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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

jareth-0205 Re:Business class is a misnomer (145 comments)

Some people don't enjoy work and paying them more might get them to work on time or to work the whole day. Or you could just fire them and hire someone who has an understanding that they have agreed to do a job for a rate of pay.

Oh really? Alright I can play your game: those people have agreed to do a job that involved standard office hours. Travel means being asked to sit in a cramped aeroplane for many hours and give up their evenings and potentially weekends to do their job. By your own measure, work travel spreads outside normal work hours, so making it comfortable is hardly an unreasonable request. Just because an employee asks for something doesn't mean they should be fired over it.

4 days ago
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Raspberry Pi Compute Module Release

jareth-0205 Re:The Children (51 comments)

How does this help the children? That's what RPi is all about, right?

It won't! And I'll tell you something, it's not just them... other charities like NSPCC and Save the Children, they run these 'shops' where they sell stuff that isn't for children either! Ridiculous!

about two weeks ago
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Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

jareth-0205 Re:tl;dr (273 comments)

To each his own.

Ooo... very dangerous sentiment 'round these parts...

about two weeks ago
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Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

jareth-0205 Re:Considering what Burning Man is supposed to be. (273 comments)

...this makes no sense. I'm glad I've never bothered with it.

Ah... /.er admitting knowing nothing about something and then having judgemental opinion anyway. Christ this site is frustrating sometimes.

about two weeks ago
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Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

jareth-0205 Re:tl;dr (273 comments)

burning man? really? if you are beyond your early 20s and haven't realized how dumb burning man is....

Ahh... anti-Burning Man. The new Hipster movement.

about two weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

jareth-0205 Re:What society really needs to do (518 comments)

So putting this 3-test limit has achieved what exactly? If people can accurately judge whether they are ready to pass or not? To achieve your dubious goal you need to limit the amount of time allowed to *learn* to drive.

about three weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

jareth-0205 Re:What society really needs to do (518 comments)

Not sure what Birmingham has to do with anything, but I have lived in Leeds, Manchester and Bradford, if that helps whatever point you're trying to make.

I never said all, I said largely, and there are many reasons for this that go way beyond the "white people are just superior" air that you are giving off. You're the one who dumped racial statistics that weren't asked for or relevant.

about three weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

jareth-0205 Re:What society really needs to do (518 comments)

I can't think of a single reason why anybody should be taking the test without being prepared.

Errr... because a test is a massively different psychological situation than normal driving? You haven't heard of people who are quite capable at a subject but dry-up during exams? You couldn't even think of that reason?

about three weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

jareth-0205 Re:What society really needs to do (518 comments)

I think the whites who live in Garretts Green will take their test in the exact same place as the ethnic majority who live there.

And largely higher wealth levels for whites give far more opportunity to learn, own cars, have longer / better driving instructors, etc. But you're hellbent on backing up your racism, so go nuts.

about three weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

jareth-0205 Re:What society really needs to do (518 comments)

Fail the test three times, that's it. No more chances.

Apart from that being an arbitrary and selfish number (I would bet my life on you having passed your test in 3 or less), I hope you're willing to pay for the massive investment on improving public transport necessary to accommodate all these people inferior to you that don't learn as fast as you.

about three weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

jareth-0205 Re:What society really needs to do (518 comments)

is that a comment on driving skills or prejudice of testers?

I don't know. It still seems to hold in cities which are predominantly black/Asian, eg. "Birmingham (Garretts Green)" where only 10% of candidates are labelled "White".

Worth mentioning that most ethnic minorities live in cities and are likely to take their test in cities, which is a much harder place to take a test than a rural / suburban situation that a good number of whites would test in.

about three weeks ago
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Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

jareth-0205 Re:So if you forget to lock your front door (246 comments)

Of course you can know. This guy knew. He was deliberately trying to find stuff that he knew wasn't supposed to be public. If you didn't know then that would be a defence, but I can't see that being the case here.

The law isn't technical absolute booleans, intent matters, and what the person is trying to do is part of it. What a reasonable person expects and would I don't see the photography thing as a crazy law, should you be allowed to pry into my house just because technically you can and there's no cast-iron technical way to say not to?

about a month ago
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Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

jareth-0205 Re:So if you forget to lock your front door (246 comments)

Step in your house, no. LOOK in your house from the curb, sure. If the doors are open it's a public place.

At the risk of propagating this analogy-hell, I'm pretty sure that if your door is open, your property is still not a public place.

In the UK for example, if you point a camera at a building with a normal lens, that is fine. If you point a camera at a window with a high-zoom, that is not. Intent matters!

about a month ago
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You Can't Kid a Kidder: Comcast's Cohen May Have Met His Match In FCC's Wheeler

jareth-0205 Re:Learning lessons from the failed Bell breakup (56 comments)

What should've happened instead was that the Bell system should've been broken up at the physical plant level. ILECs should've been left owning nothing more than the physical plant, selling access to it, at tariffed rates, to any CLEC that wants to provide voice or data service over the last mile.

Interestingly this is roughly what happened in the UK with voice and data telecoms. BT (as the previously nationalised monopoly) is left with all the infrastructure, and the services on top, but they have to run them as separate businesses. Other companies have the right to piggy back on the last mile, and install their network hardware in BT exchanges. It worked very well for the ADSL-era, though an argument can be made that BT have wrested a bit too much influence again now that we're moving to fibre. Heavily regulated private business *can* work...

about a month ago
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Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

jareth-0205 Re:Android is all maximized all the time (194 comments)

Let me know when Android can even put two windows on the screen.

2012 called and wants its ignorance back.

http://liliputing.com/2013/09/...

Alright there Mister Patronising... Not really Android is it though? When Android for vast majority of devices effectively means stock+tweaks+Google Play, solutions that are only for manufacturers to implement is a bit useless for the rest of us, isn't it?

about a month ago
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Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

jareth-0205 Re:And yet apple sells more tablets than anybody (487 comments)

We need to recognize that premium android might as well be a different OS than white label android. The apps will be different, the languages will be different, the monetization will be different, the fragmentation will be different.

What are you talking about? I have a white-box Chinese Android tablet. It came with Android 4.2, gmail, Play store, google maps, etc. All of the no-name (Aldi Branded / Walmart / etc) tablets I've seen are the same.

An easy way to tell when someone doesn't know what they fuck they're talking about is if they mention the word "fragmentation". As an Android developer I can say that I barely worry about different devices with different capabilities. For the large majority of apps it doesn't matter. Nearly all my bugs are because I've done something wrong, not because a particular device is doing something wrong.

about a month and a half ago
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Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

jareth-0205 Re:Already Lost (353 comments)

The really decisive fighter of WWII was the American P51 Mustang

Well that all depends on your timeframe. Later on, perhaps, but at the Battle of Britain, the UK stood alone and was in immediate danger of being invaded. If that had happened it would likely have fallen as the UK didn't have the war industry at that time to defend on land. The technical superiority of the Spitfire (& to some extent Hurricane, not as good a plane but in far greater numbers) at that point in time saved the UK from invasion since air superiority couldn't be achieved.

I think "preventing invasion" could be described as fairly decisive...

about a month and a half ago
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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

jareth-0205 Re:What can be done? (333 comments)

I suppose 98% of the rest 2% can be done today in HTML5. :)

Yup, just as long as you are willing to give up any sense of decent UI, performance, etc. Mobile devices are shockingly bad at rendering HTML at a good rate, and I'm yet to see a HTML5 page that properly scales to different screen sizes, has good information density, or works properlly offline.

That's not to say these things aren't possible, but I have to assume that they are very hard because nobody seems to be doing them.

about 2 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

jareth-0205 Bundling + monopoly is the issue (742 comments)

*Fuck*. Why, after apparently 20 years, are we still having to explain this! So-called professional, intelligent people can't seem to grasp the fact that *bundling* is not problem. Bundling AND being in a monopoly position to enforce that bundle *is*. It's a logical AND. We're not talking mental gymnastics here, and you've had 20 years to understand, I would have thought a MS employee would especially be wanting to understand this. Jesus.

And don't think Google are somehow immune from this, Chrome on ChromeOS is fine since it's not in any way in a dominant position on operating systems, but using search monopoly to push their own products does have them currently in trouble with the EU.

about 2 months ago
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With 'Virgin' Developers, Microsoft Could Fork Android

jareth-0205 Re:Author has obviously no clue at all (241 comments)

You always own the code you write. What you don't own is the code that other people wrote which you're piggybacking on, free of charge.

If you don't like their terms of use and redistribution, you can easily solve the problem by writing your own implementation of their functionality.

Well indeed, which is presumably why Google chose not to go with one. They were more interested in generating developer and manufacturer support (where "oo, free stuff!" is attractive) than maintaining absolute openness all the way down the chain.

Personally, I like copyleft, but sometimes getting people to piggyback is more important to your goals.

about a month ago

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