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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

Dr. Evil Re:These are not the droids you're looking for (179 comments)

I know the phone well.

Battery life, camera, sound quality, gps resolution aren't as good. You have to root the phone to be able to control your privacy, and if you're talking about privacy, forget Google apps. Best go go Cyanogenmod.

Wasn't your last update was 10 months ago? http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/31/google-galaxy-nexus-kitkat/, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_Jelly_Bean

Leaving three unpatched vulerabilities?

http://www.cvedetails.com/vulnerability-list/vendor_id-1224/product_id-19997/version_id-161187/Google-Android-4.3.1.html

2 days ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

Dr. Evil These are not the droids you're looking for (179 comments)

I'm using an iPhone 4s, it's still pretty awesome and still being actively sold and supported. Release date late 2011.

OTOH, Nexus 3 users, release date late 2011, no longer supported.

I just want a working phone. My Android sits in my desk for development and hacking.

2 days ago
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The Billion-Dollar Website

Dr. Evil Re:Technical People (194 comments)

Last place I work was run by millenial developers.

They told me "the code is the documentation".

I asked them "ok, what are the requirements?"

They gave me a blank stare.

"How can we write code until we know what we're trying to accomplish?"

"You want to write a 300 page Word doc that nobody's going to read?"

I was at a loss... "no, but a doodle on a napkin might be enough. I need *something*"

Possibly the most educational 6 months of my life. Didn't accomplish much, everything got thrown out for not fulfilling the non-existent requirements. Despite the maddness, the people were nice. It took a long time for me to really understand what was going on. In the end, I was glad to leave the gig. The company was made of three one-man developer shows who didn't understand that the stuff in the heads of three developers were separate and unrelated requirements documents for separate projects. It was impossible to contribute to any project without reading the mind of the developer.

They measured their own success in achiving goals after they were accomplished. Which meant that the stars shone, but contributors rarely had successes.

5 days ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Dr. Evil Re:Oversight and regulation (338 comments)

My mixed feelings are because Uber should fail on its own to compete with Berlin's transit system and cabs. Instead of banning them, they should find a way to offer licensing and insurance to the drivers.

5 days ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Dr. Evil Re:Oversight and regulation (338 comments)

The hard part about Thai taxis is finding them. As a tourist, you'll be swarmed by conmen with tuktuks, fake cabs and motos. Meanwhile, the legit taxis won't be in a hurry to find you because they won't speak English. I'd forgive anyone for thinking that Thai cabs are corrupt. They didn't seem to be to me, but they were not easy to find.

OTOH, in Malaysia, the taxis are so severely corrupt that I had to consider them to not exist. Ask at a taxi stand for a metered fare? "The meter is broken" from every single driver. Prices? You would think you were in London.

In Athens, pre-GPS days, I spent 10 minutes touring the downtown to get around the block. The driver insisted that he had to work around the one-way streets. Who'd have thunk it would have cost an extra Eur 20 to take a cab from the wrong side of the street?

I have mixed feelings about Berlin banning uber. The Berlin transit system is incredible, the Berlin taxis are affordable and safe, and there's German language ride-share tools which are great if you need to get to a neighbouring city and can't afford the train, or can't find a bus. Uber seems unnecessary.

5 days ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

Dr. Evil Re:E-mail? (346 comments)

"Maybe they were setting up a system to automatically detect and intercept all emails containing 'sensitive client information'."

...by sending the sensitive client information to random gmail accounts? I guess it didn't work.

about a month and a half ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

Dr. Evil Re:E-mail? (346 comments)

"testing internal changes... with sensitive client information"

Should violate all security policies right there.

about a month and a half ago
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Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

Dr. Evil FOSS Calendaring, Contacts etc. (130 comments)

Most FOSS people I know just gave up waiting for good calendaring/contacts etc, and use Gmail and Android.

about 2 months ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

Dr. Evil Re:Good? (273 comments)

Taxis need regulation so that you don't have flocks of angry seagulls fighting over fares, or criminals picking up marks.

Given that the fighting still happens, and the conning still happens, I'd rather trust a website with a reputation based system, than a taxi driver.

about 2 months ago
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iOS 7 Update Silently Removes Encryption For Email Attachments

Dr. Evil Re:No problem (68 comments)

None of that helps when you receive an attachment on your device.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Dr. Evil Re: Less paper and more collaboration (184 comments)

Most of my time in IT has been in fortune 500 companies, major consulting firms and banks. The new cubicles barely have filing cabinets. security issues and workforce mobility make paper strongly undesirable.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Dr. Evil Less paper and more collaboration (184 comments)

People don't need paper, so programs designed to format stuff for A4 or Letter are disappearing.

People need collaboration and sharing, so online tools are greatly helpful, and generally don't require the recipient to have $300 worth of software, and non guarantee that it will render correctly.

The office suite is changing. MS Office has some improvements in electronic documents through OneNote, and Outlook/Exchange are doing some good jobs in Mobile Device Management. Sharepoint is improving collaboration. But these combinations of corporate infrastructure and office suites are very business-oriented, and mostly helpful for data self-determination, not for the general public.

LibreOffice seems to be doing none of this, and Thunderbird seems to be in maintainence mode, as though local email and calendaring has been solved and won't be addressed anymore. That said, I appreciate that the LibreOffice is continually improving in its specific areas, and Thunderbird is mostly feature-complete.

about 5 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Dr. Evil Re:You Will Be Surprised (870 comments)

Temporary fixes are all we've got. People don't tend to care beyond their working life, which gives most people a 30-40 year horizon.

Permanent fixes tend to come with severe corruption and tyrants. Even if they're well-meaning.

about 5 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Dr. Evil Re:You Will Be Surprised (870 comments)

The economy seems to respond to increased availability of labour by reducing the pay for those who are working. The problem with this is that people work just as hard, but for less hourly.

The utopia of the reduced workweek will not come with people talking about how wonderful it is that they can spend more time with their families, it will come with strange goverment regulations like mandatory retirement, penalties for overtime, minimum wage, maximum workweeks, tax penalties on secondary incomes, etc. etc.

about 5 months ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

Dr. Evil Re:Not sexism, but bitchiness (710 comments)

"so, when one women is "bitchy" to another, its wrong to use a pejorative, used exclusively for women?"

Yes.

about 5 months ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

Dr. Evil Re:That's capitalism. (710 comments)

"You don't scream sexism and then exclusively talk about how a member of the same sex harassed you"

Who said that women don't discriminate against women?

Women are a BIG part of the problem. They don't get a pass for discriminating against women just because they're women and they "should understand".

They also don't automatically get a degree in feminism, nor become experts on gender politics.

Julie's description certainly sounds like a pattern of abuse. The media attention is because she's a woman in IT. There's a world of complicated issues around this whole article, and a huge amount of it is gender related.

about 5 months ago
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Oil From the Exxon Valdez Spill Still Lingers On Alaska Beaches

Dr. Evil Free insurance policy (261 comments)

50% of profits as a cap on liability? Great!

Now smaller unprofitable oil companies can take big risks.

about 6 months ago
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German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

Dr. Evil Re:Merkel's virgin soil (197 comments)

Sour and Shirley Kraut might have their own opinions, Bitter Kraut is the gp.

about 6 months ago

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Kickstarting a Free Textbook

Dr. Evil Dr. Evil writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dr. Evil (3501) writes "Back in the day, I had a prof who wrote a text on Optics and sold photocopy editions for $5. We got cheap books and he got feedback to improve them. A friend of a friend is now doing the same for his philosophy students, except he's using Kickstarter to fund the book and offer digital editions free. Is this common? Are other professors doing this? He writes:

If you took a course in philosophy or critical thinking at college or university, you paid an average of $70 for your textbook. I think that's too much, especially for students who have to choose between food and the rent, two or three times a year, like a lot of my students. Yet the cost of these books never goes down, because students are a captive market.

So, I've been writing my own textbook, so that my students don't have to buy one. I'd like to expand and improve it and then make it available to the whole world, for free.

This Kickstarter campaign will allow me to bring in more contributors, get more research resources, and hire designers and artists and translators, so that we can put together a very high quality teaching tool, and make it available to every student in the world.

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