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Comment: OS not kernel (Score 1) 1

by Spazmania (#49623731) Attached to: Why Was Linux The Kernel That Succeeded?

Tozzi overthinks it in the article. The kernel succeeded by being in the right place in the right time and then continuously being good enough that there was insufficient reason for change.

Linux, the OS not the kernel, was the first mostly complete Unix available on a college student's budget that would install on hardware the college student mostly already had. Right place, right time. Hurd didn't exist in any usable form, Minix and Solaris were $$ and the *BSD's didn't start to release for a year or two later.

Fast forward four years and when those graduating college students met the Internet bubble, Linux was the server OS they knew. Right place, right time.

Byeond that it was a game of, "don't eff it up." That's where Torvalds' pragmatism came in to play.

Comment: Myths and Truth (Score 1) 376

by Spazmania (#49621297) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

Most myths contain an element of truth. The truth is that computers are very unforgiving to software code which is not exactly, precisely correct. Few human beings are capable of operating near that level precision in any intellectual activity, let alone coding. Fewer still are capable of self-checking their results to catch the errors.

So until we develop a DWIM interface (do what I mean) there is and will be a sharp line between the folks who are good enough and the folks who aren't. There's a limited amount of difference in work product between the folks who "aren't quite" and the folks who "aren't at all."

Comment: Re:Warmth? (Score 2) 279

FAR ÃÂ 91.211 Supplemental oxygen

(1) At cabin pressure altitudes above 12,500 feet (MSL) up to and including 14,000 feet (MSL) unless the required minimum flight crew is provided with and uses supplemental oxygen for that part of the flight at those altitudes that is of more than 30 minutes duration;

But hey, what does the FAA know about thin air and hypoxia.

Comment: Warmth? (Score 4, Informative) 279

Mehana Kihoi. ... âoeWhen you place your hands and your bare feet into the soil, you feel that warmth, you feel her heart."

Liar. Had you ever placed your hands and bare feet into the soil at 13,000 feet atop Mauna Kea you'd know that the only things you feel are hypothermia and hypoxia. It's friggin' cold up there, and the air is barely breathable.

Comment: Re:This again? (Score 1) 471

by Bruce Perens (#49598949) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

OK, I will try to restate in my baby talk since I don't remember this correctly.

Given that you are accelerating, the appearance to you is that you are doing so linearly, and time dilation is happening to you. It could appear to you that you reach your destination in a very short time, much shorter than light would allow. To the outside observer, however, time passes at a different rate and you never achieve light speed.

Comment: many recruiters are hired off the street (Score 1) 226

by davecb (#49598115) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think
A sister company did recruiting, and a then colleague said "I asked for a MVS and Unix person in a particular state with experience in a package", and got hundreds of names, none of whom knew all those things". The didn't know the difference between "and" (3 candidates) and "or" (3000 unqualified candidates). I still get requests for things I only ever did once, with co-requisites of things I've never done...

Comment: Where we need to get to call this real (Score 1) 471

by Bruce Perens (#49596461) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

Before we call this real, we need to put one on some object in orbit, leave it in continuous operation, and use it to raise the orbit by a measurable amount large enough that there would not be argument regarding where it came from. The Space Station would be just fine. It has power for experiments that is probably sufficient and it has a continuing problem of needing to raise its orbit.

And believe me, if this raises the orbit of the Space Station they aren't going to want to disconnect it after the experiment. We spend a tremendous amount of money to get additional Delta-V to that thing, and it comes down if we don't.

If I have not seen so far it is because I stood in giant's footsteps.