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Comment Company is healthy (Score 1) 191

From Wikipedia:

 

Canonical employs staff in more than 30 countries and maintains offices in London, Boston, Taipei, Shanghai, Tokyo and the Isle of Man.

and:
 

Canonical has more than 500 employees.

Isn't it the most popular Linux distro? It seems like one of the major OSes of choice for VMs and servers, not to mention desktops. If you count the multifarious derivatives based on it, it's huge.

Comment Re:We care...about cozy? (Score 1) 149

OMG HTF can you even speak of prospering when this is happening? If you think it's some minor thing now, check back in .2K years when the human population has quintupled and every conceivable thing that can be burned will have been burned, not to mention the unimaginable social chaos and mass suffering that will no doubt exist.

Comment Re:We care...about cozy? (Score 1) 149

When I read your comment it makes me feel really sad. If you are so completely blind as to how sick the human species is and to how appalling the destruction that the species is causing to it's home planet that you can speak of things like some kind of higher destiny or evolution with regard to spreading to another planet, you are truly lost.

I can only give you a hint and say that evolution and manifest destiny, for a species that was not competely fucked, would not involve mass destruction of a precious web of life which took many millions of years to evolve because it couldn't ifgure out what the fuck it was doing.

So yeah, before the species can even remotely get it's shit together and not behave in the most abject, appalling, unnoble manner conceivable you can speak of evolution - it's clear to me that these horrible things occur precisely because of the type of ignorance you espouse here. Sad.

Comment Re:We care...about cozy? (Score 1) 149

I really can't understand what the fascination with Mars is. Even building some kind of habitat in the middle of the ocean, or under the ocean, or under a desert, buried in Antarctica, etc. is far far preferable to what Mars will ever be. Why throw money away on it? Send robots there, yes. Live there? Just seems crazy.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 149

I was just going to reply and say that the surface temp is over 300C, way higher than what can support life. Not really sure why then there's any real significance to this story. Just another planet discovery. And it's not like that matters more than the fact that we're quicly destroying the only planet our species will ever live on.

Comment Re:China and India? (Score 0) 127

It's funny no one talks about Silicon Valley being overrcroweded after multiple generations of hundreds of thousands of illiterate illegals flooding in and having 3-4 kids each, and the local governments bending over backwards to provide carrots to them to keep doing it rather than deporting them.

Regardless of what the status is considered to be for tech workers in Silicon Valley, the other side of it is a burgeoning third-world savavagescape with through-the-roof levels of crime, tent cities, and destitution.

Silicon Valley's formula for success is more like a Ponzi-scheme, pushing the real costs of its unsustainable practices which depend on continuing floods of illegals and vast amounts of imported H1B labor - pushing those costs down the road for the clusterfuck future that anyone who resides there in the future will have to deal with.

Comment Re:rampant infantilism (Score 1) 352

I disagree though. What you describe is still tampering unnecessarily with the system. Even if it's slightly less critical, it's still tampering and against good philosophy. Also, I was thinking of all timepieces in the sense of being critical systems. Even the clock in my car or the one on my wall is critical in some way. A clock by defintion is critical. Don't fuck with clocks. Leave them alone. Let the NIST or whoever make minor tweaks every couple years to synchronize atomic time, but everyone else leave it the fuck alone.

Comment Re:We've known this for years (Score 1) 352

Which is why everyone wants it to change so we are always on DST. Basically it amounts to noone likes to "fall back" and have the sunlight become much shorter in the autumn (which admittedly has been shifted to be so late that it's not as bad as it used to be).

Looking at the clock change from the perspective of a systems administrator, it's just an extremely bad idea to tamper with critical devices - clocks - twice a year for such a frivolous reason. One basic axiom is that on critical systems you don't change anything unless absolutely necessary.

As someone above pointed out when the "critical systems" consisted of oil lamps or the time a farmer got up to work, or a stayed open to make money, it wasn't a big deal. But now it really is.

Not only that, but how many time keeping devices did people have back in the days of oil lamps? One if any?

Now, twice a year, I have to change no less than 8-9 timekeeping devices. I have a talking alarm by my bed, a timer/alarm in my kitchen, the clock in my car, and multple wristwatches which all must be changed. This is a massive pain in the ass and there's no way in hell any sane person or government would introduce such a law today. None.

Yet it is indicative of how incompetent government is that it is incapable of eliminating this ridiculous throwback to the horse-and-buggy era in a time when we have 747's and mobile phones.

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