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Para Bellum Labs Will Attempt To Make the RNC a Political-Analytics Player

imp Re:Beyond War? (212 comments)

Also, it is the name of a Nazi gun more commonly known as the Luger...

about 6 months ago
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Woman Facing $3,500 Fine For Posting Online Review

imp Unconscionable Contract clause (519 comments)

First, it's not clear a contract was established. And even if it was, unilateral changes generally are unenforceable. And even if it were there when the attempted purchase was attempted, this is an unconscionable contract clause, against public policy (1st amendment, etc) and should be thrown out.

This person's best bet is to dispute the credit reports, counter sue for whatever they can think of to recover legal fees.

If it were me, I'd just send them a letter telling them to go F themselves and I'll see you in court. Bring it. My lawyer, however, would likely wish that I not do that.

about 8 months ago
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A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

imp Re:How hard can that possibly be? (663 comments)

The WHOLE is 6. You see 5 from the whole. That means one is missing from the five to make a while.
This method of thinking through the problem is taught in the classroom instruction that goes along with it.

about 9 months ago
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A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

imp Re:How hard can that possibly be? (663 comments)

If you've listened to the instruction that goes along with the test, it would be clear what to do. My first grader has no problem with these problems. He's told me that the teacher has explained the technique and he recognizes it from the questions that are asked.... Without understanding the context in which things are taugh, you can't judge the tests that are used. This test is not ridiculous when you look at it in proper context.

Some people want to make political hay out of this, since they feel that they are losing local control. Or they are secretly against a good public education, so they oppose real attempts to raise the standards, think outside of the box and teach the concepts that will form the foundation of a lifetime...

about 9 months ago
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A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

imp Need context to judge test.... (663 comments)

This test is exactly like what my first grader does. They are taught a method for doing things, and the tests reflect that method. I've seen tests like this with my first grader, and he has no problem understanding what to do and doing it well. The missing context in this outrage is what goes on in the classroom to tease apart these basic concepts and apply them to everyday life. The first question is clear from the context: The whole is 6. I have a physical representation of 5 tokens. How many are left. Answer: 1. the other questions find other ways of expressing the same thing. The instruction in class teaches the technique. What's the deal here? Where's the beef?

about 9 months ago
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Search For Evi Nemeth Continues

imp Re:maps or images? (67 comments)

One set of images is smoothed data. You likely got a frame from that.

about a year ago
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Search For Evi Nemeth Continues

imp Re:The southern ocean doesn't take prisoners. (67 comments)

The odds are not good, to be true. However, if you ever knew Evi and heard stories from her life, this story will end "and then after X days, they were found having survived using make shift fishing gear and drinking rain water.

The odds are long. However, in the past few years there have been instances of people beating the odds. They survived for 60 or 90 or even 120 days on their life raft after their boat sank. Not many, mind you, but it is possible.

Finally, no wreckage has been found. Usually for these events some wreckage is found. This increases the odds. Not by much.

Looking at the TomNod stuff can't hurt. The worst that would happen is that people waste time looking at snippets of the Tasman Sea rather than watching TV, porn, movies, etc.

about a year ago
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PlayStation 4 Will Be Running Modified FreeBSD

imp Re:License war commencing... (457 comments)

As for returning the code to the community... FreeBSD can live with not getting it back: that's why the chose the license they use.

Often times companies using BSD find it in their best interest to contribute back. Sometimes very publicly with lots of publicity, other times privately with almost none. People working at Sony have contributed changes over the years to the FreeBSD project, but I have no idea if they are connected to the PS4 or not.

Often times companies using GPL'd software find it in their best interest to not distribute the code. Just try to get the full sources to the kernel on many of the cheap tablets. You can't, despite this being a clear violation of the GPL. Tracing back to the maker of the chipset through four layers of resellers, rebranders and middlemen is hard.

Then again, I've made millions of dollars in my career having made my naming giving away my source code in FreeBSD. I don't feel like free labor for anybody. I do FreeBSD to scratch an itch, and if people can use it great. If they give back even better, but I don't get dogmatic about it. If people want something specific, then my consulting rates kick in: that's the only time I let others control the pace, direction and scope of development.

about a year ago
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PlayStation 4 Will Be Running Modified FreeBSD

imp Re:A great win for FreeBSD (457 comments)

Apple has contributed lots of patches back to BSD. Juniper has contributed much to BSD, etc.

In general, people that use BSD contribute patches back because it is in their best financial interest to do so. Not because the license says they must, but because they want to. This generally leads to better quality patches too, in my experience.

But don't expect the video driver: that's likely covered by NDA with AMD...

about a year ago
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FreeBSD Project Falls Short of Year End Funding Target By Nearly 50%

imp Re:Never met anyone who uses it. (245 comments)

Some companies give to the 503(c)3 as their donations, while others donate code and/or developer time. The latter can add up to a quite substantial amount if you look at the total cost it takes to develop something, rather than just the relatively small cost to integrate the patches upstream. The larger companies make modest cash donations to the foundation, records show, but make even larger donations in code to the project. Many of these donations don't necessarily show up in the commit log as being from $LARGE_COMPANY, but instead show up as individual FreeBSD committers that are paid to put the code into FreeBSD, or small consulting houses that large companies sometimes outsource work to.

Warner

about a year and a half ago
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FreeBSD Project Falls Short of Year End Funding Target By Nearly 50%

imp Re:Never met anyone who uses it. (245 comments)

Having worked on FreeNAS and its commercial counterpart, I can tell you that iX Systems, the folks behind FreeNAS, give quite a lot back to FreeBSD. There is much code flowing back into the project from them, they sponsor many FreeBSD developers to attend various events, they leverage their buying power to get cheap/free servers for the project.

Juniper Networks did a port of FreeBSD to mips, and contributed it back, as well as substantial support for different arm and PowerPC platforms.

Yahoo has contributed many things back to the project over the years.

And the lest goes on and on. There is a mutually beneficial relationship between the community, the corporations that use it and the project. To speak otherwise shows a woeful ignorance of reality.

about a year and a half ago
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Half of GitHub Code Unsafe To Use (If You Want Open Source)

imp Re:Sensationalist article stating the obvious (218 comments)

Well, if it truly is without a license, you cannot even download it to look at it. Copyright law is quite clear: if you have no license, you cannot copy it. Full Stop.

about a year and a half ago
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Half of GitHub Code Unsafe To Use (If You Want Open Source)

imp "All Rights Reserved." Is a meaningless phrase (218 comments)

The phrase "All Rights Reserved" is a totally meaningless phrase. It used to be required to retain certain rights in central american countries. It was created by the Buenos Ares convention, and once everybody in central and south america adopted the Berne convention, the phrase no longer had any recognized legal meaning.

It has falsely been asserted that the phrase "All Rights Reserved" makes the Berkeley Copyright statement non-free. This is false because the copyright notices from the Berkeley Unix code base date to a time when the phrase had meaning.

It's only use today is due to inertia.

In short, this article is quite sensational in its ignorance.

about a year and a half ago
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Raspberry Pi's $25 Model A Hits Production Line

imp Re:Too little too late? (105 comments)

Also lacks an MMU... These chips have been available for quite a while, as have designs based on them...

about a year and a half ago
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The Algorithmic Copyright Cops: Streaming Video's Robotic Overlords

imp The real news here is ... (194 comments)

... skynet lives and it is testing its metal...

about 2 years ago
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SSD Latency, Error Rates May Spell Bleak Future

imp Re:Flash retention times (292 comments)

Retention time in 2003-time-frame flash is tens of years. Retention time for the latest 25nm flash is measured at one year. Much less if you wear it out. Your 8MB SD card likely hasn't had the level of cycling needed to see reduced data life.

more than 2 years ago
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SSD Latency, Error Rates May Spell Bleak Future

imp Re:4TB limit (292 comments)

It is one device to the user. It is a metric boatload of NAND flash under the covers. But then again, all flash drives are some fraction of a metric boatload of NAND parts under the covers..

more than 2 years ago
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Are Brain Teasers Good Hiring Criteria?

imp Re:Well, they're a good indicator of intelligence (672 comments)

I hate having to write out-of-context, complicated, error-free programs on them when I can't rely on muscle memory to do some of the syntax that my fingers would automatically handle for me if I was typing, and where my normal brain-to-output pathways are unavailable.

When I ask the question, I don't expect perfection. Or error free. I expect someone to stumble through it. It gives me a chance to observe them in ways that they aren't normally observed. It gives me insight into how you think and how you approach the problem. Those things are more important than if you get your ';' right or not: the compiler will tell you when you botch that. It will also show me how you react when you make a mistake, how well, or poorly, you take criticism and how well you can communicate with me, what your style is, etc. There's a lot more going on in the interviewer's mind than playing 'cc'...

more than 2 years ago
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Are Brain Teasers Good Hiring Criteria?

imp Re:Well, they're a good indicator of intelligence (672 comments)

I have never, not once written on a whiteboard at work.

Then you are a loser and I don't want to hire you. Your attitude sucks.

I've been using whiteboards all my professional life. I have to use them to explain ideas to others, and have others explain them to me. If you can't express a simple idea of, say, implementing an in-order linked list insertion, then you're useless for my team. How can I expect you to explain the complicated algorithm you are working on? How can I expect you to give an informal talk about your latest work to the team? How can I expect you to socialize ideas that you have to other engineers if you can't whiteboard them?

When I ask candidates to code for me, it shows me how they think. I don't care about all the ; being in the right place, or if you misspell strtok strtoken. I care about how you can clearly explain what you are doing and walk me through your thought processes. If you don't know, say so. If you don't know and try to BS me in the interview, you'll try to BS me when I ask why your code is late or broken. The whiteboard programming for me is more about how they approach things, how they think through them, how they test the code to make sure it is right, how they weed out bugs, how they respond to my "what if someone passed in NULL here?" etc. They don't need all the answers right, but they do need to demonstrate they can think on their feet and take the right sorts of approaches to things.

And besides, you'd be surprised how many people can't write simple in-order insertion code. Or reverse this list. Or count the number of 'w' that are in a string passed in. Or, well, you get the idea. While I like to have "hard" questions, I rarely get to them because these simple ones catch up so many people so badly that I end things early. I make things hard because I want to judge you on a scale of 1 to infinity. When people complained about a calculus teacher giving really hard tests, he responded "well, I don't want to make them too easy. After all, everybody in this room is taller than this pencil, but it doesn't tell me anything useful about them if that's my the only metric."

more than 2 years ago

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