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Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 2) 727

by cob666 (#49346967) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Simply falling on this switch wouldnt cause it to change positions - it requires a deliberate act to do so, the switch requires a certain force to pull up and then move to one position or another, its not like accidentally changing channels on your TV because you sat on the remote.

According to this video, the switch does not need to be lifted before being switched into the lock position
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment: Re:Get a T1 (Score 4, Informative) 534

He explored that solution, and it turned out to be a huge pain in the neck. Quoting Consmerist (first link in the OP):

Then there’s XO, which provides connectivity solutions for business. We confirmed with an XO sales rep that the company could, in theory, provide T1 broadband service (through CenturyLink). However, it would require that either Seth’s employer purchase the service or that Seth have a business license of his own. But even if that were possible, the cost would be exorbitant, starting at nearly $600/month with a three-year contract.

I could see his employer saying "no," and $600/month for 1.5 mbps is highway robbery.

Comment: I imagine a pair of women... (Score 1) 515

by MAXOMENOS (#49328683) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?

...could make real names for themselves by writing, respectively:

  1. code for something kinda useful
  2. a RESTful web service exposing the above

Then every web page on Earth can pass the Programmer Bechdel Test just by consuming the web service.

However, I suspect that's not what the test is intended to accomplish.

Comment: Re:Oh the irony! (Score 2) 155

by MAXOMENOS (#49279671) Attached to: White House Proposal Urges All Federal Websites To Adopt HTTPS
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Comment: Ugh (Score 1) 133

s/succeed/fail. Original should read:

No, seriously: can you cite a study with a solid methodology to demonstrate that less than 70% of FLOSS projects fail? I ask because there's a lot of orphaned projects out there that most people have never heard about and that are effectively dead, their code either unused or in desperate need of replacement (because it's not being maintained).

Comment: What makes you think FLOSS fails less? (Score 1) 133

No, seriously: can you cite a study with a solid methodology to demonstrate that less than 70% of FLOSS projects succeed? I ask because there's a lot of orphaned projects out there that most people have never heard about and that are effectively dead, their code either unused or in desperate need of replacement (because it's not being maintained).

Comment: Re:That's Easy, Jomo! (Score 1, Informative) 255

by Bruce Perens (#49230369) Attached to: On Firing Open Source Community Members

Hi AC,

This is sort of self-contradictory, so I don't really need to respond to it directly. I just want to point one thing out. I can't afford to work for any company as less than a C-level employee. It would be a salary cut from my current business.

Not to mention that I'd not like it.

Comment: Re:That's Easy, Jomo! (Score 2, Insightful) 255

by Bruce Perens (#49230275) Attached to: On Firing Open Source Community Members

I can't say I'm happy about what's happened to Debian. Having Ubuntu as a commercial derivative really has been the kiss of death for it, not that there were not other problems. It strikes me that the kernel team has done better for its lack of a constitution and elections, and Linus' ability to tell someone to screw off. I even got to tell him to screw off when he was dumping on 'Tridge over Bitkeeper. Somehow, that stuff works.

IMO, don't create a happy inclusive project team full of respect for each other. Hand-pick the geniuses and let them fight. You get better code in the end.

This actually has something to do with why so many people hate Systemd. It turns out that Systemd is professional-quality work done by competent salaried engineers. Our problem with it is that we're used to beautiful code made by geniuses. Going all of the way back to DMR.

Comment: Re:That's Easy, Jomo! (Score 1) 255

by Bruce Perens (#49230079) Attached to: On Firing Open Source Community Members

It really does look like Jomo did post this article, and it refers to another article of his.

What isn't to like about Ubuntu is that it's a commercial project with a significant unpaid staff. Once in a while I make a point of telling the unpaid staff that there really are better ways that they could be helping Free Software.

Comment: Re:That's Easy, Jomo! (Score 4, Interesting) 255

by Bruce Perens (#49229989) Attached to: On Firing Open Source Community Members

It's just that I object folks who would be good community contributors being lured into being unpaid employees instead.

Say how do feel about idiots working for corporations contractually enmeshed with the US military-industrial-surveillance complex. Why no spittle-laced hate for them?

The GNU Radio project was funded in part by a United States intelligence agency. They paid good money and the result is under GPL. What's not to like?

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