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Linux Sucks (Video)

JustShootMe LibreSSL... yeah. (293 comments)

I stopped listening while he was talking about LibreSSL. This guy is utterly ignorant of why LibreSSL was forked (because the OpenSSL maintainers were not responsive to bug reports and were actively working around memory issue detection), of who was forking it (OpenBSD, Linux has nothing at all to do with it), and what is hoped to be accomplished by the fork.

I just can't pay attention when someone is blabbing about something he has no idea about. Sigh.

about 2 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

JustShootMe Re:Feels Dated (435 comments)

Ruby makes sysadmins cry. I tried updating a legacy server yesterday that is running a ruby app. After two hours of trying to make it work, I gave up.

about 3 months ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

JustShootMe Re:I don't drink water... (332 comments)

Trees fuck in the air. What do you think pollen is?

about 3 months ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

JustShootMe Re:Not Uncommon for Portland (332 comments)

I think there are some rare cases where public opinion is wrong, and this would be one of them. I also think this is a horribly passive-aggressive way of doing it. If you feel that strongly, just set in motion the process of capping them, and if it fails, well, you tried.

I keep thinking of places down south who need all the water they can get, and we're just wasting a whole reservoir full. That saddens me.

(I live in Portland, but I'm in the Tualatin Valley water district, so it doesn't affect me much.)

about 3 months ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

JustShootMe It's not organic. (332 comments)

I live in Portland. They'd probably allow it if he was a free-range drunkard with organic piss.

about 3 months ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

JustShootMe Re:Someone doesn't understand devops. (226 comments)

I've been a developer, a sysadmin, and a devops guy. And the number of developers I've had to gently (and sometimes not so gently) say "stop doing that, you're crashing the server!" is way more than I am comfortable with...

about 3 months ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

JustShootMe Posting as AC... (226 comments)

Yeah, you put a coherent thought together and actually contributed to the discussion.

Keep that up and you'll have no street cred on Slashdot at all!

about 3 months ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

JustShootMe Someone doesn't understand devops. (226 comments)

The point of devops is not to take jobs away from developers. The point of devops is to provide an interface between system administration and development. Development and system administration have always been at odds with each other - system administrators not really understanding or caring how the application works, and developers treating the systems as an infinite resource pool with no real rules or resources past "does my code run?"

The sole purpose of devops is to ensure efficient operation of the infrastructure in a way that allows for repeatable deployments and controlled versioning, and that also includes system software such as operating systems (sysadmins benefit too because they no longer have to do one off deployments of OSes).

This criticism strikes me as woefully underinformed as to what devops actually does, and I'm wondering if the author of this is a developer who is upset because devops is forcing them to actually use the software lifecycle properly rather than just doing cowboy deployments and hoping they work.

about 3 months ago
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Whose Cameras Are Watching New York Roads?

JustShootMe Re:Whatever happened to transparency? (376 comments)

I agree that people talking to imaginary entities are crazy and stupid. The debate is whether they're imaginary. You can't prove they are.

more than 2 years ago
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Whose Cameras Are Watching New York Roads?

JustShootMe Re:Whatever happened to transparency? (376 comments)

What do you have against mom's apple pie? It's warm and squishy and... and...

I'll be in my bunk.

more than 2 years ago
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Whose Cameras Are Watching New York Roads?

JustShootMe Re:Whatever happened to transparency? (376 comments)

Not agreeing or disagreeing with your point, but since Mitt isn't going to be any better, according to you, why are you focusing on Obama? Agreed that he is president, but implicit in your statement is an admission that the problem is bigger than Obama.

more than 2 years ago
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Whose Cameras Are Watching New York Roads?

JustShootMe Whatever happened to transparency? (376 comments)

I'm not as worried about the existence of the cameras as I am that lots of people seem to know whose they are and no one's telling. That's kind of the antithesis of government transparency. I hope someone sues under FOIA.

more than 2 years ago
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Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

JustShootMe Re:Don't count on it (1226 comments)

Now that's a useful and interesting comment. Thanks for engaging me as if I were an intelligent person, thereby allowing me to keep up the ruse in my head for a little longer. :)

I think it's completely fair to state that what I'm saying is not *likely*. I don't seriously believe elves are pulling people down, nor do I seriously believe the earth was created 6,000 years ago. I'm just not prepared to state that everything is known and it's settled. Very little, I think, is settled, and if we were to understand how things *really* worked our brains would explode. All of this kerfluffle is just us trying to make sense of what we see with our quite inadequate and puny five senses. A good start, a worthy goal, but who knows what other interesting stuff awaits. Thanks to scientists for trying to discover it, thanks to spiritualists for trying to make sense of it. :)

more than 2 years ago
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Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

JustShootMe Re:Don't count on it (1226 comments)

Going to have to agree to disagree on that. I'm pretty sure you were not here from the beginning. It's completely circumstantial.

And now I have productive things to do that don't involve arguing with people on slashdot.

more than 2 years ago
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Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

JustShootMe Re:Don't count on it (1226 comments)

Sure, who's to say it doesn't pop up every single nanosecond in the exact same state it was before. I wouldn't be able to tell the difference, so I don't really care. It's still in the realm of possibility, and trying to tell me that it's not happening just tells me that you don't have enough of an imagination. :)

more than 2 years ago
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Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

JustShootMe Re:Don't count on it (1226 comments)

Well, if it's not distinguishable from gravity, that's not the realm of science. Science says that stuff will fall at a measured rate. Until scientists have figured out the mechanism of gravity empirically (which is not settled yet) it may as well be a series of elves as warped space. Doesn't really matter, as long as it's predictable.

more than 2 years ago
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Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

JustShootMe Re:Wishful thinking. (1226 comments)

I think that the "god of the gaps" argument only shows that people were looking for it in a place where it was not to be found. That does not mean it doesn't exist. In case I haven't been clear, I am absolutely sure that God exists. I also think that God is not entropic, and looking for it in any place where entropy rules is a fool's errand.

more than 2 years ago
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Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

JustShootMe Re:Wishful thinking. (1226 comments)

Why should I not ignore the "intent of the writers"? They were, after all, ancient peoples who had a very different way of looking at the world than we do. That does not mean there is not some value in the allegory.

more than 2 years ago
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Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

JustShootMe Re:Wishful thinking. (1226 comments)

Science says nothing about the probability of a God. It is only concerned with what is testable. God is not testable (and I think deliberately so), so probabilities don't even have a bearing on the conversation.

Put another way, if God does not want to be seen in a specific context, it will not be seen - and that will appear as a low probability. Any God worth its salt would be able to show itself in a manner of its own choosing, when and how it feels appropriate. And it would seem that the realm of scientific discipline is one of those situations where it does not feel it appropriate. And frankly, were I in its place, I'd do the same thing.

more than 2 years ago

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Where does a geek find a social life?

JustShootMe JustShootMe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JustShootMe writes "So I have a question for my fellow slashdotters, and yes, I realize I am throwing myself into the lion's den covered with tasty meat flavored sauce. I have never been a very social person, preferring to throw myself into technology, therefore I've been spectacularly unsuccessful in developing any meaningful interpersonal relationships. Lately I have begun to feel that this situation is not tenable, and I would like to fix it. But I really don't know how and haven't the faintest idea where to start. I know that I am in the minority and there are many different kinds of slashdot readers, most of whom have vastly more experience in this realm than I do. So, fellow slashdotters, please tell me. How, and more importantly, where, do you meet fellow geeks, preferably including some of the opposite gender, in meatspace?"
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Does choice of OS correlate with religion?

JustShootMe JustShootMe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JustShootMe writes "I work at a company that has both a Windows team and a Linux team. I have found that with one exception, everyone on the Linux team is either agnostic or atheist (that I know of). Conversely, the Windows team seems to skew towards the religious — there is one practicing Jew, one Christian (from what I've gathered from my conversations with him) and several of the Windows team managers who have come through over the years were very strong Christians.

How about it, fellow Slashdotters? Is there a correlation between the type of OS you run and whether you're religious or not? Think some grad out there might get a good thesis out of it?"

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How I metamorderate

JustShootMe JustShootMe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Here are the criteria I use when I metamoderate:

When something's moderated anything positive (Insightful, Interesting, Informative), I give the benefit of the doubt. Unless it's blatantly wrong, I'll almost always call it "fair". I recognize that what is insightful to me may not be insightful to others, and vice versa.

When something's moderated negatively, however, I come at it with a built in skepticism, and am inclined to metamoderate as "unfair" unless the person has given me a good reason to think it's fair.

In other words, if something is marked as "troll" and is not someone posting goatse.cx links, etc., is a legitimate opinion, and is not something that most would agree with, I'll still moderate it unfair. I think you have to have a *good reason* to moderate something negatively.

If everyone else would also follow these rules and metamoderate often, maybe the worst of the moderation abuses would go away.

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