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Comment: GNOME Shell has the same problem (Score 1) 639

by Jizzbug (#46662507) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

GNOME Shell has the same problem... With developers worshipping their singular designer, Allan Day, and with Allan imposing his will despite tons of input from users about how his designs are not usable and are tracking behaviors from old versions OS X that Apples long ago admitted weren't usable and has since removed.

I see the problem resulting from this: Since 2010, European developers have eclipsed American developers in the Open Source community, in part because the US is experiencing another tech boom since ~2010, keeping the US devs out of open source and consumed with their professional work.

Our ancestors left Europe for a reason (European == You're-a-peon). These European devs don't have the benefit of that experience.

Comment: Re:Ukrainian hackers? (Score 0) 148

by Jizzbug (#46652315) Attached to: Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

This was us (the U.S.) getting back at Russia for helping Iran capture that CIA drone by spoofing m-code GPS with GLONASS. Now we have demonstrated capability to disrupt GLONASS globally.

When GLONASS went live just before the drone was downed, we were still in the process of launching new satellites to regain GPS superiority (Russia had GPS superiority for a short time there).

See, e.g.,

Comment: She has Panic Disorder (Score -1) 710

by Jizzbug (#46506525) Attached to: Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

From her testimony it is obvious that she has a case of Panic Disorder. Her condition can likely be treated with micro-nutrient supplementation, as is commonly done with pigs under stress in agribusiness who develop a form of cannibalism known as ear and tail biting syndrome.

See, e.g.,

Comment: Discovery Vault aka Secure Content Monitor (Score -1) 186

I worked on the software that taps government multi-function printer devices, auditing all scans, faxes, prints, and copies made by government employees.

The product was made by Perceptive Software, it is marketed by Lexmark. Search youtube for public product demonstration videos.

The system was intended to store all classified documents for full-text indexing and partial matching (to find snippets of sensitive information among 500 pages of hamburger recipes), but the government will probably use it in a hot-word or key-phrase mode, since storing all classified docs in it would create a single point of failure / single point of leakage.

Comment: French/WHO Interphone Study concluded this month (Score 0) 180

by Jizzbug (#46240385) Attached to: 11-Year UK Study Reports No Health Danger From Mobile Phone Transmissions


Glioma and meningioma
Overall, no increase in risk of glioma or meningioma was observed with use of mobile phones. There were suggestions of an increased risk of glioma at the highest exposure levels, but biases and error prevent a causal interpretation. The possible effects of longterm heavy use of mobile phones require further investigation.

Acoustic neuroma
There was no increase in risk of acoustic neuroma with ever regular use of a mobile phone or for users who began regular use 10 years or more before the reference date. Elevated odds ratios observed at the highest level of cumulative call time could be due to chance, reporting bias or a causal effect. As acoustic neuroma is usually a slowly growing tumour, the interval between introduction of mobile phones and occurrence of the tumour might have been too short to observe an effect, if there is one.

Comment: I put a GPL-based "Nuclear Option" into my patent! (Score 0) 52

by Jizzbug (#46229133) Attached to: Open Source — the Last Patent Defense?

I put boilerplate on the code segment figures licensing them under the GPL, so that if I need to I can apply "any later version" of the GPL which gives a patent grant! ... For the actual patent application the patent lawyers whited-out the GPL boilerplate in the code segment figures, and they added to the text of the patent, "The programs and program segments as shown in FIGS. 28 and 29 are believed to be subject to a GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2)." They stipulated a version to avoid triggering "any later version" clause and thusly the patent grant, but I help write the provisional patent application, and I know the boilerplates in the provisional do not specify a version of the GPL! ;)

So I've assigned my patent to a third party, my former employer, but should I ever need to use my own invention, I put a secret patent grant in it for myself.

The person who's taking you to lunch has no intention of paying.