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Comment: Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (Score 1) 1198

by Lord Apathy (#46880723) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

"The blood of the First Men still flows in the veins of the Starks, and we hold to the belief that the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword"

George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones

While I am pro death penalty in many cases and a strong believer in hanging I believe the quote above has some merit. If the prosecutors or the judges where required to pull the switch, then I believe we wouldn't have such a rush to impose the death penalty.

Comment: Re:Troi (Score 0) 512

by Lord Apathy (#46615127) Attached to: Why <em>Darmok</em> Is a Good <em>Star Trek: TNG</em> Episode

I found Claudia Christian's character in B5 far more attractive than I ever found any of the Star Trek chicks. I like strong female characters that know how to handle themselves. I've never seen why people are attracted to Troi and Crusher characters at all.

But I will admit that I did start paying better attention to Voyager after they added that borg set of tits and ass to the show.

Comment: Re:Standards? Standards anyone? (Score 1) 91

by Lord Apathy (#46538299) Attached to: OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

The ZFS filesystem from Solaris Unix has some features that ext4 does not, especially filesystem snapshots.

I don't really conceder ZFS to be an experimental fliesystem. I would regard it as a mature and tested file system and I would not have the same issues with someone using it as a specialized file system like I mentioned. But at the same time I wouldn't regard it as a standard file system the same way ext3/ext4 is.

The snapshot feature you mentioned, I admit, would be very handy, but you can achieve the same thing using logical volumes and ext4. Unlike ZFS logical volume management is a standard part of all linux distos. I've not used ZFS so I don't know how complex its snapshot feature is and how it would compare to LVM snapshot feature. Using LVM does add an extra layer of complexities in file system management but if you are using a 3rd party file system then the complexities that lvm adds shouldn't be a problem for someone capable of using ZFS.

Comment: Re: Ridiculous. (Score 1) 914

Not to get all House Stark or whatever, but execution is a messy business and it does noone any favors to try to minimize that. Anyone crying "its too barbaric" should try to remember that we're ending someone's life here, and that doesnt really change just because you do it in a sterile antiseptic clinical setting.

Speaking of House Stark I was just thinking of that line used in the book.

"If you would take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die."

I personally think this would be a good thing. If your going to be the one to sentience someone to death, you should be the one pulling the trigger.

Comment: Re: Ridiculous. (Score 1) 914

Of course, you need a drug with low failure rate, but there are different ways.

I really don't understand why we go through all the trouble come up with some drug or drug cocktail myself. Just hang the bastards and be done with it. We have been doing that way since the dawn of civilization so why change now. Dead is dead.

Of course if we are still having a need for a death penalty I would question how civilized we actually are.

Comment: Re:Standards? Standards anyone? (Score 1) 91

by Lord Apathy (#46537451) Attached to: OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

There is a reason to sick to the ext3/4 filesystem as the standard filesystem. Because it is the standard. Almost every filesystem tool in the linux world expects to be working with ext3/ext4. Sure you have special versions for vanity filesystems such as reiser and this one, but most tools expect ext3/ext4. There is nothing wrong with running a specialized filesystem specialized applications such as databases but not as your main default system. And certainly not a damn beta filesystem.

Not off topic but completely on topic. People are doing stupid things with a experimental filesystem and I'm call it what it is. Stupid.

Comment: Standards? Standards anyone? (Score -1, Offtopic) 91

by Lord Apathy (#46533943) Attached to: OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

This is a example of some of the mind bogglingly stupid things that linux people do.

What I find funny now is years ago people on this board, myself included, where bashing microsoft for taking known standards and extending them. It was called embrace and extend. Linux at the time was the banner for standards and doing things right.

Now we have a major distro changing from the standard filesystem, ext3/ext4, to what is technically a experimental file system and using as the default install. This is crap that give linux a bad name. Linux will never take the desktop with bone headed decisions such as this.

There is a reason to sick to the ext3/4 filesystem as the standard filesystem. Because it is the standard. Almost every filesystem tool in the linux world expects to be working with ext3/ext4. Sure you have special versions for vanity filesystems such as reiser and this one, but most tools expect ext3/ext4. There is nothing wrong with running a specialized filesystem specialized applications such as databases but not as your main default system. And certainly not a damn beta filesystem.

Of course we are not new to bone head decisions are we when it comes to standards. Like the gnome people deciding that the middle mouse button is no longer important. Something that has been standard in xwindows and unix since it crawled out of the data ooze that spawned it.

Comment: Re:Oh noes! (Score 1) 51

by Lord Apathy (#46478693) Attached to: Singapore To Regulate Virtual Currency Exchanges

I think the BitCoin community is doing a pretty good job of ruining the currency on their own without government help

Of course it is. You just keep right on thinking that. It's doing such a good job that you don't have scams like Mt Gox or other exchanges just vanishing in the night. Naw, nobody is out almost a half a billion dollars because of a poorly run exchange or just outright theft. Damn, skippy its doing a fine job.

Hey, how would you like to buy a bridge? It's in New York state right outside of Brooklyn. Only 400,000 bitcoins.

Comment: Re:Did everybody take their stupid pills this morn (Score 1) 77

by Lord Apathy (#46357273) Attached to: Kepler's Alien World Count Skyrockets

I suppose the Drake Equation isn't complete crap. I still believe as a scientific formula it's pretty useless. But if you poke in numbers to what we know, it can give us some ideal what we can expect. An as someone pointed out as the years go by we might be able to fill in the more answers. But one thing is certain no matter what number we can find the answer to the Drake Equation might always be 1.

Comment: Re:Did everybody take their stupid pills this morn (Score 1) 77

by Lord Apathy (#46351583) Attached to: Kepler's Alien World Count Skyrockets

As for Drake - even he knew he was whistling in the dark

The Drake equation is crap. There are any number of variables in that can never be known.

L the length of time civilizations release detectable radio signals. Well that can be anything, we will never know the exact answer to that one. For us it could be 100 years. For some other civilization it could be a 1,000. We will never know that.

fi is the fraction of planets that go on to develop life. That will also be another for ever unknown. We only guess at how many plants that will develop intelligent life.

I could go on and on but basically the Drake equation depends completely on numbers that anyone could pull out of their ass. So as a scientific formula its useless.

Comment: Re:Sad (Score 1) 695

by Lord Apathy (#46344565) Attached to: Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

Can you explain why government oversight didn't stop Lehman brothers? or Bernard Madoff?

Government oversight doesn't always stop things from happening and people find ways around the system. What government oversight and regulations do is put boundaries on things and provide fall back and safety nets. And yes it does make people feel better and restore confidence in the system. Which is what modern economies are based on, faith. People don't have faith in the system and it falls apart.

Yes, government over sight did top the Lehman Brothers and Bernard Madoff. Where is Bernard Madoff now? He is currently incarcerated in a federal prison. What about the Lehman Brothers? The are involved in ongoing litigation involving their affairs. So yes, government oversight did stop them. With the regulations the people involved in these affairs have legal means to attempt to recoup their investments.

With out such regulations the people that lost money in Mt. Gox are screwed. They have no legal recourse to get any of their money back. It is gone. An the people that did it will probably get away with it.

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