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Comment No, you don't get it (Score 5, Insightful) 141

it's natural to expect privacy.

It's natural to some of us. It's apparently not natural to some other people, which is why they broadcast their stuff to the Internet.

If you're fucking your wife in your bedroom, you expect privacy. If you're fucking her in the town square, while occasionally making eye contract with strangers and saying, "hey, check out what we're doing," then that suggests that you don't expect privacy.

I think the better rhetorical question is: why are some people so amazingly stupid, that they are incapable of telling the difference between these two scenarios? What is causing this stupidity? Is there anything we can do about it, and if there is, should we do it?

The real problem for the facebook posters is that on the internet, human culture doesn't apply, and they have yet to come to terms with that.

No, the problem is that some users don't know the difference between fucking in the town square (uploading to facebook) vs their bedrooms (sending encrypted email).

Comment Re:Already writing code that writes code... (Score 1) 324

Writing code is a tiny portion of being a programmer(/analyst). I still, to date, have not heard even second-hand, of any system which goes through the agonizing process of tricking users/bosses into revealing their requirements.

You just admitted that your code writes code that meets specifications. As if specifications are a thing which exist in real life!!

Here is how most software is made. Create a program, or otherwise acquire the source to some program which appears to be somewhat topically related to the program someone said they want. Debug it, for obvious ways where tests appear to not meet some specs that the programmer completely imagines in his fantasy world. Deploy to production. Find out a requirement. Change the program as quickly as possible, as a panic-filled emergency since people are already using the program and it needs to be fixed yesterday. Find out another requirement, reported as a bug. Change the program. Meet with users. Trick, threaten or bargain with them, getting them to reveal more requirements. Change the program. Learn more requirements over the years. When you think you know about half the requirements, start to think about how the program should be designed. Fantasize about what version 2.0 would be like, as if there's ever going to be a 2.0.

Can your code generator do all that?

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 414

If you compare legitimately you find that adding a solar deployment typically takes about 3 people.

Your home-made PV panels manufactured by 3 people, aren't nearly as efficient as the factory-made ones that you can buy. The ones you buy had to be made by a lot of other people (far more than merely 3) but they are way better. Just make sure you don't compare your 3-person-manufactured panel's cost, with the factory-manufactured panel's energy output, or you'll accidentally misrepresent the tech's overall effectiveness.

Comparing installation labour to running labour is fallacious at best.

You're right. The key is to "simply"(*) add them. The best analysis is going to comprehensively compare total man-seconds for solar to total man-seconds for coal (or nuclear, wind, etc).

(*) Some people might say that man-seconds sometimes don't compare to one another (e.g. skilled vs unskilled labor) but education itself contains many man-seconds of effort within it. This is getting to be a damn complicated spreadsheet...

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 414

Yes, that's what they're saying. This story is about how solar isn't competitive yet.

Ultimately, the cost of any commodity is derived from it having used up peoples' time. The more jobs something requires, the more expensive it will generally be. When solar can get its total jobs per kWh to below coal's, it will finally be winning. But apparently that's still a long way off.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 5, Insightful) 651

I can imagine Facebook, Twitter etc. blowing up over this.

Me too, except "blowing up" in the sense of suddenly having lots of new account signups. I imagine a desk at airports, with public computer everyone uses to sign up for accounts on these websites, in order to have a password to hand over.

"Uh, yeah, my account is My password is 12345."

how can they use ANYTHING they find as evidence of anything?

This isn't for purposes of finding evidence. It's for theater. Someone got the idea that American voters want visitors to be humiliated and insulted, and this is their idea for how to best do it.

How the idea of anal pattern photographs got shot down, I have no idea. Cowards!!

Comment Re:They Only Care Because of Cheap Labor (Score 1) 626

CEOs? How about everybody? Am I really the only person who "shops around" and tends to favor lower prices?

One of the reasons I'm pro-free-market, is that I like cheap, affordable stuff. I'm happy to buy local (and on average it ought to be cheaper, since transportation isn't free), but I'm not willing to sacrifice much for it. Any time you people try to force everyone to buy more expensive shit, you create create black markets, externalized costs, lower quality, etc.

(And perversely, people are willing to make a few sacrifices for black markets. Something about sticking it to The Man...)

Comment Re:Consider why they moved to Intel in th first pl (Score 1) 267

[asshole alert: I am making fun of your simple, understandable brainfart.]

Intel could not and did not want to provide the mobile PowerPCs in quantities Apple demanded and did not really put R&D into mobile PowerPCs.

Yeah, last I heard, Intel still hasn't produced their first one. Somewhere along the way, they got all distracted by their existing and future x86 products.

It seems like this incompetence and lack of commitment has infected all sorts of industries. Ford still can't deliver enough Accords and Camrys, people have been waiting forever for Porsche's Camero (I think they're having supply trouble with the Rich Corinthian Leather), and when I asked for a Big Mac at Burger King, they rang up the wrong burger.

Comment Re:North District of Texas...? (Score 2) 77

You're thinking of East Texas. But I do think it's funny that the mere act of an IP-related trial happening somewhere in Texas, is enough to give the whole thing the stench of illegitimacy. It's funny because it's true.

Congress should burn that (East Texas) court to the ground and re-instate it somewhere else, just to try to repair the reputation. I'm not saying they can't still have it be corrupt and biased, just that they need to shake it off because it's gotten to the point where everyone knows something is wrong.

Comment Re:Not sure if avg person should be doing this. (Score 1) 315

WTF? You built your own house but then left out the rocket pad?!? Dude, you waited your whole life to "grow up" and acquire the means to obtain everything that child-you wanted, and then you blew it!

Oh, you built a submarine base instead? Ok, fine. Sorry I snapped at you above.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 4, Informative) 53

God forbid the default action for a script is to execute it.

Agreed. It's not 1988 anymore, so people generally shouldn't be running whatever random code somebody on the Internet sends them. It's forgiveable for OSes to have lagged a bit, but by the late 1990s it's pretty fucking stupid for an OS to do that.

I mean personally I just like scripts for the bed time reading with their riveting plots and all, but I guess there's probably some people who would prefer scripts to actually do what they claim to do.

Those other people can easily be accomodated. After they read the script or otherwise determine that it's something they'd like to run, they can indicate to the OS when they want to run it. chmod +x or however it works for their platform.

Malware unfriendliness is user unfriendliness.

Wait, I don't agree with you anymore. One of the things that makes my computer so friendly, is that it runs software for me, rather than for someone else (especially adversaries). Malware and users are in zero-sum: what's unfriendly for malware is friendly for the user, and vice-versa.

Piss them off with frustrating defaults, burry them under an endless string of confirmation boxes, or just trust them to break their computer if they so chose.

Yeah, and the last option is the friendliest. If someone wants to execute a script, they should totally be able to, and easily. But in such an exceptional and rare situation as wanting to treat a freshly-downloaded file as executable, they're going to have to tell the computer at least once, "This is an unusual situation. I want to execute this, rather than what I normally do 99% of the time with unvetted scripts (look at them in my editor)."

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