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posted by martyb on Sunday December 06 2015, @01:55AM   Printer-friendly
from the rethinking-closed-source-software dept.

Akkana reports via the Shallow Thoughts blog

I went to a night sky photography talk on Tuesday. The presenter talked a bit about tips on camera lenses, exposures; then showed a raw image and prepared to demonstrate how to process it to bring out the details.

His slides disappeared, the screen went blank, and then ... nothing. He wrestled with his laptop for a while. Finally he said "Looks like I'm going to need a network connection", left the podium, and headed out the door to find someone to help him with that.

I'm not sure what the networking issue was: the nature center has open wi-fi, but you know how it is during talks: if anything can possibly go wrong with networking, it will, which is why a good speaker tries not to rely on it. And I'm not blaming this speaker, who had clearly done plenty of preparation and thought he had everything lined up.

Eventually they got the network connection, and he connected to Adobe. It turns out the problem was that Adobe Photoshop is now cloud-based. Even if you have a local copy of the software, it insists on checking in with Adobe at least every 30 days. At least, that's the theory. But he had used the software on that laptop earlier that same day, and thought he was safe. But that wasn't good enough, and Photoshop picked the worst possible time--a talk in front of a large audience--to decide it needed to check in before letting him do anything.

Someone sitting near me muttered "I'd been thinking about buying that, but now I don't think I will." Someone else told me afterward that all Photoshop is now cloud-based; older versions still work, but if you buy Photoshop now, your only option is this cloud version that may decide ... at the least opportune moment ... that you can't use your software any more.

[...] I talked to the club president afterward and offered to give a GIMP talk to the club some time soon, when their schedule allows.

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  • (Score: 1, Troll) by kurenai.tsubasa on Sunday December 06 2015, @03:45AM

    by kurenai.tsubasa (5227) on Sunday December 06 2015, @03:45AM (#272360) Journal

    No? I haven't even been driven out. I'm driving myself out, because I'm sick of being regarded as a misogynist by the people on the phones. I'm tired of reading news article after news article about how I'm a woman-hating shitlord and how they've determined this solely by my assigned gender at birth.

    Azuma Hazuki is correct btw! That (my username) was the alter ego I chose when I first broke, and I guess I'm breaking again. I had an elaborate backstory/fanfiction connecting the events from Ranma's marriage fiasco to now, but eh, who cares. I did more research on the Amazons, influences from Xena/Hercules, etc. I found out the first feminists were honorable and even compared to the Amazons of legend. I like that. There's other figures such as Harriet Tubman. Of course, Takahashi's Amazons are just, like everything else, parody. (Note that how given a golden opportunity to investigate gender issues, she does nothing of the sort!)

    It all goes back to proprietary software. I've mentored women programmers. Have you?

    Proprietary software fucked it up. every. single. fucking. time. They believe I can fix Amtelco's shit. Because I'm a “programmer!” Never mind it would violate the license agreement and very likely violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and DMCA if I let my hacker knowledge got into full effect. Never mind I wasn't even actually involved in deciding to use their shit sandwich software.

    So yes, now you get, get this, one less female programmer because of … SJWs! Trust me, I pass very well when I give a modicum of effort. You would gender me female if you met me, even if I were wearing male clothing. Most people do. It's ok. Gendering other people is a perfectly natural thing to do, and I do it all the time myself. I even got it wrong recently with an asshole lesbian. But I'm just lucky. I know I'm lucky that way, unlucky in every other way.

    What this is about, however, is about the two women (not me, I'm going voluntarily) I've watched being driven out of programming jobs because of gaslighting asshole managers. One of whom may just win a gender discrimination lawsuit. The other…? I'm not certain. She's a mother first, but she's a cunning hacker.

    Why do these things happen? Gaslighting asshole managers and proprietary software. That's why.

    Am I psychotic? I wasn't at first. I might be now. But I don't care. Maybe a job on a fishing boat would be good for me. (Go ahead and dox me, geek feminism wiki. I've given you more than enough clues. Crucify me and I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. You had better dox my friends first, and then you will realize what you're fucking with and decide maybe not.)

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  • (Score: 0, Troll) by kurenai.tsubasa on Sunday December 06 2015, @04:11AM

    by kurenai.tsubasa (5227) on Sunday December 06 2015, @04:11AM (#272367) Journal

    Not troll. It's the truth.

    Well, I suppose I did troll the geek feminism wiki. Let me cast out my line and see what I catch!

    Ok, troll mod stands, no argument here.

    Read parent comment and weep. Not for me. Weep for all the women programmers who have been chased out by gaslighting asshole managers. Weep for the prevalence of proprietary software that's caused this gender schism. Weep for the masses that consider computers to be magical palantís powered by waldos, indistinguishable from magic.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 06 2015, @04:28AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 06 2015, @04:28AM (#272370)

      But how does that make you feel?