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Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 1) 115

by swillden (#48481403) Attached to: Debian Forked Over Systemd

I think it's fair to say that this fork is far more significant.

I think this fork will be fairly insignificant, and, further, that it will increasingly run into problems as desktops and other packages depend more and more on systemd components (that trend was one of the major factors in the Debian decision to adopt it).

I actually wish the Devuan guys all the best; I'd love to see another solid server-focused distro (server focus may help them avoid the issues with DEs). But I'm really glad to hear about this fork because the systemd debate has been a huge distraction to Debian. Hopefully this will finally put it to bed as all of the systemd opponents leave Debian for Devuan. I think that will be a net win for Debian because most of the vocal opponents don't contribute much code anyway.

Personally, the more I learn about systemd, the more I like the ideas behind it, and both code and documentation seem to be of high quality (documentation in particular is much better than is typical of open source projects). I'll be sticking with Debian.

Comment: Re:This is clearly futile... (Score 1) 178

by swillden (#48481297) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

I may not have been clear enough.

The news websites in question may all have put up all the information, including - in my example - your acquittal.

But due to the way Google page rank works, only the "arrest for child porn" headlines show up on the first 20 pages for your name.

That is a problem of Google's making, not of the news sites.

Nonsense. The reason Google ranks the arrest headlines higher is because there are a lot more of them, and they're more heavily linked. The news sites find the acquittal boring and either don't report it or bury it, so it shows up lower in the search rankings. Google certainly doesn't have heuristics that try to pick out negative stories and highlight them.

Comment: Re:Lightsaber crossguard wtf (Score 1) 212

by TheRaven64 (#48481175) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Which is exactly WHY having a group of religious nuts running around 'guarding' the universe by wielding energy swords with no hilts was completely ridiculous in the first place, especially when that very same universe was also populated by people wielding weapons with both physical and energy based ammo that simply would beat the reaction time of any human, force or no force

I wondered why no one ever came up with the idea of a blaster that fired three bolts in a slightly spreading triangle. The lightsaber is a line - it can only block two of them, no matter who fast its wielder is.

Comment: Re:Had a realization (Score 1) 212

by TheRaven64 (#48481113) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Based on what I've seen from his Star Trek movies, his approach to storytelling is too intellectual- he's interested in complex storylines and clever plot twists

J. J. Abrams' Star Trek was Star Wars set in the Star Trek universe. I don't think he'll have a problem adapting to setting it in the Star Wars universe...

Comment: Re:Is it just me ... (Score 1) 212

by bill_mcgonigle (#48481075) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

I'd assumed he was a good guy who'd stolen a stormtrooper uniform to infiltrate and/or escape

Star Wars took a fair beating for being almost all white. Bringing Billy Dee Williams on was at least partially a response to such criticism. We would expect casting from a 2015 Star Wars to be broad and inclusive and not repeat the first film's mistakes.

The funny thing is all this "aren't you a little black for a stormtrooper?" talk is arguing for a "white" stormtrooper when the guy who portrayed Fett is part Maori so it's wrong, if you even care about the premise.

But it's all nonsense anyway - people need to enjoy the film and try to be a little bit more colorblind. None of the characters are humans anyway.

Comment: Re:People eat grass? (Score 1) 43

by hey! (#48479163) Attached to: Interviews: The Hampton Creek Team Answers Your Questions

It doesn't matter how much land it takes to create animal protein, not per se, not in relation to sustainability.

The Great Plains once has giant herds of bison roaming across them. Humans could eat those bison sustainably as long as they didn't take enough bison to disturb the equilibrium between bison and grass. Taking one bison out of the equation would simply cause the equilibrium to produce one more bison. Reducing the buffalo herd from 25 million to 600 on the other hand is a different matter.

What matters for sustainability is the disruption of natural systems, not the acreage.

Comment: Re:How about transfer rate and reliability? (Score 1) 195

by drinkypoo (#48479093) Attached to: Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

my SSD (OCZ) is still kicking even if it spent half its life in a XP machine without any TRIM support

OCZ? That's probably why it survived.

Last summer I dismantled a whole bunch of HDDs for recycling, and you can see modern drives are cheaply built (no dessicant cartridge, less filtering and other stuff). That's the price to pay for the capacity race.

So were those all consumer-level drives, or were any of them sold as "enterprise"?

Comment: Re:Federal law has an effect, too (Score 1) 307

by hey! (#48479091) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

They're only required to gerrymander minority districts if they have a history suppressing minority votes.

This is kind of like equitable relief, where the court compels a guilty party in a civil case to perform some action to remedy an unfair action it performed earlier.

Comment: Re:Cheap laptops (Score 1) 195

by drinkypoo (#48479081) Attached to: Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

I haven't laptop-shopped in a long while, I'm kind of awash in them right now, but last time I looked even most fairly low-end laptops were offered either with a small SSD or a larger HDD; say, 40/250, 80/400, 120/500, something like that. The very-lowest-end machines (netbooks) were coming with as little as 4GB flash, but up to 16 or rarely 32GB as you say. It was however often on a module that you could upgrade if it wasn't already a 32GB.

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