Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Wikipedia As a "War Zone," Rather Than a Collaboration

GreatBunzinni Bullshit summary that mischaracterizes the article (194 comments)

While the so called summary claims that wikipedia is supposed to be this "war zone", the article's fucking summary states that they have concluded that "edit wars are mainly fought by few editors only." The article then proceeds with statements such as:

"Usually, different editors constructively extend each other’s text, correct minor errors and mistakes until a consensual article emerges – this is the most natural, and by far the most common, way for a WP entry to be developed.

and even

As we shall see, in the English WP close to 99% of the articles result from this rather smooth, constructive process.

So, fuck you slashdot for posting a story with such an inflamatory, patently wrong and misleading pile of crap which was supposed to be the summary. If you have to lie to desperately generate page hits then it's a clear sign that you are dead as a communications medium.

more than 2 years ago
top

Ubuntu Lays Plans For Getting Past UEFI SecureBoot

GreatBunzinni Re:This needs to be something you can disable (393 comments)

This acceptance can easily come to bite you in the ass. If you grant MS the priviledge of implementing this then you can expect OEMs to pump out "windows computers" that, because they are sold only with MS-approved software, do not accept or support other software other than the one signed and approved by MS for that specific product. And why? Because pretexts such as "MS gets a little security on their malware plagued OS".

Once that happens, say goodbye to being able to pop in a Knoppix CD and give linux a try. Why? Because you've purchased a windows computer, and windows computers are only supposed to run windows.

And you can't turn that off because you explicitly have purchased a windows computer, which represents a declaration that you accepted the requirements put in place by MS for only running MS-approved software on your windows computer. Because malware.

But hey, you may expect the free market to kick in and for OEMs to simply sell hardware which isn't castrated with UEFI nonsense. Except that's as likely as being able to purchase a computer which doesn't come with windows reinstalled. And this means that, due to economy of scale, OEMs will actually be pressured to not waste resources on producing and supporting hardware for a niche market, as running slackware.

So, by agreeing with this, you are actually stating that there is a theoretical possibility that everyone else could simply shut it off. But then the real world kicks in and you will never see that happen at all.

more than 2 years ago
top

Opa 1.0 Released

GreatBunzinni Re:Dreadful summary (79 comments)

I also don't know, but if it supports mongodb then it must be webscale.

more than 2 years ago
top

Capitalists Who Fear Change

GreatBunzinni Re:There is a fundamental error (297 comments)

A more accurate definition of capitalism consists of two basic things:
- right to private property
- free market

The entire capitalist system is defined by these two aspects alone. If a state grants every citizen the right to own stuff, and also buy and sell to whoever they see fit not only their stuff but also the stuff they make and the services they provide then we have a capitalist system.

Some implementations of a capitalist system may have some limits and restrictions (i.e., only a selected few can sell services as medical doctors, including prescribe drugs) but these two aspects, right to private property and a free market, are the basis of capitalism.

more than 2 years ago
top

Chinese Firms Claims It Can Build World's Tallest Tower in 90 Days

GreatBunzinni Re:Just like their trains... (389 comments)

Indeed. Prefab houses are nothing new. Even european architecture giants such as Le Corbusier wrote extensively on mass production housing since around 1920, and pretty much modern construction is deeply influenced by Le Corbusier's work. Even concrete structures had their origin in modular, prefabricated systems, with Hennebique's reinforced concrete system.

So, if the entire industry is based on the use of modular systems, I really don't get it how anyone can make such silly claims such as "North American's, and Europeans partially are not yet used to prefab houses." Not yet used to prefab houses? We live in them for decades now.

more than 2 years ago
top

Chinese Firms Claims It Can Build World's Tallest Tower in 90 Days

GreatBunzinni Re:Just like their trains... (389 comments)

I happen to be in structural engineering, and I have to say that you clearly don't know what you are talking about. I'll tell you why.

Nowadays, and for a couple of decades now, there isn't a single european contractor who does not rely on prefabrication. Concrete structures tend to make this a bit harder to pull, but their building cost is so much lower than steel structures that the extra time spent on a project easily offsets costs. Even then, there are quite a number of prefab structural elements and modules, such as pre-slabs and composite slabs with profile steel sheeting, that help out a lot. With steel structures, even with composite slabs, it's quite easy to put up high numbers of floors in a limited number of days. The only limit that affects this is how fast you can hoist the beam and column elements, and how fast your crew is able to set the necessary connections.

I suspect that in the US it's even more widespread. There are companies which even put together factories to assemble entire houses in assembly lines, and steel construction is much more widespread than concrete.

So, your comment on the use of prefab techniques is obviously bullshit.

Then, regarding your conspiracy theory, it is once again bullshit. To start off, as any product on earth, housing prices aren't defined by construction costs, but only on what clients are willing to spend on them. Meanwhile, construction costs, with today's technology, basically depends only on what finishings the client wishes. As a demonstration, you claimed that 86k is such a great deal. Yet, that's the price Ikea asks for a tiny apartment with an area of about 70mÂ. This represents a unit cost of about 1228â/mÂ, and this without accounting for the price of the property and any licenses and services which are needed to build it. Knowing this, do you actually know what's the average unit cost for building a similar house on a property, including the price of the property itself? Between 500â/m and 900â/mÂ.

In other words, your example costs at least twice as much to build than a regular house.

So, at least take your tinfoil hat off once in a while. The world isn't set out to get you.

more than 2 years ago
top

Chinese Firms Claims It Can Build World's Tallest Tower in 90 Days

GreatBunzinni Re:Some good opportunities await (389 comments)

The cost of construction work, nowadays, is defined by labour wages, not the cost of building materials. Hence, obviously it is more expensive to build something in Australia, resorting to australian labour, than it is to build something in China, resorting to chinese labour.

And let's not even go into the issue of costs introduced by adhering to building and safety regulations.

more than 2 years ago
top

Chinese Firms Claims It Can Build World's Tallest Tower in 90 Days

GreatBunzinni Re:kinda cheating (389 comments)

If you pre-fab everything on the ground then its not really "building", more like "assembling".

If you believe that nonsense then I have news for you: the entire construction industry has been "kinda cheating" for decades now. With steel structures, every single structural element is prefabricated somewhere and only assembled in situ. This is even the case with large projects, such as concrete bridges. Nowadays, there are a hand full of different building techniques which rely on the prefabrication of structural modules somewhere, and bring them on site just to assemble it. Take this for example.

more than 2 years ago
top

Torvalds Slams NVIDIA's Linux Support

GreatBunzinni Re:Problems? Really? (663 comments)

Graphics cards are, nowadays, a bit more than 3D gaming. Nowadays there are a number of markets that companies such as NVidia may cater and are of fundamental importance, such as smartphones/tablets (remember Tegra?) and HPC (remember CUDA/OpenCL?).

What these markets have in common is that linux is the only reason they exist and are relevant. Windows is,at the very best, a "also ran" in mobile devices. In the HPC world linux is essentially the only game in town. In fact, there is currently only a single entry proprietary OS entry in the Top500 list.

Do you expect NVidia to abandon any of those markets in protest of Linus Torvalds pointing out that NVidia sucks at supporting linux? Think again.

more than 2 years ago
top

Torvalds Slams NVIDIA's Linux Support

GreatBunzinni Re:Problems? Really? (663 comments)

Why should Nvidia subscribe to the projects "goals and visions"? Thats the projects concern, not theirs.

NVidia isn't required to, as you put it, "subscribe to the projects goals and visions".

But Linus Torvalds is also not required to enjoy or approve of NVidia's policies, particularly when they generate bad publicity for Linus Torvalds' project and also cause a number of people to complain to Linus Torvalds about a problem which he didn't caused nor can he do anything at all about it. Hence, a very appropriate and sorely required "Fuck you, NVidia".

more than 2 years ago
top

Torvalds Slams NVIDIA's Linux Support

GreatBunzinni Yes, problems. (663 comments)

I've had problems with a NVidia card that I have, and the last time it gave me problems was with the latest upgrade to Kubuntu 12.04. With this upgrade, NVidia's very own proprietary driver either rendered 3D scenes excruciatingly slow or never rendered them at all, instead presenting only a black window. Strangely enough, 2D rendering worked without any noticeable hitch.

The fix came only about a month ago, with an upgrade to NVidia's proprietary driver.

more than 2 years ago
top

"Muthuball": How To Build an NBA Championship Team

GreatBunzinni Re:Sorry, but... (94 comments)

I'm no Knuth biographer, but every single interview and presentation given by Knuth that I ever saw, he always spoke like that.

Going back to basketball, some people talk tons of shit about players such as Derrick Rose for not being very articulate, accusing him of being a moron, a retard and even autistic. Yet, people such as Knuth are also not very articulate, and no one in their right mind would accuse Knuth of being a moron. That says something about being prejudiced.

more than 2 years ago
top

Japan Restarts Two of Its 50 Nuclear Reactors

GreatBunzinni Re:Shortages are a solved problem. (224 comments)

There's another way to fix the shortfall: simply raise the price of peak hour electricity until

...until industrial production is affected by the skyrocketing costs and the whole economy of Japan faces a recession caused by the increased production costs and lack of ability to compete in the economic field.

In alternative, they can simply turn on a couple of the 50 power generators they have just sitting there, that never exhibit a single problem in their entire existence.

I wonder what's the best option.

more than 2 years ago
top

"Muthuball": How To Build an NBA Championship Team

GreatBunzinni Re:Sorry, but... (94 comments)

It's basketball. Really, does anybody with a working brain really give a screw about this game?

I had a sarcastic reply but instead I'm going to simply say this: Donald Knuth was a basketball coach. See him talk about his baskeball coaching experience here.

more than 2 years ago
top

Earth Approaching Tipping Point Say Scientists

GreatBunzinni Re:No need to worry (759 comments)

There is no doubt that "everything will correct itself". This isn't up for debate.

What's up for debate is how will the correction happen. The whole point of this is in whose terms will this correction happen: will this be in humanity's good terms, by limiting growth and guaranteeing access to limited resources, will it be in humanity's bad terms, with wars for stuff such as access to food and drinking water and the accompanying indiscriminate killing of very large numbers of people, or will it be in nature's terms, with everyone simply dying off due to lack of subsistence.

It is in everyone's best interests that this adjustment is made on humanity's terms, to preserve quality of living and avoiding large scale deaths. Hence, reports such as the one reported here.

more than 2 years ago
top

Earth Approaching Tipping Point Say Scientists

GreatBunzinni Re:The sky really IS falling! (759 comments)

Because people listen to that hyperbole and then find out the population growth isn't "explosive"

I don't know about explosive, but right now it is in fact tigthly correlated with exponential growth. And the thing about exponential growth is that its essentially explosive in nature, as itsdoubling time is constant, and that it only ceases to be exponential to assume a form of a logistic function if either political measures are put in place to stunt growth in our terms, or nature naturally limits the amount of people that can actually live by imposing its own terms.

This is a natural fact which is widely know for over a century and no one in their right mind actually disputes this. So, why would calling a spade a space invalidate the whole message?

more than 2 years ago
top

EU "Clean IT" Project Considers Terrorist Content Database

GreatBunzinni Re:Beheadings videos are illegal? (101 comments)

So what is the answer? Is a beheading video illegal? Why? What is the law that makes a beheading video illegal? What happens if it's legal in one country, but not in another?

The idiots behind this project explicitly don't care about the legality of censoring the web, or any accountability of their decisions. From the Clean IT project website:

The main objective of this project is to develop a non-legislative framework that consists of general principles and best practices. The general principles will be developed through a bottom up process where the private sector will be in the lead. Through a series of workshops and conferences, the private and public sector will define their problems and try to draw up principles. These principles can be used as a guideline or gentlemen’s agreement, and can be adopted by many partners. They will describe responsibilities and concrete steps public and private partners can take to counter the illegal use of Internet.

more than 2 years ago
top

Book Review: Elemental Design Patterns

GreatBunzinni Re:Patterns over hyped? (129 comments)

This is nice and all - but I find in practice that people who are all gung-ho on patterns spend most of the time up in a sky where what they say is correct, but not terribly relevant to getting things done. To use your example, if you talk about an observer pattern rather than describing the mechanism, you are providing much less information about what you're doing.

Any reference to a specific design pattern is nothing more than a reference to very concise but detailed description of the mechanism. An adequate parallel is referring to specific construction techniques, such as Berlin/king post retaining walls. Instead of wasting time and effort describing how the construction process works, what are the pros and cons, what materials to use, how to phase the construction, how to design them and other necessary but tedious information, we simply refer to it through a proper name.

So, by referring to individual design patterns, we are actually providing much more information in a concise manner, due to the fact that if someone is really interested in more information then that person is free to pick up any reference on the subject and wrap their head around it.

more than 2 years ago
top

Asus Announces x86 Transformer

GreatBunzinni Re:Ask ARM (203 comments)

Really 64-bit is what people are after for desktops and laptops today.

That is only relevant if you wish to access more than 2 or 3GB of RAM per process. If you consider that the majority of netbooks being sold only come with about 1GB of RAM, then 64-bit CPUs are essentiallly meaningless. And this even without considering PAE stuff.

more than 2 years ago
top

Book Review: Elemental Design Patterns

GreatBunzinni Re:Patterns over hyped? (129 comments)

This doesn't make sense, and I am lead to believe that you actually don't know what a design pattern is. After all, no matter how complete a programming language or library might be, you still need to put stuff together, and when you put stuff up together you better choose to put them together in the best way possible, that actually solves your problems.

To better explain what design patterns are, we can compare them to a more mundane field: civil engineering/construction. You see, while a programming language and API represents the individual building materials used in construction, such as mortar, concrete, steel rebar and I-beams, design patterns represent a specific way which these buildig materials are put together and made to work, such as reinforced concrete slabs, prefabricated joists, trusses, columns, beams, etc... It is helpful to think of a construction project in terms of individual components, by decomposing the entire structure into structural elements and the construction techniques that are used to implement them, than wasting time thinking about how you will arrange individual pebbles in a concrete mix, or how a rebar will be gripped by the concrete.

So, in essence, design patterns provide you with a very convenient and useful way to think about pre-made solutions to specific problems, while saving you the time and need to reinvent the wheel each time you need to create a new component.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

top

Brazilian economy overtakes UK's

GreatBunzinni GreatBunzinni writes  |  more than 2 years ago

GreatBunzinni (642500) writes "According to projections, Brazil's economic growth continues the trend of emergent economies overthrowing "old world" countries as the top economic engines of the world. The same predictions point that by 2020 the US will be the only western country included in the top 5 economies. Is this a side effect of globalization or does this sign the stagnation, or even regression, of the west?"
Link to Original Source
top

Portugal's Minister: downloading is culture's ally

GreatBunzinni GreatBunzinni writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GreatBunzinni (642500) writes "Portugal's minister of science and higher education, Mariano Gago, while participating in The Internet Governance Forum,stated that unauthorized access to copyrighted works should be saw by the cultural industry as an ally instead of an enemy, claiming that it is a source of progress. Mariano Gago also commented that unauthorized access to copyrighted works has the desired ability to increase the product's value thanks to the increased exposure, citing pop music as an example and claiming that "Nowadays, thanks to the internet a band can attain unthinkable popularity levels that could then be capitalized through concerts and also increased sales of their works". He also criticized piracy's negative effects, stating that it "takes away from producers and artists the power to pursuit their capacity to create" and that "piracy illegally transfers to distributing companies the earnings owed to artists and producers"."
Link to Original Source

Journals

GreatBunzinni has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?