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Comment Take it easy there (Score 1) 365

Rather than "immediately post suggestions", perhaps a slower & more deliberate approach would be better?

Or maybe you're convinced you really do know best, perhaps even reject this comment as merely the uninformed suggestion of someone not fully familiar with the specifics of your suggestions made to open source software projects?

Comment Re:Normal practice in Corporate America (Score 1) 167

That was the case in the US from the Great Depression until the 1990s. Then we repealed the law that required banks to be so boring.

Now banks can invest in derivatives and all sorts of interesting and exciting things. When those exciting investment vehicles turn out to be garbage, we get the 2008 recession

(The 2008 recession in the US was primarily caused by bundled mortgages. Banks and bank-like entities would make a mortgage loan to any vaguely human-like entity that could demonstrate they were alive. Since a large portion of these loans were garbage that would obviously go into default, the banks and bank-like entities bundled them together and then sold "shares" of the bundle. "An individual loan in this bundle may go bad, but surely they won't all go bad!!". To further reassure investors, the bundlers took out insurance policies that were based on other bundled securities not failing. So when the housing market boom inevitably busted, all those bundles turned to shit. And since they were insured via other bundles that had turned to shit, the entire banking sector of the US was in trouble.)

Actually, that happened in the 70s. Mortgage bundling started around that time too, but of course, they only bundled AAA class mortgages together. Which worked until the late 90s or so, when all the AAA mortgages were all bundled together. Banks were happy because this made those investments less boring.

Then someone created a formula that told you how you can combine a bunch of less-than-perfect mortgages (subprime mortgages) and weigh them as if they were AAA mortgages, and banks became happy again because AAA mortgage bundles were boring, and now if they could include AA, A, and lower class mortgages but still value them as AAA mortgages, then it's exciting again.

Until people realized that such mortgage-backed securities, under closer scrutiny were crap because they were backed by crap.

Hell, people were signing up for mortgages that didn't deserve them - there was a nice acronym called NINJA - No Income, No Job Application. Of course that mortgage is going to get defaulted on.

Comment Re:Data caps (Score 1) 65

How about just get rid of data caps. My300/100 connection is uncapped with Bell. Why can't it be that way everywhere in Canada?

That's what the CRTC is trying to do with this ruling. By having all traffic count towards your cap, consumers will reasonably demand that their caps be increased. And given that caps are relatively cheap, then raising them costs very little additional money to the iSP.

By doing this ruling, they're making sure users of Netflix etc., who may have been zero rated start demanding that their ISPs give them reasonable caps and not stupidly small ones.

Comment Re:Your working assumption makes an ass out of you (Score 1) 286

So you're claiming that even where the methodology is faulty, if it differently faulty in an individual case then the person under study must be suspicious?

I don't think you really understand the "faulty" part in "faulty."

Was it faulty methodology, or just unconventional and different? As far as I know (I watched the show) it seemed like a reasonable test that is used for other purposes as well.

And yes, suspicion must be cast. Remember dieselgate? Just because VW cars passed under the standard test meant they passed under a different test. In fact, it was the fact that the test results of the different test didn't line up that caused people to wonder what was happening. And it turns out in the end that the results were being gamed - when the car detects it was being tested, it cheated.

Want another one? Melamine in milk. Chinese farmers were watering down the milk. But if you do that, they can tell because the milk protein concentration goes down as well. So they added melamine to the milk, which resulted in the measured milk protein to be back to normal.

It's entirely possible that Subway is innocent. But it's also just as likely they're cheating. They're well known to abuse their "we're a healthier alternative" to offer pretty lousy food. Heck, for a long time, their "brown bread" (or "whole wheat") actually was white bread colored brown (by the same CBC folks, too). They analyzed the ingredients, and enriched WHITE flour was the first on the list. They found additives like caramel, molasses and others were added to color the bread brown. (Yes, they added a few whole grains in there, after the fact). The reason people found out was diabetics were wondering why after eating a "whole wheat bread" sub from Subway, their blood glucose readings spiked dangerously high - turns out their "brown" bread was basically sugared white bread.

Comment Re:Your working assumption makes an ass out of you (Score 1) 286

True, the CBC investigation did things in an odd way.

However, the results from the other chicken fell into reasonable expected values (85-95% chicken). Thus, when Subway's fell well outside the expected value, something is up.

Now, granted, using the industry standard testing methods returns the right value, but you do wonder if there's something else going on - is someone gaming the system so it tests properly, or what's happening so that everyone else measures properly

Comment Re:Well there's your problem (Score 1) 106

Automatic here, I use the parking brake every time I park. It's the way I was taught to park a car, plus I know it works in the unfortunate event it has to be used as an emergency brake. Car is 40 years old btw.

I was taught the same thing. Yes, you put the car in Park. But you also engage the parking brake because the transmission does lock in Park, but it's only a little piece of metal. The parking brake is cheap, a transmission is expensive.

Also, on modern cars, there is no "e-brake" anymore. The parking brake is just that - a parking brake. You cannot use it for emergency stopping. It activates the rear brakes. The "E-brake" is really just the normal brakes, mostly because modern systems with traction controls, anti-lock brakes, etc, means each wheel gets an independent braking hydraulic line.so taking one out doesn't take out the whole system.

Comment Re:Any chance we can port this out (Score 4, Informative) 107

It probably translates all the Linux calls into Windows calls straight into Windows' NTFS driver. So, probably not useful for what you're thinking.

Indeed that's what it is.

WSL is effectively "GNU/kWindows" where Linux ELF binaries can run on the Windows kernel using the Linux kernel personality that translates Linux calls into Windows NT Kernel calls and where security, filesystems, etc are handled by the Windows kernel as expected.

There's no linux code actually in the system (other than perhaps headers translating the syscall numbers into actual system calls). Likewise, networking is done via Windows NDIS networking, as well as all the other kernel services. Several times I had to sit down and figure out what was actually happening - I had to add an /etc/hosts entry and i needed to figure out how it worked. (Hint: WSL is a kernel layer, so what happens is glibc will look at /etc/hosts, so I should edit the ubuntu /etc/hosts, not the Windows one. The Windows one is used by the Win32 resolver, while the Ubuntu one is used by glibc, and the tools I was using use glibc).

Comment Re:What am I missing? (Score 1) 40

But Tesla is in CA, where non-compete agreements are largely void.

Key word: "largely".

If you're a low-level worker, they're basically void - non-competes and non-poaching clauses don't apply.

Non-competes and no-poaching clauses are valid for high-ranking executives though, where it's assumed they are generally intelligent enough to have their own lawyers review and revise contracts and generally have the power on the employment relationship. Plus, the compensation is generally structured around those clauses too.

Comment Re:Still Don't Get It (Score 1) 65

I still don't get it. What else would you run these apps on if not a Mac or iOS device? (To me, they've always been free so...what changed?)

You don't have to purchase a NEW iOS or Mac to get these apps anymore.

That's what's different. Of course, given that Apple has had this thing going on for years now, I'd be surprised if there was someone that wasn't already eligible for them. You'd have to be toting around a really old iPhone (probably around the 3GS era) or a really old Mac (over 10 years old) to not qualify.

Comment Re:Gerrit (Score 1) 307

Exactly.

Gerrit requires code be approved before it will merge it into the mainline branches. It replaces a centralized Git server.

Deployments pull from the official Gerrit mainline, while developers can push/pull into their own private branches without requiring approval. But to push to mainline requires approval and review.

And there's a full chain of custody - if some bad code gets approved, you can see all the comments and who approved the change.

It's a bit tricky if you need to revise a fix, but it just means alternate, supported forms of the standard Git commands you're used to.

Comment Re:Lack of torrents is a bad sign (Score 1) 84

I'll let you in on a little secret: As you can see from the Kickstarter page, people who contributed at a certain level and above were granted access to downloadable copies of the entire season -- all fourteen episodes.

However, throughout the entire production and post-production process, Joel has sent out updates to all the Kickstarter backers explaining that, if MST3K proves successful, Netflix may pick it up for another season. But in order for that to happen, Netflix needs to see that the viewing numbers would support such an investment. Therefore, he has firmly but respectfully asked backers not to share their downloadable copies with anyone. Since you claim that no torrents of the season are available, it would appear his request has, so far, been honored.

...Which is, kind of, y'know, what we've been saying the model should be all this time, right? Respect the artist's work and wishes? Well, so far, it looks like that's what's happening, so he can keep doing it.

Comment Re:Why cant Google just reply with a MacDonalds pl (Score 1) 447

Or why not remove Burger King from their search engine? A milder version would be pushing up a warning page when searching for Burger King or any of their trademarks...

And the MPAA and RIAA would LOVE this because it means Google CAN do it, WILL do it, and are doing it for stupid reasons.

Instead of having to "legally" prove a site is bad, why not have Google remove piracy sites for possibly having links? I mean, you removed Burger King because they embarrassed you, so why not remove these sites because no proper search engine should link to less than legitimate sites? And BK was for all intents, more legitimate.

As much as Google wants to, they can't, lest they get a flood of requests to ban all sorts of things "because you proven you can, and will do it for the silliest of reasons".

Comment Re:Many games sold online in US are shipped overse (Score 1) 47

Many people around the world buy their games from US based online stores when that game is not readily available from their local game store... These sales will have been recorded as US sales, even if the product might have ultimately been shipped overseas.

Except I'm fairly certain everywhere the Switch is sold, Nintendo makes sure stores are overstocked with Zelda. Every store I go into has copies of Zelda on the shelf - it's like Nintendo intentionally shipped every store with 10% more copies of Zelda than Switches.

Now, some people might have ordered it ahead of time in case Nintendo short-shipped Zelda, but it appears that no, Nintendo actually flooded stores with copies.

Comment Re:What year is it?! (Score 1) 118

Tune in next week when we discover, again, that some 9-volt batteries have six AAAA-sized cells in them!

Turns out there's a non-destructive way to test for this, too. Though technically, the 9V batteries don't use AAAA sized batteries (they're slightly smaller than AAAA). But it's very close.

The other configuration is flat which is they're put in a plastic tube as a layer cake - a "pile" configuration.

If you have a high-resolution multimeter (6 1/2 digits), observing the terminal voltage and giving the 9V battery a squeeze can tell you the construction. If the voltage increases, it's a pile construction. If it decreases or the slope of the discharge (the multimeter has enough resolution that its input impedance can clearly discharge the battery)

EEV Blog #518 - https://www.eevblog.com/2013/0...
EEV B;pcl #515 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

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