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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

epiphani Re:That's all we need ... (555 comments)

Good point - that makes a huge amount of sense.

Which is probably why they're doing exactly that.

about 1 month ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

epiphani Re:Bullshit (221 comments)

Yup. Here's the key part of the comments:

Secret Service is not protecting the White House with adequate agents and uniformed officers and is not keeping up to date with the latest devices for detecting intruders and weapons of mass destruction

In other words, buy more stuff for more security theater. This is probably the same guy who thinks the TSA actually provides security.

about 2 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

epiphani Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

The problem is twofold. I travel a huge amount for work, and I am required to select the cheapest available option (within a window). The only thing that saves me from spending 10+ hours a week in huge amounts of discomfort due to the amount of space is my frequent flier status.. Those extra 5" of legroom are luxury when you travel as much as I do.

about 2 months ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

epiphani funny thing is (162 comments)

This would probably be a good idea for the future of subversion.

about 8 months ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

epiphani Education does not qualified make... (491 comments)

There's no conspiracy to push down wages - these are real complaints. The same problem exists in many fields - there's a difference between good people and qualified people. As a hiring manager, when I complain about finding qualified people, I mean people that can show, in an interview, that they're open to and reasonably good at learning. I've hired highschool dropouts (and am one myself) and PhD grads.

We need people that are in STEM because they WANT to be in STEM. Trying to get more people educated in a field by saying "we need more people with STEM degrees!" is like saying I need more people who know how to run. I don't want someone who knows how to run, I want someone who loves running.

about 9 months ago
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90 Percent of Businesses Say IP Is "Not Important"

epiphani Re:Shockingly? (185 comments)

I work in the technology space, where we're heavily investing in R&D. And we don't own a thing - it's all open source, apache software.

Fundamentally I think people are realizing that owning IP is a short-term strategy for many businesses. If the value you provide is entirely locked up in your IP - and not in your customer service and skills, eventually someone is going to come along with a cheaper or free version of your IP. Then your only advantage is the lock-in you already have.

In the long term, companies have to function based on their ability to support their customers - not just throw IP at them. This is especially true in software.

about a year ago
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BlackBerry Founders May Try To Take Over the Company

epiphani Re:Why? (118 comments)

Oh go for it. I don't work there anymore. I'm not exactly sure what that has to do with my post though.

about a year ago
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BlackBerry Founders May Try To Take Over the Company

epiphani Re:Why? (118 comments)

Well, about $2B in cash, no debt, one of the biggest patent portfolios on mobile tech, global datacenter presence, direct links and relationships with over 150 carriers, a manufacturing chain, and still around 60 million customers - and a brand, while presently negative, that is internationally known. At $9 a share from Fairfax, they could do nothing but shut down the company, sell the assets, and make money.

That being said, I have a BB10 device, and I honestly believe they have a quality product. Their problems are more about marketing, advertising, and un-fucking their relationships with various companies and carriers (they obviously pissed in Netflix's wheaties, since they refuse to release a BB10 app, whereas Netflix will put their software on just about anything). Yes, the company was poorly managed these past 5-6 years, but they're not "worthless". They've managed to piss off the carriers and some developers. That's most of the problem.

about a year ago
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IBM Promises $1B Investment In Linux Development

epiphani one BILLION... (109 comments)

To sell more power chips. Nothing to see here, please move along.

about a year ago
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Is It Time to Replace Your First HDTV? (Video)

epiphani Re:Betteridge's law (418 comments)

This is actually my overriding issue with new TVs. I'm sitting on my 8+ year old tv until this changes or it breaks.

I have a receiver. I have an htpc or several machines I can use to do that (wdtv, ps3, etc). I have a nice audio set up that I'm happy with.

I want a dumb, high-quality screen. I don't have the room (design wise, not physically) for a projector. I just want a 50-70", 120-240hz LED screen (or, if I'm lucky, OLED once they come down in price). I don't want built in speakers. I don't want a "smart" tv with wifi/youtube/lan/etc.

Stop packing so much crap into every tv out there. Just give me a high-quality panel. Hell, I'm starting to look at some large-format monitors instead of a tv.

about a year ago
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US Forces Ready To Strike Syria If Ordered

epiphani Re:Here we go... (918 comments)

The moral argument is a bullshit argument and you know it. If the US actually cared, they would have been in Rwanda. Or another half dozen countries over the past few decades. The US is happy to sit by and watch full blown genocide at massive scales if there is no strategic reason for being there.

Plus, the US is not the world police, regardless of the propaganda. Honestly, I was in the States last week and was kind of amazed that the military commercials are all about how you're "protecting the world's interests". Not American interests. Not self defense. There's not even any vague shallow attempt at sounding like a defense force.

But let's be clear: it is a defense force. Defense force for American corporate interests abroad.

about a year ago
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Has the Apache Software Foundation Lost Its Way?

epiphani Re:Name me some quality Apache products (126 comments)

ActiveMQ, Ant, Avro, Cassandra, Derby, Geronimo, HBase, Hive, Hadoop, JMeter, Lucene, Maven, Pig, Solr, Subversion, Thrift, Tomcat, Zookeeper.

Don't underestimate the impact Apache has had.

about a year ago
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Solar Eruption To Reach Earth Soon

epiphani Re:NBD, it seems (159 comments)

Yeah, I can't understand why this is news. I've seen it on two sites now.

If it's likely to cause aurora in locations that don't usually get aurora, it's definitely news.

No. No it's not. On both your points. No.

about a year ago
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Solar Eruption To Reach Earth Soon

epiphani Re:NBD, it seems (159 comments)

Yeah, I can't understand why this is news. I've seen it on two sites now.

This wasn't even an M-class flare, and the CME is only expected to push planetary Kp to 4. As in this doesn't even register as a geomagnetic storm. See this page for an explanation of Kp and you can also see this page for the predicted impact.

Somehow some idiot picked up on this, and this news is making the rounds. I've seen a lot of people confused by the coverage - this is a bloody whisper in the solar flare world.

about a year ago
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Canadian Hotel Sues Guest For $95K Over Bad Review, Bed Bugs

epiphani Re:How can you win over facts? (432 comments)

A $40 refund and a room in another hotel down the street at 3am or later in the morning isn't exactly "every effort to resolve the situation".

about a year ago
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Internet.org's Slave and Helicopter-Powered Internet

epiphani Oh come on... (64 comments)

So the domain was owned by someone else, doing different things with it. Sounds like it was funny... or trying to be funny.

Why do I care about this?

about a year ago
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One-Way Ticket: Mars One Project Applicants Top 100,000

epiphani Re:As a bonus (240 comments)

There's a real problem here: they're planning to fund this project through Survivor type television selection process.

And there is a relatively high probability that these people could die. We'll have the world watching as we send a group of four likely under-equipped people to Mars. I would wholeheartedly like to see us go to Mars and beyond, but I'm concerned that this half-hazard approach may end up damaging the long-term will to do this than succeeding.

We need better radiation shielding - which is easily done with a meter or two of water in the hull. The problem is cost and construction - and I think we really should be putting our efforts towards orbital construction: building things in orbit - not plugging modules together. Honestly, I think the largest impact we could make to long-term, long-distance space flight at this point is getting good at one thing: welding in orbit.

about a year ago
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Supercomputer Becomes Massive Router For Global Radio Telescope

epiphani Re:400 Mb per seconds (60 comments)

Not really. The real-time components (aka correlation) are basically just straight up FFTs. Custom hardware in correlators might make sense (and probably does at scale), but through ASICs or FPGAs. They're not doing that (...yet). Throw a GPU or two into each node, and you'd get far more FLOPS than you would with a cray. This work is mostly embarrassingly parallel, so throwing money into cray's is a total waste of time.

about a year ago
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Supercomputer Becomes Massive Router For Global Radio Telescope

epiphani Re:400 Mb per seconds (60 comments)

It's not. It's really not much at all. For $150k, you could build a hadoop cluster that would happily accept the data stream, process it, and make it available for consumption. If you just want to store it, you don't even need that much.

That's a waste of a Cray. Well, a Cray is a waste of money these days anyway.

about a year ago
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Former Valve Hardware Designer Recounts Management Difficulties

epiphani Re:Not much of a sample size. (224 comments)

I actually thought this through... my first reaction was wow, that sucks. Maybe Valve isn't the utopia that people think it is.

Then I stepped back and remembered what I've heard about Valve. You make your own decisions - and you're accountable for them. They said they had a million dollar lab, but couldn't hire anyone to do the machining. But who decided to build that lab? Did they spend a million dollars on equipment then not use it?

A flat organizational structure doesn't mean there's no politics. It means politics are MORE important - it's harder for some team to simply burn cash, because everyone's eyes are on you. It's hugely increased freedom - but all of the responsibility that comes with it. Assuming that anyone in Valve could decide to go build a million dollar lab, what do you think would happen if it failed to get utilized?

This is one side of the story from one person. I'm sure there's more to it than the lab, but the lab example shows a basic misunderstanding of the personal responsibility one has in a flat org structure.

about a year ago

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systemd journal

epiphani epiphani writes  |  more than 2 years ago

epiphani writes "After the recent kerfuffle around a replacement for syslog, Rainer Gerhards (the lead developer of rsyslogd, used in most Linux distributions) has responded to the paper in an attempt to clarify many of the misunderstandings. In his post, he points out the inherent misconceptions around the difference between syslog the protocol, syslog the API, and syslog the application, and makes the point that the systemd proposal ignores most of the last 10 years of enhancements to both protocol and application."
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Major X-Class flare released towards earth

epiphani epiphani writes  |  more than 3 years ago

epiphani (254981) writes "At about 9pm EST today sunspot 1158 erupted in an X-class 2.2 flare. This is currently in orientation to result in an earth-facing Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), which would be the first time in modern history that the results of an X class flare hit earth. If the CME is deemed to be on course for earth, this will likely cause serious problems. The 1989 Quebec power grid failure was the result of an X class flare and its CME that almost completely missed earth."
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Most effective troll ever hits G20 security

epiphani epiphani writes  |  more than 4 years ago

epiphani writes "Byron Sonne of Toronto, was arrested today by a task force of around 50 police officers associated with the G20 summit taking place this week. An independent contractor, IT security specialist and private investigator, he had notable ties to the Toronto technology and security communities. According to friends and associates, he had been purchasing goods online and speaking with security groups about building devices to collect unencrypted police broadcasts and relay them through twitter, as well as other activities designed to test the security of the G20 summit. By all accounts, it would appear that Mr. Sonne had no actual malicious intent. In Canada, the summit has been garnering significant press for the cost and invasive nature of the security measures taken."
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Canadian Politics gets interesting

epiphani epiphani writes  |  more than 5 years ago

epiphani (254981) writes "While politics threads here on Slashdot are rare in themselves, Canadian politics are even less common. But in Canada this week, a truly interesting situations has developed that could see the current sitting government removed and replaced by a coalition of the opposition parties. In the Canadian parliamentary system, we elect a local representative to the house, and those representatives are generally associated to a specific party. The party with the most seats (not necessarily a majority of the seats) then forms the Government. In the current case, a minority of the seats were won in an election about six weeks ago by the Conservative party. The three remaining opposition parties have now presented an arrangement that would see them form the Government, after an economic update provided by the Conservatives caused a significant stir — leading to a vote of confidence next Monday. This presents a large challenge, constitutionally, to Canada. The Governor General, the unelected representative of the Queen in Canada, will be making a decision that will dictate the next steps — coalition government or another election after such a short period. This has never before happened. How does the Canadian Slashdot contingent view this situation?"
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Youtube Censors Scientology Critic

epiphani epiphani writes  |  more than 6 years ago

epiphani writes "On Sunday, outspoken Scientology critic Mark Bunker posted a teaser of an interview with actor Jason Behge on Youtube — and announced that the full interview would be posted today. The actor had recently left Scientology after 12 years in the organization, and wanted to tell his story to as many people as possible. This afternoon, Youtube suspended Mark Bunkers' account with no notification or explanation. The teaser trailer, mirrored here (NSFW language), had been viewed nearly 600,000 times in the four days since its release. This is the second time in less than a week that a major Scientology critic has had their account suspended — the first being Tory Christman. See a video from Mark Bunker stating his situation here."
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Worldwide Scientology Protests Sunday

epiphani epiphani writes  |  more than 6 years ago

anonymous (254981) writes "This Sunday, February 10th, marks the birthday of Lisa McPherson. Lisa is one of the most high-profile deaths associated with Scientology, and several people were indited from the organization on charges related to her death. After the attempted censorship Tom Cruise propaganda video, Internet communities across the world began to organize responses. Under the vague banner of "Anonymous", protests were held at various Scientology buildings over the past few weeks, now culminating in a worldwide day of protest this Sunday. Rallies have been planned in over 14 countries at more than 75 locations to start at 11am local time, with many locations expecting more than 100 people. The goal is simple: inform the general public to the activities that the church is involved in under the guise and protection of religious freedom. Feel free to join the protests! More information can be found online in many different locations under the term "Chanology"."
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epiphani epiphani writes  |  more than 7 years ago

epiphani (254981) writes "At my company, we make heavy use of open source products in almost all work we do. We also spend significant amounts of time customizing those open source packages to our needs, be they for performance or functionality. With the exception of actual bug fixes, we are not generally permitted to return those customizations to the community. The GPL allows us to customize these packages for internal use, and we do not distribute our changes outside our organization. Being an open source developer in my spare time, I can see the value of these customizations, and can see how they could be improved by releasing them into the community. However, the company does not allow us to return them because they are seen as our investment and as our competitive edge over others in the same market. We have thousands of hours of code development and packages we are being forced to maintain internally as a result. My question to the slashdot community — how can I, being a lowly developer, convince our management that it makes more sense to release many of these customizations back into open source? How have people convinced old-corporate management that its a good idea to give away something we just spent three months building?"
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epiphani epiphani writes  |  more than 8 years ago

epiphani writes "I'm not an American, and I suppose I see a very different view on what is happening in the USA these days. Recent news has been especially disturbing to me — specifically, the news of legislation passing allowing "detainment" with no requirement on charges, or due process. Also, the news that the Bush Administration has effectively passed laws pardoning themselves from war crimes. Lastly of note, the leaked report on Iraq stating that the war has made the terrorist threat worse. And in the midst of all of this, all I've been reading lately is about how a republican congressman is a pedophile. I have been hearing more and more talk of election fraud here on slashdot and elsewhere, and forum and blog posts have started to take a distinctly different tone on political issues. I would really like to know what the Americans here are actually thinking. Is there actually a general-public concern over what is happening? What is going on in your country?"

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