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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

Foske I used to (488 comments)

But I got so fed up with the big egos that I quit. Linus Torvalds himself once trashed the project I was working on because of a few lines of debug code that were checked in, refusing to listen to our arguments. Later, similar projects -invented by others- made it to core functionality in the linux kernel. I'm talking about the old Kernel Graphics Interface project, which did the same as DRI and KMS, except that it also worked on other platforms. I tried again with Scribus. Their response: Welcome, but don't touch our code. I was involved in Mandrake, but quit when the core developers refused to listen to the community. We all know what happened to Mandrake...

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Discover an "Off Switch" For Pain In the Brain

Foske Why don't they study the cause of the pain ? (83 comments)

I am the last to say chronic pains are not real, but I do know that chronic pains are most of the time a symptom of something else, and way too many people are diagnosed with chronic pains. Doctors say they can't treat something and you have to live with it, though many times that is simply wrong. My wife was diagnosed with 'chronic pain' by 6 independent doctors. Number 7 said she should stop drinking milk. Pain is almost completely gone. I myself have been walking around with Irritable Bowel Syndrome for years. Stopped eating Gluten and the Syndrome is gone.

We have way too many "diseases" which are nothing but a name for clueless doctors and a failing medical system. My basic rule is: If you broke something: Go see a doctor. If you have something that's a bit more vague: See someone who understands how the human body works. And yes, I now refer to for example good acupuncture, chiropractic or homeopathic doctors. Unfortunately you also have a lot of crap there.

about three weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

Foske They are too late... (249 comments)

They gather information about you, then they adapt their ads to that. I googled for a printer 12 months ago. I bought a printer 12 months ago. I still get printer ads for those printers today.

about 2 months ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

Foske He has a point, but is oe of them himself (993 comments)

If you look carefully, mr. Poettering is the guy behind many problems in the current Linux world. He is the guy behind Pulseaudio, the audio system that destroyed everything that was good about ALSA, and didn't properly fix anything that was bad about it. He is the guy behind systemd, the swiss army knife that is good at everything except what it is supposed to do, reinventing all the wheels that used to be the base of a Linux system. He is complaining that Linux is still too fragmented, and fixes that by adding more fragmentation on the one hand (Pulseaudio, yet another audio implementation) and reducing fragmentation to the level that it's insane on the other (systemd).

And, mr. Poettering. Sometimes listening to others is not a bad idea. There is no excuse for binary log formats. The fact that you still refuse to listen to this message (and others), brought to you by many, makes you nothing better than all the people you are barking at.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Foske Which Datacenter ? (287 comments)

I have a wife. Mutually exclusive with datacenters. Replace the w with an l at will.

about 3 months ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

Foske Benefits ? What benefits (213 comments)

Most of these organizations and associations completely fail to understand how they would be able to create added value for their potential members. As an electronic engineer I'm supposed to be a member of IEEE. I can't think of a single reason why I would subscribe, and the people and letters of IEEE didn't make things better. On the contrary.

about 5 months ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Foske A better world starts at yourself, but... (710 comments)

* Replacing five lightbulbs with fluorescent lights which cost more energy to produce and contain way more toxic materials will not save the world. Especially because many of them do not last longer for the simple reason that we switch on and off the lights way too often.

* If you reduce the power consumption of 10% of the users with 50%, you still only won 5%.

* Solve the real problem: The fact that I switch off one TV won't save the world. Samsung should make TVs with ultra-low stand-by power. They make millions.

Don't get me wrong, I am very worried about the future of our planet. I just don't think that environmentalists shouting at people that they should replace their lightbulbs get the whole picture. With 7 billion people, you will never be able to shout at everyone. Shout at the CEO of General Electric, Samsung, Philips, LG. THEY can make a difference.

about 5 months ago
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Elite Group of Researchers Rule Scientific Publishing

Foske Not surprising, but even this study is flawed. (123 comments)

Most of these 'researchers' who get their names on every paper are actually the managers who don't have a clue about the actual research. Their name is only there because they force the real researchers to include it in the papers. Been there, done that, quit the job.

about 5 months ago
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How Did Those STAP Stem Cell Papers Get Accepted In the First Place?

Foske Re:Because peers aren't magical (109 comments)

As a former reviewer working for a very renowned research institute in Europe I can say: Peers typically don't get/take the time to do their job right, and often outsource the job to less experienced people. Reproducing results is a very expensive and time consuming job, which means: unless it is it won't happen. You must be lucky if the reviewers have at least read the paper till the end. Quite often the review happens by people who are "no experts" in the field of the paper. For many conferences, papers with a bad rating still pass because there are not sufficient good papers, or if it is easy to guess the institute the authors work for, the paper passes without proper review.

Once our institute had a paper rejected, but my boss -who was in the review team- managed to get the paper accepted anyway. High profile conference in Electronic Engineering.

As a former paper author I can say: If your paper is rejected for one conference, you simply resubmit to another until it is accepted. Publish or perish is the holy grail of research, something many bosses will make very clear to you, and quality is less important. You don't write a paper because you have results, you write a paper because this or that major conference has a deadline in two weeks. I have a few paper on my name I am ashamed of: Omitting the bad results in the measurements, compare with competitors only on the features you know you would win because the comparison doesn't make sense at all, bragging about results which are very bad, but you hide that by not comparing to (avoiding any reference to) competitors which are better.

As you might understand, I quit the job. I left research and never ever want to have anything to do with it anymore.

about 5 months ago
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Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

Foske You didn't pay, they can do whatever they like. (219 comments)

Sad but true. Then again, 99.9999999% of the users still wouldn't read the EULA even if they had to pay millions, so they still could get away with it.

about 6 months ago
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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

Foske nice but... (258 comments)

It's not efficiency that counts most. Is't usability. The tesla is bigger and can drive 5x further. Statistics... you can always present the numbers such that they look good.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

Foske Wrong question... (631 comments)

Did I ever trust bitcoin ? No I didn't. Nothing has changed. Scary how easy people can trust a new system they don't have a clue about.

about 10 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Gives 'Thumbs Up' To Nvidia For Nouveau Contributions

Foske Re: nVidia binary blob drivers (169 comments)

So instead of a binary blob that was easy to install, stable and fast you went for Ati, with a crappy driver, crappy installer and we don't give a shit attitude ? Do you have any idea why the driver has been a binary blob for so long ?

about 10 months ago
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Ford Showcases Self-Parking Car Technology

Foske Parking in tight spaces ? (233 comments)

This is ideal for both parking in tight spaces (i.e., you don't have to squeeze your way out of your vehicle while trying not to bang the next car's door)

True, except that the driver of the other car still might have to do exactly that (or hit other cars from the front or rear) because some asshole with FAP-Aid parked his car too close to the others.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is Patent License Trading Not Trolling?

Foske For me it's easy... (191 comments)

A company should only be allowed to use a patent in court when it is active in the field the patent describes and the use of the patent by other organizations reduces the market potential of this company. Exception are research organizations of course, for which market value must somehow be redefined. A very effective troll-be-gone method.

about a year ago
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Amarok 2.8 "Return To the Origin" Released

Foske Amarok: Full-screen or unusable (99 comments)

Is it just me who thinks Amarok is a ridiculous piece of software which is bloated to the max, yet misses basic features or makes them hard to use ? For me, the previous version was an example of everything that can be wrong with audio players. Let's see what this one has to offer.

about a year ago
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Say What? Wading Through the Nonsense In Microsoft's Re-Org Memo

Foske My advice to make a company profitable again: (165 comments)

Fire the managers. 90% of them are overhead with no added value for the organization.They cost a lot of money and quite often are clueless about whatever division they are managing. They lack communication skills towards the working men, and therefore are unaware of the real problems of the organization. Also, their drive to "manage" typically means that problems aren't solved, but managed, which are two completely orthogonal things. I now for the first time in my life work in a company where management appears to work (kind of), basically because there are so few managers, and the managers are skilled and know the (technical!) ins and outs of the product we make.

about a year and a half ago
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Human Stem Cell Cloning Paper Contains Reused Images

Foske Yes, the review was hasty, and more (38 comments)

As someone who has been involved in this on both sides (author and reviewer) I can say: yes, the review was hasty, since they are always, and most likely outsourced by the reviewers to people who don't have a clue what reviewing is all about. Maybe the process itself wasn't hasty, but I'm sure most of the reviewers made it hasty by not making it top priority. Also chances are more than 90% that the paper is absolute bullshit only created to satisfy the hunger of management/the PhD professor for more papers. The novelty in the paper most likely is based on the fact that all references to anything that is better or nearly as good are carefully avoided. Been there, done that (not voluntarily).

Papers: one of the main reasons why I quit my previous job. There is interesting stuff in some of them, but you have to go through so much crap that it's impossible to find.

about a year and a half ago

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ISO CEO kills last bit of credibility

Foske Foske writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Foske (144771) writes "No matter whether which point of view you take, the Microsoft or FOSS one, it is hard not to admit that the ISO voting process for the OOXML standard is flawed with controversy to the extend that it can't be called fair any more, since irregularities have been reported all over the world. Even Microsoft seems to have agreed they lost. However, the ISO CEO clearly thinks otherwise, killing ISO's last bit of credibility."
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