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Comment Re:Hey Windows 10 (Score 1) 83

> Major companies will fear sensitive data will end up via NSA with competitors. They will complain, action will follow.

They know it _will_ end up in government hands. They remember well the record keeping used against those with unpopular political or religious beliefs inside the Iron Curtain, before the fall of the Soviet Union and the shift of countries to EU membership. A very few people in the EU are left who can remember the detailed record keeping used to find and discover Jews, gypsies, gays, the handicapped, foreign nationals, Communists, and other Nazi persecuted groups during WW II,

Comment Re:Might as well start calling him President Trump (Score 1) 550

Then perhaps you should read the second page, not just the first page. Absolute 2nd Amendment rights is a policy. So are the three front page synopses, and the suggested policies with them, that are based on old-fashioned isolationism. I agree that much of it is empty bluster, but that's been a great deal of Donald Trump's professional career. He's bankrupted companies to his personal benefit 4 times. Empty, even destructive bluster seems to be the core of his fiscal history and proposed policies.

Comment Re:Geez, it's like clamydia (Score 1) 211

Except that in other, prevous rulings, it was long ago found that SCO did not own the SysV UNIX copyrights. They still belonged to Novell, which had only sold licensing to SCO, not the actual UNIX copyrights. SCO should have been forwarding part of the previously collected licensing fees to Novell, which they had not been doing. As best I can tell from the analyses on Groklaw, SCO had no standing to file suit.

Comment Re:Geez, it's like clamydia (Score 1) 211

> Speedy trial doesn't have anything to do with length of the trial itself.

It certainly can. Lengthy delays in the court proceedings can be very prejudicial to the defendant. There are many interesting analyses of the trade-offs to ensure the defendant has the right to a speedy trial, but also has the time to examine the charges and prepare a meaningful defense. The results have often been unfortunate, as we can see in the USA with the number of young black men arrested and incarcerated on minor drug charges, awaiting their day in court for _years_.

Comment Re:she was outted? (Score 1) 550

Engineers whose VP;s or old managers insisted on buying HP during her tenure? I ran into several cases of that. It was expensive, confusing, error-prone, and destructive to network stability due to poorly supported hardware, mismatched feature sets, very poor quality outsourced manufacture, and the switch to Cmpaq "desktop" quality manufacture rather than HP's previously wonderful and durable hardware. The sales personal refused, outright, to provide a list price for any combination of equipment, and the website was carefully geared during her reign to not name _any_ prices. The sales personal all seemed to be trying out for Glengarry Glen Ross community theater productions, and seemed unable to even remember their lines. After various vendor calls with them, I become convinced that I could overhear them struggling in the background about who would get the steak knives, and who would lose their job.

It's taken HP 10 years to recover from her reign. They've become reasonably reliable hardware manufacturers again, but it was very painful.

Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 550

> Often, it's even worse than that. We pay beaucoup people unemployment and disability benefits who work for cash on the side.

I've done this, with my personal money, for people who were struggling for medical or family reasons. Quoting from the National Women's Law Center:

        2.3 million children lived with a parent who had been seeking work for 6 months or more in an average month in 2013.

Feeding children and trying to educate and house them when employed is incredibly difficult. There are many people currently on various local and federal support programs who are indeed struggling to escape poverty and making reasonable choices, who do only need some help to get on their feet and turn into taxpayers.

Comment Re:I am not a physicist but... (Score 1) 336

> It would be completely pointless considering how inefficient it would be.

Solar fusion is reasonably efficient, in the long run, over the lifespan of a star. It consumes quite a large percentage of the hydrogen, _eventually_, into helium. The power density is relatively low compared to various hydrogen isotope based fusion reactors, and it has the advantage of a very high ambient pressure throughout the core of the star, and no need to transform that energy efficiently into electrical or mechanical forms. And at such large scales, it can use the much less easily triggered reactions.

I'm afraid the fundamental problem with hot or cold fusion is the lack of fuel. The only reliable sources for enough deuterium and tritium to power most practical or even theoretical fusion reactor designs is fission reactors, and the hydrogen isotope based energy is only a fraction of their ordinary nuclear energy output. Fusion remains a fascinating technological accomplishment which I'll applaud as a technological marvel, but it's not a viable power source except possibly as an "afterburner" to extract more energy from fusion sources. And the difficulty of getting more energy from a fusion reactor than goes into generating fusion remains extraordinary.

Comment Re:no need for malware (Score 4, Informative) 49

It is also more effective on smart phones, tablets, and on multiple operating systems than most other voice tools. It's used regularly for business planning meetings when a telephone call is notably more expensive, especially for international teleconferences, and it's used for remote conferencing when a landline or cell reception does not work well. I've found it very effective noisy rooms, with a good pair of headphones and careful use of the "mute" button.

Comment Re:fast growth (Score 1) 273

The failure the other night was a real problem. I'm aware of a number of automated continuous integration systems that had problems with it.That brought github's reliabllity down to about "4 9's", which is still very good compared to most running systems.

I agree you _can_ use git with Sourceforge. The difficulty is the number of projects that continue to rely on the centralized, single canonical source code approach of CVS and Subversion. It makes independent development much less safe, and far more difficult to merge safely. I'm afraid that in modern development, I see little excuse to support Subversion except for locked, legacy repositories.

Comment Re:fast growth (Score 4, Interesting) 273

Sourceforge lost track of what they were doing. They pursued ad revenue on their web pages, rather than quality of service and the business model of converting free open source and freeware software authors into paying customers.

So far, github has done very well at doing so and providing "5 9's" of reliable service. They've definitely been far more reliable than the in-house wikis and source repositories I've worked with in house and working with partner companies.And as much as I appreciate that Sourceforge has long-running CVS and Subversion projects, I genuinely wish they'd simply migrate and discard that technology. They're not reliable enough to use for the necessary 24x7 access to publish updates in a Subversion or CVS repository.

Comment Re:Take back Slashdot (Score 1) 1310

As do I. They provide invaluable protection for comments that might be politically unsafe tied to your own name in a public venue, but nonetheless vital to the conversation. Even the US Supreme Court has agreed that anonymity is an invaluable right, grounded in the free speech rights of the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

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