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Comment Re:Fail? (Score 1) 124

Amiga OFS has 488 _user_ bytes per block. The rest is the block header, which can be used to, I don't know, recover blocks even when part of the disk is lost, for example. The actual block size was still 512 bytes like everybody else uses, because that's something the hardware generally supports.

Comment rms explained why the W3C can't ditch DRM (Score 1) 46

Richard M. Stallman (rms, widely known as the founder of the GNU Project and frequent lecturer speaking for software freedom, the freedom to control one's computers by having the freedom to run, inspect, share, and modify the code they run) explained why the W3C can't get away from DRM ("digital handcuffs") starting around 11m40s into the interview. Around 15m16s rms pointed out why the W3 is structurally incapable of challenging DRM:

He [Tim Berners-Lee] should handle it by saying 'no' but he can't, really, and the reason is he set up an organization by the businesses that want to put in the most money. And that basically tells Hollywood, "Here's your opportunity! Turn us into your tool!". That's what the W3 has become: a tool for the businesses that will pay it the money."

Comment Gee, that's a real black and white question... (Score 1) 387

Structural, or one-off? During a busy period or while he would otherwise be staring out the window? For money, or as a hobby? After having been warned not too, or as a first offense? Doing something that will ultimately take business (not just hours) away from the company, or completely unrelated?

At the lower end of the scale, I don't see much difference between an engineer hobbying around a bit on a lazy afternoon and, say, a female employee rushing out to pick up a sick child from daycare unexpectedly. On the other hand, if someone is structurally working on his own stuff, intended to compete with his current employer, and has been told numerous times not to...

Comment Re:Yes, but... (Score 1) 220

How do you know overruns are way more common? Your sample set consists of two sources of samples: personal experience (and you might just be a bad planner), and events reported in the press (and 'project finishes on time, on budget!' usually doesn't get reported).

I'd like to see some numbers before I believe that statement.

Comment Re:Verizon (Score 1) 208

I take trips with my buddies each year where we fly to a big airport and drive around 1500-2000 miles round trip from there into rural areas on back roads.

We are a great cross-section of providers with Tmo, ATT, Sprint and VZW. I was the only one with service for the entire trip the last two times (NE states and NW states). ATT was next best. Sprint was the worst and Tmo was next.

My family takes a ~3000 mile road trip every summer. I've only been out of service once or twice in 7 years and those were in rural areas of Alabama or Oklahoma (IIRC).

I wouldn't give up VZW for anything.

Comment Re: User's need to take responsibility too. (Score 1) 224

I still don't know how to make my mouse feel right, or stop many applications from looking horrible on a retina display.

I want to know what you use on Linux which makes dealing with resolutions and mice easier than a couple of clicks in OS X. If we accept your mouse thing as a realty, I could even follow along with you; however, saying you have applications which don't look ok on a Retina display is something which I simply cannot fathom.

Please explain.

Comment Re:virtue signaling (Score 1) 478

While I admit that I don't like the SJW type (and I'm inclined to believe you are one), when I use certain words I do usually put in an attempt to use their normal meaning, and neither I nor anybody else needs your help to explain what words I was really using. Your pathetic attempt to reinterpret my text, and in the process put in a few cheap shots on my person, suggests you are feeling threatened, which in turn indicates I came entirely too close to the truth for comfort.

You should learn to let people speak for themselves, not not try to speak for them. You should learn to listen to what they say, without reinterpreting it to mean something else. And you most definitely should respect whatever people do, if they themselves choose to do so of their free will - seek it out, in fact.

In the meantime, I choose to exercise my right to raise my voice in support of the developer who was fired (and presumably had his life ruined by all his friends, family, colleagues, etc. learning about his non-mainstream sexual preference). And I add the following statement, which means exactly what it says: you're a wanker.

Comment Re:I think they don't understand (Score 3, Insightful) 478

You don't understand. Social Justice is all about power: the power to tell others how to live their lives, how to act, how to speak. It's certainly not about making the world a better place. And conformance won't mean you will be left alone or even tolerated, it just means they will find something else to control you with.

So this guy is into an alternative lifestyle. Good for him, I say. Now his fellow developers support him. That makes them good people too, in my book.

Comment Re: LOLZ Converged! (Score 1) 191

Although there is much to be said about the terminally-irresilient and their own issues with paranoia and jumping to conclusions about those they disagree with, there are also some marked differences that make them harder to pin down. Among other things, as you yourself have noticed, the conclusions they jump to actually vary: you had to assemble quite a list of varying list of insults to capture the breadth of vitriol the tumblrites can fling at a person, while the creeplords don't really seem to have anything other than "cuck".

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