top Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language
I have a theory too: that you're a fucking moron. Because there is a mountain of evidence you're plainly too inept/stupid/monkey-fuck-dumb to realize is piled high on top of your thick head. For someone who wants to sound rational about the topic, you really should be ashamed to even think something so obviously wrong, let alone give voice to it.
To wit: Lots of us engage in abusive activity like this and we don't succeed with the type of behavior Linus exhibits here. Instead we're just abusive jerks who are frequently held accountable for our antisocial behavior and then go off to whine about how no one else does anything right and how if they just listened to us and blah blah blah. Then we see the masters of our craft with their own abusive tendencies as justification for what we have been doing. Because, after all, we're just cutting through the crap, avoiding the politics, and (get this) promoting our own cultural identity!
So is this behavior necessary for success? Does Steve Wozniak act like this? Yukihiro Matsumoto? Larry Wall? Tim Berners-Lee? Do Ken Thompson, Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie act like this? Bjarne Stroustrup? Anders Hjelsberg? Maybe I don't know these guys well enough... do they all act like this when we're not looking? Or are they able to do their thing without being abusive or demeaning to those with whom they are working?
Is it possible that we see plenty of success stories acting like this because it's just an all-too-common trait, rather than a defining characteristic of those who are successful?
top U.S. Army Block Access To The Guardian's Website Over NSA Leaks
By accessing the material they might accidentally leak further information.
If I want to know your IP address and I have your email address, all I do is send you an email with an image in it or some other "click here" net thing. I tag the image or link with a unique ID. As soon as you load the image or click the link I now have your IP address in my server's logs. Or maybe I post a links on my Facebook friends' walls -- again with the unique ID. I might learn a bit about their friends who click on the link. Maybe I seed the pages that the links go to with other types of enticing links, pretty soon I can see that all of so-and-so's friends clicked on the "anal sex" link but ignored the "help starving children" appeal. I might even get some of them to leave comments on articles that reveal even more information, like correcting "mistakes" in the linked article or revealing their own email address to "sign in to comment" or whatever.
Before long I know enough to mount a successful social engineering attack on a group of interest to me, possibly netting even better access to more directly useful information.
top Ask Slashdot: What Planks Would You Want In a Platform of a Political Party?
Why would they do that? They already copied their existing platform from the one the Green Party has been using for years!
about a year and a half ago
top Ubuntu Focusing on Tablets and the Cloud in 2013
You can polish that [thing] all you want. It's still an overblown piece of [stuff].
If you think you can just abstract the interface, then you don't understand proper user experience design
at all. And this is where I have to give Apple some credit (grudgingly)... they aren't trying to cram phone, tablet, and desktop into a single OS.
top Has 3D Film-Making Had Its Day?
The theater where I saw The Hobbit in 48fps 3d must have had their projection completely screwed up because there was a bizarre ghosting effect that pretty much destroyed the movie for me. I'd rather have seen the movie on an old-school CRT via VHS. The 3D effect was almost completely useless when it wasn't distracting.
In addition to that, I'm done paying to sit in a lousy theater seat, can't pause the three-hour movie to take a leak, can't bring decent food in with me (seriously, for the price of the cheap microwave pizza and a soda I had during The Hobbit, I could buy 8oz of gourmet cheese, crackers, and a 6 pack of microbrew).
top Google Challenging Microsoft For Business Software
Google Apps collaboration is not just dvcs though. It's real time. And I've seen documents where the number of simultaneous users was in the double digits. That's a bit more interesting than a git plugin. Such a plugin would need to be committing, pushing, and pulling constantly. I guess it could be done and it would be totally awesome if it were... but then you need another plugin for shared document management that is as painless as Google Apps is (which has the added benefit of being able to make a document shared with the entire internet pretty much instantly).
At some point, Google Apps will reach a tipping point over MS Office for most mundane tasks, and then there will be no going back. The big thing that's missing from Google Apps at this point is some sort of MS Access-alike. And it looks like they've got a new offering, Fusion, that may be moving in that direction.
top Texas Schools Using Electronic Chips To Track Students; Parents In Uproar
Really? $30 * 180 days (avg # of school days in the USA) = $5400. That's a pretty good bargain in my opinion. When I look around for a price like that I find some Catholic elementary schools with a parishioner requirement and a bulk discount for using Catholic family planning techniques. If you have 25 kids in a class, that's $135,000 a year. From that you need to pay at least one full-time teacher, provide a room, pay other part time staff (auxiliary teachers, administrators), buy supplies and equipment, pay for busing, subsidize some breakfasts and lunches, put books in the library, etc etc.
top US Supreme Court Says Wiretapping Immunity Will Stand
Not that I disagree with too many of your goals there, but "... intent of the founding fathers"? That's a joke! "The People" according to the founding fathers was a fairly select group: white male landowners who were in some cases subject to religious tests (aka no catholics or jews in some states). Who actually cares what the intent of the founding fathers was? It's a system designed by men long dead to protect their own way of life.
top Study: Kids Under 3 Should Be Banned From Watching TV
How, exactly, does the merchant determine that selling no products in the market is better than selling some? This sounds a lot like the merchant is going on a hunger strike because he is being fed hamburger instead of steak.
top Supreme Court Won't Hear Body-Scanner Appeal
They declined because he filed in Florida, not DC. That's pretty simple. So the next step is to file in what is apparently the proper venue. This isn't like they're upholding the law or judging the case on merits... although I'd bet if they wanted to hear the case, they would figure out some loophole to get past the bureaucratic BS, rather than forcing the process back to nearly square one.
top Pakistan's PM Demands International Blasphemy Laws From UN
Really? It's not Christians and Jews invading Muslim countries? Dropping bombs on wedding parties? Interfering in the political machinations of sovereign nations?
I'm pretty the USA and Israel are Christian and Jewish countries. Even though the USA has an official policy of no state religion, the majority of the citizens do I identify as Christians. In fact, the more vocal any given US citizen is about their Christianity, the more they seem to be interested in bombing Muslim countries for any reason. Obviously not true for all US Christians, but a surprisingly vocal and public number of them.
While the riots are being "sparked" by the films and the blasphemy, it's clear that a great deal of the hatred here can be chalked up to the "add insult to injury" principle.
top YouTube Refuses To Remove Anti-Islamic Film Clip
Um, you have 5 digit UID, you should know better than to click SlashDot links expecting any type of work safety.
top Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On Stand-Up Desks?
Bar stool, not so much. Chair that goes up high, but has a back and a footrest... much better.
at work I've been at a standing desk (aka "cubicle with the desk surfaces mounted higher") for months now, switching between my chair and standing all throughout the day and I'm thinking about how to switch to this system at home now too.
top Who Really Invented the Internet?
Right. Not actively watching BS on TV means I've never been exposed to enough BS on TV to know what it's about.
I know you don't give a shit. Otherwise you wouldn't be willing to waste your time watching Fox News.
top Neuroscience May Cure Videogames Industry's Obsession With Guns
When I read the summary I thought, "When the hell is this idiot talking about that video games were peaceful?"
"When I was a kid, games were more beautiful and magical and immersed me in fantastical, peaceful and enjoyable landscapes."
Given that "SpaceWar" was in 1961 and most early arcade games were "violent"... I think this yo-yo must have grown up in some alternate universe from this real world the rest of us live in.
top Who Really Invented the Internet?
Highest popularity is a plurality of viewers... but is it the majority? Your data says "no."
Plus, some people may not watch TV news at all, rather they get their information by listening to NPR news, reading, etc... I, for instance, never watch *any* TV news. My opinion of the people for whom television is a primary source of news is... not high. Looks like people who can actually read seem to prefer non-Fox sources
top Who Really Invented the Internet?
Single most insightful, well-written analysis of this issue that I've ever read. Thank you.
top Google Wants You to Use Your Real Name on YouTube
You must be new here. Slashdot links should *all* be considered NSFW until proven otherwise.
top Richard Stallman Speaks About UEFI
not one single red cent of mine
So you only used those steel pennies produced during WWII?
top Objective-C Overtakes C++, But C Is Number One
Actually, structs can be used to provide inheritance and polymorphism. And if you add a bunch of function pointers to the struct, now you have a what is essentially an object in every sense of the word. See
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/351733/can-you-write-object-oriented-code-in-c for more information.
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