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Comment: Re:Gamechanger (Score 1) 503

by DrXym (#49593275) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System
The main question is do you get enough charge from a solar array to actually fill the battery. Because if you don't then you either top up off the mains (which must still get its power from somewhere) or you eat warmed beans by torchlight.

Not saying the concept is a bad idea at all but it might not be ideal. I expect people in sunny climes all year round could easily supply 90-100% of their supply from solar assuming they had the means to capture the energy.

Comment: Cut the publishers out entirely (Score 2) 126

by DrXym (#49591809) Attached to: Obama Announces e-Book Scheme For Low-Income Communities
Why doesn't the federal or local government simply commission the books it requires for its educational curriculum? Then give them away for free from a website. It shouldn't be necessary to go cap in hand to publishers begging for a few freebies when the publishers shouldn't be in such a strong position to start with.

Comment: Re:Most of these people are not skeptics (Score 1) 697

by DrXym (#49579093) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics
The Telegraph is just a mouthpiece for the views of the Barclay brothers. Its profoundly anti science, anti immigration, anti EU, mysteriously silent on matters of taxation, offshore accounts, and pro big business. Until recently, it's been trumping up UKIP like theyre the second coming of Jesus and now they've served their purpose it's desperately trying to undermine them to put votes back to the Conservatives.

It's shame it's gotten this way since it used to be a good paper with good journalists. Now it's just clickbait.

And Christopher Booker is a blithering idiot. I suspect he actually believes the shit he's spouting even though it doesn't pass a cursory fact check. I mentioned those two but there are several more there spouting some highly questionable views.

Comment: Most of these people are not skeptics (Score 2) 697

by DrXym (#49577571) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics
I find it hilarious that the one "leading climate change skeptic" they name is Christopher Monckton who is basically a climate change denial kook. The Telegraph seems to have an obsession for climate change denial and hosts columns from two other prominent denialists - James Delingpole and Christopher Booker.

Comment: Re:Just one note (Score 0) 177

by DrXym (#49576883) Attached to: When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly

The rest of it is a direct violation of every one of Eric Raymond's guidelines in "The Luxury of Ignorance" essay about open source interfaces.

No it isn't. Quite the opposite really:

  1. What does my software look like to a non-technical user who has never seen it before? Simple, discoverable and easy to use.
  2. Is there any screen in my GUI that is a dead end, without giving guidance further into the system? No.
  3. The requirement that end-users read documentation is a sign of UI design failure. Is my UI design a failure? There is no requirement to read documentation.
  4. For technical tasks that do require documentation, do they fail to mention critical defaults? Not applicable to a desktop since technical tasks would be done by other tools.
  5. Does my project welcome and respond to usability feedback from non-expert users? Yes. In fact GNOME is driven by such feedback.
  6. And, most importantly of all...do I allow my users the precious luxury of ignorance? Yes.

For all the hate GNOME receives it is simple, forgiving, task centric, and generally acts as a facilitator to do other stuff. It doesn't mean it's flawless but it doesn't follow a kitchen sink mentality that could confuse a non expert. I daresay many experts (including myself) appreciate a simple desktop too and if they don't, they can use another one.

Comment: Wagon circling (Score 1) 177

by DrXym (#49575653) Attached to: When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly
Sadly it's a fact in open source. Outside criticism of a project, even valid criticism is often seen as an attack on the people who use it and it provokes some irrational responses. Or when some beloved piece of software is replaced in a dist by something else (usually demonstrably better) and supporters of the old software freak out. Happens all the time.

Comment: The same AIs or different ones? (Score 3, Interesting) 38

by DrXym (#49574987) Attached to: The Battle of 100 Freeciv AIs
Is each of those 100 AIs essentially the same? I shouldn't be surprised that in that case it comes out as a bit of a stalemate, or with the winner decided essentially by fate (the tiles they started with).

What would be interesting is to be able to plug AIs into freeciv - a bit like crobots, core wars or similar games. Then you could pit AIs against each other, perhaps even grade them by strength and allow humans to play them.

Comment: Re:Is that proven? (Score 1) 440

by DrXym (#49554879) Attached to: Debian 8 Jessie Released
The typical work flow for sysvinit is - open a script, launch bash / python / whatever, parse script, invoke daemon, daemon invokes itself again as detached process, script ends. All the scripts are run consecutively.

The typical work flow for systemd is open a unit file, launch the daemon directly as a detached process. Units can run in parallel according to their dependencies. No script required or 2-stage daemon launch.

So yes systemd can obviously improve boot times. However some debian discussion threads suggest they were just pointing systemd to launch the sysv scripts which seems a bit pointless really and won't do much to improve startup.

Comment: Re:I hope she is prosecuted (Score 2) 256

by DrXym (#49536747) Attached to: Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis
More shame on the NHS then.

As for being sued for calling them quacks, I assume you mean Simon Singh's run-in with chiropractors. He eventually prevailed (they dropped it after an onslaught of complaints against their members) and the case became a driving force for reforming defamation law.

So the UK should be glad they sued. Libel law in the UK now requires the claimant to demonstrate it caused serious harm and there are defences for honest opinion, academic peer review, and public interest.

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