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Comment: A, B, P (Score 1) 1

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#48482161) Attached to: [TCM] Communist Manifesto Reading Club, Part 5

The problem with Karl Marx, as with most economists of any stripe, is they are incredibly short sighted, and cannot see beyond the present generation very easily.

Thus B replaced A (Aristocrats) by revolution and good business sense, just a generation or three before Karl lived. So he expected P would replace B eventually (because that's what progress means). He failed to take into account original sin, thus B & P really aren't that much better than A, the feudal lords they replaced.

Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 3, Interesting) 197

by swillden (#48481403) Attached to: Debian Forked Over Systemd

I think it's fair to say that this fork is far more significant.

I think this fork will be fairly insignificant, and, further, that it will increasingly run into problems as desktops and other packages depend more and more on systemd components (that trend was one of the major factors in the Debian decision to adopt it).

I actually wish the Devuan guys all the best; I'd love to see another solid server-focused distro (server focus may help them avoid the issues with DEs). But I'm really glad to hear about this fork because the systemd debate has been a huge distraction to Debian. Hopefully this will finally put it to bed as all of the systemd opponents leave Debian for Devuan. I think that will be a net win for Debian because most of the vocal opponents don't contribute much code anyway.

Personally, the more I learn about systemd, the more I like the ideas behind it, and both code and documentation seem to be of high quality (documentation in particular is much better than is typical of open source projects). I'll be sticking with Debian.

Comment: Re:This is clearly futile... (Score 1) 180

by swillden (#48481297) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

I may not have been clear enough.

The news websites in question may all have put up all the information, including - in my example - your acquittal.

But due to the way Google page rank works, only the "arrest for child porn" headlines show up on the first 20 pages for your name.

That is a problem of Google's making, not of the news sites.

Nonsense. The reason Google ranks the arrest headlines higher is because there are a lot more of them, and they're more heavily linked. The news sites find the acquittal boring and either don't report it or bury it, so it shows up lower in the search rankings. Google certainly doesn't have heuristics that try to pick out negative stories and highlight them.

Comment: Re:Well, let's face it ... (Score 1) 251

by SuiteSisterMary (#48480741) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Let's face it, it is a merchandising excuse. Di$ney will have fresh Star Wars everything on sale. The movie will be guaranteed to have some cloyingly cute character which can be marketed to kids. Taco Bell and McDonalds will have special toys. They'l re-re-re-re-release extended cuts or special editions of the damned movies. Little children will have R2D2 pyjamas and underpants. And diapers. And sippy cups. And hats. And halloween costumes. Disney will eventually put out 9 more movies, of ever diminishing artistic merit. There will be friggin' Ewok porn. I'm nostalgic about the first series. I mostly liked the second series but it had some issues. But I tried to watch Episode I with my wife, and within five minutes of Jar Jar Binks appearing on screen she said "if he's in the rest of this film I'm leaving". So now if I want to watch it I'm on my own, and the pod racer scene is mostly how I calibrate my home theater. I honestly can't decide if I will see this or not. But let's not for a minute pretend this is being done for any reason besides the zillions of dollars Disney expects to wring from this franchise. If they were doing a billion a year in merchandising for Cars years after it was released, you won't believe the marketing blitz which will accompany this.

So, EXACTLY like the original trilogy?

Comment: Re:Who doesn't (Score 1) 10

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#48478879) Attached to: x is bad for x?

Ron Wyden I see as giving in quite quickly. He ran on the idea of being a Hatfield type conservative, bucking the party that endorsed him, and then morphed into yet another party hack after he was elected, paying back those who pay for his campaigns.

Same with Rand Paul, he's just got a different set of donors than most Republicans, which can appear to be solid beliefs when they really aren't.

The flip side of corporate political campaigns, is that good businessmen don't spend money without a significant return on investment, for anything.

Comment: Re:This is clearly futile... (Score 1) 180

by swillden (#48475045) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

The Internet is full of half-truths and outright lies. Search engines do not deliver results based on the truth value of sites, but on popularity, page ranking and such.

That has nothing to do with this. If someone has put lies about you up on a news site, you can and should be able to get that information taken down at the source. In fact, dealing with defamatory writing is something we figured out how to do long ago. It's called "libel" and there are all sorts of laws around it.

The "right to be forgotten" isn't about taking down false or misleading information. It's about suppressing accurate but unpleasant truth.

Comment: Voter-verified paper ballots trump "open source" (Score 3, Insightful) 123

by jbn-o (#48471393) Attached to: Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

I concur. A development methodology ("open source") will not address any of the deficiencies (when viewed from the voter's perspective, the perspective that should matter most) of voting. No matter how much one trusts a voting program, there's no way to be sure that the computer used for voting is running only software one trusts. No electronic system can compete with the simplicity and recount-friendly approach of what is called for here: voter-verified paper ballots.

So address to the question in the /. summary: You never should have stopped using voter-verified paper ballots.

There are computers one can purchase that do as the parent post specified—the voter feeds in a blank ballot (one which they could have filled out manually if desired) and the computer (which has a scanner and printer attached) will scan the ballot, help the voter by showing the choices on a screen, reading the ballot aloud, or reading the ballot text to headphones, and then collect votes from the voter. Then the computer's printer will print the voter's votes on the paper ballot, and eject the printed paper ballot to let the user inspect that printed ballot. At this point the voter can choose to carry the voter-verified paper ballot to be counted or spoil that ballot and start again. The voter can also feed in a marked up ballot (marked by hand or by computer) and let the computer summarize the votes which that ballot specifies. These features let the blind and/or illiterate vote without losing their privacy by forcing them to find & bring in someone else to mark up their ballot for them. This is as close to computers used in voting as one should want to get.

Comment: Re:BLUE ray (Score 1) 188

by swillden (#48470725) Attached to: Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

removed the top plastic layer, exposing the recording medium beneath; cast a mold of the quasi-random pattern; and then used the mold to create a photovoltaic cell with the same pattern

So you use your expensive photo lithography equipment to create a master, make as many molds from that as you like, and then create the photovoltaic cells from those. The mass production of BD-ROM discs is irrelevant, it just makes your master cheap, but when you're making 10,000s of cells the cost of the master is unimportant.

Sure, but the cost is very relevant when you're doing research. This Blu-Ray disc experiment demonstrates that the theoretical work done previously will probably work as well as the theory predicts.

Comment: Re:I blame racism (Score 1) 4

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#48470605) Attached to: Ferguson 2

except Natalie, of Natalie's Cakes N More bakery, is African American.

I notice that a bunch of rich white conservatives though got together to support her:

The only thing faster than the rioting, is this GoFundMe account, in which she's not only got back the $20,000 needed to rebuild her bakery, but a good year's salary in the bank besides.

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