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Firefox 31 Released

Etcetera Re:no thanks (171 comments)

Firefox has gone down the ugly-UI-shuffle-for-the-hell-of-it route, Chrome sends an astounding amount of telemetry back to the hive-mind, and IE's performance is still a total joke even if I can see past the OS implications and numbingly-bad design. Are niche browsers all we have left?

It's rather ironic that seamless integration with the OS is much less of a privacy issue than seamless integration with remote servers nowadays....

2 days ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Etcetera Re:High power use doesn't have to be dirty: (708 comments)

Oh, and unless there is an electric car with decent range that does not have software in it (actually, you can have a single ATMEGA MCU, but the source needs to be open), I'm keeping my gasoline powered car (that does not have software in it).

What are you actually scared of? Cars don't seem to be randomly crashing or exploding due to software bugs. Even the Toyota "bugs" turned out to be user error. Considering all the other safety features in a modern car it seems that even if a few percent of accidents were caused by software you would still be much safer in one.

You're asking what he's scared of on Slashdot? Maybe his real name is RMS...

about two weeks ago

One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Etcetera Re:HFS reliability (396 comments)

Anyone who owned a Mac since the 80s remembers having to use Norton Disk Doctor and later DiskWarrior at least once per month to repair the filesystem. Entire folders could go randomly missing each time you booted up your Mac, and if you accidentally lost power to your hard drive, the use of one of those was mandatory.

I think you're confusing generic Disk Repair with rebuilding the Desktop File...

Unless your drives were seriously damaged (floppies thrown in a backpack were always a bad idea no matter where you were), missing icons and whatnot were at the disk catalog level (used by Finder), not the HFS level. Command-Option on disk insert would fix it for me.

In the event of a power outage or something similar, it was always advisable to run Disk First Aid (and later versions System 7.5+ or Mac OS 8.1 maybe?) would run it automatically for you in the event of an unsafe shutdown, but that's just morally equivalent to running an fsck.

about a month ago

The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

Etcetera Re:some weird thoughts (136 comments)

Turing was gay, as such did he have some culturally "feminine" interests or ways of thinking, or was he more a "man-gay"

Not so weird. There may be plenty of sociological reasons one could consider for making this gender (or sex) specific that are probably pretty valid. (Men and women have dramatically different ways of understanding communication, and this was not unknown in the 1950s.)

But if the rest of us are forced to consider Turing's homosexuality as a person indivisible from his work as a visionary (OMG he was a thinker, and he was gay!), it's only fair to consider that trait in the analysis of the work he did...

about a month and a half ago

Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

Etcetera No, no it's not. (379 comments)

First of all, it's "climate change" now and not "global warming"... some spots are having much cooler temperatures instead.

Secondly, droughts happen. The history of California is the history of water politics mainly because most of SoCal is a semi-arid desert. San Diego in particular has a giant desert separating us from the rest of the country -- even LA.

Thirdly, unless you've just moved to San Diego, you're quite aware of the 2003 and 2007 fires. These were (also) not the result of global warming.

Fourthly, there's good reason to believe that at least some of the ones this week were started by (d-bag) arsonists.

It's over-broad statements like this from "scientists" that give credence to the assertion that climate scientists are thinking with the social policy side of their brains instead of the factual side. /signed
Native San Diegan; MRC/former CERT member; non-scientist.

about 2 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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.

about 4 months ago

Zero Point: The First 360-Degree Movie Made For the Oculus Rift

Etcetera Disney did it. (53 comments)

A looooong time ago:

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 5 months ago

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 5 months ago

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.


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

about 5 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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.

about 7 months ago



Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Beta 2 released

Etcetera Etcetera writes  |  about 4 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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