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Mozilla Plan Seeks To Debug Scientific Code

OneSmartFellow Good intentions, bad implementation (115 comments)

Having seen some code written by an esteemed Bio-Chemist, I agree that experienced programmers should be reviewing their code, but then, you'd expect a true scientist to have an expert review his stuff anyway.

My experience was a real eye opener. Between the buffer overruns, and logic holes, I am amazed the crap ran at all. The fact that it compiled was a bit of a mystery until I realized that it was possible to ignore compile errors.

about 7 months ago

The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

OneSmartFellow Ummmm.... (410 comments)

Almost everyone posting from home who claims to not be using a dial-up modem is woefully ignorant of how their internet connection is working. The only difference between broadband (DSL anyway) and "Dial-Up" is the frequency used.

Broadband still uses the PSTN, (with some rather insignificant exceptions) and still uses a phone number - and the same call routing infrastructure - to initiate a call to the ISP to begin the broadband session.

about 7 months ago

SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

OneSmartFellow Re:indictable offense? (510 comments)

Would you prefer summary offense and indictable offense then. After all this distinction, while going under different names, is NOT unique to the US despite your ignorance of the fact.

about 9 months ago

Ask Personal Audio's James Logan About Patents, Playlists, and Podcasts

OneSmartFellow Hmmm. (99 comments)

Now that personalaudio.net has been slashdotted, how do you feel about the apparent inadvertent side effects of owning patents ?

about 10 months ago

Why Your Users Hate Agile

OneSmartFellow Re:Agile is not a golden bullet (597 comments)

New being the new euphemism for something that's been around for over a decade, and stinks as much as it's parent, Rapid Application Development, born in the 80's.

Why does it stink ? Because it's implemented by mindless low level managers who fail to understand the point, and asked for by foolish high-level managers who are too impatient to let it produce the results it claims to produce. Meanwhile, the poor slobs working within its constraints get to attend "scrums" where they get to stand around during the most productive time of the day, explaining to their colleagues what they would be working on if they were at their desk.

about a year ago

Open Source Radeon Gallium3D OpenCL Stack Adds Bitcoin Mining

OneSmartFellow Re:Will increased exposure make the market rationa (140 comments)

Hmm, let's test your thesis the really simple way

Dollars/Euros/Rand in a rational market would cost only as much as they cost to make with perhaps a small premium.

Lesson: A medium of exchange (aka currency) is NOT necessarily a commodity.

Scarcity of the commodity vs. demand for the commodity drives the market price up or down in a rational market. I wonder if increased competition will do that to this market as more and more way to mine get distributed. I doubt it though, but time will pop the bubble anyway.

Lesson: I produce very few boogers, so they are scarce, BUT, importantly, there is to my knowledge zero demand for my boogers, so they have no value whatsoever. The number of bitcoins that will ever exist is finite (21,000,000), if the demand for them goes up, so will their price (or "value" if you wish to call it that).

1 year,12 days

Geeks On a Plane Proposed To Solve Global Tech Skills Crisis

OneSmartFellow Skills Crisis ?... (303 comments)


There's no skills crisis, there's a corporate unwillingness to pay for skill crisis.You want me, who has spent nearly three decades learning continuously, struggling to understand the latest IT technologies, some so bleeding edge that I helped form the damned standards, to work for the same amount of money I earned 30 years ago, while you, with your Business Administration undergraduate degree from Florida State take home nearly a million a year because you talk a maelstrom of bullshit every time you open your mouth.

F % ( # Y O U

1 year,26 days

150 Copyright Notices For Mega

OneSmartFellow I guess the "Mega" business model is working. (199 comments)

When I read the details about the circumstances under which one would need to pay to access the site, it struck me that Kim had hit upon a truly novel idea; to wit, make the copyright holder pay in order to access his own copyrighted material - in order to verify of course !

Genius Kim, pure genius !

about a year ago

Prosecution of Swartz Typical for the "Sick Culture" Pervading the DOJ

OneSmartFellow Re:The United States has it's own propaganda (443 comments)

You are missing the point.

The problem is not that we (the people) are not willing to stand up and say enough. It's that we're not willing YET to say enough. The reason is that the revolution will be a very unsavory experience, and the current situation is (marginally) more agreeable.

That the revolution is coming, I have no doubt. The only question is how soon.

about a year ago

Prosecution of Swartz Typical for the "Sick Culture" Pervading the DOJ

OneSmartFellow Re:The United States has it's own propaganda (443 comments)

I think the problem is that there is regrettably very little we can do about it. Sure, the revolution is coming, but for now, the revolution looks more painful than the present reality. Eventually that balance will shift, and then, it won't be pretty either.

about a year ago

Alan Cox Exits Intel, Linux Development

OneSmartFellow Re:Family Reasons (214 comments)

In his case, it definitely doesn't mean that. Having corresponded with him in the very early days of Linux, I found him to be supremely competent, surprisingly helpful (given his workload), and genuinely pleasant. None of those attributes align with your interpretation of the phrase.

I can't think of anyone who has given more to the Linux community than Mr. Cox - not even Linus, actually - and his departure will be felt immediately, and profoundly.

about a year ago

Fedora 18 Installer: Counterintuitive and Confusing?

OneSmartFellow Reverted to 'FedUp' after several .... (458 comments)

....aborted attempts at installing from DVD.

I tried to perform an upgrade from F17 via a DVD (burned from iso). After reading the FedoraProject wiki and seeing that preupgrade had been deprecated in favour of FedUp, I figured I'd go with the less fragile method of burning media from an ISO.

To make a long story short, after several failures, I gave FedUp a try, and it worked like a charm

I'm not sure what I would have done had I been performing a new installation, the installer was very flaky, and once even refused to boot. the whole experience has left me worrying about the fate of Fedora.

Come on Fedora team, you have produced much better.

about a year ago

New Hampshire Cops Use Taser On Woman Buying Too Many iPhones

OneSmartFellow $16,000 dollars in cash ... (936 comments)

... you mean she had enough to buy a few iPhones ?

Oh my god, arrest her, she has money, she must be doing something illegal !

about a year ago

Earth Avoids Collisions With Pair of Asteroids

OneSmartFellow Re:Correction: "We already HOPE that Toutatis ... (256 comments)

You make me laugh...Do you suppose the totality of objects in our solar system is known ?

Jeezus, NASA (and others) find new objects of Toutatis's size nearly on a daily basis, how many smaller objects do you think there are , most of which are uncharted - for the obvious reason that they haven't been detected yet?

But, you're confident that some guy at NASA (trying to sound important) "knows" that none of them are going to affect Toutatis's path without telegraphing that information to him first.

about a year ago

Earth Avoids Collisions With Pair of Asteroids

OneSmartFellow Correction: "We already HOPE that Toutatis ... (256 comments)

We already know that Toutatis will not hit Earth for hundreds of year

Neglecting to consider that Toutatis could easily hit another (or pass very near another) reasonably sized object, thereby modifying it's course enough to hit us on its next pass.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Leaving an IT Admin Position?

OneSmartFellow Sounds like it's.... (290 comments)

Miller Time !

more than 2 years ago

Raspberry Pi Now Has Distributors -- and Will Soon Have Boards for All (Video)

OneSmartFellow Re:Tommorow's headline... (304 comments)

How about we dedicate a story to every time Microsoft writes a line of code in Windows?

I'd be far more interested to know when they remove a line of code.

One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code. - Ken Thompson

more than 2 years ago



OneSmartFellow OneSmartFellow writes  |  more than 7 years ago

OneSmartFellow (716217) writes "A 'Whites Only'scholarship of $250 is being offered to needy students who are at least 25% 'Causasion' http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=2674267&page=1, but this has sparked anger in other 'ethnic' groups. My question is, what is the legal definition of an ethnic group, and why would anyone get so pissed off about this scholarship, seeing as a 25% causasion is still %75 something else, and so presuambly still a 'ethnic' minority."


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