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Comment: Re:Does It Matter? (Score 5, Interesting) 131

by TWX (#48940583) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill
I only use vbox for local VMs, like when I need to emulate a Windows machine on my Linux box for some Windows-only software that I have to deal with from time to time. I'm not the VM guy at work, but there are lots of virtualized servers running headless on some big blade systems, does vbox do that or is that pretty much out of its scope?

I agree, for basic workstation stuff it works fine as-is.

Comment: Sigh.. (Score 1) 140

by LWATCDR (#48940123) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

" What is more, as costs for wind and solar power have plummeted over the past decade, and the new report points out that for a given amount of land, solar panels are at least 50 times more efficient than bio fuels at capturing the energy of sunlight in a useful form."

1. Wind and Solar do not complete with bio fuels. You can not run a truck, ship, or airliner on electricity effectively because of battery technology.. Even cars are limited today by cost. Now if you are talking about bio fuels to run generators then maybe, but for transportation not at all.

It is kind of like that big huge lie that people like to tell about wind and solar reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

Comment: So, what's the practical concern of this? (Score 3, Interesting) 52

by TWX (#48939959) Attached to: Reverse Engineering the Nike+ FuelBand's Communications Protocol
Are people going to reverse-engineer these things so that when they're worn into secure facilities, they inject-attack systems in the secure facility?

Are they going to act as a vector to attack other Bluetooth Low Energy capable security systems?

I simply want to know what kind of maliciousness can be achieved through exploiting bugs in a very, very special-purpose device.

Comment: Re:If only it were POLITICALLY and SOCIALLY sound (Score -1, Flamebait) 110

by TWX (#48939479) Attached to: Safety Review Finds Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site Was Technically Sound

Nuclear waste disposal isn't an engineering problem

The folks in Japan working the #4 unit of the Fukushima Daiichi plant would like to have a word with you about this. It was shut-down and defuelled before the tsunami struck, and despite this its spent fuel pool's contents blew the building apart.

Comment: Re:Majority leaders home district (Score 1, Informative) 110

by TWX (#48939453) Attached to: Safety Review Finds Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site Was Technically Sound
The problem is that the storage of nuclear waste isn't passive, it requires active processes to keep the genie in the bottle.

Reactor 4 at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan wasn't even fuelled when the tidal-wave destroyed the coolant circulation pumps, but the storage pool in the reactor building became a problem because the continual supply of liquid water is necessary in order to keep the fuel safe. The 'cool down' period is very, very long and if the temps get too high then reactions with the other materials in the system (Zirconium at Fukushima Daiichi) can lead to chemical reactions and possible explosions, or can even lead to pressure buildup and steam explosions (Chernobyl, and to a lesser extent, Three Mile Island). Given how the Japanese have been struggling with even determining the conditions inside those four reactor buildings, let alone remedying them, I can see why no one wants this vast spent-fuel facility to be near them, if something serious does go wrong then it the results would be absolutely horrible on a regional scale.

And of course, if the facility isn't near a nice place to live, it's a lot harder to attract and retain skilled workers that could easily find work at any number of other power plant facilities across the country.
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Journal: Lollipop on 2012 Nexus 7 Wi-fi 1

Journal by stoolpigeon

I got a message that the OTA update to Lollipop was available for my Nexus 7 so I installed it.

It made the tablet unusable. Performance was atrocious, battery life could dropped to a couple hours. It couldn't play music. Doing anything took so long (if it worked at all) that it was really not worth it.

I googled around. One suggestion was to clear the cache. I tried to do that but when I tried to boot into recovery that always failed with an error about "No command found."

Comment: Re:Not too big to fail (Score 2) 73

by TWX (#48937061) Attached to: Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products
I donno, the Chinese seem to be willing to actually punish corporate executive and government official types from time to time. We'll just have to see if this is one of those times.

I can't deny it's annoying, searching for something using Google and getting fifteen Alibaba entries on the list first, when it looks like thirteen of them are using identical stock photos. That kind of crap is why I won't use Alibaba at all; I'd rather pay the markup from a local distributor than worry about being fleeced through international trade from a seller that I have no recourse with.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 161

by TWX (#48935703) Attached to: FSF-Endorsed Libreboot X200 Laptop Comes With Intel's AMT Removed

...if I absolutely HAD to have something FSF-compliant...

Such requirements are only self-imposed requirements. Even defense contractors like Boeing use stock computers from large OEMs like Dell.

I can't think of a single instance when something being FSF-compliant matters at all, except maybe if you want to work for Richard Stallman. If Wikipedia is to be believed then there are exactly twelve people in the world affected.

Comment: Re:The year of Linux? (Score 3, Insightful) 161

by TWX (#48935565) Attached to: FSF-Endorsed Libreboot X200 Laptop Comes With Intel's AMT Removed

(Are there enough people who *care* about these issues?)

Not for $700+ for an obsolete laptop, there aren't.

I've seen some niche things, but DAMN, this is takes the cake.

We have an X301 at home. It was a great computer when we bought it new, but the battery life is terrible by modern standards, the Centrino processor is slow, and the screen is dim and low-res. The weight, presence of an optical drive (though just DVD) and keyboard are the plusses. We just bought a replacement for it; I may still upgrade the RAM to 8GB from the 2GB that it has now so that it's a nice around-the-house lappy, but it's never going to be the primary computer ever again.

If they'd managed to do this treatment to a Thinkpad X1 Carbon or something else that's modern then I expect a lot more people would be interested, but somethis this old? For this kind of money?

Comment: Re:What are the practical results of this? (Score 0) 397

by TWX (#48934779) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband
There's a lot more space than you're thinking. First, there are a lot of unused utility easements that could be used for neighborhood last-mile distribution. Second, not all trunk lines need to run in the same alignments, so new providers can take different paths so long as they're respectful of what's there. Third, a POTS use continues to shrink, demoing-out old copper and moving the telephone company's fiber into those conduits or on those positions on the poles would free-up other positions and conduits for other services.

Comment: Re:What are the practical results of this? (Score 1) 397

by TWX (#48934735) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband
Again, what other provider will build-out to a rural area when it's unprofitable to do so?

Keep in mind, that simple electrification of rural America wasn't completed until the 1950s, and was only started due to Depression-era programs like the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Works Progress Administration basically footing the bill to attempt to employ the unemployed.

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