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Comment: Re:convergence of wealth, lawyers, and arrogance (Score 2) 440

by djchristensen (#46621187) Attached to: Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

"I've volunteered at the local food banks and base on what I've seen, Costco peanut butter is probably an upgrade to the various expired high fructose laden supermarket rejects"

The food banks I've volunteered at have very high standards and a big part of the volunteer's job is to weed out expired, leaking, or generally icky-looking packages and throw them away. I wouldn't be surprised if we threw out 25% of the stuff we inspected, especially on the frozen food line. Our instructions included something along the lines of, "if you wouldn't want it in YOUR pantry, throw it out." (It was understood, of course, that this applied to safety concerns, not palatability. As gross as I might think Lunchables are, they provide FDA-approved calories to kids who might otherwise go without.)

I know I wouldn't feed any of this peanut butter to my kids no matter how much testing it had received, so would it be morally right to feed it to the underprivileged?

Comment: Re:Case in point is worse than meaningless (Score 1) 281

by djchristensen (#46501509) Attached to: Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

More importantly, who thinks Zuckerberg would be where he is if he had gone to vocational school or straight to work out of high school? Not finishing college is a very different thing from not going in the first pace. I don't disagree that college is not the best choice for some, but holding up Zuckerberg as an example is just stupid.

Comment: Re:Heat related? (Score 1) 190

by djchristensen (#45491981) Attached to: Elevation Plays a Role In Memory Error Rates

That assumes that the rays tend to come down vertically. I don't know what the distribution would be, but I'd be very surprised if it was mostly vertical at any particular point on earth. So then it would depend on what the rays had to travel through to get to the memory chips. I'd further assume the computers were not exposed to the sky, so I remain skeptical of the cosmic ray explanation.

It would be easy to test though. Have a rack of servers with only the bottom one turned on. Then move that server to the top of the rack (again with the rest of the servers turned off) and compare error rates. That would eliminate heat effects (actually, it might reverse the heat effect if the server stays cooler when at the top of the rack) and allow for testing the shielding effect.


Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-look dept.
DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

Comment: Re:I'm not even a fan, but (Score 1) 1174

Bullshit. The US Constitution is supposed to apply to everyone equally. I'd argue that if 30 years ago "there was no right to gay marriage", then it was because the definition of "everyone" was wrong at the time. By your argument, blacks and women should still have no right to vote since the definition of "everyone" did not include blacks or women at some point in the past. It takes this country a painfully long time to release its predjudices, but at least we keep moving closer to "ereryone" really meaning everyone.

Comment: Re:I'm not even a fan, but (Score 1) 1174

The people who are against Card's politics/bigotry are not censoring his work. They are free to express their disgust and to make it clear they will not buy or sell his issue and possibly not buy other items from the publisher. The publisher then has to make a business decision as to whether or not publishing Card's issue would harm their profitability. Groups (religious and otherwise) pressure companies all the time in exactly the same way, and those companies go through exactly the same decision making process (JC Penney and Ellen Degeneres, Chick-fil-A, for example). DC has the right to decide what they publish and why.

I for one think the government needs to be OUT of the marriage racket.

The main point as far as I understand of the marriage equality movement is to gain equal recognition by the government of the rights conferred by legal marriage. It makes no sense at all to say that government needs to be "out of the marriage racket". I did not get married (to my opposite-sex spouse) in a church/Church and have no real interest in the religious aspect of marriage, but I have a significant vested interest in the legal institution of marriage. It provides numerous protections/rights for myself, my wife, and my children/heirs. I've always thought it was unfortunate that the government institution of marriage shares a name with the religious institution, which allows (in this case) religious groups to coopt the legal rights of those whom they do not agree with.

Comment: Re:fix it later (Score 1) 457

by djchristensen (#42562159) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Practices Impede Developers' Productivity?

Spending an extra 5 minutes now to verify the documentation for a function you call can save days later on.

Not always. Case in point: I found the following code after a day and a half debugging (note that the dest and src addresses are guaranteed to be overlapping):

// delete the record. Supposes memcpy is implemented increasing.
memcpy(p+i, p+i+rec_size, env_size-(i+rec_size));

The problem was obvious to me once I narrowed down the area of the bug and saw the comment. So was the idiocy of the dumbass that knew memcpy wasn't safe for overlapping regions and did it anyway. I guess this only proves that bad developers are bad developers.

Comment: Re:Walled gardens... (Score 1) 291

by djchristensen (#41755351) Attached to: The Greatest Battle of the Personal Computing Revolution Lies Ahead

You're assuming that devices and the software on them are inherently insecure and can never be made secure. Instead you rely on walled gardens created and cultivated by the companies that are selling you those devices and that software (or at least controlling your access to that software). Granted, security is hard to do right, but what makes you think Apple or Google are so much better at it with their App stores than anyone else? And if they are so good at it, why don't they just make their OSes secure enough to obviate that excuse for the walled gardens in the first place?

Comment: Re:Let me explain with a car analogy. (Score 2) 341

by djchristensen (#41537205) Attached to: Why Are We So Rude Online?

Here in Texas at least, this extends to basic courtesy. I'm continually astounded at how polite people generally are in person but how few of them are courteous enough when in their cars to even use their turn signals. Vehicle code issues aside, signalling is an act of common courtesy like saying "please" and "thank you", and when in the anonimity of their cars, otherwise exceedingly polite people abondon said politeness.

1 Billion dollars of budget deficit = 1 Gramm-Rudman