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Comment Boneheaded and with straightforward solutions (Score 1) 699

This is so boneheaded it beggars belief. The straightforward solution is to require the UEFI variable filesystem (or whatever it is called these days) to be mounted read-only, and require (UNIX anyway, but something analogous ought to work for Windows too) an application to do a "mount -o remount,rw" to do whatever it needs to do, then do a "mount -o remount,ro" when it's finished. Not as nice as having UEFI not be seriously broken, but workable, and there's not much of an excuse for things like systemd, openrc, etc. implementing this where appropriate (and for any UEFI crap that can brick a system, this is appropriate).

Applications don't like it? Tough, patch the damn things. Requireing firmware to be exposed to harm like this on any operating system is unacceptable.

Comment Re:Apple is doomed (Score 1) 428

The game is about to change again. The device isn't going to be as important was what is behind the device and the Human Machine Interface. Everyone knows this which is why the valley is pushing into machine learning, autonomous system, big data, and thinking/learning machines. This is where the next trillion will come from unless someone can engineer a phone that thought controlled.

Other big money areas are battery technology. Imagine if Apple could put out a smartphone with a patented battery technology that lasted 1 month between chargers, that would be a game changer and everyone would flock to it. Material science, vehicle engineering, and embedded medical devices will also be other larger growth areas.

We now have the power, silicon, and networks for some amazing technology to blossom, but it is handwork and will take dedicated teams working together over many years. Google, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, and even Amazon all have a shot at making this a reality. Anyone can make a flat thin square with a touch screen and voice recognition that talks to a cloud backend. Now it is time to see how far we can go with this new platform and how it can benefit humanity or at least make money.

Comment Re:Always used to use Newegg (Score 1) 174

I agree....

You have to spread your business around so that you have multiple vendors from which to chose. Because one day, that big vendor that gave you the good price will screw you and everyone else.

Just like Wal*Mart taught these town folks a lesson. This town let their local mom and pop grocery store go out of business in favor of shopping at Wal*Mart express. Now Wal*Mart is closing and leaving town leaving them with no food, or a food desert as it is called in the article.

Spread your shopping around, keep everyone in business or else one day your options may be limited to zero or one.

Comment Re:What?? I thought Republicans hated handouts (Score 2) 522

So why are they helping companies get corporate welfare?

*checks calendar* oh wait, they must need donations for their upcoming election. Nevermind.

The core Republican political philosophy (before the insane took over the nut house) is that the proper role of government is to make sure the rich get richer quicker.

Of course they would never win elections if they ran on that platform, so they pretend they're actually about anything and everything else, in order sucker people into voting against their own self interests. But you see it in almost everything they do.

Comment Re:If it can be proven.... (Score 1) 225

.... that there exist things that unknowable, then would that proof constitute proof of the nonexistence of an omniscient god? If an omniscient being knows it, then it seems to follow that whatever "it" is cannot be unknowable, and if "it" is truly not known, then the alleged being is not omniscient.

Knowability probably needs to be defined in terms of the characteristics of the know-er. Presumably humans can know things that our smaller-brained ancestors couldn't know, and presumably also some creature with a larger brain might be able to know something that wouldn't "fit" into the human brain.

Similarly, their might be things that are just too complex for us to wrap our brains around, whereas some superintelligent aliens might be able to.

As for omniscience, it would presumably take unbounded storage capacity, plus omnipresence and omnichronicity to be able to acquire knowledge that otherwise would not be reachable or storable. OTOH, if there are only a finite number and size of things to know, and if is possible for some being to know stuff without having to acquire the knowledge, then such a being with finite storage capacity might suffice.

Comment Coming to a Headline Near You (Score 2) 232

Waiting for all the morons to blame cannabis.

API: Dozens of school children were murdered by a deranged gunman in YourCity, USA earlier today. Governor Dumbshit (R|D) deplored the loss of life, but reminding voters that "at least we can rest easy in the knowledge that the gunman's second amendment right to bear arms was in no way abridged." Early reports that the bullets contained cannabis, and that medical marijuana lies at the heart of the tragedy, have been debunked, although Governor Dumbshit (D|R) has promised voters a thorough investigation "to get to the real facts." After wiping drool from his chin, the Governor went on to say, "If cannabis bullets weren't responsible for the loss of life, then why did investigators feel the need to deny cannabis was involved? Clearly, where there's smoke, there's cannabis."

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