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Alan Turing Likely To Be Given Posthumous Pardon

cryfreedomlove Re:Why bother? (210 comments)

I think it's meaningless and a waste of time. The people in charge today didn't commit the offense, and if you want to address past offenses in UK history, a more important place to start would be at Smithfield anyway. I am more in favor of finding people whose rights are being violated today and doing something about that.

It is not meaningless. There are people in Britain and worldwide who still want to roll back the clock on gay rights. This move would signal that there is no going back by appropriately acknowledging the collective shame that Britain bears for treating their hero so poorly. It is 2013. Gay oppression is, or ought to be, a thing of the past.

about a year ago
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Yahoo Pinkie-Swears It Won't Ruin Tumblr

cryfreedomlove Re:Skeptical fungus is skeptical... (162 comments)

Perhaps, a few months into the job, Marissa is realizing how bad things really are at Yahoo, and it depresses her, so she's engaging in a little "retail therapy" -- paying way too much for something she doesn't really need in order to feel better about herself.

You are realizing how bad things really are in your life, and it depresses you, so you're engaging in a little misogyny in order to feel better about yourself.

about a year and a half ago
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Businesses Moving From Amazon's Cloud To Build Their Own

cryfreedomlove Re:Tightening reins on developers? (121 comments)

i've seen crap deployed by developers outside of IT input it gets put on the oldest and crappiest server just because that's a name they have known for years no backup gets done on the databases because IT has no idea they exist half the time there is no DR or any kind of redundancy in case of hardware failure

and when it goes down they run to IT and scream how it's IT's responsibility to make it work

Bad developers are bad developers, whether they are supported by classic IT or using the cloud. Great developers, however, don't do the nonsense you are referring to. They care a lot about security, DR, performance, availability, etc. It is this top tier developer that, given an API that procures new hardware, does not really need classic IT support.

about a year and a half ago
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Businesses Moving From Amazon's Cloud To Build Their Own

cryfreedomlove Tightening reins on developers? (121 comments)

From this article: "like tightening the reins on developers who turned to the cloud without permission"

Let me state this in other words: "Insecure IT guys are afraid for their own jobs if they can't lord it over developers". Seriously, developers working in an API driven cloud just don't need a classic IT organization around to manage servers for them. Cloud is a disruptive threat to classic IT orgs.

about a year and a half ago
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The Twighlight of Small In-House Data Centers

cryfreedomlove Re:In-house is cheaper... so far (180 comments)

My experience in pricing these things out is that it's cheaper in-house.

Your assertion is only true if your IT needs are mostly static. In my experience the following things happen continuously:

Our online service is growing 5 times faster than we predicted. We need 5X capacity in the next two weeks.

We've changed our software application design and the hardware we have in not appropriate for the new design. Get rid of it and bring in a new hardware design, all while keeping the service running.

That's the reality for any nimble and fast growing business. That's why cloud is the default choice for me.

about a year and a half ago
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France Demands Skype Register As a Telco

cryfreedomlove Why Silicon Valley did not happen in France (209 comments)

Regulations designed to protect the incumbent status quo, rather than serving the needs of real users, is the kind of thing that has kept France out of the picture for innovation. France must import their innovation.

about a year and a half ago
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First City In the US To Pass an Anti-Drone Resolution

cryfreedomlove Re:What about RC planes with cameras? (198 comments)

I play around with RC planes and my kids want to attach a camera to our next project. Does that make me a criminal? I thought it made me a cool Dad!

Take it outside city limits, you should be fine with the law.

Can't speak for the rural folks around those parts, but I know that if I were out in my field and saw something suspicious and obviously unmanned flying over my property, I'd be hard pressed to not at least scope the thing, if not blow it clear out of the sky just out of principle.

Scope? You mean you would shoot at my RC airplane with a scoped rifle? I doubt that you could hit it. Regardless, shooting a rifle at a high angle into the air is a remarkably reckless thing to do. That bullet will come down with lethal velocity at a random location, perhaps several miles away. Perhaps you should give your idea more thought.

about a year and a half ago
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First City In the US To Pass an Anti-Drone Resolution

cryfreedomlove What about RC planes with cameras? (198 comments)

I play around with RC planes and my kids want to attach a camera to our next project. Does that make me a criminal? I thought it made me a cool Dad!

about a year and a half ago
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What the FCC's Wi-Fi Expansion Means For You

cryfreedomlove Will this help with rural internet? (132 comments)

I live in the boonies with limited bandwidth. Will this help with very long distance wifi (miles) in the forest?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Team To Write Good Code?

cryfreedomlove Quit and work somewhere else (366 comments)

You sound like a smart person who wants to be surrounded by great colleagues. There is a tremendous shortage of computer science talent nationwide. You don't have to work for a company that 'does not get it'.

about 2 years ago
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FAA To Investigate 787 Dreamliner

cryfreedomlove Classic 2nd system effect (237 comments)

The 787 is having problems because of the bloated feature creep that went into its design. It will eventually be seen as a classic example of 2nd System Effect.

about 2 years ago
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Is the Flickr API a National Treasure?

cryfreedomlove Dave should own it (101 comments)

There is a solution for Dave's dilemma. He should start a rival service to flickr (i.e. pay for it) and then personally guarantee to keep it and its API running for free forever. Go ahead Dave! What is stopping you?

about 2 years ago
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A US Apple Factory May Be Robot City

cryfreedomlove Re:On the other hand (602 comments)

The GOP and Silicon Valley want ever more H1B visas for STEM graduates, spewing a list of horseshit reasons, but never the real reason: high tech skilled, compliant immigrants from cultures with near zero workers' rights that are more than willing to work for pennies on the dollar (unlike those lazy USians).

This has not been my experience as a hiring manager. Hire the best people. Their visa status is a check mark that does not influence compensation. H1B folks pay tons in taxes and they are deeply devoted to raising well educated children. We need to let in as many as will come.

about 2 years ago
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Russia and China Withdraw Bid For Internet Control

cryfreedomlove The USA is not perfect but.... (115 comments)

The cast of countries that submitted this proposal all share a common trait of disrespecting the freedom of expression of their own citizens. This disrespect is rooted in fear. These governments see their own citizenry as a threat to their own power, especially if those citizens can read anything they want on the global internet.

about 2 years ago
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ARM, Microsoft Collaborating On 64-bit Windows Version

cryfreedomlove Will it still run IE6? (93 comments)

I know lots of corporate desktop police still subjugate their users by forcing them to still use IE6.

about 2 years ago
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ITER Fusion Project Struggles To Put the Pieces Together

cryfreedomlove Design by committee (138 comments)

I doubt this project will ever do more than be a shining example of how not to do innovation. I'll bet that a small focused team, privately funded, will figure out a path to safe and large scale fusion before ITER does. Perhaps Bill Gates will lead the charge. His life's turn to altruism is good for the planet.

about 2 years ago
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Fukushima Fish Still Radioactive

cryfreedomlove No more nukes from this generation (107 comments)

Future nuclear tech holds promise but the generation of fission reactors deployed today requires an independent and transparent regulatory regime to watch over it. Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island tell us we don't have this today. Everyone of these disasters began with a coverup. Therefore we do not have the moral authority to run today's generation of fission nukes.

about 2 years ago
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Saudi Arabia Calls For Global Internet Censorship Body

cryfreedomlove This is why USA control of the internet is best (678 comments)

I'm no flag waver. I'm still a hippy who is hated at first sight by many of my fellow Americans but I trust this country's respect for freedom of speech more than I trust the UN to gain international consensus to respect freedom of speech.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Do You Push To Production?

cryfreedomlove Quit and move to a company with a process you like (182 comments)

Life is short. You seem like a talented person who knows what you want. If you current company does not modernize in the next 6 months then they are holding you back. The market is starved for really talented software engineers. Take the time to research your opportunities and then jump ship if the one you are on is still stuck in the 90's.

about 2 years ago

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Jimmy Carter says Bush allows torture

cryfreedomlove cryfreedomlove writes  |  about 7 years ago

cryfreedomlove (929828) writes "Former US President Jimmy Carter is lending his reputation to the growing story that the USA, under the leadership of George W. Bush, is torturing prisoners in violation of international law. Carter is adamant that the torture is happening and that Bush is a liar. It is interesting that, because we live in a free society (for now), that this story is gaining traction in the press and now from a former President who has made a career in the past decade out of lending his personal integrity to causes of social justice around the world. This is happening despite the fact that the Bush machine is trying to urgently keep a lid on this story. Their chilling quote is: "Our interrogation methods are tough, safe, necessary and legal."."
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Radio Frequencies Help Burn Salt Water

cryfreedomlove cryfreedomlove writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cryfreedomlove (929828) writes "This article describes a recent accidental discovery that radio frequencies can help create a reaction that burns salt water. Imagine the human suffering we could alleviate with a cheap, clean power sources near the world's oceans."

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