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Global Warming On Pace For 4 Degrees: World Bank Worried

David Greene Re:Cause? (439 comments)

This.

Sure, warming might help Canadians save a bit on their heating bills but the soil at least in most of southern Canada is terrible for agriculture. It's a rocky landscape mostly undisturbed by glacial activity. I would like to know how much Canadian land would be viable for agriculture given various warming scenarios. I have a feeling it won't make up for the midwest U.S. breadbasket.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

David Greene Mid-92 Start (867 comments)

SLS (0.97pl?? kernel) -> Slackware (wow, packages!) -> RedHat (wow, dependencies!) -> Debian (wow, apt!)

I probably still have the fullscreen Linux 95 gif somewhere.

And for the record:

twm -> fvwm -> GNOME (very briefly) -> KDE

about 2 years ago
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IT Industry Presidential Poll: 'Not Sure' Beats Both Obama and Romney

David Greene Re:False choice (238 comments)

PROTIP: It is 100% COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT who's the president. He's nothing more than a decorative veil of distraction. It could be your perfect dream candididate... It could be *you*... It's meaningless!

(Disclaimer: I work in the field.)

As do I. Frankly, your dismissal of the power of the executive makes me seriously question exactly what you do in this field. Obama has made a huge difference in important areas. Transportation is one of them. With an obstructionist Congress there's not much he can accomplish in the legislative arena but he can very well influence the way existing law is carried out.

No, I'm not delusional. I've seen and experienced the difference Obama has made. Personally.

about 2 years ago
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IT Industry Presidential Poll: 'Not Sure' Beats Both Obama and Romney

David Greene Re:False choice (238 comments)

I fundamentally disagree with your analysis. It displays a lack of understanding of political power and Obama is neither a Marxist or a Socialist. But that's not what I want to address today. What we need to address is this:

Obama and Romney differ very little when it comes to the actual issues

You're kidding, right?

One pushed through a big health care reform which will cover millions of uninsured people while the other is moving as far away from his (mostly identical) program as possible.

One believes that progressive taxation is essential to prosperity. The other has done everything he can to make the tax system regressive.

One believes we need to regulate the financial sector to ensure stability. The other has pledged to tear down what little regulation we have.

One has invested in renewable energy and the other says he will fund "traditional" energy sources and dismantle decades of environmental law.

One may agree or disagree with the candidates on these points but one cannot honestly say there is no difference between them.

about 2 years ago
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Ecuador Grants Asylum To Julian Assange

David Greene Re:And now, the long wait (923 comments)

Oh please. The man sexually assaulted multiple women. He does not deserve asylum.

He also leaked private diplomatic documents. He should expect to get arrested. All honorable practitioners of civil disobedience expect to be arrested and spend time in jail.

Assange is a narcissistic attention-grabber with serious sexual predator characteristics, nothing more.

about 2 years ago
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PC Sales Are Flat-Lining

David Greene Re:Well... (485 comments)

I'm getting an ASUS UX32VD. 10GB RAM and 256GB SSD should blow the Air out of the water.

more than 2 years ago
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Best Buy Chairman and Founder Resigns Ahead of Schedule

David Greene Re:He escaped (322 comments)

Actually, Target will. You can go back without a receipt and get a replacement. No store credit, no cash, just a one-for-one replacement, which is what the GP wanted.

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Effectively Ending Presidential Campaign

David Greene Re:Wrong (745 comments)

You don't seem to understand the tremendous power the executive has. The president doesn't just sign laws, he gets to execute them. Thus, the Executive Branch. That means he gets to decide how they are implemented (laws are intentially left vague), gets to decide how many resources are dedicated to implementing them, sets general policy, etc. An examination of the history of, say, transportation in this country would be most enlightening, I think. The Executive branch has wide-reaching powers. That's why it matters.

more than 2 years ago
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Confidentiality Expires For 1940 Census Records

David Greene Re:correlation != causation (311 comments)

Every dollar the government spends is a dollar taken from the free market.

No. Those dollars are used to hire contractors, etc., all from your "free market," which is just "the market." There is no separation between government spending and any other spending. It all goes to the same places.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Releases Sandy Bridge-based Xeon E5 Series

David Greene Re:Sandy Bridge on Linux? (96 comments)

Are you noticing any of the chipset framerate issues with Sandy Bridge? I'm looking to build an HTPC out of them but it sounds like waiting for Ivy Bridge might be a better idea given the chipset issues.

more than 2 years ago
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Last year, I spent the most on ...

David Greene Re:Gas (651 comments)

You're not the only one. Transportation is often a larger part of a family's budget than housing. This is because we've built our transportation system almost exclusively on roads and our metropolitan areas almost exclusively around sprawl. It's no wonder people are driving further than ever to get to work and paying more for their car than their house.

more than 2 years ago
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How the GOP (and the Tea Party) Helped Kill SOPA

David Greene Re:Hmm (857 comments)

This is flamebait but I'm compelled to respond.

Racism is a pretty damned weak excuse for this. I mean really someone explain it to me - how does a "racist" thought in a white man's mind force a black man to abandon his children?

Because racism is not "thoughts." I find it helpful to distinguish bigotry from racism. I consider bigotry to be in the realm of individual thoughts. Racism is about power. Racism is more about social constructions than individual thoughts and actions. For example, Jim Crow laws are racist.

Racism is indeed the cause of your observations. Education disparity is a gigantic problem in this country. It's difficult to overcome because we have several centuries of public policy in place that closed educational opportunities to people of color. We've eliminated most of the official policies but we have hundreds of years of effects of those policies to undo. Simply fixing the law isn't enough. We've set an entire class of people on a certain track for hundreds of years and it will take active undoing of that to set them on a different track.

When you don't have access to basic education, you don't have access to higher education. If you get rid of the legal barriers now you have to deal with all sorts of cultural issues such as teachers not understanding your background and experience as a person of color, lack of teachers who have shared that experience and so on. This is very complicated stuff, not easily changed by simply repealing some laws. Maybe you'll dismiss it as "touchy-feely" nonsense but I assure you that every person of color I've engaged around this stuff tells me it's real, whether they are Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American or whatever.

Drug and alcohol abuse follows. When you have little hope to get a job because demonstrated bias in employment still exists, what motivates you to even try? That's not an excuse, it's simply reality. Some blame it on "inferior culture" or similar nonsense but imagine growing up and seeing your grandfather, your mother, you father, your brother and your sister treated like dirt. I don't know about you, but that would get to me.

I will honestly say I struggle with the single mother family statistics. My wife and I talk about this from time to time, trying to figure out where that comes from. I don't know. But when I see a strong trend in a group, I tend to think that there is something deeper driving that trend than simply a culture of irresponsibility. We have to ask ourselves why we observe what we do, not simply blame people for the observation.

They are a broken people, unfortunately, and only they can fix themselves.

There's that bigotry thing. Start passing laws motivated by an attitude like that and it becomes racism. No people is "broken" and the poor and opporessed can rarely help themselves.

more than 2 years ago
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America's Future Is In Software, Not Hardware

David Greene Re:Oh yes, software (630 comments)

Actually, a lot (maybe most) hardware is not a commodity. We still build a lot of hardware here in the U.S. All kinds of embedded gadgets get designed here and a good number of them are manufactured here. They are quite profitable. A lot of supercomputing hardware is still built here and almost all of it is designed here.

While I agree that software is important (and lucrative) we can't just give up on building hardware. At the very least, doing so has a bunch of national security implications.

more than 2 years ago
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A Data Center That Looks Like a Mansion

David Greene Re:But what does it sound like? (101 comments)

The core cities were in no way "shut down" during or after any storm last year. Frankly, I was amazed how well the city crews did given the parking challenges they face that suburban municipalities generally don't. I live in Minneapolis very close to downtown. We were fully functional throughout the winter.

Minnetonka is a big city, geographically. While you're right that not all of it is super-wealthy, almost all of it is wealthy. And while the eastern border is about a 20 minute drive from Minneapolis, reaching the lake takes at least 40 minutes from Minneapolis without traffic so it's not exactly close.

This is a data center. There is absolutely no reason it needs to be physically close to its customers. I don't think there are many large corporate headquarters near where this thing would be. The Golden Triangle in Eden Prairie is possibly the closest, or perhaps the Carlson Towers area. I totally believe the tax writeoff scam explanation. It's clearly a way to rig the system to suck even more money out of the general welfare.

more than 2 years ago
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Totally Drug-Resistant TB Emerges In India

David Greene Re:Not *totally* drug resistant (346 comments)

You misunderstand the problem. Antibiotics are not the problem. The overuse of antibiotics is the problem. I hear about this every single week from my wife, who is a provider. She constantly gets pressured by patients to prescribe antibiotics when they are clearly not necessary or justified. We have to change the culture of medical care here in the U.S.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon To Collect Indiana Sales Tax In 2014

David Greene Re:Fair's fair. (413 comments)

Retailers gripe about people using their shop for browsing, then buying on Amazon --- but nobody mentions the people (I'm one) who use Amazon for reading reviews, while they're shopping and buying in the retail store.

I do this all the time. I always buy as locally as I can both to support local businesses and to ensure that the public interest is served with the tax money I owe. Amazon does provide a nice review service, though I usually look other places first. That said, I will buy from an online retailer if I can't find the item anywhere else, which is distressingly more and more common.

I don't buy the "Amazon has no presence and thus no responsibility" argument. Amazon benefits hugely from local investments, from schools to roads (not fully paid for by the shippers, BTW), to public internet infrastructure. They have a responsibility to collect the taxes that contribute to upkeep of local infrastructure.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon To Collect Indiana Sales Tax In 2014

David Greene Good, More Progress! (413 comments)

This is really overdue. Not only does sales tax exemption create an unfair advantage for out-of-state retailers (which is bad for the local and thus national economy), it depletes funding for civilization. And yes, Amazon does use public infrastructure to operate its business and no, shippers do not pay the Amazon's share of that infrastructure. Amazon uses all sorts of local services. Amazon operates as part of our civilization and thus should be contributing to its upkeep.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Fuel Efficiency Advances Haven't Translated To Better Gas Mileage

David Greene Re:HUH? (891 comments)

Perhaps it has something to do with the federal highway trust fund being bankrupt. Because...(wait for it)...gas taxes are too low!

more than 2 years ago
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Why Fuel Efficiency Advances Haven't Translated To Better Gas Mileage

David Greene Re:We've had an increase in gas prices... (891 comments)

Many of us have to drive to various locations during the day to perform our work.

That's fine, you need a car for your job. But that doesn't mean everyone or even most people do. Most of us could really make good use of a convenient transit system. Just because one solution doesn't work for everyone doesn't mean you give up on providing it. We're in serious need of multi-modal transportation in this country. We're literally destroying our economy with our dependence on oil and the automobile.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Fuel Efficiency Advances Haven't Translated To Better Gas Mileage

David Greene Re:Statistics (891 comments)

Yeah, screw the poor who will end up paying those taxes. It's not like they might need their car to get to work or go to the store or anything.

Spare me the disingenuous reply. I've got news for you: the poor already can't afford a car given the maintenance cost. If we had proper investment in public transit we'd have a lot fewer people dependent on cars. But no, shifting just a bit of money from roads to transit is anathema in this country.

Who cares how much time is 'thrown down the drain'?

I care. Not about the time specifically but the tremendous amount of money we waste building and maintaining multi-lane freeways to places 70 miles away from the urban core. It's a gigantic waste of resources that could be put to much better use elsewhere.

Not living in the crime infested crap hole that is Chicago

Have you even spent any length of time in Chicago. No, I know you haven't given your completely ignorant statement. And no, Detroit is not a hell-hole either.

more than 2 years ago

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Linux-Compatible Video Recorder Recommendations

David Greene David Greene writes  |  about a year and a half ago

David Greene (463) writes "I'm looking for a good linux-compatible Handycam-like portable video recording device. The old one I have now does not have Linux support and does not use memory cards (tape only). Will most of today's cameras that use memory cards Just Work? Which cams do Slashdot folks like best when working with Linux?"
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Best Inexpensive VPS Provider?

David Greene David Greene writes  |  more than 2 years ago

David Greene (463) writes "After many years of waiting for my provider to upgrade DSL service from the measly 1.5 Mbps I have now, I've decided to go another route. Unfortunately, no other provider in the area (Twin Cities) offers static IPs and permission to run servers. I am looking for a VPS solution to host the public parts of my personal site. What can the Slashdot community recommend as a good, inexpensive VPS provider for personal use? This will mainly be hosting a blog and a couple of Free Software projects (wikis, git repositories, etc.). I would prefer something with KVM so I can manage my own OS install but I am open to other options. Root shell access is essential."
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Conservative Groups Fund Vote Suppression

David Greene David Greene writes  |  more than 3 years ago

David Greene (463) writes "Various groups around the country are waging a coordinated campaign ostensibly to prevent voting fraud, but many people are decrying them as voter intimidation and suppression. Indeed, campaigns appear to be aimed at urban/poor areas, where Democrats typically do well. Some groups have pledged bounties for reports. Is this kind of campaign morally acceptable? Think about all those Diebold articles you read before answering."
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Licensing Music Source?

David Greene David Greene writes  |  more than 3 years ago

David Greene (463) writes "Over the years I have used Lilypond to produce some interesting musical works, mostly fake-book-like sheets and a few original compositions. I would like to share these with a larger community in the same way the GPL encourages software sharing. That is, I want to encourage modification and improvement of the "source code" while ensuring such modifications are available under the same licensing terms. In addition, I would like to have a requirement that performances, recordings, etc. of the music include full access to the "source" used for such productions. My primary motivation here is to encourage learning from such recordings, for example making lead sheets available for improvised performances so students can see the chord progressions and structure of the music. Performances of arranged music should include the "source" to the full arrangement, and so on. Is there any license in existence that would fulfill these requirements? The various Creative Commons licenses don't say anything about this kind of music "source code.""
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LLVM 2.8 Released

David Greene David Greene writes  |  more than 3 years ago

David Greene (463) writes "The LLVM project released version 2.8 today. This release includes upgraded projects such as Clang and new projects such as libc++ and LLDB. In addition to all of the LLVM optimizer and codegen goodness, this release of Clang is a fully feature-complete, useable C++ frontend for the current C++ standard."
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Which License for Free C++ Library Code?

David Greene David Greene writes  |  more than 4 years ago

David Greene (463) writes "I have a project that I will be introducing in the next couple of months. It is composed of a set of C++ libraries with extensive use of templates plus some tools that provide a plugin interface. I am looking for the appropriate Free license to use with the following requirements:

      1. Source code of core library (not plugins) required with redistribution (Copyleft)
      2. Source code of distributed plugins required with redistribution (Copyleft on "official" plugins)
      3. Prevent DRM/Tivoization
      4. Allow binary use in proprietary applications (not viral)
      5. Allow proprietary/closed plugins for the tools

Requirements 1 and 2 are similar but subtly different. The release will include a few plugins as part of the project. I want to make sure the code of these plugins is always available so that if some other party modifies them and distributes the resulting binary, the modified code for these plugins will also be released. If a third party wants to develop other plugins and keep the source to those plugins closed, fine. The point is that the plugin set released with the project is really core functionality that happens to be modularized.

It would seem that LGPL v3 is almost what I want but the "code in C++ headers" is an issue. libstdc++ uses GPL v3 with the gcc Runtime Library Exception, which is too restrictive because I want to explicitly allow proprietary plugins. Is there any existing license that essentially strips out the "Eligible Compilation" clauses of the Runtime Library Exception? I could do this myself but would be less than certain of the legal implications. I would prefer to use some text that's already been vetted."
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Which License for Free C++ Library Code?

David Greene David Greene writes  |  more than 4 years ago

David Greene (463) writes "I have a project that I will be introducing in the next couple of months. It is composed of a set of C++ libraries with extensive use of templates plus some tools that provide a plugin interface. I am looking for the appropriate Free license to use with the following requirements:
  1. Copyleft
  2. Prevent DRM/Tivoization
  3. Allow use in proprietary applications
  4. Allow proprietary plugins for the tools

It would seem that LGPL v3 is almost what I want but the "code in C++ headers" is an issue. libstdc++ uses GPL v3 with the gcc Runtime Library Exception, which is too restrictive because I want to explicitly allow proprietary plugins. Is there any existing license that essentially strips out the "Eligible Compilation" clauses of the Runtime Library Exception? I could do this myself but would be less than certain of the legal implications. I would prefer to use some text that's already been vetted."
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LLVM 2.7 Released

David Greene David Greene writes  |  more than 4 years ago

David Greene (463) writes "LLVM 2.7 was release April 27, 2010. From the release announcement:

2.7 includes a new MicroBlaze target, a native code disassembler API (with X86 supported so far), a much more memory efficient and flexible representation of debug information, an extensible metadata system that allows front ends to markup IR with information for language-specific optimizations (e.g. devirtualization, type based alias analysis, etc) and other down-stream consumers, direct IR support for taking the address of a block and jumping to it (which speeds up some interpreters loops by over 20%!), major progress on the MC project (a new LLVM native code assembler), and major progress on C++ support in Clang.

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Larrabee ISA Revealed

David Greene David Greene writes  |  more than 5 years ago

David Greene writes "Intel has released information on Larrabee's ISA. Far more than an instruction set for graphics, Larrabee's ISA provides x86 users with a vector architecture reminiscent of the top supercomputers of the late '90's and early 2000's. Things are going to get interesting."
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Linux Handheld Recommendations

David Greene David Greene writes  |  about 7 years ago

David Greene writes "There's been a lot of upheaval in the Linux Handheld world lately. My trusty iPaq 3955 recently went to the big cradle in the sky so I'm looking for a new one. The landscape, however is challenging, to say the least. handhelds.org is in the doghouse due to trademark issues and looks like it's been replaced by linuxtogo.org, Familiar development seems to have slowed to a crawl, the Opie project is dead (though Opie II is hinted at), GPE seems to be humming along and Angstrom is the new kid on the block.

Given all of this change and future (unknown?) directions of handheld Linux, what are Slashdot users' recommendations for a new Linux handheld that is reasonably well supported now yet will still be actively developed for some time? WiFi support is a requirement, GPS would be nice but not absolutely necessary."
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Linux Handheld Recommendations

David Greene David Greene writes  |  more than 7 years ago

David Greene (463) writes "My trusty iPaq 3955 took a nosedive last month and is now all but unusable. It's time to consider a new device. I see that the landscape of Linux handheld software has changed dramatically. Familiar appears all but dead, handhelds.org is in the doghouse and new distributions like Angstrom are on the rise. Opie has been scrapped for OpieII, which seems to be not much past the concept stage but GPE rolls along. What can my fellow Linux handhelds enthusiasts recommend for well-supported hardware (WiFi is a must, GPS would be nice but not necessary and cost is a big factor) and a good distribution that's usable for day-to-day work? Bonus points if development tools are available and easy to use."
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David Greene David Greene writes  |  more than 7 years ago

David Greene writes "I've been searching around the net for an affordable all-electric commuting option. I've found that electric mopeds are a little too underpowered for my needs. There are some electric motorcycle plans available but either they're too underpowered (30MPH max) or much more than I need (60MPH, bells & whistles, etc.).

I'm thinking about using the opportunity to build my own custom bike and learn something along the way. This will definitely be a long-term project as I'm a novice who will have to take welding classes, etc. But it would be a fun project and worth doing simply for the enjoyment and learning experience.

So can anyone point me to resources to start a project like this? I'm looking at the Etek motor that powers the kits mentioned above. Are there readily-available plans for frames, etc.? Perhaps a good stock frame recommendation so I can pull something from a junkyard? Guides on materials to use (light weight, etc.)? Good books related to the subject? Any and all help welcome!"

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