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Comment: Re:Corporation != People (Score 1) 304

by OrangeTide (#49152387) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

Corporations are legal constructs that we permit to exist, through a well established legal process. They do not have any rights, and operate under permission.
The people who run a corporation have rights of course, the same rights we all have. But in the context of the legal entity of a Corporation, there are bound to be restrictions and limitations. Not only are those restrictions legal and do not interfere with the US Constitution or basic human rights, they are necessary to limit the activities of a corporation.

We don't need to have corporations at all. It exists to limit the liability of individual shareholders, as we permit them with the idea that shareholder investment is more likely when the government is willing to remove the risk. There are of course other ways to manage risk, most of us are familiar with insurance. We insure cars and homes, to manage our risk. If we knew our cars would never be at risk we could all save a lot of money, the purpose of corporation is essentially the same.

If we start giving corporations rights, and grant them unlimited autonomy, we (the people) really will have lost control of everything.

Comment: Some people like having software (Score 1) 188

by houghi (#49150815) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

Some people like having software available. They want to buy a machine and go. That said, what they could do is have an interface for e.g. https://ninite.com/ so people who are able can install what they want.

The issue is that the majority of people will have no idea what yo install or how to do it.

Comment: Sociological problem: CYA (Score 5, Insightful) 144

by aussersterne (#49148335) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome

Part of the problem is the CYA issue.

If you're writing the code, you sound like a laborer ("I have to..."). If it breaks, it's your fault and you're on the hook publicly.

If you present a third-party component in a meeting, you sound like a manager ("I propose that we..."). Once three or four other people in the meeting have concurred, if something breaks it's the third party's fault. A ticket or two are initiated, it's someone else's problem and everybody gets to cast blame somewhere beyond the walls of the company.

Rational behavior, regrettably.

Comment: Re:PLIP (Score 1) 428

by OrangeTide (#49144765) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

You're off by a factor of 10, 115kbs is around 11500 bytes/second.

Ha! You're right. I was so intrigued with Google's calculator I forgot to check the basics. Trying again:

(160 Megabytes) / (11 520 (bytes / second)) = 3.85802469 hours

I think the checksum or CRC in the ZIP or RAR should be enough for him, it's going to be as good as whatever the firmware for that 160 MB harddrive uses, which is where the errors are most likely to occur. Xmodem and Zmodem are pretty good at detecting the common errors that occur over serial and modems, like truncation and dropped and duplicated bits.

SLIP and rsync would be the least effort solution to get you some good MD5 hash introduced in the transfer. If he has an Ethernet PCMCIA card then that would be even faster to transfer, but I sometimes getting networking and stuff up on an old computer takes close to 3.9 hours. ;)

Comment: Re:PLIP (Score 1) 428

by OrangeTide (#49143539) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

LapLink lets you use the parallel port without having to configure TCP/IP stuff. It's raw bytes, more like a really fast null modem cable.

But why bother getting the right cables (I have some, easy to DIY, but you can't buy them off-the-shelf anymore) and software (some piracy required I imagine). Instead you can use RS232 at 115.2kbps. Google did the arithmetic and unit conversion for me:

160 Megabytes) / (1125 (bytes / second)) = 1.64609053 days

Zmodem is pretty slow, but ZedZap/8K-Zmodem is pretty quick and easy to find software that supports it for DOS, Win9x and Linux. If you do not require error detection and flow control, then Xmodem is fast. (recommend you use a null modem cable with flow control RTS/CTS wired, this is almost always wired correctly with off-the-shelf cables). Don't need a 16550 UART for this to work, an 8250 is adequate if you have flow control enabled.

I'd highly recommend you send ZIP files over your link rather than uncompressed data. If you have enough disk space free, you can use pkzip's multivolume support and archive the entire disk into several managable files. (rar's is even easier to use than pkzip's)

Comment: Re:Stationary bikes (Score 1) 260

by OrangeTide (#49140469) Attached to: I ride a bike ...

I don't have crank generators in my shed. It's mostly shovels and lawnmowers.

but my shed is weird, you'd be as likely to find a model airplane engine that can run on methanol/ethanol. Which is nice because you can make and distill ethanol if you're got a lot of time on your hands. (in a primitive location for months).

ps - yes, I usually run nitromethane in my glow engine, but it is known to run on methanol & castor oil mix. just needs more air to run without it and the performance suffers at altitude.

fortune: cpu time/usefulness ratio too high -- core dumped.

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