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Comment: Re:no thanks (Score 1) 172

by Etcetera (#47512589) Attached to: Firefox 31 Released

Firefox has gone down the ugly-UI-shuffle-for-the-hell-of-it route, Chrome sends an astounding amount of telemetry back to the hive-mind, and IE's performance is still a total joke even if I can see past the OS implications and numbingly-bad design. Are niche browsers all we have left?

It's rather ironic that seamless integration with the OS is much less of a privacy issue than seamless integration with remote servers nowadays....

Comment: Re:High power use doesn't have to be dirty: (Score 1) 710

by Etcetera (#47456929) Attached to: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Oh, and unless there is an electric car with decent range that does not have software in it (actually, you can have a single ATMEGA MCU, but the source needs to be open), I'm keeping my gasoline powered car (that does not have software in it).

What are you actually scared of? Cars don't seem to be randomly crashing or exploding due to software bugs. Even the Toyota "bugs" turned out to be user error. Considering all the other safety features in a modern car it seems that even if a few percent of accidents were caused by software you would still be much safer in one.

You're asking what he's scared of on Slashdot? Maybe his real name is RMS...

Comment: Re:HFS reliability (Score 1) 396

by Etcetera (#47237355) Attached to: One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Anyone who owned a Mac since the 80s remembers having to use Norton Disk Doctor and later DiskWarrior at least once per month to repair the filesystem. Entire folders could go randomly missing each time you booted up your Mac, and if you accidentally lost power to your hard drive, the use of one of those was mandatory.

I think you're confusing generic Disk Repair with rebuilding the Desktop File...

Unless your drives were seriously damaged (floppies thrown in a backpack were always a bad idea no matter where you were), missing icons and whatnot were at the disk catalog level (used by Finder), not the HFS level. Command-Option on disk insert would fix it for me.

In the event of a power outage or something similar, it was always advisable to run Disk First Aid (and later versions System 7.5+ or Mac OS 8.1 maybe?) would run it automatically for you in the event of an unsafe shutdown, but that's just morally equivalent to running an fsck.

Comment: Re:some weird thoughts (Score 1) 136

by Etcetera (#47231845) Attached to: The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

Turing was gay, as such did he have some culturally "feminine" interests or ways of thinking, or was he more a "man-gay"

Not so weird. There may be plenty of sociological reasons one could consider for making this gender (or sex) specific that are probably pretty valid. (Men and women have dramatically different ways of understanding communication, and this was not unknown in the 1950s.)

But if the rest of us are forced to consider Turing's homosexuality as a person indivisible from his work as a visionary (OMG he was a thinker, and he was gay!), it's only fair to consider that trait in the analysis of the work he did...

Comment: No, no it's not. (Score 2, Interesting) 379

by Etcetera (#47033837) Attached to: Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

First of all, it's "climate change" now and not "global warming"... some spots are having much cooler temperatures instead.

Secondly, droughts happen. The history of California is the history of water politics mainly because most of SoCal is a semi-arid desert. San Diego in particular has a giant desert separating us from the rest of the country -- even LA.

Thirdly, unless you've just moved to San Diego, you're quite aware of the 2003 and 2007 fires. These were (also) not the result of global warming.

Fourthly, there's good reason to believe that at least some of the ones this week were started by (d-bag) arsonists.

It's over-broad statements like this from "scientists" that give credence to the assertion that climate scientists are thinking with the social policy side of their brains instead of the factual side. /signed
Native San Diegan; MRC/former CERT member; non-scientist.

Comment: Re:Sex discrimination. (Score 1) 673

by Etcetera (#46717981) Attached to: Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

Separate but equal was discredited a long time ago.

"Separate but equal" in the concept of RACE was discredited a long time ago (well, presumed illegal unless it survives strict scrutiny).

Sex is judged under intermediate scrutiny, which is between strict and "rational basis" review.

Comment: Re:systemd Architecture (Score 1) 641

by Etcetera (#46663843) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

There does seem to be an aggressive, emotionally manipulative campaign by Red Hat to get it into every major distribution and that seems to unfortunately have succeeded.

It seems like there are quite a few *within* Red Hat that aren't all that pleased with the way things have been progressing, hence the "hey, let's give a voice to sysadmins in the direction of Fedora as well!" initiative.

Systemd has the ability to do pretty neat things, but so do lots of other init systems and process controllers. The only thing that feels really head-and-shoulders above whatever else was available was cgroup integration for services. Is that worth all of the other breakage, the DJB-level asinine-ness of the developers, and the lack of flexibility caused by removing shell scripts from the boot process? Doesn't feel like it.

Comment: Re:what's the load you are moving? (Score 1) 119

If the load you are moving to the cloud doesn't keep a system busy then renting may be a better option -- empty machines are expensive.

Well, maybe. Physical space is obviously a fixed cost unless you feel like building a Japanese Car Park-style for moving Dell systems around, but you'd be surprised how well modern systems can be power efficient when they're told to.

The basics of suspending HW, using c-states, reducing CPU speed, etc, can take out a significant chunk of your power (and cooling, if applicable) cost. If you're virtualizing (even just Xen/VMWare), there are even more savings to be had.

You'd be surprised how many people hard code power settings to "Max Performance" at initial boot time and never go back to evaluate whether that's always really needed.

Comment: Re:Im all for human rights... (Score 1, Insightful) 1482

by Etcetera (#46632567) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Religious belief is one thing, forcing that belief upon other by supporting (or not) a policy change that would ostracize a non trivial part of the population is another.

... You mean that self-evidently hellacious period known as 2007? (a/k/a the "status quo" at the time the proposition was written and submitted)

Comment: Re:The USA isn't synonymous with efficiency (Score 5, Insightful) 279

by Etcetera (#46489783) Attached to: U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

The difference is that "AllahIsFalse" is political/opinion speech, while "MegaUpload" is engaging in commerce and/or barely free speech.

Yes, Free Speech is Free Speech.... but political speech -- ie, "meta speech" -- is more deserving and in more need of free speech protections than your torrents are.

Comment: Re:ICANN is a convention (Score 1) 279

by Etcetera (#46489767) Attached to: U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

What is the chance of Microsoft, Google, and Apple getting together and agreeing on anything?

Well, they agreed that Obama needed an attempted ear-full from them about the NSA spying...

Senior executives from AT&T, Yahoo, Apple, Netflix, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Facebook were among those in attendance.

“We appreciated the opportunity to share directly with the President our principles on government surveillance that we released last week and we urged him to move aggressively on reform,” the technology firms said in a joint statement after the meeting.

Comment: Disney did it. (Score 1) 53

by Etcetera (#46304503) Attached to: Zero Point: The First 360-Degree Movie Made For the Oculus Rift

A looooong time ago:

Circle-Vision 360 is a film technique, refined by The Walt Disney Company, that uses nine cameras for nine huge screens arranged in a circle. The cameras are usually mounted on top of an automobile for scenes through cities and highways, while films such as The Timekeeper use a static camera and many CGI effects. The first film was America the Beautiful (1955 version) in the Circarama theater, which would eventually become Circle-Vision theater in 1967.

Comment: Needs a recording LED, like everything else (Score 4, Insightful) 341

by Etcetera (#46282987) Attached to: Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'

Google needs to put in a hard-wired LED that's on when recording. Yes, you'll look like a Borg when you're recording, but that's a small price to pay for others' comfort.

Can people still obscure it? Yes... but if I see someone walking around with a Google Glass *and* a bit of black electrical tape over the front, I know I'm dealing with a complete d-bag and can treat them accordingly.

Optimism is the content of small men in high places. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Crack Up"