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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

jmyers Ads not needed (611 comments)

People already pay for their internet connection, bandwith, web hosting, etc. Maybe the Telegraph could not exist on the web without ads, but that does not mean the internet could not exist. This person seems to belive that the internet exists only because of commercial content producers.

about a month ago

The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

jmyers Not changed much (294 comments)

I don't see many changes. Vendors, managers, and salespeople change the buzz words every few years and talk of great paradigm shifts. Programmers continue to write code and produce actual results. In a perfect world the programmers get to choose their own tools. In the real world we have to use whatever buzz word compliant tools are thrown in the mix each year. They never actually live up to the hype and you have to dig in and find the code buried within and build stuff that works. I remember when the salespeople were touting dBase II and how programming would be completely changed. Right.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

jmyers Re:Death bell tolling for thee.... (322 comments)

A better car analogy would be "GM unifies all vehicle drivetrains". Our new dump trucks have 111" wheelbase and look just like an impala with the trunk lid removed.

about 2 months ago

Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

jmyers Re:sounds like North Korea news (109 comments)

Who decides what are facts? Who decides what the 2 sides are? The government? If there ever was such a law it must have been enforced really badly at least during my lifetime (I am 54). I have always seen huge bias in news from any source. The difference that's happened over the last 20 years or so is that commentators have started to state their bias up front. I believe that is way more honest because you know what you are getting and can weight the information accordingly. The fact is that anything that comes from the mouth of a human is going to have a bias applied. The people who claim to not have bias are usually the worst culprits because they are unable to see their own bias.

Something like internet search trends is a great way to get an unbiased view of what people are interested or concerned about. This can be done completely by computer with no human interaction and bias applied. But of course the search providers will not provide the unfiltered facts. All they see is their own bias and dollar signs.

about 2 months ago

Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

jmyers Who decides what is happy (109 comments)

So it might make me happy to know some bad news, like my Bank just got hacked.This is nothing but trying to put a happy face on censorship. I hate "search trends" reports and articles. I wish they would factually publish that actual trends with no filtering. that would be truly interesting. I am sure this has never been done. If the trends have been real in the past then it really proves how stupid most people are. It normally appears to be as pop fluff and the same stuff the MSM is pushing as issues of the day.

about 2 months ago

Can Google Influence Elections?

jmyers Re:Of course they can (138 comments)

The people that would be influenced by Google are the same ones influenced by People magazine and major TV networks. These people decide a lot of elections. The so called "undecided voters" which is another term for dumbass. They pay no attention to politics except that last few weeks before a presidential election. They are the swing votes that are going to go with the candidate based on good looks and charisma. The major TV networks have almost complete control over the process of selecting the candidate for these people. They have no idea that 3rd party candidates exist. I talked to a lot of people about Gary Johnson last election and many were adamant there was no 3rd party candidate this time and I didn't know what I was talking about.

Not only Google themselves could be able to swing the results. The candidate with the best SEO team might be able to influence the results. Run some negative TV ads that drop keywords is a way you know people will search. This could bring to the surface some really nasty articles written with the slant of your choice. Unfortunately negative works big time on the dumbass voter crowd.

about 4 months ago

Firefox 29: Redesign

jmyers Re:did you checked the video? (688 comments)

I am old enough to remember when UI's were very good. text on green screen terminal that were made to do exactly what was needed and were as simple as possible. Then computers got more powerful and people started designing GUIs that did in fact suck because the keyboard functions people had learned no longer worked or worked differently. Everything was quirky and ran very slow. Then hardware caught up and design got much better. Then web apps started to take off and the UIs sucked because of limited browser features and rookie web developers. Then programming tools and browser features improved and "web 2.0" UIs took hold and they got much better. Most of this evolution in design was driven to create the "next big thing", to wow users into wanting your design.

Now we are in a stagnant period where no new ground breaking PC technology has come along for a while. Tablets and smartphones took off so they appear to be getting all the attention. Designers and developers hungry to be on the verge of the next big thing are focusing on tablets and copying the big players like Google and Apple. At these companies design decisions are being made based on revenue streams rather than testing and user feedback. How do we make our product maintain it's branding? How to we guide the user into our revenue stream? It is no longer about what the users want tor need it is about forcing users into a tranche that can be exploited.

about 5 months ago

US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

jmyers Re:Security through Antiquity? (481 comments)

I would shut closed my brain, much like when posting to /. I shudder to think what the world would be like without grammar nazi's.

about 5 months ago

US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

jmyers Re:Security through Antiquity? (481 comments)

I had customers with 8" floppy drives up until '95 or so. Mostly Persci dual 8" drives, I would shutter any time I got a call from one of them. I did many cat eye alignments. I was glad to see the last of those go off contract along with the 17" CDC hard disk drives. Nothing like the smell of a head crash on one of those.

about 5 months ago

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

jmyers Re:Here's hoping. (693 comments)

I've never had problem with Mint MATE edition. I run version 13 on one system since it came out and 16 on a couple others since it was released. I have found MATE to work exactly as expected and to be very stable and reliable. I have tried Cinnamon on several system and always had the crash to fallback mode after a few minutes of use. l also find the screens less smooth and jumpier. This is most likely video driver issue, but if so the system is way too picky to use in production. KDE would probably be fine too but I have not used it enough to form an opinion.

I have to believe the people recommending Cinnamon don't use it and recommend for political reasons (they want the gnome2 code base to die). Maybe they happen to have some magical hardware combination that works. I have tried a lot of systems including a reasonably new notebook and Cinnamon always crashes.I refuse to try hacks and workarounds when there is an alternative that works out of the box (mate).

I will continue to try Cinnamon and gnome3 and other systems as new versions are releases just to check them out and see how they are progressing. I have no problem changing when soemhting better comes along. So far Mint/MATE is my go to production stable desktop.

about 5 months ago

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

jmyers Re:Here's hoping. (693 comments)

"pleasant on the eye" is subjective and mealiness. In my experience Cinnamon is unreliable which is not good for people just trying Linux. I have installed Linux Mint on many systems, Every time a new release comes out I try Cinnamon hoping for better results. It often crashes and reverts to "fallback mode" which as awful. Maybe it works on some magic hardware combination that I have not tried. MATE has worked perfectly out of the box on every system I have tried. Stable, reliable and pleasant to my eye. I have also tried the fedora MATE spin and it was nowhere near the polish and functionality of the Mint systems. So it may be Mint treatment of MATE as much as the DE itself.

Cinnamon is for people in denial about Gnome 3 and believe it has actual value buried deep in there somewhere.
MATE is for people who just want to use a computer for actual work.
KDE is for people that want to use a computer for actual work and also like eye candy.

about 5 months ago

93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

jmyers Re:So how many of them are actually qualified (214 comments)

This is the best comment so far. The fact is that we will continue to consume fossils fuels until they are gone. The various initiatives to displace fossil fuels only decide who gets to control and profit from them. the facts of AGW are irrelevant. Politicians, governments and businessmen alike do not give a damn. They all use the issue to advance their own agendas which are not about saving the planet.

If all of the oil companies were nationalized there would be sudden silence about AGW. In that case we would suffer worse affects. I know /. loves to complain about corporations, but at at least there is some level of control and oversight. There is no control and oversight when it comes to the US and other powerful governments. Democracy is pretty much dead.

about 5 months ago

Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

jmyers Re:It's a start (294 comments)

Translation: "I live with my mom and have never done actual work so I don't mind playing with toys".

  I have learned to live with the ribbon but it sucks horribly. It wastes space. Icons are stupid an meaningless. Text menu items arraigned intelligently are meaningful and useful to people that use these tools to do actual work. It is a step backwards and in now way an improvement.

about 5 months ago

Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

jmyers Re:systemd Architecture (641 comments)

I adopted Linux and various other open source programs because I was frustrated with the attitude of the vendors I was dealing with, SCO, AT&T, NCR, Sperry, etc. They were all jockeying for position and creating incompatibilities with each other. I had to support a program that ran on a lot on Unices. I discovered the GNU tools that would run the same way on various platforms then toyed with Linux and eventually started using it in production.

The big difference with GNU and Linux was is seemed to be all about the users. Users creating software for other users without "vendor goals" as baggage. I was a very loyal Red Hat users for years but GNOME 3 drove me to Mint and now I keep seeing more examples where they and other "open source" companies have become like the old Unix vendors.

Glad to see Linus pushing back against it.

about 6 months ago

Dr. Dobb's Calls BS On Obsession With Simple Code

jmyers Workarounds make code complex (381 comments)

A lot of what makes code ugly and complex is working around bugs and incomplete features in languages, database, etc. Every time I start a new project I try to start with a good clean framework. If never fails that you hit a point where documented features dont work and after waisting many hours of research you find the ugly hack workarounds. These acheive the end result but make you cringe when you maintain the code.

about a year ago

Libya Elects Engineer To Acting Prime Minister Post

jmyers A potential one for the US (188 comments)

Herman Cain is not president yet, but he has a master’s degree in computer science

more than 2 years ago

Bufferbloat — the Submarine That's Sinking the Net

jmyers Re:Awsum, TTY in your name (525 comments)

So you are the reason I keep getting this in my logs "getty keeps dying. There may be a problem".

more than 3 years ago

Could Open Source Render Facebook the Next AOL?

jmyers Facebook is all about the contacts (293 comments)

Relating Facebook to its features and applications and how they could be replaced is missing the point. Facebook is all about the contact list. People will not move away from it and lose their contacts and seamless communication. i.e. importing the contacts somewhere else just adds complexity.

Like all things FB will eventually die but it will take some killer app that no one has seen yet, not just duplication of features.

Another way it may die is through a really bad event like major identity theft or a really nasty virus that causes people to flock away from it. Or possibly a bad DDOS attack that brings it down for an extended period.

more than 4 years ago

BC Prof Suggests Young Children Need Less Formal Math, Not More

jmyers good teacher (427 comments)

Perhaps the 6 graders that just started math had a really good teacher. One year with a good teacher can outpace several years with a mediocre teacher. The conclusion of the study should be better teaching methods not less education.

more than 4 years ago

Study Shows People In Power Make Better Liars

jmyers Re:Correlation Causation (265 comments)

To become a leader you have to be able to look people in the eye and tell them exactly what they want to hear. The better you are at this the higher up the ladder you will climb. For some reason people will always believe what they want to hear. It seems to apply across all ideologies.

more than 4 years ago


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