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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

walterbyrd Re:Flip Argument (1000 comments)

> Running from a police officer is not an offense worthy of public execution without trial.

Brown was only shot in the front, not the back - that has been established by the evidence.

Brown was not running away when he was shot.

13 hours ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

walterbyrd Re:Flip Argument (1000 comments)

> Your genius logic is now stating that a cop can shoot a person point blank for any reason

Wrong.

You can shoot a person in self defense. If that person is trying to grab your gun, you damn well better shoot him, or you are as good as dead.

13 hours ago
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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

walterbyrd Elections coming: Cameron is blame shifting (165 comments)

Anybody familiar with Cameron's abysmal record, especially when it comes to countering terrorism, knows that Cameron is desperately trying to shift the blame away from his own incompetence.

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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

walterbyrd Blame America for the internet - period (367 comments)

Also for a hugely disproportionate amount of computer technology.

US has about 5% of the world's population, but the US has created more than of computer technology.

Easy to sit around and be snotty critics. More difficult to actually do anything.

2 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

walterbyrd Re:What's so special about Google? (323 comments)

> The EU seems to have a chip on their shoulders about Google.

Because Microsoft pays better. Just business, nothing personal.

During the OOXML, Microsoft was caught red-handed giving bribes to European officials.

When somebody sticks it to Microsoft, Microsoft often uses the same tactic against it's competitors. Remember Europe saying MS had a monopoly? A few bribes later, and viola, MS competitors have a monopoly.

BTW: I think US politicians are even worse.

4 days ago
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A Brilliant Mind: SUSE's Kernel Guru Speaks

walterbyrd Re:Do you think systemd sucks? (61 comments)

1) There are numerous technical reasons against systemd, and not one good reason for it.

2) Admins are way more than users with a special password.

3) It is way more than a few people who oppose systemd.

5 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

walterbyrd Re:Thanks Obama... (437 comments)

I think it is fair to say that dems, are repubs, are responsible for this.

Trying to imply that Obama is the good guy in the mess is pure bullshit.

about a week ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

walterbyrd Why would employers accept this? Why not hire H1B? (226 comments)

Or better yet, offshore the job.

No wonder US born developers are becoming an endangered species. This is spite of the non-stop shortage shouting.

Look at the job ads. Employers are looking for college degrees, and five years of recent, professional, verifiable experience. And employers will settle for nothing less, even as wages stagnate.

about a week ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

walterbyrd Re:Bullies (550 comments)

Maybe you have mis-identified the "bullies?"

SystemD is to Red Hat what OOXML is to Microsoft. They can claim it's "open" but really it is a vendor lock-in scam.

SystemD is a decision made by a few some execs at a for-profit corporation. It is absolutely not something the community was asking for.

I am sick of this Microsoft-like "the decision has already been made, why are you arguing? SystemD is inevitable, just accept it. Because we say so. So FU take it and shut up."

I am sick of the astroturfing bullshit constantly insinuating that SystemD opponents are just "haters" and a tiny handful of "UNIX grey beards."

SystemD is nothing less than a hostile take over of Linux by Red Hat. The entire scam is right out of Microsoft's playbook.

about a week ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

walterbyrd Re:Does SystemD eliminate POSIX? (550 comments)

In other words "our proprietary product is *the* standard"

Red Hat is following Microsoft's playbook to the letter.

about a week ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

walterbyrd Why not Debian 7.0 LTS? (550 comments)

Seems like it would solve a lot of problems.

It would give Debian users years of use while the systemd thing got sorted out.

about two weeks ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

walterbyrd Does SystemD eliminate POSIX? (550 comments)

It would be a shame. A lot of people worked hard for POSIX, and I think POSIX does have a purpose.

about two weeks ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

walterbyrd Re:Opposition is from a small elite (550 comments)

I think you have it backwards.

SystemD is forced down our throats by a small elite at Red Hat. This is, very obviously, a move right out of Microsoft's playbook.

about two weeks ago
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GTK+ Developers Call For Help To Finish Cross-Platform OpenGL Support

walterbyrd Help Redhat's hostile takeover of Linux? (89 comments)

No thanks.

These days: Redhat == Microsoft.

I am surprised that more people don't see that.

about two weeks ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

walterbyrd Re:The UK doesn't have freedom of speech (316 comments)

At least we pretend to have free speech. Our politicians do not come right out and proclaim that free speech radicalizes people.

about two weeks ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

walterbyrd Re:The UK doesn't have freedom of speech (316 comments)

"Sure you have free speech, we'll just punish you if you say something we don't like"

Sure, that makes sense.

about two weeks ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

walterbyrd Re:What could possibly (316 comments)

Not for Muslims. UK seems to have two separate standards: one for Muslims, one for everybody else.

Muslim preach hate in the streets all the time. Muslims are allowed to offend anybody. Nobody is allowed to offend Muslims.

about two weeks ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

walterbyrd Vote UKIP (316 comments)

They could win.

about two weeks ago

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Patent troll hits major pharma company

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about two weeks ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "We often hear of patent trolls in the tech industry, but rarely see this from major pharma companies. However, the term applies perfectly to AbbVie's strategy to either prevent Gilead from selling Harvoni or compelling royalties. . .

AbbVie cannot commercialize Harvoni since they do not own any patents to the individual drugs that make up the combination, sofosbuvir and ledipasvir. However, it is perfectly legal to apply for and obtain "method of use" and "utility" patents for products that a company does not own and this is what ABBV has accomplished with its five patents."

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Verizon, AT&T tracking their users with 'supercookies'

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about three weeks ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Verizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed “supercookies” — markers so powerful that it’s difficult for even savvy users to escape them.

The technology has allowed the companies to monitor which sites their customers visit, cataloging their tastes and interests. Consumers cannot erase these supercookies or evade them by using browser settings, such as the “private” or “incognito” modes that are popular among users wary of corporate or government surveillance."

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Crashes in New Setback for Commercial Spaceflight

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about three weeks ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "SpaceShipTwo, a rocket plane that was meant to carry well-heeled tourists on short if expensive rides to space, crashed in the Mojave Desert on Friday during a test flight, killing one of the two pilots."
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Raging debate over systemd exposes the two factions tugging at modern-day Linux

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "In discussions around the Web in the past few months, I've seen an overwhelming level of support of systemd from Linux users who run Linux on their laptops and maybe a VPS or home server. I've also seen a large backlash against systemd from Linux system administrators who are responsible for dozens, hundreds, or thousands of Linux servers, physical and virtual."
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Systemd's Leonard Poettering's poor pitiful me letter

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month and a half ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "I don't usually talk about this too much, and hence I figure that people are really not aware of this, but yes, the Open Source community is full of assholes, and I probably more than most others am one of their most favourite targets. I get hate mail for hacking on Open Source. People have started multiple "petitions" on petition web sites, asking me to stop working (google for it)."
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Why the FCC will probably ignore the public on network neutrality

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 1 month ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "The rulemaking process does not function like a popular democracy. In other words, you can't expect that the comment you submit opposing a particular regulation will function like a vote. Rulemaking is more akin to a court proceeding. Changes require systematic, reliable evidence, not emotional expressions . . .

In the wake of more than 3 million comments in the present open Internet proceeding-which at first blush appear overwhelmingly in favor of network neutrality-the current Commission is poised to make history in two ways: its decision on net neutrality, and its acknowledgment of public perspectives. It can continue to shrink the comments of ordinary Americans to a summary count and thank-you for their participation. Or, it can opt for a different path."

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31K people an hour are joining Ello the anti-Facebook

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "A brand-new social networking startup — Ello — has gone viral. At one point on Thursday, the site was acquiring 31,000 new users an hour — many of whom flocked to there because of a disagreement with Facebook over its policy requiring real names, which some say is unfair to LGBTQ and transgender users.

Ello's founder, Paul Budnitz: "My partners and I had lost interest and were fed up with other social networks — exhausted by ads, clutter, and feeling manipulated and deceived by companies that clearly don't have our interests at heart""

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Offshoring: good for corporations, bad for everybody else.

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "A study conducted by the University of California system determined that 14 million white-collar jobs are threatened by the off-shoring trend, including office personnel, information technology, accounting, architects, engineering and design, data analysis, customer service and even legal services. You might even be working at one of these offshore companies or others like them."
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Microsoft lays off 2,100, axes Silicon Valley research

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Microsoft Corp will close its Silicon Valley research-and-development operation as part of 2,100 layoffs announced on Thursday, as it moves toward its new CEO's goal of cutting 18,000 staff, or about 14 percent of its workforce."
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You can't patent movies or music. So why are there software patents?

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "To many computer programmers, software patents look a lot like movie or music patents. A computer program is a sequence of abstract mathematical operations. The Supreme Court has long said that by themselves such mental steps are not patentable. And just as musical innovations didn't become patentable once musicians started recording music electronically, so software patent opponents don't think sequences of mathematical steps shouldn't become patentable just because a computer happens to be doing the calculations.

Of course, others disagree with this way of looking at it. Patent attorneys have had a lot of luck re-casting software patents as patents on machines that happen to run a particular type of computer program."

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MIT's robotic cheetah no longer needs a leash

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "MIT's big-cat-inspired robot has gotten some serious upgrades as researchers continue to improve its skills. It's come a long way since its first treadmill test, during which it was tethered up. It can now run free, and a new algorithm allows it to bound in a peppy manner while navigating the terrain of a grass lawn."
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Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) slams Mark Zuckerberg

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "So rich high-tech companies are using the H-1B visa program to keep wages down and to hire less expensive workers from abroad. Indeed, the same companies demanding more guest workers are laying off American workers in droves."
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Software patents are crumbling, thanks to the Supreme Court

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "This doesn't necessarily mean that all software patents are in danger — these are mostly patents that are particularly vulnerable to challenge under the new Alice precedent. But it does mean that the pendulum of patent law is now clearly swinging in an anti-patent direction. Every time a patent gets invalidated, it strengthens the bargaining position of every defendant facing a lawsuit from a patent troll."
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Why Does EU Consult Microsoft On How Google Should Operate?

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 3 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Why on earth should Google’s page be set up so as to favour Microsoft’s offerings? The two companies are competing in the search space, correct? Well, go compete then instead of whining to the politicians."
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What's wrong with American health care

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 3 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "1) Americans pay way, way, way more for health care than anyone else
2) We pay doctors when they provide lots of health care, not when they provide good health care
3) Half of all healthcare spending goes towards 5 percent of the population
4) Our health insurance system is the product of random WWII-era tax provisions
5) Insurance companies have small profit margins
6) Getting health care in the United States is dangerous
7) One third of healthcare spending isn't helping
8) Obamacare is not universal health care"

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Feds creating database to track hate speech on Twitter

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.

The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.

The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.”

The university has received $919,917 so far for the project."

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Microsoft Admits Keeping $92B Offshore to Avoid Paying $29B in US Taxes

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 3 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Microsoft Corp. is currently sitting on almost $29.6 billion it would owe in U.S. taxes if it repatriated the $92.9 billion of earnings it is keeping offshore, according to disclosures in the company’s most recent annual filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The amount of money that Microsoft is keeping offshore represents a significant spike from prior years, and the levies the company would owe amount to almost the entire two-year operating budget of the company’s home state of Washington."
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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access to Free Software

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 3 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Fresh on the heels of the entire Munich and Linux debacle, another story involving Microsoft and free software has popped up across the world, in Chile. A prolific magazine from the South American country says that the powerful Microsoft lobby managed to turn around a law that would allow the authorities to use free software."
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