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Comment: Nobody owes anyone anything in that case (Score 1) 469

by dbIII (#47547497) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Tridge owed Linus nothing

Does it matter? What matters is that Tridge fucked around and violated the licence and the fallout hit Linus in the form of having to do a lot of unnecessary work. Being only human this appeared to have made him angry.

I have no idea why you brought the GPL into it

Try reading the above post entire instead of key words then. It's only three lines long. I can wait.
If you use software it's only fair to stick to the licence the creator wished you to use - if you don't like it use something else.

You cannot yank your software if it's free, regardless of what license it's under

If someone violates the terms of your licence of course you can.

Comment: That one was fully justified (Score 1) 469

by dbIII (#47547245) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Linus blowing up at Andrew Tridgdell for "reverse engineering" the bitkeeper protocol comes to mind.

Since it meant that Linus had to go and spend time writing git after bitkeeper was taken away from him due to that licence violation he had a very good reason to be angry.
Do you think the GPL is the only licence that should be respected?

Comment: Let's try an offline example (Score 1) 469

by dbIII (#47547205) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"
Let's try an offline example
To welder: That joint is unacceptable.
Welder: laughs - just sign it off loser.
The situation then does not resolve until someone has the guts to try another approach.

Approach 2
To welder: Your weld is fucked. I can stick a fucking ruler 50mm into this enormous fucking crack here.
Welder now gets that the situation is being seen as serious and can not just be fobbed off.

Sometimes you just get ignored if you do not use appropriate language to convey how serious a situation is.

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 1) 372

From the standpoint of fighting a war for survival, which the state of Israel is doing

That is how the propaganda frames it. However it's not 1948 any more and there are no serious threats in the region to such a powerful nation. That may change if ISIS unites everyone from Lebanon to Iran and has a decade or two to get their shit together but I can't see that happening outside of their dreams.

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 1) 372

Since it's the wrong continent and someone will eventually correct the wikipedia article you are correct, it will go away almost instantly.
The real problem in Africa is a different story but like foot binding before it (in another part of the world obviously) it's been slowly going away as well.

Comment: Re:Or maybe you're not so good at math (Score 2) 372

The problem is that any suggestion that the current government of Israel is imperfect is taken as "anti-semitic".

I like Israel, it has a lot of good things going for it. However currently it is run by a bunch of fucking fascists who have timed yet another pogrom into Gaza to coincide with an election. That seems to run contrary to everything Israel is supposed to stand for.

Comment: Re:Chemisty (Score 1) 68

It's still not easy and is still very expensive for the reasons given above. There may be less oxide in the shavings than in rutile or titanium dioxide but you still have to get rid of it before it can be melted down - and with a high melting point plus a need to keep oxygen off it's not that cheap to melt the stuff either. Reducing waste with titanium (or titanium alloys) has more of a cost benefit than just about any other non-radioactive metal since the reprocessing cost is high.

refining Titanium from raw 'ores'.

It's gravity separated out of sand so the mining part is as cheap as mining gets - reducing it from an oxide is the very hard bit.

Comment: Re:the FCC regulates milk now? (Score 1) 198

I'm merely replying to your inaccurate "On the other hand, they oppose building broadband, or anything else" and similar rubbish. Please don't attempt to misdirect away from that to avoid responsibility for your own actions.
In my country the greens are pushing for broadband and the "conservatives" are opposing it because major donor Rupert doesn't want the competition.

Comment: Each server is worth $189 or less. (Score 1) 187

by Animats (#47544815) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

If you want more servers like that, Wierd Stuff Warehouse in Sunnyvale, CA, has the same HP series G Xeon servers for $189. (2 3GHz quad-core Xeons per server! Hard drives are extra, but cheap.) Wierd Stuff has huge supplies of previous-generation data center equipment.

It's amazing how cheap computer hardware is now.

Comment: Space travel isn't feasible. (Score 2, Interesting) 82

by Animats (#47544719) Attached to: SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

Reality check: space travel with chemical fuels just barely works. It takes huge rockets to launch dinky payloads, and that hasn't improved in 45 years. Satellites and probes are useful. Man in space has just been a boondoggle.

If fusion ever works, this may change, but with chemical rockets, it's not getting much better.

"Just think of a computer as hardware you can program." -- Nigel de la Tierre