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Comment Quite simple: a healthy and vibrant community (Score 2) 88

When a project evolves into that state where developers and users get along an coexist peacefully, then you have an environment that benefits both groups. It seems like a simple social skill, but actually this is rather rare. I have been in a couple of projects, one where the users and developers have something of an acid relationship and have a confrontational nature. Little gets done, and nobody is happy. But in the other one, users, developers, and other contributors (I18N, addons, builds, examples, etc) all get along harmoniously and produce a wonderful product. The producer/consumer model does not work in open source projects. Mutual respect and courtesy are the key to getting the job done. This also includes upstream library developers, distro managers, etc.

Comment In this instance, the FCC is good (Score 1) 112

I know that the Internet is usually against government power. But people, in this case, you WANT the FCC to trump local laws. For decades now, the FCC has has the sole power to regulate antennas, emitted power, signal purity, etc. And for decades, it has done this in a positive manner, as an enabler rather than as a restriction.

Up until now, the FCC's power has trumped the petty Napoleons in your local government. For example, your HOA might rule about the obtrusiveness of your antenna. Whether it is tall, reaches over your fence, or is conspicuous. But they cannot forbid you from having one that works. That power does not belong to them.

Believe me, the status quo on the FCC's power is fine. Even though big government might be evil, in this one circumstance, you need them.

Comment Multi-purpose farms (Score 1) 221

Put those cows on land that also has windmills or solar, and you start to benefit from bigger efficiencies.
But what they are talking about is using manure that is already being created now that might be wasted or used inefficiently otherwise. You're going to have the dairies and feed lots anyway, why not put it all to use?

Comment Re:What kind of stupid comment is that? (Score 1) 349

Actually, years ago I worked at one of the NASA offices that hosted one of the servers into which he hacked. It was (if I recall correctly) a server hosting a browsable space image library. Breaking into that box? No big deal, really. It wasn't connected to anything sensitive. None of their webservers are.

I have also worked on DoD projects with systems holding highly valuable and sensitive information. If he broke into one of those, then some damage might have been done. But of course he didn't, because they are not on the Internet!

But if your office fails to cleanly separate internal servers from Internet-facing webservers, then it is just as much your (manager, admin, etc) fault as the hacker. Webservers should be considered 'throwaway,' meaning that if they get hacked or damaged, then all you should need is failover and reprovisioning.

In the future you might give the poster the benefit of a doubt. :-)

Comment I like Phillip K Dick, too, but this is too much (Score 1) 244

What irritates me is that Hollywood is scripting story after story based on his writings, to the almost total abandonment of the rest of the science fiction field. I would -love- to see something by Theodore Sturgeon or Ursula K LeGuin. (note the 'K')

Also, Mr. Dick's dystopian futures fit too well into the "dark" theme that seems to rule at the box office. Everything must be dark, hopeless and brooding. And it's a fake, forced emotion. Too comic book-like. Enough, already!

Comment Why the angry SQLers? (Score 1) 271

There seems to be this angry pushback from a core of dedicated SQL programmers, acting as if someone had insulted their tin god and wanted to invalidate their lives' work. Not at all. All that has been developing is the realization that RDBMS's are not the best fit for all applications, and that other storage schemes might have a better impedance match with the needs of a particular design. RDBMS's are still robust and reliable and useful for (maybe most) applications. Only some apps' data does not fit nicely into rows and columns. And you should design your code around the data, not try to morph the data to your software.

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You mean you didn't *know* she was off making lots of little phone companies?