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Comment: Re:I'm disapointed in people (Score 1) 665

by strikethree (#46755309) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

when what their user base wanted was yet another rehash of the win 95 desktop layout.

Erm, no. What the user base wanted was control over their desktop and Gnome kept removing more and more of the options for controlling it. Tying itself to systemd and general disrespect to the users was the unrecoverable final termination of any relationship between users and programmers of the Gnome project.

I find it odd that you saw all the yelling and screaming as wanting a rehashed Windows 95 desktop. Are you a Gnome dev or are you deaf too?

Comment: Re:shenanigans (Score 1) 381

by strikethree (#46754229) Attached to: UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

You'll never get americans to give up their guns: they're all too afraid.

It is clear that you are the one who is afraid. You are afraid of other people possessing guns. It would appear that you think that getting rid of guns will reduce gun violence (which is what you are terrified of). It is possible that gun violence may be reduced by telling criminals that they can no longer own guns and that all law abiding citizens will now be unarmed... but that is not the way I would bet.

Comment: Re:code review idea (Score 1) 444

by strikethree (#46753831) Attached to: Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Serious question: Why don't you become the new maintainer yourself, if you honestly believe you can do a significantly better job at it than the current person(s)?

I am not who you replied to but I think I can give a reasonable answer to this question: If I were to take over every project that I had a strong opinion about and that I thought I could do better, I would not have enough time in my entire life to even touch all of them, much less actually work on them. In such a situation, I would limit myself to discussion to what could have been done differently.

Comment: Re:on purpose or not, couldn't happen if... (Score 1) 444

by strikethree (#46753809) Attached to: Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

All I know is the organization I work for has prohibited use of C or C++ for mission critical software for years now.

Incompetent design and poor coding practices are what makes C or Assembly insecure. C++ is potentially a minefield though. Little boys should not be playing with power tools or nuclear weapons.

Comment: Re:Jesus Motherfucking Christ ... (Score 1) 672

by strikethree (#46747125) Attached to: Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

Hm. You seem mighty worked up. Why should anyone get special consideration?

I can think of one reason and one reason only: Because they are interested in the topic.

Nothing else matters, not even gender. All other considerations merely serve to distort the issue.

Is it worthwhile to investigate why certain classes, types, or groups of people are not represented in the programming world? Of course. Is it wise to intentionally distort the situation to appear more like what someone thinks it should appear? Erm, no. Down that pathway lies madness.

Comment: Re:An attempt to reverse trends keeping women out (Score 1) 672

by strikethree (#46747051) Attached to: Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

I raised a daughter in Colorado and I saw no such social pressures put on her. My daughter was allowed and encouraged to do whatever she wanted. She had no interest in computers other than MySpace and then Facebook... but then, my son has shown no interest either. *shrug* Neither one has any interest in learning how the world works or anything technical at all. I definitely gave both a chance to express such desires numerous times, but nope. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Not a drop of interest from either one. *sigh*

Comment: Re:Yes, yes it is. (Score 1) 408

by strikethree (#46722961) Attached to: Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

THIS is why Apple gets the patents. MacBook trackpads have no problems with your palm sliding all over the LARGE trackpad and not causing input errors.

This is not necessarily true. I have not done extensive testing but I have found that I have to watch where my palm is in relation to the trackpad on my macbook pro if I do not want random pointer movement. Perhaps newer macbook pros have solved this, I would not know. Mine is 5.1 running snow leopard (roughly a 2010 macbook pro).

Comment: Re:Someone has to be in charge (Score 1) 639

by strikethree (#46702129) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

There is no need to publicly shame someone, just stop pulling patches from him and/or assign somebody else to fix it. Torvolds lacks class when he does stuff like this.

Fuck class. This is not an aristocratic society full of political correctness and snobbery. This is people doing real work and getting things done. "Class" only reduces the effectiveness.

In short, if you are afraid of knives, get out of the kitchen.

Comment: Re:Good idea (Score 1) 175

by strikethree (#46691651) Attached to: Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

If crash dumps are really not possible, how about a plain 'ol text file in the root directory containing the reason for the crash/panic?

It is easily possible to do what you want. Trivially so... so why isn't it done? There is an answer to that question my friend and the answer is this:

A kernel will panic when it detects that the environment it is running in is not the same environment it thinks it is running in. What this means is that the kernel can no longer be certain of anything, up to and including whether or not it can write coherently to a file system. Rather than potentially trashing your file system, the kernel just prints to the screen as nothing can be damaged by that... but even that is dangerous. What the kernel thinks is the screen may not actually be the screen anymore.

In other words, once there is corruption in the kernel's environment, all bets are off and nothing is guaranteed, not even writing an error message to the screen. Writing coherently to a file system is actually a fairly complex event and is extremely dangerous in this situation.

Comment: Re:The new Hitlers (Score 1) 562

by strikethree (#46691295) Attached to: Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Why should I be taxed differently because my significant other and I decided to sign a piece of paper?

Very valid questions. I am not sure that I can answer them but perhaps I can provide some perspective:

It is in society's interest to promote the creation of new members of society. The majority of children are created through a male and a female having sexual intercourse.

Society has an interest in the child being reared in a secure environment, hopefully one that is positive and nurturing so that the child becomes a healthy and socially well-adjusted adult.

One of the methods accepted by society at large for encouraging the creation of children and providing for their well-being while becoming adults is to formalize what a "family" means in its most basic sense. Marriage is a tool for "encouraging" the maintenance of this familial construct.

It is not surprising that people are resistant to swapping out portions of this construct for others, such as artificial insemination, gay marriage, adoption, etc. Some swaps have some very persuasive arguments for why they negate the entire concept of marriage as a tool for family creation and social stability (gay marriage), others do not, (artificial insemination, adoption).

For myself, I am generally for what is known as traditional marriage. I do not really care what gay or childless couples do (not that they are equivalent) or what benefits they can accrue by "aping" traditional marriage. All of these people who are yelling and screaming about it all just seem absurd to me. Keep your eyes on your own business and stop being jealous or envious that someone else might have it "as good as you".

Comment: Re:The new Hitlers (Score 1) 562

by strikethree (#46691005) Attached to: Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

The militant gay people think they have the right to tell other people what moral values they have to have.

LOL. You sound like one of the Christians who complain about persecution. I mean really? I bet if you let the gay people alone, they would leave you alone. You do not see Prop 8 as actually doing something TO gay people?

Look, I am not gay or in California (but I repeat myself) so in this particular instance, I have no horse in the race. I am just calling out silliness when I see it. When you claim that when gays defend themselves against an attack, Prop 8 in this case, they are forcing their morals on you, I just have to laugh at the absurdity of the claim. It is ludicrous.

"Just Say No." - Nancy Reagan "No." - Ronald Reagan