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Comment Kernel Impedance? (Score 1) 110

Thinking out loud here - some sort of probabilistic metric based on distance measured in time or number of patches / release cycles of the underlying kernel since the last project maintenance? I.e. the probability that 1 kernel patch will break a piece of software unless maintained is x; I'd expect that x rises by some non-linear function with the number of patches.

Comment Re:Nothing to prosecute here - Statute of Limitati (Score 1) 948

Agreed that the statue of limitations prevents his prosecution for felony child abuse.

However, his position as a judge should be held to a higher standard. While it may be too late to send this guy to jail, he has not business sitting on the bench. For that matter, he has no business being a lawyer either, but that's a different problem.

Comment Re:Questionable testing method (Score 1) 258

With respect to sample size, similar experiments have been repeated, admittedly in the field under uncontrolled circumstances, several million times over at least the last 5 decades, approximately 100% of the occasions the utility of function of quarters for beer money exceeded the utility function for quarters for laundry money among male college students

Comment So, what we've got here by analogy (Score 0, Troll) 284

Is a bunch of people trying to hack on physics to bridge GR and QM. There are a couple different ways to do this. Strings are one, loop quantum gravity is another.

Right now, everyone is still in pre-release debugging, not even beta-testing. It's ALL VAPORWARE. Complicating things, as always is money - grants, funding, publication, as well as ego and rep - appointments, tenure, etc. The truth will out eventually - the theories WILL mature and develop; testable, falsifiable hypotheses will be formulated - patience, grasshopper.

What I'd like to know, now, is who's the "Home Brew Computing Club" of this mess and who is the "Bill Gates writing bitchy whiny letters complaining about shit"?

Witten and Greene I've heard of. String theory and string theoreticians are carrying the day (in political / "marketing" terms) in the academy. Who is losing and bitching? Apart from their economic incentive to bitch, should they be?

Comment Re:Dumbdumbdumbdumbdumb (Score 5, Insightful) 246

MS has to test stuff to make sure the fix doesn't make things worse. Decisions get made, people don't like the outcome. But recklessly announcing security holes is just dumb, and isn't helping anyone.


Excuse me. Corporations release crap products that cause problems and then refuse to man up and take responsibility for fixing them. Not exactly news, no.

  But when corporations behave with the ethical and moral standards of petulant spoiled children - like Microsoft consistently, persistently does - then they have earned exactly what they get, including pretty much any and all guerilla tactics to smack them into behaving.


World's Smallest Superconductor Discovered 72

arcticstoat writes "One of the barriers to the development of nanoscale electronics has potentially been eliminated, as scientists have discovered the world's smallest superconductor. Made up of four pairs of molecules, and measuring just 0.87nm, the superconductor could potentially be used as a nanoscale interconnect in electronic devices, but without the heat and power dissipation problems associated with standard metal conductors."

Comment By your theory (Score 1) 426

A good manager has godlike omnipotent powers to handle all externalities and all incidents and occurences of Murphy's Law etc.....

Unplanned overtime happens because sometimes, sh*t happens, even in the best run organization. The best manager is still not responsible or able to control what sales promised the customer nor what legal said were restrictions on the code, nor the schedule changes the customer asked for.

Comment ERP Systems Failure (Score 1) 140

ERP Systems fail (and this is by no means an exhaustive list, just what I have seen myself) ...because the sales pitch is to the board of directors and the implementation is at the user level. ...because I (financial analyst that I am) have a job to do. Your system helps or it doesn't, but I've got to get my job done.

The common theme here is that ERP implementations lack humility and respect for the existing business and the people who actually run it. In pursuit of relatively nebulous "strategic" advantages, an inflexible, underdocumented, undersupported system is shoved down everyone's throat.

A few years down the road what happens? The planning guy (me) and the accounting guy had EACH separately reimplemented Access databases to provide the information we need to do our jobs, despite the fact that a module exists in the ERP system to do exactly what we need to do.

Except that, of course, it's been configured in such a way that it doesn't do any such thing, and we can't change it. Hell it took me 3 months (not full time) grovelling through help screens to even understand it. No, there's no budget for training. Or user support. And changing things? Get in line.


Submission + - Epic Kludges

Guil Rarey writes: Neat hacks deserve our admiration. Epic kludges, though, have their own "Plan 9 from Outer Space" glory. ThereIFixedIt is dedicated to jury rigs, MacGyver wannabes, and kludges that, errr, may have needed a little more thought.

Submission + - SpaceX orbits its first satellite successfully (

xp65 writes: "SpaceX achieved a launch success today with orbiting RazakSat, the first satellite successfully launched aboard a Falcon rocket. The satellite was separated from the Falcon 1 about 48 minutes after liftoff at 3:35 GMT (11:35 pm EDT). The orbit is 685 km and 9 degrees inclination. Launch was delayed several times due to a faulty helium valve on the ground and bad weather at the launch site at Kwajalein. This was the fifth flight of the Falcon 1 rocket, with the last two flights being succesful. Later this year the inaugural flight of the larger Falcon 9 rocket is planned from Cape Canaveral The RazakSat satellite was originally named MACSAT (Medium-Sized Aperture Camera Satellite). It was a joint development program between Astronautic Technology (M) Sdn.Bhd. of Malaysia and SaTReCi to develop and validate technologies for a Near Equatorial Orbit remote sensing mini-satellite system to acquire medium high-resolution images."

Comment Re:Full Court Press (Score 2, Insightful) 895

It also is not "cheap" in terms of energy expended for the defensive team, and has a certain level of risk -- if the offense breaks the press and gets across halfcourt, the odds are pretty good they'll be able to get a quick and easy basket. It's a worthwhile strategy when used when necessary or as a non-routine variation that forces the other team to adapt. Do it all the time and the other team will adapt tactics (and personnel) to counter.

Comment Re:What a non-story (Score 2) 306

But these works are not works-for-hire and plaintiffs are not natural persons, so the entities suing are not necessarily the originators of the appropriate copyrights. They should be the assignees (that's what royalties are all about) but that's not the same thing and is NOT an unfair question to ask them to prove that they have the appropriate assignments of copyright from the original creators.

Comment They can't possibly be that stupid (Score 5, Funny) 306

To file a motion to bar objections on something that hasn't been the subject of exhaustive motion and discovery practice?

Correct me if I'm wrong (IANAL) you file a motion like that when the other side has been relentlessly arguing a point beyond all sense and reason and you are just trying to get them to knock it off and acknowledge - a la a request for admissions, that reality is what it is. Or perhaps you are asking the judge to compel them to acknowledge that reality is real.

In any event, you don't file this cold on something that hasn't been a bone of contention. That's just painting a target on it, right?

Counsel for Ms Thomas: "Oh wait? you don't want me to ask about your copyright registrations? really? oh? Your Honor, I'd like to see proof that the parties are actual the valid holders of the copyrights at issue in this lawsuit."

Judge: "So ordered"

RIAA counsel: "How could a 7 foot Wookie live on Endor? That... does not make sense. I... do not make sense."

NY Country Lawyer: "Oh no, they're using the Chewbacca defense again!"

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