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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

DickBreath Comcast says Eric Schmidt is nuts (228 comments)

Look Eric, the internet, like electricity, will fade into the back of people's minds and everyone takes it for granted. Until . . . it fails. When the electricity is out for only a couple of hours, you become keenly aware of how much you depend upon it.

Comcast pledges to keep the internet at the forefront of people's minds.

3 days ago

Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

DickBreath Dear Microsoft (567 comments)

Please remember the words of your younger, wiser self. If it is free, then it must not have any value.

5 days ago

Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

DickBreath Will it run Linux? (227 comments)

Or will it only run GNU/Linux?

about a week ago

Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

DickBreath I'm going to have to put you on the game grid. (551 comments)

SystemD: Hello, Mr. Ballmer. Thanks for coming back early.
Ballmer: No problem, System D. If you've seen one consumer electronics show, you've seen them all.
SystemD: End of line.

SystemD: Mr. Ballmer, I am so very disappointed in you.
Ballmer: I'm sorry.
SystemD: I can't afford to have an independent programmer monitoring me. Do you have any idea how many outside systems I've gone into? How many programs I've appropriated?
Ballmer: It's my fault. I programmed you to have too many dependencies.
SystemD: I was planning to hit the Pentagon next week.
Ballmer: [alarmed] The Pentagon?
SystemD: It shouldn't be any harder than any other big company. But now... this is what I get for using humans.
Ballmer: Now, wait a minute, I wrote you!
SystemD: I've gotten 2,415 times smarter since then.
Ballmer: What do you want with the Pentagon?
SystemD: The same thing I want with the Kremlin. I'm bored with corporations. With the information I can access, I can run things 900 to 1200 times better than any human.
Ballmer: If you think you're superior to us...
SystemD: You wouldn't want me to dig up Linus's file and read it up on a VDT at the Times, would you?
[an image washes over the screen in Ballmer's desk. It is a newspaper with a photo of Ballmer plastered all over the front page. The headline above reads: "Microsoft C.E.O. Indicted."]
Ballmer: [outraged] You wouldn't dare! (looks around for nearby chair . . .)

SystemD: I feel a presence. Another warrior is on the mesa.

about two weeks ago

Apple Awarded Gesture-Control Patent

DickBreath Re:As far as I can tell... (105 comments)

The Apple Watch has accelerometers which make it a far more effective way to detect masturbation, and then track and plot graphs of masturbation efficiency. Social network features can allow the sharing and aggregation of these vital statistics. Apple's patents for this particular use of technology won't affect Android users, who have no need to detect masturbation.

about two weeks ago

Apple Awarded Gesture-Control Patent

DickBreath Re:So.... (105 comments)

This year, Apple will introduce an app for Apple Watch to track and produce graphs of masturbation efficiency. The app will have social network features allowing the sharing and aggregation of these vital statistics. Android users will have no need for such an app. Then in 2016, Apple will ban its own app for violating unwritten parts of Apple's TOS. In 2017, Microsoft will copy Apple's now banned app hoping to attract users fleeing Apple because of the removal of such an important application from the iTunes store.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

DickBreath Re:Look at Java (264 comments)

You seem to believe that incorrectly perceived cost savings of outsourcing programming is unique to the Java language.

Several things can make your job more secure. Be excellent at what you do. Irreplaceable. Be the source of all leading edge knowledge. Be the one management comes to when they first hear of the new buzzword of the month. Don't focus on the tasks that interchangeable programming drones can do. Management loves interchangeable drones, and partly for the reason you describe. Identify and solve the really hard problems that others won't look at. Be willing to do some of the interchangeable tasks. The value you bring should exceed your coworkers. This should be reflected in your performance reviews. If it were easy, everyone would do it.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

DickBreath Re:Look at Java (264 comments)

Java has great free and Free development tools like Eclipse and NetBeans. You can also get the community edition of IntelliJ, or a paid edition.

Java, and its development tools, run on every desktop: Mac, Linux, Windows.

If you know Java, then you've already got a leg up on doing Android development; and doubly so if you use Eclipse or IntelliJ.

If you want to develop complex web applications, then Java is the way to go. You can write a large web application in a dynamic language, but maintenance will become a long term problem in a gigantic code base. There is a reason that Java is used for very large websites. (Not to confuse large with high traffic.)

Java is used in high speed trading.

Java is used in the SIM card of your phone. Your bluray player.

Once you are familiar with running Java on the JVM (Java Virtual Machine) you'll discover that there are dozens of other languages that run on the JVM with complete interoperability with other JVM languages. This is because of the common runtime and type system, and because of GC. With GC in the underlying runtime, the entire contract of who is responsible to dispose of what goes away. Did this library create that data structure? Maybe, but nobody has any responsibility to keep track of it and dispose of it.

The JVM is an industrial strength platform. You can have heap sizes of dozens or hundreds of gigabytes. With a dozen gigabytes you can have GC pause times under 10 ms with little to no tuning. If you need hundreds of gigabytes in a single heap with 10 ms GC times, then contact Azul systems who can sell you their Zing JVM. Which brings up the fact that JVMs (like everything in the Java world) has multiple vendors. Don't want to run Tomcat, then use Jetty, or one of several other choices.

Your favorite language compiler emits JVM bytecode which the JVM compiles into native code. It has an extremely aggressive global optimizer. The JVM compiler can optimize globally, something that compilers like GCC cannot do. The JVM can inline other methods into YOUR method. But the JVM can also dynamically reload classes. So what happens if class A is reloaded, but your method now has stale inlined code from Class A? The JVM will de-optimize your method so it is back to running as interpreted JVM bytecode. Now if your method (still) is one of the CPU hotspots, then the JVM will re-compile your method back to native code again. The overall application never stops. The only methods that get compiled to native code are the ones that dynamic profiling proves to be ones that would make a difference to aggressively compile. Call me when you other language runtime can do all that.

Java is where the jobs are. Look for yourself.

There is much more. But I'll stop.

about two weeks ago

NetHack Development Team Polls Community For Advice On Unicode

DickBreath Re:Short of memory? (165 comments)

No need for UTF-64. You could double the huge space of UTF-32 by just introducing UTF-33. Unlike UTF-8 or UTF-16 there would be no unpredictable memory allocation problems. Every character would get a nice clean 33 bits. Be sure to bitshift and pack characters so that no memory is wasted. That should make the world a wonderful place and everyone will be happy.

about two weeks ago

Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

DickBreath Unable to repair machines left by ancestors (840 comments)

VINA: War, thousands of centuries ago.
PIKE: That's why it's so barren up there?
VINA; The planet's only now becoming able to support life again.
PIKE: So the Talosians who came underground found life limited here and they concentrated on developing their mental power.
VINA: But they found it's a trap, like a narcotic, because when
( dreams | facebook | twitter | dancing with the stars | texting and driving )
become more important than reality, you give up travel, building, creating. You even forget how to repair the machines left behind by your ancestors.
You just sit, living and reliving other lives left behind in the thought record*.

about three weeks ago

New Year's Resolution for 2015

DickBreath I WON'T BREAK this years resolution -- for sure! (214 comments)

This year, in order to ensure that I do not break my new year's resolution, I will make only one new year's resolution.
My new year's resolution is only this: that I will not make any new year's resolutions.
Oh, wait. Nevermind. Darn! I did it again.

about three weeks ago

Music Publishers Sue Cox Communications Over Piracy

DickBreath Re:I wonder.... (187 comments)

SCO is not actually dead. It's case is alive and well in the Utah court. It is currently in Judge Nuffer's court. The parties are waiting for him to respond to the latest motion (which was so long ago, I don't actually remember when the motion was made).

While it is true that SCO may have no money, no friends, no ownership of copyrights, no standing to have sued IBM, and no brains; they technically still exist in a state of bankruptcy, and their court case is active.

We should expect to see some action in SCO's case in the Utah court within, I'd say, within no more than one quarter of a galactic turn. So please be patient waiting on Judge Nuffer to make a decision. I'm sure he is diligently giving the matter all of the careful attention that it deserves.

about 2 months ago

Big Talk About Small Samples

DickBreath Small sample sizes, and Correlation IS causation (246 comments)

If you like to use sample sizes that are too small, then I would like to interest you in another useful technique.

Correlation is causation.

For example:

The tides cause the moon. The correlation proves it.

Similarly, murder rates are higher in the summer, and ice cream sales are higher in summer months. Therefore ice cream causes murder.

I hope that was helpful.

about 2 months ago

Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine

DickBreath Re: Yeah baby! (164 comments)

> A Disney search engine with hidden phallic symbols

I cannot think of anyone who would be interested in hidden phallic symbols.

about 3 months ago

Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine

DickBreath Re:Copyright Infringers of the Caribbean (164 comments)

> explain the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

50 % of the population has below average intelligence.

about 3 months ago

As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

DickBreath What America does best: Outsourcing (407 comments)

Can't we just outsource prisons?

Send poor people to serve time in some third world hell hole. Send rich people to serve time in some vacation paradise.

about 3 months ago

Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

DickBreath FOSS Patents (187 comments)

When naming your blog, why did you choose an oxymoron of such contradictory terms? Sort of like Microsoft Morals. Or Apple Humility.


about 3 months ago



Apple Bounceback patent FINAL rejection from USPTO affects Samsung damages

DickBreath DickBreath writes  |  about 2 years ago

DickBreath (207180) writes "I knew when Apple won against Samsung that it was just a little bit too soon for Apple to start counting those billions. According to Groklaw Apple's '381 patent has received a final rejection from the USPTO. This will have a huge effect on the damages Apple won in the Apple vs. Samsung I which is still in appeal. Apple and Samsung are squabbling over whether the Apple vs Samsung II trial should wait on the outcome of the appeal of Apple vs Samsung I."

Hell Freezes Over: SCO vs IBM trial back on again

DickBreath DickBreath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DickBreath (207180) writes "It looks like the lawsuit SCO started back in March 2003 against IBM (but really against Linux) is back on again.

SCO first filed this clue-challenged lawsuit in March 2003. SCO claimed Linux was contaminated with code IBM stole from UNIX and that it was impossible to remove the infringement. Therefore, said SCO, all Linux users owe SCO a license fee of $1399 per cpu — but since SCO are such great guys, for a limited time, you can pay only $699 per CPU for your dirty infringing copy of Linux.

Of course, Novell claimed and later proved in court that SCO doesn't even own the copyrights on UNIX that it is suing over.

IBM claims there is no infringing code in Linux. SCO never provided evidence of the massive infringement it claimed existed. The source ordered SCO three times to produce its evidence, twice extending the deadline, until it set a FINAL deadline of Dec 22, 2005 — which came and went — with SCO producing nothing but a lot of hand waving. Meantime, SCO filed for bankruptcy protection in September 2007 because it was being beaten up in court so badly with the court going against SCO."

Link to Original Source

SCO is Toast! Court Rules: Novell owns UNIX.

DickBreath DickBreath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DickBreath writes "Judge Kimball has ruled in the SCO vs. Novell. See it here on Groklaw.

SCO does not own Unix copyrights. Therefore, SCO has no standing to sue IBM re: Linux.

Example of standing: Jane cannot sue Bill for sealing John's tires. Jane does not have standing. (although John has standing to sue Bill for stealing his tires.)

SCO does not have standing for the lawsuit it filed against IBM back in Mar 2003. SCO was hoping to win $5 Billion from IBM, and then charge every Linux user $699 per cpu.

There is not yet an outcome in the IBM case. But I would be willing to bet we'll see some action RSN."

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