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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Lisias As a matter of fact... (387 comments)

it appears to be a very predatory way of doing business on my eyes.

I remember an article I read on the late 80's or early 90's about how some small companies of that era feared growing too fast and ended up catching the attention of Microsoft, that at that time was buying everything and everybody (prices are pretty lower at that times). Building something cool that Microsoft would need was the fastest way of going out ot business.

2 days ago

School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

Lisias Re:Great idea! (230 comments)

I'd like to see this system implemented in The States. It basically circumvents the school yard bully from stealing lunch money from would-be victims.

The only thing that can (and will) circumvent the school yard bullies from bullying is this.

Self-defence is, always, the best defense.

Oh, the victim overreacted? Educate him/her , punishing him/her for force abuse if it's the case. BUT NEVER punish the self-defense.

about a week ago

Why Google Is Pushing For a Web Free of SHA-1

Lisias Re:Deprecation shouldn't start at the browser (108 comments)

They do have a large interest in the matter. If SHA-1 is broken and they keep selling it they lower the belief in the system. Thus it would lower the monetary value of ALL certificates.

How to lower the belief in something that no one's knows it there? :-)

Common people don't know about cryptography and security. All that common people knows is about WHO tells that something is secure or not - if they trust the guy that says that something is secure, then they acts as it is secure.

Google is betting that people thrust Chrome.

about two weeks ago

Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Lisias Re:If get drunk... (289 comments)

Simple. The owner of the car will get the ticket.

Interesting. A very nice and new way to get "pwned" by someone. :-)

"But sir, my car got hacked!!!" :-)

about three weeks ago

Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Lisias If get drunk... (289 comments)

If I get drunk, and my Google car drives me home and overrun a red light or something like that. Who the cops should blame? Who will get the ticket?

about three weeks ago

Brian Stevens Resigns As Red Hat CTO

Lisias Re:...goes to show... (39 comments)

Dear Gothmolly,

Thanks for your insightful comments. Although Red Hat, Inc. is actually a $billion+ dollar multi-national corporation, management and the legions of technical staff we employ (totalling thousands of hours of combined expertise in a multitude of fields) had actually forgotten what we are, and the opinion of some fuckwith on Slashdot is exactly what we needed to get ourselves back on track.

Sincerest thanks,

Red Hat, Inc.

Say that to Microsoft and its Metro interface. ;-)

about three weeks ago

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Lisias I don't need it. (826 comments)

I'm responsible for a bunch of servers now.

One of them has a uptime of 660 days. Other, 120 or about it. My server with the lower uptime has 35 days - it has 37 days of life, by the way.

I'm not slightly interested on the booting speed of these machines - my main concern is the speed of the diagnostic procedures I need to carry on when something goes wrong.

God saves the runlevel 1.

about a month ago

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Lisias Re:False "new vs. old" dichotomies (826 comments)

GP was saying he wanted the choice to be made by a large committee. You are just saying you disagree with the large committee that made the choice.

What's not necessarily a bad thing, as History tells us.

about a month ago

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Lisias Re:What was wrong with OpenRC? (826 comments)

The question is what was wrong with OpenRC?
It's flexible enough to do just about all the useful tasks that sysV and that systemd does.

We really don't want a kernel in user space unless you want Linux to become infected with the finder syndrome of MacOSX.

That's the problem: it's too damn flexible, it's too damn practical, it's too damn EASY to maintain. How in hell a big enterprise will be able to profit on such environment?

Corporations need hard to maintain, almost impossible to learn systems deployd on their customer's machines in order to keep them under their grasp.

It's what is happening with systemd? I don't know. But I know the past, and this is the path that Microsoft, Oracle et all choose to follow - and this was not by accident.

about a month ago

Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Lisias Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

No, no. systemd doesn't make mistakes.

The system ends up booting by a series of well placed accidents.

about a month ago

Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

Lisias Re:Fk proprietary consoles. (97 comments)

I wrote a tool back in the day that would boot anybody off any Quake 1 server (except CMU guys off CMU servers - they actually knew how to protect their networks). It was great!

So it was you? Bastard! :-)

Jokes aside, we setup our own server - you would have to portscan half the Internet in order to find our server to DDoS us. :-)

Setting your own game server is Quake 1's most missed feature to me, the rocket jump being the second! :-D

about a month ago

Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

Lisias Re:Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorc (97 comments)

Spelling properly will help others to treat you opinions with more respect.

I prefer to respect people for their opinions, not their grammar. As you can easily note. ;-)

about a month ago

Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

Lisias Re:Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorc (97 comments)

How do you know they won't hit MSN Live servers sometime between now and next weekend?

I didn't knew. By the time I wrote that, I hadn't received any report on a MSN Live attack yet. Now I have.

about a month ago

ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Lisias Re:The problem, as always... (329 comments)

We need to work on ways to improve our self confidence and the rest will follow.

Why do you *NEED*?

Why the statistical spread of man and womans *NEED* to be equal on the various fields of human knowledge and/or work?

EVerybody must, or at least, should, be able to choose whatever he/she wants - if she/he is able to do so. What I don't get is the use of the verb "NEED".

Why wornens *NEED* to work on I.T.?

about a month ago

Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

Lisias Re:Fk proprietary consoles. (97 comments)

Well... I was never DDoSed when playing Quake I's Team Fortress with my friends. :-)

about a month ago

Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

Lisias Re:Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorc (97 comments)

Script kiddies attacking PSN doesn't affect Sony as much as it affects the users that play online or pay for the service.

If they manage to repeat the deed next week, you can bet you gamepad it will affect Sony.

Mainly because I don't see MSN Live players complaining about loss of service, do you? XBox owners don't have any reason to fear losing next weekend services, while PSN users will live the week worrying about.

about a month ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Lisias Re:Linus wants the Desktop? (727 comments)

Dealing with humans is harder than dealing with the kernel.

And yet, cars and airplanes and bicycles and a lot of other tools (some more complicated, some less) are still being engineered by engineers.

I don't see a link here, sorry.

Dealing how they interact with a computer is quite a bit different. It is an entire research subject.

Dealing with (some) corporate egg headed's wishes on how people should use a computer is that it's quite different.

Common People are using computers since the 80's. Some metaphors sucked a lot, some others was successful (and some, besides sucking). The break even point was simple: I work/play/whatever better now that did yesterday?

Cars use steering wheels and pedals since Ford's era, besides a lot of research on new ways to drive a car. Did you ever considered why?

GNOME 3's deployment could have gone better. It would have been better to allow people to parallel install both and let them move when they were comfortable

That would had helped a lot, indeed.

The design itself continues to be a successful work in progress. Next iteration, I will likely make sure that we don't do it this way.

Successful to whom? You see, people are not all alike.

Let me a bit more succinct. I'm saying that the people who were building Linux based desktops took a lot of their design from windows 95, amigaos, and various other desktops that were there before. All the examples you've stated doesn't invalidate what I said. We took our designs from someone else. The most popular ones are based on windows 95, GNOME and KDE.

Now I see.

Perhaps this happens because is considered BAD ENGINEERING creating something out of the blue just for the sake of it.

There's a good reason cars are still using steering wheels and pedals nowadays - people don't have to be trained and reissued a new driver's license when they sold the old model and buy a new one.

Any nowadays stereo are still using the same metaphors from decades ago (Play, Stop, Next, Previous, Volume Up and Down - even the Eject are still used), and the remote control from my new shining OLED TV has the same buttons my old, ultrasonic, mechanical remote control had (but granted, it has that buttons and a lot more).

Of course modern remote control are a lot more sophisticated and useful that hat old craps, but the basic metaphors are still there - the enhancements were introduced rationally, without breaking current usability.

Why? Because this is considered *GOOD ENGINEERING*.

Nopes. I just asking Linus to step up and LEAD a Desktop project.

The result will probably be not shiny and new and full of [insert your favorite insult here], but it will be usable, and it will works, and more importantly, it will get the job done without hassle - that what matters when the month ends and I have to pay my bills.

Why? What gives him the expertise to run a desktop project, exactly?

Because it's already proven that he is capable of handling successfully huge and complex open source projects.

Just because they are both software projects doesn't mean that he has the ability to lead a group of people working on UI and middleware projects.

Just because he never did it, doesn't mean that he doesn't have the skills neither. However, he's a proven open source leader that delivers solid artifacts, with a nice (but granted, far from perfect) historic of consistency between releases. I prefer to do not make comparisons with some other Open Source projects - there's no need for a jihad here.

I'm not hiring the guy to write code or specify usability requirements. But you can bet your arse I would hire him to lead a critical software project anytime (if I would be on such position, what can be a good idea to state now that I'm not).

I don't think he's remotely interested in running it.

I agree 100% with you here. :-)

Perhaps when I run into him at some conference I'll ask him. Perhaps you can ask him?

Weirdly enough, this never crossed my mind. Perhaps linking this conversation to him?

In any case, I find it amusing that people think Linus is some kind of uber geek.

Me too. The guy is a god damned good engineer with a good leadership skills on Open Source projects. I don't see how his geekness can influence on it - but granted, I'm not entitled to say otherwise.

By the way, I'm not saying he's a polite, nice leader - au contraire, the man can be an ass when pissed on. But again, the guy stills delivers solid artifacts - thanks or besides his assness, I can't say.

Given the personal feedback he's given me, I know that his requirements are fairly modest compared to some.

Being that the(or one of them) reason you stated before that the Kernel is less complicated and easier to keep than a Desktop?

about a month ago


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Lisias Lisias writes  |  about 6 months ago

Interesting how things can change.

We, brazilians, have a harsh view from our managers. I wonder if our best ones didn't did as our best technicians - fled from the country to pursue a better future.


A good post

Lisias Lisias writes  |  about a year ago

is always a good post.

This is just to "tag" a really good one (at least, for me). :-)


Thoughs about "Mod Trolling" (or not!)

Lisias Lisias writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I think I figured out why I was seeing what appeared to be "Mod Trolling" on my posts.

Due my good Karma, my posts are being visualized with a default +2 score points, as someone else had modded me +1 (underrated).

However, I must confess that I know that half my posts doesn't deserve a +1 mod (being it real or just karma biased), and I did noticed that a good part of my modded down posts was being modded as "-1 Overrated".

Well, if I even think that that posts didn't deserve a +2 score, what can be said from some random moderator? :-)

So, the Mod Trolling problem doesn't appears to be so bad as I thought. These "-1 Overrated" mods I was getting are due some mediocre posts being listed with a "+1 Excellent Karma" being added automatically,

(Ok, perhaps this should be obvious and ululant to me - - but I thought a good idea to share anyway)


Mod Trolling sucks. Big time.

Lisias Lisias writes  |  about 2 years ago

I'm being repetitive, I know. But the problem is repetitive.

Mod trolling sucks. I wish enough people would agree with me in order to something productive could be worked out to minimize this problem.


How to ask for metamoderation?

Lisias Lisias writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Is there any way I can suggest a post to be metamoderated?

Sometimes the moderation is just plain wrong - and I really would like to tag it to be further evaluated in order to, perhaps, remove the moderation rights from the guy if he/she is too much prone to do that sort of ideological patrolling.

I'm not asking to know who did it - this would lead to a lot of abusive actions against the good moderators. I just want to flag it to be reviewed by the metamoderators.



This guy is my hero

Lisias Lisias writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I just got into this post, and man... This guy is my hero - I would said it directly, but I used some mod points on the discussion.

I used to work 80 to 90 hours a week - and speaking frankly, it's the kind of thing that you should do only if you have no other choice. I have kids to raise, and I live on a rich-wannabe country where people thinks that scamming employees and customers is a good entrepreneurial tactic, so I do not have the option to always say no to these things.

But sometimes I can such a thing, and in these times I do.

Working is for living, not vice-versa.


Mod Points

Lisias Lisias writes  |  about 2 years ago


I got 15 (YES, FIFTEEN) moderation points today.

Christmas gift? Greek gift? =P

Or just a bug?


My first First Post

Lisias Lisias writes  |  about 3 years ago


After 10 years, I finally managed to do it. I GOT A FIRST POST.

Better of all, it's not a flamebait, troll or offtopic. :-)

(but someone found it #overrated! =P)

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