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Comment Re:What happens to ZFS? (Score 1) 112

I'm only guessing, but I doubt Oracle will simply kill off Solaris - there is a lot of good stuff in there, and they do, among other things, sell a ZFS based disk appliance, as far as I remember. I wouldn't be at all surprised if that runs Solaris. But I think the market for proprietary UNIXes as general OSes is all but finished, since the open source ones are now so good.

Comment Re:Daily dose (Score 2, Insightful) 61

The existence of technology requires science, unless you're talking about the simple tool use we share with other animals, and - brace yourself for this - climate change is and area of science, it really is. Climate scientists, unlike climate change deniers - follow the facts, even when they don't please them by confirming their hopes. Climate change deniers, on the other hand, reject all data that they don't like, no matter how strong, while accepting even the most tenuous hint that offers them comfort. Who is most likely to get to the truth?

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 3, Insightful) 157

WTF? This has been known for decades.

I'm sure if you look at the WIkipedia article it has said this for at least several years...

Talk about Fake News.

Yes, perhaps it is better if you talk about fake news. This, however, is about science. I don't think I have read this particular article, but it has been mentioned in different places, and what is new, is the discovery that a female shark that has previously reproduced sexually, has been found to reproduce asexually several years later, which is a first. We had previously seen female sharks that grow up in captivity without males, can do this, but it was not obvious that this could also happen if they had mated in the past - it isn't unreasonable to think that mating might have triggered some mechanism - hormones or whatever - that would make asexual reproduction impossible.

Comment Re: liar (Score 0) 540

...now she's pissed...

Having alcoholic parents is really sad (I'm from UK, where pissed means drunk).

I'm really not a bad person, I just got used to saying this stuff because I thought it was funny, but it's not funny, it's hurtful and makes me look really stupid. Again, I apologize, and I will try to be a better person in the future.

Well, perhaps you aren't, and being able to apologise is admirable. A tip: stop posting as an AC - that way you will be likely to invest more thought in what you say, and as a result, people may start modding you up. And enter all discussions with a willingness to admit your mistakes and learn from them; that is the scientific way, and anyone who wants to see him-/herself as a rational, thinking person, should do this.

Comment Re:fake news from cnn (Score 1) 270

Do we really think Putin is all about freedom of speech, and welcomes political opposition - that nothing is more important to him than a fair and balanced democracy, even if it goes against him? I don't, to be honest. I think Putin feels he can afford to tolerant, and that it profits him in this case. I suspect that Snowden isn't really all that influential in Russia - people who criticise the nation of their origin are often regarded with some scepticism in other countries; I know this from experience: one of the first reactions you get is not "You hate our enemy, so you must be a friend" - it is more likely to be "Why do you hate your own country?". But he is obviously useful to the Russian Intelligence Services, and he can act as a showcase - their pet system critic - as long as he is harmless to Putin or Russia.

Comment Their partners in crime (Score 1) 304

I think a very significant accomplice in this 'crime' is the film industry, who very rarely produce anything that you would want to watch twice, really. Maybe I'm just too critical, but I can't really think of anything out of Hollywood that I cared to watch more than once - well, maybe there are a couple from long ago, but what I nearly always find lacking is something that is a bit original and feels convincing; regrettably, what you mostly get is a rehash of the same, old plot with a bit more in the way of spectacular (but strangely unconvincing) effects. That being the case, why would you actually want to have a stack of DVDs cluttering some shelf? Netflix and similar are perfect for this: you watch a film once and forget about it; incidentally, cinema is well suited for this as well, plus you don't need to have a spectacular home-cinema taking up space. This is probably why cinemas haven't disappeared, and why they may be seeing a bit of a renaissance atm.

Comment Re:Only a fraction of US munitions... (Score 1) 199

This effort by ISIS is a pittance in comparison.
BTW, has anyone considered that it might be preferable to address their grievances rather than just bomb them?

I think people like daesh have put themselves into a position where they no longer are relevant to that discussion. I mean - do they think they address the abuses of the West and their many inequalities and wrongdoing by blowing up defenceless people in Syria and Iraq? Or by claiming responsibility for whichever sickening atrocity against women and children is carried out by deranged killers? Whatever anybody is going to do to address the grievances of the oppressed people of the world, it is clear that daesh will have to be eradicated, so don't try to play that card again, unless you want to be taken for an idiot.

And just so it is clear: putting people in a cage, dousing them with fuel and burning them alive, or raping children, or any of the other things that followers of daesh do, those are not "pittances", no matter what somebody else is doing, even if the Americans were committing war crimes on a grand scale. You can't excuse your crimes by saying "But they started it".

Comment Re:The two seem very related... (Score 3, Interesting) 281

Those who are less likely to hold back what they are saying are more likely to not hold back what they are thinking. Big surprise.

A slightly subtle point that I think both you and the OP are missing is that honesty is not quite the same as naively or spontaneously expressing whatever goes through your head. I won't provide an example, but it is fully possible to be honest and considerate at the same time, for example, just like it is possible to express even severe anger and dissatisfaction without shouting or getting into a fight.

Comment Re:One can hope (Score 1) 124

"The UNIX way" was to have multiple, not quite compatible, complete operating systems from multiple vendors such as HPUX, Solaris, IRIX, etc. Porting your software between those was a considerable effort, and in fact a whole standardisation body (posix) has sprung up around efforts to make those systems at least nominally compatible. And in later years, the Linux way was quite similar, with LSB attempting to keep distributions at least nominally compatible with each other, but the effort of porting an application from one distribution to another still going by the name of "porting".

You know, I have worked for something like 30 years as a UNIX developer, later sysadmin - HP-UX, AIX, SunOS, DECOS, Linux (most HW architectures: POWER, zArch, Intel/AMD, SPARC, etc), even USS (UNIX System Services under MVS) - and the one thing that stands out to me is how easy it is, in practise to move from one to the other. As developer, I was part of a team that wrote C code which was compiled to all our UNIX systems, and while there were one or two quirks to work around (most notably HP-UX's tendency to issue warnings about FUTURE errors, figure that), it was remarkably easy. Sysadmin is even easier - there is a large overlap, and the minor differences there are, are easily mastered - unlike what you find on Windows between versions.

Comment The danger of populism (Score 1) 538

I'm not a big fan of Trump, but if he actually delivers on this campaign promise (even if it's just scrawling his signature on the bill and then taking all the credit in speeches) that will be a good thing for me and most employed people on slashdot.

There's no doubt that he can push through a number of short-term fixes that make him look good, and maybe it will create more jobs for Americans, at least in the beginning; but isn't this what was criticised severely during the early years of financial crisis - and still is: that there were strong incentives for the executives to make a quick buck and then cut your losses and run, leaving the fall-out to those left behind?

Just to take an example: Trump wants to abandon everything that has been done to protect the environment - he wants to introduce more coal burning, he wants to scrap the Paris agreement and drill for oil in the Arctic etc. Apart from the damage this will cause to America's environment and the health of Americans, down the line, it will also mean that Europe, China and India will continue to get ahead of America when it comes to renewable energy technology, environmental protection etc, and they will build up sustainable industries on top of this, which will provide sustainable jobs etc, while America in years to come will be forced to go and buy this from outside, when a future government finally decides to come to their senses.

Is there any way this is a bad thing? H1B was supposed to be for bringing in essential foreign talent. If a company isn't willing to pay $100k per year plus the various expenses, whoever they are bringing it must not have been all that talented.

I don't know - but I suspect it is not as simple as you make it sound. In many countries in Europe - especially in Scandinavia - there has traditionally been rather stiff rules about minimum wages, and it as meant that the business climate simply wasn't as attractive as in many other countries. The was one of the many contributing factors that pushed up income taxes and foreign borrowing for many years, and the attempts at getting the rules loosened up have caused social unrest, strikes etc. I'm not against minimum wages, but you have to have a well thought out plan so you are prepared to tackle the consequences. And I have seen no indication that Trump has a plan - his stance on climate change consists mostly of ignoring science and walking away from international agreements; it's a bit like keeping warm by pissing yourself - it works, but only briefly, and then you have a more pressing problem to deal with.

Comment Re:"The People's Bank" (Score 1) 43

The arrogance and the hypocrisy...

- of those who criticise what they don't understand and can't be bothered to learn. One of the central duties of any government is to protect the nation against things that harm the economy, and sucking capital out of the country does harm the economy. That is why people everywhere are rightfully outraged when rich people do everything they can to avoid paying taxes, for example. You may call it petty if you wish, but when you have some rich celebrity racing down motorways they carefully avoid contributing to at twice the speed limit in toy cars that cost millions each, then it is no wonder that people feel something is wrong. This is true in UK - and it is no less true just because it is China. In my view, these parasites should be flayed and rolled in salt.

Comment Re:An old theory, revitalized! (Score 4, Insightful) 90

A surefire sign of the unthinking activist is their automatic rejection of any real-world solution to the carbon problem.

I don't think there is all that much difference between the doomsdayers on the one hand and the conspiracy theorist deniers on the other. Both sides have decided on their 'conclusion' a priori and mangle the available data to fit. The only real sceptics in all of this are the climate scientists; scepticism is at the very core of what science is. Blindly denying the observable facts - which both dommsdayers and deniers do - has nothing to do with being sceptical or thinking critically; it is nothing more than blind faith and represents the extreme of gullibility.

That said, it makes good sense to listen to the balanced, scientific viewpoints that are presented by climate science: humans do cause climate change, it is getting dangerous now, and we can actually do something constructive about it, not just in terms of short term mitigation, but also in terms of changing the stupid and wasteful habits that are a significant part of the reasons why we have climate change.

Comment Re:Congratulations - you invented the WWW (Score 1) 73

Congratulations - you invented the World Wide Web

There is probably a tiny bit more to it than that; nothing new in running against an application server, of course, but I suppose the real story might be that networking on mobiles is now considered mature and cheap enough for this architecture to be viable. And, I don't think you can equate www with "application servers".

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