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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

weav Re:Linus being Linus (361 comments)

"Aspie"-ness itself is no license, I agree. These peeps bring other skills to the table that make it worth tolerating their downsides. By all reports, Jobs was a narcissistic a-hole most of the time, but his eye for design and usability made him worthwhile. I got tired of working for/with people like that so I no longer do. I might have made one kernel contribution long ago, but no occasionto do Linux kernel work since then.

about two weeks ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

weav Re:Ideology of Nice* (361 comments)

Kind of rare in LA too, and parts of the SF Bay Area.

about two weeks ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

weav Linus being Linus (361 comments)

Linus is Linus, just as RMS is RMS; you have to take them on their own terms or leave them alone. Me, I leave them alone.

If you want to play in their sandboxes, you have to deal with their quirks. Kinda like with Apple.

Welcome to Earth, here's your pitchfork.

about two weeks ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

weav Re:File A Fistful (349 comments)

The problem is the cost to defend it, for the 22-YO hacker.

about a month ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

weav Re:I am disappointed in Orbitz (349 comments)

As covered in comments above, Orbitz is owned by a consortium of airlines. So they are just doing the bidding of their reptilian corporate overlords. Hi, Bob.

about a month ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

weav Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (542 comments)

What's Hebrew got to do with it? Wasn't the Revelation of St. John The Divine written in Greek, and used "Greek Numerals" (also a letter-based system)?

about 5 months ago
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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

weav Re:Los Angeles (103 comments)

So, it's Los Angeles?

Kinda sounds more like Tokyo. You are in a maze of twisty little subway lines, all different.

about 5 months ago
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SRI/Cambridge Opens CHERI Secure Processor Design

weav Re:How does it compare to Unisys MCP ? (59 comments)

Coming late to this party, I can only share this one datapoint: If I recollect right, it was the hardware on the Burroughs Large Systems that was memory-safe. Arrays were done as Segment Descriptors, and if you indexed outside the segment it raised an exception. Byte-addressed (for 6-bit, 8-bit, etc bytes) were done as "String Descriptors" that referred to the Segment Descriptor.

The only other hardware I know of that did this lately was the UCSB P-system; there may be others since then.

about 6 months ago
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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

weav Somewhere at MIT, maybe Media Lab (204 comments)

I was still working at Symbolics back then. We thought it a little silly that the input focus followed the mouse.
Now I sort of prefer it that way...

about 7 months ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

weav Re:Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra (465 comments)

"Needs fixed" etc. is a regionalism, mostly in the "German Belt" from Eastern Penna. thru Southern Michigan. At least that's what I recall from Grammar Girl's survey a while back.

about 10 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

weav Re:No chairs were involved (248 comments)

You mean he wasn't really angry, or he wasn't really crazy?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Bruce Schneier Be Trusted?

weav Oh please (330 comments)

If we can't trust old Bruce, we're all screwed. Though possibly we are anyway. But if he's an asset, he's pretty well disguised.

about a year ago
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German Scientists Achieve Record 100Gbps Via Wireless Data Link

weav Re:Damn it. (67 comments)

You talking about Hedy Lamarr here?

about a year ago
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Java 1.7.0_40 promises to kill casual use of java ?

weav Java 1.7.0_40 promises to kill casual use of java (2 comments)

"Revoking its certificate" implies that the cert is somehow checked against a revoked list before it's run. Does this then preclude all offline or embedded app running?

about a year ago
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My ISP...

weav Re:Sonic.net FTW! (290 comments)

What place would this be, and what law prevents others?

about a year and a half ago
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My ISP...

weav Re:Sonic.net FTW! (290 comments)

Sonic does not cap my bandwidth. The copper they rent from AT&T may cap my bandwidth, but upstream of Sonic's DSLAM in the AT&T CO it's all good.

Hi, Dane!

about a year and a half ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

weav Re:english? ... try finnish! (1501 comments)

As I understand it, he speaks Swedish, being part of the Swedish-speaking Finnish minority. Swearing in Svensk is not nearly so mean...

about a year and a half ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

weav Grumpy old young men (1501 comments)

Here I thought Linus was too young to be a grump old man.... maybe I was mistaken.

about a year and a half ago
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Yahoo Puts AltaVista To Death

weav Re:yea I do remember (176 comments)

next we are going to have a candlelight service for lycos?

Who even owns Lycos any more? Last I heard Telefonica sold them off to some Korean investors who shut the place down to minimal size.
Whowhere (which they acquired to get MailCity, which became Lycos Mail) still exists but I can't imagine what people database it searches.

about a year and a half ago
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India To Send World's Last Telegram

weav Re:dots and dashes = ones and zeroes = binary = di (205 comments)

Actually AFAIK they were sent using 5-bit Baudot code since around the '20s. Could be off by a decade or two.
Hand-sent-and-received Morse went out a while back.

about a year and a half ago

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Text Messaging implicated in Chatsworth rail crash

weav weav writes  |  more than 6 years ago

weav (158099) writes "AP story, here shown at Salon, says engineer in Chatsworth (LA) train crash was texting some kids just before hitting an oncoming freight. He had to have blown past a red signal at end of Chatsworth siding and forced the switch to hit it.

Moral: Hang up and drive, whatever the vehicle..."

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