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Comment: Re:License? (Score 1) 307

by tombeard (#48962675) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows For Raspberry Pi 2

The only Win boxes in my house are the Uverse set top boxes. They get sluggish, sometimes just hang, and require a reboot about once a month because of a "system has changed". The machine I am writing this on reboots when I have a power outage. Hell, I don't remember the last time I even had to log out of my account.

Comment: Re:Fifth amendment zone of lawlessness (Score 2) 431

by tombeard (#48926563) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

FWIW, they are not just collecting metadata, at least not under the common understanding of collect. Remember the Boston bomber? One week after his arrest they were discussing having just listened to his families calls to overseas. They had the calls recorded, collected to everyone else, but didn't listen to them till after the bombing. They are wanting the ability to retroactively listen to everyone this way. Later they will do it proactively, but baby steps. With this understanding, the warrant process is worthless.

Comment: Re:Looking for torrents (Score 3, Interesting) 250

by tombeard (#48604077) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Per someone else:

To summarize, current releases with magnet links:

SPE_01 spe_01 torrent


SPE_02 spe_02 torrent


SPE_03 spe_03 torrent


SPE_04 spe_04 torrent


SPE_05 spe_05 torrent


SPE_06 spe_06 torrent


SPE_03 and SPE_04 are torrents to zip files of torrents, as the original zips have been pulled from every file host I checked.

Comment: Been there done that (Score 1) 182

Living is a basement apartment in Boston I had problems with particulates from the street. I removed the window screen, installed a filter in its place, and mounted a window fan on the inside. Whole house air filter and didn't even need the box. 15 years ago, I claim prior art if he patents it.

Comment: Re:or converse rather than proselytize (Score 3, Interesting) 361

by tombeard (#45404623) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

I usually identify myself as atheist because that doesn't require the explanations that the correct label of anti-theist would. I see an atheist as an agnostic who is sufficiently convinced that supernatural beings don't exist. I am also anti-theist because I think the belief in gods is inherently evil, harmful, corrupting, and otherwise a bad thing.

Just to put the discussion back on track, as an engineer I find communications to be my most difficult challenge. I hold meeting, issue reports, and make sure to talk privately with everyone involved in my projects. Despite a strong concerted effort I still find people under or miss informed. No amount of communication is too much, I'm not sure any amount is sufficient.

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?