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Research Suggests Apes and Humans Separated By a Single Gene

igaborf Well, THAT explains my in-laws (243 comments)

We should be serving bananas for Thanksgiving!

about 2 years ago

UW Imposes 20-Tweet Limit On Live Events

igaborf An extension of existing restrictions (196 comments)

Reporters are allowed access to the event with the understanding that their reports will be published after the fact, thus protecting the value of the real-time reporting being done by the broadcast partners. All this rule is doing is telling the other reporters that they can't publish their content in real time.

These new rules are in response to newer technology, but other restrictions have been in place for years to protect licensees.

For example, as a spectator you aren't allowed to video record an event. Often you are not allowed to bring a "professional" grade still camera, either. (Of course, improvements in camera technology are making it easier to surreptitiously get around these restrictions.) The purpose of those restrictions is to force anyone wanting to see video or photos of the event to go to the licensee -- and pay for the privilege either directly or through advertising.

So, yes, it's about the money.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Often Do You Push To Production?

igaborf It varies... (182 comments)

I push to production fairly often, depending on the nature of the tickets I'm responding to. I'm generally maintaining three branches concurrently, the production branch, the point-release branch and the major release branch. Trivial fixes or small-but-critical fixes tend to go onto the production branch and get released as hot fixes. This can happen several times a day or not for several days, depending on how extensive the change is and thus how much testing is needed.

Fixes that are a bit more extensive and/or that will have visible impact to the users tend to get done on the point-release branch, which typically is merged back to production and released every few days to a week or two. (Naturally, fixes made to the production branch are merged to this branch as soon as they are released.)

Significant functionality changes, refactorings and other large-impact changes are performed on the major release branch -- with the intermediate changes merged in, naturally. This gets merged to production per our roadmap schedule, hopefully after being fully tested by the beta users. (Yeah, right.)

more than 2 years ago

Rudimentary Liver Grown In a Dish

igaborf Onions? (129 comments)

Now if they could just figure out how to grow onions. Yum! Liver and onions!

more than 2 years ago

Chevy Volt Meets High Resistance, GM Suspends Sales

igaborf Re:EV1 lovers are MIA (599 comments)

When I leased my Prius two years ago on a three-year lease, it was in hopes that I would be able to switch to a plug-in hybrid at the end of the lease because it would fit my driving profile perfectly (the vast majority of my trips are <40 miles, with an occasional trip of 200-300 miles). Which I still want to do, but the car has to be reasonably decent. The Volt doesn't impress, but the new plug-in Prius may fit the bill. And on a lease, you aren't paying for the entire cost of the car, so a somewhat higher sticker price doesn't bother me.

Plus, I'm not at all sure that gas prices in the US won't be $6-7/gal within the next couple of years, which changes the calculation somewhat.

more than 2 years ago

Windows OS Coming To the Mainframe

igaborf My... (148 comments)

... that pig sure is pretty in lipstick.

about 3 years ago

Power Grid Change May Disrupt Clocks

igaborf Crystals (439 comments)

Except those "highly accurate" crystals are not so highly accurate. Their frequency changes with temperature and as the crystals and other components in the circuitry age. The value of using the power line as a reference is not that it is all that accurate in the short term, it's that it is highly accurate over long periods because it is continually adjusted to be so.

Yes, your battery-backed-up clock will keep time while the power is off, but keep that clock running on battery for a month or so and you will find it inexorably drifts off the right time. You'll end up periodically having to adjust the clock manually. That's not the case if you sync to the power line -- for now, at least.

more than 3 years ago

The Uncertain Future of NYC's Last Arcade

igaborf Re:Oh no! (188 comments)

Now where will the drug dealers be able to market their products to kids?!?

Not to worry... NYC still has schoolyards

more than 2 years ago

IT Management Always Blames the Worker Bees

igaborf Re:Why WOULD anybody want to work in IT? (266 comments)

There are plenty of jobs in this world where diligent effort will go unnoticed but screw-ups will be cause for major ass-reaming. Most any job in financial services falls into that category, for example. If you motivation for employment is to be petted, get a job as a dog.

more than 3 years ago

Florida Man Sues WikiLeaks For Scaring Him

igaborf Re:Citizen (340 comments)

Don't you have to be a citizen in order to be charged with treason?

That's such pre-9/11 thinking.

more than 3 years ago

Houston We Have a Problem

igaborf Re:That's one small step for ? (116 comments)

I really want to know what people are going to write for the statement that Neil Armstrong made when he stepped off the LEM ladder.

"Hey, Houston! I just cut the cheese!"

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Censorship Expands

igaborf Re:Their choice (764 comments)

A ban need not be universal, or even effective, to qualify as censorship. It is their store and their choice, but it is still censorship.

more than 3 years ago

Top 10 Things You CAN'T Have For Christmas

igaborf #1 on the list (230 comments)

Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward Men

more than 2 years ago

TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old

igaborf Re:What's the deal with the rush of TSA stories re (1135 comments)

Tell me, exactly what does the US government have to do to its citizens for it to be newsworthy?

Tax them. Apparently, that's the only government activity that's objectionable.

about 4 years ago

US Objects To the Kilogram

igaborf Re:Get rid of the artifact? (538 comments)

Aren't they just proposing removing the dependence on the 1 kilogram cylinders?

Yes, but what fun would it be to make that the headline?

about 4 years ago

Electric Car Goes 375 Miles On One 6-Minute Charge

igaborf The fine print... (603 comments)

Although the car weighs 2 kg and was driven by squirrels.

about 4 years ago

Dog Eats Man's Toe and Saves His Life

igaborf Re:Sounds Like Maggot Treatment (207 comments)

Human urine is quite sterile, believe it or not.

Yet, I stand by my belief that it's better to be pissed off than pissed on.

more than 4 years ago

iPad Owners Are 'Selfish Elites'

igaborf Re:overgeneralization (780 comments)

I'm really tired of the /. mentality on what an Apple product user is.

I know what you mean. It's almost as tiresome as the way people generalize about the /. mentality.

more than 4 years ago


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