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Comment It's more the Government than the ISPs. (Score 1) 181

Our internet speeds are hopelessly degraded until the government data collection has been halted. The ISPs are unable to provide appropriate quality of service while they are expected to mirror all data that travels through their pipes. This has been a problem for over a decade now, I doubt it'll come to an end any time soon.

Comment Re: More like a bad design for voting system (Score 1) 57

If hand counted ballots were effective, we wouldn't have the winners announced the day of the polling. It takes more time to count the votes than that. They don't even wait a few days to make a show of it, just announce the winner when only a small amount of votes have actually been counted. Electronic voting has greater ability to be verifiable and accurate, as opposed to this charade we get now.

Comment Re:64 Bit x86 (Score 2) 126

I was bummed as hell that they weren't able to capitalize on it. I watched Apple jump from the 64bit PowerPC G5 CPUs to 32bit Intel CPUs, which I considered a HUGE step backwards. AMD was the only company producing a 64bit desktop CPU that wasn't the G5 at the time, and they got glossed over. I think we'd be seeing a very different field right now if AMD had won the Apple contract. Hoping they can capitalize on their gains being the supplier for the console chips and start giving Intel some real competition again.

Comment Ugh! Stop overloading connectors! (Score 1) 179

This is ridiculous. It was bad enough that Thunderbolt used the mini Display Port connector, now they're overloading USB-C which was already overloaded plenty. Overloading can be an incredibly useful technique when used in things like class operators in object oriented programming languages, but overloading physical connectors is a quick and easy way to break EVERYTHING. Look - the USB-C port on the MacBook Pro prevents you from using wall power and peripherals at the same time, and there's only one of them. Stop this madness. Computers are versatile tools and this is going to seriously limit their usefulness in the long term. Different connectors for different tasks, enough connectors to do those tasks simultaneously, has real world benefits that aren't negotiable in serious usage.

This trend has been evil since the iDevices launched with their all-in-one connector.
My prediction is that we see an awful lot of devices move to this model followed by sales dropping through the floor as the cracks start showing in real world usage. Maybe we'll see a resurgence of desktop sales at that point, assuming the motherboard manufacturers don't blow the goat as well.

Comment Re:This is how you destroy your product. (Score 1) 92

What you say is true, however I feel it sidesteps the point that Arduino SRL's actions are damaging to the brand. They're flushing their own investment by attempting to take control of something that, as you've pointed out, is far beyond their reigns. If I were a distributor of Arduino SRL's products, and had read up on the story, what would I think of continuing to distribute their products?

Comment This is how you destroy your product. (Score 0) 92

The Arduino ecosystem relied on the strong contributions from everyone involved to reach the heights that it has. This kind of action by one of the corporations involved is just a way of telling us all that Arduino is no longer worth the trouble. Hobbyists are losing one of the coolest products available because a board producer doesn't understand the value of the software that runs the board. Arduino is no longer worth the time and money in that scenario.

Comment The 20th Anniversary Macintosh (Score 1) 205

That model of Macintosh was a Road Apple. It had specifications that put it in line with Macintosh models that cost half as much. It was notoriously bad for what it cost, what was in it, and how it held up in real world usage. In 1998, Apple released a Macintosh model for 1,299.99 called the "iMac" that performed better than the $7,500 20th Anniversary Macintosh.

It had nothing to do with the TV tuner. That Mac was junk.

Comment Re:List of folks with permanent rights of way (Score 1) 290

Riding a bicycle while making an honest attempt to follow the rules of the road is by far one of the most frightening experiences, period.
Car drivers will often merge into the bicycle lane to make a right turn. Some of the bicycle lines are dashed to show that this is acceptable, because it's technically the legal way things are supposed to be done. For the bicyclist however, this means that you're constantly at risk of being slammed into by car drivers who are doing what they're supposed to do and the only thing you can do about it is refuse to follow the rules. You don't always hear the car coming up behind you, especially if the streets are busy and traffic is getting hectic.
I've found that the safest way to ride is almost always by doing the OPPOSITE of what you're legally obligated to do. Ride against traffic in the bike lane, making it so you are face to face with the people who are most at risk of hitting you. Make eye contact with drivers as you approach. This also helps with people who are parked and opening their doors. People are more likely to recognize you are there because they have a face coming at them, which the human brain is very adept at spotting. I hang back at intersections and wait until it's actually safe to proceed because I can't trust drivers to accept that a bicyclist has any right-of-way. Too many near misses when doing things the "right" way. The rate of close calls that I've experienced has been drastically reduced since I stopped trying to "share the road".

Comment Re:Pointless (Score 1) 755

I point out GNOME because I actually think that GNOME 3 had some value to it. I was pleasantly surprised by some of the changes and genuinely felt they had made some improvements despite the complaints made about it. Unfortunately, it's a lot like the Windows 8 situation, where the honest improvements are drowned out by the silly bullshit. I think that SystemD is having a very similar predicament with the actual improvements being lost in the surrounding wasteland. We're not going to see an end to the tirade against SystemD unless we come out of this change with a system that's honestly better and has honestly solved the problems it's expected to solve.
I get this feeling from the comment I replied to that you expect SystemD to do something to solve driver issues. That's a great example of why I'm not fond of SystemD, the people who support it apparently think it's going to fix all these issues that it shouldn't actually have anything to do with. You're not going to fix drivers by rewriting the userland init system.

Comment Re:Pointless (Score 1, Insightful) 755

If you invested half the energy you folks use for whining about systemd into actually making an alternative available you might actually get something done.
The flaw in this statement is the fact that systemd is replacing alternatives in such a way that it breaks everything if you try to use an alternative. It makes it so being able to use the same alternatives that have existed since long before systemd came about, is no longer an option. It removes the alternatives. Every major piece of software for Linux that decides to become dependent on systemd removes the ability to consider alternatives.
What I see is projects like GNOME, with a growing dependence on SystemD, becoming unsuitable alternatives because they no longer support alternatives. I see this idea that other systems should be expected to conform to systemd architecture if they want to continue to benefit from said software.
I personally prefer to use cross-platform software. I prefer software that runs about the same regardless of the platform I'm using it on, and I prefer to have the option to use any supported platform to run the software. Now I'm afraid that software I've come to rely on is going to take that possibility away. I'm afraid that I won't be able to use my preferred cross-platform applications on OS X and Windows in the future because they gained some strange dependence on SystemD.
If we reach a point where a full featured Linux desktop cannot be run without SystemD, the entire idea of working on alternatives becomes moot.

Comment It's time to update RMS's firmware. (Score 1) 551

Richard Stallman needs to be brought up to spec on what computers are capable of. He's still living in a world where he doesn't experience even a small fraction of what technology has allowed. If we don't update his firmware soon, he's likely to become completely irrelevant within the decade. Unfortunately, I'm beginning to feel that decade may have already passed.

"The hands that help are better far than the lips that pray." -- Robert G. Ingersoll