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More From Canonical Employee On: "Why Mir?"

Stalyn Re:Someone didn't do their homework... (337 comments)

Mir and Wayland both use EGL. They are both essentially what Xegl might have become if the appropriate resources were attributed to it. Xegl was dumped because a consensus was reached in the xorg community at the time that the current display server with AIGLX would be fine. They did not want to rewrite a X display server from scratch. Without the support of the majority of the xorg community, which was necessary for such an endeavor, the project just died out.

And there was a schism focusing on that XGL was developed in house, "behind closed doors", at Novell by David Reveman (who now works at Google). The majority of which came from Red Hat who offered and wrote AIGLX. Was there blatant bullying? Of course not and I never suggested such. But was there some jealously and collision of egos? Yes.

about a year and a half ago
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More From Canonical Employee On: "Why Mir?"

Stalyn Re:Someone didn't do their homework... (337 comments)

Those were issues with Xglx (mostly raised by nVidia specifically) which was supposed to be a stop-gap measure. Xegl was the long term approach. It wasn't just purely technical but rather a debate if the current X display server was salvageable. Red Hat and nVidia thought it was.

I reference David Reveman's post to the xorg mailing list.

I think the arguments made by nvidia to why X on OpenGL would be worse
than the current driver architecture can be debated on until forever. I
think it all boils down to if we want put some more effort to it and
take the big scary step to something new or if we want to stick to the
old well known. Not too surprising, we have people who are in favor of
both and we'll likely have development being done on both, which I don't
think is that bad after all.

So far I haven't heard a single argument for why X on OpenGL is a a bad
idea other than that it's a big step and a lot of work will have to be
done. If that would stop me from working on Xgl, I wouldn't have started
working on it in the first place

So yes I did do my homework. I did it 7 years ago and the teacher just forgot to collect it.

about a year and a half ago
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More From Canonical Employee On: "Why Mir?"

Stalyn Good for Ubuntu (337 comments)

We could have had a modern display server years ago with XGL/Xegl. But it was killed off because Red Hat and nVidia didn't like. Mainly because it wasn't their idea. Now it seems all the pissing and moaning is coming from the Red Hat camp. Well karma's a bitch ain't it.

about a year and a half ago
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Reddit Cofounder Says Site Was Built By a Horde of Fake Accounts

Stalyn just another flash in the pan (192 comments)

With this new web 3.3 society it seems people get intensely focused on one site only to migrate to a newer site. Remember Digg? Remember Slashdot? Reddit will get replaced, it's only a matter of time. For me I'm going back to usenet and gopher.

more than 2 years ago
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The Link Between Genius and Insanity

Stalyn Re:I suspect it's more to do with (402 comments)

I don't think that's true. Take for example Terence Tao. No doubt a genius but he doesn't seem to suffer from any "isolation, stilted interaction, and resultant mental illness". Then examine Grigori Perelman, another genius but definitely suffers from what you described.

You don't have to be "tortured" to be a genius. But it doesn't hurt either.

more than 2 years ago
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The Shortage of Women In IT

Stalyn Re:To stop being sexist, stop being sexist (697 comments)

The fundamental problem is institutional discrimination is deeply entrenched in our society. Segregation was happening naturally on its own. The government had to intervene on some level. Affirmative action is a way to give minorities and women the opportunity to succeed and show the prevailing stereotypes are incorrect. In acts as an anti-segregation force. Increasing diversity in the workforce and in higher education is similar to anti-discriminating education. If you see and interact with people who are different than you but perform at the same level; you are compelled to rethink whatever stereotypes you might hold.

more than 2 years ago
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The Shortage of Women In IT

Stalyn Re:To stop being sexist, stop being sexist (697 comments)

But institutional racism and sexism still exist. Therefore it's not fair to measure all races and sexes based on quantitative measures alone. Affirmative action is a way to level the playing field. It might be an ugly solution and surely it doesn't follow moral absolutist principles. But it's an effective solution.

more than 2 years ago
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NY Times To Charge For Online Content

Stalyn Re:RIP, New York Times (488 comments)

No no... men pay me money for sex.

more than 4 years ago
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NY Times To Charge For Online Content

Stalyn Re:RIP, New York Times (488 comments)

I'm going to pay. I read the NYTimes online everyday; a habit I started more than 10 years ago. The sites/shows you have listed are really just aggregators. Someone needs to be there, hit the pavement and get the story. This article is a great example of good reporting. I think it is worth value. If I have to pay a few cents for it... so be it.

more than 4 years ago
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John Hodgman On the Coming Geek Culture

Stalyn Re:Not mutually exclusive (401 comments)

Now that I'm in law school, it's clear that my fellow students value intelligence (including technical knowledge) right along with social prowess and appearance.

I won't deny that social skills and appearance are very important. But maybe I'm old fashioned; growing up when the Internet didn't have a facebook. Where we could only judge a person by what they said and how they said it. It the end it shouldn't matter what you look like or your amount of friends. If you say something... something that is True; that is what is most important.

more than 4 years ago
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Has Texting Replaced Talking For Teens?

Stalyn hobbies like gardening (373 comments)

Yeah god forbid.

Look I agree that texting is not making anyone less intelligent but texting is a watered down form of social interaction. A friend on facebook most of the time is not a real friend. The real threat is creating social interaction without the social connection. Where we reduce people to objects that we interact with rather than someone who lives and breathes.

about 5 years ago
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Battle Lines Being Drawn As Obama Plans To Curb Tax Avoidance

Stalyn Re:Am I cynical? (1505 comments)

Maybe the government should break out the antitrust laws as well, so when companies do decide to increase prices consumers will have
cheaper alternatives.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Administration Defends Warrantless Wiretapping

Stalyn Re:Biggest disappointment thusfar (788 comments)

Look if you thought Obama was all things to all people you were naive. If you thought sudden dramatic change was possible you were ignorant of US history.

Change can and does happen in the US but it takes a long time. This is somewhat by design as our founding fathers wanted checks and balances which acts as a hindrance to change.

Some examples:

Slavery wasn't made unconstitutional until the ratification of the 13th amendment in 1865. This overturned the Dred Scott case which decided slavery was constitutional in 1857.

Jim Crow wasn't effectively made illegal until the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Women were not given the right to vote until 1920 with the ratification of the 19th amendment. This is some 70+ years after the birth of the modern movement for women suffrage in the US at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848.

Injustices perpetrated by the US Government against its people can be overturned. But it takes time, blood and persistence. Thinking one man could change it and all you had to do is vote is ignorance and indifference to the sacrifices made by previous generations to defend their rights.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Calls For Nuke-Free World

Stalyn Re:Not going to happen (705 comments)

First off Obama wasn't talking about unilateral nuclear disarmament. He was talking about a slow gradual reduction in the world stock pile of nuclear weapons. Also he said it was a long term goal something the might be possible after his lifetime.

Second the recent provocation by NKorea proves that nuclear weapons no longer act as a sufficient deterrent. Actually NKorea is using nuclear proliferation as a market to fund its regime.

Third nuclear weapons are quickly becoming obsolete. Biological weapons which can eliminate the population of a nation without destroying its infrastructure are much more a threat in the near future. The only threat that nuclear weapons currently present is that of nuclear proliferation which increases the probability of nuclear accidents and a terrorist organization obtaining a nuclear weapon. Reducing nuclear weapons over time will decrease the probability of these events occurring.

more than 5 years ago
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Battle For Wesnoth Version 1.6 Released

Stalyn Re:ROFL! looks like a 1989 amiga game (90 comments)

the graphics are just lol!

I guess you never played Dwarf Fortress... I wish DF's graphics were anywhere close to Wesnoth. (Doesn't stop me from playing it though.)

more than 4 years ago
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Pirate Bay Operators Stand Trial On Monday

Stalyn Re:Torrents are just tools. (664 comments)

yet it's going to this political bullshit (like the "traffic monitoring" provisions snuck into the stimulus bill here in the States).

Just to clarify the filtering provisions were left out of the bill.

more than 5 years ago
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Senator Diane Feinstein Trying to Kill Net Neutrality

Stalyn Re:Why not? (873 comments)

Well I posted an article in rebuttal to your article. Then I attempted to post the actual part of the bill which we were debating (instead of a pdf file 1000+ pages long). However the current library of congress website does not save searches for an extended period of time.

Anyway..

1. goto http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.+1:
2. click #7
3. search or scroll to TITLE XIII--HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

more than 5 years ago
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Senator Diane Feinstein Trying to Kill Net Neutrality

Stalyn Re:Why not? (873 comments)

I'll raise you one biased article for another. Then here's the actual relevant part of the bill so people can read it themselves.

more than 5 years ago
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Wayland, a New X Server For Linux

Stalyn Re:Maybe too late. (487 comments)

Actually it looks like an up-to-date version of Xegl using DRI2.

more than 5 years ago
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Palin Email Hacker Found

Stalyn Re:Actually No (767 comments)

Heh.

In response to similar but separate public records requests, McLeod and Henning this summer received four banker boxes of e-mail and telephone records for two Palin aides: Frank Bailey and Ivy Frye. Henning was operating on behalf of the Valley group Last Frontier Foundation, which lists property rights and public records as among its core issues on its Web site.

...
As far as McLeod can tell, all but one of the e-mails to the governor used her private e-mail address. The one time an aide e-mailed the governor's state account, he was reminded not to.

"Frank, This is not the Governor's personal e-mail account," an assistant to Palin wrote to Bailey in February.

"Whoops~!" Bailey responded in an e-mail.

The state withheld about 1,100 e-mails, citing exemptions for deliberative process, executive privilege, attorney/client privilege, privacy and personnel. If McLeod's appeal fails, Henning said he's going to take the matter to court.

about 6 years ago

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