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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

dpilot Re:A million dollars isn't *that* much (457 comments)

Years back, in the days of much higher inflation, my brother said he fully expected to be a millionaire one of these days, and he also expected to spend something like $100 of that money to get a hamburger at McDonalds.

4 days ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

dpilot Re:systemd Architecture (641 comments)

I simply don't know what to say.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

dpilot Re:Who cares about systemd anyway? (641 comments)

The problem with systemd has been the steamroller attitude of its developers and advocates. They seem to want systemd to be the one true init system, accept no substitutes. RedHat, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, and Arch have all gone to systemd, and I'm not sure what other distros have as well. As far as I know Slackware, Gentoo, and Funtoo are the only distros that haven't, though Gentoo offers it.

I don't mind if systemd is an option. But I feel that there is some bad design in there, and would rather not use it myself. The problem comes when I can't avoid doing so.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

dpilot Re:systemd Architecture (641 comments)

It's only a good idea sticking all of that in PID1 until there's a problem. When PID1 crashes, so does your box. The more stuff in PID1, the more likely there is to be a bug somewhere in there. Now stuffing all of that in PID2, and having PID1 take care of itself and restarting PID2 might be a different story.

about two weeks ago
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Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy Devices

dpilot Re:No contract, wifi-only (126 comments)

Mine has been in airplane mode from day 1, with wifi on. I've seen where others have problems keeping wifi on when airplane is also on, but I haven't. Perhaps the fact that the SIM card is still in the original box, never inserted, has something to do with this. I bought an unlocked phone, and have never given it a chance to lock itself.

about a month ago
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Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy Devices

dpilot Re:No contract, wifi-only (126 comments)

As ChunderDownUnder reminds me, I forgot to mention that this phone has never been out of airplane mode, in addition to never having a SIM card plugged in. Flashing out of T-Mobile software was also one of the first things I did, and the other night I flashed CyanogenMod 11 M4. (Of course some of the guys on IRC suggest that even that is too commercial, and that I should go to snapshots over on xda-developers, to be safer.)

I keep my tinfoil hat handy, just like I tend to channel RMS and ESR. But there are practical limits...

about a month ago
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Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy Devices

dpilot No contract, wifi-only (126 comments)

So if I'm using my no-contract Samsung Galaxy phone as a wifi-only device, and have never inserted the SIM card at all, I believe I'm safe from this particular vulnerability.

Tin-hatters, am I wrong on that?
Explain,

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

dpilot Re:"A Logic Named Joe" (293 comments)

I consider one of the saddest examples of inaccuracy to be "2001: A Space Odyssey".

No manned mission to Jupiter.
No HAL-9000. (But maybe that's a blessing?)
No manned base on the moon of any sort, let alone of the scale in the movie.
No pure-space vehicles like the lunar shuttle.
No commercial, civilian, accessible space station.
No common-use picture-phones.
No Pan Am shuttle to the space station.
No Pan Am.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

dpilot "A Logic Named Joe" (293 comments)

by Murray Leinster, March 1946. If you're going to talk about how our literature predicts the future, it's worth taking a look at how past literature predicted us. "A Logic Named Joe" did a pretty good job of nailing the internet, nomenclature aside, and it did it almost 70 years ago.

about 2 months ago
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Speedier Screening May Be Coming To an Airport Near You

dpilot Re:More pork? (163 comments)

One of them watched the old "Total Recall" with Arnie. Even though the movie was rated R they didn't take advantage of the obvious opportunity with their "walking screening device".

about 2 months ago
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Study Finds Methane Leaks Negate Benefits of Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles

dpilot Ars Technica has a very good treatment on this (102 comments)

They look at this article, as well as various responses to it. The overall tone is even and reasonable. There is a bit of sensationalism to TFA, and some of its claims appear to be taking worst-case situations and generalizing them to the entire population of wells, etc.

about 2 months ago
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Enlightenment E19 Pre-Alpha Released

dpilot Re:Ah! Well sit down youngster and let me tell you (89 comments)

You had me with you up until you said "grown wiser". Yes, we learned that lesson, but I fear that rather than truly growing wiser, man has just found different and new expressions for folly.

about 2 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology is a Science

dpilot Obligatory SF reference (2 comments)

Read "Cycle of Fire" by Hal Clement, and weep for America.

about 2 months ago
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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

dpilot Re:How is presenting all theories a problem? (665 comments)

I'll take a moment to answer several responses to this.

To call Creationism a theory is to miss the correct definition of the word theory. Many people seem to think of theory as a neat idea to explain nature, but that falls far short.

In this case, the key differentiator is that a theory is testable, typically by experimentation. When you claim to have a theory, you'd also better define some sort of experiment or other set of measurements that can prove, disprove, or modify that theory.

From what I've read, Creationism is at the (stoner voice) "Wow Man!" (/stoner voice) stage.

Of course the downside is that there may be no such thing as "string theory", because there seems to be no way to prove or disprove it. To be fair, from what I can see, those who call themselves string theorists are quite upset about that, and would love nothing more than a real experiment.

about 2 months ago
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Netherlands Audio Speakers: Loud Enough to be heard in Space

dpilot Nothing to do with... (2 comments)

..."loud enough to hear in space" - that's silly, with near-vacuum.

The setup is for simulating the "sound" of liftoff and early atmospheric flight. There was serious concern about the sound level of the engines shaking the rocket apart at liftoff, which is part of why there's the flood of water. Even though the water is loud, it helps dampen the sound of the rocket exhaust. Then there's the "sound" of flying through the air, to the point that they have to throttle the engines back for a portion of the flight - because of "dynamic pressure." The Challenger disaster happened right after this inteval - the last normall communication was, "go for throttle-up", meaning that they were high enough for the dynamic pressure to have dropped enough that they could put the pedal to the metal, again.

about 3 months ago
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ARM Researching Novel Chip Memory

dpilot Re:I love ARM (88 comments)

Oh wow! Shades of: //STEP01 EXEC PGM=IEFBR14

Also proof that a program that does absolutely nothing can indeed have bugs. Look up the history some time. (It's on Wikipedia.)

about 3 months ago
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World's First Magma-Based Geothermal Energy System

dpilot Re:Is no one else concerned? (161 comments)

I don't think you can really know where to start start before the Kalens of July.

about 3 months ago
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Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

dpilot Missing it... (458 comments)

There's a "Robinette Broadhead" joke in here somewhere, and I just can't make it come out. Where's Gelle-Klara when we need her?

about 3 months ago
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Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You

dpilot Re:Stay at home. (4 comments)

Get back to work, you lazy bum. No pay for YOU!
(Especially true in the food service industry, where it does the most damage??)

about 3 months ago

Submissions

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Blog of Helios writer facing cancer deadline

dpilot dpilot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dpilot writes "This story has been through "submitted stories" twice this weekend that I've seen on Slashdot, and not made it to the front page.

Slashdot is about "News for Nerds", and Ken Stark passes the geek-test as well as anyone. This is also where Geek meets Politics, and the bad things that can happen there. Perhaps begging for his life on the internet isn't the thing to do — perhaps begging for money to write a trivial app is far more so — I don't think so.

So this is really a "Death Panel". So far Ken Stark has lost the first two Death Panel rounds to the editors. As is said in Congress, let's bring this to the floor — if it's a Death Panel, let's make it public, and stand behind your words. I'll stand behind mine — it's a sickening shame that he is in this position. I've already donated."

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Background for "American Gods"

dpilot dpilot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dpilot (134227) writes "This weekend I heard Neil Gaiman speaking on "To The Best Of Our Knowledge" on public radio, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of "American Gods." I got the book in hardcover when it first came out, and felt that I was getting strafed by fighter jets, there were so many Norse mythology references going "Whoosh!" over my head. I enjoyed it as best I could, but know I could have gotten much more out of it, had I been more familiar with the underlying material.

I took a Greco-Roman mythology course in high school, so am fairly well founded there. But my Norse mythology comes mostly from reading, "The Mighty Thor" from Marvel Comics. Since the 10th anniversary is as good a reason as any, I'd like to reread "American Gods," but I'd like to do a little reference reading first. Can anyone recommend a book or two of Norse mythology for getting up to speed, without making it a career path?"

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Journals

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Democracy is a sheep and two wolves

dpilot dpilot writes  |  more than 8 years ago

>Democracy is a sheep and two wolves deciding what to have for lunch. Freedom is a well armed sheep contesting the issue.

I fear it's more like, "Democracy is 48 sheep and 52 wolves deciding what to have for lunch. Well armed sheep contesting the issue is, 'traitorous liberal domestic terrorism.'"

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Journals, friends, foes, fans, freaks ??

dpilot dpilot writes  |  more than 11 years ago

There seem to be some new features, though they may have crept in a year ago, considering the attention I've been paying. I can guess what friends, foes, and fans are, but I wonder about freaks.

I don't really have time for this, so this journal entry is my investment, for the moment.

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