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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

loonycyborg Re:Retired developers (154 comments)

Other people would be even less interested in working on it for free than you so my point stands.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

loonycyborg Re:Retired developers (154 comments)

Well, that doesn't make any sense whatsoever then. It is obvious that any current contributors would be most interested in working on it future, more than any other potential contributor. In fact, OP said that he's going to continue his work in this very thread thus answering my question. His issue was loss of company support due to him no longer working there.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

loonycyborg Re:Retired developers (154 comments)

Who? Potential contributors they're looking for you mean? Your reply is in wrong place then.

about a week ago
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Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

loonycyborg Re:Here we go again (164 comments)

You gotta be kidding. Prison for life just for network intrusion? Most murders would warrant less than that. It's just another over the top law, like anti-blasphemy in Islam countries. No place for them in this century. Punishment must be according to the crime, and there's no way you could do something deserving a life sentence using computer hacking alone.

about a week ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

loonycyborg Re:The good news (697 comments)

Even if it's illegal, counterfeiting isn't a term applicable here. It's violation of USB spec, nothing more. Counterfeiting involves deceit by definition, but device vendors definitely knew they're getting not an FTDI device but a replacement that can serve same function.

about a week ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

loonycyborg Re:This might have been incompetence, not malice (697 comments)

It's the other way around. Driver doesn't support those non-FTDI devices. Those non-FTDI devices support the driver.

about a week ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

loonycyborg Re:The good news (697 comments)

And how this applies to this particular situation? I just don't see. Emulating another device's interface is done all the time for sake of interoperability.

about a week ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

loonycyborg Re:The good news (697 comments)

Was there even counterfeiting? If they just made own chips with the same interface then it's not counterfeiting. At most violation of USB spec, maybe not even that. TFA doesn't provide much details about this.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

loonycyborg Re:Retired developers (154 comments)

All of them? Not a single free day to maintain a project they could maintain while they had jobs? Unlikely.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

loonycyborg Retired developers (154 comments)

or are close to retirement.

Wouldn't a retired person have a lot of time on their hands to contribute to the project? Or it's customary in your country for all people at retirement age to perform ritual suicide?

about a week ago
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GNOME 3 Winning Back Users

loonycyborg Re:And systemd had nothing to do with it. (267 comments)

There's just no way it could be true. Default gentoo profile uses openrc(thus systemd profile would get less testing), and it takes some effort to convert default openrc install into systemd one. As someone who is using systemd with gentoo I can attest to that. The only way to implode systemd now would be to make another competing better init system(sysvinit with some bash clusterfuck bolted on doesn't qualify as init system anymore).

about three weeks ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

loonycyborg Re:The article is more extreme than the summary (795 comments)

The author definitely doesn't understand science. It's not merely experimentation, but also ability to derive inner workings of the world without direct observation. Experimentation is part of it but you also need to figure out what is behind the results you get and choose correct experiments in the first place. Without this you can't discover things such as quarks and general relativity. They were theoretically predicted and only then found with appropriate experiments.

about a month ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

loonycyborg Re:If systemd is deemed going against unix philoso (826 comments)

Yes, the bloated pigware Sun/Oracle has put into Solaris is against the Unix philosphy and bad. I speak as Sun Certified Systems Engineer with 24 years experience in Solaris/SunOS. Happy?

But linux distros have grown huge piles of bash cruft around sysvinit too in those years.. I don't think systemd would be more complicated. More like less so. That's the reason for distros wanting to adopt it. It's not possible to something as simple as an if block in a shell script without risking to do something subtly wrong and unportable.

about 2 months ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

loonycyborg If systemd is deemed going against unix philosophy (826 comments)

then does it apply to SMF in Solaris and launchd in MacOS too? I don't remember anyone asserting those to be going against unix philosophy based on having a service management facility..

about 2 months ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

loonycyborg Re:Feeding the PR engine, (441 comments)

Well, I admit there are some talented people that might end up in US through H1B, but they'll be an exception rather the rule. You wouldn't be one of them for sure. Arrogance is a mark of incompetence.

about 2 months ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

loonycyborg Re:Feeding the PR engine, (441 comments)

Beside, best techs from other countries are already in demand at home, no need for them to move. "The best" is not someone US would get from H1B visa program.

about 2 months ago
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A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

loonycyborg Not a replacement for a cookie (194 comments)

There's just no way it could identify particular device. A particular kind of device at most. And even then it wouldn't be very reliable.

about 3 months ago

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