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Comment: Good intentions, bad implementation (Score 1) 115

by OneSmartFellow (#44945437) Attached to: Mozilla Plan Seeks To Debug Scientific Code
Having seen some code written by an esteemed Bio-Chemist, I agree that experienced programmers should be reviewing their code, but then, you'd expect a true scientist to have an expert review his stuff anyway.

My experience was a real eye opener. Between the buffer overruns, and logic holes, I am amazed the crap ran at all. The fact that it compiled was a bit of a mystery until I realized that it was possible to ignore compile errors.

Comment: Ummmm.... (Score 1) 410

by OneSmartFellow (#44902049) Attached to: The last time I used a dial-up modem was...
Almost everyone posting from home who claims to not be using a dial-up modem is woefully ignorant of how their internet connection is working. The only difference between broadband (DSL anyway) and "Dial-Up" is the frequency used.

Broadband still uses the PSTN, (with some rather insignificant exceptions) and still uses a phone number - and the same call routing infrastructure - to initiate a call to the ISP to begin the broadband session.

Comment: Re:Agile is not a golden bullet (Score 1) 597

by OneSmartFellow (#43912457) Attached to: Why Your Users Hate Agile
New being the new euphemism for something that's been around for over a decade, and stinks as much as it's parent, Rapid Application Development, born in the 80's.

Why does it stink ? Because it's implemented by mindless low level managers who fail to understand the point, and asked for by foolish high-level managers who are too impatient to let it produce the results it claims to produce. Meanwhile, the poor slobs working within its constraints get to attend "scrums" where they get to stand around during the most productive time of the day, explaining to their colleagues what they would be working on if they were at their desk.

Comment: Re:Will increased exposure make the market rationa (Score 1) 140

by OneSmartFellow (#43422577) Attached to: Open Source Radeon Gallium3D OpenCL Stack Adds Bitcoin Mining
Hmm, let's test your thesis the really simple way

Dollars/Euros/Rand in a rational market would cost only as much as they cost to make with perhaps a small premium.

Lesson: A medium of exchange (aka currency) is NOT necessarily a commodity.

Scarcity of the commodity vs. demand for the commodity drives the market price up or down in a rational market. I wonder if increased competition will do that to this market as more and more way to mine get distributed. I doubt it though, but time will pop the bubble anyway.

Lesson: I produce very few boogers, so they are scarce, BUT, importantly, there is to my knowledge zero demand for my boogers, so they have no value whatsoever. The number of bitcoins that will ever exist is finite (21,000,000), if the demand for them goes up, so will their price (or "value" if you wish to call it that).

Comment: Skills Crisis ?... (Score 5, Insightful) 303

by OneSmartFellow (#43300755) Attached to: Geeks On a Plane Proposed To Solve Global Tech Skills Crisis

There's no skills crisis, there's a corporate unwillingness to pay for skill crisis.You want me, who has spent nearly three decades learning continuously, struggling to understand the latest IT technologies, some so bleeding edge that I helped form the damned standards, to work for the same amount of money I earned 30 years ago, while you, with your Business Administration undergraduate degree from Florida State take home nearly a million a year because you talk a maelstrom of bullshit every time you open your mouth.

F % ( # Y O U

Comment: I guess the "Mega" business model is working. (Score 1) 199

by OneSmartFellow (#42751229) Attached to: 150 Copyright Notices For Mega
When I read the details about the circumstances under which one would need to pay to access the site, it struck me that Kim had hit upon a truly novel idea; to wit, make the copyright holder pay in order to access his own copyrighted material - in order to verify of course !

Genius Kim, pure genius !

Comment: Re:The United States has it's own propaganda (Score 1) 443

You are missing the point.

The problem is not that we (the people) are not willing to stand up and say enough. It's that we're not willing YET to say enough. The reason is that the revolution will be a very unsavory experience, and the current situation is (marginally) more agreeable.

That the revolution is coming, I have no doubt. The only question is how soon.

Comment: Re:The United States has it's own propaganda (Score 4, Insightful) 443

I think the problem is that there is regrettably very little we can do about it. Sure, the revolution is coming, but for now, the revolution looks more painful than the present reality. Eventually that balance will shift, and then, it won't be pretty either.

Comment: Re:Family Reasons (Score 5, Interesting) 214

by OneSmartFellow (#42680679) Attached to: Alan Cox Exits Intel, Linux Development
In his case, it definitely doesn't mean that. Having corresponded with him in the very early days of Linux, I found him to be supremely competent, surprisingly helpful (given his workload), and genuinely pleasant. None of those attributes align with your interpretation of the phrase.

I can't think of anyone who has given more to the Linux community than Mr. Cox - not even Linus, actually - and his departure will be felt immediately, and profoundly.

Comment: Reverted to 'FedUp' after several .... (Score 1) 458

by OneSmartFellow (#42657845) Attached to: Fedora 18 Installer: Counterintuitive and Confusing?
....aborted attempts at installing from DVD.

I tried to perform an upgrade from F17 via a DVD (burned from iso). After reading the FedoraProject wiki and seeing that preupgrade had been deprecated in favour of FedUp, I figured I'd go with the less fragile method of burning media from an ISO.

To make a long story short, after several failures, I gave FedUp a try, and it worked like a charm

I'm not sure what I would have done had I been performing a new installation, the installer was very flaky, and once even refused to boot. the whole experience has left me worrying about the fate of Fedora.

Come on Fedora team, you have produced much better.

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