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Comment: From a resident of NYC (Score 2) 397

by rstanley (#48915301) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

I am quite happy with all the precautions that were taken in preperation for this storm. Better to be over cautious than not! Clearing all the roads in the Tri-State area allwed all the plows to clear the roads better than if they were dealing with a lot of cars, and accidents on the road! Same with all the rails, commuter, and Subway.

I was living in Boston during the blizzard of '78, where everyone went to work as usual, then the storms shifted and the call for evacuation was called at 2pm. TOO Late!!! The damage was done!!! The city was shut down for a full week, and Route 128, all lanes, in both directions, end to end, were a bumper to bumper parking lot for the entire week!

I congratulate the Goveners of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, plus the Mayor of the City of New York, for their correct decisions in preperation for this storm!

Comment: Old hardware / technology never dies,... (Score 5, Insightful) 189

by rstanley (#48875523) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

It just gets renewed, reused, and recycled, not only in more wealthy Western countries, and Third World countries, but by poorer people all over the world. (Hopefully with Linux and other FLOSS software installed!) There was an article in Slashdot in 2013 about an IBM 402 with punch cards, still in use!!! (I wonder if it could run Linux?) ;^)

But seriously, even though most of us are using computer less than 5 years old, a lot of old computers are still in use. What about 16 bit embedded systems, many running Linux! I have to agree with Linus, if the old technology in the kernel, does not adversely affect newer technologies, and people are still using it, then there is a legitimate reason for leaving it in the kernel. I trust his opinion.

IMHO, I think the FLOSS community has an obligation to continue to support older hardware & technologies that certain other proprietary O/S manufactures have long ago abandoned. Isn't that one of the reasons the Free Software and Open Source Software communities, and software were created in the first place?

Comment: Dump the progressives!!! (Score 1) 464

by rstanley (#48718897) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

I LIVE in the bottom half of my bi-focals!!! I was not warned ahead of time about the distortion when I was sold progressives, and returned them within 24 hours!!! I was led to believe that the progression was all the way across, not circular.

I am very happy living with tri-focals.

Comment: Re:Can you ever trust Mickey$oft??? (Score 1) 51

by rstanley (#48630179) Attached to: Extracting Data From the Microsoft Band


By all means! Trust Mickey$oft, the NSA, and who knows who else, with your life and all your data! ;^)

As for me, as I say: "Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and all your data in your pocket!!!"

In other words, I will keep my data out of the so-called, "Cloud" and on my own servers, under my sole control!

Comment: "The Internet is full of deranged people, ..." (Score 1) 993

And this individual is obviously one of the worst! I was not familiar with the name before this, but am familiar with the projects he has worked on. Linus may have his temper, but he has good intentions, and is usually right when he does yell at someone! Poettering just rants. I don't advocate physical violence against anyone for any reason, even him. I have NEVER heard of physical threats against ANYONE in the Free software/Open source community until now. If he has been threatened, he brought this upon himself.

"I have no intentions to ever talk about this again on a public forum." Thank goodness for this!!! ;^)

If he feels this stongly against Linux, and the Open Source community, then perhaps he should leave Red Hat and move to Redmond Washington. He might be happier working for a certain company located there! ;^) I am glad I don't work for Red Hat, and don't have to deal with him, or listen to his rants on a daily basis, as I expect some have to endure.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?