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Comment: Geometry-based layout (Score 2) 180

by dskoll (#48113373) Attached to: CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

The wonderful Tcl/Tk toolkit solved the layout problem in the 1990's with its excellent constraint-based geometry managers: The grid engine, the packer and the placer. I'm sure it would have been possible to express each of those layout engine's rules in something analogous to CSS.

That would have made page layout so simple it'd almost be fun.

Comment: Some things are beyond the pale (Score 2) 993

by dskoll (#48077219) Attached to: Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

I am not a big fan of systemd and I find Poettering pretty abrasive. But if what he wrote is correct: Recently, people started collecting Bitcoins to hire a hitman for me (this really happened!). Just the other day, some idiot posted a "song" on youtube, a creepy work, filled with expletives about me and suggestions of violence. then that's beyond the pale. IMO, threats of death and violence should be reported to the authorities and the culprits, if found, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The Open Source development community is not a friendly place. You do need a thick skin. But threats of violence or death go way beyond just "unfriendly".

Comment: Suspicious screenshot (Score 3, Insightful) 236

by dskoll (#47998995) Attached to: First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

The screenshot in that article shows the shell prompt as "root@debian". But in reality, most Debian systems use "/bin/dash" as the default system shell instead of /bin/bash, which means most Debian systems are extremely hard to compromise; a CGI or system() call would have to go out of its way to invoke bash instead of dash.

Comment: Re:Funny how this works ... (Score 4, Insightful) 184

by dskoll (#47976153) Attached to: Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

We as Canadians have a different approach to government and how we want to build our society.

Yes, but not all Canadians buy into the CRTC's approach. I am absolutely opposed to all the CanCon and related regulations imposed by the CRTC. I'm completely fine with the federal and provincial governments subsidizing broadcasters and the arts in general (TVO is a great example of this done well), but I'm utterly opposed to their regulating what private broadcasters have to show.

we're not too fond of an American company trying to wreck the system of local content production.

Speak for yourself. I'm fine with anyone wrecking the Canadian content production system. 90% of content producers will go under because they produce content no-one cares about. The 10% that survive will do so because they produce really good content and are competitive. Ultimately, it will lead to a healthier content-production industry that's not dependent on protectionist measures for its survival. Maybe we'll even be able to open up an export market for Canadian content.

Comment: Re:Not a boycott but a confirmation (Score 5, Insightful) 469

by dskoll (#47958995) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

systemd does have some very good ideas when it comes to the init system. Socket-based activation and process supervision are Very Good Things.

But when the systemd developers started trying to embrace, extend and extinguish other things like syslog, core dumps, etc. then systemd jumped the shark.

Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 1) 324

by dskoll (#47949657) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

How about penalizing clothing manufacturers unless they make certain amount of clothing in Canada with a Canadian theme.

You've been listening to the CBC again. Link is to an excellent Canadian comedy show, by the way, that I'm sure would survive even without CanCon protection.

Comment: Re:CRTC needs to be reined in (Score 1) 324

by dskoll (#47949619) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Killing a non-competitive industry causes short-term pain. But in the long-term, a more competitive and stronger industry will emerge.

Just as the US and Canada should never have rescued the auto-makers when they imploded, there's no way a government should use taxes or protectionist laws to protect non-competitive industries.

Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 1) 324

by dskoll (#47949111) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

If everyone starts watching all their TV on Netflex and similar services, Canadian TV could all but disappear.

Speaking as a proud Canadian, I say: Good. That's called the power of the free market.

I have no doubt that 90% of Canadian content producers would shrivel up and die without CRTC protection. I also have no doubt that the survivors would adapt, improve, and make shows that people actually want to watch, possibly even opening up an export market for Canadian content.

Any time the government protects cultural content, the quality of that content plummets because there's no free market competition to keep producers sharp.

Government can help content producers with strategic investments. TV Ontario produces far superior shows to the CBC with a fraction of the amount of government investment and in a commercial-free environment. The CBC needs to go commercial-free and concentrate on making decent shows, not copycat shows of American crap.

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurence of the improbable. - H. L. Mencken