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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

farble1670 Re:Professional Liability (178 comments)

everything else being equal, being liable for your work is not a good thing. unless it came with some other benefit (like a large pay increase), no thanks.

2 days ago
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

farble1670 Re:What is Yahoo doing? (150 comments)

Do people still use Yahoo.com or Yahoo mail? Yahoo IM?

yes.
http://www.moosend.com/view/mo...

what's Yahoo's strategy?

make money from advertising? considering they still have a massive user base, seems like a pretty good plan.

5 days ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

farble1670 Re:I'm a coder who stands all day... (312 comments)

2) You *must* get a nice floor mat, preferably a dense memory foam mat designed for standing cubes. Working in your socks (if your employer will let you) while standing on said mat almost feels like a foot massage.

yep, in the same way boxing is like getting a face massage.

about a week ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

farble1670 misses the point (312 comments)

while it's true that sitting all day isn't good for you, neither is it good to stand all day. what's important is not doing the same thing for prolonged periods. the best option is to have a desk where you can both sit and stand ... such as a raised desk w/ a bar-style desk chair, or a desk that can be cranked up and down.

all things being equal, i'd rather have to sit all day than stand. i've had several jobs in my youth where i had to be on my feet for 8 hours, and it so no fun at all. forget about getting diabetes 10 years down the road, worry about the the fact that your feet kill you every single night after work.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

farble1670 Re:pointless (184 comments)

I'd rather pay $15 for the whole mess and be able to edit right away

really? you'd like to pay less?* that's surprising.

$60 / month for my cell plan? fuck that, i'd rather pay $150 up front. really i would.

* $6.99 / month, and of course you are going to keep it for >2 months.

about a month ago
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Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

farble1670 typical (74 comments)

was excited to see this. went and installed the dev channel chrome to make sure i got it. started it up and got a nice notification saying it was turned on. neat. then nothing. no notifications. nothing at all.

typical behavior from google now. the idea is so simple, but it never seems to work right for me despite having it turned on since inception and allowing google full access to my location. just *some* off the oddities,

1. despite never, ever going to the gym at any other time then between 7-8.30 in the morning on weekday, google now insists on giving me directions at all times of the day including saturdays.

2. despite regularly clicking on news articles and google now notifications about my local sports team, it failed to alert tell me there was a home game the other day resulting in me being jammed in downtown traffic (thanks!)

3. the weather notification is sometimes there, sometimes now. no clue about when it decides to show itself.

4. after swiping away sporting results, it re-inserts them multiple times

about a month ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

farble1670 business as usual (466 comments)

why is everyone so surprised and outraged? this is business doing what business does: maximizing profits. if there's no law saying they can't, they will. they are actually doing what they are supposed to be doing. if they weren't doing this, their board of directors should be fired. if you want to be mad at something, be mad at your representatives for not passing a law.

about a month ago
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MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet

farble1670 Re:Reminds me of the time... (227 comments)

not bad for a college kid

are you implying he did something smart? dumb luck is not intelligence.

about a month ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

farble1670 Re:Cloud only applications are a disaster (409 comments)

1) Cloud office suites store documents.... in the cloud

you know, there are benefits to this as well. i'm connected 99% of the time. not having access that 1% of the time is less of an inconvenience that having to otherwise sync the files between all my devices. i realize it's different for everyone, but in general, the world is becoming more and more connected.

Where's the guarantee that it will always be free?

so, never ever accept or use something that's free because someday it might not be free? what do you do if you car insurance goes up? you look around at the competition and see if there's a better deal. there you go.

Will I actually be able to move?

so you are suggesting one day, google or someone will lock all your files and hold them ransom until you pay? you think that might hurt their business at all? the business that relies on users trusting them? you don't have to think google cares about you or "does no evil", you just have to understand that they want to make money.

sometimes it helps to limit a conversation to what's likely to happen, not what possibly could happen.

about a month ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

farble1670 of course (409 comments)

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis said she'd rather see companies pay more in taxes and fund schools that way, rather than relying on their charity or free software

of course. if they rely on charity, they don't have a choice in how or where the benefit is "spent". companies can influence things in ways that directly or indirectly benefit them. need money for your art program? how about a bunch of chromebooks instead?

on the other hand, i suspect charity is more directly translated into student benefit than tax dollars. tax dollars, if they even make it to the school, are divvied up between unions, administration, etc. before anything gets to the kids.

about a month ago
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Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

farble1670 Re:Horrible article (140 comments)

Both ANT and Maven represent your build script as huge horrific XML files

you are really going to pick your build system on how pretty the script is?

yes, because the most important thing to me in a build system that my build scripts be as few characters as possible, right? the only thing that matters is stability and lots of good examples of how to do things you want to do.

That and ANT is goddamn slow.

ant was lightning fast compared to gradle. and yeah, i know because our company has fully cut over from eclipse + ant to android studio + gradle.

it takes nearly 30s to build just one of our android apps. upgrading from gradle 1.6 > 1.8 > 1.11, each upgrade has considerably worse performance, despite the docs claiming to have improved performance. gradle 1.11 is so much slower than 1.8 it's ridiculous. i can't even believe it was released. it does however give a progress indicator during the build now. great.

about a month ago
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Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

farble1670 Re:Horrible article (140 comments)

the decision to base everything on gradle baffles me a bit.

gradle itself, while apparently existing for a long time, has had some pretty bad bugs in it and it's plugins in the time i've been using it (last 6 months or so).

that, and i can't figure out why it's better. it is different however. there are fewer examples of how to do things then with maven or ant, and there's often multiple ways to accomplish the same thing, and they are both given as examples in the same doc with no explanation

about a month ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

farble1670 Re:Not sexism, but bitchiness (710 comments)

bitch is a pejorative used exclusively for women.

not anymore. calling a man a b* is quite common, and most certainly pejorative.

about a month ago
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Google and Microsoft Both Want To Stop Dual-Boot Windows/Android Devices

farble1670 Re:Forget the customer (153 comments)

nobody is saying that you can't dual boot your own hardware, they are just saying they aren't going to sell it like that out of the box, which is their prerogative.

about a month ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

farble1670 Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (335 comments)

$120/year for 1 TB is more than 9 times what I'd pay for 5 years of a 1 TB internal SATA

please indulge me. you said you could run the same setup for 9x less than $120, over 5 years, right? so $120 / 9 = $13, over 5 years is $13 / 5 = $3 per year, right?

Try $47.45/year

i'm no mathologist, but i'm pretty sure the $47 / year in power is already a lot greater than the $3 / year you quoted, right?

you all you did was factor in the cost of the drive itself, that's $50 for a 1TB drive ... that's still $10 / year over 5 years.

about a month ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

farble1670 Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (335 comments)

that's a ridiculous comparison. just some of the many, many things you forgot about,

1. a backup mechanism, that probably involves multiple other drives and a computer
2. networking hardware and a broadband connection (if you are talking about parity w/ drive)
3. electricity to power all this stuff 24x7. just the electricity to power the rig is going to be around $20 / month.
4. your time maintaining the whole setup

about a month ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

farble1670 Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (335 comments)

If you take a photo of your own nude baby child and upload it to your Google Drive, I'm sure the law is badly written enough to the point that you were "uploading child porn on the Internet".

BS.

give me some references where someone have been prosecuted for child porn for uploading pictures of their own children to a non-shared, non-public account. no? well, i still hope you achieved your goal of scaring some luddites today.

about a month ago
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NASA Wants To Go To Europa

farble1670 Re:No they don't. (216 comments)

the article you linked says that $1b rules only the most "mature" proposals, but there are other options. so what was your point? if they can't execute the most expensive option, they shouldn't bother trying anything?

about a month and a half ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

farble1670 Re:A new law in not what is needed (519 comments)

people can wear skirts all they like, and choose how much or little they want to expose of themselves in public. if you re concerned about some out of focus dark weird angle shot of your panties, i'd suggest not wearing a skirt.

about a month and a half ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

farble1670 Re:A new law in not what is needed (519 comments)

or, people could get over it. if it bothers you, cover it up. we don't need anymore laws.

about a month and a half ago

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Google Maps Navigation now on all Android Devices

farble1670 farble1670 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

farble1670 (803356) writes "Google has rolled Google Maps Navigation for all Android 1.6+ devices, even the lowly HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1). Features include traffic, satellite, and street view overlaid with your route. PC World has a nice feature overview. What does this mean for dedicated GPS device makers, now that a free, "good enough" turn by turn GPS is available to the ever-increasing number of Android users? What does it mean for the iPhone, where Google has yet to port this application? Google says it will port, if Apple approves.

After using it for a few days now, I agree with the "good enough" verdict."
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farble1670 farble1670 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

farble1670 writes "The European Commission on FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) has made it official — Sun contributes to and participates in more open source projects than any other commercial company, including IBM, Red Hat, Novell and HP. See the Economic impact of FLOSS on innovation and competitiveness (page 51) for the breakdown. In person months, Sun contributes over 3x more than the second place company, IBM.

This was concluded prior to the OpenJDK announcement, so we will see Sun's contributions grow significantly in the near future."

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