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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

dissy Re:Are You Sure (387 comments)

Oh, I get it - he made an OS to talk to DOG. I talk to mine all the time.

* RoboPuppy commencing two hour yipping session *

yip yip yip yip yip ... KICK

* RoboPuppy mistreatment alert! RoboPuppy mistreatment alert! *


Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

dissy Re:really? (171 comments)

For what software? Certainly not any I use, nor the various versions of MS-DOS from the company in question I used back in the 80s and 90s.

Back from the 60s one heavily used convention was: [major-version] dot [minor-version] dot [revision]

The dots are separators not unlike those in an IP address, not decimal places (of which more then one of doesn't make much sense)
Within the same major-version number the API would remain backwards compatible. New commands may be added in, but old existing commands should both still exist and still function identically.
Within the same minor-version (rev changes) the API would remain identical and data/file formats would keep the same structure.

This would allow the operator to assume a revision update can be installed at will and not worry much about breaking compatibility for anything not listed in the change log.
One could also assume any additional applications made to work with the upgrading app should still function without modification, at least if you follow the API docs and don't do anything too hacky.

For minor-version updates you assumed API using additions and apps should still work, but anything hacky by-passing the API due to limitations needs revisited and possibly edited.
An example is one program that creates input to the program in question via documented API calls should be fine, but your second program that is run after output being generated that goes to parse internal data files you "shouldn't" be touching likely will break until updated to parse the new data file structure.

For major-version updates, all bets are off. Pretend it is a brand new app and all interaction with it by other system components may need redesigned or be obsoleted.

Of course version numbers are only conventions. Those conventions can be changed to mean something more fitting for your particular software.
Or simplified to "Start at 1.0 and keep adding one" if you can predict not many updates being needed or for very simple one-off script type things.
Dates have turned out to be quite convenient version numbers with the time making a good developer compile/commit identifier that already keeps revisions in the correct order.

The only real rule is "pick a convention and stay consistent for the life of that software, else the wrath of dragons upon your head be"

4 days ago

Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

dissy Re:Ads (301 comments)

So how does this not make you a worthless freeloader?

It makes me not a worthless freeloader in exactly the same way as you using an ad network doesn't make you a script kiddie hacker trying to infect millions of peoples computers with malware viruses and keyloggers deserving of imprisonment.

But if you insist on going there, allow me to remind you that my actions of not watching an ad are perfectly legal (and explicitly stated so in law), while your actions of infecting millions of computers is explicitly a federal criminal offense...

4 days ago

Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

dissy Re:Impossible to build purely evil robots? (327 comments)

That implies we need to use evil compilers to program the Kill-O-Bots.

Man, I somehow always suspected Perl would be the death of us all, but I didn't quite have this in mind!

about a week ago

World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

dissy Re:Which says what? (276 comments)

You woke up and discovered you had installed Windows 2000?
Quite the scary illness you've got there. I'd rather find my horse's cut head.

I don't think they added the horse head option to the installer until Windows XP...

about two weeks ago

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

dissy Re:Same thing in the US (356 comments)

As someone who has had meat digesting microbes in my intestines die, I can say that the pains of moving undigested matter through your system are quite different from salmonella or other types of food poisoning.

Perhaps if you swallow a bunch of metal coins it would hurt similarly to those eating meats, but one would hope that eating coins wouldn't be a common occurrence :P

Not to mention there is no projectile diarrhea or urge to vomit, and the pains are only over the intestines instead of both stomach and then later the intestines.

Eating meat also doesn't result in a fever, although I'm not sure if that happens to others after food poisoning or it's just me.

about two weeks ago

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

dissy Re: Concern for high values? (356 comments)

1) He's not a victim. He's a convicted criminal.

You are a criminal too, even if you have managed not to get caught yet.
Thank you for permission to beat and kill you since you wouldn't be my victim.

2) It's not abuse, any more than making your kid eat his broccoli is abuse. Not liking specific food you could eat just fine something isn't grounds for special treatment.

In this one case maybe, but if they really do refuse to serve meals one medically needs to obtain nutrition, then this same policy - while "only" a moral issue to Sunde - is a sentence to slow death by starvation to those lacking the microbes to digest meat at all.

3) If you intentionally starve yourself the only person you're hurting is you.

And when the prison is intentionally starving you by action similar to serving you nothing but water to eat, then the only person hurting others is the prison itself.

about two weeks ago

Terrorists Used False DMCA Claims To Get Personal Data of Anti-Islamic Youtuber

dissy Re:Trying to wrap my head around this (389 comments)

Instead of having an automated service they could do the work necessary to validate copyright claims.

You could always go volenteer 40 hours a week for free for them, and bring along 10000 of your friends willing to work for free too.

No? I guess it's only OK for you to want paid but not OK for anyone else to want the same?

about three weeks ago

MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

dissy Re:Not a Fan of Google Glass, But... (357 comments)

Copyright infringement is not theft.

But when I go to the theater I only steal movie reels to take home.

Every time I download a movie, I feel extra horrible inside knowing the MPAA still has their original copy and thus are not harmed any, so had to change tactics :P

about three weeks ago

Power and Free Broadband To the People

dissy Re:There is no free anything (262 comments)

Time and again, history has shown a healthy middle class is the best road to alleviate poverty on a grand scale.

I thought history has shown that killing all the poor people is the best road to alleviate poverty on a grand scale :P

about a month ago

Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

dissy Re:Only YEC denies it (669 comments)

There is a saying I picked up somewhere that feels especially apt
"There are three things you never discuss with coworkers: Politics, Religion, and The Great Pumpkin"

I'm glad we aren't all anonymous psychopaths only out looking for peoples buttons to push needlessly.

about a month ago

OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

dissy Re:Stop developing 64bit (242 comments)

32 bit cannot utilize more than 4GB ram

This is incorrect, x86 can address up to 64GB of memory with PAE

But I have 65GB of memory, you insensitive clod!

about a month ago

Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

dissy Re:oooh GMO is to oscary u guys! (432 comments)

My favorite ones are the Creationists against GMO foods due to the risk of an unknown modification being introduced to the environment running amok and killing all the plants, us, or both. All while arguing evolution doesn't exist and doesn't happen!

The fact such people exists always makes me laugh.
The fact some of those people are in positions of power however makes me cry for humanity.

about a month ago

OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

dissy Re:Packages can't be removed? (126 comments)

No, because renaming it has the same effects on existing systems. The installed package "ownCloud" is no longer there (by that name) so future usage of apt-get can still break.

I'm less familiar with Ubuntu specifically but have extensive Debian experience, so can't comment on the Ubuntu policy, but I suspect Ubuntu views this more as removing a package is them breaking package management on existing systems, vs leaving it as is would still be breaking the system due to the vulnerabilities but not Ubuntu's fault (which I still find arguable, but again it's also just my guess)

Debian stable will also out right refuse to break apt by removing a package, however Debian has a large security patch repo plus a huge backports repo and community - which typically spends their own time back porting patches for newer app versions from the original developers back to older versions the devs stopped patching.

Many years ago at least Ubuntu still did not have the infrastructure for this nor dedicated any man power to the task. Sounds like that is still at least partially the case there.

This is also why ownCloud distributes their stuff in their own repo, which is the best way to go about it (so props to ownCloud there)
That way it is completely up to them how "stable" they want their software to be viewed.
They can either force people to upgrade to a new major version, breaking all existing installs until configs can be updated - or they can try to be stable and backport patches - or anything in between.

It's just mind boggling some dip decided that despite the fact ownCloud has their own maintained packages and even a repo for them, that it would at all be necessary to claim "now i'm the package maintainer!" and put it in Ubuntus repo...

Was this Ubuntus direct doing?
In Debian only the core system is packaged by their own team. 3rd party stuff however anyone can step up and decide to be the package maintainer, compiling from src to debian standards and releasing debs. But it's usually easier to see who to point the finger at in that case.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

dissy Re:It's all about the data prouction rate (170 comments)

An awful lot of work is still done in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. No need to embed a 5 GB video just because you have the space.

*noob voice enable*

Well no, I take a screenshot of the video, which is then embedded unscalable in an excel file, which I paste into a word document, which I then send in a mime encoded email to the entire company directory.
I mean, this is the internet after all, it's not like some form of file transfer protocol exists or anything!

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

dissy Re:I delete things when I'm done using them (170 comments)

I delete things when I'm done using them

1) Many of my things I either desire to use for many years to come (a video download I paid for), or am required to keep to cover my ass (taxes, logs, most data at work due to policies, etc)

2a) The cost of more storage space is almost always less than the cost of the time to clean up files that could be deleted. In the context of work this does depend heavily on exactly who made the data and their rate of pay / work load - but I've noted the higher up execs and managers tend to be the worst hoarders as well as of course the highest rates of pay. Most of the lower techs on the shop floor don't even have access above read-only to the network storage here, though that is far from universal everywhere.

2b) Yes there are other people whos time is not as expensive, but no one other than the datas owner/creator can know 100% what needs to stay vs what can go (and sometimes even the owner/creator chooses wrong.)

3) After deleting/archiving data, the chances of you needing it in the future are typically higher to much higher than the chances you are really done with it.

4) For the small number of times you really are done with it (like, totally and fur sure), the amount of data that gets deleted is generally such a small percentage of the whole that, while still a good thing to do, doesn't really help much with the problem at hand - freeing up a lot of space for future needs.

I never run out of disk space.

You either have too much free storage space, not enough data, or possibly both :P

about a month ago

Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

dissy Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

I have a feeling the person you are arguing with spends his days
1) eating lead with the word "beef" chiseled on it,
2) drives his car inside the shopping mall and convenience stores to get to the indoor ATMs, and
3) likes to troll handicap people

Since the first action item somehow hasn't killed him yet, that just gives more weight to the rest as an indicator of just how awful of a person it is ;P

about 2 months ago

Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

dissy Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

The legal ( and its sound reasoning ) will be sure the first amendment provides you can say pretty much anything you want but it says nothing about you being able to do it in anonymity.

Says Mister DarkOx, if that is your real name...

Since you are out right admitting you are doing nothing but illegal crimes (perfectly sound reasoning once I saw your not-name in your post after all) - you'll need to do much much better to convince me and all of us why we should take the opinions of a criminal to be worth more than a grain of digital salt.

But it was a nice try, pedo :P

about 2 months ago

Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

dissy Re:Uber Fresh? (139 comments)

It works for Cafe Courier, and they have been doing just that (and making a profit, including off me) since the late 90s.

For the two years Kroger had their peachtree* delivery service, I used the crap out of that! Groceries and pharmaceuticals to your door, and for some even further and right into your fridge.
(Thou I mainly saw that last bit only for older and disabled people. I am just lazy and not wanting to go to the store)

These days I have to hope I get a regular pizza delivery guy that I can uber-overpay for him to stop and get me something extra, and even then if it isn't on or damn close to his normal route I don't even ask.
Plus it sucks dropping an extra $20 just for two fast-food milkshakes that would be like $6 otherwise :/

But hey, sometimes it can be worth it :P

You still have a point about the drones with claw-machine game arms... Once/if those happen, I say let the two options battle it out on price and time! Should be a good show even if a win.

about 2 months ago

The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

dissy Re:Spoilers (131 comments)

I don't see why this is such a huge deal in the US. Why not both allow so-called "Fast Lanes" and also mandate a high minimum for the "Not-so-fast Lanes" which will prevent ISPs from serving subpar rates to customers?

Sounds great in theory, but in the US the term "broadband" is defined such that the minimum requirement is 128kbps (the speed of a fully utilized BRI line - the original high speed connection)

Since I don't see them successfully raising that first the past hundred or so attempts, the fact they are moving forward on any neutrality issues is pretty much a certainty your plan will never happen here.

In fact given the lack of evidence in either direction, I would naturally assume they will end up changing that min limit to 64k if anything... we suck just that bad :/

about 2 months ago



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