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Comment Re:Linus management technique works (Score 1) 1501

I have a theory too: that you're a fucking moron. Because there is a mountain of evidence you're plainly too inept/stupid/monkey-fuck-dumb to realize is piled high on top of your thick head. For someone who wants to sound rational about the topic, you really should be ashamed to even think something so obviously wrong, let alone give voice to it.

To wit: Lots of us engage in abusive activity like this and we don't succeed with the type of behavior Linus exhibits here. Instead we're just abusive jerks who are frequently held accountable for our antisocial behavior and then go off to whine about how no one else does anything right and how if they just listened to us and blah blah blah. Then we see the masters of our craft with their own abusive tendencies as justification for what we have been doing. Because, after all, we're just cutting through the crap, avoiding the politics, and (get this) promoting our own cultural identity!

So is this behavior necessary for success? Does Steve Wozniak act like this? Yukihiro Matsumoto? Larry Wall? Tim Berners-Lee? Do Ken Thompson, Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie act like this? Bjarne Stroustrup? Anders Hjelsberg? Maybe I don't know these guys well enough... do they all act like this when we're not looking? Or are they able to do their thing without being abusive or demeaning to those with whom they are working?

Is it possible that we see plenty of success stories acting like this because it's just an all-too-common trait, rather than a defining characteristic of those who are successful?

Comment Re:network ignorance (Score 1) 331

By accessing the material they might accidentally leak further information. If I want to know your IP address and I have your email address, all I do is send you an email with an image in it or some other "click here" net thing. I tag the image or link with a unique ID. As soon as you load the image or click the link I now have your IP address in my server's logs. Or maybe I post a links on my Facebook friends' walls -- again with the unique ID. I might learn a bit about their friends who click on the link. Maybe I seed the pages that the links go to with other types of enticing links, pretty soon I can see that all of so-and-so's friends clicked on the "anal sex" link but ignored the "help starving children" appeal. I might even get some of them to leave comments on articles that reveal even more information, like correcting "mistakes" in the linked article or revealing their own email address to "sign in to comment" or whatever. Before long I know enough to mount a successful social engineering attack on a group of interest to me, possibly netting even better access to more directly useful information.

Comment Re:It was fun while it lasted! (Score 1) 202

You can polish that [thing] all you want. It's still an overblown piece of [stuff].

If you think you can just abstract the interface, then you don't understand proper user experience design at all. And this is where I have to give Apple some credit (grudgingly)... they aren't trying to cram phone, tablet, and desktop into a single OS.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 436

The theater where I saw The Hobbit in 48fps 3d must have had their projection completely screwed up because there was a bizarre ghosting effect that pretty much destroyed the movie for me. I'd rather have seen the movie on an old-school CRT via VHS. The 3D effect was almost completely useless when it wasn't distracting. In addition to that, I'm done paying to sit in a lousy theater seat, can't pause the three-hour movie to take a leak, can't bring decent food in with me (seriously, for the price of the cheap microwave pizza and a soda I had during The Hobbit, I could buy 8oz of gourmet cheese, crackers, and a 6 pack of microbrew).

Comment Re:Why is this news? (Score 1) 235

Google Apps collaboration is not just dvcs though. It's real time. And I've seen documents where the number of simultaneous users was in the double digits. That's a bit more interesting than a git plugin. Such a plugin would need to be committing, pushing, and pulling constantly. I guess it could be done and it would be totally awesome if it were... but then you need another plugin for shared document management that is as painless as Google Apps is (which has the added benefit of being able to make a document shared with the entire internet pretty much instantly). At some point, Google Apps will reach a tipping point over MS Office for most mundane tasks, and then there will be no going back. The big thing that's missing from Google Apps at this point is some sort of MS Access-alike. And it looks like they've got a new offering, Fusion, that may be moving in that direction.

Comment Re:Generating more irrelevant data (Score 1) 540

Really? $30 * 180 days (avg # of school days in the USA) = $5400. That's a pretty good bargain in my opinion. When I look around for a price like that I find some Catholic elementary schools with a parishioner requirement and a bulk discount for using Catholic family planning techniques. If you have 25 kids in a class, that's $135,000 a year. From that you need to pay at least one full-time teacher, provide a room, pay other part time staff (auxiliary teachers, administrators), buy supplies and equipment, pay for busing, subsidize some breakfasts and lunches, put books in the library, etc etc.

Comment Re:SCOTUS (Score 2) 203

Not that I disagree with too many of your goals there, but "... intent of the founding fathers"? That's a joke! "The People" according to the founding fathers was a fairly select group: white male landowners who were in some cases subject to religious tests (aka no catholics or jews in some states). Who actually cares what the intent of the founding fathers was? It's a system designed by men long dead to protect their own way of life.

Comment Re:One thing is missing: (Score 4, Insightful) 170

They declined because he filed in Florida, not DC. That's pretty simple. So the next step is to file in what is apparently the proper venue. This isn't like they're upholding the law or judging the case on merits... although I'd bet if they wanted to hear the case, they would figure out some loophole to get past the bureaucratic BS, rather than forcing the process back to nearly square one.

Comment Re:every single country has or had laws (Score 1) 957

Really? It's not Christians and Jews invading Muslim countries? Dropping bombs on wedding parties? Interfering in the political machinations of sovereign nations? I'm pretty the USA and Israel are Christian and Jewish countries. Even though the USA has an official policy of no state religion, the majority of the citizens do I identify as Christians. In fact, the more vocal any given US citizen is about their Christianity, the more they seem to be interested in bombing Muslim countries for any reason. Obviously not true for all US Christians, but a surprisingly vocal and public number of them. While the riots are being "sparked" by the films and the blasphemy, it's clear that a great deal of the hatred here can be chalked up to the "add insult to injury" principle.

Comment Re:Why cardboard? (Score 1) 347

Bar stool, not so much. Chair that goes up high, but has a back and a footrest... much better. at work I've been at a standing desk (aka "cubicle with the desk surfaces mounted higher") for months now, switching between my chair and standing all throughout the day and I'm thinking about how to switch to this system at home now too.

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