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Comment Re:Systemd! (Score 3, Interesting) 305

Actually, Linux does reflect the personality of Linus. It's a precisionist and a correction freak. And the error messages can be a bit abusive. Fortunately, few people directly interact with the kernel, and for the kernel those are benefits. Even the error messages, because they are short, pithy, and relatively predictable.

The problem is when you say "asshole" you are painting with a broad brush that includes many different characteristics, some of which would be damaging and others of which are beneficial. Linux happens to be generally beneficial in his position. I wouldn't want him writing user interfaces. And I'd be dubious about him writing end-user documentation.

Comment Re: Oh, shit. (Score 1) 230

Well, that's the allegation, and it's a pretty believable allegation. There are apps that do all sorts of shady things, all the way up to placing calls to pay-me numbers that the user never authorized...and probably beyond, though I haven't heard of any. And companies usually have someone who will do something shady to increase some stat. Often even something criminal that doesn't even really benefit either them or the company.

But the question is, "How is Bose dealing with this case?". If they just deny it I'm going to want proof, which this case may yield. Or my not. Because of the trial, I really doubt that they'll acknowledge that they did something they shouldn't have.

FWIW, I've put Bose on my "tentative boycott" list. If I hear something convincing I'll take them off. If they brush it under the rug, eventually I'm move them to the "solid Boycott" list, with an "I forget why" reason.
Additionally this has refreshed in my memory a post someone wrote (who? when?) that claimed that Bose audio equipment was no longer top quality. I've never been sure how accurate it was, but now it's going to come to mind whenever I hear their name.

OTOH, this has reconfirmed my desire to avoid apps. Especially those where the source code is not available. (If it is available, I'll want to build it myself from the source code, because who knows that the downloaded version is the same as the one the source code that it purports to be an instance of.)

Comment Re:Your headphones are spying on you. (Score 1) 230

If your interpretation is correct, then the number of actual Christians can be counted on the fingers of one hand. You'll probably have three or four spare fingers.

As I figure things, the actual meaning of a religion is revealed in the sum of the acts of the "adherents". And by "adherent" I mean anyone who claims it as their religion OR who uses it as a justification for their actions. The "holy scripture" is only one element, and one without any actual weight except insofar as it affects the actions of the adherents. And the meaning is a weighted average that moves through time, thus current Christianity is weighted down by the acts of the Inquisition and the Crusaders, but the distance in time has weakened the weight that should be given to their actions. So start greasing up your multidimensional factor analysis toolkit.

A problem here is that destructive acts have a much heavier weight than constructive acts. This is necessary because, for example, it's much easier to destroy, say, a statue, than it is to make it in the first place. If you prefer substitute "life" for "statue". Equals may be substituted for equals in any operation. So you could also substitute "civilization".

Comment Re:Your headphones are spying on you. (Score 1) 230

To be fair, the Bible doesn't actually say why Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. Not in any testable way. It says that the people living in them were evil, without defining what the evil was. Maybe they liked oysters? There is a "traditional" English interpretation, and perhaps it's more widespread, that it involved homosexuality, at least in the case of Sodom, but I've seen no evidence that this is scriptural. ("Everybody knows what sodomy is, but nobody know what gomorrary is". Can't remember who I'm quoting.)

Comment Re: Revolution (Score 1) 127

Who do you count in the "median income"?
Is it adult humans?
Is it adult males humans?
Is it those holding a job within the last 6 months?
Is it those currently holding a job?

The sample population makes a big difference. What's the source of your figures and who did they count? And was it the same both times?

Comment Re:Revolution (Score 2) 127

Sorry, but almost all wealth is a social construct and only exists within the context of that society. When things break down, what is "wealth" changes. A good question is "How far did they break down?", because until you've answered that you don't know even whether owning a rifle is more important than knowing how to find water. Or whether a stash of gold has any value. Gold has value when the population is stable or increasing...but if things really break down that's a few decades away.

Now your stock certificates and gold bonds are only valuable after a truly minor breakdown. Ditto for your title to property. Etc.

The best hope is that we find a path through that avoid a breakdown, but current government policies make that seem a bit dubious. We may end up envying the Somali.

Comment Re:Revolution (Score 1) 127

I think you have a very narrow view of the situation.

This is more similar to the period where the Roman Republic collapsed. (Granted, that wasn't due to automation, but there were lots of other similarities. And this may be more similar to the period a decade or so before the final collapse.)

The problem is that the new jobs that you are proposing don't exist...or are already filled. Even the time of the Enclosure Acts (in Britain) had more paths upwards than currently exist for those who are both poor and poorly educated. Those who are well educated are currently frequently burdened with a tremendous debt that would take decades of full employment to pay off, and which can't be discharged by bankruptcy. And the jobs often don't exist, or aren't available. (H1Bs are a part of the reason, but increasing automation is another, and another is the redesign and deskilling of jobs that existed while the training was in progress.)

This is an on-going process, by the way. It was certainly happening 50 years ago, but then it was happening a lot more slowly. It's been speeding up ever since then (by fits and starts) and is a part of the reason I subscribe to a weak form of the "technological singularity".

Comment Re:virtual cabinets? (Score 1) 68

I'm not sure, it's been a long time, and I didn't work on it that much, but didn't the Wang Word Processing system describe collection of directories as cabinets? It's true they didn't use pictures of them, at least on the computer (but possibly in the documentation).

In fact, I vaguely remember some IBM 360 documentation that used the image of file cabinets to depict collections of files...

Comment Re:Excellent (Score 1) 606

Eugenics of often used, and quite well. It is an excellent system. It has reduced the incidence, e.g., of Thallasanemia to quite low levels. But the technique used for this is individuals carrying genes for Thallasanemia needing to be quite excellent in some other way to have a chance of propagating. I.e., it's done without centralized control.

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