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Comment GNU Tools (Score 1) 136

I was working for a VAR that used Xenix and later SCO Unix and AT&T Unix (NCR Towers). Somehow I ran across some GNU tools. I got a tape of some GNU utilities. In any case I had become familiar with GNU. I started to hear about Usenet and wanted to get on the internet. I got a prodigy account and subscribed to some Unix newsgroups. Somewhere I saw reference to Slackware. By that time I was using a local ISP that has a limit on how long you could stay connected but unlimited from midnight to 8 in the morning. I started a diskette downloading at midnight every night for a couple of weeks to download all the diskettes.

I had a 386sx system cobbled together from parts. I installed and was impressed that I had an actual running unix like system. I played around with it for a couple of years. In January 1996 I started a local ISP/Web hosting and web development company. Not sure if I trusted Linux for production I bought two servers. On one I installed the commercial BSDI Unix system and on the other I install Red Hat 1.0.1 I believe. I set them up in identical configurations (as much as possible). As we grew and added servers it was all Linux. We ended up hosting hundreds of web sites and thousands of email accounts. I started taking old PCs and installing Red Hat along with Linuxconf (not the crappy version that came with some versions of Red Hat, but downloaded and updated from the maintainer). I set these up for most of my local business customers running their own email/proxy/NAT gateway they could self manage with the Linuxconf web interface.

I was all in with Linux in every part of my job until 2001 I was offered a job by one of my customers. The hiring manager told me they were 100% Microsoft and would never use any Unix or Linux or anything else. The offer was too good financially to turn down so I took it. Since that time I have continued to use Linux almost exclusively at home and hobby projects. It has been amazing to see Linux grow in use and acceptance and a shame that I have been prevented from using it for work. I have managed to implement a couple of Linux based proxies here but in general the IT staff is anti-Linux just based on the historical culture.

Comment He became obsolete (Score 5, Insightful) 114

He is bitching because the medium he used to become popular is now obsolete for the masses. It is no different than newspapers complaining about the internet or "journalists" complaining about bloggers. Now its bloggers complaining about average Joe's. Unfortunately as the ability to publish moved down the food chain anyone with a computer is "publishing". Now we get a huge volume of useless content drowning out anything of value.

The fact is the same people publishing cat pictures and dumbed down quotes would never read a meaningful article anyway. They have just joined the internet and now outnumber the people who actually want to generate and consume meaningful content. Welcome to real life.

Comment Pluto on Pluto? (Score 2) 108

People keep referring to a heart shaped image on the surface of Pluto but is looks like a dogs head, snout to the right and ear on the left. Very similar to this image.

The character

The celestial body

Comment Re:Posters do not case if they are false (Score 2) 225

I am sure this change helps them to understand underlying bias of individuals who post and who flag as false. I would say helps the spy algorithms or at least presents the opportunity to learn more about the product (users). It gives them easy to evaluate statistics without having to analyze the comments. You can pretty much guess the position of the person who tagged false. They could even have their own fact checkers researching popular items so from the FB perspective you could know the position of the person that posted/shared, the position of people who tag false and then the unseen true/false flag sent by Facebook to gauge the user's bias.

Comment Posters do not case if they are false (Score 1) 225

Many people that share political/religious items do not care if they are false. They agree with the premise of the item, the facts are just a nuisance. Please will always think something is false if they disagree with it and accept as fact anything they agree with. This goes across all ideologies and can be seen rampantly everywhere.

When I first got on the internet, early 90s Usenet, I thought this is great and will dispel all of the nut cases with crazy ideas and conspiracy theories. Most Usenet groups that I visited had some very smart people who were quick to point out fact when superstitious idea came up. In a very short period of time groups started to pop up that offered every crazy idea known to man and the major participants were the people with crazy ideas. Now the internet offers a support system for any crazy thing you want to believe. Even if everyone around you in real life tried to convince you it is a crazy idea, there's a support system waiting for you on the internet.

What makes it even worse is the impersonal nature of on-line communication. People will say all kinds of stuff on social sites and email they would never say in person. This is making us less civilized. When you live in a community and interface with your neighbors you learn to live with and accept the views of others. Even if you don't believe the same way or maybe think they are crazy you learn through life to live and let live. Now with the internet you have the choice to be a fanatic about anything and only interface with people with the exact same outlook as yourself.

Comment Re:Everyone who blamed Bush for everything... (Score 1) 379

Unfortunately the vast majority people do not think (or vote) rationally when it comes to politics. The same people that hated Bush and ridiculed him will continue to love Obama and rationalize a reason to support policies they previously despised. People who loved Bush will rationalize ways to hate Obama for the exact same policies that they loved under Bush. I have given in to the fact this will not change. Allegiance to political party is similar to sports teams i.e. Caroline fans hate Duke no matter what and vice versa.

We are essentially a one party system with two marketing arms targeting their assigned demographics.

Comment Re:Boy who cried wolf (Score 0) 163

Everything you say may be true and if you were not an AC I might take your word for it, but there is a good reason people are sceptical. For example my local news station makes a big deal everytime someone dies of the flu. Every story ends with the reminder to get your flue shot.

There are obvious questions that should be answered, 1) what was the cause of death 2) how healthy was the individual 3) did this person get the flu shot. They will not answer these questions. Go to any discussion board of an article talking about specific flu deaths and you will see these questions over and over. Without answers to these questions many people will not be convinced the shot is effective.

It doenst mean the shot is not effective but when you hide information that should be disclosed it causes doubt.

Comment Ads not needed (Score 4, Insightful) 611

People already pay for their internet connection, bandwith, web hosting, etc. Maybe the Telegraph could not exist on the web without ads, but that does not mean the internet could not exist. This person seems to belive that the internet exists only because of commercial content producers.

Comment Not changed much (Score 5, Insightful) 294

I don't see many changes. Vendors, managers, and salespeople change the buzz words every few years and talk of great paradigm shifts. Programmers continue to write code and produce actual results. In a perfect world the programmers get to choose their own tools. In the real world we have to use whatever buzz word compliant tools are thrown in the mix each year. They never actually live up to the hype and you have to dig in and find the code buried within and build stuff that works. I remember when the salespeople were touting dBase II and how programming would be completely changed. Right.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe