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Comment: Re:I'm dying of curiousity (Score 1) 135

by jellomizer (#49191471) Attached to: Software Freedom Conservancy Funds GPL Suit Against VMWare

Or it may be due to a general confusion of the GPL/Willing to push its meaning to the limits.

This is why if I do any coding professionally, that is meant to be distributed, I avoid the GPL like a plague, and go with MIT or BSD licenses. Just so I have the freedom to choose how I want to expand the code.

Comment: Re:I'm dying of curiousity (Score 1) 135

by jellomizer (#49191423) Attached to: Software Freedom Conservancy Funds GPL Suit Against VMWare

I think it is mainly due to the issue, that enough hardware manufactures support linux officially that it makes it easier for them.
I expect if they lose the case, they may switch to BSD, or even work with a deal with Microsoft to use the NT Kernel, instead.

Sometimes if you force someones hand they just might leave the game.

Comment: General motion sickness. (Score 3, Interesting) 110

From my understanding, General motion sickness happens when your eyes tell you something that the fluid in your ears doesn't
Sure with some VR headsets they do not work well because the images that they show may not be timed or aligned correctly so your 3d perspective is kinda off. But you still have the issue of your ears saying you are not moving, or you are moving in a way that is different from what your eyes are saying.

That and some people have much different levels of tolerance so for some people you can cause motion sickness by just moving an object back and forth across their field of vision. While others it takes a lot more....

Comment: Re:If "yes," then it's not self-driving (Score 1) 336

by jellomizer (#49188119) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

A lot of these issues they have brought up as vehicle error was actually human error. "runaway acceleration, unexpected braking" That sounds like the person may have temporarily got their mind twisted and hit the accelerator where they wanted to hit the break, and vice versa. Most of the time when our brains get twisted, we quickly resolve the issue. But I remember resting my hand on a Soda Bottle while driving, a car with automatic transmission, and when I was driving after hearing the engine at a particular RPM with my left foot I tried to reach for a non-existent clutch, my right food off the accelerator. I hadn't drove a car with manual transmission for about 5 years, but a particular set of sentence tactile, audio, visual. Triggered a reaction that I wanted to change gears.
The problem is a temporary lapse in judgment, can cause particular effects. And there are enough people who will be too afraid to admit that they made a mistake would blame the technology.

If by for some reason your car is having runaway acceleration, instead of driving a herroing tail at high speeds like in the movie Speed 2 but only with a land base motor vehicle and not a boat, you shift the car in neutral, and break/parking(emergancy) break. You can do this while the car is in motion for Standard, Automatic, even Hybrid Cars.

Comment: Re:Subsidized? (Score 1) 245

by Mashiki (#49184241) Attached to: The US's First Offshore Wind Farm Will Cut Local Power Prices By 40%

A few times we've hit 15% generation by wind here in Ontario, most of the time it's 3-5% you can go weeks without any wind at all here. Solar is well crap, complete crap, even here in the summer even with the massive number of installs it's rare if it breaks 1%. Nuclear makes up between 60-75% of total daily generation as well.

Hell they threw such a fit over the waste-to-energy plant in London, Ontario back 20 odd years ago because "that was too expensive" as well. Never mind that it was generating electricity at 5c/ the hell that's expensive beats me.

Though I see some greenie has thrown a hissy fit and modded comments down because they don't like facts.

Comment: Re:Blackberry (Score 4, Insightful) 411

Microsoft has to prove that they won't mess up the smartphone like they did with the desktop. Consumers who use Windows do so because they have to not because they want to. Microsoft never was able to get a strong foothold in the mobile market, because there was too much bad feeling about having to use Windows on their PC. With the problems that were prevalent during the mid-late 1990's still sticks in people head.

Blackberry biggest mistake was not being more developer friendly. Once apple allowed for custom Apps, and Exchange compatibility, that started to put a nail in blackberry dominance.

Comment: Percentages means bad statitics. (Score 1) 87

by jellomizer (#49182485) Attached to: Demand For Linux Skills Rising This Year

For the most part, because the US is leaving a recession, that means there are more people hiring.
Having Linux on your resume has never been a bad thing to have. Even if you are working in a Microsoft Shop, the chances are there will be the odd Linux system for some particular application. And hiring people with more skills then less is normally a good thing.

Comment: Re:Chicken, meet egg (Score 1) 124

by jellomizer (#49182243) Attached to: Linux 4.0 Getting No-Reboot Patching

Without reboots, how am I to know if I setup my rc.d scripts correctly? Or kill that background app a user ran nohup &
I mean without having to reboot the system, I am expected to do real systems administration work, not just a blanket refresh everything, once in a while. Patches gave me a good excuse to do such.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 648

by jellomizer (#49181207) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

I honestly do not know. I never worked for the NSA. I do not know the culture. Me personally I would have quit, when I started to deal with information that was getting into the gray area of my morals, and couldn't communicate my issues up the chain.
However I think the line is in the details. Whistleblowing the few big issues as a general problem. Spying on US Citizens communication, having back door keys with big companies consumer products. Wiretapping our friends leaders phones. Should be enough to alert attention, without giving the detail that could disrupt a legit operation in plan, and put others at risk.

For me the real issue isn't what the NSA did, or is doing, but the fact there isn't any bottom up mechanism to alert on potential wrong doing.

The President wants to know what a country is doing. The edict goes to the NSA, The higher ups push it different departments, Each department uses its own specialty to answer the question to the best of its ability. Somewhere down the chain of direction the line was crossed. Or no one actually crossed the line, but the outcome of each legit action became an illegal total action.

Comment: Re:Daily Treadmill (Score 1) 131

by jellomizer (#49180151) Attached to: Treadmill Performance Predicts Mortality

Well that group of people who are fit, have altered their workout to have cardio exercise without using their legs.
If you have legs that allow you to be mobile, then the best cardio exercise is moderately high intensity, low resistance, that gets your heart rate up for a long time. Humans have evolved to hunt prey not by running faster than them, but tiring them out. While that bison can run 20 mph vs our 10mph, if in decent condition we can maintain that speed for about 5 minutes, while the bison may be able to keep that speed for 1 minute. So we just force them to run until they collapse. If you cut that speed down a bit you can go on exponentially longer. Running for hours at 5 mph.

Comment: Re:I'm healthy... (Score 2, Interesting) 131

by jellomizer (#49179829) Attached to: Treadmill Performance Predicts Mortality

Genes are a factor but not as great as you like them to be. The I have bad Genes argument is a copout towards working towards a better life. Your environment, has a major effect as well, and you have luck too. Changing your environment helps your odds.

Lets say everytime you smoke a cigarette you have a 1 in 500,000 chance of getting lung cancer. Lets say your genes make you more resistant so you may have 1 in 600,000 chance instead. So if you have good genes and you smoke a packs of cigarettes a day that is 20 chances in that 1 in 600,000 a day. If you have the average genes, and you don't smoke then you may get 1 chance every week from second hand smoke.

The evidence of the person who lived a long life despite having a risk factors may be due to just dumb luck, combined with other positive lifestyle choices not mentioned to get the overall odds up.

Also what you may call a bad Gene isn't necessarily a bad gene, but they are designed for a life style that we are not living.
There are people who keep on eating junk food and stay skinny, their body has a high metabolism. With our culture that seems like a good thing, however for these people if they are late for their meal or cannot eat, they merely go into a panic, their body had used up more energy then they took in, and they just used that energy for silly things, such as shaking their leg while sitting, or creating more body heat. Then you have someone with a slower metabolism, that means they will be tend to be heavier, and store extra fat, this extra fat can cause health issues. However if they are unable to eat for a while they are not in such a shock. Now if you have a slow metabolism, and you need to manage the risks of being fat, then you need to exercise, to force your metabolism to go up for while and burn fat, and/or adjust your diet to insure you are just taking in the amount your body needs.

That Gym membership doesn't change your Genes, but if you use that Gym membership, it will help you work with what your genes had evolved you to do.

Comment: 40% lower? (Score 0) 245

One is taken to wondering how power prices can drop 40% when there are tons of new infrastructure being bought and labor being paid to install it. Wind power isn't *THAT* much cheaper to run. I have a funny feeling there are significant tax breaks being given to the companies installing the stuff and tax increases being levied on citizens to make this 40% drop happen...which, if true, means it's not really 40% cheaper, it's just those savings are being offset by higher costs elsewhere.

Build a system that even a fool can use and only a fool will want to use it.