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Comment How did you avoid a cult of personality? (Score 1) 383 383

Linux doesn't seem to rely on a cult of personality around Linus so much as it relies on the person Linus, whereas other projects like Python form a cult of personality around Guido van Rossum, or GNOME 3 forms a cult of personality around designer Allan Day, etc.

How did you cultivate Linux with your strong personality while avoiding a cult of personality, and how can other project leaders employ similar techniques to benefit their projects?

Comment 1s > 128ms, therefore slew (Score 2) 233 233

NTP would typically slew a 1-second difference, so Google is not out-of-line to add the second at the beginning of the day and slew their systems over the course of the day. Google uses lots of vector clocks in their distributed systems, they may have calculated that slewing over the course of the day introduces fewer time differences between machines than counting the final second twice (due to drift, which is inevitable on any NTP slave, corrected by "frequency discipline" and error estimates).

Comment LIMITATION IS 10 YEARS IF YOU FILE (Score 3, Informative) 734 734

Statute of Limitations is 10 years IF YOU FILE.

If you don't file: there is no limitation. They can collect for all earnings over the course of your entire life.

Citizens have a different limitation than the IRS. The IRS' limitation never expires if you don't file, but your limitation to collect from the IRS, should they owe you, expires in 3 years if you don't file. There is a potential loophole to this in the Codes, but the IRS privately interprets that loophole to apply to amended returns only (I tried using the loophole). As a kid I was dumb and ignorant, and I considered about 5 years of returns as a savings account I'd collect on later. Well, I lost all of those returns because of the 3-year limitation for citizens to collect from the IRS. And I'd have to sue the IRS in federal court and win to get them to honor the loophole exemption on all returns, not just amended returns.

Comment There are tax implications (Score 3, Informative) 734 734

US citizens residing in foreign countries are still required to pay US Federal Income Tax while abroad, even if they never return. I guess you're paying for the protections the local embassies could theoretically give you, if you don't expatriate and renounce your citizenship in accordance with 8 USC 1481(a)(6).

Comment ^^ URBAN LEGEND (Score 1) 734 734

You are required to file under all circumstances, although they may not care to come after you if you fall below the minimum threshold for owing tax... See the relevant U.S.C. sections, all citizens are required... If self-employed then you will always owe tax, even if you only made $500.

Comment FEDERAL INCOME TAX && renunciation of citi (Score 1) 734 734

Technically, and IIRC, Americans abroad must continue to file income tax. You should be filing federal income tax 1040 forms each year. Do you? If you get American citizenship for your kids, they could become responsible for filing federal taxes when they start working, even if they never come back to the US, and if they never file and they do come back, they have owe a bunch of back taxes.

A lot of Americans who live abroad and never intend to return to the United States will renounce their citizenship in order to get out of the Federal Income Tax filing requirements. The procedure for renouncing your citizenship is described in 8 USC 1481(a)(6).

Comment There are two problems here: halting Ebola & f (Score 1) 384 384

Ebola is a real issue that must be address. It is growing exponentially, and the epidemic must be controlled and halted by an international cooperation before it either becomes a) endemic or b) pandemic.

People are scared by the very real numbers alone, the mere mention of those numbers, and the uncertainty of the statistics themselves, in part because they don't understand 1st) probability and 2nd) medicine.

When you point out that we shouldn't have to worry for at least another year, and that along the way there will be clear signs as to whether the situation is getting better or is worsening, giving us time to prepare, then they freak out even more, when it should actually satiate their fear, because it proves their fear of a slight chance of immediate threat is misplaced. It's as if a longer range perspective where we have time to watch and judge and plan makes them feel like the inevitability of an approaching disaster is more certain, when it's not.

Comment Re:Over-emphasizing (Score 1) 98 98

Thanks for correcting some of my semantics. :)

My point was that Python is a VM-backed language, similar to the JVM (more correctly, similar but lacking JIT), and unless you hit the GIL it performs quite well. Same as with Perl.

Here is Python's VM: https://hg.python.org/cpython/file/3.3/Python/ceval.c#l790

I'll attempt to agree with your Java sentiment by saying that Java only became worth a damn in 1.5.

Today it is respectable for a number of use-cases. My favorite use-case is JAX-RS 2.0. Anyone who writes REST interfaces in Node.js or almost anything else just likes to type a lot of unnecessary lines of code, manually injecting request parameters into business logic and manually creating encoded responses, etc. (Webmachine in Erlang, Ruby or Python is almost as respectable as JAX-RS 2.0 & Jersey.) In JAX-RS 2.0, my same web-annotated business objects and structure-annotated value objects can serve application/xml, application/json and application/x-www-form-urlencoded inputs and outputs without me having to write a single line of plumbing or conversion code, letting me focus on the business logic and domain object model alone.

In the event processing system I referred to, we rewrote it in Java and acheived many improvements in speed over Python (due to our I/O bound multithreading and, of course, avoiding IPC-in-Python along the way, which would have helped, as you say).

FWIW, Puppet is moving from Ruby to JRuby... I'm not a huge JVM fanboy, but it has its benefits on occassion, especially if you can avoid all instances of legacy code and legacy APIs. (Java has a done a better job of learning from their mistakes, but the mistakes linger in legacy code.)

PS: It is not well-known, but it is possible to do reified generics in Java with some hackery (with concrete anonymous abstract classes), if you really need some C++ template love in your codebase.

Nice chatting!

Imagination is more important than knowledge. -- Albert Einstein