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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

whoever57 Re:Interstate Commerce Clause (314 comments)

Weed that doesn't cross state lines you mean.

Exactly. The Supreme Court has decided that weed that doesn't cross state lines can be regulated by the Federal government. Your opinions don't matter.

Yes, I agree that this does not agree with the text of the Constititution but it also follows prior decisions such as allowing the Feds to regulate wheat grown for personal use. Basically, the Supreme court has decided that anything that affects interstate commerce can be regulated, even if that commerce is illegal anyway. And yes, it's hard to imagine anything that doesn't affect interstate commerce.

12 hours ago
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

whoever57 Re:Yahoo does make money. (149 comments)

Yahoo mail is not bad at all IMHO.

I don't think that it is coincidence that, whenever someone I know gets their email hacked and used to send SPAM, they are using Yahoo mail.

There was an issue disclosed a few months ago which related to stealing Yahoo credentials -- I suspect there are others. It's either vunlerabilities at Yahoo or there is something about the type of person who uses Yahoo mail.

2 days ago
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Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

whoever57 Re:ALL the exchanges failed (156 comments)

You tell me you want a house built in two days... Fine... but if you expect there to not be serious problems and unforeseen issues as a result of rushing through the planning phase and then constantly changing the mission premeters throughout development... then you're being unreasonable.

Newsflash .. customers are often unreasonable.

In your scenario, if the contractor signs a contract to build the house in two days, then the contractor is liable if the house is not ready in two days. As the contractor, you should not take on a contractual resposibility that you cannot deliver. That's just as true for building a house as it is for building a large website.

As the contractor, you should have the expertise to decide to refuse the deal if the terms are impossible, or take actions to eliminate the risk.

2 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

whoever57 Re:I'm disapointed in people (689 comments)

All of this sounds good in theory, but in practice there are some terrible design decisions being made. For example, I tried a build of Red Hat EL7, which has Gnome Classic.

The first thing I tried to do was to customise the panel. right-button clicking on the panel did nothing. Why? I have later learned that I have to click <alt>-right-button on the panel to have the same effect. But why? How should a user know that s/he needs to also hold down the alt button? What was wrong with a simple right-click, which has been used for decades to bring up a context menu? The right-click has not been re-assigned, it just became non-functional.

The changes make the desktop environment less discoverable and hence less usable. It's this type of change that puts people off.

3 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

whoever57 Re:Funny (689 comments)

The board fell behind on bugging folks on payments because the processing took a lot of time and our financial controller was buried in work. As I was saying elsewhere, it's a scaling problem.

No. It's a management problem when an organization takes on a role that it is not equipped to execute and is not part of the organization's primary mission. Furthermore, it is a management problem because the issue was allowed to fester for some time with little to no action (as the minutes show).

3 days ago
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

whoever57 Re:Economy Class Only (145 comments)

The requirement of 'no business class' for air travel isn't unique to Amazon.

In large companies this may be really "no purchased business class seats", except that the company will buy for senior execs the most expensive economy seats and then get free upgrades for them because of the volume of travel bought by the company.

4 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

whoever57 Re:Funny (689 comments)

Here, our treasurer has answered the question you were asking.

Actually, that email thread does not answer my central question of "what was the board doing?", since the treasurer alludes to the lack of a budget, and that there appears to have been no action about that issue.

5 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

whoever57 Re:Funny (689 comments)

Your responses here do not put you in a good light. First you try to deflect -- stating that I should read the FAQ first and after that, you will answer "any questions", then, when challenged, you run for cover behind "consistent message".

You claim to "have had discussions about it", but the minutes don't support this claim.

5 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

whoever57 Re:Funny (689 comments)

Sure. Let me ask my question in another form. From the FAQ:

However, as the program grew, the processes did not keep up.

So, why no discussions at the board meetings about the problems with processes required to "keep up" with the OPW?

The OPW is not part of the Gnome organization's primary mission, so why did the Gnome organization take the lead? Why did the Gnome organization take on the lead role in something that it was not prepared to execute?

about a week ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

whoever57 Re:Funny (689 comments)

She can't spend money without the board approving it.

Do you then feel personally responsible for allowing 25% (or more?) of the budget on activities that are not mentioned in the mission of the foundation and merit zero discussions in the board meetings? I did not read every meeting minutes, I just went back to late 2013, but any item that takes 25% of the budget merits frequent discussions.

Looking at a few of the board's meeting minutes, it looks like the board are asleep at the wheel. No discussion of the impending financial crisis in the last 6 or 7 meetings, just business as normal.

about a week ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

whoever57 Re:To be expected (689 comments)

Hold the left alt key and right click on the panel to add elements. This is a GTK3 default that can be changed.

This is utterly stupid, broken design. How should anyone be expected to know this combination of keys? It's a GUI -- I should be able to discover how it works, not have to read the manual. The old way of doing things (right-mouse button) is universally understood to be a way to raise a context-sensitive menu. Why change? The right-mouse-button has not been put to any new use. In a nutshell, you have an example of the reason that many people despise Gnome3.

about a week ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

whoever57 Re:To be expected (689 comments)

Gnome Flashback is Gnome 2 with the gtk3 under it

Is it really? I tried an installation of RHEL 7, which uses Gnome Classic. As far as I can tell, the only way this is the same as Gnome 2 is in screenshots. The first thing I tried with Gnome3 in RHEL 7 did not work: right click on the panel to add elements. I right clicked on the panel and nothing happened. FAIL!

about a week ago
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Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

whoever57 Re:Coupled with systemd and LinuxBios (117 comments)

Systemd is _supposed_ to take a lot of the slow, sequential starup out of the actual system daemons:

So is OpenRC.

about a week ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

whoever57 Re:Is it not obvious? They have dirt on him! (312 comments)

If you concerned about you pizza ordering habits being of interest you need professional help. Further more may I remind you that the pizza delivering service has no reason or duty to keep pizza orders confidential.

Well done at both keeping ignorant of current events and misreading my post.

The point is that, if you call a pizza place that is also called by a "terror suspect", you become connected to the suspect and all your communications (not just the pizza orders) are more likely to be monitored.

I notice that you ignored the very important point that we should all be concerned about monitoring of the communications of politicians and their staff.

You should not post as anonymous coward, more like anonymous idiot, or is it anonymous shill (it is not be beyond the realm of the possible that the intelligence community are posting in /. trying to influence opinions).

about two weeks ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

whoever57 Re:Is it not obvious? They have dirt on him! (312 comments)

I don't call people on watch lists, I don't call any known criminals

Ever ordered a pizza over the phone? Then you may have called a number that is associated with terrorists (who also happen to like pizza).

Perhaps you don't care about your phone calls and emails being intercepted. Probably, I don't really care about mine, but I do care about interception of the communications of my elected representatives and their staff, and so should you.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

whoever57 Re:... really 13 years to update? (341 comments)

So, your argument is that, because Exchange is a "collaboration server", it's OK for it to use an insane amount of resources even when supporting a very small number of users? That's a ridiculous argument.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

whoever57 Re:... really 13 years to update? (341 comments)

To be honest, the 2003 version is far less of a piece of shit than earlier ones

Where I work, we have a Server 2012/Exchange 2013 setup. It uses an insane amount of resources for a mailserver that supports about 30 mailboxes. It's not even doing spam filtering (it's behind a spamassassin relay) and we had to turn off the built-in malware scanner, since that would regularly die, causing the incoming mail queue to hang.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

whoever57 Re:gentoo! (641 comments)

so do you think you'll ever need anything else?

I am at a crossroads right now. When I go to update my system, it wants to install Gnome3, despite my efforts to block this. I need to spend some time working on installing Mate, but that will make my system unusable for quite some time while I do this, since I need to remove Gnome2 before installing Mate (I think).

I have been very pleased with Gentoo. I have systems that were first installed 9 years ago, but are still fully up-to-date, with latest kernels, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

whoever57 Re:informal poll (641 comments)

Me: Gentoo at home. CentOS at work.

My wife and children use Ubuntu.

about two weeks ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

whoever57 Re:Isn't the upshot the same? (325 comments)

But if they *quit* their job, they must get a new visa, which means leaving the US and re-entering.

I am 99% sure that you are wrong here. Yes, they must get approval for a new visa, but, until they leave the country, they don't need the new visa to be stamped in their passport, so they don't need to leave the country just because of the new visa.

The US has made H1B visas a PITA anyway. In the past, when you renewed a visa, you could send your passport off to the State Department to get the new visa stamp, then they stopped this and you had to leave the country and go to a embassy or consulate somwhere in the world (eg Canada) to get the stamp. Now you have to go to your home country to get the new visa stamped in your passport.

about two weeks ago

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UK Government pays Microsoft £5.5M for extended support of Windows XP.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about two weeks ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The UK Government has signed a contract worth £5.5M (almost $9M) for extended support and security updates for Windows XP for 12 months after April 8. The deal covers XP, Exchange 2003 and Office 2003 for users in central and local government, schools and the National Health Service. The NHS is in need of this deal because it was estimated last September that 85% of the NHS's 800,000 computers were running XP."
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NSA intercepts shipments of new computers and installs software.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 4 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "According to an orginal report in Der Spiegel, and
secondary reporting in the Washington Post, the NSA intercepts deliveries of PCs and installs logging software or hardware on them before the customer receives them. According to a document cited by Der Spegel, interception is one of the NSA's "most productive operations"

Der Spiegel also reported that the NSA intercepts and uses Windows crash reports in order to gather information that is used to develop new methods to crack Windows machines."

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Microsoft pulls update for Surface 2 after problems.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 4 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "On Decemer 10, Microsoft released a firmware update for Surface Pro 2. Now, due to widespread issues with battery life, charging, sleeping, etc., Microsoft has pulled the update. It appears that some of the tablets failed to completely install the update. The number of people posting about the the problem in the Microsoft Community site shows that there are at least hundreds of users with this problem. What propeortion of the Surface Pro 2 user base does this represent?"
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Why you should not talk to the cops, redux.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 4 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The technique most commonly used by police in the USA for interrogations produces a shockingly high rate of false confessions. People who have solid alibis tend to be found guilty purely because of their confession. This technique was developed by John Reid and the defendant who confessed in the case that made Reid's reputation was shown, years later, to be innocent. The technique discussed in an article in the New Yorker magazine (subscription required). The author of the article also discuses it in an interview on NPR's Fresh Air program. The underpinnings of the Reid technique have been shown to be based on pseudo-science. The UK police now use a different technique, which is not focussed on obtaining a confession, but rather eliciting information which may be used to show the guilt or innocence of the interviewee: the PEACE technique, which is closer to the way journalists conduct interviews. Good cop/bad cop doesn't seem to feature in any techniques."
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Nearly 150 years late, the Church of England apologises to Charles Darwin

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 5 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Almost 150 years ago, the Church of England rejected Charles Darwin's theories. Now, 150 years later, the church is comparing that rejection to the rejection of Galileo's work. The CoE will publish an apology, written by the Rev Dr Malcolm Brown, the Church's director of mission and public affairs. The apology will be on a CoE website, going live on Monday, which will promote Charles Darwin's ideas."
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Team Oracle penalized for rules violations

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 8 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "On Saturday, Oracle Team USA and Team New Zealand begin racing for the America's Cup in the amazing AC72 boats. However, the Oracle team starts with a siginficant handicap. It was recently discovered that members of Oracle Team USA made illegal changes to the boats used in the Americas Cup Series (which is sailed in the smaller AC45 boats). After a hearing on Friday, the International Jury has decided on the penalty: Team Oracle will have to pay a fine, sail without some team members and more significantly, loses 2 points before starting the Americas Cup races against Team New Zealand. A tiny amount of weight had been added to the kingposts, in violation of the measurement rules for the class. This was reported to the measurement committee some weeks ago after its discovery by boatbuilders working for America's Cup Regatta Management (ACRM), not members of Oracle Team USA."
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The NSA can't search its own emails.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about 9 months ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The NSA responded to an FOI request asking that the requestor narrow the information required because its email system is "a little antiquated and archaic". This followed a request for information on emails between the NSA and the National Geographic channel, following the latter broadcasting a documentary that was very friendly to the NSA. The intent was to investigate the NSA's PR efforts. Apparently the NSA can only search individual employees' mailboxes and cannot search all emails across the agency."
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No porn from public WiFi hotspots in the UK

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The Prime Minister of the UK is proposing that porn should not be available through WiFi hotspots in public areas. Exactly how this will be implemented has not been identified, even to the extent of whether the ISP or the hotspot operator should implement the blocking. The Children’s Charities Coalition has demanded urgent action on the issue."
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Explaining the persistence of Microsoft in the Enterprise

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "Galen Gruman writes in InfoWorld about the persistence of Microsoft technologies in the enterprise. He notices that IT groups are the most likely buyers fro Windows tablets, despite their users preference for Android and IOS tablets. He blames this on "in-breeding" within IT groups — who simply expect Microsoft technologies "to extend into the newfangled technologies such as mobile and cloud". IT groups, he writes, will wait for Microsft to deliver the technologies that are already available from other sources. He summarizes the status of Microsoft's offerings thus:
"It's clear Microsoft's strategy is to withhold its better technologies to force users to stick with the inferior Windows platforms. IT is waiting for that magic day when Microsoft's Windows delivers beyond the legacy desktop.
Users, meanwhile, have moved on. They'll buy more tablets than PCs this year, and adoption will only accelerate as users start augmenting their PCs at work with tablets, not just buy them for home use as is usually the case today"
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European carriers complain to EU about anti-competitive contracts with Apple

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  1 year,28 days

whoever57 (658626) writes "Several European phone carriers have complained to the EU about the contracts that Apple imposes on them if they want to sell the iPhone. Because the contracts stipulate a minimum purchase, and the carier must compensate Apple if they fail to sell through that minimum, it has the effect of forcing the carrier to promote iPhones ahead of alternative phones. The European Commission is monitoring the situation. Apple claims that its "contracts fully comply with local laws wherever we do business, including the E.U""
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Microsoft cuts the price of Windows 8 and Office in response to slow sales.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "A report in ExtremeTech (quoting an article in the Wall Street Journal) details price cuts that Microsft has made for sales of Windows 8 and Office to OEMs in response to slow adoption. According to the report, the price of a dual pack of Windows 8 and Office for touchscreen devices under 10.8 inches has been cut to only $30 from the prior price of $120. The Wall Street Journal attributes the claim to anaonymous sources, hwever, other sites, including Digitimes report information that tends to confirm the original claim."
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Steve Jobs yacht held over disputed bill

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The yacht that Steve Jobs commissioned has been held over a claim that the architect's bill has not been paid in full. Co-designer Philippe Starck claims that Job's estate has paid him only $6M out of a $9M bill. The court of Amsterdam has allowed Starck's lawyers to impound the yacht."
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Sandy island found on 1908 Admiralty chart and 1897 The Times Atlas.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "In a follow-up to stories about the non-existent Sandy Island, a librarian in New Zealand looked for Sandy Island on the library's colection of charts. Sandy Island was
  found on a 1908 British Admiralty chart. On the chart, it was reported that the island was discovered in 1876. According to the report, another person found a record of Sandy Island on his copy of The Times Atlas of 1897."

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Man arrested at airport for wearing ornate watch.

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "A man was arrested at Oakland airport and charged with having bomb-making materials. The materials? An ornate watch and extra insoles in his boots. Despite the bomb squad determining that there was no bomb, the spokesman for the Alameda county sherriff's department claimed that he was carrying "potentially dangerous materials and appeared to have made alterations to his boots, which were unusually large and stuffed with layers of insoles". Linked in has a profile for a person with a matching name that (Geoffrey McGann) who is the owner and creative director of a media production company called Generator Conten"
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Craig Mundie blames Microsoft's product delays on cybercrime

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "In an interview in Der Spiegel, Craig Mundie blames Microsoft's failure in mobile on cyber criminals. Noting that Microsoft had a music player before the iPod and a touch device before the iPad, he claims a failure to execute in Microsoft resulted in Microsoft losing its "leadership". The reason for the failure to execute, in his words: "During that time, Windows went through a difficult period where we had to shift a huge amount of our focus to security engineering. The criminal activity in cyberspace was growing dramatically ten years ago, and Microsoft was basically the only company that had enough volume for it to be a target. In part because of that, Windows Vista took a long time to be born.""
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"excitement" over Surface launch was faked

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "A report in The Atlantic wire quotes Geekwire in a description of lines "around the building" but,
"a significant portion of those in line are somehow affiliated with Microsoft, either as employees, vendors, or contractors."

The same article describes a "press only" Surface tablet event at which the "clapping and hollering" came from a group of people who had badges that were different to the press badges."

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Paul Ceglia arrested and charged with fraud over Facebook ownership claims

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

whoever57 (658626) writes "The main who claimed ownership of 50% of Facebook has been arrested and charged with fraud in connection with his claims. The United States attorney in Manhattan said “Ceglia’s alleged conduct not only constitutes a massive fraud attempt, but also an attempted corruption of our legal system through the manufacture of false evidence,” “Dressing up a fraud as a lawsuit does not immunize you from prosecution.”"
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I finally did it: +5 funny with a one-word post!

whoever57 whoever57 writes  |  more than 9 years ago I finally did it, a one-word post was modded up to +5 funny! OK, so the title was 2 words, but there was only one word in the text -- read it here. If you don't think it is funny, then read the article text.

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