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UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

interval1066 Re:I wonder who bought him (216 comments)

How typical of a politician...to insist that everyone, everywhere has to shoulder the responsibility for everything that ever goes wrong.

Not everything, just the things that prevent the 1% from making money.

about three weeks ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

interval1066 Re: Not resigning from Debian (550 comments)

...English is "stupid" because there's no consistency to it.

English is a living language, and that's its strength. The debate among French speakers for French language purity is still going on becuase Frnech is an old, arcane one. They have great difficulty coming up with new words to describe new technology terms becuase they try very hard to stay within the rules of French. Coming with with new words for new ideas using old roots is destined for failure.

I think Debian's, or any distro's strength, comes from the maintainer's willingness to try new things. Sure, the swtich to systemd may have been a little heavy handed, maybe they should have forked rather than forced. But lets face it, many of the popular distros have code older than God. Ubuntu knew this when they started the Wayland effort. They blew it but they are right about X. An occasional house cleaning is sometimes in order.

about a month ago
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Five Years of the Go Programming Language

interval1066 Re:So no one has used it yet? (82 comments)

Tons. I don't really need to trot out some project names for you, do I? But what I can point to: do google search on variations of "google code", "google projects", "google api", search for various apis on github, and you may be startled by the number of those projects that are written, some times in part but often whoally, in C++.

about a month ago
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Five Years of the Go Programming Language

interval1066 Re:Parametric polyforphism (82 comments)

I smell a Haskell programmer in the room. Quick, get a net!

about a month ago
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Five Years of the Go Programming Language

interval1066 Re:For those interested... (82 comments)

I'm kind of surprised Modula-2 hasn't seen a renaissance for use with the little Arduino boards...

Agreed, a high-level language for embedded systems would be great.

about a month ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

interval1066 Re:Nobody else seems to want it (727 comments)

...tightly tied to the kernel, and maintained with it...

I gotta correct ya champ, that's not exactly true, at least in every case. Its true that the kernel maintainers (Torvalds & gang) maintain some drivers with the kernel, but not all. And what do you mean "tightly tied to the kernel"? Are you saying that if Microsoft made a radical change to their "kernel" (three big DLL's is a kernel, who knew?) architecture those drivers would still work? I doubt it. "Tightly" as a loaded word; either you have an architecture that has many parts yet all works together, or you you don't. That they all work in harmony to deliver a satisfactory user experience- is that "tightly" coupled? Oh, and don't get me started on GNU Hurd...

about 4 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

interval1066 Re:Nobody else seems to want it (727 comments)

Trade secrets are serious business, and no company in their right mind will offer them to the world in order to create an open Linux driver...

And yet they do (IBM), becuase there's more than one business model in the world.

about 4 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

interval1066 Re:Nobody else seems to want it (727 comments)

However, this is not without problems.

Implying the Windows driver model is flawless.

about 4 months ago
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Movie Review: Ender's Game

interval1066 Re:Hitchhiker's Guide (732 comments)

Kenneth McMillan's Baron is one of my most treasured memories as a child.

It may be, but it was incredibly bad. McMillan (Lynch?) over killed him with the degenerate angle, and his baron was a sharp as a hammer. Ian McNeice was a far sharper and cunning baron in my opinion, which is much closer to the books. Lynch's baron with the preoccupation with all his little festering wounds and and disgusting nonsense was just odd to me.

about a year ago
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Movie Review: Ender's Game

interval1066 Re:Hitchhiker's Guide (732 comments)

I saw that as the movie first (Picard version, not tv one) and it was magnificent.

You've got to be kidding. Even my girlfriend laughed when she saw that one, and she doesn't know anything about the novels. Lynch WAS NOT right for that story, not at all. The Sci Fi version was "magnificent".

about a year ago
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The Mile Markers of Moore's Law Are Meaningless

interval1066 Re:Not a law (156 comments)

I don't know about that.

I do. Its been a fairly accurate prediction, yet a prediction none the less. The "law" part is just an anecdotal, off-the-cuff addendum. You want to support your theory that its in fact an actual law, here's room for your proof right here:

about a year ago
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The Mile Markers of Moore's Law Are Meaningless

interval1066 Re:What's a mile? (156 comments)

Sure. Where people still measure weight in "stone" the ENGLISH system must seem very archaic.

about a year ago
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The Mile Markers of Moore's Law Are Meaningless

interval1066 Re:bad example (156 comments)

Mac fans used to scream loudly (and rightly) how the IBM chips beat Intel...

Umm, don't you mean Motorola chips? I mean, I'm no Appel expert but I could have sworn appel was big on Motorola procs for the longest time. I always liked the flat model addressing in those...

about a year ago
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FAA To Allow Use of Most Electronic Devices Throughout Flights

interval1066 Re:Kick in the balls (221 comments)

Oh please. Back here in the real world NO ONE CARES for your pedantry.

about a year ago
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FAA To Allow Use of Most Electronic Devices Throughout Flights

interval1066 Re:Kick in the balls (221 comments)

The only non-emission mode for a cellphone is "battery removed"...

OMG. I know. Don't care. Not really relevant. Go play kick ball or whatever you do...

about a year ago
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FAA To Allow Use of Most Electronic Devices Throughout Flights

interval1066 Re:Kick in the balls (221 comments)

This must be a real kick in the balls for all the folks back in the first days of the iPhone who got arrested because they were using it in "Airplane mode"...

You're not even making any sense. People were arrested for using phones in the least intrusive manner possible? Anyway, "airplane mode" is still useful. Probably should be called "non-emission mode" or something though. Like if your at a boring lecture and want to play "wild, wild weasels" during.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden's New Job: Tech Support

interval1066 Re:permissions (328 comments)

Funny, I have no reason to trust the Gov. with it either, now.

about a year ago
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Slashdot Asks: What Are You Doing For Hallowe'en?

interval1066 Re:Snore (273 comments)

Ok, well, that's a tale of a different sort...

about a year ago

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Card Pleads 'Tolerance' for Film Adaptation

interval1066 interval1066 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

interval1066 (668936) writes "A story in Wired describes Orson Scott Card's quest for tolerance in response to a boycot for Gavin Hood's film adaption of "Ender's Game", saying that "The gay marriage issue is moot" in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. Card is a long time anti-gay and defense of marriage activist. I guess he didn't see this film and the box-office importance of wide appeal coming, did he?"
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FBI snoops on US Citizens on US Soil

interval1066 interval1066 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

interval1066 (668936) writes "The final pieces of the Big Brother puzzle have been fitted into place when FBI Director Robert Mueller told a Senate Judiciary Committee today that the FBI is surveilling Oceania with drones. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) replied "...drones were a huge privacy threat to Americans." This is the same senator who defended the Prism program. Like a frog in a soup pot, the frog doesn't know its cooked until its dead."
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EFF Tries to Keep DRM Out of HTML5

interval1066 interval1066 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

interval1066 (668936) writes "According to Boing Boing, the EFF have filed a "formal petition" to the W3 HTML WG Draft Charter that will "support playback of protected content". According to the Boing Boing article there was dissent among the W3 working group internally regarding this proposal. I should hope so, DRM goes against the very standards of openess that the W3 used to be vanguards for. What the hell happened, W3?"
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Geek On: Kernel Modules with Autotools

interval1066 interval1066 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

interval1066 (668936) writes "Twittech (not the technology commentators "Twit.tv" featuring Leo Laporte) has an instructable on something I was sure couldn't be done; kernel modules using autotools. Its answered a few questions regarding the process in my mind, such as, "can you build kernel mods without KBuild? (No, you still use it), and "Why aren't kernel mods build using autotools?" (Few people know how.). Its really only for the serious monkey wrenches in the tribe but its a decent technical departure from the usual lawsuit news that goes on."
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Electrostatic Contamination in Your Devices

interval1066 interval1066 writes  |  about 2 years ago

interval1066 writes "I noticed earlier my Vizio lcd monitor output suddenly getting brighter, then dimming back down to "normal" after a second. I've generally made it a practice to blow the dust out of my devices 1) when I remember to do so 2) after about 3 or so years of use 3) when I can get inside the case. My monitor is very thin and difficult to open. When I did finally crack it open I didn't really notice a whole lot of dust, but I blew the thing out anyway and put it back together, and its doing ok, as far as I can tell.

I'd be interested in knowing other slashdotter's experience with maintaining their devices in this way and where possible. And I actually extending the life of my devices, or am I just wasting my time?"

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And the Noose Tightens

interval1066 interval1066 writes  |  about 2 years ago

interval1066 writes "In a breathtaking new move by (another) little-known national security agency, the personal information of all US citizens will be available for casual perusal. The "National Counterterrorism Center" (I've never heard of this org) may now "examine the government files of U.S. citizens for possible criminal behavior, even if there is no reason to suspect them." This is different from past bureaucratic practice (never mind due process) in that a government agency not in the list of agencies approved to to certain things without due process may completely bypass due process and STORE (for up to 5 years) these records, the org doesn't need a warrant, or have any kind of over-site of any kind. They will be sifting through these records looking for "counter-insurgency activity", supposedly with an eye to prevention. If this doesn't wake you up and chill you to your very bone, not too sure there is anything that will anyway.
The story is behind a pay wall that I have access too so I copied the web page from the WSJ and put it in my public drop box folder."

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Calling all geeks

interval1066 interval1066 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

interval1066 writes "I have a friend working on an independant film about geeks dating and and the technology involved in that world. He's asking for people in the tech industry for interviews, he wants to put together a collection experiences from people who are or were single and relate their story. The above url is his kickstarter page and a simple page with information. If you would like a film credit please email him your contact infomration. He's also soliciting people who might like to donate production work."
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New Frog Species Found in NYC

interval1066 interval1066 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

interval1066 writes "Ars Technica reports that a paper by biologists Catherine E. Newmana, Jeremy A. Feinbergb, Leslie J. Risslerc, Joanna Burgerb, & H. Bradley Shaffer, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, describes a new subspecies of leopard frog has been found living exclusively in New York City. The researchers describe in the paper that the new frog has a distinctive croak, quite different from the two existing species of leopard frogs on the East Coast. The new frog is also stand-offish and tends to impotently honk their horns when stuck in traffic."
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Antenna in a Can is Here

interval1066 interval1066 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

interval1066 writes "A few months ago I described a nanotechnology that would allow users to spray an LCD on any surface. Turn a handy wall into a display, etc. The replies were that that particular technology was a century away, at least. Well, its no LCD but but how far can such a display be?"
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Professional Life after Conviction?

interval1066 interval1066 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

interval1066 writes "I have an acquaintance who has in interesting story; for 8 years he lived as another person. He was able to manipulate the system and change his identity. He worked in IT, purchased a home, even got married as another person. He was recently caught and just finished 6 months in jail. He apparently didn't do this for financial gain, as the court wasn't able to show that he stole credit information or any such theft. For whatever reason he wanted to leave his proper identity behind. Now he has a criminal (though non-violent) record, and he's curious about his future prospects. Anyone have any intelligent thoughts on this?"
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Japan team says stem cells made paralysed monkey j

interval1066 interval1066 writes  |  about 4 years ago

interval1066 (668936) writes "This is huge news in the world of stem cell research; restoring some muscular control to a simian is a huge step. This means that stem cell therapy is a demonstrably viable path to restoring motility for millions of accident victims, palsy and ms sufferers, the list just goes on."
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Jonathan Schwartz twitters his resignation

interval1066 interval1066 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

interval1066 (668936) writes "This pretty much ends the era of Sun. I remember when Sun was such a powerhouse, and a very cool place to work. I worked in the shadow of its Santa Clara, CA campus. I haven't been back for years, I wonder if it looks like a ghost town now..."
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P2P Development

interval1066 interval1066 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Got an idea for a new P2P network. Well, I'm not sure the ideas are all that cosmically earth shattering, but I'm going to give it the old college try. I'm a little excited, I really like the approach I'm going to take.

I'm going to use soap to publish the locations, ports, and statuses of peers as they appear and disappear from the net, and then use a publish/subscriber pattern to exchange data between peers on the advertised port.

I'm not sure if that's a new approach, but its so simple it should work like a charm. I'm kind of excited to get to work on it.

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