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Comment: Re:What are the bounds of property? (Score 1) 163

by ebvwfbw (#47905167) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Do you know what we had before this country existed? Look it up. I think you'll easily agree we own land today. Clearly it isn't what it used to be.

I own a lot of land. I can sell it as well. Often do. Buy other land. No sweat. The big caveat is don't go around trying to harm others. No drugs, no religions that serve only you, other nastyness. No problems. Ironically my fear are the crazy lefties and their BS. Suddenly a building they don't like may become a target. Often for something that isn't even a problem - like too much di-hydrogen monoxide. I know, it kills a lot of people every year. However it's necessary for commerce. Funny example, however this happens.

Comment: Much ado over nothing (Score 1) 613

by ebvwfbw (#47822597) Attached to: You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Come on guys, we're not helpless Windows type people. Stuff changes. Go with it. I'm old guard, as in I used to make my own filesystems from a prototype old. Today you just mk*fs. Partitions are easy, even X11 is automatic to the point people probably don't even know they're running X11.

I loved the old stuff. Made a lot of money with it. Old, dated. Like with aircraft, autos, etc, time moves on. Adapt or be left behind.

The new way it boots, there's no question it's better. Just learn the new way.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 2) 635

by ebvwfbw (#47793385) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

that war is over, and vi won

Clearly it didn't. Bash uses emacs commands by default, of course. Mode editors are so 1960s. If you're serious about computer science, learn emacs. Then you can use both. I use both. If it is something simple, I use vi. For anything else emacs. Once you learn emacs, then you'll wonder why someone didn't let you in on the secret before. So far I have one guy that still wouldn't admit Emacs was superior, of course he wouldn't even try it. He helped write vi.

So sure, vi won in the sense that it's almost always installed by default - small, fast. When I show people Emacs and what can do, they usually learn it.

Comment: Same old BS (Score 1) 826

by ebvwfbw (#47771223) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Gnome and KDE

Didn't care which one - SYSV or BSD back in the 1980s, pick one and all of us - use it! Didn't happen. That BS still rages on today when BSD was rescued out of oblivion by replacing the Apple OS with a modified version of it.

Gnome and KDE - again, pick one. Can't have that now can we? Let's fragment everything!

Now this crap. I go back to the mid 1980s with Unix. It built my house and has paid for everything I own. I'm happy to move to the new way. It's better. SYSV - nice knowing you. I'll put you in the back of my closet like I did with the Casette, 8 track, other stuff that had a good run. I'm sure I'll always remember you.

Not to say that the new way is a bed of roses. Getting better, however.

Comment: Build your own (Score 1) 187

by ebvwfbw (#47753765) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

Used to be a boy scout project I remember from years ago. They found a place that had good optics. They knew because they worked for NASA at Goddard. Sent a few back. So they had the optics and we had to build a case to put them in. Plywood mostly. When it was done, man it's incredible. No, really. I've owned some Sears type telescopes. They're crap in comparison. When you are able to see through one of these babies - it's truly incredible. I'm talking one with about a 1 meter or so focal length. Galaxies oriented every which way and the colors and so many of them. Never felt so insignificant in my life. Then we found Saturn. Incredible. It really is worth I think we paid about $200 for the optics about 15 years or so ago. I'm sure that telescope is still around someplace. Wish I had it.

Comment: It's still a turd (Score 1) 511

by ebvwfbw (#47753729) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

No two ways about it. PIA to develop in, PIA to debug in, PIA to maintain. Still it seems we're in the critical patch of the week club. Fix it ORACLE! Tired of you guys band aiding it and then patches to the patch and patches to that patch instead of fixing the base problem. Might be painful to fix code once the base problem is fixed, however it seems like we're dying of a thousand cuts.

Comment: Of course it's invalid (Score 1) 225

by ebvwfbw (#47652373) Attached to: Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

This is one of the biggest - no Duh moments in science. Junk science at its best. The whole notion that everything, and probably everyone reading this has absolutely no idea what everything even is, even a what a little piece of it is - came out of one point is just wrong. If I could let you look through a good telescope when it's say about 10F out and you can see what's out there, I mean really see what is out there and see that for all of these disks in random orientations out there consist of "countless" stars, planets and so on, the mass is well really really (repeat really about a billion billion times or so) big. Then to think that even say (what became) black holes came out of this - and escaped is clearly a violation of physics and time. I know, I know... - "IT'S THE BEST SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION THAT SCIENCE CAN COME UP WITH." Never the less, it's still wrong and they know it.

This system will self-destruct in five minutes.