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Comment: Re:I've personally fixed bugs (Score 1) 193 193

I did kernel hacking for 10 years. I've fixed bugs in Ethernet drivers and helped document (and work around) hardware errata. I've also had to deal with trying to rebuild Nvidia drivers when the binary blob was no longer compatible with the latest kernel source. Having open-source drivers is key for those of us that actually *do* work on this stuff.

This is different. nVidia drivers run on the CPU, so a change to the OS makes them, and your hardware, not work. This is firmware that runs on the graphics chip. When I want to run a totally different OS running on an ARM CPu, say, the blob will still work.

Comment: Re:Truth be told... (Score 2) 149 149

These 'applicants' would probably never consider the path to jihad if they had a decent job and the ability to earn a living to raise a family

The unemployment rates are 27% with even higher rates for people in their twenties
The application takes advantage of their desires to have a 'real' job and twists it into continuing strife that does nothing to improve their economic conditions

The 9/11 hijackers included an architect, a law student and a school teacher. A significant number of suicide bombers have technical backgrounds, have families and have had a pretty good life. They have found solutions to the problems of jobs, food and home life and choose to focus on a perceived evil in the world that they don't think they can change in any other way.

Comment: Re:I guess that if a Mathematician... (Score 1) 176 176

When Barack Hussein Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for doing ... oh yeah, absolutely nothing, the entire credibility of all Nobel prizes took a swift kick in the gonads. Including those based on science and mathematics.

It was to make up for having awarded it to Henry Kissinger in 1973.

Comment: Re:Privacy? (Score 1) 776 776

Maybe black youth in America should focus on getting an education, rather than joining a gang and engaging in murder, drug peddling, assault, robbery, theft, and various other serious crimes.

There aren't actually that many black youth running pharmaceutical or financial institutions.

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350