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RMS: 'Is Android Really Free Software?'

barzok Re:Android respects freedom 0 for apps (433 comments)

Of course, that same freedom does not apply to REMOVING applications. unless I root my phone, there are several applications pre-installed that I cannot remove, and nag me every few weeks to buy.. CityID, i'm looking at you, as well as my cell phone companies "Navigator" product, which is much less useful than Google Maps, which is also installed on the darn phone

Your beef here is with your carrier and to a lesser extent the phone manufacturer, not Google/Android

more than 3 years ago

Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

barzok Re:Interpol alert rescinded? (1425 comments)

not the sort of person they are supposed to be looking for?

Why? Is he a droid, and was the ghost of Sir Alec Guinness seen in the area of Interpol HQ?

more than 3 years ago

Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

barzok Re:Sarah Palin... (1425 comments)

McCain didn't choose her. Once they realized that the election was almost unwinnable, the Republicans picked her to finish throwing the election while at the same time gathering massive media attention.

more than 3 years ago

New MacBook Pros To Sport Light Peak Technology

barzok Re:Fantastic (356 comments)

I recently happened upon an old Popular Mechanics magazine from the 1950s. It dealt extensively with automotive topics. It struck me how much people had to know about their car's inner workings to properly maintain it. Today, you really don't have to know what kind of spark system your car has, or what kind of plugs it uses, or what kind of fuel delivery system it has. You don't have to clean varnish out of the carbuerator every year, or have the piston rings done at 60k miles. You don't have to replace the plugs and points every 10k miles. Just keep gas in it, make sure you change the oil, and take it somewhere for minor maintenance every year or two.

Cars have swung too far in that direction. More and more, they're getting to a "no user-serviceable parts" state. You're expected to bring the car to the expensive dealer for everything, or just replace the car when big maintenance is required. Recently, one of the headlights on my wife's car burned out. I checked the manual, it said to turn the steering wheel all the way to the opposite side, remove a couple clips, pull the fender liner back, and reach up and in to remove & replace the bulb.

I spent 30 minutes in the driveway attempting to follow those instructions, but the liner would not move far enough for me to get my arm in there. Finally I relented, spent 15 minutes putting it back together, and sent my wife to the dealer. It took the dealer 45 minutes to do, and they had to remove the wheel completely (the new bulb & labor were covered under warranty). IMO, this is a ridiculous amount of work required to replace a light bulb.

Chrysler PT Cruiser? The battery is buried behind the right front suspension. There's a couple terminals located under the hood if you have to jump the car, but good luck replacing the battery in the Sears parking lot.

more than 3 years ago

CA Sues Over DB2 Migration Tool

barzok Re:Assume it's in the mainframe world (104 comments)

Step 1: Migrate to DB2
Step 2: Migrate DB2 to non-mainframe hardware
Step 3: Scale back or eliminate mainframe expense due to lower usage requirements
Step 4: Maybe not profit, but at least you're spending less.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Adopts Objective-C and GNUstep Frameworks

barzok Re:For the better? (345 comments)

Just because something is popular & widespread, doesn't mean it's high-quality.

And just because something is not widespread, does not mean that it isn't high-quality.

more than 3 years ago

Verizon Speeds Up FiOS To 150Mbps

barzok Re:Great - now put FiOS here please (314 comments)

There is a Verizon substation 2 blocks from my house - less than half a mile. FiOS isn't even "coming soon" - they won't even tell you that they're considering offering it.

more than 3 years ago

Utah vs. NASA On Heavy-Lift Rocket Design

barzok Re:Shame (285 comments)

Short of making sperm they are useless

So you don't need testosterone?

more than 3 years ago

US May Disable All Car Phones, Says Trans. Secretary

barzok Re:But TVs are OK?! (1065 comments)

In-dash screens have an interlock on them to prevent them from being used when the vehicle is in motion.

It's pretty easy to disable, especially the aftermarket ones.

more than 3 years ago

An Illustrated Version Control Timeline

barzok Re:VSS All the Way (244 comments)

The false sense of security you get with VSS is worse than having nothing at all.

more than 3 years ago

Looking To Better Engines Instead of Electric Vehicles

barzok Re:opposing cylinders? (570 comments)

Subaru? A gentleman by the name of Ferdinand Porsche (perhaps you've heard of him) sold/licensed the original Boxer engine design to Subaru.

more than 3 years ago

iPhone Alarm Bug Leads To Mass European Sleep-in

barzok Re:Is this story for real? (487 comments)

Alarm clock? I haven't needed an alarm clock for almost 4 years.

I'm sure it's merely a coincidence that my eldest child is almost 4 years old now.

more than 3 years ago

Mount Everest Gets 3G Service

barzok Re:It's true! (150 comments)

You're talking about Rob Hall. May 1996 was a very bad month on Everest. I'm not sure how to feel about Hall - he was a very accomplished climber and guide, and was very conscious of safety concerns.

However, on that expedition, he had a client with him who had previously attempted Everest with him, and they were unable to make the summit. Hall pressed forward in 1996, hell-bent on getting that client to the summit to make up the previous failure, completely ignoring his 2 PM "point of no return" deadline - all climbers in his group were to turn back & return to the high camp regardless of where they were on the mountain, but he kept pushing forward instead.

I don't want to ever hear that conversation. If you want to read first-hand accounts of what happened that year, read Into Thin Air (I hate Krakauer; that book is more like first-and-a-half account, because Krakauer spent a lot of time in his tent) and The Climb (co-written Anatoly Boukareev, who had summited w/o supplemental Oxygen and then went back out to rescue people), and what he wrote is why I don't like Krakauer). It's haunting.

The IMAX crew helped with the rescue effort for several of the climbers who got caught out in that storm that blew in that day and summited later in the month. Those guys are the heroes.

more than 3 years ago

The Time Travel Paradoxes of Back To the Future

barzok Re:The letter (454 comments)

The map & schematics were packaged with the letter.

more than 3 years ago

How Do You Manage the Information In Your Life?

barzok Re:Omni Outliner Pro (366 comments)

That's way easier said than done. Simple backup doesn't cut it for the corruption example, as the backup may have been corrupt too unless you noticed the problem before making the next backup. Basically your backup regime would require a history of backups much like Time Machine, so that you can always find a backup dated from before the corruption was introduced.

Then I guess it's a good thing that every computer Omni Outliner can run on is capable of using Time Machine, isn't it?

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Announces Web-Based Office365

barzok Re:Strange Name (210 comments)

There won't be version numbers. They'll just roll out updates, fixes & new features over time. Just like Google Docs and GMail - I don't recall seeing version numbers there, updates just roll out every now and then.

about 4 years ago


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