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Comment: Not true at all (Score 1, Insightful) 224

What makes people ignore the homeless is the fact that there are hundreds if not thousands of them roaming the streets of major (and not so major) cities. When I was in Regina, you couldn't walk 4 blocks without being accosted with demands for money, cigarettes, etc.

After a year or so of living there I used to just give them the finger and keep walking. It's not that I'm heartless -- I just don't care to be badgered everywhere I go when these lazy fucks could go on welfare and be housed like anyone else. Aside from that, I'm on disability -- I have no more money to spare than someone on welfare after I pay for my meds. Adding to that, I'd actually stopped to talk to and gotten to know a few of them, and found most of them were *on* welfare and did their begging to pay for booze and drugs, not because they needed the money to survive.

Sympathy. You'll find it between "shit" and "syphilis".

Comment: Thank you, but no (Score 2) 677

by msobkow (#46742149) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Gnome has become an abysmal piece of drek not worth the effort of spitting on. The only reason I ever use it is because some configuration options for various distros are only released for the Gnome desktops on those distros. I use KDE day to day, with the sole exception of the Rhythmbox music player (which itself is just a "lesser of evils" choice -- every Linux music player I've tried sucks in some way or other.)

Gnome 2 was usable. I liked Gnome 2. I would have happily stuck with Gnome 2 and reasonable enhancements to it.

But nooooooo, the development team for the Gnome project knew "better" than everyone else how a computer should operate. They totally screwed the power user with Gnome 3, creating an unholy abortion that doesn't work well with mouse and keyboard and doesn't work well with a touchscreen. It is the worst of "both worlds", and even implements a number of widget metaphors that testing showed people didn't like as far back as 1990.

The Gnome dev team is full of egotistical idiots, and I, for one, can't wait to see them all hit the curb.

The software is open source. If the project dies, the useful bits will be picked up and forked, and all the drek they've shoved down user's throats can wither away and die a horrible, painful, screaming death as far as I'm concerned.

Comment: Re:PCs aint expensive (Score 1, Informative) 450

by msobkow (#46719885) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?


The last company I worked for had some very seasoned Linux people, and shipped a half dozen Linux servers (pre-loaded with our software) a week. The developers ran Linux; the office staff ran Windows and OS/X.

We the developers had to tweak and fiddle with our boxes for a couple of days every single time the AD server was patched or updated. We never did find drivers for the colour printer. Only one scanner out of four would work for us.

We had to run Linux in order to do the development for the servers we shipped, because each developer's workstation was an in-development image of the server software.

But from an administration and overhead position, it was a freaking nightmare.

I run Debian at home on one box, and Windows 7 on a laptop. I don't have problems with it because all the hardware I own was specifically chosen for Linux compatability. I don't have AD problems because I just let the Windows box access read-only Samba mounts from the Linux box, and don't map my drives in reverse.

But there is no way in hell I would ever recommend a shift to Linux unless it was for the entire company and they were willing to bankroll the time and effort it would take to properly set up Linux-centric file and print services.

It's just not worth the pain.

Whatever you save in licensing and hardware upgrade costs will be eaten by tech support costs in six months when you're only doing a partial/small-scale migration such as is being described.

Comment: Re:where is the controversy? (Score 1) 639

To be fair, even from an evolutionary standpoint the "Adam and Eve" story isn't all that far off base. Somewhere in history there was the first mutant ape that was classified as some form of human. It's *extremely* unlikely that multiple apes developed the same mutation at the same time.

Comment: Big mistake (Score 5, Insightful) 272

by msobkow (#46703139) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

Telecommunications data is eminently suitable to schema table storage in any relational database, which with a little work, will let you index by the keys you intend to query by.

NoSQL solutions are better for unstructured data that doesn't come in predictable formats or value sets.

You need to take a step back and look at the problem before you decide on a solution. Don't be one of those idiots who tries to use a hammer to drive a screw.

Comment: Re:It's simple (Score 1) 1109

by msobkow (#46697773) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Well, seeing as I'm not a Christian and don't happen to agree with the anti-gay-marriage people, that's kind of irrelevant.

But there is no denying there are certain groups you just don't "mess with" because they'll come down on you in the tens or hundreds of thousands and fuck your life up. They most certainly don't believe in "freedom of speech" or the right to support whatever political views you choose.

Unless, of course, you agree with them. Then you can "free speech" all you like.

FORTRAN rots the brain. -- John McQuillin