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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

ogdenk Re:Politics (318 comments)

Pretty much, if you aren't voting Green or Libertarian you're most likely part of the problem.

yesterday
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Robot SmackDowns Wants To Bring Robot Death Matches To an Arena Near You

ogdenk Robot Jox? (82 comments)

Battlebots was boring after the first season. This sounds more like Robot Jox or real-life Mechwarrior with restricted weaponry. Remember that movie? Yeah... guess I'm old now. Screw it, giant robots with humans in them shooting and beating the s**t out of each other sounds pretty cool to me! What the hell are you going to power it with though?

3 days ago
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Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

ogdenk Re:The essence of enterprise (148 comments)

What this means is that all and any employees must (and this is essential) be plug-replaceable as a matter of policy.
Those that aren't should either be unique individuals like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, the actual owners of the company, or leaving.

Exactly, how else are you supposed to abuse people and crush debate if those people are actually needed and not easy to replace? Engineers are not plug replaceable, never will be and never really have been. Neither are good IT folks. And to suggest someone who's studied their craft their whole life should be "plug replaceable" while some exec whose daddy got him the gig due to family money shouldn't is laughable.

We are no easier to replace than a good exec. We have had to study just as long for our skillsets and we are tired of being abused and treated like commodity laborers. We aren't. We are white collar professionals and expect to be treated as such. We aren't the type to just shutup and make you money.

3 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

ogdenk Hey Comey, why don't you suck it? (284 comments)

Wow.... Had the FBI and NSA followed the law to the letter, this sort of thing wouldn't be necessary. Now they've f**ked up and made their jobs harder. It's just so sad.... cry me a river. They've proven the FBI and the NSA *CAN NOT* and *SHOULD NOT* be trusted. By anyone. And for the record, you don't get to tell software vendors or users what they can and can't do with their property. Comey can go f**k himself and the horse he rode in on. We don't need him or the FBI.

Don't tread on me. 'nuff said.

5 days ago
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Air Force To Take Over Two Ex-Shuttle Hangers In Florida For Its X-37B Program

ogdenk Re: HangArs (48 comments)

Therac-25? LOL For a second there I thought that was totally made up. Turns out the Therac 25 was a radiotherapy machine responsible for cooking several patients due to horrible code. That's awesome. I learned something new today.

about two weeks ago
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Air Force To Take Over Two Ex-Shuttle Hangers In Florida For Its X-37B Program

ogdenk Re:HangArs (48 comments)

Besides, the PDP-11 that runs Slashdot doesn't have a spell checker (or Unicode).

Pretty sure you could get a spellchecker and VI to run well under 2.11BSD. Maybe even 7th Edition. You might be right on the Unicode aspect.

Anyway, I'm wondering when the Air Force plans on putting people in that thing. There are drawings floating around that have seating for, IIRC, up to five astronauts. They've got to be considering it.

It'll probably end up being 2 astronauts and a bunch of ammo/missiles.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

ogdenk Re:As well they should. (243 comments)

I thought blue LEDs were cool when they first hit the scene but you're right, they're INCREDIBLY overused. Even on my PC case, they chose insanely bright blue LEDs for both power and HDD activity. It's really obnoxious when I'm trying to sleep. It also doesn't make much sense. Blue was supposed to be yet another color of LED, not replace all other colors of LED because a few retards think it looks neat.

about two weeks ago
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Vax, PDP/11, HP3000 and Others Live On In the Cloud

ogdenk Re:It's VAX, not Vax (62 comments)

1BSD for the PDP-11 was simply a few add-ons to AT&T UNIX. 2BSD was really backports of functionality from 4.xBSD. Especially the network stack. The PDP-11 was never a serious platform for BSD development as the CSRG at Berkeley moved to the VAX pretty fast once BSD became a real OS in its own right instead of a few addons for V7. It was THE platform for early AT&T UNIX development though.

If you consider a Pascal compiler and a text editor a true BSD UNIX release, then yeah, you're right ;-)

VMS remained the dominant OS on the VAX platform but most serious UNIX development still happened on the VAX until the later 4.3BSD days. By the time 4.4 hit, RISC workstations were all the rage and the 386 finally became a contender and the minis started dying out. The 4.4 VAX port wasn't even complete if I remember right. Later versions of Ultrix weren't terrible.... it's really dated and a mash-up of 4.2BSD, 4.3BSD and a little SysV but its quite functional. DEC moved to OSF/1 (aka DEC UNIX/Tru64) for the Alpha. There was an early port of OSF/1 for the DECstation MIPS boxes too but I don't know if it ever got released. IIRC, OSF/1 was a Mach/SysV/BSD hybrid.

I still have a VAXserver 3100 in the closet with Ultrix and NetBSD 4 installed. I fire it up from time to time. Slowest 32-bit machine I own but pretty entertaining. Even have an amber screen real VT220 for it. Clocked at around ~11MHz. Capable of about 2.8MIPS.

about two weeks ago
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Vax, PDP/11, HP3000 and Others Live On In the Cloud

ogdenk Re:It's VAX, not Vax (62 comments)

What Linux brought to the table was a whole new generation interested in working on Unix. That's big. It's not directly a technological edge but it translates into that.

Not really. A whole generation was already interested as PC's had just become powerful enough to make a full workstation-class UNIX port worth it. BSD got tied up in a big lawsuit and MINIX was a teaching tool. Linux arrived because folks wanted a cheap UNIX clone no one could sue them over. And it was pretty cool for a long time until most distros strayed from being a UNIX clone and adopted BS like systemd that's not even cross-platform..... or even UNIXy.

And I have plenty of idea what UNIX was like before 1990 because I directly used it daily, dialing in from my Atari 8-bit at first. And it was a hell of a lot nicer than most alternatives at the time. NextStep was also a fabulous BSD/Mach hybrid that I still use, they just call it OSX now. You know, the only UNIX variant with a desktop environment that doesn't feel like a perpetual beta release as well as being the only UNIX with a significant amount of the desktop market?

And silly bugs like you mention still exist in modern BSD/Linux distros. It was also probably fixed in a subsequent BSD release. BSD never died or went dormant. Linux never passed BSD from a tech standpoint. In fact, BSD is cleaner and performs better in a lot of scenarios. Even running Linux or SysV binaries.

about two weeks ago
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Vax, PDP/11, HP3000 and Others Live On In the Cloud

ogdenk Re:It's VAX, not Vax (62 comments)

BSD was and IS doing just fine. And BSD would be fine without Linux. The only reason Linux gained traction was because of the BSD lawsuit with AT&T that tied things up for years.

Does Linux suck? No, not really. Do I prefer BSD? Yeah, it's documentation is better, it performs well under load and runs Linux binaries as well. It's also very clean and minimalist out of the box.

Unix more than "just had potential". An entire global network was built on the back of BSD and various PDP10 OS's (the big 36-bitters).

And maybe you should try "rm -rf" btw. Apparently, you don't know BSD like you think you do. Anyway, I have a DEC VAXstation still running with a copy of Ultrix 4.5 with a full X-Windows based desktop environment. Yeah, *SOME* things have come a long way but for the most part it's reimplemented 30-year-old shit with a lot of kludges on top to make it behave in a more modern fashion while breaking the original network transparency model in the process.

Linux brought nothing new to the table, it just got big enough that video card manufacturers couldn't ignore it anymore. It does absolutely nothing no other OS could do, including other free and commercial UNIX-like systems.

about two weeks ago
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Vax, PDP/11, HP3000 and Others Live On In the Cloud

ogdenk Re:It's VAX, not Vax (62 comments)

BSD UNIX was born on the VAX. Ultrix was a commercial version of BSD marketed by Digital for the VAX and MIPS-based DECstation machines. NetBSD and OpenBSD are the only currently maintained VAX UNIX distros.

VMS was cool too though.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Paid Microsoft $1 Billion Last Year In Android Royalties

ogdenk Re:So... (93 comments)

I don't know.... I really don't believe in software patents in any way shape or form. Hardware and actual physical tangible inventions? Yes. Software? No. That's like patenting a book or creative work IMHO. Copyright should apply but patents? No. The whole concept is retarded and significantly slows actual innovation and progress. Imaginary property is stupid. End of story. Things like this are often used to abuse smaller players rather than big rivals and only bolsters aggressive, rich megacorps like Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, etc.

Even going back to the 80's. Remember GEM? Remember how Apple sued over the PC version but left Atari alone with the ST version? Because it was too mac-like? It was because DRI was a much smaller, easy target and the ST and Amiga had an uphill battle against IBM and Intel, a couple mutual enemies.

This hurt at a time after Kildall didn't launch a legal war over MS's crappy CP/M clone and it cost them the business market they once had. The way our system is set up, ethical innovators lose and vicious business tactics abusing the system win. MS should be writing nice BASIC interpreters, compilers and some decent office software. Not running half the planet's IT infrastructure.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Paid Microsoft $1 Billion Last Year In Android Royalties

ogdenk Re:So... (93 comments)

"Patent for displaying multiple windows in a web browser"..... seriously.... how long was it before MS had a tabbed browser? If you're talking about multiple windows, NCSA Mosaic 2 did that before MSIE existed.

People need to stop the BS line of thinking that MS invented the modern computer and modern internet tech. They didn't. And most of their competitors offered superior products. MS achieved success by being sleazy politicians after making a bunch of money early on with MS DOS. Office wasn't even a success for over a decade and the only GUI versions of Excel and Word available were for the Mac for some time. And those were simply clones of other more established products and companies that would have been able to sue MS out of existence in this day and age.

Personally, I think patents should be non-transferable to prevent companies like MS and Google sucking up small companies just to have valid reasons to sue.

Big bucks to research.... HA.... that's entertaining. They spent so much cash to research the tech necessary for their "Triple Click" patent I'm sure.

about two weeks ago
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End of an Era: After a 30 Year Run, IBM Drops Support For Lotus 1-2-3

ogdenk Re:Oh rly? (156 comments)

Yep, I have both Visicalc and Syncalc for the 400/800 on floppy. Only hassle was the 800 didn't do 80-column text out of the box and neither package supported any of the 80-column solutions for this platform.

about three weeks ago
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Hacking USB Firmware

ogdenk Re:back in my day... (97 comments)

As if no other folks thought of this..... except every geek with a TRS-80, Atari 400/800/XL/XE, Apple II and Osborne I.....

about three weeks ago
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Carmack On Mobile VR Development

ogdenk Re:BWAHAHAHA (60 comments)

Slight exaggeration but generally I don't cave when it comes to physical threats.

The position stands. Most smartphones are used to play games, send SMS/MMS texts and screw around on Facebook. And simple thoughtless push button activities are what these devices are designed around, not real work. They hide the filesystem from you and make exchanging data with anything but e-mail too much to grasp for the average user. They are intentionally crippled. Even exchanging data between apps ON THE SAME DEVICE is incredibly hobbled and Apple's attempts to address this are a kludge at best.

Like I said, very cool portable game system and facebook client. They are toys. Cool toys with 3D accelerators but toys nonetheless.

about a month and a half ago

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