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Comment Re:It's actually even lamer than that... (Score 1) 213

It's pure idiocy to not take advantage of the ability to have your code merged in, and condemns your customers to not only having to build their own kernels or use ones you provide, but keeps them stuck with old kernel versions.

Right... there's a quite a mess in the embedded world with a lot of device makers stuck on bug-ridden, horribly hacked-up 2.4 kernels. In particular, the execrably unhelpful Broadcom has never released any open-source drivers for its WiFi chipsets, and no binary drivers for 2.6.x kernels (except recently for x86).

Microsoft just doesn't "get" the way Linux works. It's kind of astonishing that even the developers responsible for writing Linux kernel code there haven't figured out the value of cooperating with the kernel team. Well... maybe they have and the suits overruled them. Hard to say.

Comment Re:ext3 (Score 1) 569

Stuff that needs Linux permissions/features explicitly, such as symlinks, I store on ext3 partitions. If I need to back them up, onto non ext3 partitions, such as when wiping the computer drive completely, I generate a tar.gz or tar.bz2 file on the directory, and back up that file onto an external drive accessible from all OS's.

For a while I tried the ext3/ifs windows driver for 2k/xp, and stored everything in Linux file systems, but I think I was hacked or something, because stuff started disappearing. I try not to use windows much on the net anymore, but for some things, mostly legacy stuff, you simply have to use it. My last version of windows that I can comfortably use is win 2k, which still has some leave you alone professional taste to it. XP has way too much bullshit automatically loaded into it, it looks prettier than 2k, but the trade offs in freedom are grave. Vista - no comment.

Comment Re:Except, again, that's not how it worked (Score 1) 439

Richelieu needed those 6 lines written by the hand of a person, so he could forge evidence of some crime in the handwriting of some person.

Citation needed. You are the second person to suggest this - I would be most interested to see a definitive source for this interpretation of his statement.

Nothing in the link you provide backs up your assertion - there is a statement about another person using forged handwriting, but not Richelieu himself. Otherwise, Richelieu's words seem to have a plain meaning on their face which is equally plausible, which is that he prided himself on being able to twist any honest words to amount to a crime under the law at the time.

Comment Re:Hmmm! (Score 1) 576

I don't know about the ducks, although the little bastards were smart enough to hang around the popcorn vendor and then hamstring for the popcorn, but I bet that tic tac toe playing chicken could totally kick that test!*

*-in case some are wondering about the ducks, once upon a time there was a great little place in AR called the "IQ Zoo" where they had everything from the tic tac toe chicken to the piano playing goose. You had to watch out for the evil ducks though, as those little bastards had figured out that by hiding under bushes and waiting until a kid scored a popcorn they could then rush out and hamstring him and get the free munchies. Sneaky little bastards they were. I think the best attraction was the big brown bear though. He was fat, and lazy, but smart enough to actually train the humans that would come to see him!

They would sell you fresh roasted peanuts to throw to the bear, and while the little bear would run his ass off catching peanuts, the big old bear would just give you a dirty look and then tap his belly, as if to say "throw it right here" and damned if the folks wouldn't do it! Gotta give the bear credit for being able to train the humans that quickly, and from the size of him he was quite consistent in his human training skills. So while the little bear ran his ass off, he got to lounge around in the warm AR sun, eating his fresh roasted peanuts and not actually having to get up to go fetch them. Pretty damned smart for a bear, I'd say.

Comment Re:the 'right' to health care (Score 1) 362

I would say the national highway system has fared pretty well.... At least in the 48 continental anyway. Sure its aging and it needs some upkeep but it has been there since the days of Eisenhower. I am also pretty partial to the library system. More state and county admittedly, but there is no need or additional benefit to making it a federal system. Perhaps the solution is for states to institute their own governmental health care. Maybe not. Point being, what we have right now doesn't work.

Comment Re:Time to start working on WPA3? (Score 1) 322

We knew WPA was broken when it was released. It was inconvenient to wait for better IEEE security standards, so the WPA standardized on what was already implemented (which was still much better than what was out there). Ie, convenience trumps security, because wireless is all about convenience. WPA2 isn't that much better in this regard.

Comment Re:We need more competition (Score 1) 370

For example, here in California cable TV is not a state-granted monopoly. And yet, you will find close to zero overlapping cable TV regions. Why?

Because, until fairly recently, it was, in most parts of the state, a local government granted monopoly, and while the local carriers have changed hands (largely to consolidate regions and create bigger regional monopolies), there are significant barriers to entry in any local market, which means that the monopoly carriers are pretty well entrenched, with the main competition coming from alternatives to cable (satellite, services delivered over internet, though the cable providers themselves are also some of the biggest broadband providers) rather than alternative cable providers per se.

Comment Re:out of my ass... (Score 1) 118

You bring up a very good point, but there are canon related issues when such a huge change to things are made. Playing Spartan-3s would be very appealing and interesting, but when put into context of the rest of the universe it becomes harder and harder to hide that many secret people. I would love to see it done correctly, but I have doubts that it will ever exsist due to market saturation and gameplay balancing. On the whole MMOs are moving to be more PvP based because PvP content creates itself if you give it a framework. It is cheaper and easier to balance PvP and code a place for it to happen than it is to create a never-ending series of quests. And with PvP making such an impact it seems very out of place for one group of Spartans to be fighting another, and if you make a Covenent equal to them you run face first into the canon/continuity wall again. And as a sidenote, I apologize for insinuating that most Halo players are mindless zombies. They are zombies that routinely wipe my bleeding crying ass all over "Pit" and "Guardian". :)
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Submission + - Running on Empty - Advertising Blindness (askreamaor.com)

Rea Maor writes: "See the ads on this page? No, of course you don't. Because there's ads on *every* page, and after so much time, we become ad-blind.

Kibo, the legendary net.humor personality, has this virtual reality tour set up on his site, and the first section is an extensive photo essay on orange traffic cones. See, these orange cones are *everywhere* and we have learned to ignore them, so it defeats their purpose. But Kibo's lesson is kind of an epiphany; after you browse through his orange cone tour, you go outside and immediately notice the cones again!

Advertising is only effective for so long. We get numb to it. Studies have actually shown that it's kind of like a subliminal thing; we only recognize it on one level, but not the fully conscious one. The trouble is, we have to be conscious of advertising in order for it to take effect!

And so, advertisers have little choice but to keep trying to make their ads gain attention. First they animate them, then they make pop-ups, then they make those extra-irritating boxes that fly in front of the page and zig and zag around. And how about the talking ones, for things like animated smilies?

Of course, you see the same thing happening with television commercials. Have you ever had a commercial break in the middle of the show you were watching, and the movie was really hard to hear, and then the commercial came on and IT WAS THIS LOUD? Same deal, different media. What TV and radio also do, though, is put more creative energy into it. They know that you're going to hit mute or turn down the volume or just ignore it until the show comes on, so they try to reward your attention by being original or entertaining.

Hey, that's what web site ads aren't doing! Everywhere you look is the same blah banners, text rows, bouncing boxes, and three-panel animations. Where's the originality, the creativity, the effectiveness?

Most of us now have ads on our sites, well, just in case. They don't make any real money — most any web master will agree, here — except for the top ten sites on the web. But we keep hoping more that advertisers will come up with something more effective than either sitting there like part of the wallpaper, or bouncing around irritating us. When the creativity that goes into TV and radio advertising goes into web ads, that's when we'll start paying attention again!"

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