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Comment: Re:what the hell could this possibly mean (Score -1, Troll) 104

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#48155781) Attached to: Microsoft Partners With Docker

It means I know nothing about Windows Server or Docker.

It means I know nothing about Windows Server or Docker.

It means I know nothing about Windows Server or Docker.

It means I know nothing about Windows Server or Docker.

It means I know nothing about Windows Server or Docker.



Now he gonna carve your putz, right after he KISSES THE BROWN SPIDER!

Comment: Re:what the hell could this possibly mean (Score 1) 104

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#48155755) Attached to: Microsoft Partners With Docker

Strainers are like baskets - I aren't they all receptacles with leaks?

Actually I know shit all about "Docker" and haven't bothered to understand "application virtualization" or how it differs from "server virtualization". Let's not get to docker as a specific app virt with defined constraints and capabilities.

Hey! Let me add this piece of non-information, related to my opening statement: "colander".

Comment: On one hand... (Score 1) 565

by VitrosChemistryAnaly (#48149087) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project
...fusion power is exciting

On the other hand, I'm not excited about Lockheed Martin developing it.

With my third hand, did anyone else read in the article that nuclear submarines run on a fusion reactor that needs to be replaced on a yearly basis? I was under the impression that it was a fission reactor, so it really makes me doubt if the writer knows what he/she is talking about.

Comment: Re:Just tell me (Score 1) 463

by MisterSquid (#48148871) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

So far we have a small handful of US infections - mostly related to one guy who brought it in the country and the healthcare workers who didn't follow appropriate protocols while working with him. (Some of that blame might lie on the CDC and the hospital's management - not all of it on the nurses.)

Contrast this with the 5% - 20% of people in the US who get the flu every year and the 200,000 who are hospitalized with flu-related complications. (Source)

Can we please stop comparing Ebola to the flu?

For starters, Ebola apparently has a 70% mortality rate. Additionally, Ebola kills people who are otherwise perfectly healthy. The flu does not.

The flu is a health concern, yes, but widespread infection of Ebola is a nightmare that would make (in Sierra Leone, "makes") most years' flu seasons look like a sneezing fit.

Comment: Re:AWS losing $2 billion a year? (Score 1) 150

by danheskett (#48148783) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

Agreed. Three is an intense price war going on in the cloud providers right now, with unprovoked cost decreases hitting my bottom line all the time. I am fine with it, except as the big vendors fight for marketshare I am well aware at some point the products become mature, the market becomes mature, and I may find myself on a vendors platform which is not the one I want to be on.

There is good revenue to go around. Right now I don't see any cloud providers actively trying to really manage support, hardware and acquistion costs for new customers. I suspect as the industry matures margins will improve.

Comment: Re:I'll pass... (Score 1) 187

This post, complete with anti-gay slurs, is a typical example of the "sickness" that Lennart recently spoke about among those in the FOSS community. Absolutely disgusting.

Contextualize the observation you make, with the homo-erotic Bowie lyric in the sig. Now? Go meta, pea-brain.

Comment: The Frame is a Frame of Dictators, Not Free People (Score 2) 279

by danheskett (#48138009) Attached to: Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

The frame of the question is essentially "who will be the dictator who can fix things if one is needed". This frame is inherently anti-American, and also, deeply counterproductive.

It is firstly, and most importantly, anti-American because it supposes that the default state of things is order and control, that liberty and a free society are conditions that must be suspended when order and control are in jeopardy. The "resting state" of the United States, however, is not tyranny, but rather, freedom. Importantly, there is no provision in which the "resting state" in some way changes to "tyranny". That idea is deeply preposterous. Even if the country was in the throws of a world-ending pandemic, we are still a nation governed by the supreme law of the land - namely, the Constitution, Federal Laws, and treaties appropriately made and ratified. This doesn't change in a time of crisis. It doesn't change in a time of need.

It is a deeply disturbing character flaw on American that so many citizens reduce themselves to half-retarded infants in the face of danger. After Sept. 11, 2001, it became fairly obvious that the rational exercise of faculties was suspended without question by large chunks of the public. A widespread Ebola outbreak could lead us back to that infantile state once again.

The question is also deeply counterproductive because it assumes that having a single point of authority will be helpful. Turning over authority to deal with a large problem is not the way to solve difficult problems. Doing so will ensure inefficiency and increase the odds of failure. There is a role for national policy making (which should be done via our elected representatives, acting in concern with the Executive), but it is not to assign authority to a single person for whom all solutions or failures will flow.

As Americans we have many stupid ideas that make it into policy, and granting power to a single person or even a small group of people just increases the odds that something stupid (and deadly) becomes official policy. During hurricanes, and extended power outages, we have idiots governors and attorneys and local government officials arresting and charging people with price gouging for bringing in generators and selling them at market prices. They would rather deny the realities of the iron clad laws of supply & demand and have no spare generator capacity, than have more people with generators who paid higher pricing. The ideology of fairness trumps the realities observable in nature. This and thousands of other outrages upon liberty and nature happen without constraints when Americans turn off their brains and give in to the instinct to obey authority at all costs.

One of the many hidden design advantages of the American system of government is that we have a redundant array of independent actors. There is no central fount of power, from which authority flows. Instead, people act on their own, in their own interests, under the constraints of law established by representatives. In a crisis, especially a large one, this is more workable than a centralized authority. A layered model of decision making and authority creates a mesh that is efficient at transmitting information about successes and failures, and is resilient to localized problems. There are no great success stories of the Federal government handling nationwide emergencies and problems. In past regional problems we have seen systematic problems from mass information loss, inefficiency, and communication failures. These are problems that have solutions, for sure, but they are not universally solvable. The premise of a "czar" is that a single forceful person can reconcile the many uncertain states and create order from chaos. But it is implied that this is inefficient - the implication that moving fast is better than not moving carefully is only true for a limited subset of problems.

Comment: Re:For the love of god... (Score 0) 144

Even just 15 years ago there were a lot more.

Can you post your sources for this? I have not seen solid data that indicates a net decline in the numbers. I have seen some numbers that start to suggest this, but they do not separate out foreign born workers from domestic workers. I think that if we are going to actually look at the numbers, and make a policy prescription, we have to discount that the imported foreign-born workers coming in are disproportionately male. US-policy should not try to fix the gender imbalances in foreign work forces.

Yes, it is, so I don't know why you keep bringing it up. It isn't the stated goal of any of the major schemes to get women into engineering, and it isn't the stated position of any prominent feminists or feminist groups. It is a classic straw man.

This I don't think is totally fair. You don't see any attention being given, to say, the percentage of women who are garbage collectors. And very little attention being given to those percentage of women are death row. Both of which are well below their overall demographic representation. Just because something isn't the stated goal doesn't mean it's not a goal or at least a priority. The fact this story continues to re-appear in the popular media suggests that someone is paying attention to it. I do think it is a good question which is, is there any grass roots effort to actually change this, or is it simply a corporate/business priority?

Comment: Re:Everybody Panic! (Score 2) 421

by MisterSquid (#48124661) Attached to: Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

well no, I bet a dollar there was a tear in his suit. Simplest explanation is always right.

My favorite part about this is how it gives the lie to all the xenophobic rationalizations that people in various African nations were contracting Ebola because of $DANGEROUS_TRIBAL_FUNERARY_CEREMONY.

Ebola is transmitted through bodily fluids including sweat and aerosolized saliva (produced by sneezing). Containing bodily fluids in a social context—especially saliva and sweat—is virtually impossible and probably makes Ebola a lot more contagious than the talking heads are letting on.

Comment: Re:Shellshock is way worse (Score 1) 94

by MisterSquid (#48120693) Attached to: How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows

So surprisingly few competently written applications do this; GNU dhcpd was one, I'll give you that if you can give me another.

A Leopard (Mac OS X v.10.5.8) web server (Apache) I admin was defaced a few days after the exploit was announced.

Totally my fault for not immediately securing BASH, but yeah, I'm pretty sure the cgi scripts authored by MovableType (3.x) make calls to /bin/sh.

I do consider MovableType to be competently written. The reality is that the Shellshock vulnerability was something no one was really thinking about and it took many admins and even highly technical groups of people by surprise.*

* Whatever you think of Yahoo! their engineers and admins are highly technical. Shellshock is just a very nasty bug.

Comment: Re:are you fucking kidding me? (Score 4, Interesting) 57

by MisterSquid (#48119085) Attached to: Flash IDE Can Now Reach Non-Flash Targets (Including Open Source)

Except they've pivoted and HAVE been making HTML5 authoring tools for the last 3 years. Edge, Muse, Flash (yes, it's been exporting to HTML5 for a while now), among others use HTML5 as their final output.

I went to a pitch-disguised-as-a-conference for one of Adobe's then-upcoming products (Edge?) and was fairly impressed about Adobe's recommitting to HTML5 authoring and a CSS/JS IDE.

Fast forward two years and many developers still haven't touched these products because they are avoiding Adobe's subscription-based licensing.

Adobe needs radically to change their corporate culture because a significant portion of the developers who would love to use their products are NOT going to start paying rent to even read the content they've created.*

* This sentence is a polite translation of "Adobe can go die in a fire."

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