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Comment Linus is damaging the reputation of Linux (Score 1, Insightful) 1501

Linus is damaging the reputation of Linux one profane outburst at a time. His conduct towards the developers, abusive language and such would get you fired in any Fortune 500 environment. CIO's will read about the petulant profane behavior in industry rags and ask themselves if they want to build an enterprise around software controlled by someone who cannot control his own emotions. Professional behavior is not about fake politeness or passive aggressive behavior. Professional behavior is about engaging your peers in civil discourse. You can say something is broken or the code is wrong with critical analysis and without angry profane screeds.

Comment Re:Eh (Score 1) 129

Wasn't Bose behind the "direct reflecting" loudspeaker? It couldn't have been designed by an engineer with a basic understanding of reflected waveforms, phase and wave interference. I listened to a set of these at a stereo shop in Monterey, California back in 1983. The space in front of me with sound, but the violin solo was distorted and smeared across the space.

Submission + - Is Beyond: Two Souls Starring Ellen Page Racist? (

DavidGilbert99 writes: Beyond: Two Souls, the fourth game from French developer Quantic Dream, is set for release in October with a very realistic looking Ellen Page as its star. However video game correspondent for the IBTimes UK, Ed Smith has thrown up a question previously not raised about the game. Is it racist?
According to Smith, and based on playing a level set in Somalia when Page's character comes under attack from locals, things turn a little bit nasty:
"It's real Birth of a Nation stuff, with a young American white girl being terrorised by animalistic black men. It's very ugly and testament I think to Cage's total lack of self-awareness as a writer."

Submission + - Computer trading and dark pools (

Bob the Super Hamste writes: CNN Money has an article on computerized trading specifically the non-public markets that are often used to execute orders. The company that the article discusses executes 1/8 of all stock trades in the US or about 900 million trades a day, for comparison the NYSE executes about 700 million trades. The article discusses dark pools or private markets where quotes aren't disclosed to the broader public markets. If the company is unable to fill an order from within its own dark pool it will submit the order to the broader public market, 13 public exchanges, as well as up to 20 other private dark pools. The quotes offered by the private dark pools by law have to be the same or better quote than those offered on public exchanges. There have been recent questions about whether the quotes provided by dark pools have been the best for customers and there is a current investigation by FINRA into the methods used by market makers and dark pool operators to fill orders.

Comment Re:Depends on the energy source duh! (Score 1) 775

Did you factor in the energy required for building and maintaining the wind turbines? Are they as green as you think?
14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines in the USA Lays out a more comprehensive environmental cost of wind turbines including this:

Altamont's turbines have since 2008 been tethered four months of every year in an effort to protect migrating birds after environmentalists filed suit. According to the Golden Gate Audubon Society, 75 to 110 Golden Eagles, 380 Burrowing Owls, 300 Red-tailed Hawks, and 333 American Kestrels (falcons) are killed by Altamont turbines annually.

I was aware of wind turbine bird strikes. I didn't know the numbers.

Comment Re:Why stop there? (Score 2) 129

Rat poison would be reckless endangerment. Like gun trapping an empty house. There are non lethal approaches.
A friend told me of a time at TPC where a plate of brownies laced with Ex-Lax was left in the fridge for the resident fridge thief. It worked well. Five brownies were missing. The suspected thief clocked out sick less than an hour into his shift and there was evidence that he didn't make it out of the building without shitting himself.

Submission + - Slashdot Security Certificate expired on 04/21/2013 3

djl4570 writes: Here's what Chrome has to say about this.
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You attempted to reach, but the server presented an expired certificate. No information is available to indicate whether that certificate has been compromised since its expiration. This means Google Chrome cannot guarantee that you are communicating with and not an attacker. Your computer's clock is currently set to Monday, April 22, 2013 1:02:39 AM. Does that look right? If not, you should correct the error and refresh this page.
You should not proceed, especially if you have never seen this warning before for this site.

Comment Re:Why Evolve (Score 2) 82

That was my thought. Evolution requires selective pressure that causes certain traits to become assets or liabilities. The coelacanth fills an ecological niche and doesn't have much if any competition in that niche except from other coelacanths.

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