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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)

Posted 10-19-2014 at 08:50 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Ever have one of those days where you want to grab people, shake them within an inch of their lives, and scream in their face "WWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKKKE UUUUUUUUUUUUUUPPPP!!"??

I'm having one of those days. I read a debate earlier where one side was arguing that RMS has saved us from proprietary control and all that jazz.

Really? It's 2014. 2004 wants its punchline back.

I challenge ANY of you to a simple task. I challenge you to fork a GPL project,...
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It's fixed? Prove it.

Posted 09-26-2014 at 03:53 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

One of my favorite "war stories" from the data center involved a small company I worked for many years ago. We had a cabinet-size UPS come up for maintenance, and as it was an aging unit my boss asked the tech to perform a thorough inspection and perform any maintenance that appeared to be required. Once complete, my boss asked him to perform a functional test. The tech agreed, but mentioned it would cost the company extra. My boss agreed to the terms and the tech wandered off to the...
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Repugnant, Indeed

Posted 09-17-2014 at 06:37 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 09-18-2014 at 06:37 PM by rocket357 (odds were off =))

"It is evident to everyone, that those things which are called the works of Nature, that is, the far greater part of the ideas or sensations perceived by us, are not produced by, or dependent on the wills of men. There is, therefore, some other spirit that causes them, since it is repugnant that they should subsist by themselves."

- George Berkeley "A Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge"


I would like to take a moment...
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WTF

Posted 09-15-2014 at 06:59 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

This world is hardly recognizable anymore. It just...doesn't look like it used to. I'm comparing it to my childhood experiences coding in the 80's.

I saw this a little bit ago:

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29203776

I remember when DOOM came out. I was amazed at the physics, the graphics, and the gore of the game. Now it runs on...a printer?

I don't even.

I can't.

WTF.
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Apprendre le franšais

Posted 09-13-2014 at 03:31 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Just call me the projects guy. I can always seem to start projects, but rarely actually finish them =)

I picked up learning French again, primarily because I want to be able to read Descartes in his native tongue, but also because I started learning French in high school and never seemed to get far with it. "Je ne parle pas le franšais couramment", I believe is the primary phrase I remember from high school, sadly (among others that aren't suitable for print, even on the...
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