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4 Prominent Scientists Say Renewables Aren't Enough, Urge Support For Nuclear

burning-toast Re:Assumptions (776 comments)

Personally, I agree with you on eliminating tax breaks for big-oil. However, I hate the concept of charge-em-now and subsidize it back later.

First, that assumes those constituents can float the charge now. Many poor people's budgets cannot afford to loan the government money until tax returns are processed.

Second, It sets them up for being called "dependent" on the government subsidies, leeches, whatever. It's not honest to "fake" charge people for services you intend to later subsidize anyways. That is just an accounting trick and it makes people targets of political fights. It is far more honest to build-in your cost targets to the up front price rather than attempt to leave "retail" alone and later "subsidize". Far less loophole wrangling that way too.

In all, I probably agree with your idea for the most part, but subsidies is not the way to go IMHO.

- Toast

about 10 months ago
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Dr. Dobb's Calls BS On Obsession With Simple Code

burning-toast Re:To quote Einstein (381 comments)

And yet, no more redundant than necessary.

- Toast

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Developing Its Own Package Format, Installer

burning-toast Re:Scripts... (466 comments)

JCFP maintains an Ubuntu package which is stored in an unofficial repository1.

Attention: As of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid, SABnzbd is part of the standard Ubuntu repository "multiverse". Installing SABnzbd is easy:

        Start the Software Center and search "sabnzbd" (or "sabnzbdplus"). Then click Install.
        Or, from the command line with "multiverse" enabled, type "sudo apt-get install sabnzbdplus".

If you use this method, you can skip the first parts and jump to "How To Start"

vent away i guess... just be aware that the difficulty you have in configuring it is the fault of the app developer... not a lack of OS facilities to make it brain dead easy

-Toast

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Developing Its Own Package Format, Installer

burning-toast Re:Scripts... (466 comments)

I have no idea what you are actually attempting to do on Linux but I get the feeling you are "holding it wrong". What daemons are you attempting to install which requires you writing scripts? And why in the world would you have to install daemons on any sort of recurring basis with just a couple of machines on a home LAN? When you use the package managers for Linux systems that should be taken care of for you almost in the entirety, "out of the box" per-se.

I haven't had an experience anywhere remotely similar to what you are claiming except for when I've gone off the farm and have attempted to custom compile applications downloaded off the web or from a proprietary vendor (i.e. very rarely). But I knew what I was getting into and which automated management facilities wouldn't be available to me when I did. That I occasionally had any problems doing manual compilation was not unexpected and help was frequently just a simple google away.

I've been maintaining multiple (dozens of) networks of Windows, RedHat/CentOS, and Debian/(K|U)buntu servers and desktops for years now (plus tinkering with other derivatives). They are all pretty good about "easy" and "just works" installations... with the expectation that you are using their respective package managers, repositories, toolsets, methodologies, and ecosystems (or at least packaging formats) to install software.

RPM/Yum and Dpkg/Apt really do take care of most of the work and neither are obscure by definition of the fact that they manage the entire distribution (and repositories) by default. Your equivalent problem in Windows would be a failure of you to understand (or use) Windows Update and instead attempt to install all of the Windows updates including registry hacks... by hand... without using an .msi file or the like and then pondering why Windows is so convoluted when you fail to get a working machine out of the ordeal. Nobody works that way.

Besides that, most Linux application developers will release into one of these two formats anyways (deb or rpm), so I fail to see how you could possibly be stuck writing scripts "every time" you "install a new daemon app" unless you are using something like DSL (Damn Small Linux) where package managers are not necessarily present. And if that is the case you are using the wrong distro for your skill level.

I've also had the opposite experience re: log files on Linux. Text and log files are cheap and plentiful when the command line is a useful part of your operating system. Normally I get such verbose logging from a failure that it actually takes a little bit of investigative work to find the original point of failure instead of all of the effects. On the other hand I rarely get log lines (only error codes when I'm lucky) from many Windows applications when they fail however...

Not to be too harsh but your "simple fact" is not reflective of the reality on the ground. Your perspective is "off" and I think you have failed to grasp some basic computing and usage concepts instead.

- Toast

about a year ago
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Microsoft's "New Coke" Moment?

burning-toast Re:Not New Coke - more Jumping Shark (786 comments)

I won't cry that Microsoft is going down. But surviving blunders... repeatedly... is quite a different thing than innovating, strengthening their brand, or building consumer loyalty. And to that end I haven't seen Microsoft do much in the way of effective brand building in quite a long time. Most of what I hear about their relatively decent products is "Well, it's better than (last failed attempt at something) and beats (intolerable shit we put up with for years)".

I think the most telling part about it is that IT personnel and CxO's are also losing patience with Microsoft and are in search of other options in many cases. They may or may not find what they are looking for but I don't see many people choosing Microsoft without first looking elsewhere for other options these days. I also don't hear people extolling the virtues of Microsoft products around the water cooler (even the new fresh-out-of-school types) anymore at all either. These days you CAN get fired for picking Microsoft (the inverse of the "nobody ever got fired for buying IBM / Microsoft" thing).

Does this spell doom for them? No, but when they sound like they actually like the direction they are heading in (and want you to join them in it) I can't help but agree that they are on the path of turning into another has-been... eventually.

- Toast

about a year ago
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Living In a Virtual World Requires Less Brain Power

burning-toast Re:Idiots... (89 comments)

And then you realize that, within the matrix, none of those obvious tip-offs like wires and ports exist. This was either a reading comprehension failure or a failure of the summary to adequately explain the intended concept, but it seems obvious to me which implication they meant (scientists studying your brain within or from without).

- Toast

about a year ago
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LLNL/RPI Supercomputer Smashes Simulation Speed Record

burning-toast Re:Fast money (79 comments)

And then at the end of the month you get an electric (+cooling / water) bill for $400,000. Doh!

- Toast

about a year ago
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Trader Pleads Guilty To Illegal Purchase of Nearly $1B In Apple Stock

burning-toast Re:Impressive (174 comments)

(Impressive for a non-executive anyway, CEOs do this sort of thing on an almost daily basis)

I share your sense of awe with how fluidly this guy destroyed his life and his employer's business. If not just slightly more of a cynical take.

Someone should start the Darwin awards for businesses and their crappy employees for stories such as these. Unfortunately, unlike their human counterparts, they can resurrect infinitely many times from the grave and can replicate at-will so long as someone somewhere senses that there is money to extract and lives to ruin in them.

Scratch that. Someone just needs to come up with a way where corporations can be exterminated permanently, their assets released into the public, their business licenses incinerated, their responsible parties (CXO class) no longer able to hold a position of responsibility anywhere within the same industry for life and their legal team disbarred (on GP). If a company causes mass damage to society then it should require forfeiting equivalent+ assets (IP, patents, etc) back to society in return.

Personally, I'm not anti-corporate (believe it or not) and I do believe that corporations have a useful function and purpose, but I do believe that corporations should be just as mortal as the people who are victimized by them when they are mismanaged. (Monsanto, here's looking at you).

- Toast

about a year ago
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Want to Keep Messages From the Feds? Use iMessage

burning-toast Re:Just cause... (153 comments)

If they were available in every corner store... at least there wouldn't be the drug dealers and criminal rings running them and people wouldn't have to trawl back allies or the hood to procure their "fix". Also, people wouldn't get stigmatized by the government and potential future employers (almost until death) if they were ever "in the system" or had received "help".

Maybe we could at least then focus on helping these people get out of their situation by means of programs like AA or other support networks (but for drug users instead of alcoholics) and help prevent them from abusing their other social relationships (ya know, like stealing money from their families for their habits) without making them a ward of the state or permanently unemployable.

A "recovered" alcoholic is capable of leading a healthy and productive life without much social or governmental stigma and what they can achieve is only generally limited by how much effort they put into life in general. A drug user who got "caught" however has no such opportunity. How many drug users which have been through the "system" are you aware of which later went on to lead a healthy career / family life / etc. after having been through what society prescribes their treatment should be (prison generally)? Can you not see perhaps that the approach we take with these problems is inherently and completely flawed?

These people who are drug abusers (of any sort), and those that are related to them in any way, don't need for them to be hacked off at the knees for the rest of their life. Losing part of your life because of a bad decision is one thing. Losing the ability to ever regain your status as a human being which is a normal part of society is basically damning these people for life and causes a multitude of problems for everyone involved. If they cannot be productive members of society they will become "unproductive" members of society (and typically with a grudge to boot).

There is a drug abuser who is abusing their peers ( and society at large) to get their fix. Society has a problem. Society throws them in prison and labels them a felon. Now society has dozens of problems. It's pretty straight forward.

- Toast

about a year ago
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Kinect Can Detect Clenched Fist

burning-toast Re:Potential applications (65 comments)

Years ago, I had a black dude come in with his kids and ask me about xbox at my college job, he was asking release dates or something, and I told him you could find that on the internet... guess what he didn't have. My point is never underestimate people's distortions of priorities.

Don't know if you realize that your statement comes off as having a secondary implication, but that same story works great without the skin color being mentioned:

Years ago, I had a dude come in with his kids and ask me about xbox at my college job, he was asking release dates or something, and I told him you could find that on the internet... guess what he didn't have. My point is never underestimate people's distortions of priorities.

If it was intentionally stated, you are a dick. If not I hope I helped.

- Toast

about a year and a half ago
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Can Valve's 'Bossless' Company Model Work Elsewhere?

burning-toast Re:No (522 comments)

That doesn't require a manager to rectify. That just requires communication skills, the desire to use them, and people taking ownership of their own work. Oh, developers... nevermind then, nothing to see here, move along.

- Toast

about a year and a half ago
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Mosquitoes Beginning To Ignore DEET Repellent

burning-toast Re:Evolution (232 comments)

Nature will ALWAYS evolve it's way around obstacles!

Except when it doesn't and the death of the entire species is the result.

Remember kids, above all, Nature doesn't make decisions or judgments. It just simply is.

If your species is under pressure and specific members randomly mutate in beneficial ways in time, your species might survive.

(Un)Fortunately for us (generally disadvantaged) humans; the traits we do have help substantially in this: language, knowledge, technology, and the ability to harvest energy for purposes other than simply feeding our bodies (which I'll generally term as "Leverage"). I say unfortunate because we don't have perfect control of this and tend to use these abilities to reduce pressure of one sort and increase pressures of other sorts at the same time inadvertently.

We could still lose a fight against natural pressures if we don't lose a fight against pressures we induce on ourselves first (which some would argue to be natural pressures just the same). The death of our entire species is not off the table (though it would be fairly difficult with how prolific we are).

Nature won't save your bacon any more than it has it "out for you" in the first place.

- Toast

about a year and a half ago
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Mosquitoes Beginning To Ignore DEET Repellent

burning-toast Re:Bow down (232 comments)

Now this is the sort of thing I actually come to read slashdot for (geeky, previously unknown technologies to me, which do generally useful things in unanticipated ways). Thanks for the link!

- Toast

about a year and a half ago
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School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games

burning-toast Re:mental illness or gender ? (1168 comments)

While we are doing correlations like that, I blame football!

I'd say both mental illness and investigate what leads males to want to take rash actions like that (but that 98% shouldn't really be a surprise).

Correlation != exclusion and all that.

- Toast

about a year and a half ago
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School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games

burning-toast Re:Because nobody in Congress.... (1168 comments)

What he (and many others are) is probably more concerned about politics under the guise of science being passed off as facts and distorted by special interests in order to appease an expected emotional viewpoint of the nation to the detriment of more reality based problems.

Not like that has never happened before or anything...

- Toast

about a year and a half ago
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How Much Are You Worth To an Online Lead-Gen Site?

burning-toast Re:And... (83 comments)

No, but self-worth doesn't pay the rent.

Wow, that's rather cynical. I happen to think that self worth is the most important thing to hold onto dearly throughout life. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. If you don't value yourself then you will find it very difficult to really give a shit about the work you do, the family you raise, the people you know, etc. This attitude has consequences much more far reaching than most people realize and is exactly how you get in a position of "I do a good job but nobody gives a fuck about me". Or conversely can lead you down the path of mental illness where you set yourself up for the failure you think you will get.

You can have self-worth and do your job well and get paid. Those things are not mutually exclusive, but I can tell you for a fact that if you don't have self worth it doesn't matter how good of a job you do... you will not move up and you will not get a good return on "investment" because you are only ever half present mentally at work and no body will have any incentive to socialize with or depend on you. Two of the things you will need to be successful (in general) is the willingness of your peers to socialize and depend on you (there are plenty of others too).

Advocating for an utter disconnect between your "self", your "life", and your "job" is a really, really, really stupid piece of advice. Keep priorities separate for sure, and understand thoroughly the work/life balance you and your family need (or want), but don't relegate yourself to mundane stupid jobs with mundane stupid people who don't have any self worth. That job will be like working in a pit of hell. If you are there, in that job, then GET OUT.

You can't tell me convincingly that people should just "suck it up" and work at a mind numbing job (with other people who have no self worth) simply to pay bills. It IS work, and you WILL hate it from time to time, but if that becomes a regular feature you should pay yourself the respect you deserve and move on.

I've been fired a couple of times for telling the company I work for to go stuff themselves (in only slightly kinder terms) when they made unreasonable demands (tried to wrap me around their corporate finger) that didn't respect ME as a person, ME as a father, or ME as a husband with other responsibilities that didn't revolve around their profit margins. I am PROUD of that. I ADVERTISE that. Every time I stood up for myself and the interests of myself and my family I ended up finding a better job, with better hours, more flexible schedule, and almost doubling my salary. Don't be an asshole, but don't take shit either.

I went into interviews after those couple of incidents fully expecting a question about what I did at my previous job and a question about whether they can contact previous employers. I laid it all out on the table. I told them my previous employer was unwilling to respect me or my family and I was not willing to compromise myself, my family, or my ethics just to retain employment with them for a paycheck (leaving any hint of animosity or anger at the door). Then I gave them a bunch of ex-coworker contacts to call if they wanted to evaluate my work result. I have a very long resume of coworkers and managers who very much like me and my work simply because I never stooped to lowest-common-denominator thinking and wore my mind on my sleeve (in all of its harshness). I straight-up told the interviewers point-blank that I will give infinite professional loyalty to the company only on the grounds that I get the same in return, and if they breach the contract first then they should expect nothing from me other than a resignation or a middle finger on my way out (and they will know it is coming ahead of time). I've only had to turn down offers since I changed my attitude to be more honest, insistent, and forthright. It does a body, mind, life, and pocketbook good.

Settling for less is still settling for less after all.

- Toast

about a year and a half ago
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Air Force Sends Mystery Mini-Shuttle Back To Space

burning-toast Re:timeframes reveal anything? (123 comments)

Apologies to Strother Martin...

What we've got here is failure to communicate.

- Toast

about a year and a half ago
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MIT-Led Mission Reveals the Moon's Battered Crust Is Riddled With Cracks

burning-toast Re:No plate tectonics. (39 comments)

You are right to an extent. The moon is tidally locked with the earth. However, the Earth is not tidally locked to the moon (yet). There is no "suddenly" about this. Were the moon not tidally locked then it would freely rotate about its own axis as it moved away from us; and as the rotational speed got out of whack from the orbital speed we would get to see more than just the one side... as you were saying. However, what is actually happening is the Moon is slowing Earth's rotational speed towards tidally locking with the moon, and the distance to the moon is still increasing towards equilibrium with that. But while it is moving away from us its own rotational speed is decelerating to maintain its own tidal lock. The minute differences between the rates that these things happen at is "liberation" (where we get to see small slivers of the moon we wouldn't normally get to see) but the physics of it fight to keep the two bodies "locked". Once both bodies rotate around their own axis in the same amount of time it takes for them to rotate around each other at that point the distance will be relatively static between them (the moon doesn't have enough energy for escape velocity from our gravity well). IIRC this would be considered orbital resonance.

Eventually the earth and the moon will lock with each other, and always face each other from the same sides, but that is a really long way off from now. For now, only the moon is tidally locked with Earth, eventually that will change to be true in the reverse as well. The estimates I've seen around and about indicate that this will likely take around 50 billion years, so it's mostly academic since the sun will die long before that (and that is also longer than the current age of the universe).

- Toast

about a year and a half ago

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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies aged 56

burning-toast burning-toast writes  |  more than 2 years ago

burning-toast (925667) writes ""Former chief executive and co-founder of US techonlogy giant Apple Steve Jobs has died, the company says. He was 56."

As a legend in computing and consumer electronics history, you will be greatly missed. Our thoughts go out to the Jobs family. — Toast"

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President Obama to suspend Guantanimo Prosecution

burning-toast burning-toast writes  |  more than 5 years ago

burning-toast (925667) writes "President Obama in his first hours in office and in-between his inaugural balls has already made his first executive order. Guantanamo prisoner prosecution is to be halted for 120 days. Original article (which is light on further details at this time) is located here: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/01/20/obama-orders-suspension-of-prosecution-at-gitmo/"
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