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Best Seating Arrangement For a Team of Developers?

wellingj Re:That's not flame bait ... (520 comments)

The only problem with that is when the mechanic needs to make his own alternator because the one he needs isn't invented yet...

more than 4 years ago
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Experts Closing In On Google Attack Coders

wellingj Re:Not Surprising (141 comments)

I don't think Google has enough clout to do this, but what could theoretically be done is send out the press release, then watch and see which of the 50 suspects starts to make some moves.

Don't you watch movies?

more than 4 years ago
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Experts Closing In On Google Attack Coders

wellingj Re:Propaganda (141 comments)

On the other hand you just made one of the best -1 flamebait threads for all time. If I had mod points I would have read all this and modded it +1 funny.

more than 4 years ago
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Hiding From Google

wellingj Re:"Don't trust Google, trust me!" (228 comments)

Private from whom? We already have fraud laws for identity theft. We already have the free market to regulate the likes of Google or other companies. We have the 4th Amendment. What else did you have in mind?

more than 4 years ago
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Using Fourth-Party Data Brokers To Bypass the Fourth Amendment

wellingj Re:Ghandi, eh? (181 comments)

It's only a misquote if you think I'm quoting from one source but am actually quoting from another.

I agree with you statement about Al Queada. The problem is that the US largely still refuses to ask the deeper questions of 'why'. So goes the question on global warming and so goes the question on terrorists motives. It's a solved subject to one politician or another, but in reality they both deserve much more thought.

I cheer for the people of Iran. May they reform their country though their own means without US meddling. If we do meddle it will likely turn out no better than North and South Korea.

more than 4 years ago
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Using Fourth-Party Data Brokers To Bypass the Fourth Amendment

wellingj Re:Equal protection from government and corporatio (181 comments)

So in a nutshell, you and I couldn't have this conversation (if you call it that) in a world without money because it would be incapable of producing all of the technology that makes it happen?

I took some liberties. Am I putting words in your mouth?

more than 4 years ago
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Using Fourth-Party Data Brokers To Bypass the Fourth Amendment

wellingj Re:Ghandi, eh? (181 comments)

And so people will talk even more about oppression by state. No one said it would be fun.

more than 4 years ago
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Using Fourth-Party Data Brokers To Bypass the Fourth Amendment

wellingj Re:Equal protection from government and corporatio (181 comments)

And statists always forget that the easiest and fastest way to change a corporation is to stop giving it money, which is not possible with the government. It's for this reason that it takes tens of years to change the government, but corporations can be made, broke, and resurrected in better forms in tens of months. The government doesn't have any interest in being good because it's survival based less on being good and more on being unobservable.

more than 4 years ago
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Using Fourth-Party Data Brokers To Bypass the Fourth Amendment

wellingj Re:We're doing it to ourselves (181 comments)

"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history." Mohandas Gandhi

more than 4 years ago
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Fines Fail To Curb Cell Phone Usage While Driving

wellingj Re:Big Surprise (339 comments)

Doesn't the person's individual abilities and condition of the road also determine other people's relative safety? I think there are people who can drive safely and talk on the cellphone at the same time.

So what would you propose? A certification process for walking and chewing gum?

more than 4 years ago
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Fines Fail To Curb Cell Phone Usage While Driving

wellingj Re:Technology vs technology (339 comments)

Except the bar you raised has nothing to do with driving and talking on the phone, just with technical skills. They are not related. What you would want is people with better 'monkey-brain' reflexes, not specifically technical talent.

more than 4 years ago
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Fines Fail To Curb Cell Phone Usage While Driving

wellingj Re:Big Surprise (339 comments)

Or anything not owned by you. If you can pull it off, no harm no foul I say.

more than 4 years ago
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Fines Fail To Curb Cell Phone Usage While Driving

wellingj Re:Prohibit children (339 comments)

What a modest proposal...

more than 4 years ago
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Fines Fail To Curb Cell Phone Usage While Driving

wellingj Big Surprise (339 comments)

Can you blame people for not caring about victimless crimes? You might as well fine people for disregarding the "Wet Floor/Piso Mojado" sign.

Don't get me wrong, if you run over someone because you were texting, you should get assault with a deadly weapon at least and negligent homicide at most (assuming no ill intentions), but nothing should be done until you actually do something wrong and injure another person or destroy someone else's property.

more than 4 years ago
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Sci-Fi Author Peter Watts Beaten, Charged During Border Crossing

wellingj Re:Open Letter (1079 comments)

Supreme determinator of US policy? No.

Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces that are fighting in a war that was not legally declared? Yes.

more than 4 years ago

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NASA building largest single-kernel Linux system

wellingj wellingj writes  |  about 7 years ago

wellingj (1030460) writes "NASA and SGI are building a new Linux super computer that contains a total of 1024 Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 processors, resulting in 13.1 TFLOPs. This computer would rank as the 64th fastest computer. As some may know, 1024 cores is the current max for SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) support. SGI has therefor developed the necessary modifications and submitted them upstream."
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wellingj wellingj writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wellingj (1030460) writes "As reported on ZDNet, Debian founder and chief technology officer of the Linux Foundation, Ian Murdock will be giving a 'Power Lunch' presentation at MicroSoft. On the table for discussion is the origins of Debian and it's community development model. The talk is being put on by Bill Hilf, former director of the Linux Lab at Microsoft. Microsoft Employee Rocky Heckman's blog might bring an cynical insider look of the talk. Stay tuned."
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wellingj wellingj writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wellingj writes "As Reported on Groklaw and LXer.
Microsoft is pushing a patent that in terms of OS stability and reliability is a good move. However, Microsoft has taken this good idea and decided to squeeze the pennies out of it. The patent proposes to modularize device drivers much like Linux, and apply DRM to these modules. The net effect would be that you would have to pay extra for OS harware suport. Things like USB keys, DVD-ROMS, Raid drives and video cards would most likely not be supported 'out of the box'."

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