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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

walterbyrd Re:Do You Even Literate, Bro?! (357 comments)

So you think accusing somebody automatically makes that person guilty? Like the witch hunts, or the communist hunts?

If I accused you of being a child molester, would that automatically make you guilty?

I think there is may something that can be said for an "innocent until proven guilty" system.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

walterbyrd What if you're emailed a 2016 formated docx? (138 comments)

Office-2003 may be okay for creating your own documents, but if people start emailing you 2013, or 2016 formatted? Will Office-2003 read those formats?

2 days ago
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Canonical Launches Internet-of-Things Version of Ubuntu Core

walterbyrd Re:canonical, huh (43 comments)

IMO: that goes for Red Hat as well.

4 days ago
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Canonical Launches Internet-of-Things Version of Ubuntu Core

walterbyrd Who needs it? (43 comments)

Just a chrome-os ripoff.

As I see it: windows is desktops, BSDs are for servers, android or ios is for handhelds. Linux does not fit in anywhere - not since systemd.

4 days ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

walterbyrd I am glad that Poettering is not nice (358 comments)

I am one of Poettering's favorite targets. I am one of those "UNIX grey beards" that Poettering has such deep contempt for.

Since Poettering is such an arrogant ass about it, I know where he stands. Poettering has made no secret of hating the UNIX way of doing things, and adoring the Microsoft way of doing things. So great, I know that LInux is being controlled by a Linux hater.

In fact, Poettering pisses me off the most when he pretends to be nice by saying that Red Hat listens to Linux user. What a total load of crap. I much prefer honesty to niceness. Same goes for Linus, and Theo de Raadt, among others.

about a week ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

walterbyrd Is being "nice" being fake? (358 comments)

Nobody is going to happy with other people are doing all the time. If you think somebody is being jerk, but you just bite your tongue to be nice; are you just being phoney?

about a week ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

walterbyrd No, Microsoft sucks, but Red Hat may be worse. (358 comments)

Red Hat is likely to destroy Linux as we know it. That is something even Microsoft could not do.

I am a bit surprised that so many Linux do not understand how systemd is a scam that Red Hat is using to monopolize Linux.

about a week ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

walterbyrd Why is lack of male nurses not an issue? (479 comments)

For those who might not know: a lot of RNs earn over $100K a year.

I know, that is nothing especially extraordinary these days. But it's a fairly decent salary, even for a college graduate.

Men are hugely under-represented in the nursing field. Why isn't everybody having a hissy fit about that?

about a week ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

walterbyrd Why is a Linux hater in charge of Linux? (551 comments)

Poettering hates Linux. He is hardly even shy about it. He speaks glowingly of Microsoft, and is dismissive of stuff like POSIX, or the UNIX philosophy. He constantly expresses contempt for "UNIX grey beards." Poettering clearly loves the idea of one company setting the standard for everybody else to follow, just as he loves the idea of a giant proprietary goo ball that does everything.

Usually, I have no problem with Linux haters, because they have no effect on me, or Linux. But Poettering is dictating the future of Linux.

Why doesn't Poettering go work for Microsoft, and make everybody happier?

about a week ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

walterbyrd Gotta ask why . . . (551 comments)

Why is the role of systemd constantly expanding?

If systemd is supposed to just be an init replacement, then why all the crap like binary logging? Why all the hardwired requirements?

about a week ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

walterbyrd Redhat's vested interest in forcing systemd (551 comments)

From "SystemD Abomination"
Subject Vested interest in control. RedHat and SystemD
Date Mon, 17 Nov 2014 04:40:08 +0100

  by beaverdownunder:

It should be obvious to anyone that RedHat has a vested interest in making the vast majority of Linux distributions dependent on technology it controls. Linux is its bread-and-butter.

It appears RedHat has realised that, through systemd, it can readily provide preferential support for its own projects, and place roadblocks up for projects it does not control, thus extending its influence broadly and quickly. By using tenuous dependencies amongst its own projects it can speed adoption even faster.

Once it has significant influence, and the maintainers of competing projects have drifted away either out of frustration or because they are starved of oxygen, RedHat knows that they can effectively take Linux closed-source by restricting access to documentation and fighting changes that are not in their own best interests.

At this point, they can market themselves as the only rational choice for corporate Linux support -- and this would be perfectly reasonable because they would have effective control of the ecosystem.

Linux (as in a full OS implementation) is an extremely complex beast and you can't just "fork it" and start your own 'distro' from scratch anymore -- you would have to leverage a small army to do it, then keep that army to maintain it. It's just not practical.

At the same time, Linux has matured to the point of attaining some measure of corporate credibility, and from RedHat's point of view, it no longer needs its 'open source' roots to remain viable. RedHat also, understandably, fears potential competition.

Through systemd and subsequent takeovers of other ecosystem components, RedHat can leverage its own position while stifling potential competition -- this is a best-case scenario for any corporation. It will have an advantage in the marketplace, potential customers will recognise that advantage, and buy its products and support contracts.

I hope you can understand why many see this as an extremely compelling case. Arguing that RedHat has 'ethics' and would 'never do such a thing' is immature and silly -- RedHat is a corporation, it exists to profit from its opportunities, just like any other company. To attempt to argue that it would not do so is contrary to what we can assume is its default state.

It's no 'conspiracy theory' to assume that a corporation will behave like a corporation; arguing that it is just makes one look like a naive child. systemd is one large step toward RedHat gaining the ability to reap what it has sewn -- for its benefit and not necessarily ours.

https://lkml.org/lkml/2014/11/16/301

about a week ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

walterbyrd Re:What about Linus (551 comments)

Let's be honest: Linus is known to have something of an ego.

My guess is: Linus is not speaking up because Linus does not the world to know how powerless he has become.

Red Hat is the 800 pound gorilla.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

walterbyrd Re:Change (551 comments)

Also worth noting that systemd has morphed into something that is *way* beyond what it was originally sold as.

If you remember, systemd was supposed to just be an init replacement. And if you did not like systemd, you could remove it and go back to init. All that changed - after the adoption.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

walterbyrd Is resistance futile? Will Linux be assimilated? (551 comments)

Does Devuan have a chance?

Systemd is clearly Red Hat's attempt to monopolize Linux. And I am afraid it will work.

What we are seeing now is only the beginning. Within a few months, about 95% of all Linux installs will be running systemd. Once that happens, Linux will be completely at the mercy of RH/Poettering.

Red Hat is going step-by-step from Microsoft's playbook. Even the propaganda is the same: "users demanded it" "the only people who don't like it are a handful of Luddites" "the decision has already been made, why are you fighting it."

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

walterbyrd Re:Fork it all (551 comments)

> It remains to be seen if anyone truly cares enough to bother.

You mean like Devuan?
https://devuan.org/

It will be interesting to see if Devuan gets any traction.

It is entirely wrong to assume that acceptance of something means that it's better, or that users like it. Microsoft pushes stuff that users hate all the time: ribbon, metro interface, DRM, WGA, OOXML. Microsoft can get away with this because Microsoft is the dominate player. The exact same is true of Red Hat. Debian did not accept systemd because Debian loved systemd, Debian accepted systemd because Debian felt that it was inevitable.

This is also why there are not a lot of popular forks. People figure forking is a waste of time because Red Hat has all the power.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

walterbyrd Re:How do things need to change to live with syste (551 comments)

Could libreoffice, gimp, etc. be made to be indirectly dependent of systemd?

For example, what if Red Hat dictates that only recent versions of Gnome will work as the DE - systemd will reject any other DE.

To run libreoffice, you will need some sort of WM/DE, and since only one is available, you will have to use Gnome, which means you will also have to use systemd.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

walterbyrd Re:Fork it all (551 comments)

Because other distributions have been pressured into accepting systemd.

Red Hat is the 800 pound Gorilla in Linux. Red Hat forces systemd acceptance the exact same way that Microsoft forces OOXML acceptance, or DRM acceptance. And then justifies their actions with the same propaganda "because users demanded it."

about two weeks ago

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Time capsule buried by Paul Revere, Samuel Adams sees light of day

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month and a half ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "The time capsule is thought to contain coins dated between 1652 and 1855 and an engraved silver plate, among other things. The box will be X-rayed Sunday, and then officials will determine when to open it."
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Patent troll hits major pharma company

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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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