Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate
Is the constitution the zeroth amendment.
Does the 1st amendment amend the zeroth?
Does the 2nd amendment amend the 1st?
Ohh! The amendments are independent of each other.
Thanks for telling me.
Outlining Thin Linux
I worked in the IBM mainframe era (MVS) etc. The OPSYS was built by a gen, as IBM could not generalize MVS for all environments. We indicated what we had as disks, tapes, printers, etc, and token ring (remember Token Ring) stuff. and then a while later, a test system was ready,
Perhaps we should be downloading a minimal generator system that uses a pick list for the kernel. We do the checkbox tour, picking what we want to include, and after a click to save the list and initiate the compiles, we obtain a kernel to test boot. Who does not want a kernel that is anorexic lean and mean?
Patches will still come as updated sources. To apply, we go through the previous exercise and out comes an updated kernel.
I bet that my linux kernel could shrink in size by 50% Is what I write about a dream?
Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"
We'll see how he feels when he's 75.
I am 73+, and decided on a physical and mental exercise program. Almost daily, I do a 5 mile (7km) walk with the dog. On rainy days its 2 miles or about 4km. For exercising my mind, I write blogs, I do C language programming, and I keep up to date with hardware, software and Linux technology.
Currently I am exploring the use of LibreOffice writer as a way to document Linux stuff. My favorite distribution uses Docbook, which I find horrid for collaboration and for editing. Docbook to me, is text preparation at the assembler language level. Do write content for 20% of the time and spend 80% of your time on formatting your text to Docbook tags (my rant). I keep a pretty good social life, and have an enjoyable time with slashdot.org. I am also auditing three courses from Stanford about automata theory, encryption, and fundamental algorithms.
The Who guy must be depressed. Does he come home and just watch the soaps on TV? I have no time for that.
Is Google's Non-Tax Based Public School Funding Cause For Celebration?
So, is Google's non-tax based public school funding
They pay billions in profits to an empty office in the Carribbean so they don't have to pay taxes, and give a small portion of that money back through school funding, and take that as a tax deduction.
In the process, they get enormous influence over the educational agenda. It is largely in a direction Slashdotters can agree with, but imagine it was a church doing this.
Like Al Capone giving some of his money to the Chicago slums, it may be better than if they weren't doing it, but it hardly gets Google out of the crooked, lobbying megacorp set.
Google always throws out the bait and then two years later, after everyone has bitten it, pulls in the line. What they do today is for something they plan in two years time. Beware the gods bearing gifts.
Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State
Actually yes. In area, is there a competing phone company? Do they have dealers? And so....
What is good for Verizon, AT&T, etc -- no dealerships, must also be true and allowed for Tesla
Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation
Is Canada still taxing blank media
Youu mean the blank media levy? Yes.
Which is particularly ironic now that Bill C-11 passed in 2011 (despite otherwise unanimous objection to it by all other parties, the Conservative government, controlling slightly more than 50% of the seats in the House of Commons, was able to finally push it through, which they had been trying to do repeatedly since 2006, and were only able to do so once they had a majority government), and which happens to make it illegal to bypass or break any kind of technological protection measures on copyrighted works, even for personal use, and considering the increased reliance of such measures in an only ever-increasingly digital era, this bill makes the levy on blank media, which was supposed to exist to subsidize for private copying only by the way (not piracy, as some people believe), an extra expense that Canadians are paying for and practically don't even have the right to legally enjoy (although the government has said they will not enforce the bill in matters for strictly private use, it would still apparently be technically illegal).
Did I mention that I really hate the Canadian Conservative government? I sure as hell didn't vote for them.
My goodness, If the line for Conservative dislike is formed single file, it would stretch from Ocean to Ocean. Time for a new broom to do some clean sweeping.
Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation
why does anyone other than netflix need to know who their customers are?
If your article is for sale in a foreign country, and I pay for it with local currency, I would like to know how many millions are leaking out of the economy. Perhaps VISA, MASTERCARD, and other payment systems should be obliged to report foreign purchase payments.
Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem
No, because if that is what the poster was referencing, "going on a tear" was actually saying "guys, don't do that", with the context being: sexual propositioning a stranger in an enclosed space in a foreign country at 4 AM after having just listened to the person you're propositioning give a presentation that included discussion on how the constant sexual propositions she received at these conferences made her uncomfortable.
THAT in turn led to her receiving a never-ending wave of abuse, including rape and death threats, and including having one of the most prominent male voices in the movement insultingly state that women in the west shouldn't complain about sexism because women in Islamic countries have it a lot worse.
It was after all THAT, that she, quite rightly, started going on a tear.
I really wonder if all that "sexual harassment" is really harassment. Suppose I was single and I asked a co-worker out, is that wrong. Do I have to wait until we both get home, to search out her phone number and call her from home?
Women put on lipstick, get hair and nails done, put jewelery in their earlobes and navel cavity, apply some perfume, and wear low cut tops to highlight the valley between, and wear up-lifting bras for one reason -- to feel feminine, to catch the eyes of males, to receive complements and perhaps, because it is the mode. So, if you advertise your femininity, and you receive messages that hurt your feelings, is it any wonder why? My opinion is that it is only harassment if there was an invitation or insinuation for physical contact, or if a person told a second person, "I'd like to go all the way with her", while she overhears it.
Some women like to feel sexy, and recognize what it is, and others, interpret sexually based remarks the wrong way. Again, no to touch, no harm to responding to "sexy" with politeness, but not crudeness.
Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing
Which is what, a euphemism for "slavery" ?
Isn't that the GOAL of Capitalism??
Forced labor with pay. The philosophy is that the goods have to be delivered with quality work and on time.
Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response
It is grim because we don't want to "offend" anyone with the proper response (quarantine the zone) . Political Correctness run amok is going to kill people.
How many dead or sick people before we stop worrying about feelings and sensibilities?
Don't be daft.
It is impossible to quarantine an area encompassing Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Congo, etc. Furthermore, a quarantine condition would likely lead to a humanitarian disaster, which I'm guessing the US government foresees and wants to establish a presence on the ground to "assist."
As the days go by I can't help but think of the way in which the military was deployed in 28 Weeks Later (sequel to 28 Days). Let's hope treatment production can ramp up and get to the sufferers before a tactical military response is even contemplated.
Also, I suspect one reason why the US is out in front of this is that they've run epidemiological simulations on EBV and have found that the whole world, including the US, in a shitload of trouble in short time.
Why not send the sick to ISIS. Their belief in Alah will save the sick.
ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
Maybe we should let it (Ebola) get exported to ISIS. They want no doctors, except for the powerful leaders, and they want stupidity in their population. Does that remind you of cattle?
What To Expect With Windows 9
Microsoft has every other consumer OS hits going back to Windows 97
I think this probably indicates that they bite off too much in each release. It's actually a common problem when companies try to abandon an incremental development cycle and get a little ambitious.
barely supports metadata, much less user metadata
NTFS supports arbitrary metadata "streams", analogous to xattrs on unix. Windows and applications simply don't make use of them very much.
Also, Microsoft did introduce a new filesystem: ReFS. It is sort-of analogous to zfs or btrfs, but not very well supported in Windows 8 at the moment and not as feature-complete. Still, they seem to be ahead of Apple which is still using HFS.
I wonder if MS did this to spite Linux. Do you think they did it for spite?
Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction
If someone has so little self-control as to be unable to avoid talking or texting while driving, why are we allowing them to drive in the first place?
The energy in a 4,000lb vehicle moving at 40-60 mph is considerable.
Perhaps we need stricter drivers license requirements?
I drive with my wife. I will not touch the cellphone, for fear of the penalty and points. 3 points for driving and texting. And about $500 increase in the cost of car insurance.
But my wife texts, and she is sitting in the front passenger seat. My granddaughter is a social fiend, and almost continuously texts to her friends during the dropoff from home to school.
Nah, his idea would work if there was no one else in the car, and all the passenger seats were unoccupied.
High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint
Just what I need in a firearm. One more area that can fail epically. Also yet another battery to carry and eventually run out of.
Call me crazy but none of my firearms accidentally go off.
None of mine either, because I don't have any guns. Could the gun be defeated if a person constructed and used a prosthesis of a hand.
The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't
The same thing that happened to the 1950's and 1960's era dream of delivering education by television, so that schools would be nothing more than broadcast studios and children could learn comfortably nestled in their suburban homes. People (cue indignant dissent here) like interacting with people, and classrooms, whether university or grammar school, are inherently more suited to most people's personalities and social desires than 1960's television lectures or today's failing MOOCs. Technology can cut corners and increase efficiency ("one prof for 100K students" chant the university accountants), but it can't provide the subtle reinforcements of being in a room with people.
Actually, the MOOC in my view is a success. I am retired, I do not need the certificates, and I do not want the stress involved in getting them in the 6 or 8 week time-frame allotted. Therefore, I am auditing four courses, I learn at my own speed, I repeat the lectures and I fit in my learning to accommodate my family responsibilities.
We are not after certificates, but we are after the knowledge. A lecture is the second best way to learn. The best way is of course, hands on.
My courses are automaton theory. Fundamental Algorithms, Encryption Theory and Practice, and a quick Python-C++ refresher course.
Please do not abandon the courses. We want the knowledge, not the certificates.
Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US
Are they going to use the drones to keep people from the states from border crossing illegally to Canada where the jobs are?
Where will the Canadians go when we have taken up the service jobs that no one else wants? To the North Pole to fill in for Elf shit work?
Will it be underpaid people from the states assembling these drones? Drones assembling drones? I could drone on and on.
They will go to Cuba, or go over the North Pole to Russia.
German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails
Of course I'm one of slashdot's customers. Slashdot would be out of business if we (the customers) stopped coming to their website.
I'm an accountant.
Unless you are sending cash to slashdot, your relationship to them is most accurately described as that of a vendor or a supplier if you prefer that term. You provide data to slashdot in exchange for entertainment which is a form of in-kind exchange. Slashdot then uses that data to sell advertising to their paying customers. From an accounting perspective by providing this forum to you, you would be on slashdot's books as either Cost of Goods Sold or more likely some kind of Operating Expense. This effectively makes you a vendor to them, not a customer because they don't sell you anything.
It can get a little murkier if you have a paid subscription but they still advertise to you because then you become both a customer and a vendor. Which you are depends on the transaction in question. Logically it would make sense to have the subscription be treated as a contra-expense because then you don't have to have this dual relationship. But it's more likely that they would book it as income and have the user on the books as both a customer and (indirectly) as a vendor.
Anyone (paying or non-paying customer) have any success with contacting yahoo.com?
Good luck to you too.
iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters
The only real feature of note was Apple Pay, which might finally make NFC payments take off in the US. It's been a technology that should have hit it big a couple of years ago, but has never seen much consumer buy-in for some reason.
It's pretty straightforward, to my mind. With the exception of all but the most staggering technological advancements, widespread adoption of new technology typically requires:
- a sound implementation,
- a robust support infrastructure, and
- an effective marketing campaign.
Geeks, for a variety of reasons, tend to respect the first, grok the second, and abhor the third. I personally believe it's what drives our perpetual cycle of incredulity on this subject--because we so detest the last part of this equation, we refuse to see its importance in getting all those squishy, distracted, emotional bags of water to adopt cool new stuff.
NFC has never had the effective marketing campaign in the US, and only kinda had the support infrastructure. The iPhone has incredible inertia on the marketing front, and Apple have clearly done the legwork on building a good starting lineup of financial institutions and retailers for Apple Pay. It remains to be seen whether this'll be sufficient to make NFC catch on, but it's easily the closest we've come to covering all three of the bases above.
Several years ago, I read about many African countries who had implemented Mobile (bitcoin?) Money. The government did not own printing presses or coin manufacturing facilities, and could not finance them without impacting other needed healthcare and education projects.
What was done was to work with banks, pharmacies, and certain other businesses to allow individuals to load money onto their cellphone. Small businesses were able to accept cellphone payments. (taxi drivers, and others). When cash was required, the small business visited the pharmacy or bank, and redeemed the cellphone money for cash. Charges for redeeming money was government managed. (Some of the charges were for tax collections, and a small amount for the bank). Service seems to still be in use after about some years of success.
When Scientists Give Up
Sadly that is true, that and a few other sexy items just grease the path.
I think the realization of us being $17 tril in debt, the decline in our national intelligence, the decline in our politically correct institutions of learning, our political commitment to mediocrity, and more such, have set us on the path for not doing basic research anymore as it does not get votes.
I think we are at the end, and some other nation, maybe China, will have to take over world "leadership."
Its too late, China, India, Russia, Japan have all advanced beyond the USA. An average worker in Russia, Japan, (and Canada -- not in the list) live better than the average American worker. Measure it by the net-net earnings. The Net-Net earnings remove costs such as taxes, shelter (homes), health, and education and child rearing. After subtraction, what is left is the net-net $.
What is the difference between the listed countries and the USA. In the USA the corporations run the country, and they appoint the government via their funding.
The land of abuse is due to Corporate America. It is no longer "government of the people, by the people, for the people." And how wonderful it is to move corporation head offices off shore, so the profits gained in the USA are not spent in the USA. SHAME.
Prove me wrong.
Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager
Or similar bullshit by people who think "scripting" languages are appropriate for base system tools. Now you will have python dependency hell every-time you want to do something simple like repartition your disks. Oh, and is that project python 2 or python 3? On and on..
gparted is a graphical tool for editing partitions and already has a raft of dependencies. One more won't make a difference especially since python is used increasingly in core distributions for scripting instead of bash.
Secondly, perhaps the reason that gparted is considered a mess is precisely because it mixes up the graphical parts and the low level stuff in one package, a problem compounded because the installer also has its own partition editor. Fedora appears to have written a layer called blivet to abstract out partitioning from the installer GUI and therefore it makes sense that they use it in the desktop also.
If you do not like the new tool, continue with Gparted. I am sure the Debian guys and SUSe will arrange for the RAID stuff to be included in Gparted.
Quebec Canada Wants to pass SLAPP Law (Bill 9)
It would be great if this law was passed in each of the United States, or was adopted as a Federal law. It could be applied to certain companies who are forcing bankruptcy of individuals and students.