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Comment Let's them do it (Score 1) 62

Those guys wouldn't be the first ones to be surprised when people uses their open-sourced product in ways they never intended for releasing it under a license they didn't understand.

Yet even those of us who think we understand FLOSS don't know how it will work out in the long term or even if it is viable at all, at least in its current shape. It's a whole new economic model made possible by a radically new technology, and it combines some ideas from extreme communism (radical lack of proprietary control) with some ideas from extreme capitalism (radical competition and meritocracy). I say, let's those guys fund it so we can figure it out with real-world examples, instead of killing it because of a fear for the unknown.

Comment Re:Seriously?? (Score 1) 136

I routinely use X forwarding on a 10 megabit LAN without any problems. More likely a poorly written application is to blame.

The problem is that an X application which is written correctly for local display (for example, taking advantage of hardware acceleration) is "poorly written" for running with a non-local X server, and vice-versa. To handle both cases well you have to implement two different UIs, which shows that X's much-vaunted "network transparency" isn't actually transparent at all.

Comment Re:Seriously?? (Score 1) 136

What people want is ssh -X and yes it is a top priority to many.

That, plus the ability to reconnect to the same session (Ã la screen), ...

In other words, what people really want is the functionality provided by xpra. The thing is, xpra would actually be easier to implement as a Wayland compositor than the current hack based on Xdummy or Xvfb.

Comment Re:Cool! (Score 1) 269

If it were possible, you could use gravity for FTL communication, possibly even allowing you to violate causality.

What makes you think that this make it inconceivable? I wouldn't find it any more strange than the many-worlds interpretation of quantum theory, and that one has many supporters.

A lack of causality would mean that our perception of causes and effects is just the biased way we see the world, as a projection of a small subset of events (those with a direct causality relation) within a much more complex reality, where events can exist in a sequence without a direct causation.

In fact I would argue that many SF works about time-travel have conceived exactly that. The fact that it has a small chance to be true doesn't mean that we can't conceive it.

Comment Re:It's 2016 and I can't even easily run Wayland y (Score 1) 136

For example there used to be a keystroke for killing grabs. They removed it claiming it was "unnecessary" because you only need it if there's a bug in an application.

They removed it because it was a security problem, not because it was "unnecessary". You could use it to bypass lock screens, which are implemented in part through screen grabs.

The AllowDeactivateGrabs and AllowClosedownGrabs options are available in xorg.conf if you want to restore the original insecure behavior.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 1) 197

Hah! Those of us who knew SCO (as opposed to TSCOG, nee Caldera) consider that the moment it all went downhill too.

The funniest bit of the whole mess is that when Caldera started the lawsuit they had a good case, and maybe could have won. Not their crazy claims that Linux was based on stolen Unix code (which TSCOG didn't even own), but their initial claims that some consultants, possibly with IBM help, were using SCO shared libraries on Linux systems to replace SCO installations -- a clear breach of SCO terms and conditions. But then someone at TSCOG went insane and decided to go for broke...

Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 490

If some segment of the population suddenly has twice as much income, and maybe 5x as much disposable income, that's going to put upward price pressure on lots of goods and services.

Not when you're talking about the bottom tier of wage earners. Their salary would have to increase by way more than a factor of 2 before they would even start to compete for non-low-end housing. Here are some examples of Bay Area jobs and what they pay:

  • CA Minimum wage: $10/hr
  • Legal secretary: $21.03/hr
  • Assistant Manager: $22.46/hr
  • Kindergarten teacher: $30.74/hr
  • Entry-level software engineer: $38.46/hr
  • General Manager: $38.89/hr
  • Santa Clara County median salary: $44.95/hr
  • Median software engineer salary: $52.10/hr

For instance, the people who are living with 3 roommates each making minimum wage now decide to get a bigger place, or just have 1 other roommate (maybe a GF/BF). Suddenly demand for housing goes up. The people who used to compete for low rent places in crappy neighborhoods are now competing for medium rent places in decent neighborhoods. Now the manager, who lives in a decent neighborhood, faces a rent increase and wants a higher salary. Did your 4.3% include that?

IMO, the 4.3% number cannot possibly be based in reality. About a quarter of the cost of even a fast food joint's income goes towards labor costs (and even more for other restaurants). If labor costs doubled, you'd expect a minimum of a 25% increase in the cost of the burgers, and that's before you factor in the cost of the labor throughout the rest of the supply chain (raising the cattle, etc.). Now I realize that not all of your labor costs will double, so that's an overestimate, but 4.3% is an absolutely laughable underestimate. I'd guess that 15% is probably closer to the mark, but it could be slightly higher.

I think people who think the minimum wage doesn't have a big impact are missing this key idea. It's all relative, and it's not just about direct costs. It's about, if I make 4x minimum wage right now, and suddenly I'm only making 2x minimum wage, that hurts me in many small ways that add up. Maybe these poor people start having more kids, and my kids' school gets crowded, and there's a bond referendum to build a bunch of new schools and hire teachers, and my property taxes go up. Maybe poor people stop taking the bus or walking to work and buy cars, and now there's more traffic, and the city/county/state need to add lanes to a bunch of roads, and there's a tax increase to pay for it. Now I'm being affected even if I don't eat fast food.

Statistically speaking, people who make more money tend to get better education, and this results in having fewer kids, not more. So at least over the long haul, that first "maybe" is pretty unlikely. The second issue (traffic) is a concern, but:

  • Jobs in poor neighborhoods will pay more, and there will be more of them, because the poor will have more money to spend.
  • Minimum wage workers who choose to keep working in the nicer neighborhoods will be able to afford to live closer to where they work.

So those folks will be traveling shorter distances to work, which should largely balance out the higher number of cars.

Comment Re:The bill is 2 or 3 sentences, you can READ it (Score 1) 134

Your concern is duly noted, citizen. But fear not. By the time it gets out of committee and actually makes it to the floor of either house, it will have at least 1,000 pages of amendments tacked onto it. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Your Congresscritter

Comment Re:"you don't have to be very accurate" (Score 1) 237

A nuke hitting somewhere in your country at more-or-less random is still a nuke hitting your country.

Sure, you might luck out and have it land somewhere completely uninhabited. But then again, you might not. And you still have radiation and fallout issues.

Not to mention the whole 'now we either MUST nuke them back, potentially kicking off a war with China, or admit that deterrence is a huge bluff, and watch everybody rush the tech tree to nukes.'

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