Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

walterbyrd Re:Power User vs. Common User (519 comments)

How does making Linux worse create more Linux adopters?

IMO: Linux adoption is not about ease of use, it's about entrenchment. MS is masterful at using vendor-lock-in techniques, and leveraging the network effect.

Creating a huge rift in the linux community with this systemd crap is not going to improve desktop linux adoption in the least. In fact, it will have the opposite effect.

3 days ago
top

Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

walterbyrd Re:Udev, gnome kde,... - again (519 comments)

> Never see these discussions with Microsoft. It's their way (or the highway),

Microsoft Windows is not built on open-source code that was created by the community. Microsoft owns Windows, Red Hat does not own Linux.

Linux is supposed to be the anti-MS, that is one thing that a lot of people like about Linux. Some users do not like being shoved around by an abusive monopoly: be it Microsoft or RedHat.

3 days ago
top

Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

walterbyrd Are big institutions upgrading to RHEL 7 ? (519 comments)

That is what really matters.

Nobody cares if individual users switch to Slackware, or FreeBSD, or whatever. In fact, Red Hat would probably prefer that.

But, if the big companies, and governments, stick with RedHat 6.5, I think that would be a big deal.

I doubt big institutions would switch away from RHEL, they like that corporate support. But, I can see big institutions holding off on buying RHEL 7, and that would be a big deal.

3 days ago
top

Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

walterbyrd Re:Hope! (519 comments)

Until recently, when RHEL 7 was released, RHEL was running a five year old kernel.

Actually, I am using CentOS 6.5 right now. I have CentOS 7 installed on another desktop, but 6.5 with the way old 2.6 kernel just works much better. Gnome2 and init.d work just fine - why change them?

Why get in such a wad about an old system? What do you actually need your system to do?

3 days ago
top

The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

walterbyrd Here is why you never chase what's "hot" in IT (201 comments)

1) By the time you learn it, it won't be hot anymore.

2) It's all about experience. Don't take my word for it, look at the job ads. Learn something all you want, if you don't have five years experience in it, your knowledge is useless.

3) These articles about what's "hot" are just standard corporate propaganda. IT employers always want people chasing their tails, studying everything, just so they have a larger labor pool.

4) Don't get constantly distracted trying to learn what is supposedly "hot" at the moment, just learn anything useful, and be very good at it. Being very good at anything useful is far more valuable than a superficial knowledge of the latest fad.

5) These articles don't tell you anything more than they tell everybody else in the world. Learning whatever is not going to give you any competitive advantage.

All JMHO, of course.

Disclosure: I worked in IT for over 30 years. I have held several jobs, at several companies. I have been through the hiring process a lot.

3 days ago
top

HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

walterbyrd Re:HBO, Hit Your Marks: (139 comments)

The $2.49 an episode would work for me. But not the $49 a month.

5 days ago
top

HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

walterbyrd NFLX is down over 20% today. (139 comments)

Not sure if that relates to the story. It might.

5 days ago
top

ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

walterbyrd Re:Are those Amazon sales legitimate? (344 comments)

I also like the fast boot up, fast shut down, and no need for AV.

I brought one with me on a recent trip to Mexico, and used it all the time.

I bought one of the Samsung chomebooks for $150. It has been quite a bargain.

about two weeks ago
top

ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

walterbyrd Re:One huge customer - schools (344 comments)

Can you provide compelling evidence that Microsoft, Apple, or Yahoo, are any better?

about two weeks ago
top

FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

walterbyrd Re:Illegal? (578 comments)

I was thinking that "I don't know" would be the appropriate answer, if you have never been convicted.

Is it legal to listen to copyrighted music on youtube? Honestly, I am not sure. Copyright laws are always changing, and very open to interpenetration.

about two weeks ago
top

A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

walterbyrd Re:Suspension of Disbelief (193 comments)

They want their viewers to feel good about themselves. They figure their viewers are working class dopes.

Also, they know there is a fascination with people who have high IQs, but are deficient in other ways.

about two weeks ago
top

A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

walterbyrd Isn't everybody on TV a genius? (193 comments)

On TV, an IQ as low Albert Einstein's (165?) is a joke.

Big Bang Theory, Fringe, Criminal Minds, etc; I think everybody has an IQ of 190, or better.

Furthermore, I would think that everybody on slashdot would know that computer security is all about high speed car chases and gun fights. It's not as if computer security people just sit around in front of computers all day.

about two weeks ago
top

Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

walterbyrd Bottom line: is Systemd popular with Linux users? (771 comments)

Are Linux using companies rushing to get RHEL 7? Are Linux users anxious to upgrade to Systemd based systems? Or, has Linux with Systemd proved unpopular?

about two weeks ago
top

Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

walterbyrd Re:Financial burden to operators? (142 comments)

But in this case, the specs were changed long after the fact.

I don't think Honeywell made defective devices, the FAA changed the requirements years later.

about three weeks ago
top

Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

walterbyrd Re:Why is Boeing responsible? (142 comments)

Is Boeing responsible? Are you sure? I don't remember reading that.

I would like to know who is supposed to pay for this: Boeing? Honeywell? The airlines?

about three weeks ago
top

Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

walterbyrd What about Youtube? Spotify? (171 comments)

I can listen to practically any song I want on youtube or spotify.

about three weeks ago
top

Matchstick and Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle

walterbyrd Only seems to work smoothly with youtube. (106 comments)

It is not even certified to work with Google's own Chromebooks.

about three weeks ago
top

HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

walterbyrd Don't believe it until you can buy it. (182 comments)

Microsoft has a long history of over-promising, and under-delivering.

This has been going on for decades: "don't buy our competitor's product! We are just about to release something that completely blows it out of the water!" Then Microsoft starts pushing back the delivery date, changing prices, dropping features, and so on.

about three weeks ago
top

Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

walterbyrd Re:I still don't get this. (304 comments)

Practically everybody puts their phone in a case. Which makes wonder: why is phone thinness such a huge issue?

Apple especially acts like the thinness of the phone is one of, if not *the* most important feature. But once you put the phone in a case, then shaving 2mm off the thickness means nothing.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

top

Systemd's Leonard Poettering's poor pitiful me letter

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about two weeks 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)."
Link to Original Source
top

Why the FCC will probably ignore the public on network neutrality

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about two weeks 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."

Link to Original Source
top

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

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about three weeks 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""

Link to Original Source
top

Offshoring: good for corporations, bad for everybody else.

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month 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."
Link to Original Source
top

Microsoft lays off 2,100, axes Silicon Valley research

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month 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."
Link to Original Source
top

You can't patent movies or music. So why are there software patents?

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month 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."

Link to Original Source
top

MIT's robotic cheetah no longer needs a leash

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month 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."
Link to Original Source
top

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) slams Mark Zuckerberg

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month 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."
Link to Original Source
top

Software patents are crumbling, thanks to the Supreme Court

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month 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."
Link to Original Source
top

Why Does EU Consult Microsoft On How Google Should Operate?

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month and a half 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."
Link to Original Source
top

What's wrong with American health care

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month and a half 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"

Link to Original Source
top

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."

Link to Original Source
top

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

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 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."
Link to Original Source
top

Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access to Free Software

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 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."
Link to Original Source
top

How patent trolls destroy innovation

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "A new study by researchers at Harvard and the University of Texas provides some insight on this question. Drawing from data on litigation, R&D spending, and patent citations, the researchers find that firms that are forced to pay NPEs (either because they lost a lawsuit or settled out of court) dramatically reduce R&D spending: losing firms spent $211 million less on R&D, on average, than firms that won a lawsuit against a troll.

"After losing to NPEs, firms significantly reduce R&D spending — both projects inside the firm and acquiring innovative R&D outside the firm," the authors write. "Our evidence suggests that it really is the NPE litigation event that causes this decrease in innovation."

Link to Original Source
top

Breakthrough discovery of quantum computing methodology

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "A research team led by University of Chicago scientists have discovered a new methodology to document quantum mechanical behavior of electrons contained in the flaws of diamonds. The scientists blasted a region of a diamond that contained a nitrogen atom with repeated, quick pulses of a laser beam, which enabled the team to control the quantum state of the area as well as observe the electron state of a single electron."
Link to Original Source
top

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Mission Statement

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "The entire song is made of corporate jargon and buzzwords. The video is one of those fast-draw whiteboard scribes.

It's getting to the point where Weird Al Yankovic accelerates his brand trajectory using management philosophy (that last part ripped from a youtube poster)."

Link to Original Source
top

Silicon Valley has created an imaginary staffing shortage

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 3 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "As longtime researchers of the STEM workforce and immigration who have separately done in-depth analyses on these issues, and having no self-interest in the outcomes of the legislative debate, we feel compelled to report that none of us has been able to find any credible evidence to support the IT industry's assertions of labor shortages."
Link to Original Source

Journals

walterbyrd has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?