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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

lucm Re:Yes, because of your selection bias (266 comments)

Microsoft will do this for a while then try to exert pressure in various ways to get their way. Due to the structure of ASF, it's probably hard for them to get anywhere because there are so many different projects lead by so many different people. They will most certainly try however.

Citation needed

4 days ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

lucm Re:see where your taxes go (322 comments)

Also the amount, 12 millions, is retail price. With the large number of computers they have, the IRS probably gets the Public Sector Discount, which means at least 3x the retail price (plus mysterious fees), and to make things easier they probably rounded up the number to an even 200,000 licenses.

At the moment the GAO can't even give a ballpark figure for the money wasted by the IRS. Therefore, the amount of money wasted on XP does not matter, at least it goes back to an American company so they can stash it in Ireland or Benelux.

4 days ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

lucm Re:see where your taxes go (322 comments)

Yeah confidential data is never compromised in the private sector because companies are careful not to use XP, except Target. That includes Experian. Or Adobe. Or Sony. Or Apple. (etc.)

4 days ago
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New Apache Allura Project For Project Development Hosting

lucm Re:This is very bad for OSS (43 comments)

People who want to store their own projects on their own servers instead of having Crapware bundled with their downloads on SourceForge or who don't like the tedious process of publishing on Github can use this thing and SEO or twitter their way to the mainstream search engines - or maybe they just want to use it internally and don't care about people knowing about their stuff.

As for a federated register, if we look at the existing models (Wikipedia, Apple App Store, Google Play Store) then THAT is the end of OSS. When a small clique decides what is acceptable and what is not then the outcome looks good but that's just because the people or projects that are crushed are lost in the background noise.

about two weeks ago
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New Apache Allura Project For Project Development Hosting

lucm Re:(plus one InformatiDve) (43 comments)

Those links are posted by the Praetorians and hide a secret portal leading to a mysterious backdoor. Thanks to CyberBob, I know how it works: hold the left shift key on your keyboard then click directly in the middle of the top loop of the "8". If you do it correctly, you will get to the backdoor and it will be wide open.

Be careful.

about two weeks ago
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Classified X-37B Space Plane Breaks Space Longevity Record

lucm Obviously a Space Prison (123 comments)

They said 'unmanned', not that it did not carry ennemy combattants waiting for a place at Gitmo or in Yemen torture camps.

Now let's see Stallone escape from that one.

about three weeks ago
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eBay Japan Passwords Revealed As Username+123456

lucm Re:Obligatory (80 comments)

I wish I could take back that google search I just did and live in the blissful oblivion of not knowing from what movie that quote came from. Now I'm tainted.

about three weeks ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

lucm Re:Wikipedia ruined the internet (517 comments)

The real "Placebo effect" is me clicking on the dislike button in Pandora.

about three weeks ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

lucm Re: Wikipedia ruined the internet (517 comments)

My god let VMS die already.

What is the problem with VMs? I use one all the time when I browse some areas of the internet that I don't want to appear in the history of my main browser.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

lucm Re:Maybe it's not you (218 comments)

The guy that maintains the code used in critical systems...

... lives in Bangalore and is a big fan of Russel Peters. Unless you consider that banking systems are not critical (*cough* RBS)

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

lucm Re:Maybe it's not you (218 comments)

Wishful thinking.

about three weeks ago
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Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

lucm Re:Fuck that guy. (397 comments)

You can also get a free tattoo in prison, but the available designs are limited to a specific subset based on the color of your skin and/or the number of your street.

about a month ago
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Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

lucm Re:Fuck that guy. (397 comments)

That's the difference with Apple customers, who don't admit they're getting royally screwed over on price.

about a month ago
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Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found

lucm Re:Gravity waves from the first inch of expansion (269 comments)

I believe that the only Windows involved in The Lattice is Windows XP, which happens to be the operating system used by the underlying SAN (an EMC Clariion) where all the data of the "known universe" (ours) is stored.

Yes people: your dearest memories could in fact stored on a device running Windows XP. One would need to be both a systems engineer and a neuroscientist to confirm this, but I suspect that the root cause of what we call Alzheimer is the WUAUCLT.EXE agent kicking into high gears and putting pressure on the SAN CPUs, preventing some bits of human memory to be properly serialized and stored.

This sucks but thanks to Windows XP at least we know that if the universe ends up crashing it won't be because the underlying storage infrastructure controller ran out of inodes while there is still plenty of disk space.

about a month ago
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Kickstarted Veronica Mars Promised Digital Download; Pirate Bay Delivers

lucm Re:How to Falsify Evolution (243 comments)

Since black is not a color, the meaning of your comment could qualify as a zen riddle. Thank you, this will give me something to ponder next time I'm in line at Starbucks*.

*Now I really want a salted caramel square...

about a month ago
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Kickstarted Veronica Mars Promised Digital Download; Pirate Bay Delivers

lucm Re:The real issue (243 comments)

Maybe the problem is that they hired an actress that was 24 years old to play a high school student in the original series. Back then she was young and fresh but since women age faster than men, of course at her 10 years reunion she looks like someone who could have kids in high school herself.

about a month ago
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Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found

lucm Re:Gravity waves from the first inch of expansion (269 comments)

My point is: try installing VMware workstation in a VM created with VMware workstation. It does not work. Ergo, since I can install VMware workstation in the "real world" it means that the "real world" is not a VM running on VMware workstation.

The Lattice HAS to run on ESX or Hyper-V, unless Root has access to a better technology. Maybe Sun LDOMs?

In any event I hope it's not an organic/slimy technology like those pods in Existenz.

about a month ago
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Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found

lucm Re:Gravity waves from the first inch of expansion (269 comments)

Thank you for posting that link. This is fascinating but they left out the most important question: does the Lattice run on ESX or Hyper-V? We already know it can't be VMware workstation because the product won't let one install an hypervisor inside a VM (I tried).

about a month ago
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Kickstarted Veronica Mars Promised Digital Download; Pirate Bay Delivers

lucm The real issue (243 comments)

Kristen Bell is not the young beautiful nymph she was when the series came out. After seeing her playing a corporate whore vomiting during drunken sex with a Wesley Snipes wannabe in House of Lies it's difficult to picture her as Veronica Mars, fresh and bubbly college girl. She does not look the part anymore.

When the Batman movie came out nobody was surprised that Adam West was not playing the hero. Even for the remake of Get Carter they took a younger guy (but at least gave a role to the old one). Why the double standard with women?

The movie is not about Kristen Bell. She's just an actress, and years did not do her any favor. I'm sure she can star in many movies where they need an older woman and she will do a great job, but there are plenty of talented younger girls available for playing younger girls characters.

about a month ago
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Kickstarted Veronica Mars Promised Digital Download; Pirate Bay Delivers

lucm Re:How to Falsify Evolution (243 comments)

Example; if someone said a watermelon is blue on the inside, but turns red when you cut it open, how could you prove them wrong? How could they prove they're right?

You couldn't and they can't. There is no method available to confirm or disprove what was said about the watermelon.

WHY does it turn red when you cut it open? Because it's exposed to oxygen in the air? Then cut one open in a vacuum. Or in an oxygen-free atmosphere. or maybe it turns red because of an interaction with the steel of the knife. So use a plastic knife. And so on. These are all testable.

Same with evolution. Point out a fossil that doesn't fit, and win a prize. except you can't, so you don't.

You can spend a lifetime making up WHYs and figuring out ways to prove or disprove them. That does not even come close to answering the fundamental question about the color of the watermelon.

The only solution to this problem is to have faith and live your life according to what the inside color of the watermelon means to you. You can even believe that there is no watermelon - that's a type of faith as well.

Now can we go back to being insulted that big companies found a way to minize risk in their commercial ventures by using a bait & switch approach so fans are the ones taking the risk?

about a month ago

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