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Comment: Re:Wow (Score 3, Interesting) 169

by dbIII (#48228643) Attached to: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

so it's probably the first instance of interesting business practices by MS

Starting up after dumpster diving for BASIC interpreter source code wasn't interesting enough?

The MS business model has always been to sell something that has already been demonstrated as a success by someone else and then use lawyers to stop the next in line doing the same thing. It's not unique (outside of computing) and it's not as bad as some of the practices of Cisco, HP etc (and MS being underhanded enough to deal with clones led to the cheap PC) - the only tragedy is they came to dominate so there wasn't really a lot of other stuff to copy and compete with. That's probably a major reason why computers generally still suck to use compared to what we would have expected by now. The MS Windows 10 desktop looks like a linux desktop from before this site even existed and the back end is nowhere near as good - how pathetic is that?

Comment: Politics causes stupidity in rats (Score 1) 490

by dbIII (#48228123) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills
No he said "I took the initiative in creating the internet" as quoted and not your personal interpretation which makes zero sense as long as context is considered.
You interpretation is something like pretending someone saying "good morning" has suggested that they have personally made the sun rise and simply makes you look ridiculous.
Gore was in politics, everyone should know that (even someone like me from outside the US that doesn't have a political dog in the fight), of course he didn't invent the internet, he just tossed money in the direction of the people who did.

Can we get back to having something vaguely like a tech site instead of Reds versus Blues?

Comment: Re:What is critical thinking? (Score 1) 490

by dbIII (#48228087) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills
Either way it seems chronically fucked up and a recipie for taking a back seat in world affairs while China, India etc are moving towards giving millions the sort of education we used to value.
You don't need critical thinking in a country if your ambition is reduced to making movies and selling stuff to tourists.

Comment: And now the opposite view. (Score 2) 490

by khasim (#48224197) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Way too many people don't realize that our current economic and political system would not survive if critical thinking skills became commonplace.

Possibly. Although the same can be said of every other economic and political system as well. Which is a bit of a problem. People are messy. And each person has his/her own priorities and beliefs and weirdness.

We are destroying our own planet in the name of making 0.01% wealthy, and most of us, most of the time, are perfectly content to participate in the process in any way that pays decently and offers "interesting" work.

Just because someone exercises critical thinking does not mean that that person will come to the same conclusions that you have. They probably aren't starting with the same objectives as you.

Which is why companies DO NOT WANT real critical thinking skills.

They want people who think like they do and who come to the same conclusions that they do based upon the same information that they have.

Comment: Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (Score 5, Insightful) 537

by khasim (#48220231) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

And even without the law it seems fairly simple.

You do not INTENTIONALLY break equipment that you do not own. You do not do that. No matter how you feel about that equipment. Particularly when the person who now owns said equipment has no idea that there is a problem.

And I'd be wary of any company that could not understand that.

Comment: Re:I guess you missed Kent State? (Score 5, Insightful) 145

by khasim (#48219361) Attached to: Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

Non-lethal weapons would allow protestors to protest without getting killed.

Protestors should be able to protest WITHOUT the police using either lethal or non-lethal weapons against them.

The important thing here is to take away the governments ability to kill.

Except that you are not doing that.

You are providing the police with pain-compliance (aka "torture") devices.

And as can be seen in many news reports, once the police/government has them, they will use them. And that use will not be INSTEAD of more lethal options. They will be used when the victims do not IMMEDIATELY follow the orders of the police. Even if those orders are illegal to begin with.

Those weapons will be treated as a "force multiplier". Not as a preferred option over lethal force.

Comment: Re:How? (Score 2) 280

by dbIII (#48218903) Attached to: Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

Now, about that 121/hr work week

I've done weeks like that during plant shutdowns but never for more than five weeks in a row. Possible, but stupid for a wide range of reasons. Medical interns put in those sort of hours too but get sleep here and there during that time when they are on duty. Not just possible, but widespread, and stupid for an even wider range of reasons.

Comment: Re:tip? (Score 1) 280

by dbIII (#48218867) Attached to: Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour
That's the libertarian dream - power to the powerful and the rest can go hang if they can't afford to pay a lawyer to impose some power.
Hopefully I'm dumbed that down enough so that those who will be offended by it can understand before their replies about how that isn't a "real" libertarian view, just that bunch over there that call themselves libertarians but somehow are not.

Comment: Re:They've reset that date from 2005? (Score 2) 168

by dbIII (#48218767) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?
ZFS raidz2 is pretty well RAID6 with an awareness of what is going on with the files in the array giving a variety of improvements (eg. resilver time normally being vastly shorter than a RAID6 rebuild time). A few years of seeing RAID6 in action was ultimately what drove me to ZFS on hardware that's perfectly capable of doing RAID6.
Anyway, the "raid only has five more years" article keeps on getting warmed up, and keeps getting disproved by the very reasons given for the RAID use by date. Increasing capacity has only been possible by increasing the data density on the disks which means the heads pick up more information - thus faster read and write speeds. Better controllers also made a massive difference. Now dedicating lots of cycles to many cores of fast CPUs (instead of the processors in the controllers) is once again making a massive difference. It's only three hours to do a scrub on a 12 x 1TB 7200rpm drive system here with an i5 CPU and it would take close to the same to resilver a new drive. That is six mirrors so faster than raidz or raidz2, but still, it's not a huge amount of time to replace drives now even though that's bigger than the 500GB or so that was supposed to take forever to rebuild.

Comment: No point nitpicking aboutt no "b" (Score 1) 168

by dbIII (#48218661) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?
No point nitpicking just because the "b" denoting Megabits was forgotten. A speed of 200Mb/s is not huge but it's not too bad either, even though a fairly old machine (6 years) with a few disks in an array can get close to five times that and saturate gigabit (or even twice over if a second connection is going somewhere else).

Cobol programmers are down in the dumps.