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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:Options... (136 comments)

Why not put the code on several sites? That guarantees it's survival.

10 hours ago

Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

MouseTheLuckyDog Isaac Asimov never heard (139 comments)

of the the Dunning Kruger effect which coupled with the present "I wan't to be a genius" narcissism creates a greate many people who behave like geniuses, rather then actually being geniuses.


Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

MouseTheLuckyDog All's I know... (519 comments)

The #2 developer of systemd has been banned from contributing to the kernel.
The #1 developer of systemd was the main developer of PulseAudio-- does generate much confidence.
He has also just given the finger to the OSS community--makes me wonder why he doesn't do Macs or Windows.
It is being given control over critical services such as TTY and networking.
It is hard for the average techie to audit it, given it's nature. Little access to a lot of tools: valgrind, strace, ftrace.

This does not make me feel very good about systemd.

5 days ago

Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

MouseTheLuckyDog samzenpus and electronic_convict two fuckwits (387 comments)

Do you pay any attention to what is going on around you? Poettering wasn't calling out Linus he was calling out critics of shittyd ... that is systemd

about a week ago

Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:The biggest problem with "paperless" offices (178 comments)

I will admit there are two things still missing.
A decent document format, that allows annotations. PDF comes close but doesn't quite cut it.
Ubiquity with digitizers in tablets.

I have a tex file that I can generate a pdf notebook of n blank pages, where I choose n.
Things like forms, well even a secretary can modify an existing form.

Job instructions can be kept in text files that can be pushed to tablets. Guaranteeing that every person has updated instructions.

about a week ago

If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:Local Backups (150 comments)

Two hard drive docks are cheaper. ( In case one fails. )
Then as many internal harddrives for backup as you need.

about a week ago

Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

MouseTheLuckyDog The future of printing? (178 comments)

I haven't turned on my printer in 5 years.

The future of printing is that tablets will make it obsolete,

about a week ago

Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

MouseTheLuckyDog How can I get a job shilling for MS and Oracle (187 comments)

How did you get setup with such a sweet job? Do you have to use your blood to sign the contract?

about a week ago

Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

MouseTheLuckyDog And... (155 comments)

Using slide rules for your calculations does not make you a luddite either.

about two weeks ago

Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:at some point it isnt linux anymore. (774 comments)

Systemd has been in production a fairly long time now, and I see no issues at all brought up about it in actual practice. RHEL's mailing list has nary a mention of it. It just works and works well.

Right, because the Kay Sievers wasn't banned from contributing to the kernel because systemD prevented the kernel from loading in debug mode.

about two weeks ago

The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:I hate those fucking keyboards. (304 comments)

Or offices with dozens of typewriters which the sound was based on. People use to work in those offices all the time. Get over it.

about two weeks ago

Sharp Developing LCD Screens In Almost Any Shape

MouseTheLuckyDog Blue Leds be damned! (60 comments)

They should be giving the Nobel Prize to the guys inventing these!

about two weeks ago

2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:Worst physics nobel (243 comments)

Actually this comes at a interesting time for me. I am looking for an LED lamp. Basicallly something that can focus bright light on something or provide low ambient light for a work area. I found some interesting lamps ( uncluding "solar powered" lamps --Wha? ), many even poweredc by USB.

The thing is when I look at reviews I often read things like " was great for the first two/three/four months, then just died.".

about two weeks ago

2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:dangerous delusion (243 comments)

Wars work better.

about two weeks ago

Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:So, it has come to this. (742 comments)

It might be hard to sue the employer but he could sue Comcast for tortuous interference.

about two weeks ago

Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

MouseTheLuckyDog Lennart if you don't like open soruce... (993 comments)

go work for Apple. Oh wait Apple wouldn't have you. Microsoft then.

Yeah I look forward to the day that happens.

about two weeks ago

Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:This has been a long time in the making... (993 comments)

I don't know. Certainly he doesn't deserve what is being dealt to him, but I find it a stretch to call him one of the more competent

It does if by competent you mean start a project, convince enough people to make it standard in linux distros then leave it half finished...

about two weeks ago

HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses, Sources Say

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:HoPeless (118 comments)

The problem is those competitors are hiring in China and India. While being a capitalist at heart, I recognize this as a flaw with capitialism.

about two weeks ago



Obamacare subsidies struck down.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 3 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "A federal appeals court has just struck down, the provision for granting tax subsidies for those who get their insurance through the federal website.

This in particular, shows up all those wnnabe geek idiots, who have been in ./. discussions saying that "The Supreme Court has found Obamacare constitutional.", that it is now "settled law". ( Just like "global warming is settled science". ) Obamacare was found to impose it's mandate constitutionally, and even then all aspects of "the mandate" were not considered, just whether it was constitutional to impose a mandate. Obamacare is complex and large. Very large. We now see two aspects of it, contraception and subsidies struck down. Whether it's some left/right thing, some Apple/Google thing, some tablet/desktop thing, some C/.Jabva/C#/Python thing, it is becoming common for one aspect to of an argument to be used to justify an entirely different argument ( "Double Checking Locking doesn't work therefore C sucks for multithreaded apps." ) let Obamacare stand as an example that, one must understand the context of an argument if one is to understand the argument."

Slashdot screws up story big time.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 5 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "Todsay on slashdot it was announced that
Linus would teach a MOOC on linux.
A Stevens level course on linux is something I think a lot of people would be interested in. Such a course taught by Linus himself wow.

Turns out that Linus just did an intro. The actual course teacher is Jerry Cooperstein. I am certain that the course itself will be worthwhile, but I feel a certain amount of people will be dissapointed that the course does not actually involve Linus himself.

OK. Now seriously, do the editors think they should correct the article before some fan chokes on the fluid from an aborted Linus-gasm?"

Community Manager for game company fired for partially supporting Sterling.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 6 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "Josh Olin, community manager ( whatever that is ) for Turtle Rock was fired for sending tweets saying that Donald Sterling should not be fired for being a bigot in his own home.

This adds to the bout of recent politically correct actions taken by companies about people like Adria Richards, Brandon Eich."

DoJ closing porn stars bank accounts.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 6 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "In a recent story on it was reported that the DoJ is closing down the bank accounts of porn stars.
Not knowing the site I googled around and found another site, the Guardian.

The story does not end there. It turns out that this is part of a larger scheme ( ironically ) called Operation Choke Point. Also reported in a Washington Post article that downplays the practice.

According to Cryptocoin news. There are thirty industries the DoJ is now targeteting:
        *Ammunition Sales *Cable Box De-scramblers *Coin Dealers *Credit Card Schemes
        *Credit Repair Services *Dating Services *Debt Consolidation Scams *Drug Paraphernalia
        *Escort Services *Firearms Sales *Fireworks Sales *Get Rich Products *Government Grants
        *Home-Based Charities *Life-Time Guarantees *Life-Time Memberships *Lottery Sales
        *Mailing Lists/Personal Info *Money Transfer Networks *On-line Gambling *PayDay Loans
        *Pharmaceutical Sales *Ponzi Schemes *Pornography *Pyramid-Type Sales *Racist Materials
        *Surveillance Equipment *Telemarketing *Tobacco Sales *Travel Clubs

But more can be added. ( I notice alcohol sales is not on the list)."

Maryland Police have their eye on you.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 9 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "Forgive the blatent politicalness of the link. [1]

Reading this particular story caused s chill go down my spine,. and I think it will send chills down the spine. of many slashdot readers.

A Florida man was pulled over driving through Delaware last Christmas. He was asked where his gun is. This was outside the presence of his wife.He said he left it at home. His wife was asked and said she did not know. The cop told the man that he was lying and detained the family for a couple of hours.

Now comes the chilling part. How did the police know he owned a gun?

The simple answer is that they probably didn't know, what they knew was that he had a conceal carry weapons (CCW) permit in Florida. Florida does not give other states access to it's CCW database. So apparently Maryland is mining databases for CCW holders.

Of course another thought that will send a chill down spine. What other things are they mining for? What other states are mining databases?

A final aspect of this story. As you drive through Maryland, Maryland has automated license plate scanners. When your plate is scanned, MD's database is scanned for suspicious individuals.

So people watch out Maryland is watching you.

[1] Though that does not stop other slashdot members."

The grinch that stole Halowe'en

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about a year ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "A crazy woman in North Dakota will be giving obese children notes for their parents instead of candy.

What kind of trick should the obese children play on her? My vote is getting together and burning ... well I may be a bit extreme.

PS: All the pendants out there will notice I used the apostrophe. Just to keep you guys happy."

The new CEO of Microsoft is ... Bill Gates?

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  1 year,13 days

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "The New York times is speculating that the new CEO of Microsoft could be Bill Gates

Now a lot of people have been saying that it was Ballmer's assumption to the CEO job that has led Microsoft's decline. I have always maintained that while Ballmer has not been the best of CEOs that the decline was not his fault and is more of a result of forces put into play at Microsoft a long, long time ago.

So what do you think would BG's return signal a reemergence of MS?"


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