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Comment Surprising (Score 1) 97

I honestly thought Edward Snowden might use OpenBSD because it is more secure than Linux. The allegations of backdoors in the IPSEC stack were proven to be false during an intensive security audit by the OpenBSD team. The OpenBSD team regularly audits their code and is transparent about bugs found. But, I digress, I am an OpenBSD fanboi. OpenBSD powers my router/gateway, server, desktop, and laptop. In my world, if it is capable of running OpenBSD, it does.

Comment Let Them Cry (Score 5, Insightful) 477

I am not a Trump supporter but I am definitely anti H1-B visa and offshoring. The Indian firms are wrong as there is plenty of talent in America capable of writing excellent software. Conversely, I have seen very poor software come out of India that was not only unstable but replete with spelling and grammar errors on the user interface. Some stuff was so pooly written, that friends of mine have told me that they ended up re-writing large portions thereby negating any savings. The only reason the Indian IT firms are calling foul is because they're going to lose money and it isn't foul because the Indians engage in protectionism for their economy. They have very high import taxes .... sky high to as much as 25%. So the Indians get no sympathy from me whatsoever.

Comment I'm Angry (Score 4, Interesting) 163

It takes a special kind of asshole to attack a library; a place where people go to learn and access the internet. Why go after one of the poorest resources and attack those that have the least to give? Go after the fucking fortune 500 companies but not a fucking library. One only hopes that anonymous could turn the tables on these slimy thieves.

Comment IMHO (Score -1) 176

Donald Knuth is an elitist. It is not necessary to have a background in mathematics to write software. I taught myself PHP and I certainly don't have any kind of mathematics background whatsoever. It isn't dumbing down as he claims. It's about creating opportunities. If you can code and you can do it well without mathematics, so be it. The math side is for those that want to do research. I work in the real world ....

Comment Stupid (Score 1) 70

This is a rather foolish maneuver because there are more choices for wireless service now than there has ever been. Prepaid phone service no longer has the stigma that was once attached to it so the large tier 1 carriers have to be careful about raping the consumer's wallet. MetroPCS has partially-subsidized phones and Tracfone has an equipment lease program. Neither company charges an activation fee and their monthly service charges are inclusive of taxes and fees. Unless you travel overseas, there is almost no reason to go postpaid at all because you can get a good deal on prepaid family plans.

Comment Well (Score 1) 81

I'm not a millennial so I'm behind the times when it comes to apps. I've never heard of this Chinese Communist selfie app but it doesn't take an app to do a selfie. You've got an Android or iPhone builtin app to do it for you. It even lets you easily share it to Facebook. Who the hell really needs an add-on selfie app?

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