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Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone Users Go Around the Globe

StormReaver Re:Better ways to track users (74 comments)

Because 90% of the time the bad guy knows it takes 20 seconds, and has a stopwatch by the phone, and hangs up at like 19 seconds, just to toy with the good guy.

I'm pretty sure that the U.S. Government doesn't need a stopwatch to know when 20 seconds are up. I'm also pretty sure that toying with Edward Snowden isn't as much fun as it may seem. But then again, the U.S. Government is rather psychotic nowadays.

4 days ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

StormReaver Re:WTF is up with the title of this article... (190 comments)

I don't know whether to think you're funny because of all your errors (each of your points is wrong), absurd because of all your errors (each of your points is wrong), or that you've just come out of cryostatis (Rob Malda hasn't been a part of Slashdot for a few years now).

5 days ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

StormReaver Re:Why wasn't it called Munix? (190 comments)

Munix would have been way better.

It is too close to being (and probably is) a derivitive name of UNIX.

5 days ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

StormReaver Re:Language VS The Virtual Machine VS Client (507 comments)

Sure, you can do it, but it realistically people who do Java Swing apps are writing some sort of thick client that could almost always could run inside a contemporary browser without any plugins.

Swing is where I do all of my Java GUI programming, and I find it to be an excellent fit for that purpose (and so do my customers). I find running Java inside a browser to be, to put it politely, fucking retarded.

5 days ago
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

StormReaver Re:Step #1 Find a Geek (179 comments)

Your posting mirrors my own thoughts. Ballmer has absolutely no business teaching anything even remotely related to business, as he has failed at it horribly. He could potentially be a one-class guest speaker on how to pitch a product by parodying others, but that's his only business qualification outside of, "would you like fries with that?"

The only reason Ballmer got any time at Microsoft is because of his friendship with Bill Gates. Microsoft's janitors probably have more business qualifications than Ballmer.

about a week ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

StormReaver Re:A quick couple of things wrong with the study.. (609 comments)

1) it was conducted by a company that is in the business of providing internet ads

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2) it did not take into account the costs associated with the malware distributed by the various ad platforms.

3) The World Wide Web is not the Internet.

All of the highly modded postings up to now have missed this crucial point entirely. The Web has nothing to do with the Internet, aside from being the mechanism by which the bytes are transferred.

The Web has very little to do with the cost of an Internet connection, except as a selling point for most people to subscribe to an ISP.

about a week ago
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How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

StormReaver Re:How the Patent System Destroys Innovation (97 comments)

You can only patent an idea that's not obvious and novel....

That's how it should be, but it's not what has actually been happening for the last few decades. The patent office has been spewing out patent approval for the most obvious and commonly used ideas at a rate unparalleled in modern history.

And Congress and the Courts have been complicit in making patent defense so expensive that only the richest companies and individuals can even consider mounting a defense. They have also tilted the courtroom so far in favor of the trivially obvious patent troll that everyone else must simply cave in to the patent offensive, even when the patent wouldn't have a chance in Hell of being upheld in court.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

StormReaver Re:Poor argument (181 comments)

While I agree that ISPs are a big part of the problem, the downside isn't that we don't get our utopia....

A bigger part of the problem lies with people who believe that paying a fair price for service, and then receiving the paid-for service, is some form of utopia rather than a requirement.

No, I didn't RTFA.

That was self-evident.

about two weeks ago
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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

StormReaver Re:the math is flaky (214 comments)

His math also obviously did not factor in the odds of getting raped, mugged, or murdered; things which I think are far more important than his other criteria.

about two weeks ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

StormReaver Re:"The web we lost" (235 comments)

The author is quite confused: email predates the web by decades. It predates the internet.

Yes, the author has a credibility problem. Even if his message is 100% accurate, it's hard to take him seriously when he can't distinguish between the Internet and the World Wide Web.

about two weeks ago
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

StormReaver Re:Standardized Testing Implications? (227 comments)

I'm willing to bet that the second they come up with a test for these genes, there will be lawsuits by school districts who lose funding over standardized tests, claiming that they are at an unfair disadvantage because their students simply don't have the genetic makeup to score well on the tests.

I would bet on a different outcome; school districts will plead for more money:

"Wee nede mor mony bekus hour stuudants r dumm, and mor mony wil undumm them."

about three weeks ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

StormReaver Moronic (116 comments)

Difficult tasks are potential bug generators and finding a task difficult is the programming equivalent of going to sleep at the wheel.

This is moronic, at best. It's the easy things that are the equivalent of sleeping at the wheel. The hard stuff makes us stop and think. I always spend much more effort analyzing hard problems, and breaking them down into manageable chunks, than I do when I'm on cruise control implementing the simple stuff.

Who thinks up this crap?

about three weeks ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

StormReaver Re:Oracle Forms (371 comments)

...the only use I can see for Java on the desktop is to enable machines to get infected with malware.

Do you realize that Java isn't just a browser plugin, and that Java on the desktop doesn't mean just applets? All of my modern software is written in Java+Swing (or just Java if the project is a server), and never touches a web browser.

Please try to understand the difference between Java applets and Java applications, as they are starkly different.

Oracle Forms is a monumental, absolute, obsolete, unmitigated piece of shit. But Oracle Forms != Java.

about three weeks ago
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Parallax Completes Open Hardware Vision With Open Source CPU

StormReaver Re:Why is this important? (136 comments)

1) You're not reliant on closed hardware vendors to provide drivers for your operating system.
2) You don't have to trust that your hardware vendor isn't reporting your every move to your fascist government.
3) You don't have to worry about your hardware vendor's interests diverging from your own, and stranding you.

There are many more, but I don't have time to post them.

about three weeks ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

StormReaver Re:Great idea - forget it. (205 comments)

Case in point, I would not have studied stats by choice, but now I'm damn glad it was hammered into me.

I would not have studied stats by choice, either. I'm damn glad I passed, but I core dumped 99.99% of it after passing. I haven't had a need for it since, so it was a complete waste of time and money.

I also wouldn't have studied much math, either, while in college. That was hammered into me, though, and it has proved itself to be completely useless to me as a software developer. That is, until I decided that I wanted to learn 3D game programming. Then I bought some books on 3D math, learned Linear Algebra, and wrote a game engine.

My point is that my structured University degree was almost entirely worthless from a practical perspective. Anything of any value was learned on an as-needed basis.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

StormReaver Re:Linux Mint 17 (322 comments)

How about natively booting Linux Mint 17 and putting 7 in Virtualbox if you must have this POS.

My clients typically have one or two mission-critical (to them), Windows-only application that they can't live without. I tell them that I will support Windows only in a virtual machine environment, to facilitate disaster recovery. I boot them into Kubuntu, and install Windows onto VirtualBox.

I'll skip the details, but suffice it to say that they love it this way. Their Windows infections have almost disappeared, and recovery is trivially simple (roll back to the initial install snapshot).

about a month ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

StormReaver Re:If your English sucketh, your link prolly doeth (128 comments)

I'm not going to click any links on this craptacular "story."

I did, and it really is a craptacular article. I can sum it up thusly: "Phishers do illegal things, therefore getting more clicks. If legitimate marketers did the same thing, their click rate would skyrocket."

And, "Don't use Windows XP on the Internet." This, by the way, was always good advice. And it still applies to all versions of Windows.

about a month ago
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New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

StormReaver Re:Attack Vector (168 comments)

Seriously, there's a reason that the article numbers are less than 1% of the size of the average windows server infection..

There are clearly many more Windows servers on the Internet than there are Linux servers. After all, if Linux had anywhere near the deployment of Windows, then Linux would experience the same rate of infection, right?

Right?

about a month and a half ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

StormReaver Re:A larger legal question arises here (749 comments)

believe that Microsoft is right to claim the US government doesn't have jurisdiction over data stored outside of the United States.

This is actually very simple. When you have a presence in a county, you are subject to that country's laws. Period. End of discussion. If you find yourself in a situation where you are subject to two countries' laws, and you are required by one of those countries to break the laws of the other, you must do one of the following:

1) Break one country's laws and abide by the other's laws, and accept the consequences.
2) Negotiate with/bribe one or both countries, and see if an agreement can be reached.
3) Leave one of the countries with conflicting laws, probably abandoning whatever property is within that country.

Microsoft is clearly wrong, and its lawyers know it. Any company with a U.S. presence is subject to U.S. laws, just as any company with, say, a British presence is subject to British laws. If the two conflict, one or more of the listed choices must be made. It doesn't matter if what the Government wants is located in another country. If the company wants to continue operating in the U.S., it must comply with U.S. law.

about a month and a half ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

StormReaver Re:Consciousness (284 comments)

Wow, if we discover the exact region and mechanism for how consciousness emerges from brain activity, then this, in my mind, is the final nail in the coffin of the Soul Hypothesis

Heh, you haven't actually had to talk to the religious/nutty, apparently. They will defend their absurdly ignorant misinterpretation of the universe with a violent ferver not seen anywhere else. They will simply wait until one of their brainwashers/preachers/ministers/popes/whatever invents the most ridiculously ludicrous explanation for how this actually ties into their fairy in the sky's grand plan for humanity; and bullshit, ignore, and dogmatically shout down anyone who tries to use anything even remotely approaching logic.

No, this discovery will be completely lost on 95% of the world's massively idiotic population.

about 2 months ago

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