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Alpha Centauri Has an Earth-Sized Planet

Mad Marlin Re:Unfortunately (152 comments)

I really think the reason we have such stalled space progress is because of NASA. I don't mean to go all libertarian, but I do think that NASA suffers from a lot of the worst problems of any large governmental body, and that has suffocated space research.

about 2 years ago

Torvalds Takes Issue With De Icaza's Linux Desktop Claims

Mad Marlin Re:Paging Mr. Roark (616 comments)

It is an ethical issue and the majority fail to understand the position. Just because we make compromises out of strong desires and self interest (raising kids) doesn't make those acts (writing proprietary software to feed ones children) justifiable. Writing proprietary software is not justifiable no matter how much you want to feed your children.

Writing proprietary software is perfectly okay. I don't have to give away my work for free, although sometimes I do.

about 2 years ago

Preparing For Life After the PC

Mad Marlin Re:We're gonna lose a lot. (636 comments)

I actually did this a few weeks ago, I lived Cringley's dream, and it sucks. My phone is the Samsung Galaxy S II, which just had the Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" release for it on T-Mobile, my carrier. That means that I can now plug my phone into my monitor via HDMI (with a cheap cable), type with a bluetooth keyboard, and use a bluetooth mouse. I went and bought those three things the day after I upgraded the phone. I used it for about an hour. It just isn't a usable setup.

more than 2 years ago

Analyzing StackOverflow Users' Programming Language Leanings

Mad Marlin Re:Difficulty or Popularity or Medium Popularity? (185 comments)

-Does javascript span more projects, i.e. I have a C# based web-project, but still use javascript for the UI.

I think that has a lot to do with it. I mostly do C, Ruby, and Python, but I've had to do JavaScript a lot more than I would expect, and my knowledge of it is still rather limited. I know programming and software development both rather well, but I've never put the time to really learn JavaScript.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You View the Wall Street Protests?

Mad Marlin Re:The 1% are insulated (1799 comments)

98% of us wish that the 1% who are claiming to be the 99% would stop pretending they're speaking for us.

Best comment in the whole article. Since when did 99% of the world become a bunch of communists/socialists/anarchists/whatever?

Let's sum up the argument. Rich people run companies that employ you, and those same companies sell the stuff you buy, so therefore you are their SLAVE, and they are the MASTER!

Umm, no, I'm an employee. The paycheck gets deposited in my bank account every two weeks (OOH, EVIL BANKS). I show up because I think it is an equitable business arrangement. If I didn't think so, then I'd stay home (an option I don't think real slaves ever had: "I don't want to pick cotton today!" Yeah I'm sure that would have gone over well back then.) My employer seems to also think it is a good business relationship, or else they would fire me.

Same thing goes for the other side. I buy something. I think I'm getting a deal. As a simple example, I bought the keyboard I'm typing on. Could I have made one myself? Possibly, but it would have been quite an effort on my part, and the end product would have probably have sucked. They get money and I get a good product, it's a happy business exchange.

The principal error in thought for these sorts of people is as such: poverty is a problem, but wealth is not. The latter does not cause the former. They don't seem to get that. That, and they are a bunch of greedy little bastards who can't stand that there are people out there with more and nicer stuff then them. They would rather make everybody a little bit poorer, or even a lot, as long as nobody has more than they do. Do you have everything you need? Then what are you complaining about? If they actually cared about anybody they would be helping out at a soup kitchen or a food bank, not doing this sort of nonsense.

more than 2 years ago

Boeing To Deliver First 787 Today

Mad Marlin Re:For those who need a car analogy (366 comments)

Well, sure, if your new car cost several HUNDRED million dollars ...

Several million dollars won't get you much airplane.

more than 2 years ago

Do Tools Ever 'Die?'

Mad Marlin Re:How about..... (615 comments)

About 2004 while I was finishing up my BS degree, the professor brought us a bunch of those old purple sheets for a handout one day; I hadn't seen them since around 1987 or thereabout. Apparently both photocopiers had broke in the math/comp. sci. departmental office, but she saw that sitting in the corner and it still worked.

more than 3 years ago

Study Says Software Engineers Have the Best US Jobs

Mad Marlin Software engineer vs. computer programmer? (337 comments)

Software engineer: $87,000; Computer programmer: $71,000. It is weird that they break those two up.

more than 3 years ago

Yahoo! To Close Delicious

Mad Marlin Re:Yahoo's "user oriented" culture (311 comments)

That's when I quit using ANY online email account. I basically stopped using the computer for almost a year, and all of it was gone. Really pissed me off at the time, still does a little bit. If I can't download it to my hard drive, I don't want it for email. And Yahoo! Mail! sucked! anyway!, so! I! don't! know! why! I! even! used! it! to! begin! with!

more than 3 years ago

First Four-Exoplanet System Imaged

Mad Marlin Re:Once the tech process gets better... (89 comments)

Let me remind you of the old anti-space colonization argument: The Gobi desert HAS a breathable atmosphere and I don't see people living there.

Just wait until the population doubles a few more times, then it will.

more than 3 years ago

Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History

Mad Marlin Re:1984 (1238 comments)

There are a whole lot more facts in civil engineering than in history. A bridge either will fall down under load or it won't, it's rather cut and dry. In history though, often the "facts" aren't even a matter of interest. Christopher Columbus got here in 1492, that is a fact, and a textbook written by Libertarians would state the same year as a textbook written by Marxists. A history book is full of interpretations of those facts, and that is exactly what changes depending upon the author. Whereas one might speak of Columbus as ushering in the start of a great and manifest destiny for the eventual United States, another might talk about the negative effects on the native peoples. The facts are the same, it is the interpretation that changes, and having an interpretation that most people would agree with seems the most reasonable course.

more than 4 years ago

Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History

Mad Marlin Re:1984 (1238 comments)

I think the goal is to achieve a middle-ground compromise between most American citizens' opinion, not to achieve a middle-ground compromise between most politics professors' opinions.

more than 4 years ago

Professor Gets 4 Years in Prison for Sharing Drone Plans With Students

Mad Marlin Lamest court defense ever (354 comments)

I had no idea that the US Military would get pissed if I shared details about how to build flying robots with people from Iran and China! I swear it!

more than 5 years ago

New ICANN TLDs May Cause Internet Land Rush

Mad Marlin Re:Alternative viewpoint: (443 comments)

Wikipedia seems to suggest that it was just the founder's personal website, and that the "eBay" name is somehow a reference to the ebola virus. Anybody remember more? EBay is one of the few websites back in those days that I heard about through my family instead of the other way around.

The online auction website was founded as AuctionWeb in San Jose, California, on September 3, 1995, by French-born Iranian computer programmer Pierre Omidyar [3] as part of a larger personal site that included, among other things, Omidyar's own tongue-in-cheek tribute to the Ebola virus.[4] In 1997, the company received approximately $5 million in funding from the venture capital firm Benchmark Capital.[5]


more than 5 years ago

Kentucky Officials "Changed Votes At Voting Machines"

Mad Marlin Re:Election Fraud (494 comments)

I believe that vote fraud is the crime committed here, and it doesn't carry a death sentence (unfortunately).

more than 4 years ago

Can SSDs Be Used For Software Development?

Mad Marlin Re:Get an enterprise drive (SLC, not MLC) (480 comments)

It also depends on what type of filesystem you use. A journaling filesystem like ext3 can wear down a disk a lot faster than a non-journaling filesystem.

This is incorrect. Don't put swap on an SSD though, that is really bad; this is probably what the parent poster is mis-remembering.

more than 5 years ago

Managing Last.FM's "Mountain of Data"

Mad Marlin Re:Now What... (139 comments)

Information wants to be free.

Information wants to be a ballerina.

more than 5 years ago

Most Consumers Sitting Out The High-Def War

Mad Marlin Re:The Real Problem (681 comments)

No, that costs them money in the very short term. If I didn't already now the details of the BD/HD-DVD fight and the sales guy actually clued me in like that, he would be a very happy guy at a commission shop. And that is assuming that it would even cost them money in the short term. If I went into a store intending to spend a few hundred dollars on home studio stuff and they went out of their way to not screw me over like that, I would still probably spend several hundred dollars, just on something else in their store that I want.

more than 6 years ago


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