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Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.

orasio Re:We have an advertising bubble... (154 comments)

Sorry for taking so long to respond.

I agree with you, the government can do anything with info.
The thing is that if it were government itself, there would be a chance for public scrutiny, in every step of the process.
When it's a commercial entity, you will never know what happens with your data, and the government will get it secretly. You are still at risk of the government tracking you, but no one is accountable.

about 2 months ago

California Opens Driverless Car Competition With Testing Regulations

orasio Re:I propose a test ... (167 comments)

Tell that to google search, or wolfram alpha

about 2 months ago

Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.

orasio Re:We have an advertising bubble... (154 comments)

Of course, in general, governments want to keep tabs on things, so don't expect intrusive behavior to stop. The collected data just goes to a nation, not an ad company.

Very insightful. The good thing about governments being visibly a part of infrastructure is that we know they are powerful, and the problem with them looking into our life is very visible. Also, we have a chance for transparency.

about 2 months ago

The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

orasio Re:Corporate speak (373 comments)

Actually, avoiding certain words makes sense if those words bolster a legal case against GM, as a partial admission of guilt. Same reason your side mirrors still bear that stupid warning about objects being closer than they appear. Fix your silly legal system that allows anyone to sue anyone over anything, and if their case has any merit, gives them a chance to win the damages or out of court settlement lottery.

With great power, comes great responsibility.

In Europe, or here in some parts of Latin America, the government will stand in the way of business, certifying what you can and cannot do, forcing you to meet certain safety standards, and to provide specific warranties for customers. Even customers or workers can have a say in what companies can and cannot do. Civil responsibility when something goes wrong is not so high, because the company can use their compl|

In the US, people don't like government meddling in the way of companies and business are a lot freer to do business as they see fit. The most important thing standing in the way of a company harming their customers or others, to improve the bottom line, is the threat of losing a whole lot of money in a lawsuit. If you remove that part, there would be nothing to balance the profit vs safety equation.

about 2 months ago

What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

orasio Re:They need to learn to let it go (301 comments)

Hmmm, we have a whole lot of Asimov books that show why that kind of idea wouldn't be of much help in practice.

about 2 months ago

How To Approve the Use of Open Source On the Job

orasio Re:Don't sell Open Source, just present the option (123 comments)

Good idea, but incomplete:

exactly lay out the facts:

product A is owned by commercial company with billions of dollars and developers backing the product

product B is written by some really smart people in their free time that may help you on a forum or in an IRC chat room if they can

Product C is free, maintained by a mid sized company, and they sell support contracts
Product D is proprietary, owned by a company that might be bought by the competitors, who may or may not keep supporting your product
Product E is a great software product, proprietary, but your company is not in the target market, so licensing and support don't match your needs
Product F is proprietary, and you might need small development tasks on top of the product. Only can buy from the owner.
Product G is free, and you might need small development tasks on top of the product. You can buy from the developer, build your own, contract, whatever.

Add to that, whether there is an easy way out should the unthinkable happen (end of life for products). Does the software support industry standards? Are there alternative implementations of these standards? Have you tested compatibility?

I'm not hiding the technical or strategic advantages some proprietary products might have over free ones, but they are stated everywhere, only trying to lay out more aspects you need to care about.

I think regarding the article you just need to do your job, and lay out all the things you consider. Free software is almost always better in the long run, but it's only sensible to lay out everything you considered, so others can make the best decision.

about 2 months ago

You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

orasio Re:Sugar (499 comments)

No way.
I live in Uruguay, we grow some fruit here, but also import a lot. Local fruit usually looks like you picked it up from a tree.
Imported fruit looks more uniform, and more colorful, and usually has some kind of wax to protect it. They also have small labels in each piece, some times.
Also, local fruit smells like fruit, imported fruit has no smell, in comparison.

Of course, YMMV, but the closer you are to the source, it's easier to get fresher produce.

about 2 months ago

Why the Sharing Economy Is About Desperation, Not Trust

orasio Re:tl;dr (331 comments)

The only economically sustainable solution is to have a labor force that matches labor requirements. What Marx didn't foresee was the tremendous medical advances the world has seen in the past 100 years, allowing unsustainable population growth while the need to unskilled labor declines. No amount of sharing, unionization, or wealth transfer will help when there are billions of people with no demand for their labor.

Don't let ideology blind you. People don't need jobs.
People need food, shelter, medical care, and several other things. Jobs is one of the ways you can get those.
If there _are_ enough resources for everybody, probably we can come up with way to distribute them effectively, even one that doesn't need busywork. It's not an easy problem, but seems solvable.

about 3 months ago

Hulu Blocks VPN Users

orasio Re:There is no conspiracy. (259 comments)

Regardless of the users IP, Hulu can track those users and sell their information, VPN or not. They've got those subscribers billing credentials, after all. A VPN is useful if you don't want someone else looking into your connection, but for the site you're visiting, especially one that needs your credit card, a VPN isn't meant to be a protection from them getting your info. Your ISP won't (or at least shouldn't) have a clue that you're visiting Hulu, should you be using a VPN, though.

You are mostly right. About your ISP, it would probably be very easy to know what you're up to, by comparing your data usage pattern against other online video users usage. Hulu and other services with heavy traffic probably have a specific traffic usage signature that they can identify, even if you are using a VPN.

about 3 months ago

Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

orasio Re:Does the math work out? (193 comments)

I live in Uruguay.
We export lots of soy and wheat.
In the most productive lands, Cargill sells seeds, finances, rents machinery, and buys the result. Of course, farmers are independent, but Cargil controls the price, and what they grow. From the outside, it's as if they _are_ the producer.
Something very similar happens in parts of Argentina.

Monsanto has a large presence here, also.

It's not a long shot to think that they might end up managing all our crops, if they tried really hard.

about 3 months ago

Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

orasio Re:informal poll (641 comments)

Single core atom, and pipelight is not very pretty or reliable.
If I change the hardware, it's gonna be an android tv box , or a tablet I have lying around.

about 4 months ago

Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

orasio Re:informal poll (641 comments)

I run ubuntu in my home computer. Also in my work computer.
My kid uses ubuntu also .
My wife uses Windows 8

No dual boot, anywhere.
I am thinking of changing my media center into either android or windows though, damn netflix. But right now it's Ubuntu-xbmc

about 4 months ago

Subversion Project Migrates To Git

orasio Re:April Fools! (162 comments)

I've never understood the popularity of git. It may be useful for open source by supporting distributed development but it seems far less useful for a traditional corporate environment. SVN just makes far more sense to me in terms of command structure. If I wanted a DVCS I would probably go with Mercurial. Git is just awful.

I am working in a traditional corporate environment right now.
SVN sorks great, even when you use branchs. The problem is that merging is just not worth it.
Right now, we use SVN, and the equivalent of a pull request in github or similar, is a manual process, with several pain points, that works against the grain of development. We need to have separate code reviews for commits, and then count on developers merging code that is accepted.
We also have problems creating branches, destroying them.

I think SVN was OK for the enterprise when the enterprise didn't need all the pretty things modern development processes bring. Right now, they want to deploy every few days, automated testing, decentralized development, and SVN doesn't fit well.

About Git being awful, that might be true, even though I doon't see it. There might be a need for better tools, but the command line client is good, specially compared to the svn client. In any case, it's the dominant player in DVCS, it's the safest investment.

about 4 months ago

Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

orasio Re:They are all paid too much (712 comments)

If you are trolling, sir, congratulations, it's a beautiful piece.

about 5 months ago

FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

orasio Re:Precisely (1098 comments)

The thing is that you are worried about computing in the current world.
RMS is worried about the future of computing, and has helped shape it, winning several battles, even though he is losing the war.

Of course there are IP laws/contracts/whatever that don't let you link to GPLed code. That's why it's GPLed, so the work of free software developer does not help those who want to shrink our freedom.

You can use our work, if you share, if you don't share, go build it yourself. It _is_ us versus them, and RMS sees it very clearly.

Fifteen years ago, RMS rants about a dystopian future looked exaggerated. Right now, they look like old news.

You are right that the GPL is a PITA when you want to work with proprietary software, that's not a bug, it's a feature, which BSD software lacks. That's because the GPL is supposed to have a long term effect.

about 6 months ago

Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

orasio Re:Unprofessional all around (692 comments)

I agree.
At my second interview for a job, I was told that, if hired, I would be on trial for 3 months. I replied that I welcomed the opportunity of getting to know the company before making a long term decision, they replied that _I_ was expected to commit long term from day one.
We ended up working together for three years, but I had to help them fix their hiring process and expectations a little bit.

about 6 months ago

My favorite brand of snake oil is ...

orasio Re:My favorite brand of snake oil is open source (291 comments)

Not only in that case.
Your ability or interest might change. Like what happened now with NSA backdoors getting more publicity, the Linux code is getting more reviewed for their backdoors, even after being in use for several years. If the source were not available, it would be a lot harder to check.

About "non-code submmitting users", I don't think they are the ones who should audit it. You can trust someone who does submit code, or you can suddenly gain interest in security and start checking it, or even pay soomeone to do it. The thing is that it's possible.

This is why it's a lot better to think in terms of Free Software and not open source. Technical advantages are hard to value if they are not used. Freedom is a lot easier to understand. You have the freedom to use the code as you like, share it and whatever. To illustrate the importance of freedom vs its exercise: lots of people don't want to, or don't have the money to travel outside their countries, but we don't like to have that possibility restricted.

about 10 months ago

My favorite brand of snake oil is ...

orasio Re:My favorite brand of snake oil is open source (291 comments)

1 - Citation needed. In the sense of open source being easier to debug than proprietary code, it's undeniable.
2 - Citation needed. That strawman is getting old.
3 - True. It does mean anyone _can_, not that anyone _will_ . That's very valuable by itself. You can trust the vendor for example, but have the possibility to stop trusting them. Don't you prefer to be able to find backdoors vs not being able?
4 - Citation needed. Same as 2 -

about 10 months ago

Canonical Seeks $32 Million To Make Ubuntu Smartphone

orasio Re:Why? ~nt~ (267 comments)

The great mistake of society is a desire to eliminate the poor.

You make sense. But it's a very subversive thing to say, for an American.
Your point is that if someone is to be rich, then someone else needs to be poor.
Plus, you don't really care about poverty, you just care about your standards of living.
But following your ideology, if one were to get rid of poverty, one would first need to get rid of the rich. You can't have everyone living above poverty levels, if you don't first get rid of the rich.

You discovered marxism. Congratulations. And good luck implementing that in the United States.

1 year,6 days

Mozilla Launches Firefox OS Simulator 4.0 With Test Receipts

orasio Re:It isn't an OS (41 comments)

Erm no. The ability to use a few apps which interface with the Linux kernel and type in a shell that something resembles bash (not even close mind you, it's an even more cut down version of sh) does not make Android Linux. Nothing out of the box Linux works on Android. All the libraries except for the ones providing essential hooks into the kernel are missing. Those programs / libraries which do hook into the kernel are also different from their linux counterpart (go copy "mount" from you phone onto your ubuntu box and try boot up the system).

Really there's nothing Linux about Android other than the underlying kernel.

Linux _is_ a kernel. Everything else you are talking about is mostly the GNU part of GNU/Linux.
Android has the same amount of Linux than any flavor of GNU/Linux, so the GP is right, even though he uses the wrong terms.

1 year,16 days



Tonido: User controlled cloud services?

orasio orasio writes  |  more than 5 years ago

orasio writes "I bumped into this freshmeat link earlier today, and learned about this project: Tonido — Privacy and Online Freedom from online servers. The project proposes a software platform for cloud services hosted by users in a p2p platform, supposedly to be released as GPLv3. It's an early release, with jukebox and gallery applications, but the architecture looks like an interesting idea, at least for those of us who would like to enjoy the benefits of "cloud" services, but are not big fans of third parties holding our data."
Link to Original Source

orasio orasio writes  |  more than 7 years ago

orasio (188021) writes "Medscape reports about October's issue of Neurology, a study that shows an inverse correlation between BMI and short term memory. Subjects with diagnosed obesity underperformed their skinny counterparts when remembering a list of items. Other effects on cognition are suspected, too. Maybe actually going outside, and quit eating Doritos could make you smarter!"


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