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Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat

dominator no reason to lie... (812 comments)

It sounds like he was being pedantic. 1 USD =~ 1 CAD these days. It's been trading in such a narrow band (0.96 - 1.04) for over a year now. Just fill out the paperwork, and get on with life. Don't upset the pencil pushers. They're goons with badges and guns.

about a year and a half ago
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Know What Time It Is? Your Medical Device Doesn't

dominator clocks (290 comments)

"A man with one clock knows what time it is, goes the old saw, a man with two is never sure."

That's why the sailor's adage is to take one clock or three to sea. With one, well, that's all you've got to go on. With two, you never know which one is right. With three, usually at least two agree.

more than 2 years ago
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The Duct Tape Programmer

dominator Re:Since when did quality become optional? (551 comments)

Good enough means good enough. It's not 50%. It's not 80%. It's whatever is the powers that be decide is the appropriate trade-off between competing interests (i.e. time to market, cost of deployment, $ paid to developers, estimates of the cost of future bug fixes, ...). If the market doesn't accept the product, it only means that their definition of "good enough" was wrong, not that there isn't a different "good enough" that the market will embrace.

"Good enough" for the software that runs a nuclear reactor or the space shuttle is probably near 100%. Pace-makers, surgeries, and pharmaceuticals failing? It's been known to happen. Sure, maybe only in 1/10000 cases, and only if you don't have a pre-existing condition. So, good enough is maybe five nines there. "Good enough" for that $1 umbrella you bought at Wal-Mart probably means something entirely different.

more than 4 years ago
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Most Useful UNIX Tool?

dominator find + grep are an awesome combo (641 comments)

I don't know how I used to get by before I knew find had an '-exec' option. I voted for "grep", but I hardly ever use it without find, or find without grep.

`find XXX -exec grep -Hni whatever {} \;`

more than 4 years ago
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Negroponte Sees Sugar As OLPC's Biggest Mistake

dominator Re:Because you see it as a laptop (268 comments)

Windows is a plenty good enough platform to deliver e-Books on. And Windows runs enough trendy OSS programming languages on (eg. python), that the kiddos could've gotten a kick out of it plus a crash course in programming. Also, there's a lot of educational software out there that only runs on Windows that these governments could potentially leverage on day 1.

Microsoft would've had plenty of incentive to keep it up to date, plus keep the price low. Besides, OPLC had potential customers who insisted that the device run Windows. What's Negroponte going to say - "no, your *country's* children can't have inexpensive educational tools because I insist that they run Linux!"? If the goal is to get educational materials into children's hands, sometimes compromises must be made.

I say this as someone who has a substantial amount of code on the XO - the XO failed largely on its own merits. The project was (in-large) done in a fishbowl and came in at 2x its promised price. Plus, we've seen time and again that top-down approaches toward helping poverty-stricken areas (unfortunately) seldom work.

more than 5 years ago
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Negroponte Sees Sugar As OLPC's Biggest Mistake

dominator Re:MS was its biggest mistake (268 comments)

Their working with MS amounted to, what - adding a $2 MD card reader to the XO? I think that's all that it changed in terms of the hardware plan, anyway.

I have an XO. The card reader is bloody useful, if you ask me.

more than 5 years ago
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Firefox 3.5 Hits Release Candidate Milestone

dominator Re:93/100... (202 comments)

even iCab -a browser developed by one person- beat them to full compliance by months

That's disingenuous. The version of iCab (4.6) that passed the Acid3 test uses the same WebKit rendering engine as Safari and Chrome. And it beat Safari 4 to market by 1 day.

more than 5 years ago
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9 Browsers Compared For Speed and Features

dominator Re:Different OS (363 comments)

Not so much. You probably don't find Qt to be too inefficient, but Arthur does double buffering by default too. And for good reason.

more than 5 years ago
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9 Browsers Compared For Speed and Features

dominator Re:Different OS (363 comments)

Personally, I blame GTK2's obsession with double buffering everything.

Clearly, the Mozilla developers just forgot to call 'gtk_widget_set_double_buffered(false);'. That's what's been gumming up the works. Much appreciated, and thanks for your informed opinion on the matter!

more than 5 years ago
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Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do?

dominator Futurama Naming Scheme (1397 comments)

My laptop: Fry
Wife's: Leela
Wife's old laptop: Amy
Printer: Zoidberg (dispenses ink)
Router: Bender ("bends" packets)
OLPC XO Laptop: Kiff (both small and green)
Car: Planet Express Ship (with which the 2006 Honda Civic shares a striking resemblance)
Cat: Zapp (cavalier, not too bright, doesn't wear pants).

I've been told by wifie that future pet names will include "Nibbler" and "Scruffy".

more than 5 years ago
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Google Releases Chrome 2.0 Pre-Beta

dominator Re:Not a great 2.0 (326 comments)

They updated the version of WebKit that they're using to one that passes the ACID3 test. That's something.

more than 5 years ago
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Future of Space Elevator Looks Shaky

dominator Re:air tube (486 comments)

And here I thought that Air Supply could only produce soft rock. You learn something new every day.

more than 5 years ago

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SCO files for Chapter 11 protection

dominator dominator writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dominator (61418) writes "FTA: "SCO announced that it filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. SCO's subsidiary, SCO Operations, Inc., has also filed a petition for reorganization. The Board of Directors of The SCO Group have unanimously determined that Chapter 11 reorganization is in the best long-term interest of SCO and its subsidiaries, as well as its customers, shareholders, and employees.""
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dominator dominator writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dominator (61418) writes "It's been nearly 20 months since the last major release of the Python programming language, and version 2.5 is probably the most significant new release of Python since 2.2. The latest release includes a variety of additions to the standard library, language extensions, and performance optimizations. This is a final release, and should be suitable for production use. Read the release announcement, the highlights, what's new, and download it."

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