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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

Etcetera Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

Separate but equal was discredited a long time ago.

"Separate but equal" in the concept of RACE was discredited a long time ago (well, presumed illegal unless it survives strict scrutiny).

Sex is judged under intermediate scrutiny, which is between strict and "rational basis" review.

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

Etcetera Re:I don't think you know what discrimination mean (673 comments)

Offering a nuclear-male/female-family-specific incentive is not the same thing as discriminating against non-male/female domestic partnerships.

There... FTFY.

about a week ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

Etcetera Re:systemd Architecture (641 comments)

There does seem to be an aggressive, emotionally manipulative campaign by Red Hat to get it into every major distribution and that seems to unfortunately have succeeded.

It seems like there are quite a few *within* Red Hat that aren't all that pleased with the way things have been progressing, hence the "hey, let's give a voice to sysadmins in the direction of Fedora as well!" initiative.

Systemd has the ability to do pretty neat things, but so do lots of other init systems and process controllers. The only thing that feels really head-and-shoulders above whatever else was available was cgroup integration for services. Is that worth all of the other breakage, the DJB-level asinine-ness of the developers, and the lack of flexibility caused by removing shell scripts from the boot process? Doesn't feel like it.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Any Development Shops Build-Test-Deploy On A Cloud Service?

Etcetera Re:what's the load you are moving? (119 comments)

If the load you are moving to the cloud doesn't keep a system busy then renting may be a better option -- empty machines are expensive.

Well, maybe. Physical space is obviously a fixed cost unless you feel like building a Japanese Car Park-style for moving Dell systems around, but you'd be surprised how well modern systems can be power efficient when they're told to.

The basics of suspending HW, using c-states, reducing CPU speed, etc, can take out a significant chunk of your power (and cooling, if applicable) cost. If you're virtualizing (even just Xen/VMWare), there are even more savings to be had.

You'd be surprised how many people hard code power settings to "Max Performance" at initial boot time and never go back to evaluate whether that's always really needed.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Etcetera Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

Religious belief is one thing, forcing that belief upon other by supporting (or not) a policy change that would ostracize a non trivial part of the population is another.

... You mean that self-evidently hellacious period known as 2007? (a/k/a the "status quo" at the time the proposition was written and submitted)

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

Etcetera Re:The USA isn't synonymous with efficiency (279 comments)

The difference is that "AllahIsFalse" is political/opinion speech, while "MegaUpload" is engaging in commerce and/or barely free speech.

Yes, Free Speech is Free Speech.... but political speech -- ie, "meta speech" -- is more deserving and in more need of free speech protections than your torrents are.

about a month ago
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U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

Etcetera Re:ICANN is a convention (279 comments)

What is the chance of Microsoft, Google, and Apple getting together and agreeing on anything?

Well, they agreed that Obama needed an attempted ear-full from them about the NSA spying...

Senior executives from AT&T, Yahoo, Apple, Netflix, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Facebook were among those in attendance.

“We appreciated the opportunity to share directly with the President our principles on government surveillance that we released last week and we urged him to move aggressively on reform,” the technology firms said in a joint statement after the meeting.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/tech-executives-to-obama-nsa-spying-revelations-are-threatening-business/2013/12/17/6569b226-6734-11e3-a0b9-249bbb34602c_story.html

about a month ago
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Zero Point: The First 360-Degree Movie Made For the Oculus Rift

Etcetera Disney did it. (53 comments)

A looooong time ago:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circle-Vision_360%C2%B0

Circle-Vision 360 is a film technique, refined by The Walt Disney Company, that uses nine cameras for nine huge screens arranged in a circle. The cameras are usually mounted on top of an automobile for scenes through cities and highways, while films such as The Timekeeper use a static camera and many CGI effects. The first film was America the Beautiful (1955 version) in the Circarama theater, which would eventually become Circle-Vision theater in 1967.

about 2 months ago
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Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'

Etcetera Needs a recording LED, like everything else (341 comments)

Google needs to put in a hard-wired LED that's on when recording. Yes, you'll look like a Borg when you're recording, but that's a small price to pay for others' comfort.

Can people still obscure it? Yes... but if I see someone walking around with a Google Glass *and* a bit of black electrical tape over the front, I know I'm dealing with a complete d-bag and can treat them accordingly.

about 2 months ago
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Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

Etcetera Re:$1 Billion? Chump change. (410 comments)

If Obama really wanted to 'press for the need', he'd propose a $1 trillion fund.

Much less than the Iraq War's costs over 10 years.

FTFY.

Also... much less than we were borrowing from (mostly) China on an annual basis 2-4 years ago.

about 2 months ago
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Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data

Etcetera Serial Experiments Lain-style (241 comments)

Because that's exactly what I want... to live on emailing people creepy messages from the Wired.

about 3 months ago
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Is Ruby Dying?

Etcetera Re:Short answer: no (400 comments)

" Look at that UID. You must be like, 35! Yuck, old people!"

I must be ancient.

Ehh... not ancient enough :)

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

Etcetera Re:Needless expense (829 comments)

Doesn't CentOS get patches 10 years after release?

Don't be a tool. CentOS "gets" patches by recompiling and redistributing a product whose said patches are delivered via PAID subscription -- exactly the model that would probably need to be used by Microsoft if they continue support. CentOS is a free lunch riding on RedHat. That's part and parcel for the open source movement, but you can't expect a closed source, enterprise company to do the same thing.

Furthermore, even RHEL didn't decide on a 10-year cycle until relatively recently... and for EL3 and EL4, the final 3 years (Extended Life Cycle Support) are an additional charge, and only supported hardware-wise in Virtualized environments.

https://access.redhat.com/site/support/policy/updates/errata/

about 4 months ago
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OpenSSH Has a New Cipher — Chacha20-poly1305 — from D.J. Bernstein

Etcetera Re:100 lines is meaningless (140 comments)

For the exact same mail volume on the exact same hardware Postfix runs about a third the load average of qmail.

Then you were probably doing it wrong.

NB: Qmail is a PITA to set up, and configure, and generally understand... but when tuned and customized properly it's incredibly efficient. Even more efficient if you're on underpowered hardware.

about 4 months ago
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A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

Etcetera Bad Examples (545 comments)

Schrager says that this strategy has already been proven to work in other parts of the world. China has been on one time zone since 1949, despite naturally spanning five time zones and in 1983, Alaska, which naturally spans four time zones, moved most of the state to a single time zone.

China is a Totalitarian Communist society where you can be shot if you complain too much... especially if you're a poor peasant who, working on the land, might be most affected by the inconvenience of a wide divergence between local time and "sun time" and isn't a great fan of Mao.

Alaska is composed of few cities and 100,000's of square miles of (mostly) uninhabited back country... the Unorganized Borough. Moose and caribou don't care about your lack of DST, man. They follow the sun anyway.

Please try again.

about 5 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?

Etcetera Re:Liberal strategy (1144 comments)

The "liberals" didn't shut down the government.

Actually, they did. The (conservative) House passed a budget; the (liberal) Senate didn't. The (liberal) President stated he wouldn't sign it.

As Thomas Sowell put it:

Even when it comes to something as basic, and apparently as simple and straightforward, as the question of who shut down the federal government, there are diametrically opposite answers, depending on whether you talk to Democrats or to Republicans.

Guess what? The House gets to make the budget. If the Senate doesn't like it, political negotiations aside, they can't even submit a bill of their own to start the process. And the President, of course, certainly can't.

about 6 months ago
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How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?

Etcetera Re:Never gonna happen. (472 comments)

The biggest struggle we have had is obstacle detection; it only works at distances less than 50m. The various vision devices aren't accurate enough beyond that range (or get lost in smoke, fog, dust, shakiness, etc.) And differentiating small objects (aka, 20cm cube) from standard terrain is neigh impossible with current technologies. The algorithms used to process that information can't run in real-time on embedded hardware.

Sad that the same thing that's causing you problems is the same thing we rely on to tell the difference between a human and a computer now.... visual pattern recognition. Solve the CAPTCHA, solve the auto-auto.

about 6 months ago
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Automatic Translation Without Dictionaries

Etcetera Hofstadter? Isn't this AI, not translation? (115 comments)

Reminds me a lot of the Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies work that Hofstadter led back in the day.

I don't see this directly working for translation into non-lexographically swappable languages (eg, English -> Japanese) very well, because even if you have the idea space mapped out, you'd still have to build up the proper grammar, and you'll need rules for that.

That being said.... Holy cow, you have the idea space mapped out! That's a big chunk of Natural Language Processing and an important step in AI development. ... Understanding a sentence emergently in terms of fuzzy concepts that are an internal and internally created symbol of what's "going on", not just using a dictionary and CYC-like rules to figure it out, seems like a useful building block, but maybe I'm wrong.

Very cool stuff. Makes me want to go back and finish that CS degree after all.

about 7 months ago

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Beta 2 released

Etcetera Etcetera writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Etcetera writes "Coming off the heels of Beta 1, released back in April, Red Hat has posted the next beta of their upcoming enterrprise release, including "an updated installer, new technologies and resolutions to many issues that were reported earlier in the Beta cycle." Full B2 release notes here, with updated versions of some of their other beta docs here. From their blurb: "The breadth of testing and quality of feedback that we are receiving has been impressive and we are grateful to our user community and our development partners for helping us create a solid enterprise-ready operating system capable of scaling to today's demanding workloads." Start your downloads here."
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