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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

durdur Re:Having read some of Linus' posts (1501 comments)

Some of the ones I've read, it does sound like he is handing someone's head to them, but he's usually also explaining what they did that was wrong, and why it was wrong. So IMHO that mitigates some of the unpleasantness. He does seem to want the recipient to learn from the experience and not do whatever it was again.

about a year and a half ago
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Former Microsoft Exec Ray Ozzie Named To HP Board

durdur Re:There goes HP (52 comments)

Well, unlike Nokia they are in more than one line of business. But they have been executing poorly for some years and have a history of doing dumb acquisitions, culminating in the disastrous Autonomy deal in 2011. Ray Ozzie can't by himself fix any of that. But arguably he can't be worse than the slate of directors who got them to where they are.

about a year and a half ago
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Reconciling Human Rights With Ubiquitous Online Surveillance

durdur Re:Limitations of technology, not ethics (133 comments)

I think that is true, but there is not any fundamental reason why something that is technologically possible can't be prohibited by law. Nor any reason governments can't be made subject to the law. In the U.S., Nixon was about to be impeached over misuse of federal resources to attack and embarrass his personal enemies.

about a year and a half ago
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Sound Engineer and Entrepreneur Amar Bose Dead At 83

durdur Re:RIP(-off artists) (129 comments)

By and large they don't make expensive gear. And as far as I can tell it isn't much worse than the other mass-market stuff it competes against. Their poor reputation among audio buffs is somewhat deserved but IMO mainly because it is cheapo gear and there is some tradeoff of cost and performance, certainly at the part of the cost curve they are operating in.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Building a Web App Scalable To Hundreds of Thousand of Users?

durdur Re:Show me the users! (274 comments)

True enough, but you do not want to have the issue where the first sign of your success is your website failing. Early users get turned off if the service is flaky. So you can't just throw up a free website and wait to see when and where it crashes. A little planning is always good and so is a good reasonable starting architecture. That would include for example designing from the start for running with multiple backend servers behind a load balancer.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Fiber: Why Traditional ISPs Are Officially On Notice

durdur Re:go away at&t (408 comments)

I ditched AT&T DSL a while back. It was both slow and unreliable. Comcast is much faster but quite pricey: they have all sorts of come-on deals where the price is low at first, but they will jack it up eventually. I'd sure like to see them both have some more serious competition.

about a year and a half ago
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North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official

durdur Good point. (636 comments)

By and large, the U.S. doesn't believe what they say. But the public threats and provocations may help convince the North Koreans (who mostly get their news from official sources, or not at all) that the regime is powerful and active, and its enemies are dangerous.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Bad Directors Aren't Thrown Out

durdur Plus, shareholder power is distributed (205 comments)

There are typically a lot of shareholders and even those that may hold relatively large blocks of the voting stock are still typically in a minority position. So it is hard to mobilize them to do anything in concert, such as rejecting a corporate nominee.

about a year and a half ago
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City Councilman: Email Tax Could Discourage Spam, Fund Post Office Functions

durdur Re:And you know what would help even more? (439 comments)

Despite the current year tax increases, we have very low marginal tax rates on high income earners, compared to the rest of the world and compared to historic rates in the US over the past 50 years. High taxes are not the biggest economic problem most people face. Ask someone who is unemployed whether high taxes are a problem for them.

about 2 years ago
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Shuttleworth On Ubuntu Community Drama

durdur Xfce rocks (302 comments)

I'll be back as an Ubuntu user when they have a reasonable UI again. Unfortunately I have one box xUbuntu won't install on, so I have to run Mint on it (that's my 2nd choice).

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Projects For a Heap of Tech Junk?

durdur Great to give to kids with an interest (210 comments)

in electronics. When I was a teenage geek, a ham up the street gifted me with a number of things including a marvelous "boat anchor" surplus shortwave set. And lent me a number of other things like a working scope. It was a great learning experience. If something wasn't working or couldn't be made to work, I salvaged components from it. My parents had no idea I was debugging 400 volt tube circuits. Somehow I survived.

about 2 years ago
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Among Servers, Apple's Mac Mini Quietly Gains Ground

durdur Re:A new fad? (367 comments)

$999 is not really a bargain price considering what is in the box. As with other Apple hardware you are paying a premium for the Apple brand.

about 2 years ago
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Cryptography 'Becoming Less Important,' Adi Shamir Says

durdur Anybody who sends a password in plaintext (250 comments)

in response to a reset request is not hashing passwords and would fail a security audit (but I have certainly seen sites like this). There is no reason for the remote site you are logging into to ever store your password, vs. storing a hash (a strong hash, repeated multiple times to make brute force reverse hashing difficult).

about 2 years ago
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Employee Outsourced Programming Job To China, Spent Days Websurfing

durdur Probably broke his employment contract (457 comments)

Almost all employees (contract or regular) usually have to sign a non-disclosure agreement, among other things. So he broke that for sure. Re export of the RSA token - if it contains encryption software he probably should have gotten export paperwork done for it, but he's not likely to be prosecuted for that.

about 2 years ago
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Perl Turns 25

durdur Re:I used it. Once. (263 comments)

I've used it more than once, but not often enough that I don't have to go back and learn parts of over the next time I use it.

It just isn't very intuitive. The regex support can do awesome things, but just I can't seem to keep enough of it in my head to be productive. Or if I do, it leaks out when I'm off coding in some other language :-).

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Draw the Line On GPL V2 Derived Works and Fees?

durdur Re:All this misinformation re GPL makes me sad... (371 comments)

All this stuff about "is the software author pure enough" makes me sad. That is why I like the BSD (and similar) non copyleft licenses. Remember, 99% of software users are not programmers and wouldn't use the source code if they had it. Heck, most *programmers* even don't use the source code of the FOSS they consume. The GPL is catering to the tiny percentage of software users who are RMS or like RMS.

about 2 years ago
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No More "Asperger's Syndrome"

durdur One of the main problems is with expectations (602 comments)

People with Asperger's just don't conform to the expectations most people have, and unless you have some background and understanding, it is just baffling, and they tend to get slotted into categories people already have, like "rude" or "difficult," when really something else is going on. My personal experience (family member) is that you keep saying to yourself or the other person "Why can't you ..?" where ? is something that fits expectations, and finally you realize the answer is that "because you have a non-typical brain wiring." Once you get that it becomes easier because you understand that this probably isn't fixable, and you're going to have to alter your expectations. But most people don't get to that level of understanding of Asperger's.

about 2 years ago
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Julian Assange: "Online Totalitarianism Is Near, Entire Nations Are Intercepted"

durdur Re:use encryption (325 comments)

Also, we don't know just how crackable off the shelf encryption is. More than you'd think, probably. The NSA is not going to tell you just how good they are at reading encrypted material but they employ some of the best cryptographers on the planet, so their capabilities are not to be underestimated.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Troubling Trend For Open Source Company

durdur Re:What company (451 comments)

I think the issue is, as the submitter said, they don't control from where the end user downloads the product. They could get it from anywhere and those 3rd-party sites don't put up any kind of disclaimer. Maybe you can put it in bold letters in the installer, but many users don't read their EULA anyway, and you can't rely on the download site.

about 2 years ago
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Meg Whitman Says HP Was Defrauded By Autonomy; HP Stock Plunges

durdur Re:Meg, Carly (237 comments)

Oracle has its issues, to be sure, but they have been fairly careful about doing acquisitions (despite doing a lot of them), and have a better track record than Hp of keeping the businesses they bought alive and making profits (not to say that they've never had misses).

more than 2 years ago

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durdur durdur writes  |  more than 8 years ago

durdur (252098) writes "The LA Times has a really appalling article here (apologies, registration required) detailing the long-term problems in managing the nuclear waste from the DOE's Hanford site. We're talking about 53 million gallons of radioactive sludge. Current plans are to build a mammoth processing plant, which will come online in 2019, if all goes well (and it's not going well, so far). Once online, it will produce 6 tons of vitrified high-level waste per day, to be placed in long-term storage offsite. The remainder low-level waste will be buried onsite. At this rate, it will take the plant 40 years to process all the waste. It is not clear the plant's operating life will be that long. Also, they are hoping that all this processing completes before the leaking waste contaminates the groundwater and the Columbia River, which does not seem like a safe bet. A really gnarly technical problem, and a reminder that the bill for the Cold War is still not paid."

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