Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:Support of what? (Score 3, Interesting) 351

What really chaps my hide on this issue is that now days we are mostly all capped and we have to pay to have this trash garbage ads shoveled in our face and they usually amount to more than half the traffic. Sorry, if the internet is coin operated I should be able to choose the content.

Comment Re:Do not want (Score 2) 94

Dont worry, Lennart Poettering and his band of lunatics hasn't destroyed the embedded market yet - and the Android folks would just laugh at him if he tried.

Well, maybe we do want our interfaces to be named instead of eth0 en0po1po10s1po. Besure to pepper zeros and O's to make it impossible to retype.

One of my favorite quotes about systemd.

systemd doesnt even know what the hell it wants to be. It is variously referred to as a 'system daemon' or a 'basic userspace building block to make an OS from' - both of which are highly ambiguous. Despite aiming to standardize Linux distributions, it itself has no clear standard, and is perpetually rolling

I have spend huge amounts of time recently dealing with the breakage systemd has caused.

Comment Re:Their work is being wasted. (Score 2) 142

One thing we can look to is that Linux can be put with any user land. Linux can be used in many places. Look at Android, if the init wars has you down fork and roll, or spork it like NextBSD.

The coolest thing I've see in Linux 4.2 is eBPF accompanied by BCC,

Check it out - they are doing dtrace like things with Linux with it:

- You can do IO virtualization
- All network IO can be handled by in-kernel byte code generated by bcc (BPF COMPILER COLLECTION).
- All storage IO can be watched - you can create histograms of slow and face places on disks, raid array, even ceph clusters.
- You can basically implement dtrace for Linux using eBPF to do so.

Basically eBPF has a guaranteed non-looping in kernel general purpose VM.

I think this is an example of a quiet revolution and it started with Linux 4.2

Comment Re:Openness (Score 0, Troll) 141

Zuck the **** is an intellectual property thief, a spy that colludes to collect (nay steal) our information, correlate it and sell it to anyone or any government at whatever price. Then he goes on to want to import an arbitrary number of H1Bs but would never spend a buck on making a decent school in the US. sheryl sandberg worked for a high ranking official in the us gov (larry summers) and was invited to face**** to get a billion+ fortune for doing exactly nothing. On top of this all sheryl sandberg is gallivanting around with billionaires a few months after the husband kicked it, despicable. This despicable company steals information and is run by an intellectual property thief, hires H1B scabs and employs a throng of beltway insiders. Disgusting.

Comment Re:Uber is not the answer (Score 5, Insightful) 168

Agree here. Why is the headline stated like this ~ Uber makes things great for Saudi women. It should be ~ Women suffering under Islamic misogyny codified into a Islamofascist totalitarian state find respite and have a slight increase in quality of life with Uber.

Nobody calls a spade a spade anymore.

Comment Re:Missing the point. (Score 1, Interesting) 330

I think that Toyota hydrogen fuel cell is far more practical and cleaner (because electric batteries are charged with coal fire plant electricity made 500+ miles away from where it is used).

Toyota is offering fuel cell engine patent use for free until 2020.

Range is good. Output from engine is water vapor. Clean as a whistle. Energy is created and used together rather than created, shipped over hundreds of miles of wires then used to charge.

Comment Re:They just want to grow crops of wage slaves (Score 1) 119

"that a dollar will go a lot father in impoverished countries than USA"

No. You cant buy efficacy in corrupt places the money and goods are generally stolen by local power brokers.

You could do time and volunteer on foreign places, but neither YOU nor Gates would do anything like that.

Race card, gotta love it. What a sad little brown shirt for identity politics.

Comment Desalinate Hadera style (Score 4, Interesting) 417

When Hadera desalination plant was brought online water concerns were vastly alleviated.

CA has a water infrastructure built for less than 20 million people and 40+ million now live here. CA just passed a 8 billion water bond but there is no new water in that bill, just a lot of fraud and waste but no new water.

Instead of police-state water rationing and other idiotic measures which require people to drastically change how they live and have people reporting on each other, make more water. Time to desalinate.

Its amazing in the atomic-jet-space-age with internet 40 million people in the 5-6th largest economy in the world (CA alone) sit around like morons and pray for rain and "get worried" when there are solutions on the table now.

Comment Re:They just want to grow crops of wage slaves (Score 1) 119

I'll suggest something here. Some cultures have the ability to innovate. Some do not. No judgement. But trying to shortcut bypass and undermine the ones that innovate to get sub market talent does not come without a long term price.

Do laud the rapists who take advantage of this because they have a huge pile of monopoly money is really sad.

Zuck and Gates could make a few universities like MIT-Caltech-etc that are meant to home grow STEM superstars of the native born and re-invest in our country which is full of the people who injected the most cash into their wallets.

Comment They just want to grow crops of wage slaves (Score 2) 119

Gates and Zuck want to farm the entire human race for wage slaves. The oligarchs want to pluck the best and brightest from wherever they may be and utilize them.

These countries need fresh water, a reliable food supply and the most rudimentary things for education, eg, paper and pencils. These tools want to throw keyboards at the world hoping to farm out another hidden gem like Ramanujan and pluck them like cheap underpaid fruit.

Comment Re:Where can I download... (Score 2) 85

I was thinking more along these lines...

I need NASA to make a ship, preferably a pinkish-orangish color, triangular in shape. It only has yaw and forward thrusters.

Then I need a cannon which takes asteroids and breaks them in to exactly half sized asteroids and alters their momentum.

Then I need NASA to have this ship generate a space-time wrap such than any asteroids I shoot will be looped back into a 2 dimensional plane finite sized plane about 50 ship-lengths long.

I also needs NASA to allow this ship to teleport in this plane.

I also need NASA to make the cannon completely vaporize asteroid chunks of sufficiently small size.

Unlimited fuel and cannon use a requirement.

I also dont seem to see the need for inertial dampeners, we can just retro-thrust the ship by turning around and firing backwards.

Comment Re:Good grief... (Score 1) 681

I have one question for Mister Billy Boy who is so smart. Bill Nye, the Pop Science Guy whose understanding of science is slightly more than Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons - but he is in the same room. TV people sent to entertain and mesmerize the sheeple with simplistic versions of real problems to secure a point of view.

Nye: Please, lay out the plan for how to solve the various problems you say are the biggest problems of our time. Solve it. How much will it cost? How will we do it? How will affect the the standard of living for everyone? Is the way out to build a fusion reactor? OK , please tell how to do that then - please.

I really think people need to stop interacting with pop-scientists. These charlatans are more or less salesman of a point of view.

I ask Nye for his credentials - his under grad, is graduate work, his post-grad, what patents and papers has he written? Did he start a tech company? Does he know how to run a business or just a fantasy? Does he have patents? What has he invented to better the lives of all?

Hot air is cheap. I value it little. People are judged by their WORKS not their words.

Comment Re:Actually - This Perfect Day (Score 3, Interesting) 532

This dystopia is well played out in This Perfect Day

As usual someone has to have totalitarian complete control to implement this. Attempting to de-nature humans has historically led to revolt every time. Even the Chinese eunuchs banded together to manipulate politics and stage revolts.

You attempt to da-nature humans, and humans will return to the roots. Our roots are nomadic hunting/gathering and agrarian famsteading - these are families and small groups of humans free to do what they need to to get to the next day.

Its the pressure cooker of modern society and the denaturing of family and repression of human nature that causes real issues.

I think video games have given rise to a generation of people raised on their butts with fingers on the keyboard where they think they can play the role of God making decisions for humanity like to drug us all so we act proper.

Comment Re:Why not open source wolfram alpha? (Score 3, Interesting) 210

I agree here. This fellow looks like he is good at self-aggrandizement to gather shekels shucking ultra expensive software. I don't like this giant list of pedigree either. Solve problems or help others solve problems. To be fair, mathematica helps others solve problems BUT:

The licensing model is extortionary, its rental software, and it even tries to limit the users by how many API calls are made per month.

Also as others have pointed out because it is black box software its not really auditable.

I find a man who has made as much money as him being as greedy and self aggrandizing as he is today to be petty and money-lusting.

His book is roundly and rightfully savaged in reviews, check them out on Amazon. I will not be linking to it as this guy doesnt need more money pouring in.

I have a startup where our algorithms guy pays the mathematica fine every year. But lets be clear, algorithms guy does 99.9% of the work here and a good part of that is perspiration.

Wolfram just cashes checks - so with all due respect, lets not put this guy on a pedestal.

The program isn't debugged until the last user is dead.