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Comment Re:Not surprising.... Whooah There Cowboy! (Score 2, Informative) 801

there are two classes in the US: the ruling class, who won't be charged for clear violations because they might be able to get off, and the rest of us.

While I agree with you in principal, the rush to judgment about this issue leaves behind a simple fact. There are lots of crimes with no punishments. This is one of them.

The one thing that annoys me the most is how they will hang this on the evil Clinton/Democrats. A sufficiently senior Republican get the same benefits. But, that's not going to be the conversation. We're stuck pointing fingers and name calling.

Comment Microsoft Took Over a Looooong Time Ago (Score 1) 29

Apparently someone from Microsoft's PR firm posted this "story." Yahoo owns Tumblr.

Remember this?

Remember what happened next? New Board of Directors
Who, just so happened made decisions where Microsoft was the winner. So, they went from a "meh" search company busy doing other stuff to "blech" re-wrapped Microsoft tech.

I think they are left with some kind of content generation things that are making money. Maybe fantasy sports or something? Microsoft is still hungry for Yahoo for some bizarre reason. More great decision making at Microsoft.

Comment Nobody with any Power is Touching This (Score 1) 470

You guys with the Clinton hate, or Democratic evilness, or whatever aren't facing facts. A former first lady who plays the game as good as the rest is never getting touched. Not even Petraus 2.0.

If that's not enough, then you guys get your panties in a twist about open ports and OMG THE RUSSIANS ATTACKED AN OPEN PORT!!!! Do any of you operate a server without checking logs?

Seriously. The people that matter respect her. Nothing is going to happen. Move on.

Comment Re:systemd is a UNIX Philosophy Violation (Score 2) 146

What people don't realize is how systemd is a big battlefield. This is a program that wasn't placed into userspace as close to the kernel as possible just because it was better than init, sysv, GRUB, and the many utilities that it replaces... but was dropped into place for pure political reasons.

Yeah, I really don't know if that's right or wrong or what. I know I don't like it either. For me, multiple features of the UNIX design ideas that has made Linux successful are being openly violated, practically with contempt. Per the wikipedia page on the UNIX philosophy: the power of a system comes more from the relationships among programs than from the programs themselves.

Systemd directly harms the server admins like me. I don't understand the urgent need to have the init system minding other daemon's business. It's not that there's no precedence for it, but, init doesn't need to check time, be involved in my bluetooth stack, xorg stack, etc. other than starting it, polling it, and stopping it.

Comment What's the Definition of "Success" (Score 2) 146

I should have closed the tab when it opened on an infoworld story.

Services to support Free software has proven to be a viable business model. IMO, that's a huge win. But, VCs aren't going to get too many IPOs out of that and infoworld probably has some newer advertisers thanks to Free software, but nothing like a Google or Microsoft.

The only threats on the horizon are continued support of increasingly draconian intellectual property laws. They impact everything, not just for software. Two examples: economic growth is constrained and the expansionn of basic human knowledge is restricted. It's returning to a feudal society structure. THAT, in my opinion, is the actual threat.

Comment Re:Yes MS has lost and is now nice (Score 0) 421

The old gray beards today might say the same with IBM or Digital but once market forces correct a monopoly the company either whithers or adapts.

Did you sleep through the monopoly classes in Econ 101? There's no market force that corrects a monopoly. Microsoft still has a monopoly.

Under a free market people play nice or loose out.

Did you attend any Econ classes at all? That's not how markets works.

4. MS more liberal with pricing for non corporations. Google VS Community edition. It is pro and free!

Ugh. First hit is free. Site licensing has gone up radically. The kickbacks make it so.

5. MS is opening sourcing .NET and lots of frameworks

Uhhh, yeah... What's the plan here? Where's DotNet going? Abandonware...

6. Azure supports non win32 operating systems.

And? What's the strategy here? Follow Amazon? Uhh. Yeah...

7. MS is putting more effort in security and stabilizing and fixing bugs now that competition exists.

And? Fixing bugs is something for which we should be thankful? What's the transparency on that?

Browsers are competitive. Mobile operating systems competitive. Development environments are competitive. Clouds and virtual services for legacy win32 apps scare the crap out of them so soon if mega corps want to leave they can.

You mean all those free browsers are charging because there's a viable market? Microsoft is irrelevant in mobile.

Does Microsoft pay you much for this nonsense?

Comment Story Telling, Stories, Themes (Score 1) 121

I'm not sure if I'm understanding your question, but it seems to me he'd be interested in stories and story telling.

  The key here is to help him explore what stories are powerful to the human mind. As a parent, Jung is your go-to guy for the reasons why stories have been retold for generations and should give you plenty of structure and direction for good material for your son to work with.

More simply, there are child friendly versions of Shakespeare, the stories told in Operas, and be careful getting a semi-authentic Brothers Grimm book. The original stories are a little graphic in places, but more powerful. There are also board games about story telling.

Hopefully, I haven't gone too far in the wrong direction. It just seems to me, good games always had good stories as structure.

Comment Lay off the Freedom Loving Punch (Score 4, Informative) 504

The last time I looked, the flip side to a regulated utility was a deregulated utility. Deregulated utilities end up as monopolies.

The other last time I looked, business interests of all kinds turn to governments to maintain their profits, and raise barriers to competition. And spare me the "The problem is bad regulation." That's not the problem.

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