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Comment Re:Dear America, (Score 1) 430


I have a BMW 325i which might be even lower than your VW. It does mighty fine on unplowed roads (given appropriate winter tires).

It has never been stuck in snow to such an extent that it was unable to get unstuck with under its own power. (It has been very, very stuck in deep mud, but that's a different game entirely...)

Comment Re:too expensive (Score 4, Interesting) 308

They'd have to give a discount on food as well. At least in the US popcorn and a drink run you as much as the ticket.

"Have to"? Why? Because you'd shrivel up and die if you don't have a dose of artificially-flavored popcorn with artificially-sweetened fizzy water within a 2-hour window?

Comment Re:it's not like we didn't see this coming (Score 2) 791

As a somewhat-devout Linux protagonist and former OS/2 user, I've just got to say this:

Microsoft has released just two good consumer-oriented GUI operating systems, ever: XP and 7. (2000 doesn't count, having never been sold to that market.)

The rest of it? I have used it all, and it was variously garbage.


Comment Re:peaceful protesters? (Score 1) 584

So. Your answer to the seemingly-inherent tribulations of generally-peaceful things like OWS is for the government (be it local or national, administrative or legislative, or anything else "government") to supply trash cans, showers, hand-washing stations, toilets, and security?

Seriously? What next, on-site education on how to properly and safely stay warm outdoors instead of proclaiming that all heating devices are disallowed? What sort of other sensible problem-solving does this slippery slope lead to?

I like your concept on the basis that it supports what I believe are two basic tenets of government: To help ensure the health and safety of the public, while allowing free expression and congregation.

And it's definitely cheaper than jail time (three squares, clean clothes, and a cot) and court action.

Good luck. You've got my vote.

Comment Re:Arsehole (Score 1) 1051

I'm an adult. I drink and sometimes curse and make mistakes, but I also do great things. My skin is thick enough to understand the difference between being upset over technical choices and personal attacks.

Agreed. However, this thread is littered with folks who think otherwise.

I recently wrote about this social concept here. Amusingly, it received two moderations: -1 Troll, and +1 Insightful.

Decades ago, someone I respect accused me of not having a tact filter and declared that to be detrimental. Around the same time, someone else that I respect said that I have the "most finely-tuned bullshit filter he's ever seen."

Consequently, I appreciate and espouse honesty -- even without tact. And bullshit is just bullshit; it always stinks.

Comment Re:Setting a wonderful example of leadership... (Score 1) 1051

Around my house, we have a policy of honesty.

In an uncanny similarity to your analogy I burned the hamburgers badly the other night -- Christmas eve, in fact. I ignored them on the grill longer than I should have, they turned self-fueling, and the one side was a crispy mess.

The wife goes "These are fucking burned. What were you thinking? Oh, let me guess: You were reading Slashdot while the grill was on fire. Dumbass."

We agreed that they were shit, and we all knew that ordering a pizza would've been better by that point...and that made for some candid conversation as we scraped the carbonized meat from the patties.

Was I pissed? Of course I was pissed. But I was pissed because I wanted and expected a tender, juicy hamburger and instead had a briquette, not because someone else announced the fact that I'd ruined dinner. That I'd killed the burgers (or userspace, as the case may be) was obvious to anyone, and an abomination, and there's no harm in stating the truth. It is what it is.

We ate them because we do not like to waste things, but at no time were any of us inclined to think one thing while cowardly expressing something insincere: We speak our minds. Pizza really would have been better.

Last night, unthwarted by my previous failure and the deserved scolding, I made burgers again. They worked fine, and were delicious indeed.

There's an old expression, "Honesty is the best policy." Try it some time. (And yes, that means calling a turd a turd, since there is no sense in pretending that a turd is somehow not a turd.)

Meanwhile, if you don't like Linus's highly successful development tactics relating to the kernel (has there ever been any other *nix so pervasive?), fork it and do it yourself. Nobody's stopping you. You want a kinder and gentler environment for development? Build it.


Comment Re:Setting a wonderful example of leadership... (Score 1) 1051

There's a reason why in management if you need to discipline/warn an employee, you do it in private not over the company mailing list.

And what reason would that be? To protect others from the verbal barrage? If nobody wants to read Linus's tirade, then nobody has to; it's easy to avert one's attention elsewhere.

IMHO, but: If a thing is worth saying, it's worth saying in front of peers (which happens to be public on the LKML, but I digress).

Linus is not known to be predisposed toward individualized coddling, and I applaud his honesty* and openness.

*: Honesty, for those who don't know, is more about saying exactly what's on your mind than it is about being nice.

Comment Re:Obvious study is obvious (Score 1) 217

What is surprising is that you can't connect to Amazon or Netflix on some of the units despite being "smart."

All of the "smart" BFTs I've installed recently had a big, fat Netflix button right on the remote.

I've never used it (indeed, we make a point of not connecting the television to the network), but it's there...

Comment Re:Why is this posted AC? (Score 1) 307

and I post often, getting moded up quite frequently

And how, pray tell, will I be able to know that if you're posting as an AC? It's just an idle assertion, and there's no way for you to back it up.

I used to give ACs an automatic +1 to put their comments on equal footing with others. I stopped doing that years ago when the signal to noise ratio got too bad for my liking.

Comment Re:People still use blacklists??? (Score 1) 279

We had this issue with Time Warner.

The only practical option was to get a static IP address at extra expense. Several years hence, it hasn't been a problem again.

Having a static IP address seems to be one of the costs of running a mail server, these days, for better or worse. Bitching about it won't help because the folks doing the blocking are subscribing to these RBLs on purpose.

(Also: "f*cking"? Who are you trying to protect by censoring the word "fucking"?)

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