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Comment Re:Here's what I heard: (Score 1) 81 81

It doesn't matter which is cheaper if Linux can only play a very small subset of the games. I certainly wouldn't spend $200+ on a video card and then limit myself in my game selection by refusing to spend an extra $100 on the OS.

It is not about the money. I do have Windows 7 installed on a partition.

I play games on Linux and it is a custom built computer with parts that were grabbed off the shelf without regards to Linux compatibility.

I have a GTX980, a 28 inch 4k monitor, an i7 4770, etc. Not the most expensive but certainly not cheap.

I still choose to play on Linux.

Apparently, according to Steam I am less than .01% of all gamers out there, but I do exist.

Why? I am tired of my devices doing things behind my back. Some devices give you the chance to control some of their nasty behavior if you hunt down the option, but all commercial software has behavior that I find reprehensible.

It is funny that Ubuntu tries to follow along with that mess and that Redhat tries to do vendor lock-in. What a wasteland. Modern computing is just terrible.

Comment Re:File size and Transfer Are Important (Score 1) 184 184

The 4K h.265 file sill be half the size of the 1080p h.264 file

I'd like some of the drugs you are taking. An H.265 file will be 35-50% of the size of the same file encoded with H.264. The idea that a 4K file will be half the size of a 1080p with the two different files encoded with H.265/H.264 is absurd, and seriously outside of even the most optimistic goals of the organization at the outset. The original goal was that the same file encoded with the same visual quality would be half the size. I've never seen that happen, I've seen somewhere between 35 and 40% at best, but the implementations are still improving.

Comment Re:Cruise control (Score 1) 157 157

I am still trying to figure out why all of those things that you mention require a remote connection or need to be tied in to the "entertainment" system. There should be zero possibility that "remote" commands could be sent to any of those systems. I would go so far as to say those circuits should all be encased in a faraday cage to prevent the circuits themselves from acting like an antenna.

For myself, I am pretty happy with many of the advances; however, I have had issues with drive-by-wire throttles and would hate to see a similar problem with drive-by-wire brakes. Some, dare I say most, of the systems on a vehicle should have a mechanical linkage to fall back on.

Comment Re:Why we should go there (Score 1) 248 248


Well, because if we get used to doing such things, they become easier to do when it is important.

Why exercise? It is a pure waste of energy.

"We" need to get off of this planet. If not now, when? I am willing to bet then, it will be too late.

Comment Re:already late (Score 2) 248 248

"It gets pennies compared to orgs who want to ensure that some mole that no one has ever heard of remains protected."

The EPA has less than half the budget of NASA. "Beggar thy neighbor" is a sucker's game.

LOL. Odd, I thought he was talking the CIA/NSA budgets. It is weird how the same words can be perceived differently by different people.

Comment Re:Works for me - whatever that is worth (Score 1) 136 136

For regular mail, I'm like you guys, Google's spam filtering does a fantastic job. I never check my spam folder any more, unless I'm expecting an email and it doesn't arrive, but it's been ages since I had a false positive.

I will check my spam folder from time to time just to see what kind of spam is out there. I always like the 419 style scams. I rarely, very rarely, find any real mail in the spam folder. In fact, the few times I have found real mail in the spam folder, it was spammy in nature not a true communication that I valued.

Really, kudos to the Google spam team.

Comment Re:This doesn't surprise me One bit... (Score 1) 173 173

I hope you did not buy the vehicle that you are having problems with. If so, I would seriously looking at returning it for a full refund as defective merchandise.

I am guessing all new cars are off the list now. GM has OnStar, Ford has shit that remembers where you drive, and Chrysler has buggy, remotely exploitable software. All of them have stuff that let's someone else control your vehicle.

What the fuck? Who would buy something like that? Perhaps the consumer just does not know...

Comment Re:Holy Jebus (Score 1) 220 220

But even at 80% in-house at SpaceX, looks like that remaining 20% still bit them : Seriously, failing at 1/5th the rated failure value? The vendor might as well have given them a cardboard cutout with the word "strut" written on it in sharpie.

Indeed. I wonder if SpaceX can sue the supplier? I wonder what the contract terms were.

Comment Re:Update slow ... (Score 1) 319 319

Updating from daily builds? Hobby OS.

Upgrading to new OS immediately after release? Thanks for finding all those zero-day exploits and rare bugs for the rest of us when we eventually upgrade.

Applying ONLY critical patches, and even then only when thoroughly vetted? You're using your computer to do actual work, and can't afford downtime.

Odd. My update patterns do not fit on your axis.

I furiously update and live on the bleeding edge until I find something that works well and the way I would like it to work. I then only update for security purposes or because the software will not run anymore due to changing hardware (X64) or changing software environment (GLIBC).

In other words, what you are saying is most important you, stability, is not what is most important to me, usability. What is most important to a person will determine that person's update patterns.

For others, it is familiarity instead of stability or usability. That is why I find your axis to be limited.

"What I've done, of course, is total garbage." -- R. Willard, Pure Math 430a