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Comment: Re:Procedural Rules? (Score 1) 128

by jfdavis668 (#46770489) Attached to: Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal
Appeals are about procedures. You can't just base an appeal on that fact that you don't like the verdict. You must prove that something was done wrong in the original case. The "wrong" things are not always procedural, but if you don't follow the procedures yourself, you can't complain the other side did it wrong. The decision of the original court should have taken the "public concern" into account.

Comment: Re:software (Score 4, Interesting) 169

by jfdavis668 (#46682435) Attached to: Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe
The problem is finding someone new willing to maintain the software. We have large systems running on big iron. The people who maintain it are getting older and fewer. We struggle trying to get someone new motivated to learn the technology. It's not an issue with the hardware, you can continue to upgrade that. It's finding someone who is willing to work in software that is no longer popular.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 150

by jfdavis668 (#46660267) Attached to: Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?
Hawaii is volcanic. The volcanoes are high, so you have to deal with a thin atmosphere. Unlike the arctic, you get more of a 12 hour dark/light cycle. These are all closer to Mars conditions than anywhere else you can find on Earth. You are going to land on Mars nearer the equator than the poles. But, of course, Hawaii is much hotter than Mars.

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell