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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

StormReaver Re:worry about the other "Zone of Lawlessness"! (199 comments)

Fix that, and then the American people might consider not using encryption anymore.

That ship has sailed, and is not coming back. When the American Government is indistinguishable from any other type of criminal, you are well advised to protect yourself from them all.

1 hour ago

Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

StormReaver Re:Proprietary (643 comments)

...but the "proprietary" argument doesn't hold any water....

"Proprietary" means:

1) Support can be pulled at any time for any reason, and there isn't a thing you can do about it. See Visual Basic (it's so bizarre that you argue against your point, but don't even realize it).

2) You are locked-in to the vendor's whims, and there isn't a thing you can do about it.

3) You are restricted to the vendor's supported platforms, and there isn't a thing you can do about it.

4) You have no idea what is going on under the hood, and there isn't a thing you can do about it (under threat of fine and/or imprisonment).

There are more, but I don't have time.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

StormReaver GUI Datasets (264 comments)

Having programmed in GTK+, Qt, Java, and C#: I find C# to be the most painful for database interactivity. Its data bound controls (to me) are infuriatingly convoluted, complex, inefficient, and inflexible.

I find it far, far easier to use a tool that generates database models, create readers and writers based on those models to abstract them away from the application, and then use those readers/writers in the mainline application. The payoff is immense.

The closest fit for you is Java (since C# started life as Microsoft's attempt to make a Windows-specific version of Java). The two best IDE choices then become Netbeans and IntelliJ (do yourself a favor, and skip Eclipse).

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

StormReaver Re:But (640 comments)

If Bill Gates cured cancer tomorrow and gave the cure away for free, posters would be on here in droves complaining that he didn't do it fast enough.

If Bill Gates cured cancer and gave the cure away for free:

1) The first cure would be free.

2) The cure would be designed to reactivate the cancer, this time being more virulent than the original, but this time it would be immune to the free cure.

3) The second cure would require activation and frequent repurchases, or the cure would be rendered inert (killing you). You would be required to repurchase the cure for the rest of your life.

4) You would be required to purchase cures for diseases you don't have, but taxing your indocrine system to the point that random body parts start failing.

5) Bill Gates would issue patches for the flawed cure, but the patches would inexplicable cause new diseases for which you would be required to purchase 3rd party medicines. These medicines would themselves drain 60% of your body's useable energy, and unpredictable times, while unsuccessfully attempting to address the fundamental design flaws of the cure.

6) Bill Gates would promise that the next version of the cure will solve your problems, but that it is not covered by any licensing agreement you may currently have. The promise is false, but you don't seem to remember any of the other false promises he made, so you purchase the next version of the cure. This somehow makes things worse, but Bill Gates blames you for using 3rd party medicines.

I could go on, but I have work to do.

about two weeks ago

US Lawmakers Push For a Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

StormReaver Re:Meaningless drivel (100 comments)

It's not necessarily drivel. A "permanent" ban means that it will not have to be renewed periodically. It's permanent unless overridden.

about two weeks ago

Canadian Government Steps In To Stop Misleading Infringement Notices

StormReaver A Stern Talk (103 comments)

So this company commits fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, illegal conversion, grand theft, and extortion (and probably a litany of other crimes I can't think of off the top of my head), and all they're going to get is a finger wagging???!!

about two weeks ago

What Isn't There an App For?

StormReaver Re:Lots of missing software ... (421 comments)

If you are looking for anything that is even moderately sophisticated, chances are that no one has made an app for it.

I agree. I wanted a somewhat sophisticated shopping app, so I browsed the Google store for one. There were a TON of shopping apps, but they were all very simplistic (but with good looking GUI's). These simplistic shopping apps (no more than two or three functions) were woefully inadequate for my needs. However, they had thousands (or hundreds of thousands) installs.

So I wrote one over the course of about two years. It allowed me to track my shopping at every store I patronized, automatically compare prices for items I bought at any of those stores, report on where my money went over any arbitrary period of time, etc. I was even ready to create an subsection to integrate the data into my financial database. It was so useful for my wife and me that I decided to sell it on Google Play.

Last I checked, it sold about four copies in about as many years. Granted, I was expecting low sales because my Android UI design skills were crude at best. But I was expecting to at least make some money from its sheer usefulness.

I concluded that very few people want to use their Android devices for anything but entertainment (even in their shopping apps). They will flock to the vapid but pretty apps, and ignore useful apps that don't have a flashy GUI. I started redesigning the UI to be more vapid-compliant, but then my first son was born. Maybe after my two boys are old enough to keep each other occupied, I'll get back to the redesign.

about three weeks ago

Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

StormReaver Re:Neet toys and all (328 comments)

but they are not made for data creation...doing graphics or coding on a tablet is a pain without getting a wireless keyboard/mouse....

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. "

There is much more to data creation that just graphics and coding. My customers have needs while traveling that make a desktop and laptop too big, and a phone too small.

about a month ago

Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

StormReaver Re:Anyone can intercept SSH some of the time (278 comments)

That's ssh letting you know that a man-in-the-middle attack could be successfully launched at you, and decrypt all your communication.

ssh issues that message for other reasons, too, such as when you install a new network adapter. In that case, there is nothing wrong.

about a month ago

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.

about a month ago

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 a month and a half ago

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 a month and a half ago

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 a month and a half ago

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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago


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