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Hi. I'm a Unix Administrator, mathematics enthusiast, and amateur philosopher. This is where I rant about that which upsets me, laugh about that which amuses me, and jabber about that which holds my interest most: Unix.
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    One of those days (rant)

    Stallman and the Free Software Foundation are vehemently against companies having copyrights and patents on software, but they are not against companies having control over the use of "free" software. For them, freedom is free of restrictive licences. Freedom does not include being free to use free software. Is it a ridiculously narrow view or hypocrisy?

    Gnome is a GNU project; Gnome's development was (and still is?) greatly influenced by Red Hat; Gnome and GNU have been cooperating with Red Hat by being pro-systemd from the beginning. So where does that put Stallman and the FSF?

    My vote is for hypocrisy. And it does not make me want to shout at people. It leaves me shaking my head in disbelief and telling Linux users they deserve whatever they get.
    Posted Today at 02:35 PM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
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    One of those days (rant)

    Read up on the ISC/BSD license. GPL followers tend to curse BSD/ISC for being "business-centric" (and there is perhaps some truth to the business side of that thinking), but seriously, read the license (template for OpenBSD, not the actual license):

    http://cvsweb.openbsd.org/cgi-bin/cv...plate?rev=HEAD

    Though I agree...cheers and beers go a long ways in settling disputes =D
    Posted 12-16-2014 at 12:49 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    One of those days (rant)

    And who or what does care about your software rights/freedom? What would alleviate your primal scream? Cheers and beers!
    Posted 12-11-2014 at 08:01 PM by curtvaughan curtvaughan is offline
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    It's fixed? Prove it.

    I used to have a client that was horrible. He required revision after revision and always tried to get stuff for free because "we hadn't done it right the first time." That client hired me to work for him and his organization when my company was acquired and everyone laid off.

    After I went to work for him I learned he thought it was his responsibility to make sure he got the absolute most out of the company's money. He treated all vendors the same way he had treated me. I used to go back to all of them after client/vendor meetings to tell them that everything was perfect and not to worry. Other than this habit, he turned out to be a great boss.
    Posted 10-01-2014 at 11:03 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    It's fixed? Prove it.

    The truth is always stranger than anything we could think up, unfortunately. That particular company was famous for penny pinching to the point of hurting IT operations, so if there was something they were gung-ho about hunting down was stuff they paid for that didn't get done properly.

    Fun company to work for, I tell ya.
    Posted 10-01-2014 at 10:31 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    It's fixed? Prove it.

    This is so wrong on so many levels...
    Posted 10-01-2014 at 09:45 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Repugnant, Indeed

    I'm still trying to escape my family of origin via my canister vacuum.
    Posted 09-22-2014 at 02:57 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Repugnant, Indeed

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by vmccord View Comment
    I once met a vacuum salesman who could predict which style of vacuums people would buy, upright or canister, based on what they had growing up and if they described the relationship with their mothers as good or not so good.
    Funny how that works. Quite a bit of our decision making as adults is based on:

    1) Do what parents did.
    2) Do opposite of what parents did.

    Unfortunately, people in *both* of these camps are being controlled by their past. Very few make it to:

    3) Do what you want.
    Posted 09-19-2014 at 08:09 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
  9. Old Comment

    Repugnant, Indeed

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Randicus Draco Albus View Comment
    Of course, they ignore the discrepancy between the Bible's assertion that everything was created as is and the fact that almost all of the plants and animals during the Earth's lifetime have gone extinct.
    That was a weak attempt at "reverse-apologetics". "Playing the devil's advocate", if you will. Thank you for calling me out on it.

    As for Darwin and Einstein, a quick study of medieval philosophy will confirm that the practice of going "uhh, perhaps I shouldn't say this" has been going on for *quite a while*.
    Posted 09-19-2014 at 08:04 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
    Updated 09-19-2014 at 08:07 PM by rocket357
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    Repugnant, Indeed

    It's not just religion that people adopt early. It's all sorts of goofy things. Which is right? "Gesundheit" or "Bless you"?

    I once met a vacuum salesman who could predict which style of vacuums people would buy, upright or canister, based on what they had growing up and if they described the relationship with their mothers as good or not so good. If it was not so good, they would buy the opposite of what their mothers had. Else they bought the same style they had as a kid. All the talk about features and ease of use and suction power was rationalization for what "felt" right.
    Posted 09-19-2014 at 06:49 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Repugnant, Indeed

    Creative thinking being limited by pre-conceived ideas or religious belief is still common. As only two examples; Einstein and Darwin (Wallace has been forgotten) were both prevented in taking their theories to their conclusions, because doing so would have lead to the conclusion that a deity was not the cause. Both men refused to go that far and left their theories unfinished. Religious and philosophical views easily form unshakable foundations.

    Quote:
    Event so, even if you believe in God, who are you to say that God didn't specifically utilize evolution as a means to bring about "creation"?
    That is the pragmatic view adopted by the Catholic Church. "It is God's design." Of course, they ignore the discrepancy between the Bible's assertion that everything was created as is and the fact that almost all of the plants and animals during the Earth's lifetime have gone extinct. Not to mention that continents are continuously moving around.

    On a technical note; humans have been around for more than 100,000 years and the first state-level civilisation came into being about 7 1/2 thousand years ago.
    Posted 09-19-2014 at 05:31 PM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
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    Repugnant, Indeed

    I love that quote, and I have used it a few times before, myself.

    And I believe you fully captured the irony I was implying. Here's this guy who says everything is a figment of our imagination, nothing is physically real, etc... And yet, the concept that none of this facade is organized is just too much for him to bear.

    I had to put the book down and think on that for a bit. It literally pained me to grasp the irony.
    Posted 09-18-2014 at 04:25 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Repugnant, Indeed

    Repugnant really is a strong word. A Tupperware container with mold in it in the fridge is repugnant. I would not consider eating whatever is under the mold. That George, who developed the theory that the keyboard here that I am typing on is a figment of my imagination, finds the same theory applied to God "repugnant", meaning he would not even consider it, is interesting. I also find it funny because I'm CoE too.

    If nature, and by extrapolation, the world and then the universe were not designed, then our presence in the universe may also not be by design. If the alternative is that we are just expressions of chemical and electrical reactions until they stop then I can see why one might not want to explore that concept too deeply. If one makes the issue purely bilateral then the alternative could be MacBeth's lament.

    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

    As someone who spent his life primarily thinking perhaps that was too unpleasant to consider.
    Posted 09-18-2014 at 03:48 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    WTF

    Nothing special there. This ignorant old biker has been running doom in dosbox in linux for ages.
    So he hacked a printer. The specs on the printer could handle it vs a dosbox computer. No?

    http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...2/#post5070645

    Besides. When it comes to gitter done. My Mom still runs circles around me.

    So we aint old. Just weathered. And Creaky. And Slower. Sheesh. Just shoot me.
    Posted 09-17-2014 at 03:32 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    WTF

    And it starts going faster as you age, it seems.

    "I can't wait to be 18!"

    "Only three more years 'til 21!!"

    "Wow, 25...a quarter of a century?"

    "Dude, where did the last 10 years go?!?"

    "50?!? But I just..."

    "..."
    Posted 09-17-2014 at 10:33 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
  16. Old Comment

    WTF

    Yep. Getting 12 months older every goddam year. Taint fair.
    Posted 09-17-2014 at 05:29 AM by brianL brianL is offline
  17. Old Comment

    WTF

    Yep.
    Posted 09-16-2014 at 06:05 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
  18. Old Comment

    WTF

    We old.
    Posted 09-16-2014 at 01:24 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
  19. Old Comment

    Apprendre le franšais

    It's like asking whether you like a top-down approach or a bottom-up approach. Each has its advantages. Latin would be the "big picture" approach, I suppose.
    Posted 09-15-2014 at 11:42 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
  20. Old Comment

    Apprendre le franšais

    Thanks for the information on DuoLingo. I will look it up.

    I disagree with Mr. Franklin's assessment of Latin. I would argue that an understanding of Latin leads to a better understanding of the Romance languages as well as English. Of course I wouldn't try to to forget any languages I've already learned just so I could learn Latin first and test the theory.
    Posted 09-15-2014 at 10:05 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline

  



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