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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Baloo Uriza That's how you do it. (295 comments)

Yup, being a dick to public transportation users, cyclists, delivery drivers and everyone else because your price fixing racket's getting some competition is totally the way to handle the situation.

about a week ago
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Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

Baloo Uriza Great... (187 comments)

...now my senator (fucktard Tom Coburn) is going to start claiming climate change is a good thing, even while birds explode midflight in August from the heat.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Baloo Uriza Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

This opens up a good point - I'm all in favor of taking criminal history into account, so long as we're talking relevant history.

Take your example - if I'm hiring you to drive in the company car, then DUI (and worse, reckless driving) are relevant crimes. But if the job was "show up, sit in cubicle, keep servers running", without driving as part of the job? Then what do I care?

And even then, depends on the company and whether or not they're going to let you prove you're capable of managing your shit properly. My last job was as field service engineer, and it seemed like the entire field service crew all had a DUI on their record. But, as long as you show up to work sober and get shit done, they couldn't care less what you did off hours.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Baloo Uriza Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

Heck, when I was working as a field service engineer, you'd think it was mandatory that everyone had one DUI on their record at that company...

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Baloo Uriza Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

Weird. I've worked as a field service engineer and now work in a NOC since my conviction. Wasn't really an issue.

about two weeks ago
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DragonFly BSD 4.0 Released

Baloo Uriza Netcraft weighs in (66 comments)

Seriously? This deep in the thread? And nobody's gone for the classic? Fine, I'll get it started...

It is now official. Netcraft has confirmed: *BSD is dying

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered *BSD community when IDC confirmed that *BSD market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last [samag.com] in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

You don't need to be the Amazing Kreskin to predict *BSD's future. The hand writing is on the wall: *BSD faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for *BSD because *BSD is dying. Things are looking very bad for *BSD. As many of us are already aware, *BSD continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

FreeBSD is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time FreeBSD developers Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: FreeBSD is dying.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

OpenBSD leader Theo states that there are 7000 users of OpenBSD. How many users of NetBSD are there? Let's see. The number of OpenBSD versus NetBSD posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 NetBSD users. BSD/OS posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of NetBSD posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of BSD/OS. A recent article put FreeBSD at about 80 percent of the *BSD market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 FreeBSD users. This is consistent with the number of FreeBSD Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FreeBSD went out of business and was taken over by BSDI who sell another troubled OS. Now BSDI is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that *BSD has steadily declined in market share. *BSD is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If *BSD is to survive at all it will be among OS dilettante dabblers. *BSD continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, *BSD is dead.

about three weeks ago
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Millions of Spiders Seen In Mass Dispersal Event In Nova Scotia

Baloo Uriza Re:T.Y. for the memories (81 comments)

This is the comment I came here to post.

about a month ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Baloo Uriza Re:Go back in time 5 years (581 comments)

ob-Debian GNU/KFreeBSD is dying...

about a month ago
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Why the World Needs OpenStreetMap

Baloo Uriza Re:Because it's fucking awesome, that's why. (162 comments)

Nominatim doesn't know where you're zoomed in. Narrow your search terms. Searching for "Starbucks, Seattle" finds dozens. How am I finding the address and you're not?

about a year ago
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When did A&E become a public entity?

Baloo Uriza THIS (12 comments)

So much this.

1 year,2 days
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President Lawnchair Waits to Be Blamed For Another Killing

Baloo Uriza Re:Bogus equivalence (51 comments)

Eat some more pills, pillhead.

1 year,15 days
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President Lawnchair Waits to Be Blamed For Another Killing

Baloo Uriza Re:"Please log in" (51 comments)

Yeah. Then a black man moved into the presidential suite at the white house.

1 year,15 days
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Slashdot Asks: What Are You Doing For Hallowe'en?

Baloo Uriza Re:Giving out Candy, Duh (273 comments)

I'd take some unpaid time off work to drive the getaway car.

about a year ago
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Slashdot Asks: What Are You Doing For Hallowe'en?

Baloo Uriza Re:Damn kids (273 comments)

Personally, I hate Halloween. I have enough identity issues that I don't need to be wearing costumes and masks. The only time I put a mask on these days is when a safe word is involved.

You literally sound as fun as a blanket party.

about a year ago
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Hackers Break Currency Validator To Pass Any Paper As Valid Euro

Baloo Uriza Re:Firmware update? Unlikely. (162 comments)

And yet, it still surprises me how many places that have called my company for service see me arrive on site holding a clipboard, a cardboard carton, and a toolpouch full of screwdrivers, and automatically assume that I'm there to fix critical equipment touching customer data without so much as checking my paperwork, much less checking ID. People are stupid. This trick could very easily work in plain sight.

about a year ago
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Automakers Struggle With Pairing Smartphones To Car Infotainment Systems

Baloo Uriza Re:QNX Car 2.0 (187 comments)

QNX is what most of these manufacturers already use.

about a year ago
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Automakers Struggle With Pairing Smartphones To Car Infotainment Systems

Baloo Uriza Re:3D print a new dash. Remember DIN? (187 comments)

I have a cassette adapter that's been closed in doors, run over with the seats, and wrapped around every fixed object in the cab more times than I can remember. I've had it since high school, and originally used it to basically use school boomboxes as a pair of speakers on a school PC streaming CFOX over the internet back in the late 1990s. It's outlasted a 1995 Kia that I should never have gotten rid of, a 2002 Santa Fe that was stolen, the 1977 Fargo Tradesman that replaced it, and has been in my 1999 Malibu for the last 3 years. It's also threatening to outlive the servos in that car's tape deck, given that I bought the car with 97000 miles and it has 200,000 on it now...good thing it doesn't actually need to wind tape to work!

about a year ago
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Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

Baloo Uriza Let motorists pay for themselves (658 comments)

Take total cost of maintaining and expanding motorist infrastructure for the year, divide by the number of registered vehicles, then use GVWR as a factor so heavier vehicles pay more than lighter vehicles. No tracking, and car-free folks aren't subsidizing what's a luxury item in that state. Win/win.

about a year ago
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APK + GNAA + other trolls I can't think of immediately = ...

Baloo Uriza Re:You're forgetting... (5 comments)

My understanding is extracting the materials required to build the battery packs makes it actually pollute more than trolling with an Abrams tank over the life of the raid.

about a year ago

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Baloo Uriza Baloo Uriza writes  |  more than 5 years ago Started using a more typable and memorable name on Slashdot, also got tired of automatically getting the karma bonus.

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