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Ask Slashdot: When Is Patent License Trading Not Trolling?

David Muir Sharnoff Troll vs legitimate non-practicing entity (191 comments)

What makes a troll a troll is the behavior of trying to get money from people for doing what they are already doing. There is no value add. A legitimate non-practicing entity, on the other hand, gets money by getting people do do something new that they were not already doing.

The distinction is clear and simple. If you approach me and tell me I need a license to do what I'm already doing, you're a troll. That's the only way to be a troll.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Planks Would You Want In a Platform of a Political Party?

David Muir Sharnoff Citizens United (694 comments)

Citizens United must be reversed. This will probably require a constitutional amendment.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Planks Would You Want In a Platform of a Political Party?

David Muir Sharnoff Feedback loops (694 comments)

Laws and regulations need feedback loops so that efficacy can be determined and acted upon. This means that the goal and rationale for laws and regulations needs to be explicitly stated and then the effects measured and reported.

about a year ago
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The UK's 5-Minute 4G Data Cap

David Muir Sharnoff Can't anyone do math? (261 comments)

The premise is wrong. At 12Mbps, it takes 44 minutes to move 4GB.

about 2 years ago
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Plantronics Helps Make Remote Workers' Lives Easier (Video)

David Muir Sharnoff RED BORDER. (233 comments)

If you're going to post ads, they cannot look like stories.

If you're going to post ads, make sure they're good or nobody will click on more than one.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Test Storage Media?

David Muir Sharnoff testing on linux: use spew (297 comments)

http://linux.die.net/man/1/spew

While you can't predict against future failures, if you want to make sure that your drive media is okay today, there is a tool that will fill your disk with garbage and then verify that your disk has the right garbage on it: spew. Spew isn't the friendliest tool, but it does the job.

As a side effect, it stresses your I/O systems and memory. Years ago, I discovered that some Dell 2550's I had couldn't pass this test with the SATA controller I had shoved into them that seemed to work fine otherwise.

more than 2 years ago
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Which OS Makes the Best VMWare Host?

David Muir Sharnoff Re:Linux as guest (141 comments)

I've only tried 1000 and 100. On my AMD 3200+, a Linux 2.6.12 kernel with HZ=1000 takes 10-14% of the CPU (when idle). With HZ=100, it takes about a tenth of that. I'm not using these guest installations as production servers. As test environments, I can't tell the difference between 100 and 1000 HZ except for the amount of idle cpu overhead they take.

more than 8 years ago

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