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Comment bikes are not toys, and bike shares are convenient (Score 1) 37

First off, a "cheap but okay bike" is not $150. I can't stand this (nor can most bike shop employees, who are really, really, REALLY fucking tired of people strolling in and having wildly unrealistic expectations for what a bicycle costs.)

Bicycles are not toys, and they should not be priced like one. They should be priced compared to the expense of a public transit pass ($60/month in my city for bus+subway), a scooter, or car expenses. How much is a typical monthly car payment?(Answer:$452) How much do you put into that car per month in gas? (Answer: about $250/month.) Insurance? (Answer: about $800/year) Etc.

Second: bike rental systems (these are not "bike shares", despite the popular bastardization of the term) are popular because:

  • They can be used for spontaneous and/or one-way trips. For example, I'm going out with friends tonight, and they don't bike; I don't want to have to leave my bike at work. I rode a bike share bike into work instead of taking my for-transportation bike. Or maybe it's going to rain in the morning but the evening commute will be spectacularly nice. Or maybe the roads are clogged and the busses running behind; I can hop on a bike share bike.
  • You don't have to store the bike. While many buildings are getting better at this, most don't have bike storage, and it's usually a bit of a pain. Same at many workplaces, though again, lots of places are getting better at this, in part because there's often a financial incentive from the health insurance company.
  • You don't need to worry about maintenance and repairs.
  • It's amortized, basically. Instead of having to spend $500 on a solid commuter bike, you can spend $X/month/year. And in some ways, it's easier to track for purposes of taxes on commuting expenses.
  • They are heavily aimed at tourists, despite claims to the contrary. Looking at the deployment maps this is pretty obvious - they stations tend to be around touristy areas in many cities. Bicycles are the perfect speed for touring an area; slow enough to take it all in, but fast enough to cover a good amount of area.

Comment There is no problem; complete chain exists (Score 3) 311

This a problem that doesn't exist. You establish a chain of evidence and authority for the binaries via signing and checksums, starting with the upstream. Upstream publishes source and there's signing of the announcement which contains checksums. Package maintainer compiles the source. The generated package includes checksums. Your repo's packages are signed by the repo's key.

You can, at any point in time with most packaging systems, verify that every single one of your installed binaries' checksums match the checksums of the binaries generated by the package maintainer.

If you don't trust the maintainer to not insert something evil, download the distro source package and compile it yourself.

If you suspect the distro source package, all you have to do is run a checksum of the copy of the upstream tarball vs the tarball inside the source package, and then all you need to do is review the patches the distro is applying.

If you suspect the upstream, you download it and spend the next year going through it. Good luck...

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 207

It leads to a government of the people ignoring the will of the people as well as the limitations imposed in it's creation that were primarily in place to protect the people from this kind of intrusion.

In other words, you could be completely free of any illegal or wrong doing and still not want the government to put microphones or cameras in your home or some location considered free from their influence and control. The government needs to either have permission granted to them or have a reasonable and articulate suspicion that those being investigated have, are in the process of, or about to commit a crime. Unfortunately, the government seems to be going from "this person is a suspected criminal, we need more evidence" to everyone might break a law so we need to be able to know everything possible in case we want to go after them.

Not only is that reprehensible- it is exactly that the protections in the US constitution are supposed to prevent the government from becoming. The English troops and government used to enter wherever they saw fit and turn the place upside down attempting to find evidence of wrong doing without even the slightest bit of accusation and they often took innocuous things out of context making innocent people subject to punishment. It did not all the sudden become a good idea for that to happen back then nor did it happen now.

Comment Re:Other side of the coin (Score 1) 572

I understand your point, but you seem to fail to grasp mine. IT as a whole is indeed a savings center, but those savings materialize elsewhere, the IT department as such is a cost center. It may save more for other departments than its own costs, making a net profit, but that is only a "virtual" profit, not a "real" one, because unless your company is a tech company, IT itself generates no revenue, and as such, no profit. The real profit comes from the revenue of marketeers (or Sales, as someone pointed out, quite rightly), which is augmented by the savings IT makes for everyone, but themselves.

So in the end, IT itself is a sink, whose costs materialize as savings elsewhere (multipliers may vary by department).

Look, dumbfuck, profit is a simple equation: (sales $ in) - (expenses) = (profit)

Manipulating either of the two variables before the equals will affect the profit.

Money is fungible, and both variables on that equation are fungible. Manipulating either one, or heck, both so they both go up will increase profits.

As usual, you sales weasels are distorting things (i.e. LIES) to promote your view. The thing is, all you are doing is making yourself look stupid in the process. SUCCESS AGAIN! for the sales department!

Comment Re:They're making friends like nobody's business! (Score 1) 243

What was the problem with unloading Symphony on consulting support based upon LibreOffice? Given that this is a business they want to be rid of, I would expect they would not need to bolt proprietary stuff on to it any longer.

Regarding MariaDB support, I think you're correct that they're treating it as a competitor. This wasn't really the case for MySQL. IBM provided a supported version of MySQL.

Comment Re:Decent comparison (Score 1) 378

Git is much faster than Subversion

Really? What a baseless statement. No benchmarks whatsoever!

So you haven't actually used both of them. Got it. I used and advocated SVN for a long time - to the point that my Git-using friends were teasing me about "legacy systems" and all that. I finally caved in one weekend and tried Git, and after about an hour started converting all my personal repos over to use it. It was so much faster (and so much better at merging) that I never looked back after that day.

Git is faster than SVN. Also, steel is stronger than bubblegum and the Space Shuttle is faster than a Cessna. I don't feel the need to run benchmarks or quote figures to "prove" any of those statements.

Comment Re:More Startling still......... (Score 1) 91

Sigh.. Reagan raised, not cut capitol gains.

The downsizing has to do with the inefficiencies inherent with unions- one of the key factors in why GM needed bankruptcy and a government bailout.

The venture capitalist dismantling businesses was because the businesses were worth more closed and liquidated then open and producing. This was a product of poor management, high regional labor costs (unions) compared to globalized labor costs, and a high cost of business from regulation and market forces. It had little to do with capitol gains outside of changing the amount needed for profit. The change in the amounts needed for profit was minute compared to the other costs. People were liquidating businesses long before the capitol gains rate changed under Clinton. The real enemy you saw was globalization of the market place.

Comment Re:They're making friends like nobody's business! (Score 1) 243

IBM is most visible around Apache OpenOffice. What they are doing around MySQL v. MariaDB is tacit support through inaction. They didn't turn to supporting MariaDB or another MySQL version when Oracle de-supported MySQL on IBM platforms. They did something similar during Oracle v. Google - they chose just that time to abandon the Harmony project and commit to Oracle's JDK.

Comment Re:Let's hope no one needs... (Score 1) 91

The vast majority of people experienced famine and/or pestilence at some point before the beginning of the last century, generally several times during their life.

And yet the vast majority survived. I never said there wasn't hardships, I said they got by.

The rest of what you say exists only in your mind. Discounting suicides, life expectancy increased during the great depression.

http://www.pnas.org/content/106/41/17290.full

BTW, the great depression was largely caused by government interference within the free market (price controls and trade wars with Europe). I know that someone you find authoritative like your grandma might have told you different, but pick up a history book and get your information from a real source.

Comment Re:good (Score 3, Informative) 243

If they own the copyright, they are free to relicense a piece of data

Sorry to be pedantic, but replace "a piece of data" with "a work of authorship". If there isn't the creative work of a human being involved, it's not copyrightable. And then we get to this:

17 CFR 102(b) In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.

And that means that even when the hand of man is involved, a lot of things are still not copyrightable.

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