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Comment Re:Let's get real (Score 2) 211

The Taepodong-2 was not an ICBM. It's the space launch vehicle and Taepodong-1 was an earlier, clearly failed attempt. I believe someone made the Taepodong names up, and a decade or more ago we all assumed these were long range missiles rather than something to launch a satellite from.

True the line between space launch and ICBM seems really thin but this is really a rocket that needs weeks of launch preparation, can be fired from a single place and would only be usable as a really weak single shot, suicide first-strike.
Thus the immediate military value is zero. What works and is what US and Russia did is the other way around : you can use an ICBM for space launches.

Comment Re:The gun is pointing at the foot (Score 1) 419

What's the percentage in desktop users?
By very roughling adding up the mobile browsers figures (i.e. I didn't bother to sum up every 0.06% there) and removing them the 7% figure is turned to over 16%.
If say 1 billion desktops access the web that's not a small figure. Ok tone that down a bit, then Firefox perhaps has up to 100 million users.

Comment Re:This is why we can't have nice things. (Score 1) 229

Yep I have buddies with cable at home and it's good, but 30 megabits down and a few up. The low latency is the most noticeable thing, web pages load as if it were on a LAN and that's hugely better. But I doubt they will be in a hurry to upgrade to DOCSIS 3.1 or a european equivalent.

Historically though, antenna TV was the norm for the vast majority of the population, even at the turn of the century. There was a fad of building cable TV in the 80s and 90s but that's in specific neighborhoods and some public subsidized housing. Then there was a fad of satellite TV (digital) in the 90s and 2000s which allowed a similar selection of many channels without the need for infrastructure. Later still, TV over DSL is very popular, starting from the mid 2000s.

So the cable infrastructure isn't there :) and what's left is to bring fiber. Perhaps in some cases fiber to the building, then very high speed and low range VDSL would be a good idea. But that has never been in the news.
I'm a believer at least in rural fiber. Yes it's useful and cheap there and there is a demography problem there as farmers are aging and everybody left. They should be scrambling to bring fiber there, it should be profitable and yet another capitalist crisis is looming because investors have too much money and nothing worth investing into.

Comment Re:What about measuring reliability? (Score 1) 110

Well, as a desktop user I'm used to the higher reliability of Ubuntu / Mint and debian made some bad moves before already :
- Debian 6 : to protect your freedom, no wifi drivers are included. (Gave away a desktop that it turns out couldn't access the Internet)
- Debian 7 : no official desktop anymore. Well, there's Gnome 3 but why would you put that on an i486 distro?
- Debian 8 : why should I care? Buying a graphics card for getting drivers that play better with a 3D desktop is asking a bit much. But if I come across a 256MB computer I'll sure install text-mode debian and raw lxde on that. It is a bit late, though, those perfectly working Pentium III / BX chipset PC went into the trash.

Comment Re:The gun is pointing at the foot (Score 1) 419

I run Firefox "Developer" edition (formerly Aurora, i.e. alpha) with "Electrolysis", and it's satistfying. I feared it would be a RAM hogging and that my process list would be polluted by a ton of "firefox" processes but what actually happens is you have "Web Content", "firefox" and "plugin-container" (in descending order of RAM use).

Page rendering is not super fast but the old issues of everything slowing down even text input are gone. When I first started using it I even thought the RAM use was rather low (for a browser) and that it seems better at freeing memory.
So far so good, regarding the tech. UI-wise I at least still have the menu bar and the title bar. On Windows I don't know how you get the frigging title bar back! Should be in the basic options. So, don't use Windows. That said the way of acting like Gnome developers sucks. I should be able to e.g. disable pictures even if I don't use the setting and if it would "break" the web.

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