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Comment Re:39" display for workstations? (Score 1) 520

maybe you'd want his programmers not to have desks but just a sheet of plywood on some sawhorses since that'd be cheaper? stools instead of ergonomic chairs?

Don't ever get a job with Amazon, then. All their IT get desks made out of doors and 4x4's. It's a tradition, don't-forget-our-roots, remember we're "frugal" thing.

Personally, I have a pretty basic IKEA desk with adjustable legs that let me set the desk up higher than most cubicles allowing me to set my chair up higher or stand without adjusting it. Don't bash the minimalist desk. :-P

Comment Re:too hard (Score 3, Interesting) 195

I so wish for mod points. Western Union/Moneygram are the "Banks" for people without the ability to now meet new Federal Standards for State Issued ID. The paperwork required today in many states just to get a new "Secure ID" are ridiculously bad if you've done anything other than be born in the last 60 or so years, gotten married, receive physical bills & bank statements, and had those items delivered to your physical address (which assumes you can receive mail at your physical address).

So it isn't just "illegal" immigrants using these services, anymore. It's a large segment of the lower end of society that is being forced to utilize these services so they can pay utility bills with cash, money orders, and move money about to relatives. You're actually causing severe harm getting rid of the cash-based services.

Off topic: Lucky me, I've bypassed the "chain of name changes" requirement by having a Passport. My adoption papers don't even exist anymore thanks to a house fire and an flooded court house basement. I'd be so screwed if it weren't for the fact my employer required me to get a passport 3 years ago.


Submission + - Gut Bacteria Liberate Hidden Toxins Found In Grains (acs.org)

MTorrice writes: "Crops such as wheat and corn sometimes harbor chemicals from molds that grow on the plants. Some of these compounds are seemingly harmless derivatives of toxins produced by the fungi. For the first time, researchers have shown that human gut bacteria can break down these compounds and release the toxins, which can cause gastrointestinal and neurological damage in people. The findings suggest that these masked toxins may not stay hidden within our digestive tracts, and that government agencies may need to regulate the chemicals, the researchers say."

Comment Re:So, how can I type it for them? (Score 1) 425

Allegedly, it's even more complicated than that. It's in the Data Detector, which several apps will use on inactive text fields and other strings. You can actually send an iMessage from an iOS device to someone and it will crash the Messages app on OS X. Furthermore, you will be unable to re-open messages until you eliminate the message from your history database at the command line. (It's a sqlite database...I think.) Next, I managed to open a crash report from Mail in Console.app and said string crashed Console and then crashed the crash reporter. It was pretty wicked.

Comment Re:What happened? (Score 1) 114

Flatline is used commonly in business speak to refer to a market that no longer sees growth. It isn't misleading, you're just using a different context.

However, the connotation you've brought from the medical field is purposely intended. Under the current Commandments of United States Capitalism, failure to grow over last year is a precursor to a long drawn out death spiral that will cost investors a lot. Whether this should be the way of things or not, is beyond the scope of whether or not this term is valid.

TL;DR: This is an actual term in finance and business.


Submission + - The Linux Foundation announces Linux Convention North America 2013 (linuxfoundation.org)

skade88 writes: The Annual North American Linux convention will be held in New Orleans this year on Sept 16-18. Registration by April 29th gets you a discount. Students get in at an even bigger discount.

The Linux Foundation describes the event as "LinuxCon is the leading annual technical conference in North America, providing a much needed collaboration and education space for the Linux community. Launched in 2009, LinuxCon has quickly become known for offering top speaking talent, a cross-section of the leading players in the Linux community, innovative and timely content, a wide variety of opportunities for attendee collaboration and a place for smaller groups to co-locate for topic-specific mini-summits and workgroups.
Who Attends:
Software Developers, Linux IT Professionals, Corporate End Users, Senior Business Executives, IT Operations Experts, System Administrators, Students, Media and anyone else with an interest in the Linux ecosystem."


Submission + - Meet "Ophelia," Dell's Plan To Reinvent Itself (ibtimes.com)

redletterdave writes: "Dell is reportedly working on a project codenamed "Ophelia," a USB-sized self-contained computer that provides access to virtually every major operating system there is — from the Mac OS, to Windows, to Google's Chrome OS, to cloud-based solutions from Citrix and Dell — all via the cloud. Powered by Android, Ophelia works just like a USB port: Just plug it into any flat panel monitor or TV, and boom, you have a computer. Ophelia connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi, and can connect to keyboards and other peripherals over Bluetooth. Not only is the computer portable and power-efficient, but to make it truly accessible, Dell plans to sell the device for just $50."

Comment Re:Not the bug... (Score 5, Informative) 1051

No. He clearly stated that he saw this, "at first glance," as something that Pulseaudio had been doing all along. The patch made a function not only return a different error code, but an error code that was never possible before the patch. The change was not documented, at all.

The submitter really set him up, though. If you look further up in the thread, the "rollback" was a simple one line change from ret = -ENOENT; to ret = -ENVAL;. I'm fairly certain that it was just overlooked in the code review for the entire patch.

What got him was that instead of going back and saying, "Huh. Why did we change this error code? Oh my, ENOENT was never even possible before this. This'll break all sorts of crap!" he blamed Pulseaudio. That's a serious no-no that's been covered several times in the history of the kernel.

Comment Re:Not the bug... (Score 5, Insightful) 1051

That was my reading exactly. As a programmer, I've had to condition my responses to bug reports to move from, "What?! It's totally your fault!" to, "Let me investigate this on my end." It became fairly obvious from the get go that the patch made some changes that were overlooked in the patch. The patch commit message failed to give any reason or justification for the change (which was a 1 line change, possibly in a sea of other changes). Furthermore, the automated testing application that the patch submitter was using had a bug in it.

It's likely the testing apparatus said, "OMG! THIS ERROR VALUE IS WRONG!" Then, the submitter corrected it to fit the bad test. Honestly, while Rafael signed off on it, it would appear the submitter set him up the bomb, so to speak. Who would make a change like that without further investigation and then submit it is a serious question. I would hope the patch submitter is placed under some additional scrutiny.

All in all, Rafael took it in stride in his response. He also explained further, but appears to have capitulated that his initial reaction was wrong and that he should have fixed first, asked "Why are you using that, anyway?" later. Also, he should have never stated that, "So, on a first glance, this doesn't sound like a regression, but, instead, it looks that pulseaudio/tumbleweed has some serious bugs and/or regressions." It's quite obvious that changing not only what error code is returned but returning one that was literally impossible without telling anyone is a Bad Thing(TM).

As for Linus's style of management, I don't know. I mean, Rafael was way, way, way out of line with that statement I quoted. He really failed to grasp the situation, even after it was clearly spelled out for him.

All in all, I think he's learned his lesson and will be better for it. He seems to have taken it well enough, at least publicly. :-)

Comment Re:That judge is an Obama appointee (Score 1) 498

Blarg, hit reply too soon. :-)

However, I think an injunction is a bit on the incompetent side. While you may lose some "otherwise cheap" customers, I don't think it validates blocking the Tab for import. Besides, at this point, the Tab is too old to really matter and will likely be replaced very soon. The judge should've merely awarded damages and moved on.

The whole thing is noise at this point. Damage has been done, an injunction doesn't change anything, and it's over. All that remains is recompense for past transgressions. Hence, I feel the judge is suffering a pretty extreme loss of perspective.

Then again, IANAL and case law is always dangerous territory where you must always think of how a decision will set a precedence. Regardless, it's felt more like she was extremely wishy-washy during the case and finally flipped a coin and just so happened to get the right answer.

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