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Comment: Re:Yes, pipelined utilities, like the logs (Score 1) 385

by quintus_horatius (#47928669) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

more or less

It's a joke. The original text pager was called 'more' (because it prompted you to press a key for more pages). A few years later, a better pager called 'less' was introduced. These are the de-factor text pages on Unix and Linux systems.

My apologies if you were trying to make your own joke, but you actually sounded like you don't know.

Comment: Re:Your taxes at work (Score 2) 501

The US governement can't even get off their ass to build a 30ft high fence along our southern border even though they got congressional approval and have millions of people wanting it

Who wants it?

  • Do the politicians really want it? Or would they rather have an imminent threat of "illegals" to whip everyone else into a frenzy with?
  • Do the rich want it? Or would they prefer to hire cheap labor?
  • Do businesses want it? Or would they prefer to hire cheap labor and sell to them?
  • Do most citizens want it? Or do they not really care?

Comment: Re:JIT Education (Score 5, Insightful) 745

by quintus_horatius (#45077793) Attached to: US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test

You're conflating skills training with education.

They both teach you how to get the most out of a set of tools, but formal education concentrates on the tool that is your brain -- how to think, how to organize information, how to accommodate new ideas and facts. How to use your brain.

JIT training is commonly known as on-the-job-training, and is not a new idea. But it works best when the student is already educated.

Comment: Re:how many recipients are on gmail? (Score 1) 219

It doesn't matter which email service(s) a foreign government uses, or where the mail is stored. What matters is where the email is routed on its way from sender to recipient. There's nothing to stop the NSA from reading the email if the messages or network packets are "accidentally" routed through the US on their way from one foreign address to another. Not even laws protecting citizens, since it's not a citizen's data.

Comment: Neat stuff, but... (Score 0) 65

by quintus_horatius (#44447871) Attached to: Watch the Crab Nebula Expand Over a 13 Year Period

The video was over a minute, watching two images flip back and forth every couple of seconds with cheesy music in the background.

No voice over, no explanation, no real utility to the video. Showing the two static snapshots in a super-imposable way would have been a cooler use of technology.

My idea of roughing it turning the air conditioner too low.

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