Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Submission + - Scott Walker Leads the Pack for GOP Nomination (

Brad Eleven writes: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has jumped ahead of his hypothetical competitors for the 2016 GOP nomination, a new poll shows.

"The Badger State Republican got the support of 25% of likely Republican voters nationally, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday.

"Walker, like all of the other prospective candidates, hasn’t yet formally announced a 2016 campaign.

Yes, it's the New York Daily News, which is always more of a story itself than anything it actually publishes. I'm personally hoping that Walker is the GOP candidate. I hope he plays dirty and wins ugly in the primary election. After that, any outcome is OK with me, given the propensity for hyperbolic mistakes from this specimen. Bonus points for loss of composure and/or repeated Twitter mistakes, double points for both at once.

Comment Re:Obama vetoes jobs (Score 4, Interesting) 437

The XL pipeline would provide only temporary jobs for the construction of the pipeline. It might require a few dozen permanent jobs for maintenance and other costs associated with any ongoing concern. Then again, the US firms (if any) charged with maintaining the pipeline once it's built may not hire anyone new for these roles.

I get the impression that you're joking, but it's more important than at any time in the past to correct false assertions: Most everyone has lost his sense of humor, and facts are routinely confused with personal or group truths. It will be more important to correct false assertions tomorrow -- why not procrastinate in order to ramp up the significance of your unfounded exaggerations?

Better suggestion for you -- from Len Grossman.

Comment Re:BS aside, is the K-XL a good thing or not? (Score 1) 437

Net bad overall for these United States. The pipeline's route includes one or more Nebraska refineries, but all of the petroleum is destined for the Gulf Coast, i.e., to be shipped elsewhere. I have yet to understand what the US has to gain by building a pipeline which does not benefit the US. All I can see for the US with this pipeline is risk -- and a few thousand temporary jobs.

Methinks the fix is in, whether it involves Tom Steyer or other interests who are only anti-this-pipeline.

FYI, my brother-in-law sells pipe for pipelines (and the SCADA to go with it). He says that sales have strictly increased since the pipeline was first publicized in 2008.

Comment Because the schools will need the extra $$ ... (Score 1) 107

... to pay for extra internet connection fees after Net Neutrality is just a memory from pre-Corporate Sovereignty times.

John Carlyle: What is going on? Why has production stopped?
Foreman: He's been exposed.
John Carlyle: Don't. Don't breathe on me. Cover your mouth.
Foreman: I'm sorry, sir.
John Carlyle: Does his skin fall off or something? I don't want to replace the bedding. Just get him out.
Foreman: Yes, sir.
John Carlyle: Great. Thank you.

Comment Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 1) 107

Yes, and administrators, once career bureaucrats, are now actual "business people" seeking community props only to find that there's profit in rent-seeking Federal funds for children. These "business people" naturally demand a higher salary because they've closed some big deals. Unlike the deals they've closed for other employers, however -- these deals benefit other ... "business people," not the school district and certainly not the children. Except for the children whose parents benefit from the deals made by the "business people" who "serve" on the school board.
And that's leaving ALEC out of the equation.
We know that Eternal September began in 1993. When did Eternal Balance Sheet begin, i.e., when did We The People start believing that anything not turning a profit must be shut down? Some things simply cost money, e.g., public schools, the Post Office, ... Maybe I'm asking the wrong question. When did it become a good idea to put "business people" in charge of delicate things like educating children? Was it during one of the MBA gluts?

Comment Re:only incorrectly device to kill humans? (Score 1) 335

Yes, if an approved Change Record was not submitted by the (heh) deadline, in which case a Post-Mortem Change Record must be submitted. Bots with larger-than-expected "change logs" will be reviewed by the Ferguson Grand Jury on CourtTV, weeknights at 6 on your local myCW affiliate through our partnership with Vice TV.

Comment Re:Yawn ... (Score 1) 167

Cloud storage's promise is *durability*. Availability is important, but secondary. Speed of access? You'll need to either study your cloud provider's documentation to optimize your indexing or get on with a provider that gives you a Technical Account Manager (TAM!tm) who can work with you and your data indexing methods. Even then you may be impacted by a fellow customer, or even a cloud engineer or two.
I agree that many have simply jumped onto the cloud bandwagon because it's new. Some cloud providers offer tertiary services atop their basic cloud, e.g. the things that end in "aaS" -- but those aren't cloud storage, just services/apps built on top of cloud storage.
In general, the understanding of what "cloud" really means in terms of actual use versus marketing is very cloudy. Recall that the first cloud was private and then made public for a low price -- and no one put critical data there besides the cloud's inventor. IMHO it was simply engineers moving between tech firms that caused the design to "migrate" back when the original cloud was simply replicated. Since then it's evolved; Amazon uses erasure encoding, Google's not telling, and who knows what's up with Azure? I, for one, see an obvious coincidence for a failure on Patch Tuesday.

Comment Re:Did they buy Sun for this? (Score 1) 206

This was floated on this past Sunday's TWiT. Leo Laporte aped Jonathan Schwartz saying, "Oh, and then there are these patents -- the engineers say they were really more of a joke than actual claims, but -- there's at least a few billion in there for settlement money, so after you pay the lawyers, you should clear a few milliion."

Comment Re:Absurdly obvious (Score 1) 127

Agreed. The problem is with the term "first to market." Its meaning relies on perspective. What is the market? Retail space on Best Buy shelves? Direct marketing via late night television ads and browser pop-ups?

I remember a story about a guy who thought of dunking banana slices in chocolate and mixing them with banana flavoured ice cream. He showed this to some food company, which turned him down and then marketed it themselves. Many other examples abound. Maybe Robert Kearn's story (he patented his intermittent windscreen wiper design before approaching Ford, then Chrysler) is a better context for the question: Who was first to market? The inventor who tried to market to the corporation, or the corporation that stole the idea and marketed it to genpop?

Even if the good guys win -- whomever the good guys are, for you, in this squabble -- regulatory agencies in these United States are crack whores, fellating the same corporations that the legislature has put in charge. The rules are for show. Gives a whole new meaning to money talks, bullshit walks when the regulations are widely known to be unenforced, even unenforceable.

That, by the way, is the definition of corruption, i.e., the opposite of integrity. Integrity is much more than some soporific ideal about what is right. It's about strength, and durability. What is the integrity of the chair you're sitting in right now?

Slashdot Top Deals

Asynchronous inputs are at the root of our race problems. -- D. Winker and F. Prosser