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Google Report Shows Governments Want More Private Data

ink Other? (89 comments)

What is the "other" category that the US government is using outside of search warrants or subpoenas?

about 2 years ago
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The Trials and Tribulations of a Would-Be Facebook Employee

ink Re:In summary (241 comments)

Yeah, after reviewing his "tribulations", I'm not sure I'd want to hire such a whiner.

about 2 years ago
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It's Hard For Techies Over 40 To Stay Relevant, Says SAP Lab Director

ink Re:Indian sweat shops (441 comments)

You hit the nail on the head. I was willing to put up with a lot more bullshit when I was in my 20's. I was willing to "write to spec" at the behest of bad managers even when the spec was clearly ridiculous. I was willing to put in extra time at work because I did not have a family or much savings. Now, I prefer to do meaningful work and pursue my own interests in off-hours. The video game companies went through this problem about ten years ago (full disclosure: I work in that industry). They would hire a bunch of young, hungry developers and burn them out on a few titles, then shut down the studio. It turns out that doing that is not a long-term strategy because you destroy your capital -- and so they changed course (well, most companies did) and started investing in long-term, productive work forces.

about 2 years ago
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Are Porn and Video Games Ruining a Generation?

ink Meanwhile... (1034 comments)

Meanwhile, the world population is nearing 7 billion. We men have 99 problems, but fucking ain't one of them.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Won't Play DVDs Unless You Pay For the Media Center Pack

ink Actually, it's a great idea (734 comments)

I'm glad Microsoft is pushing the racket costs through to the consumer. The DVD licencing group is just a shakedown, and it's great to let users opt-out of their shenanigans. Linux distributions have been doing this for a long time with mp3 codecs (for example). Savvy users can get around it, but it's also very simple to pay a nominal fee to appease the intellectual property bandits.... if you want to support their practices.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Was Hypercard Killed?

ink Re:Occam's Razor (392 comments)

Maybe my point wasn't clear enough then; I don't believe that there was any kind of conspiracy to "kill" Hypercard -- I believe that all the developers moved on to either more capable development platforms. The person likely to build something in Hypercard then is probably reaching for Dreamweaver, Excel, or FileMaker Pro now. The actual developers have moved on to professional tool sets.

Hypercard killed itself.

about 3 years ago
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Why Was Hypercard Killed?

ink Re:Occam's Razor (392 comments)

They may lack "automatic redline change" illumination, but that's not an impossible thing to add if anybody wanted it.

Version control is a lot more than that; you have to manage branches and merging which would require a lot of work to integrate into a visual development tool. As it stands, the LabView user would still need to understand the code underneath in order to meaningfully contribute. Integration is another mess (how do you write test cases in a visual designer?).

Having "grown up" with the Amiga, visual development has attracted me, but it has never escaped the realm of neat toy.

about 3 years ago
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Why Was Hypercard Killed?

ink Occam's Razor (392 comments)

Or, it could be that all those fond memories of Hypercard are exaggerated. I can't recall even one such application that was useful apart from simple educational games. The challenge in creating a GUI-based development system has been tackled many times. The most recent one that I have used is the default Mindstorms programming environment LabView, which I quickly discarded for a gcc-based environment.

The one killing blow that keeps me from really using these environments is that they are fundamentally incompatible with version control. This means that they cannot be large projects, or have much collaboration -- relegating them to trivial systems, which are all I remember Hypercard being.

about 3 years ago
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Occupy Wall Street Protests Go Global

ink Re:Assange condemns greed? (944 comments)

I would agree with you if you amended your statement to include all the tax breaks the baby boomers gave themselves. They want to have their cake and eat it too. The trouble with reform is that it must come from both ends: revenue and reduced spending. Whenever either is discussed, all rational conversation is shut down by the screaming heads on either side.

more than 3 years ago
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Marking 10 Years Since 9/11/2001

ink Also Denis Kucinich (804 comments)

Don't forget Kucinich as well. Most of the left of the country oppose the Middle Eastern wars. The reason that Paul stands out is that he is pretty much alone on the right. I remember Richard Gere standing at that New York support event and getting booed off stage for daring to suggest that war wasn't the appropriate response. It was a mini-McCarthy era from 2001 to around 2008 or so -- if you didn't have a yellow ribbon on your car, then you supported the terrorists.

And now the same kind of demagoguing is happening to our monetary system -- popular vitriol is being thrown at the government to ensure that the entire system collapses, putting the crown jewel in to Bin Laden's legacy.

more than 3 years ago
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Fable III Dev: Used Game Sales More Costly Than Piracy

ink Re:Steam vs. Retail (342 comments)

You're talking about this story: http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/03/steam-user-violates-subscriber-agreement-loses-1800-in-games.ars

In which case Valve refunded the account. Regardless, this is the future whether you like it or not. You won't be buying physical media in the very near future. The 360 and PS3 may well be the last consoles to even have removable storage of any kind -- if not, the next generation will be the last.

more than 3 years ago
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Fable III Dev: Used Game Sales More Costly Than Piracy

ink Steam vs. Retail (342 comments)

Developers complain about pirating on the PC, so they make console-only titles, then they complain about used game sales. I would have purchased Red Dead Redemption on Steam, had it been available -- instead I bought a used copy at GameStop for $20. Sorry Rockstar. Eventually all games will be delivered digitally, and the producers will need to have a more sane stance on pricing. Not every game is worth $60.

more than 2 years ago
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Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

ink Re:Fuel Tax Works Fine (932 comments)

Let's worry about that when it happens.

more than 3 years ago
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Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

ink Fuel Tax Works Fine (932 comments)

What is the difference between this and the already-in-place fuel tax? The fuel tax is even better at metering costs to those that chew up roads (heavy vehicles). This sounds like a solution looking for a cause to me.

more than 3 years ago
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Nintendo Chief: Consumers Don't Understand 3DS Yet

ink Re:No reason to buy (215 comments)

Many people have sight problems that prevent them from seeing 3D -- why would Nintendo exclude them by tying gameplay mechanics to a display device? It's similar to cinema -- not everyone wants to see a movie in 3D.

I think the biggest problem facing the 3DS is its underwhelming software lineup.

more than 3 years ago
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NetBeans 7.0 Is Now Available

ink Re:Cool! (137 comments)

Visual Studio can work with Java projects? If you want to use the Microsoft vertical stack, then stick with Visual Studio. Netbeans supports several application stacks -- many use it just for it's comprehensive PHP support.

more than 3 years ago
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Cable Channels Panic Over iPad Streaming App

ink Re:"If we litigate, we have a chance to win.'" (346 comments)

Media broadcast/production companies don't want to know the real numbers -- although they could learn a lesson from Arbitron's PeopleMeter device. This little electronic sampler is what they moved to in order to more accurately measure radio listeners. They did away with the pen-and-paper surveys, and added in all kinds of non-traditional radio broadcasts at the same time (retail locations, etc.). Popular radio programs actually came out ahead, even though they fought tooth and nail to keep them out of their markets (they feared change).

more than 3 years ago
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What's the Oldest File You Can Restore?

ink Old IBM XT (498 comments)

I recently recovered my grandmother's IBM XT data. She had hundreds of WordPerfect and Personal Ancestry files -- all on an MFM 4MB hard disk. I was able to get the image off after booting it up with an old monitor, and I made a DosBox image for it so that my dad/aunt/uncles could double-click and run all her stuff. My father was upset because I sent the link out to everyone before he had a chance to go through it for "personal" data that he would then presumably keep from everyone else. I doubt she cares, though.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Hypes Win7 Tablets For CES — Again

ink Re:Curious timing (188 comments)

To be fair, iOS was renamed from iPhoneOS not less than a year ago. Citing Microsoft's mobile OS name as proof of a lack of vision is silly.

about 4 years ago
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The 5-Year Console Cycle Is Dead

ink Re:I've Gone Back to PC (422 comments)

No, I just won a match of TF2 with 24 players. Half of us were engineers. We had sentries all over red base.

about 4 years ago

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Supreme Court Hears Video Game Case

ink ink writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ink (4325) writes "The supreme court heard arguments today about the controversial California law that makes it illegal to sell "violent" videogames to minors. The transcript is interesting, if only to read justices Kagen and Scalias thoughts on Mortal Kombat: "It's iconic", "I don't know what she's talking about"."
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Oracle Sues Google

ink ink writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ink (4325) writes "In what may be an attempt to accuse Google of infringing on the Java ME runtime re-distribution license, Oracle unleashed their lawyers on the search giant's mobile platform. Ars Technica continues:

"In a tersely worded press release, Oracle announced that it was suing Google for patent and copyright infringement over its use of the Java programming language for Android development. Neither the press release nor the complaint filed in the US District Court for Northern California go into any significant detail.""

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Apple Blocks Cartoonist From App Store

ink ink writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ink (4325) writes "Here is another troubling anecdote on the iWeb front:

This week cartoonist Mark Fiore made Internet and journalism history as the first online-only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize. Fiore took home the editorial cartooning prize for animations he created for SFGate, the website for the San Francisco Chronicle... But there’s just one problem. In December, Apple rejected his iPhone app, NewsToons, because, as Apple put it, his satire “ridicules public figures,” a violation of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement, which bars any apps whose content in “Apple’s reasonable judgement may be found objectionable, for example, materials that may be considered obscene, pornographic, or defamatory.

Whether or not you agree with Fiore's political sentiments, I believe we can all agree that the censorship of his work should be denigrated."
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AT&T Wins Gizmodo 3G Bandwidth Test

ink ink writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ink (4325) writes "Gizmodo has completed a 12-city test of 3G cellular bandwidth speed. Verizon won four of the twelve, however AT&T scored higher with six:

Let's get this straight right away: We didn't test dropped voice calls, we didn't test customer service, and we didn't test map coverage by wandering around in the boonies. We tested the ability of the networks to deliver 3G data in and around cities, including both concrete canyons and picket-fenced 'burbs. And while every 3G network gave us troubles on occasion, AT&T's wasn't measurably more or less reliable than Verizon's.

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Sun Releases JavaFX

ink ink writes  |  about 6 years ago

ink (4325) writes "Sun released JavaFX 1.0 today, in a bid to take on Adobe's Flash and Microsoft's Silverlight technologies. It is Sun's first Java release to include standardized, cross-platform audio and video playback code (in the form of On2 licensed codecs). The lack of a Linux or Solaris release is a notable absence. The development kit currently consists of the base run-time, a NetBeans/Eclipse plug-in and a set of artifact exporters for Adobe CS 3&4."
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Dell Releases Its "Netbook"

ink ink writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ink (4325) writes "Dell has unveiled its "Eee competitor", the Inspiron 9. It includes an Intel Atom 1.6Ghz, an 8.9" display and weighs in at about 1kg. Prices start at $349. The basic model only offers Ubuntu 8.04, but with a larger drive Windows XP becomes an option."
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FCC Auction Winners Announced

ink ink writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ink (4325) writes "AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, the nation's two biggest cell phone carriers, bid a combined $16 billion of the record $19.6 billion pledged in the auction, according to an AP analysis of the results. Verizon Wireless bid $9.4 billion while AT&T Inc. bid $6.6 billion. Verizon Wireless, a joint venture between Verizon Communications Inc. and British telecom giant Vodaphone Group, won nearly every license in the consumer-friendly "C block.""
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