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Comment Betting on the weight of Steven King's next dump (Score 1) 41

I am setting up a website where I am going to allow online betting based on the weight of Steven King's next bowel movement. I need to sneak into his house tonight to put pressure sensors under his throne and a turd cam just under the seat.

So everyone come check out http://scaryturdbetting.com/ and give me all your money.

Comment Re:Continuum could be a big hit... (Score 1) 62

I can't believe I'm going to say this but...

Vista wasn't a bad OS once the first service pack came out. Literally, I had no problems with it. I should also mention that I had a box with ME on it that ran like a champ - however, it was specifically designed for ME and whatnot. But it did stay running and was no problem - being able to access the restore function from outside the OS was absolutely awesome.

Anyhow, I liked Vista when it came out and liked it even more when it got its first service pack. The problem was that it was a rather huge change from the XP days and was even further from the 9x days. I actually kept a couple of boxes on it instead of moving to 7 and I have an MSDN subscription so it's not like I was lacking licenses to do so.

I'm actually going to let my MSDN subscription lapse, finally. I've paid for it for a very long time now but I don't even use Windows much at all any more. I've been pretty happy with my return to Linux and have also been playing with GhostBSD a lot. I can't get VMWare for GhostBSD and I much prefer it to the other offerings. I also can't get Opera to work on it properly. What I need to do is suck it up, install it instead of using it in a VM, and just stick with it for a few months. I've yet to take that plunge.

Either way, Vista was pretty good and its reputation is largely undeserved. It was/is stable and I never had a security incident that I am aware of. I often ran with absolutely no live-running antivirus application. I ran it on a whole host of varied hardware stacks and never had an issue. I was quite impressed, to be honest. It's not like I'm exactly gentle with my OS, I tend to try to break stuff as doing so intentionally is a way for me to learn new things. If I'm not breaking and fixing something then I'm not really learning.

Comment Re:securelevel who? (Score 2) 304

Amazingly enough, one's attitude (while forking) might actually result in a negative response. I don't see much in the way of negativity in this particular case - good on them for trying. However, nobody's obligated to do your work for you. If you want a feature or function then add it. If you can't then you're shit out of luck or you can pay somebody who can. Being able to modify the code is the whole point of free - a secondary aspect is the price but that's not the point.

If you can't weld and work as a mechanic you can't build you own car very well. Nobody is obligated to make one that suits your needs (but you're free to ask). If you want then you can pay someone to do so. If your ideas are good enough then someone might build one that you can buy.

That's the obligatory car analogy.

If you go stomping off in a snit then you're probably going to be looked at oddly. This really seems pretty tame considering. Most people are wishing them luck. A few are saying good riddance but not most of them. I, for one, wish them the best of luck and I hope it works out for them. I hope that they're able to get some sponsorship and are able to push and pull code between the two in a harmonic relationship. I hope that it gives others, those who aren't inclined to tolerate Linus, a place to go so that they'll shut the hell up and stop trying to cause even more drama with their ego-fueled desire to make everyone conform to their wishes instead of trying to fit the hell in. But that's just me.

Comment Feel sorry for any scientist who looks into this (Score 1) 80

It must suck for any genuine scientist who might come up with an interesting idea as it relates to small scale or cold fusion. I can just see the grant request meeting:
So you have filed a grant form on researching neutron production at low temperatures?
Isn't that cold fusion by another name?
Not really but...
You're fired, we are stripping your PhD, and we are having the art department make funny cartoons about how much of a loser you are.
But I only asked for a $2 grant.
We are also requesting retractions on all your papers including ones that have been lab verified by over 1000 independent researchers.
We also just burned your house down and killed your dog.
I don't have a dog.

Comment Re:Thanks! But, WTF? (Score 1) 33

I thought you had to pay for the 'community' Snort policies? I played with it a while back (I'm just a geek - I have no expertise, use case, or anything) and found that I wasn't even able to import the definitions though they claimed I could during my trial period.

I was, it seems, doing it wrong. That's not surprising but if I don't poke and break then I am not learning. If I am not learning then I am not growing. If I am not growing then I serve no function. If I am serve no function I have no place. If I have no place I should not consume resources. So, I try to learn and grow even if it's just to geek out on something new.

Comment Re:Cable company propaganda (Score 1) 82

I can point to my family. We moved to a location where nearly unlimited wireless is not a terrible price. There is no need beyond me, the software developer, to have a huge connection. If I had genuinely unlimited LTE or better then I would switch in a heartbeat. I am a pretty demanding data user so if I could cut then few couldn't.

If my siblings lived where I live then I would have helped them all cut their internet by now. My mother has netflix but barely even uses that. I think her monthly data usage is around 2Gigs a month or less. I think that a typical Netfllix family uses around the 300Gig mark in Data.

Where wireless gets interesting is when the antenna is also directional. In some countries where they leapfrogged that last mile of wire they combine cool telco antennas with these can things on the houses that allow for wireless highspeed internet for very little money.

The key is that the cable companies are only seeing the cusp of this trend. They are trying to cut it off before it becomes a problem. Every day they can delay the progress of wireless data for the masses is a huge pile of money. So it is worth it for them to put a huge amount of effort into this project even if it only buys them a year or two.

Now it's not perfect. Ping times go up so gamers wouldn't be happy. But I can use products such as skype and facetime on my data plan and I can't tell the difference between that and a wired internet connection.

It is also very cool when I am in a park and can download a new version of some SDK that I use without really thinking about it.

Comment Re:Cable company propaganda (Score 1) 82

But the independent evidence shows that there is no problem. They are trying to convince the public that their Wi-fi will be imperilled by the evil telcos. When one large group of companies are battling with another group of large companies their lobbying suddenly cancels out and they have to turn to the voter.

Comment It is wrong in many situations and correct in some (Score 1) 227

If the project is the equivalent of moving dirt from pile A to pile B then then many hands make light work until it gets to a point where people are just getting in each other's way. So 20 might be 4 times better than 5 but 1,000 is just a huge waste of resources as maybe 950 would be best kept out of the way.

Then there is the statistical genius issue. If you have one good programmer trying to solve a horrific problem then two or so programmers might allow for some interesting insights that one might not have. But this sort of hits a rate of diminishing returns in that the average programmer isn't that much smarter than any other programmer. Thus 10 might not be much better than 2. Except that if you have 1,000 programmers the simple probability is that one of them is a genius and thus the program might be solved more than 1000 times faster than a single programmer or more realistically it may have never been solved by a handful of programmers, ever.

Then there are the classic programs where people try to architect it into wonderfully separate abstract sections where individual programmers or small groups can work on each piece. This might sound good in reality but all projects have a certain amount of spaghetti to them and thus their reaches a point where each new programmer isn't able to hive off a part very easily without excessive communications with other programmers and thus not really help that much. This is a fairly typical corporate project flow and thus the Mythical Man month does apply to many projects, just not all projects.

Comment Re:Wow! (Score 1) 80

Then there are others of us. I sometimes spend a couple hundred dollars a day donating to sites that have helped me or given me a service that I appreciate. Then there are groups like the EFF who get a goodly sum. Go ahead, put your 'please donate' button on there and I just might. I actually sometimes contact web site authors just to see how I can send them a donation because they've not given me an easy way to do so.

I kind of feel it's my social obligation to give back to those who give to me or others.

"You show me an American who can keep his mouth shut and I'll eat him." -- Newspaperman from Frank Capra's _Meet_John_Doe_