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Comment: Re: Trolls are bad people (Score 1) 225

by fermion (#47967573) Attached to: Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave
You do know that there is fair amount of evidence that Tylenol causes liver damage and has other side effects that makes it counter-indicated for many people. This has nothing to do with internet trolls because the company has been dressing up doctors with high airs of gravitas to give terrible medical advice and prevent the drug to become widely known as the health risk it is.

In fact I am sure that when people post such things about the danger of Tylenol on boards, those people are considered trolls and maybe even modded down or kicked off.This is the problem with complaining and trying to ban trolls. Trolls are often simply people you disagree with, or simply people who bring up facts you don't want to deal with.

Comment: Re:Trolls are bad people (Score 1) 225

by fermion (#47967515) Attached to: Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave
Not to defend trolls, but only to say this is not an internet problem, people should be able to make critical judgements of what they here. For instance, television is full of statements that make no sense. Infomercials, opinion shows masquerading as news, daytime talk shows. Dr. Oz makes false claims, has even been called in front of congress, almost every week. I don't see how rational people are going to believe that gold is long term investment strategy for the small investor. At least with commercials most people know they are being lied to.

Trolls may in fact make the discourse of the internet less enjoyable, but it also has a built in bullshit detector called everyone else. And each of us adults has a responsibility to think critically about statements that are made.

For instance, when I first heard this I immediately asked how could a software update effect the charging hardware. How could a software update effect the ability of the hardware to handle hard radiation. And by what mechanism could the battery be charged.

Of course some of these questions come from a hard science background, not something everyone has. But still isn't the problem that so many in the population just believe and repeat whatever they are told by authority figures. Is the problem really trolls, or that a certain subgroup of people just want to believe in the magical solutions promoted by their revered charlatans.

Comment: Re:All this because Clang went Clunk? (Score 4, Insightful) 189

by mysidia (#47964059) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

Regular finance account reporting of how the money is being used should be required. If you can't handle it, don't ask for money.

Such production of reporting and auditing of reports has costs and could consume significant amount of project funds.

It should be up to the backers and an agreement with the backers made in advance, regarding what will be required, not up to some random third party to decide what reporting will be imposed on them both.

Comment: Re:"Smart" is a misnomer (Score 1) 91

by fermion (#47962045) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Alternate Software For Use On Smartboards?
Honestly, Smartboards in modern use case is a scam. It is essentially a big mousepad. The reason that most people buy it is because they do not understand basic computer/physics/electronic stuff. I am serious here, some don't understand that they can project on a normal whiteboard. Now one can use a smartphone as a remote mouse to control whatever you want to better than the board.

About the only reason that the smartboard is useful is because administrators like teachers to stand in front of the class and pretend to teach. Although writing on a slate or ipad and having it show up on the board can be better, the teacher standing in front of the room is still seen as the old fashion as the better solution.

If I am honest, though the smartboard software is bloated, there are some things it does very well, although it is still better to not use the smartboard. There was a time when the board itself was interesting to kids, but now they all have smartphones.

So to answer the question, if there is not something in the software that you absolutely have to use, like the math symbols, then don't use it. Download mobile mouse or something like it to control the computer. There are many drawing apps that will allow you, or any student, to write. I have a slate.

Comment: Re:Alright smart guy (Score 1) 484

by demonlapin (#47961525) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
I like CM as much as the next Android fan, but I'm also capable of using Odin or RSD Lite to fix a phone that won't boot if it goes wrong, and CM certainly has variable support for specific models. The thing is, CM users will put up with the odd quirk here or there to get what they want, and if they really need the camera, or Bluetooth, or whatever to work, they'll just go back to a rooted stock image. Manufacturers don't have that luxury.

Comment: Re:Finally someone decides to do something (Score 1) 447

by mysidia (#47961379) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

Why don't we separate the configuration interface from the init system?

Patch upstart to include the ability to read in the configuration items of a Systemd system and either run these services in a compatibility mode or automatically generate its own configurations from the Systemd configurations.

Comment: Re:kill -1 (Score 1) 447

by mysidia (#47961367) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

Hint: one of them terminates init. The other restarts it. A highly consequential distinction.

It's not possible for a user process to kill -9 on init. The kernel will pass only SIGHUP or SIGINT. "kill -9 -1" effectively kills all processes except init. Traditionally.... init would then respawn all processes in the init tab marked as respawn for the current runlevel, so it would bring the local VTY gettys back online, but not daemons such as inetd and SSHD which are started through scripts that do not have respawn lines in the inittab

Personally; I always thought this was quaint... this is one of the reasons why I like Solaris SMF --- the possibility of automatic self-healing applies to ALL services, not just the gettys.

Comment: Re:No issues here (Score 2) 484

by fermion (#47959803) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
I find it to be a bit slow on my 5. It is very slow on my old iPad. This, I think is normal, and it has gotten faster since I upgraded.

As far as the updates, most applications seem to update when a new iOS comes out. I have not seen an inordinate number of updates. As the Apps have to not only deal with a new OS but also new screen sizes, Apps that are not written to run on many screen sizes will obviously have to be updated.

My problem is that Apple is reintroducing the cloud disk service, a la iDisk, but it is not going to available on mac until the next MacOS, which is not going to be available for at least a month. Those who upgrade when they upgrade their phone will lose access to data on the Mac. There does seem to be some feature bloat at the expense of efficiency.

Comment: Re:It should be (Score 1) 364

by mysidia (#47955235) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Then comes people with missing one arm/hand bashing that idea. Making that configurable to be used with one hand kind of defeats the purpose, no?

If someone with just one hand/arm gets convicted of texting while driving holding the phone with ZERO hands available to put on the wheel, then that is so much more dangerous and unsafe, that they should just be forced to undergo the standard punishment; or give up driving or having a cellphone altogether.

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