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Comment: Re:Obvious (Score 1) 338

Jokes aside, most of us live in areas that are not prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, or Godzilla.

I have to ask where you found an Eden untouched by man-made or natural disasters. Where there is drought there is fire. In a warming world, storms may be fewer but stronger and farther reaching.

The radio you have in hand is more useful than the one you shoved into the glove compartment last winter with batteries now deader than dead.

Comment: Sometimes its best to leave well enough alone. (Score 2) 1

The kid admitted the stunt was meant to embarrass a teacher he disliked --- and a three day suspension for a previous access violation taught him nothing.

The problem is that a substitute was teaching that day who had no way of knowing whether or not this "harmless prank" would escalate into something that could cost the man his job.

Pre-Trial Intervention, which, under Florida law works something like probation, will leave the boy without a criminal record --- if he has the sense to stay out of trouble.

Comment: Not good enough. (Score 2) 220

by westlake (#49491073) Attached to: GNU Hurd 0.6 Released

Who the hell works on the 99% of open source software that isn't popular, and why do they care? Because they do.

Show me some proof that anyone cares enough to drive GNU/Hurd to a 1.0 release.

Richard Stallman founded the GNU project in September 1983 with an aim to create a free GNU operating system. Initially the components required for kernel and development were written: editors, shell, compiler and all the others. By 1989, GPL came into being and the only major component missing was the kernel.

In 2010, after twenty years under development, Stallman said that he was ''not very optimistic about the GNU Hurd. It makes some progress, but to be really superior it would require solving a lot of deep problems'', but added that ''finishing it is not crucial'' for the GNU system because a free kernel already existed (Linux), and completing Hurd would not address the main remaining problem for a free operating system: device support.

GNU Hurd

Comment: Re:Fight within a platform, not between platforms (Score 1) 175

by westlake (#49490131) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps

Microsoft, on the other hand, saw an opportunity and happily licensed their code to all comers.

The MS-DOS PC was a commercially viable platform before the cloning of the IBM PC BIOS.

Microsoft entered the 16 bit market with a full suite of programming languages that made the transition from the eight bit world of CP/M remarkably fast and painless. It's a part of a part of the story the geek tends to forget.

Comment: Re:Still under copyright (Score 1) 44

by westlake (#49467947) Attached to: Turing Manuscript Sells For $1 Million

Different Headline: "Seventy year old manuscript written by mathematician who died 60 years ago is still under copyright in many countries."

The owner of the manuscript is under no obligation to publish it. No obligation to display it.

The expiration of copyright does nothing to guarantee access to primary sources, does nothing to guarantee funding for the preservation of primary sources.

Comment: Strike Two. (Score 2) 626

It shouldn't even be a criminal charge. It may be a crime by the letter of the law, but c'mon, this couldn't be handled in-house?!

Green had previously received a three-day suspension for accessing the system inappropriately.

Green was released on Wednesday from Land O'Lakes Detention Center into the custody of his mother. He'll likely be granted pretrial intervention by a judge, sheriff's detective Anthony Bossone said.

Green also received a 10-day school suspension. It's unclear if he'll return to Paul R. Smith to complete the school year after the suspension.

Middle school student charged with cybercrime in Holiday

Individuals who successfully complete a Pretrial Intervention Program will have their criminal charges dismissed.

Pretrial Intervention is for first offenders charged with third degree misdemeanors or felonies. Violate your PTI and you will be looking at a very pissed off judge and prosecutor.

Understanding Florida's Pre-Trial Intervention Program

Comment: He set out to embarass a teacher he disliked. (Score 1) 626

Especially because he put GAY GUYS on the computer, the horrors. If he had changed the wallpaper to a cat picture this would not have happened I guarantee it.

Don't be an idiot.

Green said that on the morning in question, he accessed the computer that stored the FCAT files and, realizing that computer didn't have a camera, found another.

''So I logged out of that computer and logged into a different one and I logged into a teacher's computer who I didn't like and tried putting inappropriate pictures onto his computer to annoy him,'' Green said.

The teacher he was targeting was out that day. Instead, the substitute teacher saw the picture and reported it to the school's administration.

Middle school student charged with cybercrime in Holiday

Comment: Re:Requirements (Score 1) 624

Consider how the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution have been hashed over, in the last 200+ years. We need to be able to reference the exact version of the language, as used, in any legal script. This will keep lawyers from interpreting version 1.0 laws using version 2.0 rules and definitions.

That would be an unmitigated disaster and wholly alien to the Founders' way of thinking. which explicitly rejected trying to impose an 18th century world-view on the future.

At 340,136 words ...the Constitution of Alabama, adopted in 1901 ... is 12 times longer than the average state constitution, 40 times longer than the U.S. Constitution, and is the longest still-operative constitution anywhere in the world.
The English version of the Constitution of India, the longest national constitution, is about 117,369 words long, a third of the length of Alabama's.

Constitution of Alabama

Efforts to reform the Alabama Constitution lead nowhere.

The exact meaning of a word or phrase is notoriously elusive --- and never more so when dealing with the words of men who flat-out refused to be pinned down.

Comment: Re:'Murica, FUCK YEAH! (Score 1) 624

As Miriam Ferguson, first female governor of Texas, said, "If the King's English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it's good enough for the children of Texas!"

You're joking, of course, but the King James Bible can be read with pleasure after 400 years.

If you have ever tried to slog your way through one of Project Guttenberg's impenetrable nineteeth century translations of classical works, you how extraordinary an achievement that is.

Comment: Fumimaro Konoe (Score 1) 167

Historical documents indicate that Prince Konoye was already favoring ending the war in February due the on-going strategic bombing campaigns which were devastating the country and the Emperor was favoring ending the war after the "Meetinghouse" firebombings in March, but the military rejected US requests for unconditional surrender until after the A-bombs were dropped in August.

Fumimaro Konoe was a sheep among wolves, a diplomat who was effortlessly shoved aside whenever he presented the slightest obstacle to the warlords who controlled the Japanese army and navy.

Konoe resigned on 16 October 1941, one day after having recommended Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni to the Emperor as his successor. Two days later, Hirohito chose General Tojo as Prime Minister.

In February 1945, during the first private audience he had been allowed in three years he advised the Emperor to begin negotiations to end World War II. According to Grand Chamberlain Hisanori Fujita, Hirohito, still looking for a tennozan (a great victory), firmly rejected Konoe's recommendation.

Fumimaro Konoe

Comment: If it ain't broke don't fix. it. (Score 1) 60

by westlake (#49406117) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Options Beyond YouTube For An Indie Web Show?

The population of Maine is 1.33 million.

YouTube is the simplest and most reliable way of reaching your target audience and establishing the legitimacy of your project, assuming that the medical and not recreational uses of marijuana are your real concern.

The geek will propose setting up a darknet, when the real need is for openness and exposure.

In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.

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