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Han Solo To Reportedly Return For Star Wars VII

perlchild Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (329 comments)

I went to see all three prequels movies, expecting to see just why in IV-V-VI they spoke of Darth Vader like he had committed such atrocities, the Holocaust was a mere footnote(no, I didn't expect the killcount from Alderaan to have outnumbered his acts in even War of the Clones, let alone Revenge of the Sith). I wanted to understand why "his kids" thought he was such a monster, before they even know they're his kids.

I was most disappointed when he isn't even thrown out of the Jedi order before last half hour or so of ROTS, I wanted to understand all that rage.

about 2 years ago

Is Microsoft's Price Model For the Surface Justifiable?

perlchild what would acer do? (417 comments)

The people saying the surface has to undercut the ipad are missing the point... Microsoft's strategy is to anchor a higher price for windows rt tablets...
So the oems can undercut the price without being over their own costs...(Which they would pressure microsoft about...)

more than 2 years ago

You Can't Bypass the UI Formerly Known As Metro On Windows 8

perlchild Re:and now we watch the titan burn... (444 comments)

touch input also includes trackpads... i wonder how well win8ui does on that... i suspect its subpar

more than 2 years ago

Acer: Microsoft Surface 'Negative For The Whole PC Industry'

perlchild Re:It's a great move. (360 comments)

Yeah except unless the OSes adopt common apis and abis, the most important part of that equation: "Developers, developers, developers!!" gets taken out.

And by common apis/abis, I mean a level of write once/read many greater than Microsoft's ever achieved between either the same version of its os running on different platforms, or different platforms, same on, except... "MAYBE" between the old versions of nt 4 that weren't x86(power pc and nec or alpha)...

It makes no sense to say "Microsoft just supplies a part", and have that part entirely determine the whole reason behind the purchase(people buy a computing device to run apps, not an OS, the os choice is just the biggest, simplest way to determine a "platform", at least, it was, I'm not convinced that the android fragmentation allows it to be properly called a platform.

more than 2 years ago

Acer: Microsoft Surface 'Negative For The Whole PC Industry'

perlchild Re:2013 (360 comments)

Just because before android/ios there was no market for a personal computing device that wasn't either a desktop or a laptop doesn't mean a tablet is a pc.

Acer is confluing the two precisely because before touch interfaces, there was no "granny pc" to speak of. Now with a tablet, the "non-granny pc" is the one that's in trouble.

Putting the surface in the pc class is disturbing because it will not

1) run a lot desktop applications in an intuitive manner, because it's a user interface paradigm shift
2) will make any sense to classify tablets as anything but tablets once they overtake desktop pc sales

The two are seperate, and should be considered as such.

Microsoft HAS to make its own tablet, simply because the tablet makers don't make the OS, so what they are interested in is in making "addons" to an os, but the OS developer, when not making the hardware, basically has to pay the tablet makers to showcase the os features, which they are loathe to do, because it promotes the other tablet makers tablets... On the other hand, Apple makes the OS and the tablet, and doesn't sell the OS to others, so promoting the ipad is promoting iOS and promoting iOS for tablets is promoting the iPAD.

more than 2 years ago

App Developer: Android Designed For Piracy

perlchild TFS even proposes a solution (596 comments)

If only the handset makers and OS devs make money... The author could ask them to sponsor development.

more than 2 years ago

Australian WiFi Inventors Win US Legal Battle

perlchild Re:Obligatory (193 comments)

The real triumph is that a US court actually recognized any patent from outside the US as binding US companies.
Anything else has already been done.

more than 2 years ago

Stolen iPad's Reported Location Not Enough To Warrant Search, Say Dutch Police

perlchild Re:Plan B. (619 comments)

Only if it involved terrorism, and that's much more prevalent in the USA.
However, since the geolocation data identified the house, has the person tried walking up and asking for his property back?

Keeping in mind that if the person in whose house it is says no, he'd be in worse trouble, if they do get a warrant(and having the "testimony" of the gps data being denied by the house occupant would be more fuel for a warrant)

more than 2 years ago

Computer Programmers Only the 5th Most Sleep Deprived Profession

perlchild Any idea why (204 comments)

The fine summary lists a bunch of jobs with on-call requirements(health aides, nurses) then drops to computer programmers?
Wouldn't sysadmins and other operations personnel(network engineers, site reliability engineers, etc) be more likely to lose sleep?

more than 2 years ago

Paypal Forces E-Book Publisher To Censor Erotic Content

perlchild Re:It's not enough... (301 comments)

The higher rate of chargebacks for porn is something I've yet to see a full explanation for, but. I always assumed it was due to married people being "caught" insisting on their money back and it being too hard to prove parjury in these cases.

On the other hand erotic material's been against paypal's tos the last time i checked. So maybe just look for another processor without the hangups? (Yes that likely means canadian or european or singapore...)

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Companies That Force Employees To Join Social Networks?

perlchild Re:Sure I would (364 comments)

Yeah, except depending on facebook's "loose" vs "strict" interpretations of their own terms of service, you're violating their EULA by creating that second account.

Of course it's bullshit, just like it was bullshit for google+ to be tied to a real id, and that a social network was an identity service.
It got dropped from the media whcih means:
1) The law still isn't clear on it, and won't be for years
2) They never recanted it, so whenever a story gets loud enough to make the front line news, they can use it to either create a smokescreen or attack our privacy even further with it
3) Any pointy-haired politician that wants to win points with actors/actresses wanting to shut down an unofficial page that's more popular than the official one will be vulnerable to the right kind of pressure.

When it drops off the front page, without a formal, written apology, geeks lose.

more than 2 years ago

Google Chrome: the New Web Platform?

perlchild Been tried before (290 comments)

Starting a real web platform's been tried before(netscape)
Its much harder than it looks, and ultimately, we're protected by those firms still using ie6 in this day and age. They slow down adoption enough for people to breathe and smell the roses.
At the end of the day the relationship between user, platform builder and 3 rd party dev has(so far) always been much more contentious than expected, and usually to the detriment of anyone but the app devs

more than 2 years ago

How Companies Learn Your Secrets

perlchild Re:Intelligent Advertising (354 comments)

They aren't interested in what you're interested in buying.

They're interested in what they can persuade you to buy.

The advertiser's job in this is the semi-underhanded part of this.

Whatever "value" they have to the system is how they can affect your purchasing habits. So even if you gave them a list of what you're interested in seeing, they'd try to cheat on that list, to show you stuff OFF your list. Because what's on your lit, you're presumably interested in buying, no matter what they do.

more than 2 years ago

Wikipedia Hasn't Forgiven GoDaddy

perlchild Re:forgivness (190 comments)

Whatever method works...
AND the results are secret FROM the candidates, AND the public, until the debate.

The third candidate should be a total unknown to both existing parties, and they should enter the lion's cage TOTALLY unharmed.

more than 2 years ago

Honeywell Vs Nest: When the Establishment Sues Silicon Valley

perlchild Re:Really? (228 comments)

No you can't, and that's about one third of all that's wrong with the patent system of all the countries I know of.

Patents exist to REWARD them for sharing their patents, through licensing, and then land their inventions in the public domain.

That they don't even TRY to license them shows their contempt for the very reason they're allowed to have a patent in the first place.

It might be an idea to have an arbitrage type of system, where the patents expire unless the patent-holder signs up new licensees, until he's collecting licenses from everyone using his invention(might still be a small group of people), or else he's found culpable, and his patent gets cancelled.

The people are allowing that monopoly for a reason, 17 years is a very long time for most anything in tech now.

Patents should be shortened, or have to be actively maintained, like copyrights, or vest automatically.

more than 2 years ago

Doctors 'Cheating' On Board Certifications

perlchild Re:Why the scare quotes? (238 comments)

Except that cheating on a certification is enough to get that certification nullified, even after the fact.
Only if you have your license to practice medicine nullified, and you keep practicing, that's malpractice.

Having the certification boards make up these as they go along is dangerous and inacceptable.

more than 2 years ago

Apple To Release List of Companies That Build Its Products Around the World

perlchild Re:Labour standards (164 comments)

Following this logic, short on Wal-Mart, immediately, their entire business is based on importing products that would be more expensive if they were made according to the labour standards of the US.

China does NOT have to sell to you.

If you somehow managed to get the EU and the US to do a joint bill, it might maybe work.

But which rules would then apply? Aren't labour rules state rules in the US? (And Canada, and a a lot of other places except the EU, which has member states who have such rules)

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Getting a Grip On an Inherited IT Mess?

perlchild Re:methodically and late into the night (424 comments)

I thought the same, plus an e-commerce company in this pci dss era, without more people? How the hell did they get certified... and if not, how can they continue to operate?

more than 3 years ago

Judge Makes Divorcing Couple Swap Facebook Passwords

perlchild Re:Terms of Service (332 comments)

The judge might not care that it's Facebook's TOS, he should care however, that he's asking for the worse possible way to get what he wants.

Having the court order facebook to give both parties the information for both accounts is the right, "least abusable" way to go about this.

Ordering people to give over a password to someone they despise, when the only POINT of the password is that it's not known to anyone else is ludicrous.

Thinking that the only damage they can do is limited to the pranks he ordered them not to do is criminally misinformed.

The law in many countries state "ignorance of the law is no defense".

It should have a matching "no judge may be ignorant of the nature of the things he orders about.

more than 3 years ago

End Bonuses For Bankers

perlchild When will we learn? (548 comments)

Sure, but also eliminate the safety of not taking risks...
You need to balance.. not tip it more one way or the other...

This would have the effect of punishing them to do anything, so they would just refuse all loans, even qualifying ones..

The money would not work in the economy, and we'd still be in the crisis, ten years from now.

We have to keep in mind the heisenberg principle, but applied to banks, it's impossible to Affect the market without unabalncing it. We(the people) ARE an actor in the market, we need to balance our action, both to help take risks, but not needlessly, nor without a plan.

This also applies to state investment, state funding, and state regulation of private investment, and state direction of private investment.

If you spend a dollar, you gotta be responsible for it.
If you spend a million, and it goes bad, do you go to jail for it?

If not...
the big question is why?

more than 3 years ago


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