* Posts by AdamWill

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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It doesn't exactly work like that, though, does it? Negative stereotypes don't necessarily "directly" affect people in the sense I think you mean. They have a more gradual, long-term, compounded effect. And it's often not an entirely obvious effect to observe at the level of a single person, because often the effect is to influence a person's perception of what roles (in terms of work, home life or anything else) are reasonable choices for them, and it's not easy to perceive when someone just doesn't even consider doing something because they've learned over time that it's not a thing that People Like Them do. After all, *most* people don't become astronauts or firefighters or Olympic athletes, so it's hard to look at *one* person who didn't do that and say "hmm, maybe media stereotyping played a role in this". You have to have a more sophisticated analysis.

One case I've found really interesting lately, which maybe isn't one you'd expect, is the show American Ninja Warrior in the U.S. It's an extremely popular sports-reality show (involving extremely fit people doing extremely hard obstacle courses), and to its credit it's made a conscious effort to promote female competitors. It's really fascinating to see the number of kids who see a woman doing well on a show like that and are inspired to take up the activity for themselves. I've seen more than one girl say something along the lines of they just didn't know it was *okay* for girls to be strong, muscular and powerful before seeing ANW or something like it: they just didn't see it as a choice. And indeed if you think about it, someone like Meaghan Martin (look her up, she's amazing) isn't a common sight in the media; if you think about the stereotype even of a 'fit' woman, it doesn't look like her. There's an overlap with tennis and all the shade that gets subtly thrown at players like Serena Williams who are unapologetically muscular and powerful; there's a strong current of belief that even elite female athletes must be somehow 'feminine', i.e. slender and pretty.

To put it simply: of *course* what you see around you, in the real world and in the media, affects your idea of what you yourself are capable of and 'allowed' to do, especially at the young ages where people often form their goals. It would be surprising if it were otherwise, wouldn't it? There are also of course obvious potential downsides to allowing what is effectively censorship, but I think it's nuts to deny the idea that widespread stereotyping can have this kind of effect.

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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Olympics? Er...

"Wow, Oracle," ... "I was proud. I made it into the Olympics of IT"

Uh...does this guy read, like, any tech news?

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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Confucious say, 'man who believe attribution of quotations on the internet is a fool indeed'.

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Florida Man to be fined $1.25 per robocall... all 96 million of them

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Re: @Adam Will Er....

But the story specifically referred to caller ID spoofing, not 'content made to sound like'.

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Er....

The calls, 96 million of them in total, were presented on caller ID as coming from travel companies like TripAdvisor, Expedia, Hilton, and Marriott.

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"Neighbor spoofing takes place when the caller falsifies the caller ID to match the area code and first three digits of the recipient's phone number, instead of the caller's number or the number where the call was actually originating."

So, er, which is it? Pretending to be TripAdvisor, or neighbour spoofing? I don't quite see how it could be *both* for the same call...

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Oh, wow, Canada: No more carrier-locked phones for Canucks

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The three major Canadian carriers use the same frequencies, so that's not likely to be an issue. (Does mean you can't really take one of their phones to a minor carrier like Freedom, but then that's always been the case).

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In North America they do, though. The major Canadian carriers (Rogers, Bell and Telus) use much the same frequencies as the major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T etc.)

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The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film

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Amplifiers are actually growing settings to cope with this effect, these days - check yours, it might have one.

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What happened when 300 DevOps experts took over the QE II?

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What happened when 300 DevOps experts took over the QE II?

It sank in four different directions at once.

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Google now mingles everything you've bought with everywhere you've been

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The thing is, that's such a vague phrase that just about *everyone* qualifies for it.

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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Re: "and it's taken three weeks for anyone to notice"

"Er, no it didn't, within a few days several Linux distros noticed"

Well, no, our legal departments have had the patent expiry dates on their calendars for, oh, a decade or so.

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Re: Nobody noticed? I've been getting emails all week about it

Er...patents aren't self-imposed rules.

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Re: I don't understand how it 'died'

It seems to be Fraunhofer messaging - of course it's dead so far as *they're* concerned, they can't wring any more money out of it - that otherwise-mostly-sensible sites seem to be picking up uncritically. This isn't the only place I've seen that weird description of the actual news here ("some patents expired") - AV Club said almost the same:

http://www.avclub.com/article/rip-mp3s-255322

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Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales

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It is, according to these figures, selling a bit better than it did before.

Whether that makes it a success or a failure is sort of entirely up to your criteria, really, isn't it? I mean, presumably only Apple knows if they've, fr'instance, made back their R&D spend on it yet. But they may have other criteria for deciding whether it's a success.

I don't want one, and I've seen maybe two people wearing one. But then, I don't want a moped and I don't know anyone who rides one, but there are, I'm sure, moped manufacturers who consider themselves successful.

So, I dunno, just have a pint and relax? It doesn't seem terribly important.

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Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over

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Re: It's the 21st Century: Outside of Work, Email is dead

No it's not. Don't be a tit.

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"your browser that is under constant attack from craply-written ad scripts"

This is true, but remember the reason Firefox and Thunderbird shared code in the first place: HTML mail. You need a full rendering engine to show HTML mail, basically, and Thunderbird is using the Firefox one.

It follows that mail clients are usually vulnerable to nearly as many potential exploits as web browsers, only they often don't update their rendering engines as aggressively. Evolution, for instance, was stuck on an ancient Webkit version that was vulnerable to all sorts of stuff for years.

So your email client is subject to similar attacks. Yes, you can just turn HTML mail off, but you need to be really sure it *is* completely turned off (i.e. your client isn't making any attempt to interpret it, rather than just not displaying the HTML version by default).

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Post Unity 8 Ubuntu shock? Relax, Linux has been here before

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Re: Losing Unity 7/8 is not the end of the world!

It doesn't "assume" that. It just doesn't think the display server is the appropriate place to implement remoting. As the above commenter said, isn't the fashionable complaint about systemd that it wants to do everything? But X wanting to do everything is good and yet Wayland - which does less - is still somehow analogous to systemd? Hmm.

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Re: Losing Unity 7/8 is not the end of the world!

You realize the people developing Wayland are almost all the same people who've been maintaining X for the last decade or so, right? And they want to build Wayland because X's design is only getting more and more impractical for how graphics hardware and graphical applications are built these days?

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Massive mistake? Rly?

"Red Hat made a massive mistake when they stopped offering free access to their desktop and pointed people at Fedora (free of charge but, not the same as RHEL and with a very short life cycle). That was the opening in the market that Ubuntu jumped into and helped them get their associated server distro established."

Hmm, let's see. I can't quite get back to 2003, but Red Hat's market cap in 2005 was $2.76bn; it's now $15.58bn. Revenue in 2005 was $196m; in 2015 it was $1.79bn (FY2016 should be north of $2bn).

What a terrible mistake! We'll just be over here, crying all the way to the bank. (I work for RH).

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Republicans go all Braveheart again with anti-net neutrality bill

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No it's not, at all. It's a perfectly accurate title.

You'll notice it doesn't specify *whose* freedom it's talking about.

Its full title is the Restoring Internet( Service Providers') Freedom( To Screw You Over Completely) Act.

See? Nothing inaccurate there!

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

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Re: Would I be wrong..

Actually, yeah, you would. Oregon is in the Pacific Northwest (just south of Washington state), typically one of the most 'liberal' (in US parlance) parts of the country. Its major city is Portland - the one that Portlandia is about.

It's not *quite* so simple because if you get out east into inland areas of any PNW region, things can get a bit bible-bash-y. But I doubt those folks have a lot do with the state's board of engineers or whatever they call themselves.

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So I read the legal decision, not just the article.

There's a reasonable argument, at least, for regulating some specific status like "chartered engineer", as several other commenters have claimed. But indeed Oregon doesn't seem to do that - the bits of the code cited can be read as covering just the word "engineer", and the judgment actually seems to do so (by finding that he was in violation of it by calling himself a "Swedish engineer" and an "excellent engineer"). Which is pretty ballsy and difficult to defend in a world where most places don't do that.

But that's not even the worst part. The worst part (to me) is the definition of engineering itself:

"( 1) "Practice of engineering" or "practice of professional engineering" means

doing any of the following:

(a) Performing any professional service or creative work requiring

engineering education, training and experience.

(b) Applying special knowledge of the mathematical, physical and

engineering sciences to such professional services or creative work as

consultation, investigation, testimony, evaluation, planning, design and

services during construction, manufacture or fabrication for the purpose of

ensuring compliance with specifications and design, in connection with any

public or private utilities, structures, buildings, machines, equipment,

processes, works or projects * * * *."

That seems to be stating - and the board certainly seems to be interpreting it as stating - that you don't actually have to be performing any practical *work* to be 'practicing engineering'. You just have to be involved in some sort of "creative work", i.e., thinking about stuff and writing it down.

There's an exemption mentioned later on which exempts you if you don't offer your work to the public, but that's still patently absurd. It seems like basically anyone who thinks about traffic light timings and writes their thoughts on a comment thread, or forum, or Facebook post or something, would be in violation of this ridiculous rule. And it's pretty hard to see how *that's* not a clear violation of the First Amendment.

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Flatpak and Snaps aren't destined for graveyard of failed Linux tech yet

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False opposition

I think the opposition quite a lot of the comments here are assuming is a false one. This isn't a case of 'app developers are pushing Flatpak / Snappy to cut out those distribution packagers'.

Snappy is made by a distribution vendor (Canonical). Flatpak is supported by several distributions, notably Fedora (note: I work on Fedora). Distributions are actually quite interested in shipping stuff using these 'sandboxed blob' systems.

Fedora Workstation folks, for instance, are currently working on building an OStree-based version of the product, for which you'd install additional applications as Flatpaks. They envision shipping at least some first-party Flatpaks as part of this effort.

I believe Canonical is similarly interested in Snap as a distribution vector for software on Ubuntu IoT and cloud products.

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O (n^2) Canada! Code bugs knacker buses, TV, broadband, phone lines

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What a weird story - would you report on, oh, a major TalkTalk outage and something going wrong with London buses in the same story? Cos that's basically what you're doing here. There's absolutely no link whatsoever between Shaw and the TTC besides "they're both in Canada" (the world's second-largest country by area, fact fans!) and "they both have computers". I dunno, just seems weird.

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Super-secure Pi-stuffed nomx email server box given a good probing

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According to his write-up, they sent him an email 'challenging' him to demonstrate his claims...from one of their crappy devices, so it went to his spam folder. They didn't bother to verify receipt. Then twelve hours later they posted the claim that he hadn't been able to demonstrate.

https://twitter.com/Scott_Helme/status/857617936902754304

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SourceForge: Let's hold hands in a post-CodePlex world

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Re: Sourceforge...

"Still wonder, anyway, how many people who loather - rightly - MS monopoly, are fully ready to accept other monopolies like Google or GitHub."

GitHub is a particularly delicious irony, given where git came from in the first place.

I'm always saddened and amazed to find out how many people don't know this, though.

(If you're one of them: look up "Bitkeeper".)

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Come celebrate World Hypocrisy Day

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Sigh, so Andrew wrote his article again, for, what is this, the two hundredth time now?

Let's try a different response to it, this time.

Honestly, Andrew, I think you have quite a lot of a good point in general. Google, Facebook etc. certainly are doing a lot of benefiting from other people's work, and of course a lot of the reason they push for various legal changes is to let them keep doing this.

But you never seem to look at the *other* side of the question. You like to talk about copyright in very idealistic terms, about how it protects the rights of individual creators. And it *does* do this, and I agree that broadly speaking this is a social good, and we should frankly disregard the people whose argument is basically "I want to be able to take other people's stuff without paying for it". There's no need to accommodate those folks in a reasonable debate.

But there *is* a reasonable middle ground to this debate. You never seem to engage with the problem of cynical self-interest on the *other* end of the copyright debate spectrum. In just the same way as Google and Facebook aren't *really* going to bat for ordinary people in most of their IP lobbying, large media conglomerates aren't *really* going to bat for ordinary creators in most of *their* IP lobbying. When large media companies push for yet another extension of copyright terms - what are they up to, now, the life of the creator plus the heat death of the universe? - they're clearly not bothered about making sure creators get recompensed. They want to make sure that large media companies can continue to make money off the creator's work a century after all the creator's descendants have perished.

When large media companies push for laws that effectively ban format shifting, they're not concerned about individual creator's rights. They just want to try and make more money by compelling us to buy the same thing from them five times.

It'd be really nice if, in future, you could look at the topic in a more balanced way, and recognize that there are large, rich, cynical, self-interested lobbyists at *both* ends of most copyright debates, not just one end. And that those of us who object to some elements of maximalist copyright laws aren't all just a bunch of pirates or a bunch of saps who've been duped by Google. Some of us are just regular people who are perfectly happy to respect creator's rights but, at the same time, would like to be able to make our own choices about where and in what format we store and consume the content we're paying for.

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Ewe, get a womb! Docs grow baby lambs in shrink-wrap plastic bags

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Excellent.

"Ewe, get a womb!"

Headline of the month, right there. Proceed directly to the pub and collect many, many pints, that writer.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: "Let's start with a classic: the Apple Newton"

It didn't work very well, didn't sell very well, lost money, and was quickly abandoned. This is clearly a failure. Companies don't make products in the hopes that they'll lose a ton of money but "inspire" a bunch of stuff to happen a decade later. They make products in the hopes they can sell a ton of them and make lots of money.

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Re: FFS...

Kicking off the world's 16,789,345th pointless Linux vs. Windows thread in the comments of an article that really has nothing to do with it is certainly trolling.

This is about a museum of *failure*. You can dislike Windows, you can dislike Linux, but it's clearly absurd to call either of them failures.

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The board.

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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"From the point of view of an end user does systemd or sys V init make any difference or is it just something for those totally unhelpful twits on the forums to argue about."

About 5% of #1, 95% #2.

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Wait – we can explain, says Moby, er, Docker amid rebrand meltdown

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Re: Name Change, what for?

A cynical person might suggest that this is in fact the effect they *want* this name change to have: they want the name 'Docker' to be associated with the for-profit products they sell, not the open source project. So they renamed the open source project to something else...

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Not to mention that git was designed to be distributed, not really for an 'upstream / downstream' model. The standard git term for a repository somewhere else is a 'remote', an intentionally more generic term.

'upstream' has slipped into git docs here and there over time, I note, but 'remote' is definitely the original term.

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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

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Re: All the cost of a juicer at considerably more of the price (HP printer business model)

Why do you think this thing requires a wifi connection?

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'We should have done better' – the feeble words of a CEO caught using real hospital IT in infosec product demos

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AWS v Oracle: Mark Hurd schooled on how to run a public cloud that people actually use

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Re: Over-reliance on single nodes ...

No-one uses Powerpoint any more, granddad. Don't you know everyone builds their slide decks devops style then stores them in Cloud 2.0? Jeez.

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Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

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Re: Jail time should be 5 years

"Immigrant, no idea whether a legalized US citizen or resident alien"

You could try reading the story. It says she's a citizen.

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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Re: History repeating

FWIW, I'd recommend replacing ABP with ublock and noscript with umatrix. They're substantially more capable replacements. umatrix especially is a lot more powerful and flexible than noscript, and - the most practical benefit - lets you change the settings for multiple domains without reloading the goddamn page between *every single change*...

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Re: I recently ditched Firefox.

"So does ALSA, in theory. That was the whole USP for it to replace OSS back in the day."

No, it wasn't. ALSA replaced OSS in most distributions a long time before dmix (the ALSA feature that allows for software stream mixing) was introduced; this is why we used to have various other things that sat on top of ALSA and did stream mixing which no-one remembers terribly fondly (principally esd and arts).

The reason ALSA replaced OSS was that OSS went to a partially proprietary model (the kernel included a subset of it referred to as OSS/Free - obviously, it wasn't going to include the non-free bits) and development especially of the free software part of OSS stalled heavily.

PA does software stream mixing, but that's not the only reason for it to be used. It's a 'sound server', like arts or esound were (or like JACK, which is also a sound server, just one tailored specifically to pro audio usage), which provides a convenient interface you can write apps for and easily get the capabilities that most normal applications need, without having to deal with ALSA's much lower level and more awkward interfaces directly (and reinvent stuff like source / output selection).

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"Pulse was originally intended to be a replacement for ALSA, but development stalled"

Um. No it wasn't. PA was never designed to replace ALSA. It was always designed as a higher level, more pleasant interface for apps to use, since writing to ALSA is kind of a nightmare. Here is an article from 2007 that explains this perfectly well:

https://www.linux.com/news/why-you-should-care-about-pulseaudio-and-how-start-doing-it

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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Re: Pay to live and live to pay

...sure, they have to see you. Then send you an extremely large bill you have no prospect of paying.

This absurd system is also why large chunks of your population go to the emergency room for care that could be provided much better and for much less money elsewhere, without tying up the resources intended for dealing with, you know, *emergencies*; it's a major reason why you spend far more money for far worse outcomes than just about every other developed nation.

But by all means, stick with it! Jeez.

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"All moon rock ever is owned by the US government and no-one can possibly sell it!" is NASA's preferred line, but is not universally accepted by people who know stuff about the law, FWIW.

http://loweringthebar.net/2017/04/ninth-circuit-moon-rock-sting-case.html

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Canonical sharpens post-Unity axe for 80-plus Ubuntu spinners

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Yeah, TBH as a remote employee (not of Canonical...) myself I can't really get angry about that. If I was gonna get laid off I wouldn't expect - or, really, want - the trouble of being flown to an office somewhere just to be told I was getting canned. (Or having someone flown out to me, or whatever).

If they're doing it to people who actually work in Canonical offices with managers that's one thing, but if you're a remote employee, it seems kinda par for the course.

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Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: 'One Linux' dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed

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Re: Horses and stable doors

Eh? That's one of the key principles of GNOME Shell, and one of the things people keep complaining about (all the 'but where's the dock?!' people).

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Re: Mir -> Wayland then?

Can't see it happening any other way. There is absolutely no reason for them to spend money building Mir any more.

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NY court slaps down Facebook's attempt to keep accounts secret from search warrants

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Re: Does not compute...

Oh, no-one's confused. That's exactly how it's supposed to work.

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Red Hat: OpenStack big, getting bigger, OpenShift fatter than Linux

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Re: What do you expect?

Uh. Yes. Sure. So? I don't see how describing customers considering not renewing support as a 'threat' to revenues is somehow incompatible with that. Note the *vector* of the 'threat' in question: *FROM* the customer *TO* RH. RH isn't threatening customers.

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