Friday, October 29, 2010

Letter to the Mayor of Seattle - already sent.

I don't think Seattle is doing enough to protect the people. I read in this article that only SOME of the police had automatic weapons. Why were some of the officers not properly armed? I also see that none of them wore armor, is this true? How can our civilian police force not be properly equipped with full military protection?

What are you doing going into an apartment without a tank? Why doesn't the SPD have tanks? Are your cars even armored? I don't see solid tires under them either. Why no body armor? Why no powered exoskeleton? SPD is looking fairly rural compared to modern civilian police forces like the Israeli Army and the Iranian National Guard.

So, you were afraid to enter an apartment where someone may have had legal marijuana? The only reason the SPD is afraid is because they are not properly equipped. And, what happened to firing tear gas and stun grenades into a suspected "drug den" first? What, are you guys liberal hippie babies now?

No armor, not enough manpower, no tanks, no grenades, it's no wonder that people with legally purchased drugs think they can get away with it in Seattle! SPD is woefully undergunned! That guy had a robe on, and his kitchen has knives! He might even be a registered gun owner, god forbid.

Why, with a legally purchased six-shot handgun, he could have potentially inflicted minor harm on one of the police officers before they gunned him down as they are obligated under the law. DO not permit resistance! Face to the floor the article reads... why was he not beat up? He should have had the fear of God put into him by the notoriously fierce SPD - who is seemingly growing timid. I can't see any bruising or abuse on this guy at all. Shameful behavior, letting someone talk back and refuse to immediately throw themselves on the ground get away without a trip to the hospital. All civilians should disrobe and prostrate themselves on the ground before the appearance of any officer of the law, just as a precaution. Nobody expects that when a civilian answers their door, that they should not immediately lay down when a police person kicks it in.

This scumbag hippie obviously needs to be taken out and killed to save the taxpayers money, but then SPD would have one less person to practice tactics on. We need more poor people for violent experimentation! Recruit all the people seen walking in Pioneer Square or on Hwy 99 into death camps for immediate training classes.

I think Seattle has become way too liberal. Nobody even shot him.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Diaspora = vaporware

Not alpha is an understatement. I'm going to ignore diaspora for at least a year and then I'll see if it even still exists. So far, it's a rails based nightmare of installation requirements conflicts, and the operators who claim to have it running WILL NOT say how they got theirs working. All installation instructions fail on requirements conflicts, and in two instances, the directions are flat out wrong.

Ruby/Rails is not very successful at all. In fact, statistically it's a recipe for failure. This site documents the "Top 50" rails sites, and note that all these sites basically suck.

Rails has its fans, probably people who don't really know how to use hard code, because rails is a scripting language not a programming language. It's like writing entire sites in javascript without any HTML or XML. Doomed to failure.

Sure, you can write games in Java, and you'd better keep them small because they'll be slow as hell. Sure, you can write web apps in Rails, but you'd better be a hell of a debugger or it won't do anything, and when it works it'll still be shit.

There are good reasons why most servers run Apache, why most programmers use C++, and so on. They work best. NEW does not equal BEST or even slightly better. Rails is a newer language, but it's got undeniable weaknesses, and I see it as most useful for programming advertising than making good websites that'll be robust.

If you can't write games in C++, don't bother. C#? Please, get a real language and call me in the morning. Any "language" that requires .net to work is crippled by default, and .net adds in all sorts of security holes. Again, people use C++ because it IS the BEST. There's no fanboi cheering here, it's simply put one of the strongest languages you can use for gaming.

Don't like it? Tough. Tell it to Quake, Blizzard, or anyone - so they can laugh at you. Real programmers use compiled code. Friends don't let friends script. Java won't be ready to replace C++ until processors can top 100Ghz or more, and are widespread. Even then, if it's not open sourced, I won't use it.

C++ has no secrets. The source is there. It remains the best compiler worldwide by popularity and security, by utility, by power, and almost any other metric I can think of. In fact, only by crafting specially designed metrics that favor Java or another language, can you even compare other languages to C++ and have them come out on top. In short, they shill.

Diaspora is doomed to suck. There are alternatives, however, and I'll be on the team that proves it. I've been down the PHP highway and seen the scripting insecurities and code failures. I've seen entire sites locked up due to a PHP error. I've seen unskilled hackers take them over. I'm done with that, with playing with broken toys.

What people need is a website that allows socializing, allows the user full control over themselves, and prevents hostile activity. That's really all people seem to want, and have yet to find.

You want to play stupid games like farmville? Go back to AOL. If you want to game, cough up a few bucks and play WoW or SC2 or Sims or whatever you like. Websites are still not up to that, mainly due to bandwidth and processor limitations. That's not going to change soon, and that's not the primary purpose of the 'nets. Gaming is too intensive even for most machines, and you sure don't want to try to play SC2 over a dialup connection. I've seen WoW lag on my FiOS connection.

People use the internet to communicate. It is a form of telecommunication, and is in fact using telco technology. That is its origin. Sure, you can game over the nets, but not very well. Internet use is designed for static pages and limited two-way data. You can stream one way, but not so well bidirectionally. Most people only have 1/10th the upload capacity of their download stream!

Now, this could change in the next few years, but more people will still use the internet for communications than intensive gaming. Even in WoW, the most common activity is standing there chatting. I've watched five teens play it in a gaming cafe, and over four hours of observation, they spent about half their time just talking. About a quarter of their time was spent running. The rest was game activity, fighting, leveling, building, etc.

HTML 5.0 has brought about some wonderful new possibilities, and Diaspora has made zero effort to utilize any of it. Facebook is too hateful, and with a tool like Zuckerfool running it, I doubt that people will ever be loyal to it. Myspace was the lead dog for a while, and look how fast everyone ditched it. Before that it was Livejournal. I went on LJ last week, and I hadn't been there in years. 25% of my contacts no longer existed, and half the rest hadn't been on LJ in 12 months or more. It's a ghost town.

Something new will come along that actually works better, and replace Facebook just as easily as it replaced Myspace. I have no worry about that, and it's just the waiting for it that bugs me. I've been ready to move on since before it got popular, because Z-man had the supreme idiocy to state publicly that he doesn't believe in privacy - even though he guards his privacy zealously. Do as I say, not as I do, Zuckertool?

The revelation that he probably stole the technology from friends only highlights how the media turns spoiled privileged people into celebrities overnight, while ignoring people who do more important work. Despite probable criminal origins, FB is constantly promoted in our corporate media. It's a game of who can be the best whore. I'm not interested.

I do hope that an open source solution evolves. I'd like to see a website that doesn't blow goats like Diaspora's does.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Shutting down my facebook...

I'm demopoly on facebook and I've posted there about the security problems and trials I've had with the company. I'm dissatisfied with many aspects, and find that even myspace has better protections than facebook does. Since I've succeeded in the act of installing Diaspora, I'll be working forthwith on moving ALL my personal information to that server, which I can fully control.

It's looking very likely that my last post on facebook will be the link to my diaspora server. I'll leave the profile there since it'll be awhile before Diaspora has the market share that facebook does, but given the power and utility of Diaspora, I can't see how it wouldn't spread like wildfire.

I'm certainly going to be doing my best to move people off of facebook, and I will provide hosting and training to people to enable them to do so.