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Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

spike hay Re:Better metrics for Ubuntu vs other Linux? (125 comments)

If you're talking about stackexchange, you are getting into a sysadmin/developer/knowledgeable user community. It's not really a representative sample.

AFAIK, no one has really got a reliable measure. It's pretty much impossible when you are talking about most FOSS. It is pretty clear that Ubuntu is by far and away the most popular for desktop usage.

about two weeks ago
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Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

spike hay Re:Mint Debian (125 comments)

I have a hard time believing that accounts for a significant percentage of Ubuntu's search volume. If both had the same popularity, for example, and even one third of people wanting info about Mint searched for "Linux Mint," if Ubuntu had a search volume of 166, then Mint would have a search volume of 33. This is a much smaller relative disparity than actually seen. And the likely case is that while some people searching for Mint information query for Ubuntu, most are still going to search for Mint.

about two weeks ago
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Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

spike hay Re: Mint Debian (125 comments)

Are you fucking kidding me? I have no idea why people ever think of Distrowatch as mattering. All that it measures is page hits to Distrowatch's info page about that distro. It only measures what people who go to Distrowatch click on at Distrowatch. Notice that the numbers are in the low thousands per month at best. Their audience is longer-time Linux users who remember it from like fifteen years ago.

Google search volumes are by far a more accurate gauge of interest, as it is both a much larger sample, and a more uniform sample, as a broader range of people use Google than visit some fucking site that was cool during Slashdot's heyday. Sampling 101.

about two weeks ago
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Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

spike hay Re:Mint Debian (125 comments)

The vast majority of linux users use Ubuntu, with Unity (they don't know what XFCE is). They just don't post on Slashdot. Take a look at this Google Trends frequency of search terms here.

Mint barely registers compared to Ubuntu. (Also, distrowatch really is useless).

The only people I know (aside from a few sysadmins with RHEL) that run another distro are my parents, because I put Mint on their computer. I just use FreeBSD now.

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

spike hay hang on (334 comments)

So you're telling me that things in other star systems are far away?

about two weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

spike hay Re:A joke? (647 comments)

Except that it takes ages. The new pkgng on FreeBSD awesome though. Just as good as apt and not a pile of shit like pkg_tools.

about three weeks ago
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UK Police To Publicly Shame Drunk Drivers On Twitter This Christmas

spike hay Re:There's no point in shame (256 comments)

Well, you will pay more (through incarceration and costs of the crime to society) if you don't prevent it in the first place.

It doesn't matter if you don't think you should pay for it. That's not how the world works.

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

spike hay Re:How do you spend 1/3 a billion $ and get Firefo (161 comments)

Just having that much money means that the organization becomes bloated, and then produces worse and worse software due to design-by-committee and such.

about a month ago
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How Baidu Tracked the Largest Seasonal Migration of People On Earth

spike hay damn (48 comments)

Can Slashdot at least try to tone down the retardation?

about a month ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

spike hay Re: as a perl wizard.... (217 comments)

I bet that's because there are few new perl devs, so on average they are far more experienced.

Got to be something like that. Perl is worse than C for the ability to have subtle errors, and it doesn't have C's excuse of manual memory management.

about a month and a half ago
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F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

spike hay Re: Meh, vote left. (410 comments)

Actually running fiber costs huge amounts of money. For a normal city it's easily hundreds of millions or more. The rule of thumb is that you need 30% adoption for it to be worthwhile in an area, which is a significant risk, and is mathematically impossible for more than 3 companies.

about 8 months ago
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F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

spike hay Re: Meh, vote left. (410 comments)

The problem with the internet, especially cable, is that it is a natural monopoly. It's like most utitilities that require infrastructure to the home. It would be stupid to have 10 competing water companies, right? That's because there would be large amounts of redundant infrastructure. Therefore, it is better to have a highly regulated monopoly with pricing set to prevent monopolistic rents.

The current situation is that each cable company has a monopoly in most areas, with DSL providing a duopoly in some places. Obviously, monopolistic pricing occurs, with prices far above the free market rate for inferior service. But that isn't illegal! You have to show that they are acting in an anticompetitive manner, which is very difficult.

Even in the case of oligopilies, price fixing is legal as long as it is implicit: A company can signal to another by unilaterally raising prices in a way that would be irrational if non-cooperative behavior is assumed. Then the other company will raise their prices as well, to acheive a cooperative outcome with both companies making more money. Again, this isn't illegal, unless there is an explicitly communicated price-fixing agreement.

Thus, FTC antitrust stuff means fuck-all.

about 8 months ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

spike hay Re:i don't understand (564 comments)

Limbaugh especially, and Paula Deen are on quite a different plane of bigotry compared to this guy.

Also, how has Limbaugh been hurting? He's still on the radio in just about every market in the US despite being a complete blowhard humanoid gastropod. Sure, most people really, really hate him, but that's not his market.

about 9 months ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

spike hay Re:i don't understand (564 comments)

What is happening now with gay rights is what happened with racism in the 60's. It used to be perfectly acceptable to espouse racist views. Then, it became very unnacceptable. Do you think most companies would appoint a CEO who openly thinks blacks are mentally inferior to whites? Now the same thing is happening with homophobia. This is a fast change that many are having problems with. You can still be a private homophobe with friends, but you've got to not let it get out if you are a public figure.

Now, I think if Eich simply apologized for his Prop 8 support, it would have been quite different. But it is clear that his views have not changed.

about 9 months ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

spike hay Re:The new Hitlers (564 comments)

Hypocrites .. that's what I think those that support gay marriage are. They don't give a flip about equality, they only want to force their moral beliefs on those that disagree, and enable a very small group of select people to get benefits. If they truly wanted equality, they would fight to ELIMINATE all benefits tied to being married.

Interesting that you seem to be directing all of this hate to "gay hypocrites" instead of people who support straight marriage. Do you hold the same opinion about civil rights activists who fought to repeal mycegination laws? I don't think there should be special benefits to getting married, but given that civil marriage exists, there is no rational reason to restrict it to straights. Extending it to more people is a good thing, right?

Also, let's get real. Marriage-like benefits will not be extended to anything other than romantic pairings anytime soon, or ever. It's just how it is.

about 9 months ago
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Python 3.4 Released

spike hay Re: And it still has the GIL (196 comments)

actual language speed = the time it takes the program to run + the time it takes the program to be written.

Sure Python might be 100x or more slower than C, but the total time is usually faster. For people that need speed, they should check out Julia. It's a scripting language designed mainly for technical computing (although it is perfectly general-purpose) that is fast due to good type inference and JIT. Usually within 2x of C. It also can call Python libraries as easily as within Python.

about 9 months ago
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How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

spike hay Re:"Is This News"? (206 comments)

Not for me. Comcast was trying to bone me with some rate increases (I was not supposed to be on an introductory rate, but whatever). Called, threatened to cancel. The only thing they offered me was 5 Mb instead of 50 Mb, for $10 less/month.

I now have DSL.

about 10 months ago

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