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Comment: Re:We should lobby to break the cable companies (Score 1) 536

I think that we should lobby to break the cable(and other incumbent monopolistic ISPs) companies.

Comcast has over 100 lobbyists whose careers revolve around preventing that. They will scale up that spending as needed. And the FCC is practically a case study in how to execute regulatory capture.

Comment: Re:Check their work or check the summary? (Score 1) 485

by greg1104 (#49336421) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

It's all operating system cached writes, they're not even getting to the disk's write cache.

Python's file flush() function does not flush data to disk. You have to call os.fsync(f.fileno()) for that.

Same problem with the Java code. flush doesn't make sure data is on disk. You have to use sync or force or something.

This is an excellent way to introduce the smart scientist/moron coder archetype to people though, so it's not completely useless.

Comment: Re:eliminate extra sugar (Score 1) 493

by greg1104 (#49333015) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

There's minimal evidence that healthy eating alone lowers your long-term body weight. That's part of the point really. Any diet change, be it fad dieting or more sustainable health eating choices, they are all capable of short-term weight loss. Keeping that weight off on the long-term is is a so much harder problem, it's barely related to what works for losing a large amount of weight in the first place.

If you read studies about people who lose and keep weight off, like Long-term weight loss maintenance, the common factors that always show up are both very low calorie counts and constant feedback. Basically, chart your weight all the time, and cut your calories if it ever goes up. That is brutally difficult to sustain for years at a time. If you follow any sort of hunger-driven diet, with healthy foods or not, you will probably go back to whatever weight your body likes over time. That's how hunger works.

Comment: Re:I know I'll get flamed... (Score 1) 165

by greg1104 (#49324997) Attached to: RMS Talks Net Neutrality, Patents, and More

That grass-roots FLOSS development only happened after the GPL does not mean it was necessary to create it, nor even caused directly by it. Giving away free software to promote consulting and support revenue can be a profit center independently of other motives. I can easily imagine an alternate 2015 where there was no Stallman, so instead consulting companies shared boring infrastructure code to split its development costs.

Comment: Re:I know I'll get flamed... (Score 1) 165

by greg1104 (#49324941) Attached to: RMS Talks Net Neutrality, Patents, and More

Good old says paranoia is baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others. There are a few examples where I think Stallman is excessively paranoid. I personally like using the web only over e-mail to avoid "survellance". Wander that deep down the rabbit hole, and the all powerful three letter agencies out to get you will also have secret exploits for Lynx. Seriously, it's all in the Snowden documents! And I totally did remember to take my medication!

However, there are way less examples that seem extreme like that today then there used to be. Re-writing your hard drive firmware with secret monitoring tools? In 2015 evidence that might be happening is reasonable news, not paranoia.

I've seen plenty of examples of companies who do not want to share code unless compelled to. There are software compliance tools for lawyers whose main purpose is checking corporate source code repos to make sure there's no GPL code. But the number of corporate contributors to all the BSD distributions says the GPL is not mandatory to develop open code. Did it help? Sure. I think open source software as a way to share overhead on boring infrastructure code was inevitable though, even if there was no "free software" (tm).

Comment: Re:I know I'll get flamed... (Score 1) 165

by greg1104 (#49323509) Attached to: RMS Talks Net Neutrality, Patents, and More

The world could have collaborated and built the modern Internet just fine on BSD licensed software, which is itself a variation of public domain. What Stallman deserves credit for is inventing the Copyleft license as a way to compel source code sharing. He's stayed relevant beyond that as source for paranoia about software being used against people, a stance that looks more prescient each year.

CCI Power 6/40: one board, a megabyte of cache, and an attitude...