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Comment: Re:BioLite (Score 2) 126

by paramour (#45021893) Attached to: Charge Your Mobile Device With Fire

Because it weighs 7oz as opposed to 33oz, is a fraction of the size, and has the same power output (2W at 5V, continuous). True, the BioLite is also a stove and this isn't, but there are many high efficiency light weight stoves that should work with FlameStower, or apparently an open campfire if you're in a place where that is permitted.

If you're car camping or day hiking you may not think saving over a pound in pack weight is important, but then again you probably don't need a USB recharger either. For multi-day back country hiking lots of people pay attention to this level of weight difference (not just the ultra-light types).

I have no connection to the FlameStower people, other than considering getting one.

Comment: Re:Python is readable (Score 1) 187

by paramour (#44753779) Attached to: Open-Source Python Code Shows Lowest Defect Density

The reason for newline-tab being syntactically significant in makefiles is because by the time make's author, Stuart Feldman, realized the problems with this choice there were already about a dozen users of make and he didn't want to break any of their makefiles with an incompatible change. See _The Art of Unix Programming_ by Eric S. Raymond.

The lesson is the time to fix a bad design decision is as soon as possible, because it's not going to get any easier later; unless or until your program becomes irrelevant, at which point there's little reason to fix it at all.

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Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-look dept.
DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

Comment: Treaties supercede state laws (Score 1) 817

by paramour (#41763839) Attached to: Texas Attorney General Warns International Election Observers

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.

-- US Constitution, Article VI

Why does the Texas AG not know this?

Comment: Re:Finally, a law recognizing privacy (Score 1) 363

by paramour (#41493627) Attached to: California Employers Can't Ask For Your Facebook Password

You're blaming Woodrow Wilson and the isolationist Congress/Senate of 1912 for everything that's happened in our country since?

He's referencing the Dec 23, 1913 Federal Reserve Act, creating "The Fed" and letting it print money. I don't think this had much to do with isolationism.

Comment: R. A. Lafferty and Thomas M. Disch (Score 1) 1130

by paramour (#40925199) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

Lafferty specialized in science fiction that was more folk-tale like, or as I see Wikipedia puts it "shaggy characters and tall tales". His short stories, in such collections as Lafferty In Orbit or Nine Hundred Grandmothers, are more approachable than his novels, especially for someone new to his style.

Disch wrote both horror and science fiction. If you're literate you owe it to yourself to read Camp Concentration. His first novel, The Genocides is an easier read, if a bit heavy-handed in its message.

If you're deeply religious you might want to avoid Disch, especially The Genocides.

Comment: ECPA = wiretaping law (Score 2) 85

by paramour (#40231087) Attached to: US Courts Approve 30,000 Secret Surveillance Orders Each Year

Since the summary didn't say, ECPA is The Electronic Communications Privacy Act, an updated version of the 1968 Federal Wiretap Act.

FISA is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the FISA court (technically the FISC, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) generally rubber stamps wiretapping warrants, even after the fact.

Comment: FUCK (Score 2, Insightful) 320

by paramour (#40223081) Attached to: Firefox 13 Released, Debuts Brand New Tab Page and Homepage

Fuck Mozilla's fucking releases every fucking other fucking week. Want me to pay attention to a new release? then don't bombard me with requests to update, or call versions barely worth an increment to the patch level a fucking release. Buy a clue and stop ruining what was a pretty decent browser. As ColdWetDog already joked, only for real, you're actually making IE look good again. The level of fuckitude necessary to reach that level of fuckedupness is almost unfuckingbeliveable.

Comment: Re:Time for the Judges ruling? (Score 1) 475

Name another company that size that is as friendly to open source software.

Sun Microsystems, in its day. In addition to Java: NFS, ZFS, D-Trace, virtual box, StrongTalk, GlassFish, OpenSolaris, NetBeans; after buying them but keeping them open: MySQL, OpenOffice, BlueQuartz (former Cobalt stack); and in the realm of open hardware, OpenSparc T1. (No question, Sun botched some of the companies it bought.)

At its largest Sun was never as big as Google today, but proportionally Google has done far less.

Oracle is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike Sun Microsystems. (For one, they make money.)

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