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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

rstanley Ubuntu only AFTER Debian! (641 comments)

It was recently announced that Ubuntu would adopt systemd in future versions as well.

Yes, but only AFTER Debian, the Distro that Ubuntu, (and many other Distros) are based on, made the decision to switch to systemd. Now if Ubuntu would just go along with Wayland, ...

Linus has the final say in the Kernel, and I have to agree with his decision. He has an excellent track record! ;^)

about three weeks ago

Subversion Project Migrates To Git

rstanley Hotmail (True!) (162 comments)

When Mickey$oft first bought Hotmail in 1997, and for many years after, it was running Qmail, on FreeBSD, and Solaris computers! (See also, Qmail.org)

IMHO, it hasn't worked as well since they moved it to their own software! ;^)

The "joke" is on Mickey$oft! ;^)

about three weeks ago

As the Web Turns 25, Sir Tim Berners-Lee Calls For A Web Magna Carta

rstanley News Analysts = corporate sockpuppets (80 comments)

Don't blame Tim for the ignorance of so-called, "News Analysts". Tim created a useful tool to advance the use of the Internet. It is far more useful than USENET that we were using when we first received messages to the effect of "Hey, come look at this new thing called WWW!" My first browser was Lynx when I only had a UNIX shell account while teaching at NYU.

DRM has NO PLACE in ANY standard for the Internet. I don't understand why Tim supports this. We obviously don't have all the facts. I agree with him that a Magna Carta for the Internet would be be appropriate. It would allow us to eliminate DRM.

In the words of Robert Burns, Tim is a "Man of independant mind"!

about a month and a half ago

Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

rstanley Dennis Ritchie instead! (184 comments)

Dennis Ritchie, the creator of the C Programming Language, along with Ken Thompson, co-creators of the UNIX Operating System, Brian Kernighan, and many, many others, laid the groundwork for ALL Operating Systems, and technology that followed. Linux, all flavors of UNIX, Android, etc... lead the world in O/S's, NOT Apple.

Steve Jobs would still be a amateur Geek in his garage if it were not for all the Giants of the industry that came before.

Considering that they only died 6 days apart, where is Dennis's stamp?

Dennis's home page: http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/dm...

about 2 months ago

How would you use science to innovate upon sports?

rstanley Re:Automated referee-ing (253 comments)

Agreed! Replace all the Referees and Umpires with sensors to eliminate all the bad calls that are all too obvious to us at home in front of the tube!!! Instant replay challanges in all sports, until they do!!!

about 3 months ago

New Android App Encourages Users To Throw Device As High As Possible

rstanley iPhone & Windoze app only! (156 comments)

This app should only be available for iPhones and (And especially) Windoze phones only! Let them drop and break all their phones, then replace them with Androids! ;^)

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do When Another Dev Steals Your Work and Adds Their Name?

rstanley Re: Get a letter from your original client (480 comments)

Actually it applies to anyone who signs a work for hire agreement. Even an employee who does NOT sign a W.F.H. agreement owns the code they write. IANAL, so confirm this with a lawyer.

about 10 months ago

Want a Job At Google? Better Know Microsoft Office!

rstanley Wrong comparison (243 comments)

I was comparing MS Office to LibreOffice, NOT Google Docs! Read what I wrote.

about a year ago

Want a Job At Google? Better Know Microsoft Office!

rstanley Re:LibreOffice? (243 comments)

"Because LibreOffice doesn't do everything MS Office does?"

I keep hearing this, but I never see a list of the "10%" that MS Office can do that Libreoffice cannot. Plus, how many items on this 10% list are actually used by 90% of the MS Office users, including Google employees???

Show me the list!

about a year ago

Want a Job At Google? Better Know Microsoft Office!

rstanley LibreOffice? (243 comments)

I would have assumed that if they had to use any Office Suite, that they would have chosen LibreOffice over MS Office! My question to Google, is Why Not???

about a year ago

Sophos Anti-Virus Update Identifies Sophos Code As Malware

rstanley Le me get this straight... (245 comments)

The problem ONLY affects the VERY O/S that it needs to protect the most??? ;^) How many MILLIONS of different malware instances are out the in the wild??? I'll stick to Linux! ;^)

Measure twice, cut once!


Test, Test, then TEST!!!

about a year and a half ago

Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

rstanley It requires a logical mind for a start. (767 comments)

Not everyone does think logically! We all can think of things we experience every day that were NOT logically designed or planned!!! ;^)

Anyone can learn a language and write some simple small programs, (many times badly, even by those WITH a CS degree!) but There is a lot more to programming than just learning the syntax. I myself am self-taught for the most part, but there is a lot missing that would make me much better had I obtained a CS degree.

Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of NYC is supposedly learning to program. I would be curious to evaluate his programs, whatever language he has chosen! ;^)

about a year and a half ago

The bicycle I most often ride is ...

rstanley The bicycle I most often ride was stolen (356 comments)

My apt. got broken into and my 10 speed was stolen. I never got around to replacing it. I do miss it, but living in NYC, I have seen too many cars hitting bikes, not at the fault of the bike rider.

Delivery and messenger bike riders are another matter however. Many of them deserve to have their bikes confiscated!

about 2 years ago

Of currently dead inventors, my favorite is ...

rstanley Not an inventor??? (542 comments)

Why are UNIX and the C Programming Language NOT inventions??? Why does an invention need to be a physical object???

The world is a far better place for the "Inventions" that Dennis Ritchie, Ken Thompson, with the assistance of Brian Kernighan have given us, along with all who have added their "Inventions" to these and all that have followed.

From http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Invention :

  [in-ven-shuhn] noun
1. the act of inventing.
2.U.S. Patent Law . a new, useful process, machine, improvement, etc., that did not exist previously and that is recognized as the product of some unique intuition or genius, as distinguished from ordinary mechanical skill or craftsmanship.
3.anything invented or devised.
4.the power or faculty of inventing, devising, or originating.
5.an act or instance of creating or producing by exercise of the imagination, especially in art, music, etc.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With Refurbed Drives With Customer Data?

rstanley Original owner AND NewEgg!!! (385 comments)

I would suggest the following:

1) Contact the original owner of the drive offering to archive the data to a DVD, and send it back to the original owner of the drive/data.
2) Contact NewEgg informing them of the data breach.
3) Preserve the hard drive intact in case the original owner of the drive wishes to take legal action against NewEgg.
4) Contact your own lawyer to confirm the above BEFORE contacting ANYONE!


more than 2 years ago

Dennis Ritchie Day

rstanley More lead time? (301 comments)

I wish this had been more publicized. I just found out about this by reading this article. I would have preferred that there was more of a chance to do events locally today. A gathering in a pub, or a Linux fest celebrating his accomplishments.

As for the S.J. vs. D.M.R.:

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Richard Stallman, Tim Berners Lee, Linus
Torvolds, ..., and millions of others owe their lives to the work done
by Dennis Ritchie, Ken Thompson, with the assistance of Brian
Kernighan. The IT World would be MUCH different, and definitely not as
technologically advanced as it is today, without their efforts.

They deserve much more recognition, awards and thanks from the entire
world than they will ever receive.

Rest in Peace Dennis! You and your work will never be forgotten! Thank you!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Can You Identify This UAV?

rstanley One word, Roswell! (232 comments)

Obviously is is part of an alien spaceship! Where are the remains of the pilots??? ;^)

When will the Air Force show us samples of a weather balloon??? ;^)

more than 2 years ago

Massive Diamond Found Orbiting Pulsar

rstanley How many carats? (204 comments)

My girlfriend wants to know! ;^)

You all know women, and their obsession with size! ;^) Of Diamonds of course! What did you think I meant? ;^)

more than 2 years ago

Diver Snaps First Photo of Fish Using Tools

rstanley Definition of a "Tool" (118 comments)

>> "A fish beat the crap out of a clam by hitting it against a rock? I'm not quite sure this qualifies as "tool" use. Now, grabbing the rock, and beating clam with it, or using it to pry open the clam... that would sound more "tool-like.""

From: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/dict.asp?Word=tool [thefreedictionary.com]

"4. Something used in the performance of an operation; an instrument: ..."
"4. (Engineering / Tools) anything used as a means of performing an operation or achieving an end ..."

Show me any law or Engineering definition, standard, etc... that states or in any way requires the "Tool" to be held, or otherwise used against the material.

Seems to me it is no different than the Oyster shuckers at the Union Oyster House in Boston that have a cobblestone in the sink. They put the knife in the hinge of the oyster, then hold both vertically, and bring both down rapping the handle of the knife onto the cobblestone thereby forcing the knife into the oyster. Both the cobblestone and the knife are both "Tools", IMHO.

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/Ruq91rmQNweZ78TzKylQMg?select=lOXM-kwLvrWp6zxw3KEKJg [yelp.com]

more than 2 years ago


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