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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Jay Maynard Re:Federal law has an effect, too (413 comments)

"Troll" is Slashdot moderator-ese for "I don't agree with you and think no reasonable person could hold that opinion, so you must be trolling". It's far too overused; personally, I think it should be abolished entirely.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Jay Maynard Re:Federal law has an effect, too (413 comments)

That part of the Voting Rights Act wasn't struck down.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Jay Maynard Federal law has an effect, too (413 comments)

Did they take into account the Voting Rights Act provision that requires that minority voters be concentrated into districts that they have a good likelihood of winning? That alone has the effect of diluting minority strength elsewhere.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

Jay Maynard Re:Ya...Right (285 comments)

The deal is very likely structured so the Senate won'/t be consulted. Just more of Barack Obama's contempt for the Constitution.

about a month ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

Jay Maynard Getting out? Easy. (164 comments)

How's he gonna get out?

"That's not a knife. This is a knife."

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

Jay Maynard Re:What system d really is (928 comments)

Uhm...your history is backwards. rpm came first, as did Red Hat.

Now get off my lawn.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

Jay Maynard Wrong salesdroids (159 comments)

If your salesdroids can't turn that openness and transparency into an advantage, you have the wrong salesdroids. Anything can be marketed as a competitive advantage.

Hell, they should be pushing to prospects that you don't let bugs slip through the cracks. You get bug reports and post them for all to see, and you can't just ignore them in such an environment. That makes your product more robust, not less.

about 3 months ago
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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

Jay Maynard Vindicated! (127 comments)

Chuck Jones, call your office.

about 3 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jay Maynard Re:Reliability is key. (600 comments)

Lots of folks need guns badly to defend themselves without going out and looking for trouble.

about 3 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jay Maynard Re:Reliability is key. (600 comments)

That's because you're generalizing improperly. Any gun that does not infallibly go bang whenever you pull the trigger is useless. That one gun is broken does not make all guns broken.

about 3 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jay Maynard Re:But what about... (600 comments)

The problem is that the mere existence and sale of such a gun will force every gun sold in New Jersey to have it...so whether it's designed to become mandatory or not, it will be.

about 3 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jay Maynard Re:But what about... (600 comments)

Electronics don't fail just because of loss of power, you know...

And if gun ban advocates truly want safety, they'd work to repeal that NJ law. As things stand, ti's nothing less than a back-door gun ban, and unconstitutional.

about 3 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jay Maynard Re:When you abolutely, positively need a gun now! (600 comments)

All what accidental deaths? The number is tiny - less than 100 a year. That number is also dropping monotonically every year, and has done so since the 1930s.

If you want to end kids' accidental deaths, get rid of bathtubs and swimming pools. They kill far more.

about 3 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jay Maynard Re:But what about... (600 comments)

Accidental use of guns causes fewer deaths than just about any other accident you can name. The number is small, and has been dropping monotonically since the 1930s.

Unauthorized use of guns is not going to be significantly impacted by something like this. There are far too many out there without it, and those will never be retrofitted.

about 3 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jay Maynard Re:999 (600 comments)

Perhaps it's a user interface limitation, instead of a storage limitation?

about 3 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jay Maynard Re:Reliability is key. (600 comments)

It must not be simply reliable. It must be infallible: it must work instantly, every time. Otherwise, any gun with the technology is useless.

You never need a gun until you need it badly - and if it fails, you're worse off than if you did not have it to begin with.

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Jay Maynard Re:C++ is an over bloated monster (427 comments)

I'm fluent in C. I understand C statics fine. What gets me is their interaction with classes and instances and...

I'm not complaining about templates mainly because I'm keeping my fingers the hell out of them!

about 4 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Jay Maynard Re:C++ is an over bloated monster (427 comments)

It's not? Interviews aren't supposed to be full of nothing but softball questions.

about 4 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Jay Maynard Re:C++ is an over bloated monster (427 comments)

Don't get me started on Boost. It's caused me more than a little headache all by itself...like, say, trying to build a specific version against a specific version of OS X.

about 4 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Jay Maynard Re:C++ is an over bloated monster (427 comments)

As I said, I learned about it by hacking on it. That's my point: you can't discover that kind of thing by hacking. With that said, got any suggestions about where I pick up what you think are the basics?

about 4 months ago

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IBM Breaks Open Source Patent Pledge

Jay Maynard Jay Maynard writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Jay Maynard (54798) writes "IBM has broken the pledge it made in 2005 not to assert 500 patents against open source software. In a letter sent to Roger Bowler, president of TurboHercules SA, IBM's Mark Anzani, head of their mainframe business, claimed that the Hercules open-source emulator (disclaimer: I manage the open source project) infringes on at least 106 issued patents and 67 more applied for. Included in that list is two that it pledged not to assert in 2005. In a blog entry, the NoSoftwarePatents campaign's Florian Mueller said that "IBM is using patent warfare in order to protect its highly lucrative mainframe monopoly against Free and Open Source Software." I have to agree: from where I sit, IBM likes Open Source only as long as they don't have to compete with it."
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CodeWeavers to give away software tomorrow

Jay Maynard Jay Maynard writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jay Maynard writes "Falling gas prices have left more money in everyone's pocket. They'll do something else: Because the price of gas has fallen below $2.79 a gallon in the Twin Cities, CodeWeavers will give away their software tomorrow. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has the scoop: "When CodeWeavers CEO Jeremy White saw that gas was $2.79 a gallon during a recent fill-up, "I screamed, 'Woohoo!' Then I yelled, 'Oh, crap!' as I realized every American can now have my software for free — kind of upsets my fourth-quarter revenue projections," he said.""
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Judge in Capitol v. Thomas Considers New Trial

Jay Maynard Jay Maynard writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jay Maynard writes "The judge in Capitol Records v. Thomas said today he's thinking about granting a new trial because he may have committed a "manifest error of law" in his jury instructions. He says that his instruction that simply uploading music to a P2P network without any proof that anyone actually downloaded it may conflict with a case in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals that said "infringement of [the distribution right] requires an actual dissemination''. Briefs are due by May 29, with oral argument July 1. The judge invited friend of the court briefs by May 29, as well."
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