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US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

StormReaver Cultural Arrogance (153 comments)

The vicious mocking of Kim is only a result of senseless cultural arrogance.

It's unusual to see such a blatant case of the pot calling the kettle black. North Korea's cultural arrogance just can't seem to comprehend that not everyone thinks as they do about mocking heads of State that do absurdly dumb things.

For some bizarre reason, North Koreans seem to think that worshipping stupidity is a virtue. Idiocy deserves to be derided, and their leadership is chock full of idiots.

4 days ago
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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

StormReaver Re:Valid release (158 comments)

Rulings like this are what will kill the internet.

Do you understand the difference between the Internet and the Web? Do you understand that the Internet has far, far more uses than Youtube, and that the latter is a very minor aspect of what makes the Internet useful?

That aside, your statement is grand hyperbole. Even if every insignificant actor in every insignificant film distributed on the Web rose up and successfully demanded the removal of every film, the Internet and the Web would be no less useful than it is now.

about two weeks ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

StormReaver Re:Just let them test out! (307 comments)

I didn't know that American classrooms were a zero-sum game... Is that common?

Many teachers grade on a curve, where the highest grade in the class becomes an "A", and everyone else is graded relative to that "A".

about two weeks ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

StormReaver Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

Well, if a crime had been committed....

Even if no *other* crime had been committed, the officers involved should be charged with:

1) Vandalism.
2) Unlawful destruction of private property.
3) Assault.
4) Battery.

All of which may be possible, and for which the normal protections police enjoy while performing their duties may not apply, because the officer was acting outside the scope of his lawful duties.

about two weeks ago
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New Virus Means Deadlier Flu Season Is Possible

StormReaver Re:Looks like the mismatch nailed me (163 comments)

Basically, I was wearing a bulletproof vest, but got shot in the leg.

You were wearing the a bulletproof vest produced by the same designer who made the Emperor's new clothes.

The Flu vaccine is no more effective than random chance, but it's a huge money maker for the pharmaceutical industry.

about three weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

StormReaver Re:What if... (574 comments)

[What if] Stephen Hawking is not who he claims to be through the electronic speaker box?

Sadly, given the stupidity of the Human race (and Kentucky in particular), I believe you have just started a new conspiracy.

But maybe not. Given the same stupidity of the Human race, it's likely that no one lacking enough brain cells to believe such a thing would know who Stephan Hawking is; given that he isn't moving a ball from one part of a grassy field to another.

about three weeks ago
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UK Police To Publicly Shame Drunk Drivers On Twitter This Christmas

StormReaver Re:Slander? (256 comments)

IANAL but I think this would be slander....

It would be libel. Slander is spoken; Libel is written.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

StormReaver Complete Waste of Time (523 comments)

Cursive is a complete waste of time. At best, it is barely marginally faster than printing/block writing. Most of the time, cursive writing is significantly slower than printing (especially for those brain-dead connections containing o, a, c, g, h, j, k, u, v, and w) and much less legible.

In practice, the only time I ever write in cursive is when signing my name. In all other cases, it's faster and more legible to write in print. I was brainwashed with the necessity of cursive when I was a kid in the seventies and eighties. But it always seemed so bizarre to focus so heavily on something so less efficient than printing.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

StormReaver Re:Go back in time 5 years (581 comments)

Go back 5 years and imagine yourself trying to explain systemd to all the Linux developers.

That depends on how you do it. If you were to use the massive disinformation campaign you're perpetuating, and those who know better didn't speak up, then systemd would die on the vine. However, if you accurately describe what systemd does, then Linux would be five years ahead of where it is now.

Having actually read what systemd does, I'm looking forward to seeing it on my machines. It seems to solve several important problems, and seems to be well architected.

So far, every argument against systemd I've read has been a strawman (invent a problem that systemd doesn't actually have, then argue against it). The anti-systemd campaign has been truly bizarre, but that's how ignorance is typically presented.

about a month ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

StormReaver Re:Waste (276 comments)

Spending six years learning how to program before going to college did me know good. It's like knowing the fundamentals really was a waste of time and was so not transferrable.....

Then you didn't learn the fundamentals. Instead, you learned something very specific to a particluar product. They're not even remotely the same thing, as the fundamentals haven't changed in over 30 years.

about a month ago
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Linux Foundation Comments On Microsoft's Increasing Love of Linux

StormReaver Re:Progress (162 comments)

The days when it seemed that Microsoft could have the whole pie all to itself is long gone.

I'm sure IBM thought something similar when Microsoft was "collaborating" on OS/2.

Now is not the time to let your guard down. We have finally, painfully clawed our way out of the Microsoft den. Now is not the time to squander all that hard work with feel-good naivety. Microsoft is Microsoft, and that will never change. The moment its management smells a weakness, you will become dinner if you're not paying attention.

I'm shaking my head at how quickly people forget the lessons of the past.

about a month and a half ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

StormReaver Yawn (183 comments)

So yet another first person shooter from a formerly innovative game company.

No thanks.

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

StormReaver Re:On other words ... (230 comments)

sudo apt-get install malware

Being Microsoft, I can almost guarantee that this package manager has done almost everything wrong.

about 2 months ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

StormReaver Re:Why not? (Re:No. Just no.) (206 comments)

Please, cite the violated law. Thank you.

1) Identify theft.
2) Slander of Title.
3) Copyright Infringement.
4) Trademark Infringement.
5) Defamation of Character.

And those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

And no, a warrant cannot authorize those things. There is nothing in the Constitution that allows for committing the above crimes just because a judge issues an illegal order to do so.

about 2 months ago
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EU Court Rules Embedding YouTube Videos Is Not Copyright Infringement

StormReaver Re:Justice (68 comments)

...that's one of the things a court is for: Clear up legal facts if they are not explicitely stated in the law.

You just restated his argument using different words.

about 2 months ago
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Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

StormReaver Re:Barometers In iPhones! (79 comments)

Smallprint: oh yeah, Android had them for years

I now expect Apple to launch a billion dollar lawsuit against Samsung over the lowercase letter, "i" in Android. Alternatively, I expect Apple to launch a billion dollar lawsuit against Samsung for showing atmospheric pressure in millibars; thereby infringing upon Apple's invention of the word.

about 2 months ago
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Oracle Database Certifications Are No Longer Permanent

StormReaver Re:Not a great loss... (108 comments)

Oracle is becoming increasingly irrelevant....

I snuck PostgreSQL into the organization in 2005 to handle certain Web activity. It worked great for years, and my boss later decided to use it for other projects that were slated to use Oracle. All of those projects were so maintenance free at the database end that we later decided to replace Oracle with PostgreSQL for all of our database needs.

We found that the Oracle "features" we paid for failed when they were needed most, and therefore didn't work as advertised. PostgreSQL's replication and standby features would have been good enough.

I use PostgreSQL for all of my low end needs, too. I tried MySQL off and on for years, and it is still a terrible database (alter the data to fit the contraints!) when data are important. Even more exciting, though, is that PostgreSQL is slowly adding high-end features into its core infrastructure. And those features adhere to the PostgreSQL ACID philosophy.

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

StormReaver Why Should We Care? (187 comments)

Why should anyone care what you have to say, since you're almost always in your own little Bizarro universe that is devoid of anything resembling the reality in which the rest of us live?

about 2 months ago
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Despite Push From Tech Giants, AP CS Exam Counts Don't Budge Much In Most States

StormReaver Re:Don't bother with AP CS (144 comments)

One of the best things about AP Computer Science is that you get some good experience with recursion, inheritance, interfaces, class design --- more advanced topics that you might not encounter as a self-educated programmer (and many of the students in my classes are extensively self-educated).

All of these things are basic, fundamental, principles encountered early in the process of learning programming. If you're not extensively practicing these things by your second or third week (if not sooner) of learning object oriented programming (with recursion not needing OOP), then you should probably reconsider your career path and stop thinking of yourself as in any way, shape, or form, "extensively self-educated" in programming.

about 2 months ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

StormReaver Re:Samsung has worked with Nuance forever (161 comments)

I am not sure what buying Nuance is supposed to do but it has to be a defense of some sort.

Buy Nuance, raise licensing fees charge to Apple for Siri, make iCrap more expensive, make back money lost in court, make Apple pay for its own court victories.

It's poetry.

about 3 months ago

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