working With Suppliers on Designs for Watch-Like Device

Craefter Microsoft is scared of missing the next bubble? (260 comments)

I am quite sure if Apple, Google and Samsung are working on developing a flying turd, Microsoft also wants one. I don't see a lot of innovative development lately. These tech giants only want to keep on par with eachother without really developing their own identity. So much for progress.

1 year,3 days

Irish Artist Turns Google Maps Screen Grabs Into Pricey Art

Craefter Re:modern art (65 comments)

I'm sorry, but could you please get off your artsy high horse and just see art for what it really is? I would be more impressed if artists would promote the creation of new art to the common people instead of telling them that they need a university degree to understand the bullshit some artists make. I mean, if only a small group of people understand your art you have missed your point. Art should not be an elite thing, it should be something of the common people. To amuse, convey a story or to apreciate the skill of an artist. Modern artists are more like: Provoke, convey some etherial BS which can be read in the appropriate catalog, spit on skill and to earn money. They like to earn money because a 'real' artists don't have a proper job. (Else they can't concentrate fully on the BS they are producing).

To come back to skill, if you listen to an unskilled guitarist just wacking away in random order on his guitar over a high gain amp, do you still appreciate he is trying to express emotion and is not focusing on skill? Buy a CD from him? I thought so.

1 year,8 days

Google Glass and Surveillance Culture

Craefter Re:minority report (318 comments)

I've read the same Si-Fi as you but I never assumed the technology used in those books was flawed or covernments were inconsiderate of your privacy. They were always represented as helpful tools which never could be used against you.

And still, I agree with your comment, I'm looking forward to these new developments but would also like better security of the software used and better privacy laws.

1 year,15 days

Build a Secret Compartment, Go To Jail

Craefter Re:Gun Makers (1111 comments)

So lets assume that on average people have 2 guns at home. With your statistic you are telling me that it is 'okay' that one person should die every year just so that 10.000 gun lovin people can keep their hallowed firearm? Imagine a democratic gathering where you put a poor sob on the stage EVERY YEAR where the crowd chants: "Let him rot in hell, we want to keep our guns!" on which somebody pops a round in his head.

If you restrict this analogy on accidental death by guns it goes slightly in favour of you but the principle is the same: How many people should die just because non-killing people can keep their guns?

1 year,15 days

Little Miss Sunshine Screenwriter Gets Nod For Star Wars: Episode VII

Craefter Re:Keep flogging the corpse. (321 comments)

I really like to old movies. Not because Mark Hamill is such a great actor, because he isn't.

For me the old Star-Wars is a milestone in science-fiction. It was ahead of its time but most of all I liked the magic behind it. People going outside an hammering on things to get the right sound for lasers. Doing pyrotechnics to get the explosions right. Building computers to get consistant camera movement during stop-motion. People building Millennium Falcons in different sizes. Layering massive amounts of asteroids. So no computer shit but everything hand made by pioneering teams. For me there is the magic from Star-Wars, hand-made by humans.

There is no magic when I had to see Jar-Jar and crome textured space ships. All I had thought of was the fact that there was sitting some bored dude behind some CAD desktop who did the computer animations.

Another milestone was Avatar, a lot of real human work and input, computers used getting it on the screen. Also the first (full) CGI movie creating realistic characters and everything going 3D. Not comparing it to Star-Wars but it was a milestone.

I'm not saying that the new movies should be hand made by the production teams burning their fingers because they forgot the play with fire (although it would have its charm) but it should include the epicness of PEOPLE creating a milestone and not a 13 in a dozen Sci-fi flic.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education

Craefter Should atheists create their own religion? (1142 comments)

Can the battle against religion actually be won? There seems to be a human tenancy to believe, no matter how un-rational the ideas be. As if humans are very bad at taking ownership of their own actions and need a proxy to take the blame. If this is true then changing society is not enough, you would have to change the raw DNA to get rid of this mentality.

If this is not possible maybe one could exchange the bigger evil with a lesser one. A new atheist religion where people who want to be led are led. Would you like to be the first supernatural atheist if you promise not to be corrupted by the power instilled in you? :)

The more serious thought behind this idea is that an atheist uses reason and honesty to justify his/her ideas, religion does a brain fuck and exploits weaknesses in ones personality like uncertainty, fear and our ego by suggesting that our lives mean more than just a rash on our planet's surface. It is a difficult fight when your opponent is not playing fair.

about a year ago

Tasmanian Cops Decline To "Censor Internet"

Craefter Re:I'm Telling Dad! (116 comments)

It IS immature. I believe that the general public (especially Facebook users) does not develop mentally past the 14 year old stage. Sure, people get "older" (if you cut them in half and count the rings) but that doesn't mean they automatically get "wiser". I think the biggest downside here is that those people like to use their birthdate for a measure of respect they should be receiving.

Now get off my lawn!

about 2 years ago

Brazil Retailer Using Facebook Likes On Its Clothing Hangers

Craefter There is a difference between liking and buying (112 comments)

I like fast cars, hot women and a 10Gbit internet connection. Unfortunately my actual buying capacity is lagging behind my ambitions.

But if all those people who "like" something want to share this with me and would chip in, I could be tempted to buy that Lambo.

about 2 years ago

Spoiler Alert: Your TV Will Be Hacked

Craefter Re:More concerned by the TV companies than hackers (211 comments)

I was thinking along the same lines. In the near future you will probably be labled a thief if you don't sit out the commercials and zap to other channels. The content delivery program will also offer you a rebate if the camera on top of the TV detects that you are intently watching the commercial breaks..... and smiling.

about 2 years ago

Canada First Nation To Pull Out of Kyoto Accord

Craefter Don't blame Canada (561 comments)

I can't say I'd blame them. As long as there are other countries gaining an economic advantage at the cost of environmental damage then I don't see that another country should pick up their crap and decrease their export because it's so cheap to produce in such "dirty" countries.

As long as there is such an active oil lobby and alternative energy sources like nuclear fusion is being treated like something from Star-Trek I don't see any short term improvement by forcing countries to reduce their carbon footprint.

BTW: Has Canada been given the favor they their trees are eating up a lot of the world's carbon dioxide and producing oxygen? Prolly the next thing scientists are coming up with is that oxygen is making global warming even worse.

more than 2 years ago

Million Dollar Crowdturfing Industry Dupes Social Networks

Craefter Re:Still not a problem.... (170 comments)

I still think you overestimate the intelligence of the average internet user. I'll give you a couple indicators:

- E-mail spam still exists because people click links and (God forbid) order pills.
- Accounts still get hacked because people "verify" their account when asked to.
- People execute/install any crap they can find without questioning its origin.
- Facebook exists.

Need I say more?

more than 2 years ago

So Long, CmdrTaco, and Thanks For All The Posts

Craefter Thanks Rob and take care (238 comments)

Thank you for giving us a site where geeks can baseline their common sense and find different takes on current events.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Exec: Online Anonymity Must Go Away

Craefter The meaning of identity will change (553 comments)

If commercial and governmental entities keep pushing us in a direction where are forced to use our real life identity then I believe the meaning of identity will change.

Just because I happen to live in a country, have a bank account there and have a VISA card means I have a valid identity? I can even have officially my name changed. Is that the true meaning of identity?

I think it won't be long before the Coconut Islands will begin to offer identities for $50,- per month. You can get to choose your name, get a passport and a bank account. Installation fee: $75,- and renaming cost you only $25,- plus shipping charges for your new passport.

Who said you can't have multiple identities? In the internet we already had them for a long time in less official form of nicknames. Even artists have a artist identity to protect their private lives for the public. Also forbidden in the future?

If you squeeze tight enough people will run through your fingers.

more than 2 years ago



Oculus Rift raises another $16 million

Craefter Craefter writes  |  about 10 months ago

Craefter (71540) writes "On the E3 it seems that the Oculus Rift caused a mental erection with the investors this year. Some investors (Spark Capital and Matrix Partners) were able to push $16 million in the direction of Oculus VR in the hopes for the product to hype.
This is all very nice, the HD unit looks a bit more slick than the ski goggles with the tablet glued in front of it from the first version but it would have been better if the next gen consoles would commit support for it. We all know how well the wave stick from the PS3 was adapted as an afterthought.
That said, major titles like the 9 year old Half-Life 2 and the 6 year old Team Fortress 2 are getting full support for the Oculus. I hope in the future developers would implement support for a VR headset per-default in their games and not years after the fact. A bit like the EAX standard from Soundblaster. That worked out well too."

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Adobe stops flash player support for Android

Craefter Craefter writes  |  about 2 years ago

Craefter (71540) writes "Adobe has finally seen the same light Steve Jobs already did in 2010 and is now comitted to put flash player in the history books as soon as possible. Adobe will not bring out any supported flash player as of Android 4.1 and will now focus on a desktop-only flash player."
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Dutch Pirate Party ordered to stop encouragement to circumvent URL filters

Craefter Craefter writes  |  about 2 years ago

Craefter (71540) writes "Brein, the Dutch sock puppet for the entertainment industry, was quick to react to yesterday's fall of the Dutch government by applying for a court order which demands that the Dutch Pirate Party must refrain from encouraging the public to circumvent Internet URL filtering. This would severely hamper the election campaign of the PP for the elections later this year.
What we see here is that the entertainment industry is trying to stifle democratic options in an election campaign. How could we end up in a situation where a couple of companies which only produce movies and music have such an influence on law and democratic processes?"

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SOPA author Lamar Smith infringes copyright on his

Craefter Craefter writes  |  about 2 years ago

Craefter (71540) writes "On an earlier version of Lamar Smith's campaign website Lamar himself wasn't too clever by pulling a background image from Flickr without asking or mentioning the original photographer, DJ Schulte.
Vice magazine did a research into any copyright infringement Lamar could have made on his website and found one in violation of the Creative Commons."

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