Re: Billion dollar US tax-dodging megacorp fucks over it's customers
The world was always dumb, it's just staying dumb but in different ways.
PS Everyone is dumb in some way.
988 posts • joined 12 Jan 2009
The world was always dumb, it's just staying dumb but in different ways.
PS Everyone is dumb in some way.
Look! Look! Here we go again! Proving my point made above that kernel programming is manly and magnificent like mountains and warriors and eating raw meat! Uncompromising death and terror and merciless kaos, showing no mercy for the meek and hopeless, and the pathetically clueless. Look at the size of that programmers libido! How on earth did you end up with a cuddly penguin as your mascot?
RE "If I was Linus I'd flip them the bird and go write a new OS and only give it to folks that have a GD clue."
So that's about 5 people huh? How do I get certified for this unique and exclusive club of elite people with clues? Damn! Wheres my clue? How am I supposed to be a cool dude if I can't find my clue? I've still got my towel (I'm sitting on it : It stops my bare bum messing the chair) - Does that count?
No, Mr Mars, we're all quite mad. I present the posters in this thread as evidence that some are madder than others. There seems to be a sizable group that equates programming with other manly pursuits such as Warrior! and Predator! and Hunter! Pasty faced neck beards with overlarge sugared and caffeinated bellies lit by sleazy blue monitor light in dark rooms. We're over compensating for not being outside running in the jungle killing things with our bare teeth and sharp hands, and sacrificing virgins. Real men do not program kernels - they crunch them with their mighty teeth! We're all very sad. We write magnificent words in forums like we're Terminators, but look like Wally from Dilbert except more ineffectual. A mob of angry penguin nerds is a beautiful thing to behold. See!, See them waddle!
We're not judging the general here, but the specific - Linus' apology for his own bad behaviour. Many here are saying Linus is wrong in his apology and was right in his previous behaviour. You placed your self among them by questioning disapproval of Linus' rants with a questionable accusation of your own.
Is your defense of Linus based on extensive observation of him, or just your angry emotions reacting to his detractors? Come to that, are your attacks on his detractors based on extensive observations and knowledge of his detractors?
You *are* a man, though you definitely do *not* want to be convinced.
I invoke the safe words "Yes Dear", and you will all stop bothering me with your outrage.
Oh, shut up! We don't need angry men with spittle flecked chins either.
How about 'Master' and 'Mistress' instead?
RE: "He did mention he was using libraries. wxWidgets being one such example."
Then he isn't doing what he was boasting about - using native APIs. He's doing what .NET developers do and using a library between his code and the OS. Shrugs...He sure does make a lot of noise about what he doesn't like. He doesn't make much sense though. He's too angry about everything.
Damning with faint praise, you real programmer, you.
RE: "I really hate the term 'consumer'"
I'm not fond of the term either, but what I really hate in modern economics is the concept of constant growth, where if you hit a plateau of constant use, but no longer grow, then confidence in your company falls as does your stock price and other abstract concepts only visible on bits of paper and numbers in digital bank accounts. What's wrong in finding a nice comfy niche and just maintaining it where it is?
RE: "What happens when he...dies? "
He'll probably do a Jim Jones, another cult leader, and take everyone with him.
Microsoft related threads on ElReg will be a bit quieter.
RE: "accidentally" booked the family vacation as an excuse to stay as far away as possible from American ThreeLetterGoons"
I think it more likely he "accidentally" booked the family vacation as an excuse to stay away from Linux kernel developers. They followed him anyway.
I have difficulty imagining Linux kernel developers and chicks having much in common. (Unless Linux kernel developers like to peck seeds and tiny bugs from the ground.)
How about a man with a clipboard and a big list going door to door asking for your choice, accompanied, of course, by a big police man and some doggy treats for protection. You could solve the hacking problem and the participation problem at the same time.
RE: ""Reveal Codes" feature"
Is that anything like the "View/Formatting Marks" option in LO? Sounds like it, and if LO does it I bet so does Office...
Oh, for heavens sake! You just had this argument only last week and here you all are again. Haven't you homes to go to?
RE: "getting dark at night is hampering your crime solving ability"
There is a solution to that one. Everyone is required to live at the Pole, and every winter is required to move to the opposite pole so they live in constant daylight. Nothing is impossible. Perhaps the encryption problem could be solved by some Californian start up inventing a time machine, (black worm hole travel) then speccy five eyes can go back in time and sneak a peek at the key as it is encrypted, or take a screen shot of the message before its encrypted. Nothing is impossible. Perhaps they could form a new military force to go with Space Force - Ghost Force comprised of real ghosts - then they could spy on their desired target up close without being detected. They already have "Spooks" - just push those spooks one step further and kill them, trapping their ghosts before they head for the light. They're patriots; I'm sure they won't mind.
Or, again using their time machine when they invent it, send a spook back in time and stop mathematicians inventing encryption, or stop the naughty miscreant's parents from pro creating preventing the use of encryption at source, or prevent Jobs inventing the IPhone, and Gates from creating DOS, or prevent GOD inventing life, or create a huge beautiful wall along all the shorelines of the world preventing life from leaving the oceans, letting the fishes have a go they would only have blow fish encryption which I don't think is as good as what we now have. On the whole, I think time travel is our best option. The opportunities for a smart teenager are endless. Why all the cynicism?
I'm an outsider to California but my impression is that the move to split California into two is driven mostly by those rich mega city technocrats and not the other way round. It's the rich SF/LA area residents who seem to begrudge their finances filtering out to the great unwashed in the rest of the state and want to form their own state, or perhaps their own republic.
A general principal seems to be that the more money you have the more conservative you tend to be.
RE: American humour
Americans do sarcasm too. I think their problem with me, and presumably most other Brits, is that I tend to be a bit sarcastic all the time, about pretty much anything, and they don't expect sarcasm in those situations so they don't know how to react. I can't help it. I'm sorry. [/s]
It's amazing what Telcos can do. I got a call from my wife, her personal number and caller ID, and she was sitting next to me at the time with her hands doing non-telco related things. I asked her what she wanted - she shrugged and said "I dunno...". What a wasted phone call. Women, huh...?
I live left-pondian but am very much right-pondian and even I've heard of Lilly Pharmaceuticals and Koch Industries. These are mega global corps intent on, along with all the other mega corps, extracting every penny we the little people possess so they can have it all, you hear, all of it, everything. You need to get out more while you still can... :-)
I'm someone also from your side of the pond, so allow me to suggest you adjust your British Sarcasm detector as it appears to be a little out of tune and firing on only one cylinder.
RE: "I was left with the impression that New Orleans had some 'bad' areas."
Oh, it does. My ex back in Britain was rather concerned when I announced my decision to marry a lady from N'awlins (the correct pronunciation for a Lousy-Anna native). She read an article that claimed the military sent their medics to train in that city because it was a place they had the best chance of treating gun shot wounds; a handy skill for a military medic. I went anyway and I love it dearly. Of course I now live in the woods on the side of a mountain where the only wildlife to worry about are the bears in the back yard. Human wildlife is less predictable.
New Orleans is my favourite US city. Quite unlike most other US cities. The cemeteries are awesome (I have a fetish for grave yards, and these have Marie Laveau among their inhabitants, at whose tomb people still leave the weirdest fetishes) and the Voodoo temples are well worth a visit, especially if you have enemies. Cosmopolitan, seedy, beautiful and swelteringly sultry and exotic. They do pretty good parties too.
Rule 3.14159 : Failing all other rules, there's always an XKCD cartoon to fall back on.
RE: "LAW ENFORCEMENT as a solution?"
Ah, good ol' Judge Bob and his buddies Dredd, Death, and Trump - The conservative answer to every problem; Stamp On It! Point the Law Giver at the problem and it either goes away somewhere else or becomes a different problem which the shit shifters in their van can later clean up. Either way; Sorted!
It's a sociopathic solution which, in the long run, leads to a sociopathic society even worse to live in than the current one.
The homeless shit on pavements. Bob shits on people.
RE: "Why can we not have mainstream journalism dealing with complex controversies as thorough as El Reg journalists produce? "
The more serious journalists do, just never about subjects that you would like them to, such as this one, since no one outside the tech or FOSS communities cares about or understands the intricacies of open source licensing. I'm not sure I'm all that interested either, to be honest. I lost interest about half way through the article. I mainly come for the cat fights.
RE: "features that 99.99999999% of users have no need of."
Trouble is, each user uses a different subset of features so even though any individual may only use 99% of features, with that huge number of users every feature gets used by someone and so is useful.
RE: "= Paying $0 is still too expensive. What am I reading."
I was a bit OT. Loot boxes can also be found in AAA games, which are most definitely not free.
RE: "The house never loses"
To go wildly off topic - Trump managed it a couple of times when his Casino's went bankrupt.
And while we're grumbling about gambling...Can we also get rid of damn loot boxes in games. As if buying the game isn't expensive enough.
RE: "...an Aston Martin: And we all know which one you'd want..."
I'd rather have a Ford Sport Ka than an Aston Martin. If only they sold them here in the USA. And it would be a cold day in Heck before I buy anything Apple.
RE: "Anarcho-tyranny "
Oh, there you go with your paleoconservatism again, you rascal, you. Off outside with you, and play nicely with your chums. No more petards! You hear?
And children. Lots and lots of uncooperative, incomprehensible, children.
@stephanh "After 15 years of working as a C++ developer, I still haven't encountered a code change I couldn't do in Vim. <snip> Blech. No thanks. I am not sure what problem IDEs try to solve but I am glad I don't have it."
I have to agree with that.
I also haven't encountered a code change I couldn't have done in any text editor, including edlin, but given the use of Visual Studio why wouldn't I use it? I've never been much of a macho man wanting to do everything in the most painful and bloody way possible, so why would I want to spend X times longer working on code when I can be compiled and tested and delivered, and back outside saying hello to the trees and sniffing the flowers and joining my wife and cats in the sun with a glass of wine, instead of toiling in my man cave office listening to Blue Oyster Cult and getting ratty.
Sorry. No technical analysis or detailed substance as to why VS is better; just a purely subjective opinion as to why it is my go to coding tool of choice. If you don't agree- I don't care. You can do whatever suits you. VS suits me and that's all that matters. I can get work done much quicker using it. What else is worth considering?
Ha! That would be nice, I agree, but...when you get down to complaining about relatively minor details like that then you probably have a pretty good bit of software; and there are ways of mitigating the hassle, somewhat. I have stopped wasting my time trying all the other IDE's to see if they have gotten any better since I last tried; they never have. Not enough to swap dev environment anyway. Do any other IDEs step into the function while ignoring argument constructors?
RE: "If they could <Snipped a lot of nonsense>, I would be happy to try it out."
No you wouldn't. If it still originated in Microsoft's hell pits you would still avoid it like Beelzebub, preferring EdLin to Visual Studio.
The next programming language invented should be named Real Then we can all be Real Programmers; if we want to be.
Sheep have a surprisingly complex social life and structure and it is a very poor pejorative to apply to human beings. It does however say more about your thought processes than it does about others and is thus useful. Have a nice day!
If who is convicted? Trump or Nicolas? A toss up at the mo...
It's more an example of what's at the core of human beings (horribly wrong or right or neutral), given the opportunity; not just silicon valley. There are plenty of examples at all levels of society and in all occupations. I'm glad I'm not a billionaire, or even a mere millionaire - I'd likely be dead by now. Which I probably wouldn't enjoy.
Ooooh, that still aggravates me. Led Zep crediting themselves for dazed and confused when it was clearly written by Jake Holmes, who does a somewhat more deranged version of the song, though rather quieter.
Surely the best solution to people being lied to is to educate them to recognise the lies. Teach people, that is, children, to think about everything that someone tells them, including what teachers say. Teach them to more easily recognise lies or at the very least to suspect them and to never believe anything.
Of course, that would mean more money for education, which is simply not possible in a time of austerity [/S], plus it has the drawback of teaching children not to believe the establishments own lies. So it looks like lies all round then : unfettered lies, or establishment lies : and no intellectual tools to resist them. Take your pick.
So only reactionaries allowed to vote? That should work well.
Don't be naive...
Please don't come after me. My post was entirely fake. My cat mistress made me do it. She says there are too many kittens on the interwebz...slutz apparently...I'm subservient...meoooow? purrrr? biscuits?
RE: "everytime someone sends a formatted e-mail, or a top-reply a kitten dies."
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