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Comment Re:Because we are distracted by "global warming" (Score 2) 43

Sounds like a mindless anti-government screed.

Because we are distracted by "global warming"

Which is a real issue, despite your denial.

plastics and pollution of our bodies of water

Which are also real issues, mostly perpetrated by corporate slop and a refusal to pay for the externalities of their production.

hazardous chemical releases by our own government's negligence, and corruption of potable water supplies

Which was an accident by a contractor that further polluted a river already polluted by mining operations done haphazardly decades ago - mining that polluted heavily but the costs for which were pushed off on society at large.

Comment Re:Use-case? (Score 1) 152

The FreeBSD Project has a problem harboring unrepentant douche bags like Kip Macy, and also Randi Harper.

You do know that there is such a thing as false conviction, and the standard of "repentance or permanent ostracization"—remaining in glorious effect long after punishment by the state has run its course—effectively demands the the wrongfully convicted confess to crimes they never committed, in order to have any hope of returning to productive society ever again?

In general (absent subsequent evidence), we don't actually know who are the wrongfully convicted, or we wouldn't have convicted them in the first place.

Sometimes (for a value of "sometimes" with no fixed address) the rush to judgment really sucks ass. That ought to give you at least a moment's pause before this kind of sentiment as an anonymous coward. It's why we allow the state to assign punishment rather than throwing blemished produce at the town pillory (e.g. a perfectly edible cucumber that's not quite straight, or harbours somewhere a small scab).

Sure, he sounds like a royal douche. But is it really my job to see that he suffers forever-after on nothing but a thin gruel of second-hand story telling?

Has it never occurred to you that there's a downside to your unthoughtful bitterness?

Comment Re:Yes? And? (Score 2) 240

which they very easily could do over the phone, skype or send a person to him to question him

Or he could go back to the country he fled and answer the fucking questions. Oh and by the way, they DID send someone to talk to him, just recently, he refused. Stop being an ignorant douche and open your eyes.

How your post got modded as insightful when it isn't is pretty insightful in itself as to how misinformed people can be.

Ironic considering I was thinking thing exact same thing.

And yes, they can agree not to extradite him to the US should they attempt to do so. Something they refused to do.

Sweden, BY LAW, does not extradite to countries that have the death penalty as an option. They can not legally agree to extradite him to the United States so there is no need to 'refuse'. They can't make the choice to refuse, its already made for them.

The reality of it is, he's a fuck who's trying not to get punished for breaking the law.

Comment Re:I can tell you how the story ends (Score 1) 154

After the app is released, people will flock to the cab app during peak hours because of the cheaper pricing.

That is already happening in cities like San Francisco and New York (without the app).

Taxi cabs simply do not have the extra capacity during peak hours. In New York, a famous black neurosurgeon can't seem to catch a cab, but as a white person in SF, I can't even seem to catch a cab either when I really need one (and as it turns out, I tend to need one during peak hours when everyone else wants one).

The Medaillon system assumes the demand is constant 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It does not increase the number of drivers during peak hours, and at the same time, it forces drivers to work during off-peak hours when nobody needs them to try to recoup the already very high sunk cost of the Medaillon.

Comment Dear Diary: 30 October 1917 (Score 1) 380

"Promising" barely scrapes the surface of what's involved here.

Battle Story Passchendaele 1917

Another push toward Passchendaele brings promising results: the Canadians reach the outskirts of Passchendaele, and take strongpoints such as Vienna Cottage, Snipe Hall, Duck Lodge and Vapour Farm.

And, no, I did not make those "strong points" up.

It was due to the bravery of Major George Peakes and his battalion (5th Canadian Mounted Rifles) that these strongholds were captured and secured. This was one of the bravest small-group actions and ensured the success of the attack on October 30. Major Peakes was awarded a VC for his leadership.

I'm imagining a member of the British upper crust sitting in his warm, fireside chair peering eagerly into Galadriel's water mirror (circa 1913) to soak up this promising tidbit about the looming war, while someone in the next room hums "onward fusion soldiers".

No, a technology does not become promising merely because a singularly large obstacle looks a little smaller today than it did yesterday.

That's just pride fuckin' with you.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 4, Insightful) 729

Su is not a broken concept; it's a long well-established fundamental of BSD Unix/Linux.

You're pretty much making an argument to tradition here. The correct thing to do would be to counter his claims:

what "su" is supposed to do is very unclear. On one hand it's supposed to open a new session and change a number of execution context parameters (`uid`, `gid`, `env`, ...), and on the other it's supposed to inherit a lot concepts from the originating session (`tty`, `cgroup`, `audit`, ...). Since this is so weakly defined it's a really weird mix&match of old and new paramters.

I would like more detail from him on why and how it's broken, and how his replacement is truly different from "su -" but since it doesn't appear to be mutually exclusive with the use of "su" or "su -", other than typical reactionary hate I don't see what the problem is.

Do you suffer painful elimination? -- Don Knuth, "Structured Programming with Gotos"