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Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

linearZ Better to not lead the witness. (157 comments)

I've found that withholding the a full bug list, while allowing customer to directly submit bugs to engineers (e.g. limiting customers visibility on Bugzilla to only the bugs they submit) is a very powerful approach. This allows some level of verification without leading the witness, and a better understanding of what is important to customers on the whole. I always advocate for making it as easy for the customers to submit bugs. You want the marketing people to filter information from engineers to customers, not the other way around.

As for submitting whole bug list, with the exception of certain situations (obvious impact on large pct of user base, open source, safety/security) I really don't see the point. I ask myself - in developing proprietary software is there benefit to publishing minor bugs that don't impact a large percentage of the user base? Does it help me sleep better? Am I somehow magically off the hook for bugs that have been published? In my experience the answers to these questions is "No", and advocacy to submitting all bugs to the customers is generally rooted in the ego of the engineer. It is marketing/sale's job to manage the customer expectations, not the engineer's - we have to live with this fact.

2 days ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

linearZ A strawman argument at best. (353 comments)

"What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law."

I've yet to see any of these devices marketed as allowing people to place themselves beyond the law. Law enforcement are the only ones pushing the idea that the only purpose is to circumvent the law. Of course, the lapdog media has no problem reprinting the "encryption is for criminals" message.

4 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

linearZ Re:Petitions.org... (299 comments)

The Supreme Court does say that money is free speech. Free as in a $1500 beer.

4 days ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

linearZ Brought to You by Apple? (408 comments)

Reading this, you would think that Apple is the only large company making tech.

This is what all large companies do. For instance, Windows was built on hundreds of companies that Microsoft went out and bought because they needed the tech. Samsung builds shit from scratch all the time, and probably has more CNC machines at its disposal than Apple.

This is nothing more than an Apple puff piece. To remove the marketing content, one would have to replace Apple with "large corporation", then the article's title would just be "No, You Can't Manufacture Like a Large Corporation". Then you can replace the author's name with "Duh".

about two weeks ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

linearZ A meatspace solution to a meatspace problem (363 comments)

The fossils running content providers, and some ISPs still can't figure out how to monitize the internet for their existing models of the world. This problem is so 1990's, still so applicable. Rather than realize the internet for what it is, they need to apply boarders and geoblocking because, well... because otherwise Johnny Rotten would be able to sell butter outside of Britain?

The BBC are morons. People aren't going to stop using VPNs, the genie is way too far out of the bottle for that. If they really want to control content for profit, perhaps they should look at all of the folks make money on subscriptions services?

about three weeks ago
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How China's E-Waste Capital Is Trying To Clean Itself Up

linearZ Re:pardon my cynicism, but.. (15 comments)

It does kind of read like Chinese propaganda.

about three weeks ago
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Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

linearZ Is this really a good investment? (97 comments)

Only a matter of time before the Chinese government takes over Alibaba, or sues because of "antitrust" or whatever other reason it can think of to get its cut. Either way, how can owning part of a Chinese business be a good investment, unless you are former/current PLA or a wig wearer in the Communist party?

I wouldn't waste my money.

about three weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

linearZ Re:But hey... (789 comments)

Yep. This is all Obama's fault.... The misinformation coming from American wing nuts is nearly as silly as the stuff coming out of Russia.

The US isn't the world's policeman. This isn't the US' conflict. And, most importantly, the Ukraine has no oil for the US. The US is much better off having the EU try to purchase Gas from an antagonized Russia embroiled in a dispute in the region a majority of its pipelines run through. It makes it far easier for the US to start selling LNG to Europe.

The US has far more to gain by doing nothing but stoking outrage. No sane US president would get seriously involved with Russia over Ukraine. If you are saying Romney is crazy, then you may have a point. But Romney never really struck me as crazy. Your typical two-faced, corporate back, US politician - yes. But not crazy.

about a month ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

linearZ Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Putin is just nostalgic for Chernobyl.

about a month ago
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NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

linearZ Re:Yes Google and FB are the ones to protect us? (116 comments)

Google, Facebook, and the NSA government are nothing more than competing Panopticons. They all want as much of your personal information as they can collect, and they all want to keep it as long as they can.

If one of these organizations is legally battling the other, then you can be sure it is because they feel they should more of your data than the other, not because of a moral imperative.

about a month ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

linearZ The complaints are not a conspiracy... (579 comments)

This is about people who don't like using computers. Many non-technical people see computers as a hindrance to performing their job. Complaints go to what is simplistic to grasp. This is usually the OS. When Munich switch over to Microsoft many of the same users will then complain about Microsoft.

This isn't about complaints, it is about Microsoft lobbying Munich to make those complaints an issue.

about a month and a half ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

linearZ 75,000 Sounds Like Class Action Territory (376 comments)

Only a matter of time before Rightscorp gets sued. No one will get their $20, but the lawyers will win and Rightscorp will end up with a nice bill.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

linearZ Why should diversity matter for Apple? (561 comments)

Diversity quotas, affirmative action, is about opportunity, not entitlement.

Apple doesn't give two shits about the color of the skin or gender of who it hires. Like every other tech company, Apple is looking to hire educated, motivated, and intelligent people. Unfortunately, there tends to be a racial bias on the "education" part of the equation... Blame our society for this, not Apple.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Dinosaurs "Shrank" Regularly To Become Birds

linearZ Re:No no no. (138 comments)

Pastafarianism is readily historically verifiable as being deliberately conceived of as a fake religion for the express purpose of satirizing other religious beliefs,

All that readily "historically verifiable" evidence, just like these fossils, was staged.

about 1 month ago
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Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

linearZ Re:Why worry? (105 comments)

Soylent Grey is mice.

about 1 month ago
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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

linearZ Re:who? (183 comments)

The same bunch, who profited massively from selling "flu vaccines" by stirring up a flu panic.

Still waiting for that Ebola vaccine....

This is nonsense. The WHO doesn't sell flu vaccines. It does purchase and distribute vaccines to places that can't afford them. Long live rock.

Ebola is real if you live in one of the countries in Africa that has and Ebola outbreak. But for most of the rest of the world, "Worldwide Outbreak" sounds a bit like hyperbole. More like "Continent Wide Outbreak". But it is the WHO, not the CHO, so you get what you get.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Dinosaurs "Shrank" Regularly To Become Birds

linearZ Re:No no no. (138 comments)

First of all, Dinasours never existed. The fossils were put there by Satan.

Wrong. The fossils were put there by a noodley appendage.

about 2 months ago
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Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

linearZ Re:Have you actually been to China? (110 comments)

You do realise the US does exactly this as well, and the prisons are corporations, and America even has more prisoners.

This is rubbish. China has more slaves than US has prisoners.

The US has very few prisons which operate as factories. Nearly all that do, pay wages. These prisons are usually more desirable for prisoners because it allows them learn skills and to bank money while incarcerated. China just has forced labor, no pay. They call it "re-education".

about a month ago
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Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

linearZ Re:Have you actually been to China? (110 comments)

And you know this how exactly?

There are a lot of sources. The one is quite credible credible: http://www.globalslaveryindex....

The global slavery index only includes people that are known to be slaves. This doesn't include the mass amounts of dormitory employees that, due to economic conditions manufactured by the government, work for nearly nothing and can't afford to live outside their factory camps.

Your argument would be more credible if the US and EU didn't have manufacturing sectors equal to or larger than China's manufacturing sector.

So you are saying that slave labor is OK because China's economy isn't as big as the US and EU?

I have a stamping press in my plant for making wire leads. Operating this press requires some of skilled labor to set up and then it is all automated. No amount of cheap labor from China can undercut us on price, we're fast and we can pay our people good wages too.

Have you been to China and seen what those factories look like? They too have automated systems, its just the people setting it up are working below US minimum wage. China can get people to work far cheaper. The Chinese can duplicate just about anything designed and built in the US or anywhere else. The materials are cheaper because China has far less concern for how they treat the environment, and the supply chain also has equally cheap labor and, essentially, vertical integration.

There is no trick. It is simply a race to the bottom. And North America is being led into this race by a Communist country who for years had stated it was bent on destroying capitalist systems. We'd be best to leave China alone. Unfortunately, greed (Walmart profit margins) and some skewed dogma about "specialized labor" is making it difficult for most to see the big picture here.

I urge anyone that gets the chance to visit factories in China to take it. It really is an eye opener and will change your opinion, if you are one to think US manufacturing is safe because we "work smarter".

about a month ago

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