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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Smallpond O_DIRECT (387 comments)

I was looking to improve some I/O performance by using aligned buffers and O_DIRECT and ran across this tirade from Torvalds:

https://lkml.org/lkml/2002/5/1...

"The thing that has always disturbed me about O_DIRECT is that the whole
interface is just stupid, and was probably designed by a deranged monkey
on some serious mind-controlling substances"

5 days ago
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Despite Push From Tech Giants, AP CS Exam Counts Don't Budge Much In Most States

Smallpond Re:The brightest people don't go into CS anymore, (144 comments)

Really? I've been on the wrong end of 4 patents. On the other hand, my sister is a pathologist. Her patients never sue.

about two weeks ago
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Despite Push From Tech Giants, AP CS Exam Counts Don't Budge Much In Most States

Smallpond Re:Interest vs capability (144 comments)

Yes. What a surprise that a year of marketing hype hasn't had a major effect on people's choices for what to do for the rest of their lives.

about two weeks ago
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Diners Tend To Eat More If Their Companions Are Overweight

Smallpond Re: The cure for obesity! (126 comments)

why not just have a glass of water, and mail a check to the coca cola bottling company separately?

That's called Dasani.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Smallpond Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

If you look at the college student he just posted about doing something, then the FBI convinced him to actually do it, then he was arrested. He was stupid, but its not clear he ever would have done anything without encouragement. He had no ties to terrorist groups, but the FBI can still show off how they "caught a terrorist" and you fell for it.

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Smallpond Re:Survival (488 comments)

The energy density of gasoline is 100 X better than current batteries, so why even bring this up? The interesting number is cost of energy storage, Pumped hydro is cheaper than flywheels or batteries (and has terrible energy density) but is the best current choice for storing lots of energy.

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Smallpond Re:Survival (488 comments)

Why batteries? Spin up a buried flywheel in a vacuum. Motor/generators for converting between mechanical and electrical energy can be close to 90% efficient.

about three weeks ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

Smallpond BIOS (221 comments)

One thing we need to do is pry open the BIOS. Why should we need a VGA and keyboard or serial port to configure the hardware? Why is initializing the memory interface a secret? We can't improve servers if the hardware is still tied to the original IBM PC.

about a month ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

Smallpond Re:kill -1 (469 comments)

Is OS X open? no. Is it put together in many different ways from parts from many different developers? no. Do we care whether it becomes a tightly integrated ball of proprietary software? no. So do you understand the issue? no.

about 1 month ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Smallpond Re:COBOL (387 comments)

Every language is influenced by Lisp.

about a month and a half ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

Smallpond Re:So you're cheating (173 comments)

I blame all that mercurochrome my mom put on my cuts when I was little.

about a month and a half ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

Smallpond Re:Tax breaks for Unions too? (246 comments)

While we're at it let's eliminate the deduction for mortgage payments. Why are we preferring homeowners over renters? Homeowners tend to be the ones with kids who use more resources. That makes as much sense as disallowing payments required to hold a job.

about a month and a half ago
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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

Smallpond Re:No thanks (326 comments)

Have you noticed that Stallman only has power to the extent that people agree with him? That he has no means of enforcing anything other than by making a convincing argument? His highway has less tolls than any alternative.

about a month and a half ago
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Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

Smallpond Re:Stevenson estate (137 comments)

... or the Grimm brothers, or Hans Christian Andersen. In fact is Disney any different than Deadmau5? Most of what they made it big on was other people's work.

about a month and a half ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

Smallpond Re:citizens united protects cyborgs (206 comments)

Yes, there are no gray areas at all. If it's implanted inside you then its part of you, and if its separate then its not. Oh, wait. A diabetes monitor has an implanted sensor and an external battery pack, so which is it? Can I search the data on it to find out where you've been or what you've been doing or not? Does it matter whether its microchip is inside or outside?

about a month and a half ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Smallpond Re: But is it reaslistic? (369 comments)

The well-known terrorist organization Aqua Teen Hunger Force shut down the city of Boston in 2007 with just some boards with blinky lights.

about 2 months ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

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

That's really cool, but why are you running the new browser instead of Mosaic?

about 2 months ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

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

What's broken exactly?

Software has bugs and occationally they crash. I'm not an expert GNU/Linux system administrator by any means, and I've lost count of the amount of times when I simply wanted to just find a way to make the init system restart a service automatically when it crashes. This is trivial with Systemd, you just set Restart=on-failure in the service file and it's done. No need to write error-prone shell scripts or fiddle with run levels. It just works and it's well documented.

Straight out of Windows. Write buggy software. It's ok if it crashes once in a while because we can just restart it.

Also straight out of Windows. Make everything into one big integrated binary instead of something that you can see into or hack on.

about 2 months ago

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Smallpond Smallpond writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Which is your favorite Pittsburgh movie?

  • Dawn of the dead - Your blood pressure: 0.0
  • Innocent Blood - "Where ze hell is Shadyside?"
  • The Deer Hunter - Does anyone else find Christopher Walken kind of
          creepy?
  • Dogma - I bet they got them "Buddy Christs" at the Giant Eagle.
  • Robocop - Because filming in Detroit was a little TOO scary.
  • Flashdance - I worked in a mill and never saw a welder that looked
          like Jennifer Beals.
  • The Silence of the Lambs - Forget Chianti, I'll have an Iron City
          with that.
  • Groundhog Day - Most days feel the same as yesterday.

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