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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

worf_mo Re:public actions != private beliefs. Chavez, Phel (824 comments)

Hugo Chavez, Fred Phelps, or Jane Fonda would be very bad choices as business leaders because they come with a ton of bad PR.

There's a deeper problem than bad PR with two of those people. Just sayin'.

about a month ago

MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet

worf_mo Re:Smelling more fishy every day. (227 comments)

I noticed the missing ) in your first post; it actually bugged me and would have haunted me all night had you not posted a correction. Thank you.

Oh, and here is the opening ( to the closing parenthesis above.

about a month ago

Debian Considering Long Term Support for Squeeze

worf_mo Re:im no linux expert by any stretch (46 comments)

[...] but particularly with devices running at remote locations, I admit to a bit more paranoia and skepticism.

Reminds me of upgrading a famous rpm-based distro in the nineties, it ended more often than not with a fresh install.

I find Debian's upgrades to be painless. Last week I upgraded remote servers (sitting in another country) to Wheezy; the whole process went so smooth it was nearly disappointing. These servers have now survived a few Debian release upgrades without ever seeing a remote hand.

about a month ago

Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested For Leaking Windows 8

worf_mo Re:Apple vs Tree? (197 comments)

GP never said it was right to take code in whatever form. Leaking a released build so that some "journalist" could publish a sensationalist headline and a few screenshots is one thing. No company can "make billions" off that. OTOH, leaking the source code of a proprietary OS could yield some money. Both ain't right (from a moral and a legal standpoint), but the distinction is important in order to assess the damage done.

To answer your question: If you give one of my software projects in binary form to a company I might be miffed. If you give them my source code rest assured I will be seriously pissed.

about a month ago

Police Say No Foul Play In Death of Bitcoin Exchange CEO Autumn Radtke

worf_mo Re:why the press don't generally report suicide (126 comments)

I worked as a proofreader for a newspaper at the beginning of the 90s, and the rule there (and at all other regional news outlets) was that suicides were never reported about. This unwritten rule had been established after a series of copycat suicides.

about a month and a half ago

Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Tool Comes Out of the Weeds

worf_mo Re:AWESOME (129 comments)

Any decent MTA will be able to handle aliases, this is by no means limited to internal mail systems. When you write to some.address@example.org, the destination SMTP server will look that address up. If it does not exist the message will be bounced with an error, if it is an alias for real.address@example org it will be delivered to just that account.

about 2 months ago

Rome Police Use Twitter To Battle Illegal Parking

worf_mo Number of citations (157 comments)

To put those numbers into perspective: In 2011, 2.5 million traffic citations were filed in Rome, about 45% of those have been paid. In 2012 the number of citations dropped to 2.2 million of which 39% have been paid. (source)

about 3 months ago

RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

worf_mo Re:That's not what I see. (523 comments)

The modern political arm of "Christianity" reminds me of what Gandhi (a Hindu) said. He said, "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians; they are nothing like your Christ."

This in turn reminds me of "The Second Coming", a novel by John Niven that I devoured a few months ago. The author paints a very different picture of God and Jesus, and both make it quite clear they can't stand Christians. I found this to be an excellent book, full of comedy and at the same time serious (and researched) stuff to think about.

From an interview with John Niven: "[...]if God and Jesus exist then surely they would be only Love and know only Love? The last thing they would be is these fearful, forbidding, judgemental figures that the religious right in America hold them up to be. They'd be dudes you'd want to hang with, as I'd put it in the novel."

about 3 months ago

DNA Detectives Count Thousands of Fish Using a Glass of Water

worf_mo Re:So, not counting then (61 comments)

Two decades ago I worked in a small team of “fish counters” to earn something during my time at university. This team was from the local government’s department of environmental protection and headed by a biologist. We’d drive up to a river, pull out our portable generator, drop one pole in the water, and walk in the river with the other pole, stunning the fish between the poles (they don’t die electrocuted, they are just stunned for a little while). We’d fish them out with nets, place them in large buckets and bring them on land, where the biologist counted and classified them before returning them to the river. His reports were then mainly used to assess the damages after an environmental disaster.

Once we were called to a spot where an oil truck had ended up in a mountain river. While we approached the place we wondered how that could have happened - the road was straight, no obstacles, excellent road conditions. But when we arrived we understood: right before the spot where the truck had left the road was a huge billboard with an underwear ad, featuring a nice young lady in a thong and nothing else. The driver must have craned his neck until the truck touched down in the river.

about 3 months ago

Book Review: The Digital Crown

worf_mo Flash? (69 comments)

"With Adobe Flash, it's possible to quickly get a pretty web site up and running"

Really? The beauty of Flash websites, here on Slashdot of all places? What's next, Amazon's backend rewritten in VB6?

about 3 months ago

How Do You Move a City?

worf_mo Re:Chinese (172 comments)

Ah, a linguistically adept nitpicker! Touchè! :)

about 3 months ago

Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

worf_mo Re:Efficiency. (937 comments)

For example, oblivious drivers shoulder to shoulder going the same speed and not letting anyone else pass. If the cars were autonomous then they could simply tell each other to move over. I would love to have that ability now.

But you do have that ability already - that's what high beams and horns are for! At least here in Italy.

about 3 months ago

How Do You Move a City?

worf_mo Re:Chinese (172 comments)

On a definitely smaller scale: Around 1950 several small towns in South Tyrol, Italy, had to be relocated to make place for an artificial lake (Reschensee).

The bell tower of the submerged 14th-century church is still sticking out of the water.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?

worf_mo Re:My Solution (381 comments)

I keep my ******** hidden in plain sight.

Doesn't seem to work :(

about 3 months ago

US Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes Because They Were "Agricultural Items"

worf_mo Re:Cotton and wool are agricultural items (894 comments)

Nobody is stripping me of my "natural fiber". Unless they want to see the not so proverbial shit hit the fan.

about 4 months ago

Have a Privacy-Invasion Wishlist? Peruse NSA's Top Secret Catalog

worf_mo Re:Dell (259 comments)

Jokes on them, though. I use the system for work and often read the news -- and that's about all I do.

I'm not sure who the joke's on, though. Now they know where you get your news from. And let me tell you, those commie articles don't go down too well with them!

about 4 months ago

Run Netflix On OpenSUSE

worf_mo Re:Right... (128 comments)

there are editors, right?

Editors on this site have been :qa! some time ago.

about 4 months ago

Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

worf_mo Re:telnet (381 comments)

While we are being nitpicky, AC didn't talk about a protocol. They wrote telnet as in "the client", not Telnet the protocol. A telnet client works fine to connect to and debug various services, I use it regularly with HTTP, SMTP, and IMAP.

From Wikipedia:

All data octets except \377 are transmitted over the TCP transport as is. Therefore, a Telnet client application may also be used to establish an interactive raw TCP session [...]

about 4 months ago



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