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Comment Re:Unrelated Crap (Score 1) 279

No. It's irrelevant and doesn't belong. I didn't really notice this until today, but now that I have, I find it quite bothersome. I don't know if it's just being clever or a form of interstitial advertising. I don't know where the /. summaries are re-posted on the net, but I could see these unrelated references being an attempt to draw people to /. by other means if they aren't interested in the topic presented by the main body of the summary.

If I had to articulate why it's bothersome, it's because it violates one of the fundamental principles of clear communication that was taught to me repeatedly during my formative years: every word, sentence, paragraph and punctuation mark should be relevant to the self-contained bit of information you are trying to communicate. If not relevant, it doesn't belong.

Comment Re:"CV of failures" (Score 4, Informative) 51

It's called a "shadow CV". Haushofer is hardly the first to post one.

For example, from 2012:

That is prominently noted in the second paragraph of Haushofer's CV. He cites a 2010 Nature paper by Melanie I. Stefan as a source of inspiration and provides 4 examples of similar works (see the CV for that - I'm not doing all your work for you - LOL).

Comment Re:Another reason people aren't upgrading smartpho (Score 1) 183

Verizon's trying to side step this with their payment plan scheme. You don't pay full price up front, just the sales tax. Then you pay monthly installments with the option to pay off the device at any time (after an initial grace period). The net result is the same as subsidies except the cost of the phone is more transparent.

I haven't looked at the statistics to see if this is working, but given the number of people that lease automobiles and get a new one every few years or so, I can see people doing the same for phones.

Comment Re:Linus filled a void (Score 4, Insightful) 273

Linus was incredibly lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

How many men could have been at the same place and time, and simply fail the job? (True for Linus Torvalds, also Bill Gates, etc...)


I used to think the "right place at the right time" argument had some merit. It's probably still true a little bit, but only as an opportunity for Linus. It was when I saw how rapidly git was developed and became reliable and usable that I realized it was no fluke. Either Linus was incredibly lucky to be in the right place at the right time *twice*, or the "luck" argument is nonsense.

Comment Re:He's too modest. (Score 2) 273
"This is being written to try to explain why Linux does not have a binary
kernel interface, nor does it have a stable kernel interface."

Good God, that's tripe:

Executive Summary
You think you want a stable kernel interface, but you really do not, and
you don't even know it. What you want is a stable running driver, and
you get that only if your driver is in the main kernel tree. You also
get lots of other good benefits if your driver is in the main kernel
tree, all of which has made Linux into such a strong, stable, and mature
operating system which is the reason you are using it in the first

How fucking arrogant does one have to be to tell me what I want?

How stupid do you have to be to realize that what you want may not be what you need?

Comment Re:He's too modest. (Score 5, Interesting) 273

I'd rather make a decision that turns out to be wrong later than waffle about possible alternatives for too long

Linux was successful because most of his decisions turned out to be right. The guy is a genius.

QFT, I would actually further argue it is lucky he was right so often as he has shown a complete arrogance and unwillingness to admit when he is wrong despite what he says.

Nope. Linus is perfectly willing to admit he is wrong when proven so. Don't confuse that with backing down out of politeness to appease and avoid confrontation. He doesn't do that, and thank goodness for that.

Here's the thing that many people don't understand: Linus places *technical correctness* above all else.

That is one of the reasons Linux has been successful - he is unwilling to compromise that technical correctness for the sake of politeness, "getting along", appeasement, "business reasons" and the like. That, coupled with the fact that he's a very good engineer and project leader has kept the project on a steady path of constant and *consistent* improvement.

In the early years of the project, that was really important, IMHO, because Linux wasn't perfect and often inferior to an existing technology. But it was good enough, generally rock solid when it got things right and everyone could count on the fact that it would improve rapidly and consistently without much backsliding, if any. In other words, what Linux was good at, you could count on staying good, and what it wasn't good at *yet*, you could count on getting better in the future.

Now that I think about it, that sense of future reliability was probably a very important factor in the success of Linux, because it allowed people to lay the foundations for projects and businesses that relied on Linux, and by they time they were ready to go into production, the kernel was solid enough handle the job, usually at a fraction of the cost of existing commercial solutions. In other words, Linux turned out to be a safe bet. So Linux adoption was quite rapid (as soon as it was ready to take on a task, if not slightly before) and steadily increasing. I attribute that in no small part to Linus and the rest of the kernel developers, both because of the 'willingness to be wrong' (which kept the project moving steadily) and the complete unwillingness to let things stay wrong when it was clear they were.

Comment Looks like another niche just opened up for FLOSS (Score 1) 78

Why pay expensive fees for "Robo-Advice" when you can just as well run your own. Maybe the advice isn't quite as good, but if you do just about as well within a range, the savings on fees is still a net gain. I wonder if something like Mycroft ( driving an appropriate engine with input from a wide community with the right expertise could produce a 'good-enough' robo advisor to deal with the same situations the RBS ones do.

Comment Re:Disable Anonymous Cowards... (Score 1) 546

Yep. Plenty of people were mighty suspicious of user accounts, in part due to privacy concerns and didn't actually sign up for quite awhile. I held out quite a bit longer than you, though we were probably around for about the same time (pretty much from the start). And when they did sign up, they usually used a nick, not their own name.

Comment Thank You (Score 3) 546

At one point in the last couple of years, I was on the verge of bringing up the change password dialog, typing a bunch of random characters, NOT recording it and logging out. So I would not be able to log in again even if tempted.

After some consideration, rather than just give up on the site, I moved /. to the bottom of my daily links list and started focusing my time and attention elsewhere, while checking back only occasionally.

I'm beginning to be glad I didn't. Thanks for the positive changes.

The real challenge will be to get those who did give up to return and give /. another try (and then stick around).

What's that strange feeling? Why, I believe it's hope. How unusual.

Comment Re:And so ... (Score 1) 599

Wanting to be able to scan a document wireless from a multi-function printer?

It's not FOSS, but VueScan (scanning software) does an excellent job of this, and is excellent in general. It's very actively maintained and seems to support just about every device out there. I bought a license many years ago and have been happy with it since.

Comment Poor article (Score 1) 67

TFA has all the factual content of a fluff piece read by the attractive yet dimwitted weekend morning anchor on the local news. There is no information at all to back up the baseless claims in the article. Not even a link to the "data" or a summary of the "data" that Google has allegedly collected.

This story should never have made it out of the firehose.

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