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Comment Re:extracting "fuel" from the very fabric of space (Score 1) 430 430

In the Great SF Novel that I think about writing, I figure I'll put a few hundred feet of water ice at the front end of the ship to absorb those.

Are you being sarcastic, or have you never heard of Arthur C. Clarke's "Songs of Distant Earth"?

Comment Re:Negotiating salaries is for the birds. (Score 1) 428 428

The other option is that those who think they are above average negotiators settle for less than the job is worth to the employer because they are just bad negotiators. Salary transparency is a benchmark that obviates that issue. Collective bargaining is another one.

Comment Re:even stopping it won't stop it. (Score 1) 305 305

Why bring up the 'cultural' issue when it is a mere question of locality? Because you're a goddamn bigot who thinks Indians are inferior brown people, but you just lack the stones to say it outright. Your posting history is illumnating.

Comment Re:even stopping it won't stop it. (Score 0) 305 305

Cultural and time-gaps are a killer

Aka "Those brown guys are too stupid to understand what us 'mericans want".

Funny, as someone not living in the United States, when I get to deal with US-made software, apparently that cultural gap was of no consequence whatsoever, I'm just supposed to suck up the Americanisms and don't complain.

In short, if you ignore the culture gap when the software is written by WASPs, then you can't call on the culture gap when Indians are to be the prospective programmers. If you do, it smells suspiciously like you have other motives, something more essentialist.

Comment Re:How did it react during the accident? (Score 1) 549 549

No, just no. If you keep holding the brakes while being rear-ended, you will not accelerate until the collision energy overcomes the brake friction. It's not a matter of accelerate then brake, it's a matter of not accelerating at all, and letting the brakes and the crumple zones take up the energy.

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549 549

Last time I was in the UK is several years ago, so conditions may have worsened, but I was impressed at some things, like how people were much more willing to let me merge than at home (the Netherlands; bloody awful drivers, the lot of 'em). Roundabout etiquette especially struck me, with me probably being the cause of plenty of 'bloody foreigner' exclamations, as I was rather hesitant at times in quickly merging and leaving.

I did notice some drivers not paying enough attention, but not significantly more than normal. And that was with me trying hard to adjust to riding on the left, on a fully loaded motorcycle, with luggage and my partner riding pillion.

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549 549

Just let them. Relax the throttle and let the gap widen again. The best thing: if everyone does that, traffic flow improves, and everyone will move faster.

And as an experienced motorcycle rider, let met tell you: you can spot people wanting to merge before they start, so even if they merge and stomp the brakes, you could already have dropped your speed and created space.

Comment Re:One word (Score 1) 267 267

So? You can still run gnome without Network Manager; that gnome requires a package to integrate with a non-existent component is irrelevant.

Again, it's obviously only the lusers that are making a noise. Any real Linux users and administrators just get on with using our systems however we like.

Comment Re:One word (Score 1) 267 267

Dear idiot: RTFM. It's not NetworkManager that overwrites your /etc/resolv.conf on Debian-based distros.

Second: Debian Gnome can run without Network Manager. Just deinstall it.

Third: if you have multiple desktops to roll out, learn how your deployment tools work. If you're adding static configs, disabling NM is easy.

If all else fails, lower your standards.