Slartibartfast writes "Facebook, in a somewhat surprising move, has snatched up the creator and lead developer of next-gen filesystem Btrfs, Chris Mason, and one of his lieutenants, Josef Bacik, who had previously both worked at Fusion-io. Mason wrote, 'I'm leaving for Facebook, where I'll continue to focus on Linux kernel development. Facebook is also very interested in helping to improve Btrfs.'" top
Slartibartfast writes "It looks like Segway and GM have teamed up to produce a two-wheeled electric car (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility, or "PUMA"). This is just a prototype, so don't get your credit card out just yet, but if it sees the light of day, look for it to cost between 1/4 and 1/3 of a traditional car's price. Looks like it runs at 35 MPH for up to an hour, with lithium-ion batteries." top
Slartibartfast writes "Asterisk 1.6, the long-awaited update of everyone's favorite Open Source PBX, has been released. New features include AEL updates for more capable extensions parsing, additional improvements to the "old" extension language, built-in HTTP for a new default GUI, a long-anticipated bridge feature to bridge live calls, and many other additions and improvements. Download it now and start dialing!" top
Slartibartfast writes "Perhaps others had heard about this story, but I hadn't noticed it until it hit The Times today. A 47-year-old woman — pretending to be a teenage boy — played with the emotions of a neighboring teenage girl, eventually causing her to commit suicide. Her penalty? Nothing. I admit to being of two minds on this one: should someone be culpable for, by way of the written word, causing mental anguish leading to someone's death? The Free Speech part of me says no; the humane part of me says yes." top
So, here I bless you with my third journal entry; puts me at an average of one every three years. Alert the media.
Anyway -- what does Roblimo actually do for this site? I'm sure he'd contend it's something -- but, really? Does anyone actually care about the videos he seems so determined to foist off on we Slashdotters? How about his interviews? I mean, for one, they could almost be scripted in Ruby -- "highest rated comments, one question/comment". How hard is that? I see no reason it needs his (eh-hem) steady editorial hand to guide the ship through those particular shoals. Then there's his tone, which seems, at least to me, to go somewhere between ESR and simply null set.
Contrast this with, say, Timothy, who I find relatively benign and doing a solid job, or Rob M., whose presence and guidance built/. into what it is, and who, at the site's peak, permeated every facet -- and in a good way. Indeed, I fondly remember, and miss, the "quickies;" Rob and Hemos doing their thing; CowboyNeal doing his.
I can't, for the life of me, think of one item that Roblimo has contributed which I found truly interesting, compelling, or novel. I can't think of any way he's truly affected the site for good.
I'm sorry, Rob -- maybe you're a nice guy under it all -- but please, just go away.
The good ol' Alexis de Bozo Institute folks strike again.
Slartibartfast writes | about 9 years ago
The famous -- or, perhaps, infamous -- Alexis de Tocqueville Institute is an interesting site. Having spent years lambasting Linux and "hybrid source," as shown here, and here, and elsewhere, I found it fascinating that when I viewed the site today, its title tags now say, "This site best viewed using Mozilla Firefox(r)"; you'd think, at the least, they'd put it in the body of the page, and might, instead, actually say what their site is in the title tags; they must really like Firefox. In addition to that, showing their usual penchant for "fair and accurate" reporting, their lead quote goes thusly: "Not because it is easy, but because it is difficult...", and attribute it to John F. Kennedy. I found this interesting, as well, because, according to the JFK library's transcription, it goes more like "not because they are easy, but because they are hard." When one of the 20th century's best-known president's has one of his best-known quotes mis-quoted -- and it's the intro banner to the site -- it just makes you wonder about their ability to do any type of research into esoteric matters such as the lineage of 30-year-old operating systems.
Slartibartfast writes | more than 9 years ago
Well, a mere five years after getting my Slashdot account, I might as well enter something. It's been a strange trip: from Summa4, telecom vendor extraordinaire, to Cisco, then to Xanoptix... errr, Xan3D Technologies, Inc. And now? "To oblivion, and beyond!" As of 12/31, I'm scheduled to get the axe, and join the 80% of the company I zorched the accounts of last Tuesday. Ah, the joys of being IT.
The thing that's up in the air, though, is the fact that there's still 20% of a company in place. An engineering company. With computers, and servers. That I've managed for the last four years. Which leads us to the conclusion that someone is going to have to maintain the damn things.
Meanwhile (a la Lemony Snicket), back at the ranch, in July sometime, visions of a Xanoptix w/o VC were dancing in my head. And visions of Asterisk 1.0 were, too. As well as visions of the quote (in hand) that Xanoptix received for our PBX install. All of which, once combined, made me think that getting into the whole telecom thing might not be a bad move. I'd kind of been hoping that Tyco would have propped us up until at least April, but nooooo...
So, fast-forward to now: they still need me for p/t IT, I'm not established in telecom... let's blend 'em! I'll propose to management that I be a contractor for 1/2 my cost to Xanoptix, while going forward with Asterisk, and using the Xanoptix facility for office-y stuff (eg., fax machine, phone, conference room, T1).
In the immortal words of Yoda, "An interesting time, it will be."