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Lucas Nussbaum Re-Elected As Debian Project Leader

godrik Re:No complaints here (28 comments)

I worked at the same place as lucas in the past. Clearly he knows his stuff and knows to deal with complex situations. He did a lot for QA in Debian.

5 days ago

MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

godrik Re:MIT researchers? (70 comments)

Welcome to the world of PR and marketing. If there is any kind of involvement from a famous party, no matter how small the involvement, the famous party always gets the credit. MIT is more famous than University of Maryland so they get the credit.

Note that I have no clue how much each person contributed to this particular project. But if it is done by somebody famous (or at a famous entity), it becomes great, if you had done the same thing, nobody would talk about it.

about three weeks ago

More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

godrik Re:'Involve' is the key word.. very deceiving. (367 comments)

Well, there are two issues here. You might not be to blame for the accident in the sense that you are not the one initiating the collision, but you might have been able to avoid it if you weren't distracted. So the information of how "involvement" is still meaningful. Though, as pointed out by many slashdotters, the main problem is that we do not have a point of reference. Is the rate of cell phone use lower or higher than the rate of accidents involving cell phones?

about three weeks ago

More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

godrik Re:Another amazing fact (367 comments)

Well, that statistic is not very useful because it does not take into account many biaises. It is not clear that male and female have the smae driving hours. If male were to drive more during peak hours, it would be logical that they tend to get into more accidents and more fatal accidents.

Not that GP was not a complete douche, but let's not use statistics to say what they do not say.

about three weeks ago

Turing Award Goes To Distributed Computing Wrangler Leslie Lamport

godrik Re:supercilious bastress (40 comments)

The only thing that surprised me is that he did not already have won that award.

about 1 month ago

Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

godrik Re:How does the carpooling thing work? (405 comments)

Most people that drive in paris do not live in paris. They typically live in the suburbs (which are different towns) and drive to paris.

about a month ago

Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

godrik Re:License Plate (405 comments)

they are. You can't get a custom plates in France I think. (Thought, you might be able to get plates from an other european country which might help you here)

about a month ago

Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

godrik Re:Think you miss the point (405 comments)

Let me way-in on that.

I grew up in Paris and the problem there is that the city is way too big for its own good. Every single mode of transportation is overcrowded: the subway, the trains, the streets, the circular belt ("peripherique"), the buses, the pedestrian/biking ways, the tramways.

This overcrowding comes from decades of political will to centralize everything in the country in Paris. The city was never designed to take that kind of traffic. The last major redesign of the city was by haussmann at the end of the 19th century. Since then, only minor adjustment has been make: subways, tramways, "les quais", circular belt. But they all contribute to bring more people in.

The only solution for Paris (and for French efficiency) is to push people, administration, businesses into other cities.

about a month ago

1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

godrik Re:Now we have an answer to the 20TB backup questi (335 comments)

The point of a google drive backup is to have an offsite backup. Now, I agree you could set up that machine at a friend's house (or familly member) and get the offsite backup with a little bit of network configuration.

about a month ago

All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

godrik Re:In other news... (427 comments)

Well, I think the study is still interesting. Because we still often hear that women are paid less for the same job. That study essentially proves it wrong. Before you can fix a problem, you first need to understand where it comes from. From this study, the problem does not come from discrimination in the hiring process. And this is good news.

about a month and a half ago

How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

godrik Re:Bill increases, really? (206 comments)

I miss my freebox... :(

The thing is that there is a serious lack of competition in the US regarding network providers. In my area, there is only one provider that can give me more than 3Mbps. So there is little you can do to fight. I believe the various internet operators see no interest in having too much overlap between them, as they know it would ultimately drops their profit margin.

about a month and a half ago

Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

godrik Re:TIme for IT to do the same if only we had a uni (131 comments)

Well, it is not a union that is necessary in the field I believe. It is statistics. Detailled statistics of what gets paid here or there and for different kinds of seniority or field of application could definitely boost workers leverage during negociations.

A union will do that statistics for you, but with lots of other things that might or might not be good.

about 2 months ago

Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

godrik Free software lagging behind? (480 comments)

Dear RMS,

First of all, thank for your contributions to the world of software and agreeing on making that interview.

In the world of software, I am often under the impression that the "proprietary" world develop the game-changers and that the free software follows. Because of that lag, free software appears to always be in position where it has to adapt to the world around it, which diverts lots of efforts or causes lots of frustration. The only parts where free software appears to pioneer is the infrastructure kind of software. Do you have a similar impression? What are your suggestion to try to bring free software to a leadership position?


about 2 months ago

Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

godrik Re:I thought this had been settled long ago. (491 comments)

OH, that's an interesting statistics. Thanks for pointing to it. Interestingly, we can see that pretty much all "professional occupations" have a low unemployement rate; only "arts and entertainment" being fairly high.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

godrik Re:http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/ (445 comments)

I use a few password for common systems I log in. For all the rest I use pwsafe to generate random passwords. I keep the password file on a git repository cloned on all my machines so it is difficult to lose that file.

about 2 months ago

Why Your Online Impersonation of a 16-year Old Girl Won't Last Long

godrik Style leaves a lot of clues (137 comments)

A friend of mine was working on sentiment analysis. They studied the content of yahoo answer and it was quite interesting all the correlations that you can make. The study is of course not enough to provide a direct identification, but it shows how many parameters you need to keep in mind when building a "virtual identity".

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

godrik Re:I'm so pissed at electronic devices!!! (134 comments)

Well, many applications seems to have an "export to dropbox" features, but not all have an "export to owncloud" feature. This imporves on Android where there are proper interface for exporting documents. But you still need the application to use it properly. If I understood correctly, there is no such interface on iDevices which forces each softwaredevelopper to explicitely write a support (probably smply linking with an external lib andadding a hook) for different cloud platforms. This is essentially the same thing with other system, you might have an application on your computer or a web applicatin. If it does not support owncloud export explicitely, you are on your own.

Note: I do not own an iDevice, that is what I gathered from other people using it.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

godrik Re: Short Evaluation (134 comments)

I completely aggree with that, but they did not release an android version that that can output pdf. Yes it is ridiculous, you can read and annotate, but you can not save what you do.
Any Android suggestions?

about 2 months ago

A Dedicated Shell For Git Commands

godrik I don't see the point (96 comments)

I am using git all the time. But most of the time, I am doing less than 5 different commands. Why would you need a shell for that?

about 2 months ago


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