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Comment: Re:Multiple formats (Score 1) 250

by sribe (#48916711) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

I've been using two HD copies and a DynaMO for years. Magneto-optical drives require both light and magnetism to write, and are predicted stable for 100+ years. However, I no longer have confidence that drives will be available when my primary and backup ones die. I'm shifting over to three HD's; at 59 years old, they'll last me long enough

I used to use DynaMO ages ago, but got burned multiple times. Yes, the media is stable for just about forever. But the fucking drives had failure modes that would corrupt the data on the media!

Comment: Re:What's unclear? (Score 5, Informative) 99

by sribe (#48898981) Attached to: Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Along with your work, you provide a promise not to sue, giving up all your rights to the work in question. It's clearly illegal to do that with the intent of changing your mind later.

Well, since the armchair /. lawyers will soon descend upon your post spouting off about how you can't enforce anything without a contract, let's just go ahead and get this posted: Promissory Estoppel ;-)

Comment: Re:Limited power to change working situation... (Score 1) 348

by sribe (#48872131) Attached to: Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

You misinterpret the studies it cites to mean standing desks do not corelate with good health whereas they say nothing of the sort.

So where exactly is the part where they establish that standing desks DO correlate with good health???

Uhm, yeah, I never made the claim you're stating above. Your claim about what I said is pure 100% unadulterated bullshit. I claim now that it has not been established that standing desks cause good health.

And that wasn't even my original claim. Simple fact: what is being claimed widely now is that sitting is very toxic even for those who are fit. Simple fact: that is bullshit.

Comment: Re:Limited power to change working situation... (Score 1) 348

by sribe (#48866233) Attached to: Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

And telling it to you for the 5th time - standing work does NOT prevent you from exercising.

And why exactly are you so focussed on that distraction??? 1) I never said it did. 2) That is completely irrelevant to the question of what its benefits might be.

(Well actually, foot pain, ankle pain, knee pain, hip pain, back pain, varicose veins--all potential side effects of standing desks, especially for the unfit--might in fact discourage or reduce exercise. There, I didn't say it before, because I consider it a very minor point, but since you keep on and on about it like a broken record...)

Comment: Re:joint-cause rather than cause/effect? (Score 1) 106

by sribe (#48865911) Attached to: Gender and Tenure Diversity In GitHub Teams Relate To Higher Productivity

I suspect this may be a matter of the disposition of the team causing both diversity and efficiency, rather than diversity directly causing efficiency. Teams that aren't full of a-holes tend to accept more varied members and end up more diverse, and also happen to work well together...

Weeeell... My limited experience is that there is actual benefit to diversity itself. Of course the "disposition" of the team is a necessary prerequisite, but given the same disposition, but lack of diversity because of lack of qualified candidates, and you don't get the same benefits.

I really don't think we should be socially engineering too much to push women into jobs that many do not like. I really don't think 50/50 is necessary. But I definitely see some from 25-30% female (and find it hard to believe that there's not at least that many who would be interested if there weren't societal/attitude barriers).

When it comes to diversity of race and nationality, I really haven't seen a difference. In my experience white, black & asian nerds are all still nerds and the mix doesn't make a bit of difference ;-)

(But I say "black" because in my limited experience I've never hired an African-American, just African. So I can't rule out that AA vs A would indeed bring different viewpoints/attitudes.)

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein