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Comment: FCC Net Neutrality (Score 2) 58

by Curunir_wolf (#49365079) Attached to: Australian Government Outlines Website-Blocking Scheme

This will start happening soon in the US, now that the FCC has passed rules that only protect "lawful" content from getting blocked...

I TOLD you to be careful what you ask for. Everything will be scanned and known. How else will ISPs determine what is "lawful" content and "lawful" protocols (yes, that's in the language, too - "lawful protocols").

Comment: Re:Unicomp Keyboard (Score 1) 452

by Curunir_wolf (#49274559) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

based on the IBM model M. You will not need a new keyboard again for a good many years.

Model M keyboards do not 'die'. On occasion, one will be called to Valhalla to feast with the heroes of legend for eternity; so replacements aren't out of the question; but that's pretty much the only failure mode.

Not the only one. I have one that has several non-functional keys because enough of the plastic rivets that hold the metal plate to the internal plastic board have failed, producing a warp. There is probably some technique to re-attach it, but I haven't found one yet. 30 years ain't bad for plastic rivets, but clearly they have a limited lifespan.

Comment: Re:This sucks. (Score 1) 299

by Curunir_wolf (#49248871) Attached to: Sir Terry Pratchett Succumbs To "the Embuggerance," Aged 66

Using that logic, suicide bombers should be called "sacrificial bombers".

Probably so, but that doesn't make for good marketing / war propaganda. The people committing these acts don't call it "suicide", they call it Jihad or martyring. "Kamikaze" was translated for Americans into being synonymous with suicide, too, but it actually means "divine wind".

Comment: Re:This sucks. (Score 3, Insightful) 299

by Curunir_wolf (#49242941) Attached to: Sir Terry Pratchett Succumbs To "the Embuggerance," Aged 66

Some of the suicides are depicted as honorable, including the suicide of Samson.

Don't confuse suicide with self-sacrifice. Indeed, you could claim that Jesus committed suicide because he could have gotten out of the crucifixion several times, and chose to allow it - "the lamb" is sacrificed. Samson sacrificed himself in order to bring down the pagan temple of Dagon. He took many Philistine lords with him.

Calling this "suicide" is like saying James Brady tried to commit suicide by jumping in front of a bullet.

Comment: Training (Score 2) 343

by Curunir_wolf (#49076027) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

This is NOT a technical issue that new software will solve. It is a training or management issue. If people don't understand how to use version control, they will use it like a file share instead. I've encountered this MANY times, and right now I'm struggling with the idiots (actual software developers) that are using dead-simple SubVersion tools and STILL want to make copies for new versions, create new folders for the "current" docs and rename folders as archives. Constantly. And these are supposed to be DEVELOPERS! They seem to have no concept of tagging, branching, or even versioning in general. WHY did you delete all these files and then commit a bunch of modified files into a new folder!??!?

The only way to fix this is to create some policy and procedure documents (they can be really short and simple), and then get management to ENFORCE them. Otherwise, you might as well just throw out the version control system and let everybody do whatever they want in a shared store. Because that's what they'll do anyway if they don't "get" version control.

Comment: Re:Fear Mongering FTW (Score -1, Flamebait) 213

Really? Climate change is a Bible thumper thing? AI? Nano Tech? Sounds more like the left, not the right.

No - it's an effort to destroy the most successful world economies. They even admit that's the goal. Nothing to do with "environmentalism".

Comment: Re:I love you man (Score 1) 305

by Curunir_wolf (#49032557) Attached to: Alcohol's Evaporating Health Benefits

Looking over the history of alcohol and society, I would have to say that alcohol has brought more problems into society than has created social benefits.

Not true. Even if you dismiss the credibility of studies showing how beer and wine making promoted the formation of agrarian societies, it's clear that long ocean voyages would have been impossible without mead - it was the only way to store potable fluids for long periods.

You could even go so far as to say it was alcohol that created modern society. Now, you can claim we would all be better off if society had never progressed beyond hunter-gatherer lifestyles, but that's a pretty pessimistic viewpoint.

alcohol addiction, something that happens to humans every three seconds in the world

Quite impossible. Alcohol addiction is not something that happens over and over - once you're addicted, it's for life. Just go to any AA meeting and ask. There are only 6.9 new people every three seconds. By your reckoning, that means that 43% of the global population are alcoholics. I feel like that's a bit inflated.

Comment: Re:I love you man (Score 1) 305

by Curunir_wolf (#49032297) Attached to: Alcohol's Evaporating Health Benefits

Something rather important is that all or virtually all of that effect is in your socialization and expectations around alcohol, not the alcohol itself. There are plenty of classic studies showing that people who believe they consume alcohol, behave as if they really did - and conversely, that alcohol does very little to your inhibitions unless you figure out that's what they're feeding you.

Those studies show less about the effects of alcohol and more about the way our physiology works. It's a placebo effect based on a conditioned response. It also works on people with severe long-term pain. After treating it with morphine successfully, an injection of saline because just as effective as actual morphine. Plenty of studies on that, too.

Comment: Re:I love you man (Score 1) 305

by Curunir_wolf (#49032241) Attached to: Alcohol's Evaporating Health Benefits

I'm not drinking alcohol at all this year (just as an experiment - I'm not a recovering alcoholic or anything like that).

Me too, though for different reasons. I ran out a few years ago and have been too lazy to go to the liquor store (the ABC store here in VA) to get some more. I do like beer, but don't often drink it because, I think, the Hops gives me a headache -- I have an allergy to pine needles.

As a major hop-head, you have my deepest sympathies, sir. I typically enjoy beers in the 70 - 120 IBUs range. If I had to stick to low (or non-) hopped beer I would certainly quit drinking it. In fact, I did for many years in the mid-to-late 1980's, before I discovered craft beer.

Comment: Re:Most. Transparent. Administration. Ever. (Score 1) 136

by Curunir_wolf (#49025069) Attached to: DEA Hands MuckRock a $1.4 Million Estimate For Responsive Documents

87,282 final rules have been issued in the last 20 years. Thatâ(TM)s more than 3,500 per year or about nine per day. The 2013 Federal Register contains 79,311 pages, the fourth highest ever.

If companies would stop devising ever more clever ways to mislead, cheat, and defraud while remaining technically within the letter of existing rules, then government might be able to stop revising the rules.

Right. Because we can't hold people responsible for their actions - if one person messes up, we need to make everyone pay. Typical government response.

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982