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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Svartalf Re:Really? (34 comments)

(And for wont of mod points... The group in question just simply isn't contemplating what you talk to, promissory estoppel, and all sorts of other problems opening up that particular can of worms would be for someone stupid enough to TRY it.)

40 minutes ago
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Svartalf Re:Really? (34 comments)

Considering that RMS didn't dream these licenses up, but rather Eben Moglen, you might want to contemplate who knows more about this... The law professor that actually teaches on this subject or someone claiming that there is a right of revocation in there that's effectively free of Promissory Estoppel and the like on the subject. Just because there's a law on one side doesn't mean other laws don't cause OTHER, equally bad problems on the subject and effectively preclude the hypothesized notion out of box.

41 minutes ago
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Svartalf Re:Perhaps ... (34 comments)

No, if you're doing your legal documents right, it does place it into the Public Domain as intended. How? Promissory Estoppel prevents such an act from even being ran up the flagpole on an infringement suit. If you actually DID this, just because you can revoke assignments, etc. doesn't give you carte-blanche to actually DO it the way they're describing there.

Without covenants in place as part of the agreement, yeah. There's a problem. With them, this is really nothing more than the nattering of someone trying to make a vastly bigger deal of things than is really there.

1 hour ago
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Svartalf Heh... (34 comments)

Bingo!

You can't make promises or covenants of this nature with the intent of even remotely considering to revoke them. Your successors are also bound to them. Typically someone will bring up Promissory Estoppel and then raise Bad Faith- and then move to dismiss the case you brought against them...and most typically get it.

1 hour ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

Svartalf Re: Well... (241 comments)

Heh...it does fit the bill well, doesn't it?

The biggest problem, though, with all of this is that the dysfunctional pile (of sh.. if you must know...) sitting there has a massive network effect that you're going to have to counter. The network effect there with Android is going to work massively against you unless you can come out with something compelling. MeeGo could've been it...had they not been dysfunctional in their own way. Tizen...heh...I don't see that going well. I could be wrong. But I suspect I won't be.

As for cross-platform in the sense others talk to...it's a fail. WinCE had that in it's beginnings. Shortly thereafter, even though you could make for SH4, MIPS, and ARM, the pain and hassle of maintaining code for all three ended up with the software vendors working off a similar kind of network effect. Which class of arch was the most popular SoC's on the most popular WinCE devices? ARM. So you ended up with ARM only binaries for a *LOT* of the apps. At some point, it became more moot because everybody and his dog started doing nothing but ARM WinCE devices. This is why I think all these X86 Android devices popping up are silly. It's just Intel buying their way into relevance in this space. Much like the recent push for Edisons, etc. in the space that ARM devices like the BeagleBone Black reign.

If Intel can make something honestly compelling instead of the smoke and mirrors they've got going right now...great. Otherwise, you're fighting a network effect you're just not going to win playing against.

5 days ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

Svartalf Re:Rubbish (241 comments)

That's part of where the thinking about Tizen being all but a never-ran comes into play.

Tizen currently makes some small sense on something like a Smart TV (which could use Android, but could go with something else since you can live with "less apps") or a GPS system where it, too, doesn't "need" apps to make it worthwhile as an OS, UI, and target application.

But then, you could go with Android. The developer space is already there and the network effect for it is compelling.

In order to counter that network effect and have a chance, you'll need apps. LOTS of apps. Maybe not as many as Android or IOS have for them- but quite a few. Perhaps as many as half of what is in the Play market to start with.

I, personally, don't see that happening. Not with some HTML5 driven frameworks like Sailfish, FirefoxOS, or Tizen. You'll have to make it compelling enough to make a tectonic shift in the developer marketplace. Almost immediately. It's doable. Just not with this stuff we're talking about.

5 days ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

Svartalf Re:"Half Baked"? (241 comments)

That's because Chipzilla's involved with it. They've been flailing around with all sorts of crap, muddying up the whole picture with MeeGo, Tizen, now Edison and Tesla. They want to have it all for themselves. An admirable business notion, but unaccomplishable in the manners unto which they've been fucking things up with in this space.

5 days ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

Svartalf Re:"Half Baked"? (241 comments)

The only thing that's common between the two is the OS core...which has now drifted since Tizen's formation both on Sailfish and Tizen.

5 days ago
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Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own

Svartalf Re:ignored (104 comments)

Sort of like Rural America is strategically ignored by the main players for Internet Access. Best play so far is Verizon...so long as you're nearby a primary corridor for LTE, that is. Otherwise, you get the dubious joy of Satellite Fraudband, 2/3G, or dialup. To put it in would be only as a loss leader play because the overall expense of putting in tower coverage versus payback unless you're talking a highway corridor is a bad picture in the bean counter sense of things. It's a dead loss. I very strongly suspect the same story for Mexico out around the area they're doing this...so, strategically, they ignore them.

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Svartalf Re:AI will go to war first (574 comments)

Either that or manipulate things via subterfuge...

about 2 months ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

Svartalf Re:Nope... Nailed It (186 comments)

And, if you've not figured out what I'm trying to tell you, my answer in your example would be, "Unless you want to spend two more million and spend 12 more months in development, and COMMIT to that- no."

The idiot notion of not being "negative" is fantasy that some crazy HR people came up with to whitewash over the real problems going on in a given company. You need to not just simply say, "no", but in the same vein, trying to not say no is stupid, crazy, etc. Sometimes things ***ARE*** really negative things and you can't wish/will them any other way.

about 2 months ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

Svartalf Re:Nope... Nailed It (186 comments)

Sadly, the JIT model is the only way to work in a mess like that...followed up with plans to vote with your feet.

about 2 months ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

Svartalf Re:Nope... Nailed It (186 comments)

The problem with that particular notion ("Yes, but you'd need to spend...") is that they're oftentimes NOT savvy enough to grok where you're coming from and they'll just hear the "yes" and make you try to jam 18+ months of dev effort into 6-8 months with the typical, classical, predictable failures, in spite of explanations why it just won't work with their notion. They hear "yes" followed by "wah...wah-wah...wah-wah-wah" like on Peanuts animated features when the adults talked. The "yes" means to them it's doable- the rest is irrelevant details as far as they're concerned (And, YES, I've dealt with the kind all too often and quite a bit in the last two and a half years, much to my chagrin...)

If "yes" is part of the answer when it probably ought to be a "no" or a qualified "no", then it's the wrong answer many times. Seriously. Any notions, from HR or otherwise that doesn't allow for a "no" answer from anyone other than executive management is a recipe for disaster.

about 2 months ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Svartalf Re:Community college bubble... (226 comments)

They saw the cookie-cutter AS degree and passed on him. Not broad-based enough. Probably in a downturn.

Both items are deal-breakers when you're dealing with someone with the levels of experience that were available during the latter condition. (Why get a fresh AS grad, when you can get an SME for roughly the same price? Mainly because the SME's desperate...)

about 2 months ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Svartalf Re:Community college bubble... (226 comments)

Yeah, you're technically old-school. You were taught a discipline- which, in truth, is little different than learning a trade, to be bluntly honest.

Colleges have lost their way...or worse, they've taken to strip-mining students for all the cash they can bleed from them and the government through student loans.

about 2 months ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Svartalf Re:Community college bubble... (226 comments)

How many of them are doing embedded Linux and Android projects- and when they weren't, how many of them were using ThreadX, VxWorks, pSOS, Lynx, QNX, etc.?

If you needed to know VS, you were working in the wrong circles. I didn't need to know VS even though it was one of the bigger deals for doing Windows development- I knew how to code C++ and understood and used ATL, MFC, etc. Which, by the way, is the way everyone should've framed it. Not, "do you do VS"?

about 2 months ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Svartalf Re:Community college bubble... (226 comments)

Which is pathetic for the CC, honestly. Python's doable because it's *free* just like Java was then- and worse, you didn't need VS to do C++...

Dev C++
With MinGW or Cygwin, Eclipse

Sure, it didn't have some of the glitzy stuff MS was shovelling- but you could have pretty much done Windows or Cross-Platform C++ development back when Java was the big rage at the Community Colleges. And this doesn't even get into them doing Linux for all of it, including Java, Python, etc... They're guilty of some of the same mentality that spawned the notion that these idiot "bootcamps" are a good substitute for a discipline or vocational education. The problem isn't quite the thing Mike Rowe's fingering on this- but he's close enough to not disagree at all. They're guilty of trying to strip-mine all the students for all the money they can. Actually teach something? That's too much into our "BoM" on those grads we're pumping out.

Part of the reason you had problems getting a gig was that they saw the "cookie-cutter" Associate's degree and passed on that. You've nothing to offer except coding for them at that stage, regardless of whether that's true or not- because that's the only metric they've got to go off of. If you actually have ability and can pick up the Engineer's trade, you should get the rest of the BS degree you should get (which won't assure you the job...little will, honestly, unless you've got 2-3 decades of the bleeding edge, self-taught through the school of hard knocks...but it'll HELP, all the same...) and work on teaching yourself any gaps in anything they didn't teach you on your own. There's always something that they won't/don't teach you. You have to learn it on your own. Whether it's C++, OOD/OOA, or the like, you're going to have to be able to grab the ring yourself repeatedly to keep employed. The reason they passed on you is the AS degree- because of the "pathetic" I opined on at the beginning. They're not teaching a trade. They're honestly not teaching a good base to work with at most Community Colleges these days. They're teaching you the in-vogue stuff right then (You shouldn't be learning VS, you should be learning C++ which doesn't really and honestly give a tinker's damn where it's being implemented if you've done it right... You shouldn't be learning Java just because the College is too cheap to get proper Windows tools (which, again, is PATHETIC because the tools have been "there" within reach for nearly 20 years...). You shouldn't be learning Python because that's the big main big-deal in dynamic content websites in there with Java and PHP... You get the idea...) In all honesty, it wouldn't endear you to me if I were to hire help with either my Game Porting interest or my Agritech one. In the former, I'd need a self-starter that understands C and C++. They'd need to be adaptable to pick up Lua if they didn't already know it. They'd have to be able to debug code on X86, ARM, and MIPS. The requirements for the Agritech business I'm starting...are similar in nature, along with "getting" embedded coding. That's the kinds of jobs there's currently work for that's sustainable. An Associate's isn't going to help you there unless you can show you putz with that stuff already and can prove you might grow to fill those shoes in a 6-18 month timeframe being allowed to do it. The same goes for a "bootcamp".

about 2 months ago

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