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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

dltaylor still rather have Linus than not, or anyone else (387 comments)

I've been using Linux for a VERY long time (like AMD K5 PR100 long), and have done kernel development at a few jobs over the years, and have a few minor edits in the repository. I've always appreciated Linus' forthrightness. He's had some strong differences with equally competent developers over the years, but in both the LKML and private correspondence, those comments and disagreements have been upfront and honest. When one of my edits was sent back for rework, the comments were not only honest, but constructive, and exposure to Linus' and his senior collaborators' comments have made me a better developer.

I know it sounds a bit "fanboy", but Linus isn't the only project "owner" out there I really respect, he's just the subject of this thread.

5 days ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

dltaylor Re:next up (232 comments)

RFTA (I know, I know), but this is NOT about adding competition, it is about Comcast taking over the current Charter franchise, giving Comcast the monopoly on cable service.

about a week ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

dltaylor design for the box you have (338 comments)

As an embedded architect/programmer, I deal with this all of the time. You have to design for the platform, not what you fantasize about having. Doing the dev work on a dual-4-core-hyperthreaded box with 48 GBytes of memory, then whining that the CPU/GPU/memory space/... isn't enough is just exposing your stupidity. Onbce had a developer build and test a database on his quad-core Apple-thingy, then whine to management that the hardware engineers and materials people had just not done their job, when, even before he was on the project, the product had a 1 GHz single-core PowerPC-derived SoC and 256 MBytes of DRAM (more or less, an Apple G4-equivalent).

about two weeks ago
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The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

dltaylor Re:STDs have been doing this since "forever" (103 comments)

It's not that you don't take chances, but that you recognise the dangers and take a few precautions. Not "going down" on the woman you just picked up at the bar might save you a case of HIV (Magic Johnson, for example). Doesn't mean you can't have some fun together, but use condoms, for pity's sake.

Don't download "cute" crapware. Don't visit sites Firefox and its plugins warn you are attack sites. Don't blindly give away your bank account info (at least in the Corporate States of America, where you have no protection). For example, I have a bank account specifically for PayPal (no credit card for them), and I keep in it just enough to cover my purchases/donations. No glitch, stolen credentials, ... are going to clean out my bank account (no debit card, either). I keep a very low credit limit card for Internet purchases. The theater tickets someone tried to purchase in London cost more than that and triggered a block.

about two weeks ago
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The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

dltaylor STDs have been doing this since "forever" (103 comments)

There's a gift, which may be ongoing, but it has a nasty payload.

Never had either an STD or computer malware.

Paranoia is your friend, 'cause they ARE out to get you.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

dltaylor I do use VTs, quite a bit (771 comments)

I do embedded development, and most of those have no GUI or X server. I can use VTs to keep VIm sessions open on a few (yes, I know VIm supports multiple files/buffers, but VT switching is easier), a VT for compilation/test, and, with GPM, copy/paste between them.

about two weeks ago
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Code.org: Blame Tech Diversity On Education Pipeline, Not Hiring Discrimination

dltaylor kids may be too smart to fall for engineering/code (227 comments)

I see these silly ads on TV, but I think that anyone smart enough to be a really good engineer/programmer, can also see that it's a dead-end job. The corprate execs are going to hire CHEAP, period, whether in the USA, imports, or offshore.

Take your math skills and get into finance.

about three weeks ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

dltaylor the "celebs" published the pictures, not Google (225 comments)

IMO, as soon as those photos are on ANY Inernet-facing device ('phone, WiFi-equipped camera, "cloud", ...) they are already published. You want to keep some private "momentos", take them on a non-WiFi camera, or better yet, film, and store the data in a lockbox, sharing it only to also not-Internet-connected devices.

If it is accessable from the 'net, as all smart cameras, in-home on-line cameras, and the cloud are known to be, then you have already published them to the world.

about three weeks ago
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My toy collection is ...

dltaylor Re:The definition of toy (209 comments)

My motorcycles have use as transportation (California car-pool lanes, until they're all toll lanes for the better off, and splitting particularly useful), but that doesn't remove the fun factor, so they are not USED specifically as transportation.

Still "toys", I think.

about three weeks ago
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Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story

dltaylor Re:World made of cardboard (50 comments)

I recognized the quote, but thank you. I was looking for the series.

about three weeks ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

dltaylor what governments can achieve (169 comments)

Sounds like there are significantly fewer hire-purchase politicians and bureaucrats (from whatever combination of energy companies and unions) in SA than in the USofA. Shows what can be done by government initiative.

about a month ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

dltaylor Re:"Stranger in a Strange Land" (410 comments)

Which version?

I read the originally-released version back about 1960 (it was in the same section as "Podkayne of Mars". I was gifted the "as written" version when it came out and it is a much more clearly stated story.

about a month ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

dltaylor not compromised server, honeypot (230 comments)

If the administrator deliberately activates software known to make a system (Linux, Windows, ...) vulnerable to compromise, that is NOT a compromised server, it is a honeypot. If you make a honeypot, you must mitigate any damage it may cause outside your domain.

Sue the admins of those systems into getting a job compatible with their IT skills (probably involving a toilet brush).

about a month and a half ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

dltaylor not just servers (613 comments)

Granted, I AM my own "system admin", but BSD goes into my home systems next time I build or upgrade (2-3 weeks, most likely). Can't use Debian or RedHat, so might as well go back BSD (used to run it on my Amiga).

Systemd is yet another example of "fashionista" development (Gnome 3). Ignore the people who really use the system, because "they're idiots", and (attempt to) stuff your favorite fashion du jour down their throats.

I've got a choice, and systemd is NOT going to be part of it.

about a month and a half ago
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MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

dltaylor no Gbit, no sale (88 comments)

There appears to be enough RAM and enough compute power, but the Ethernet interface is pathetic. Even in an inexpensive experimenters' board, GBit Ethernet should be standard. For one thing, it's hard to judge the real processing power needed (as a fraction of the available) for networking, when the network, itself, is the bottleneck.

about 2 months ago
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Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

dltaylor Re:talk about "old tech" (94 comments)

The "one"? Unless it's a form of DRM not supported on a specific platform, many, or all, of the formats are displayable. Of course, the browser will "automagically" know which of the several you want THIS time.

It's still old tech. lseek(), read() or GET. You don't have to pull all the versions from storage with TIFF, either.

about 2 months ago

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Torchwood: Is rape acceptable?

dltaylor dltaylor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dltaylor (7510) writes "In the premier episode of "Torchwood", a "Doctor Who" spin-off from the BBC, one of the regular supporting characters, "Owen Harper" is shown to be a serial rapist, yet he receives no punishment, ironic comeuppance, or even approbation. He uses a "foreign" substance as a date-rape chemical to cause uncontrollable lust toward himself, on both a disinterested female and a hostile male, and the behavior is serial because he packs it to the pub, anticipating the chemical's effect. This is not a prank. Rape destroys lives. Picture yourself as either of the victims, unable to understand why you acted so completely outside of your normal character. There will be no sympathy or support from anyone, since you will be assumed to have been a willing participant, either trying to excuse yourself or having had your inhibitions reduced by a bit of alcohol. Has rape become such a common occurrence that it is now acceptable in the supposed "good guys" of television? If so, why should we cheer for our species in the "us vs. them"?"

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