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Neovim: Rebuilding Vim For the 21st Century

Courageous Re:There's a reason people argue about vim and ema (248 comments)

A long while back, after getting into Python development, I learned to always use the expand tab option (which always puts in the correct number of spaces to reach the tab stop when you hit tab) and never looked back.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Courageous Re:what if... (716 comments)

Yeah. This guy's boss is an ass hat. The analogy involves a contractor. If that contractor wall-builder has employees, no, they don't actually work for free. Meanwhile, in addition to the labor rates the contractor charges, they'll have overhead for business operation, risk, and profit margin. So if this guy's ass hat boss is expecting that, then he should expect to pay a lot more for the work. Idiot.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

Courageous Re:lizard-brain visual heroine (361 comments)

There's a fifth level for ads. They create a background awareness such that when the demand does materialize, and you are presented an array of choices to satisfy the demand, you pick the advertised thing, simply because it seems most familiar. This is, in fact, one of the more powerful impacts of advertising.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

Courageous Re:Online Propaganda (361 comments)

The Free Software movement is not about money.

about 10 months ago
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Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

Courageous Re:someone got paid (237 comments)

I know Henry. He's an enterprise storage guy. My guess is that he was coming from the perspective of enterprise storage builders. Which is to say, the Backblaze data may be a fine review of the experience consumers are likely to have with hard drives, it's a terrible review of what enterprise storage platform makers would do and what their buyers would expect. Whether or not that's an appropriate response to Backblaze, who intentionally and haphazardly uses consumer drives in their systems, is its own question. But what is certainly true is that you won't experience these kinds of failures from Tier 1 storage manufacturers (e.g., IBM, NetApp, EMC, Hitatchi Data Systems, et al). So in that particularly biased way, the study is indeed "deeply flawed".

about 10 months ago
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Amazon: We Can Ship Items Before Customers Order

Courageous Re:"Here's your gift from Amazon!" (243 comments)

No, the law hasn't changed at all. But that's not what they're referring to here. Amazon ships the item to a local dispatch point, and holds the final leg of the shipment until the last possible minute. If that final order doesn't materialize, Amazon is being charged for the charge to the local distribution point (and back).

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

Courageous Re:Well, for your second problem... (388 comments)

Huh? "myfirstname.mylastname@myemailprovider.com" is my account on every computer in the world as far as I am concerned. If someone else fraudently registered it, they can take me to court and see how well the court receives their fraud. Not well, in any non-barbaric country, I am sure.

about a year ago
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How Asimov's Three Laws Ran Out of Steam

Courageous Re:Missed the point (153 comments)

Not to mention, in Asimov's world, robots were self-aware.

about a year ago
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Killing Cancer By Retraining the Patient's Immune System

Courageous Re:Cancer cured! (175 comments)

You're letting your imagination get away from you. If you are an insurance company, and a patient presents to you with a potential in $500K+ in medical expenses, you'd want to unbook that risk as quickly and as affordably as possible.

about a year ago
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Woman Fined For Bad Review Striking Back In Court

Courageous Re:Waiver of rights (249 comments)

Whatever naked force the people bring to bear through their government, representative or badly so, overrules just about everything. This belief in "natural rights" is a fantasy, unfortunately. You have no more rights than your and your neighbors can enforce with locally applied military power, and have none at all to the degree you fail to do so. Believing in these "natural right" is about as fantastic as believing in unicorns. A pleasant fantasy, perhaps, but only that. "God is on my side" would have no more appeal than this fiction.

about a year ago
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Woman Fined For Bad Review Striking Back In Court

Courageous Re:Waiver of rights (249 comments)

> Again, the government didn't GRANT you the rights listed in the first amendment

Irrelevant. The Constitution is a document which restrains the power of the Federal Government. Your "rights" as you otherwise call them out are not otherwise meaningful.

about a year ago
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Sex Offender Gets New Hearing After Hearing Officer Rants Against Arial Font

Courageous Re:Comic Sans, on the other hand (312 comments)

I have to say, you rather got him there.

1 year,1 day
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Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

Courageous Re:Passwords are property of the employer (599 comments)

> The part where you throw him in jail afterwards until he hand them over seems a little much.

As a bit of an aside, if you get to the end of a legal proceeding in the united states, and a judge thence ORDERS you to a specific course of action, if you directly defy this judge and say that you will not comply, they have the legal right--and have been known to exercise their legal right--to throw you in jail indefinitely until you comply. While this may seem outrageous at first blush, I don't really think we can have any kind of effective society at all in a world where the law has no power.

1 year,17 days
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

Courageous Re:A century ago, Progressives (926 comments)

The "technical details" that I was ignoring were not in your favor. Which is to say, and to wit: the Federal Reserve has not been "injecting money," they have been replacing a certain type of reserve holding with another. While it's true that this sort of holding carries a potential inflationary risk, two observations apply: 1) There affirmatively has been no noteworthy inflation, and 2) should the risk begin to realize itself, the Fed is not without instruments to reign said inflation in. It's a long conversation. As for saying that I should "look up how things actually work," you could stand to benefit considerably from this yourself.

1 year,17 days
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

Courageous Re:A century ago, Progressives (926 comments)

> You should look up "Quantitative Easing" as well. The Federal Reserve has been injecting money into...

That's not _exactly_ what has been happening. Forgetting the technical details on this for the moment, what's undeniably true is that there actually has not been any "demolishing of value" (inflation of any noteworthy significance at all) yet. If you believe that there will be, that's your prerogative, however I will note with some irony that this places you affirmatively into the bucket the OP is wondering about, and that is the climate of fear. Fear, this case, which is obviously yours.

1 year,18 days
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Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

Courageous Re:History rewritten (599 comments)

The closest thing you have to a structured reality check on this situation is a court of law. The judgment reflects the opinion of the jury, and typically the judge, on the truth of the matter. These people have been engaged to determine that using the best and most fair methods available. None of the press have been so engaged. Since this has now survived a court of appeals, we can safely say, to the degree it is possible to say, that Terry Childs is GUILTY.

1 year,23 days
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Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

Courageous Re:Passwords are property of the employer (599 comments)

Yeah. If an employee of mine "refused to hand over the password" to a system for which I had fiscal responsibility, I suspect he'd be terminated so fast not even security would let him empty out his cube.

1 year,23 days
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Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

Courageous Re:Passwords are property of the employer (599 comments)

Your root the devices, which takes a competent networking person (these devices were networking devices), albeit it's disruptive if the network isn't designed just right.

1 year,23 days
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Microsoft Will Squeeze Datacenters On Price of Windows Server

Courageous Re:I'm not that surprised. (274 comments)

If you need to run Windows Server VM's, and a lot of them, you actually have to buy the Windows Server Data Center edition, no matter your choice of hypervisors. So you may as well use Data Center edition and Hyper-V, is what Microsoft is saying.

about a year ago
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Forget Flash: Resistive RAM Crams 1TB Onto Tiny Chip

Courageous Re:At The Limit (287 comments)

6gbit = 6,000,000,000 / 4,000 = 1.5M 4K IOPS.

Do you presently have a 1.5M IOPS SSD? I think you do not.

Bandwidth isn't everything, friend.

about a year ago

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