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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

coats Re:Someone has to be in charge (641 comments)

I *would* really like working for someone like Linus -- really sharp, really on-the-ball, really high expectations, really willing to listen to well-though-out "it might be better to..." (see his response to Ted T'so later in this thread).

Much better than working for some bureaucrat or politician who *thinks* he knows what he is doing.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

coats Re:I have the same problem with a different twist (287 comments)

It is known that boot times for Windows grow exponentially in the number of Windows-updates performed ;-( (This is true for at least XP, Vista, 7, and 8.)

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

coats Re:Simple (287 comments)

Or PCLinuxOS (or Mageia) with KDE...

about 5 months ago
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Nagios-Plugins Web Site Taken Over By Nagios

coats Re:Copyright violation. (119 comments)

If the original plugins-team follow the Scientology copyright-action precedent and show up with an ex parte seizure order, a Federal Marshall, and an 18-wheeler to seize the evidence of copyright infringement (i.e., every computer in the place), it might serve as an example pour les autres.

about 7 months ago
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How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

coats Re:Yeah, like the present school system is working (715 comments)

Read what Heinlein said about his grandfather's (public-school) education as compared with what he had. And then compare with what is happening in this country right now.

about 7 months ago
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How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

coats Re:Yeah, like the present school system is working (715 comments)

Gates, Bryant, et al. think that the problem is the presence of parental participation. They don't want to school citizens; they want to condition sheep.

about 7 months ago
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How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

coats Jailers and inmates (715 comments)

Quoting C S Cewis: there are exactly two groups that are concerned about escape: the jailers and the inmates.

Here, we're hearing from the jailers, who are afraid their control is in danger.

about 7 months ago
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4K Is For Programmers

coats Re:39" display for workstations? (520 comments)

That's right. Reading performance is optimal for 64-72 characters per line.

To H)(&*$#* with these Hollywood types that have forced us into 16x9 aspect ratio monitors!

about 7 months ago
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4K Is For Programmers

coats Re:39" display for workstations? (520 comments)

I've been running near-4K (3200x2400, actually) virtual resolution on physical 2560x1600 for several years. It gives me roughly a 20% boost in productivity over the previous 1920x1200 (which was more productive than its prececessor...)

FWIW

about 7 months ago
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62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

coats Re:Still too much (331 comments)

"Price they sell at" is how big a tax deduction you can claim. Which was the point.

about 9 months ago
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62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

coats Re:Still too much (331 comments)

60% of face value is the going retail rate at used bookstores in Raleigh NC, Durham NC, and Charleston SC. At least for paperback SF.

about 9 months ago
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62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

coats Still too much (331 comments)

With real books, I can donate them to charity when I'm done with them. Given that the general retail rate for used books is 60% of face value, that means the donation is worth about 30% (taking both state and federal tax deductions into account), so my effective printed book-price is 70% of face value. E-books need to be priced fairly against that.

about 9 months ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

coats It also kills people. (462 comments)

...increases energy usage, as well as increasing the death rate. Studies also say the heart-attack and stroke fatality rates are much higher the weeks after both (Springand Fall) time transitions.

about 10 months ago
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Speed Test: Comparing Intel C++, GNU C++, and LLVM Clang Compilers

coats Re: Funny benchmarks (196 comments)

Nor what flags he means by "full optimization". Nor what the hardware really is - for some problems, with the right flags Haswell performance is very different from Core-2.

about 10 months ago
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Do You Need Headphones While Working?

coats Neurophysiology problem (262 comments)

Headphones (or background music or ...) are known to impair left-brain::right-brain coordination in one's thinking -- especially important for activities needing both creative and analytic thinking.

about 10 months ago
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Are Shuttered Gov't Sites Actually Saving Money?

coats Re:"Financial Sense" (668 comments)

Mount Vernon, which is actually owned by a private foundation. The Feds are part-owners of the *parking* *lot*.

about a year ago
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When it comes to (download) bandwidth needs, I require..

coats Re:latency is a lot more important than bandwidth. (279 comments)

Yes!!!

And AT&T DSL, with per-keystroke latency that I've measured as high as 17 seconds, is awful!-- much worse than a 300-baud modem. It reeks!/EM.

1 year,8 days
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Have eBooks Peaked?

coats Economics -- a pricing failure (323 comments)

With paperbacks, my typical behavior is to buy the book, read it, and then donate it to charity (at a retail used-book valuation) for a tax write-off. Given my marginal tax rate (state and federal combined), the net cost of the book is about 65% of face-value.

With E-books, I can't do that "donate to charity", so the face-value is the net cost, which seems to be about 10% under the paperback price.

E-book prices need to come down by at least 25% in order to become economically competitive for me.

1 year,12 days

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Sony again: "All your machines belong to us!&

coats coats writes  |  more than 5 years ago

coats (1068) writes "According to this "Ars Technica: story: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081020-big-brother-is-watching-and-listening-sonys-new-ps3-tos.html Sony is attempting yet another "All your machines belong to us!": their new Terms of Service claims

To the extent permitted by law, You authorize and license SCEA a royalty free and perpetual right to use, distribute, copy, modify, display, and publish your User Material for any reason without any restrictions or payments to you or any third parties... You further agree that SCEA may sublicense its rights to any third party, including its affiliates and subsidiaries. You hereby waive all claims, including any moral rights, against SCEA, its affiliates and subsidiaries for SCEA or any other third party's use of User Material to the extent permitted by applicable law.

which is either contrary to copyright law or else an unconscionable attempt to steal anything that PS3-users develop."

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