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Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 240

some of these calls made me genuinely cringe. i expected to feel "serves you right" but ended up feeling sorry for the callers. they're just people who can't get a job anywhere else.

Are there no prisons? And the Union workhouses. Are they still in operation?

Comment Re:the point (Score 2) 129

Wasn't a common library the entire point of Docker?

Packaging the libs with the app, etc, to reduce dependence on the host OS?

No, although it's one of Docker's features. Docker images are actually stacked layers of filesystem sub-images operating as overlays, so a typical Docker image might consist of a base OS image, several library images built by the Docker build process, culminating in the actual application image. Done judiciously, those sub-images can be shared by multiple application images, thereby saving space in the Docker image store.

But Docker is a lot more than that. You can run virtual networks within containers, share resources between selected containers (and ONLY those container), inject external filesystems into the containers and do many other useful things as well.

Comment Re:Because Docker uses a Linux container (Score 1) 129

Yeah, except that FreeBSD has had 'jails' for over a decade, which are far more secure than anything Docker brings to bear.

Linux has had jails for over a decade. I image that FreeBSD actually goes back further than that.

Docker has jails plus virtual networks plus various other isolation mechanisms, so I cannot credit your assertion that a jail-only mechanism is more secure.

Comment Re:British Airspace (Score 2) 196

If by our you mean the US, the use of the term state to refer to something that is not an independent nation state is at odds with most of the rest of the world.

Except for the United States of Mexico, the Federated States of Micronesia, and perhaps a few others.

Then again, some thought when the USA was founded that the states should be independent. Abraham Lincoln pretty much put a stop to that, though.

Comment Re:Will you stop approving submissions by this guy (Score 3, Insightful) 220

We get it, you're a hackaday shill.

Absolutely. And the title is realy stupid. "One Hoss Shay" - if the horse dies, get another horse, and vice versa. No need to throw everything out just because the horse died, same as no reason to throw a vehicle just because the engine died.


Don't kids learn anything these days? Or do they just hear-and-respond without any thought at all?

Comment Re:Physical media is king (Score 1) 105

I recently was planning to digitize a number of cassette recordings -- radio broadcasts from the early 80's -- and well the horror. Hiss. And these were high quality cassettes.
As with the commercial cassettes easily the worst format in the century of recorded sound -- I think wax cylinders and piano rolls hold up better.


Commercial tapes were often non-dolby and cassette tape hiss was a problem even on new tapes. Dolby addressed that by specifically tailoring the recorded signal towards the high-end frequencies where hiss comes in.

Comment Re:"7:30 PM" (Score 1) 117

People use the US country code all the time and have for decades. It's the "1" in "1-800" numbers.

But since the US does so much intra-quadrasphere calling where an area code is sufficient, they don't realize it's a country code and just assume it's part of the "800" system.

Comment Re:Not at all (Score 1) 151

By your definition, jihadis banding together to create ISIS "reduces conflict". Most of us are looking at a larger world. A group of investors is only one company, not the entirety of either the market, civilization, or the world.

Nor is "Capitalism" a libel. It's a scientifically accurate description of a particular way of setting up an endeavor - usually, but not always a business. There's absolutely nothing wrong with being a Capitalist - I've raised capital myself to the advantage of myself and my fellow investors. But it's a tool, not a God to be worshipped or defended like the name of Allah.

Capitalism is NOT a religion and it's not something that is inherently tied to a free market (which is ALSO not a religion). Nor is it the only way of doing business by a long stretch.

Making gods of inanimate forces doesn't make you any less primitive than if you worship the rain or the sun.

Comment Re:Not at all (Score 2, Interesting) 151

Capitalism is a means of acquiring power. By pooling resources, it becomes possible to do things that an individual could not do on his/her own.

One of the most common applications of power is to control, suppress, or exterminate those whose presence or existence are inconvenient.

I don't see anything in there that could imply reduced conflict unless you mean the "reduced conflict" you get from slaves and the dead.

Or are you one of those who think that Capitalism = Free Market?

A truly free market discourages conflict because conflict disrupts trading. But capitalism itself often destroys a free market, because commonly the end result of a capital-leveraged concern is monopoly as the process feeds back into itself, with the successful gaining more and more assets (power), which, in turn facilitates gaining even more power.

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