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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

krisbrowne42 Re:Inspiration (268 comments)

Have you ever used/looked at PARC Star? It bears about as much resemblance to what actually released as Mac OS as a Model T does to a Ferrari: The parts are recognizable, but someone has obviously put a lot of time and work into making someone _want_ the second.

about 5 months ago

Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

krisbrowne42 Inspiration (268 comments)

People seem to be forgetting that if Apple didn't have actual UI engineers developing what a system should look like, OSS folks would have no idea how to design one...

about 5 months ago

New York Pistol Permit Owner List Leaked

krisbrowne42 Re:leaked huh ? (899 comments)

And almost every one of those is a case where the gun is being used as the manufacturer intended, not an accident.

Yes. About 2/3 of those uses are suicides, and the rest are almost all homicides with illegal guns. Gun control has no significant effect reducing either of these numbers. There is a small remainder of homicides committed with legally owned guns and accidents, but many legal products are far more dangerous. Furthermore, there is no justification for creating intrusive government regulation that prevents me from committing suicide with a gun.


In the US, we have no real numbers on gun control and suicide rates, homicide rates, or pretty much anything else because the gun lobby has worked to destroy any public funding for such research, and to end careers of anyone who tries to independently study them.

In Australia, they had real, significant reductions in suicides when they implemented their gun controls. Also, they had previously had a number of mass shootings, and have had 0 since.

"The Australian Institute of Criminology found that gun-related murders and suicides fell sharply after 1996. The American Law and Economics Review found that our gun buyback scheme cut firearm suicides by 74 percent. In the 18 years before the 1996 reforms, Australia suffered 13 gun massacres — each with more than four victims — causing a total of 102 deaths. There has not been a single massacre in that category since 1996."

AU suicide stats:

about a year and a half ago

Cloud Gaming Service OnLive Unofficially On Linux

krisbrowne42 Re:Very few performance issues? (206 comments)

I do not agree that the service doesn't make sense. If one has a Mac, for example, this service suddenly opens up dozens of games which the developers would not have released as native any time in the near future. If you have something like a Macbook Air, or any device with a smaller storage space, this alleviates having to load and remove games when you want to play them. It leaves your space for games which you want to dedicate to, without having to compromise on what you want to play Right Now. Network issues resolve pretty easily.... As service popularity rises, adding more gear, bandwidth, and optimization becomes a lot easier. As for "buying" games, their PlayPack service, at $10 a month for unlimited play of 80+ games, seems like an easy sell for a casual dabblers like me, especially compared to buying PC games where you cannot easily resell them when you've moved on.

about 3 years ago

Study Compares IQ With Browser Choice

krisbrowne42 Sample sizes (380 comments)

I suppose it makes sense that all 10 people who use camino might have a higher average IQ than the billions who use IE versions.

more than 3 years ago

Internet-Based Political Party Opens Doors

krisbrowne42 Re:I Vote for (291 comments)

NO!!!! Chuck Norris is so far to the right that he makes Colbert's persona look left of socialist.

more than 3 years ago

Have I Lost My Gaming Mojo?

krisbrowne42 Scotch (418 comments)

When introducing yourself to Scotch (Even Single Malt) don't be afraid to add a bit of water to it. You actually allow more of the fragrance of the alcohol to diffuse as you dilute the drink, and so the flavor maintains very well, while reducing the pure alcohol burn which turns off many exploring drinkers.

more than 3 years ago

Avoiding GM Foods? Monsanto Says You're Overly Fussy

krisbrowne42 Monsanto isn't an unbiased voice (835 comments)

I would personally prefer to stay away from Monsanto based products not because I don't trust their science, but because I dislike their business practices and media tomfoolery. GM crops are a double-edged sword by all neutral study, having definite benefits of their own but creating potentially disastrous consequences (super-bugs and super-weeds, which are nearly immune to conventional herb- or insecticides), but the Intellectual Property abuse that comes of their use is hurting more farmers than those issues for now.

more than 4 years ago

New iConji Language For the Symbol-Minded Texter

krisbrowne42 Concept is good, execution.... Has issues. (195 comments)

The idea of a universal symbol language which translates to other languages without syntax is not new, but nobody has done it any "better" than this. The basic symbol sets do indeed capture the most essential frameworks for a message, but there is no mandate for how to create words beyond the initial set, and if words continue to come in then the character set will grow too large for a non-dedicated user to comprehend it.

On a more worrying note: There are major accessibility issues which have been ignored, which I am concerned might leave some things mistranslated. The most obvious example is having symbols of identical shape, but differing colors, with different meanings. This is bad for color-blind users obviously. Additionally, I was having a hard time differentiating the details of some symbols, even though I'm on a full size computer screen, wearing my glasses, etc. On a cell phone I'm willing to bet that won't be easier.

more than 4 years ago

Why Are There No Popular Ultima Online-Like MMOs?

krisbrowne42 Re:They've become games not worlds (480 comments)

For hardcore players perhaps, but for the Casual majority WoW is still a larger world, at least the first time through. It's at "End Game" where you end up cycling through the same instances over and over to get every drop you need...

more than 4 years ago

The iPad Questions Apple Won't Answer

krisbrowne42 Re:Don't click the link bait! (671 comments)

I disagree that this won't be for them... Any of us who have a desktop as their main computer, don't need a full laptop, and don't want the hassle of maintaining two full computers (whether it be a laptop or netbook) will find this a perfect niche product.... This is in fact exactly the tablet I've been looking for. And that's after using 14 PDA/Tablet style devices in the past, and some 13 different laptop models.

more than 4 years ago

The iPad Questions Apple Won't Answer

krisbrowne42 Don't click the link bait! (671 comments)

In the summary there were 3 features already present in current Touch OS devices, which work great, and have been working for ages. If the author has so poorly researched the article, how is it relevant? All he knows is that dissing an Apple product will drive clicks (or ever more increasingly, taps), no matter if he's got a clue what he's talking about. Until we as a community stop feeding such jackassery, the quality of tech journalism will continue to slip.

more than 4 years ago

Thawte Will End "Web of Trust" On November 16

krisbrowne42 Needs a new innovator (127 comments)

This is the perfect realm for someone like Google to change the space...

As of now PKI for email is just too much work for a normal user, and single emails, or single users, using encryption stand out as people to monitor, anomalous activity.

Someone like Google could add a checkbox in their Labs features that automatically encrypts email between users who have the feature enabled on their system, and publicizes the spec so others can implement on the server side. It doesn't address the authentication side of the equation, but at least could raise the traffic level of encrypted email enough to make purposely encrypted emails noise instead of signal.

Authentication can still be handled by other means, including SSI and self-signed keys.

more than 4 years ago

Best Tools For Network Inventory Management?

krisbrowne42 Zenoss (251 comments)

I have used Zenoss pretty extensively for this in the past.... Between the native SNMP tools and clients for most platforms, you can pretty extensively get a running snapshot of your network, as well as do performance and service monitoring. Depending on the SNMP plugin or client you're using, it can even do some software auditing.

more than 5 years ago

Typography On the Web Gets Different

krisbrowne42 Re:Oh Lord! (378 comments)

Interesting. The page, fonts, etc. all looked fantastic in Safari and Firefox on my Mac.

more than 5 years ago

Emulated PC Enables Linux Desktop In Your Browser

krisbrowne42 Re:Why would I want to run X86 emulator in my brow (165 comments)

The same people who dig or think FreeDos is still relevant. People who are know vinyl has something CDs can't replicate. People who know the pinnacle of gaming was either Nethack or Ultima 7 (Depending on whether you prefer gameplay or story).

more than 5 years ago

Unix Turns 40

krisbrowne42 Re:40 and still relevant (254 comments)

Let's answer two ways that could be taken... No, I didn't mean Mac OS X is 40, my grammar radar missed that possible interpretation. (Though being a hereditary Unix through NeXT, BSD4.4 and back, it could be considered such)

By any measure I have seen in the past 5 years, Mac OS X continually shows market penetration 5-8+ times that of Linux, compared to which any other Unix system usage can mostly be considered statistical noise.

That's not to say they don't have relevance or followers, but when it comes to getting the average user putting their hands on a Unix or Unix-like system, no other compares to Mac OS X, and that's not even counting embedded usage like the iPhone and iPod Touch.

more than 5 years ago

Unix Turns 40

krisbrowne42 40 and still relevant (254 comments)

Wow... 40 already.

When I started doing Unix Admin professionally Unix was just turning 30, Linux was poised to take over the Desktop, Mac OS X was just a glimmer of hope, and Sun was the king of commercial Unix.

When I started using Minix, Unix was only 20, but RMS was kvetching about source code (and Hurd was Coming Soon), BSD had just won it's freedom, and Steve Jobs was doing cool things over at NeXT. Unix was just leaving it's First "Golden Age"...

Now, at 40, Mac OS X is the most used Unix system, Sun was just bought cheap, most other commercial Unix systems are defunct... But with Android, Pre, and iPhone all putting *nix systems in the palms of millions, Macs selling more than ever, and many companies offering Linux pre-installed in the box, Unix is as relevant as ever.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Plays Up Open Source

krisbrowne42 License (224 comments)

MS Likes PostGres because it's BSD through and through, and has used that as a selling point off and on vs that viral GPL MySql. BSD=Embrace, Extend, without guilt (legally not morally of course)

more than 7 years ago


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