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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

malkavian Re:Phoronix = fail (294 comments)

There's a reason I don't buy Gigabyte. Out of all the boards I've bought and systems I've built, Gigabyte have had the greatest chance of just plain not working, working poorly, or having some other annoyance that gets in the way.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

malkavian Re:Very subjective (382 comments)

In a discussion, the aim, for a debate on a subject, is to reach an objective approximation.
There's a world of difference between actually striving to get to the crux of a matter and saying "You suck.. So I'm not listening to what you say, because I'm right because I say I am, and you're all idiots for just believing me.".
Philosophy is the attempt to achieve rational objective approximations, and is at the heart of striving to get things better. Saying that nobody has the requirement to attempt to be better while discussing is merely an excuse for laziness and trolling. I know you don't mean it as that, and it's no slight, but that's the way it ends up.
Really, I thoroughly enjoy a discussion with someone who has a different viewpoint to me on something. It's rare I don't learn something from that. But these days, there's an awful lot of ad hominem attacks used in place of actually having an argument or point of view.
You may still wish to perceive something a particular way, but it helps to have your view widened by actually having someone else's well rationalised view on it as well..

about a month ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

malkavian Re:Pft (962 comments)

Actually, men are expected to have thick skin, and work themselves to the bone with no complaint. We're supposed to be the "breadwinners" and go out and bring the cash back to a family.
That means having to talk nice to others, take the hits, and bear with it. There is all kinds of abuse levelled at men in the workplace, but it's all socially acceptable, because it's considered a tough and hungry workplace.
When you post on a prominent blog, guys get all kinds of threats too. Death being the usual one, threats to family, abuse of all kinds.. MAke the wrong sound on some, and poof, there goes your job.
Now, it seems from this that women should have the right to post whatever they want, wherever they want, and have it all nice and fluffy. Honestly, yes, they should. But so should men. But nobody makes a big noise and says "men should be protected from this too". Now, if the article had said "people suffer abuse, and this should stop", I'd say hurrah, and be benind it. However, saying "women need these protections, and we honestly don't care about the men.. In fact, we blame it all on the men because they're the largest population in the segment" is horrendously sexist.

about 2 months ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

malkavian Re:Congratulations? (590 comments)

Well, space was considered "the realm of god" in those days. It's where the gods lived.. Highest mountains etc. It's not far stretch to say, actually, they were from the skies, and had technology that looked like magic. So that still fits.
Speaking English is no great shakes.. Asgard is still full of Nordic runes that they seem quite happy with. That basically says they're multi lingual (or have translator devices).. What's so great about that? Still 100% fit with the nordic pantheon.
Other deep details may have changed.. But it still follows the basic story. Thor is "the son of Odin". Since when did "son of" mean a female?
I'd have no problem with Thor buggering off for a while, and a female taking up the hammer. Some new name, or one of the females of the pantheon. What completely doesn't make sense is having a female character _become_ Thor, just because she takes up a weapon used by Thor.
That's like you using your computer at work all day, and moving on to the next job (or being fired), and just because people are way too lazy, they simply force the next person in of an opposing gender to take your name and identity because they can't be assed to do anything new. It's lazy pandering.
A complete gender change while keeping the name is just stupid. Adds nothing. If you feel differently, just name your daughters to Brian and Kevin. That's about the same kind of thing.

about a month ago

Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

malkavian Re:Grace Hoppper would be PISSED (548 comments)


1) Some girls choose to be sex objects. Feminists tell them they can't be. Most females are not sex objects (though in interpersonal relationships there are aspects of that, the same way a man has an aspect of sex object to females). So, to be roughly correct, most females aren't exclusively sex objects at all times, though most probably choose to be at times in certain circumstances.
2) That's definitely true. But if everyone held to that correct notion, it would deprive many a pretty gal (or handsome guy) of one of their very potent weapons.. Smart and pretty is a very, very potent mix. If you underestimate that, do so at your own peril, as you'll likely be facing them looking down at you on the corporate ladder from quite a height in the future. Knowing it and being fooled by it are two different things.
3) Again, true.

The majority of people already know all that though. There's nothing new in there at all.

about 3 months ago

Public Interest In Great White Shark Devours Research Site's Servers

malkavian Re:Poor server (57 comments)

Illegal in many places due to Necrophilia, Beastiality and Sadism laws?

about 3 months ago

Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

malkavian Re:Before you start complaining... (548 comments)

If you're in the Western world, in the Global Economy, you're not worth what you're paid.

about 3 months ago

Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

malkavian Lanted Ale.. (332 comments)

Back in the "old days" (medieval), Beer was preserved by adding Lant, to give Lanted Ale.
Lant is stale urine, and it acted as a marvelous preservative. So, adding urine in this fashion to that volume won't be a problem. It's just one of perception..

about 5 months ago

How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

malkavian Re:But are they being forced? (226 comments)

Nice when you get the time to develop every system from scratch, and don't have multiple departments saying "We need this now". And actually meaning it.
Then having to ensure that what you've put in place stays up with a 24x7x365 uptime requirement, and recoverability to the last transaction.
Oh, and hey, this thing that some department has purchased because they couldn't wait for the system to created, it only runs on another version of Linux (or on Windows with SQL Server!).. They need that put in there too.. You say no? The execs say yes, as they're already bought into it.
And the regular programming load while you're setting this in? Not getting any lighter.
Building things back to initial point in time is simple; any full fledged config management system can do that at the press of a button. Keeping it running, tuned, and error free.. That's the interesting bit.

about 4 months ago

How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

malkavian DevOps that work.. (226 comments)

A working DevOps group should be an amalgamation of the Dev team and Ops teams.
Trying to forge one team where everyone knows everything simply sets a level of mediocrity; you can research so far down an avenue in a given time, and get only so good at it.
I've learned from the ground up (i.e. electronics, basics of VLSI, board design, basic OS design, all layers of the stack programming), and went from there on to system admin. Then did a stint as a developer using the knowledge that I had from my earlier history, and found that the sysop area of my knowledge atrophied in the detail (and the devil is _always_ in the detail) the more I concentrated on being a better dev.
Went back to more of the operator/business side of things, and lo and behold, the more I go into systems and how to put together a proper reliable, recoverable infrastructure, the more my dev is atrophying. I'm half management these days, which means the ops side _and_ the dev side are both atrophying. The guys that do it in a dedicated fashion are more familiar with the latest tech than I am..

You can be a jack of all trades.. But I seriously hope a company doesn't rely on you to get them out of trouble when the fecal matter hits the fan.. If you've been spending most of your time developing, with the nod to tuning the servers so your app runs better, you're not likely to have been able to put the time in to develop the wider infrastructure to support things going fubar, or had the time and concentration to really work out what is likely to get you.

Having a few people marked as DevOps would be useful when you need to populate a middle ground.. They can work with both dedicated ops, and dedicated dev to ensure that scalability is baked in, and resilience is baked in to the apps. When it comes to ensuring the boxes are kept in tidy order for everyone, and get to be able to recover from the smoking ruins.. That's where the dedicated ops shine. When you really want that app to do something really slick, that's when a dedicated dev shines.

Small scale, a DevOps person would work. The larger you scale, the less appropriate it becomes (as the only solution; a big company with the techs being solely a DevOps team would scare me).

about 4 months ago

Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

malkavian Re:Quid pro quo here. (1116 comments)

True, but if you really disagreed with it sufficiently, then you'd certainly not be donating money to them. At most, it would be an irrelevance. Except, of course, if you can use it against someone else to your advantage..

about 5 months ago

Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

malkavian Re:The Re-Hate Campaign (1116 comments)

You know, it's practically impossible to do anything these days without supporting someone, or something that'll supress the rights of others..
Ever bought anything made in China? If you have, congratulations. You've funded the suppression of rights on a massive scale.

about 5 months ago

Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

malkavian Re:i don't understand (564 comments)

Where, oh where does he epouse the views that Gays are inferior to non-gay? You're setting up a straw man argument right there.
This is nothing to do with that at all. What's actually happened as an extension of all the racism laws is that if you're an ethnic minority, you actually get to be recist to everybody, and that's legally ok (affirmative action anyone? It's not positive discrimination of a small group, it's negative discrimination against a majority).
It seems that everyone seems to be saying "You're white, therefore you're racist".. Yet if your skin isn't white, you can throw around racial epithets and people fight your corner.. After being up in front of a tribunal for calling a co-councilor in Bristol "A coconunt" (brown on the outside, white on the inside, which is apparently a standard parlance in the Black/Ethnic Minority groups, and perfectly acceptable in their eyes, one councillor brown said in her defence, shocked that she was charged with being racist "I can't be racist because I'm black".
That's the view in the political factions all to often..
So perhaps that is what's happening with the LGBT scene these days.. They're generally socially accepted these days, the same as anyone else (actually, probably more so than me, because I'm an introvert by nature).. Just when someone isn't happy with it, they get a huge spitting mob behind them.
Another great example, a Gay couple wanted to stop in a B&B. When they said they wanted a double room together, the old lady running it said no.. She didn't want unmarried people sharing beds under her roof. There was a national scandal, and the landlady was hauled through the courts, and had the national newpapers hounding her (and making her quite ill). What came out at the end of this was that she didn't let _any_ unmarried people, gay, straight, whatever share beds (officially) under her roof as it made her uncomfortable. Everyone else was ok with this, or went elsewhere (she provided alternative places very locally that would cater to this quite happily).. Gay people stayed there and were happy (and she never had objection to that, or asked, or batted an eyelid if it was brought up). It was a Gay couple that decided that her wishes about unmarried sexual behaviour didn't apply to them. They made it all a political showcase, dragging her through the mud, even when it was made plain to them it was about anything but their being gay or not.
That's the problem with this focussed "anti-homophobia", "anti-racist" thing. It's gone from being a way of stopping very serious discrimination into being a weapon of discrimination against those you have a personal problem with.

about 5 months ago

Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

malkavian Re:And where is the news? (564 comments)

"The articles just points out how much damage the bigot views of Mr. Eich could have caused Mozilla and the employees of Mozilla were more then justified to call for his resignation. If you believes and actions are damaging the company you are suppose to represent, then you are not fit to be the CEO."

His views weren't bigot views. He's very friendly with the LGBT community in general, but his views on marriage don't happen to coincide. He didn't go hounding them out of jobs etc. He just expressed a view, and put his money where his mouth is. You know, freedom of speech and all that. And freedom of religion (hey, Jesus is recorded in the Bible as being against gay marriage, so is it unsurprising that a religious guy would listen to that, and also go on record that he 'believes' in the teachings of his religion)?
So, harm to his employees? Not so much.
His actions (inventing JavaScript, founding the Mozilla foundation, attending talks and seriously doing a lot of good in the developer and open world) are what he should be judged by in terms of his fitness to run the company, and I find those credentials a lot better than the mob howling for blood.

So, if you think Google are perfectly in the right to withhold money from Mozilla because of someone's personal opinion, then is it also fine to start withholding money for pro LGBT organisations because they say things that you think may be damaging? Really? You're opening that Pandora's box?

By all means, consider the guy as having had a dickish moment in supporting the organisations. But considering that as something that makes him unworthy to run an organisation? Wow..

about 5 months ago

Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

malkavian Re:And yet they supported Obama (564 comments)

Well, Jesus was apparently against it too.. Doesn't stop any pro-gay marriage people saying Jesus was great and hanging off his every word.. Apart from that bit of course because lalalalalalalala..

about 5 months ago

Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

malkavian Re:The new Hitlers (564 comments)

Apart from it being a Religious term (in the Bible, it mentions that marriage is between a husband and wife, being man and woman).
That's part of the base scripture. Apparently the word of God.
So, you get people turning up and saying "I believe in the word of God, but I don't like that word of God, so I'm going to have the whole lot of you change your beliefs so I can feel happier".
Not saying that shouldn't happen, but when there are civil ceremonies around, it does seem very hypocritical.
Basically, what you're saying is "I want to get married in the eye of God", when God has put down that it is really not very happy with that happening at all. So by the belief system, what you're saying is "I wan't to flaunt this in front of you and there's sod all you can do about it".

A possibly less confrontational way round this is to just start a religion that does't have the figures that have said things in conflict with what you want to happen, and go with that, and its marriage systems and so on.

about 5 months ago

More On the Disposable Tech Worker

malkavian Re:Recycle! (323 comments)

Also, this guy hasn't been educated in hard tech. So by his argument, he has no knowledge of it, as it deviates massively from his education.
Given that he has no knowledge of how it operates, dictating how it is going to operate is extremely likely to be entirely incorrect.
This is another example of "Everyone knows the sun and stars revolve around the earth" type thinking.

about 6 months ago

Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

malkavian Believable.. (162 comments)

I can pretty much believe it..
In the Govenmental areas, there are so many people that are used to being able to say "Yes, but wouldn't it be a great idea if...".. And when they're told no, it's not possible in the current scope, they bring in all kinds of political manoeuvers to make life extremely difficult unless it gets added (and these manoeuvers can extend time drastically). So, more gets added that they should have identified initially. Or it can be a 'clarification'. "Oh, we meant this.. In this context.. Sort of. Until we change our minds."
They aren't used to thinking critically. They aren't used to doing specifications (and they actively resist attempts to perform a full specification gather, as "they don't have time for all those useless questions". They have "things to do,don't you know").
That's when it starts out as a big project.. Some smaller ones can actually start with a well defined set of requirements, and be entirely achievable. They other people hear that there's funding attached to a project, so they want a slice of the pie.. Get themselves on the steering groups, have the "bright ideas that weren't there originally that just _have_ to be put in there now", and move things in an entirely different direction. Or at least pull in it, as there are usually a whole bunch of people pulling in different directions, getting opposing things added to the requirements.

Sometimes you get lucky and find that there's someone with clout who is also technically savvy, and they can stamp on internal rubbish and let a project go properly.. Unfortunately, they're reasonably rare, and the voices that understand the reality of it are drowned out by the higher management that haven't touched tech, don't understand it, don't want to understand it, and believe if they have a bright idea, someone will wave a magic wand and the solution will magically appear.

about 6 months ago

Enlightenment E19 To Have Full Wayland Support

malkavian Re:This is a shame (140 comments)

Think you're confusing the acronym.. DRM in this context is Direct Rendering Manager.

about 6 months ago

Religion Is Good For Your Brain

malkavian Ok.. (529 comments)

So it's good for the individual. I suspect that for the society as a whole, it wouldn't be good for everyone to have that marker.
So sometimes people get to be more optimistic about things.. Great.. It's nice when I meet people like that, who pull me into their happy world (and yes, I appreciate it).. My own.. Well, I see the world without the niceties. I'm prone to depression. But there again, I get to use it in work, and in life. Out of the larger group, I'm usually the one who adds in the dose of reality when people need the hard advice, or a plan that has the greatest chance of succeeding. I prep them to get through tough times without sugar coating. I pick up on loads of things that people with a brighter mindset miss.
The disadvantage is that I'm not a happy-go-lucky person most of the time.
That's where the strength of real diversity comes in. A mix of mindsets covers all angles, and has a good chance of working more comfortably in the long haul. The group can play to the strengths of the individuals. The problems start when people start decreeing that their viewpoint is the only valid one in all cases. Unfortunately, religion has a lot of that in it. Not a problem for the individual, but perhaps a huge one for those around.

about 6 months ago



The rise of Copyfraud: Stealing the Public Domain.

malkavian malkavian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

malkavian writes "One of the largest complaints that arise time and again in many public forms, Slashdot especially, is the very much one sided approach to Copyright, and the not-so-slow erosion of the public domain.
On top of the Corporate lobbying to remove increasingly larger parts of the Public Domain, there is now a move that's becoming increasingly common, whereby works are directly taken from the Public Domain and effectively stolen by a single company leveraging protections provided under Copyright Law.
The register is carrying an article on this, based on a paper by Jason Mazzone at the Brookly Law School which details in a stark way the problems that are now becoming evident by an overly strong Copyright system, whereby the one that claims Copyright (no matter how falsely) is the one that gets control over a given resource. It also shows other power grabs (some being made with good intentions) that are being made over a resource which should have no governing entity, and and should belong freely, and with no encumberance, to all.
Rather than just provide problems, some possible solutions are also proposed, which should give everyone good food for debate as to their possible efficacy."

RealNetworks sues the major US Movie Studios

malkavian malkavian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

malkavian (9512) writes "In an interesting turn of events, RealNetworks, who produced a product called "RealDVD" to back up a DVD complete with the encryption keys is baring its fangs at the major US Movie studios.
In essence, it is claiming that because the studios granted it a legal license to use the CSS decryption system, just because it is using that licence in an unexpected (but not explicitly denied) way, then the action taken by the movie studios against it to get the product taken off the market falls under the provision of the anti-trust laws."

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UK Government embraces Open Source software

malkavian malkavian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

malkavian (9512) writes "The BBC is reporting that in a rare outbreak of common sense, the UK Government is now taking a long overdue stance on the treatment of Open Source, and standards compliance of its systems.
The caveat to the article mentioned is still that the Open Source solution should be considered "when it delivers best value for money", which will still likely be an exercise in manipulations of statistics and "Total Cost of Ownership" figures.
It shows that there is now concern over licensing issues, ability to have software modified such that it may be able to perform tasks specific to the organisations, actually being able to communicate with everyone (rather than only people who have invested in a particular version of a proprietary application), getting true value for money in a competitive market, and being able to store information in a well understood and open format that will still be readable in years to come."

Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy travels again.

malkavian malkavian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

malkavian (9512) writes "The BBC reports that the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy is gaining a new instalment, despite the sad demise of its author Douglas Adams in 2001.
Adams's wife has given the approval for the continuation of more than slightly surreal adventures to Eoin Colfer, the author of the popular Artemis Fowl series of children's books.

While many fans of the series will likely be sceptical about the series being penned by a new author, surprisingly (or perhaps not) this is a sentiment that is echoed by Colfer himself, as another ardent fan of the series. Hopefully, this stance of a good author (personally, I really like Colfer's works, and his general offbeat and slightly surreal style) with a genuine passion for the subject will bring to life a new work that even Douglas Adams would have approved of.
In this world of increasingly restrictive Copyright Law, where everyone seems to be holding on to works for dear life (or grim cash), it seems good to see new life and new stories in a much respected setting by an enthusiastic, passionate, and genuinely fitting author."


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