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Comment Re:Why would anyone be shocked? (Score 3, Funny) 213

Economists with an ideological bent make things up with no relationship to the real world and people believe them.

It's an old, but relevant, joke:

The First Law of Economics: For every economist, there exists an equal and opposite economist.

The Second Law of Economics: They're both wrong.

Comment Re:Patched on 7/28 (CentOS) (Score 1) 68

FWIW, it seems CentOS 6 was not updated (though there is an SRPM from RHEL for it).

The update is in the CR repo because of the preparations for the release of CentOS 6.7. Short explanation here (with the link to the page explaining how to enable the additional repo), and a couple of longer explanations further down the thread.

Comment Re:The power button (Score 1) 698

The whole point of the Caps Lock key is that you don't have to press it over and over.

Whew, so I'm not the only one... But why is that point lost on the modern crowd? Is nobody a touch typist anymore? I've been taught that capital letters are typed by pressing the Shift key on the opposite side of the key being input, which gets ridiculous if you have to enter a longish string of capitals, e.g., echo $LD_LIBRARY_PATH (and no, I might not be in a shell which lets me autocomplete that one, thanks for asking). So CapsLock is far from useless. Dual Ctrls likewise, by analogy with dual Shifts -- I'd never contort my fingers by typing Ctrl-T or Ctrl-B single-handedly, even if Ctrl were in the usual CapsLock position (which some people obviously prefer.)

Comment Re:IBM PC was an open platform (Score 1) 179

Are you under the mistaken impression that "open" means the source code is also free to re-use and distribute? It does not, contrary to how the FSF would like to redefine "open".

That's a misrepresentation of FSF's stance. They are the ones who grumble about using the term "open source", because they feel it's too loose, for exactly the reasons you have described.

Comment Re:I SURE FUCKING HOPE SO! (Score 1) 36

AIX is UNIX Done Right. It's the kind of UNIX that doesn't fuck around. It just goddamn works, and it works really well.

Unless much has changed with AIX, this quote still applies. I used to coddle some AIX servers in the 4.2-4.3 timeframe, and can vouch for the truthfulness of the quote. AIX is... strange. Though, in fairness, they did have LVM done right.

Comment Re:FEAR! (Score 1) 105

Control the populous with fear! Let's figure out a way to make them even more afraid of nuclear power so we can continue selling snakeoil solutions like solar and wind energy products.

The "populous" (ObGrammarNazi: it's "populace" in this case), as represented by the thieves of those radiation sources, has already demonstrated how informed and afraid it is: not much. How you can equate medical/industrial isotope capsules with nuclear power generation is another question. (Hint: you really can't, but it's so difficult to pass an opportunity for trolling, right?)

Comment Re:Great Firewall of China is bad enough ... (Score 2) 270

Actually, she [Queen E.] is the only one with the power to "enact" legislation. Parliament cannot create laws without her consent. She can therefore refuse to sign any legislation she objects to, and she has on occasion done so (typically tax laws that affect her personal wealth. Yeah.)

Citation badly needed. The procedure you've described is called Royal Assent, and has been a formality for ages; the last time it was withheld was... wait for it... in 1708. Yes, in theory Her Maj could veto a law, but that would be the end of her political meddling, if not the monarchy itself.

Comment Re:only? (Score 1) 947

So the guy is a pro biker and does a lot of his biking in scenarios that actually ought to be safer for bikes than riding the city streets. And he still gets banged up frequently.

Pro bike road racing is "safer" inasmuch as the peloton doesn't mix with regular traffic. That's it. Ask anyone who's been following bike racing with any regularity: crashes are a fact of life. And a broken collarbone is a typical cycling injury. You might even say that a racer who didn't smash a collarbone in his career didn't have much of a career in the first place.

Comment Re:"Want to know your weakness, listen to your ene (Score 1) 209

Once, some well known "C" developer, post an article about the current version of the Pascal programming version. Contrary to the Pascal community beliefs, the article had a lot of good critical points.

So, the main "Pascal" developer, added or changed features, and, the newer versions, allow to do everything, that was missing.

This sounds like a garbled reference to Kernighan's Why Pascal is Not My Favorite Programming Language. The title is drily amusing, and the points made in the article are technically true, but I can't help thinking that the dissing of Pascal is a bit disingenuous and/or missing the point. The language wasn't even designed for system programming, but as a teaching aid. Its popularity far outside the original remit just underscores the dearth of sane high-level languages at the time.

Anyway, Wirth didn't tweak Pascal; he designed a completely new language, Modula-2, which, by the way, happened before Kernighan's article.

Comment Re:HE.net? (Score 1) 164

Take a look at Hurricane Electric, they offer free tunnel, dns hosting, etc. [...] You can be up and running on an IPv6 tunnel from anywhere in 30 seconds!

Hurricane Electric is great, but note this item in their FAQ:

I've tried to create a tunnel but did not succeed. Is there a basic guideline on how to set up a tunnel?


*Two important notes:

  1. Your IPv4 endpoint address must be reachable via ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol).
  2. If you are using a NAT (Network Address Translation) appliance, please make sure it allows and forwards protocol 41.

That's protocol 41, not port, and support for any non-garden-variety protocol in the cheaper routers/APs is notably spotty. Who knows what POS you're going to end behind at your next hotel?

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