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Comment Re:Less service? (Score 1) 89

I don't know how the expected lifetime service cost shakes down; but what the dealership cares about is the margins on the service and maintenance they perform; not the absolute cost.

I would suspect that battery swaps, while they involve a very expensive part, would be pretty unexciting for the dealer. Unless the manufacturer is extraordinarily tight-lipped, the price of the battery will become public knowledge; and the procedure for swapping it out(while it might require equipment that makes DIY impractical, depending on where the battery is located and what needs to be lifted) should be rigidly documented and leave little room for variation in how much labor you can bill for.

Somebody has to do the swap, and presumably they won't do it for free; but there is little room either for value-added expertise(as with problems that require diagnostic work) or just plain sleazy invoice padding(as with problems where the customer doesn't know the cost of the parts, or which parts are necessary, or what the expected labor time is); it's a rigidly scripted drop-in replacement of a single module.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 341

"... systemd isn't a solution for end-users, which is why you don't see any substantial changes. Its a solution for *developers*, freeing them from having to deal with the mountain of hacks, kludges..."

As an end user with desktop, laptop and a home server I notice systemd has proven to be useful. The transition from sysv to systemd in Debian testing was not much fun to experience but the end result is great. I get obviously faster boot times and also faster shutdowns. Occasionally I compile from source and install something I want to run at boot. Getting sysv init scripts just right was not always easy. I expected systemd to be similarly arcane; in fact it is really easy to write a systemd unit file and to add your daemon to the system startup.

For example to add a calibre ebook server to my home server init system I just added the following to /lib/systemd/system/calibre.service and then ran `systemctl enable calibre.service`

Description=Calibre Service

ExecStart=/usr/bin/calibre-server \
                --daemonize \
                --username=julian \
                --pidfile=/home/julian/ \

I think to any *nix user who has even a rudimentary understanding of how processes are described/presented in *nix and how command line options and arguments are input then this is *very* easy to understand. Just by looking at an existing service file of a familiar application you can understand how to integrate something new. It's all there in plain text. That feels very unix-like to me.

Anyway I'm fine with systemd. I hated it for a little while while running a testing system which was gradually moving from sysv to systemd but now I really can't complain.

And to any whiners: it's free software so the answer is not to complain but to contribute to an alternative or even just continue to use an OS which allows you to choose something else. Gentoo and Funtoo come to mind and would seem to be ideal for people who are insufferably picky and always right (no offence to gentoo or funtoo, I like them a lot, but I think I would enjoy watching people who are never, ever wrong and always know exactly what they need trying them out).

Comment Re:I want stability (Score 1) 47

I have games from Win9X through 2015 and I have no issues playing them on my R9 280, in fact the only issues I have playing older games is I often have to bypass the shitastic DRM they used them like Starfuck and SecuSUC which will if you aren't careful try to shoehorn a 32bit kernel driver into a 64bit kernel and fuck the OS. Luckily most of the companies making that shit were so damned cheap they kept their piss poor 16bit installers way into the 32bit era and thus won't be able to run the installer.

But since they switched away from VLIW to GCN things have been nothing but candy and puppies and say what you will but you have to give 'em credit, when they EOLed the old VLIW cards and APUs when they released Crimson? They were at least decent enough to release a beta of Crimson specifically for these older chips that not only gives them any Crimson features that those chips will support but also runs on Win 7-10 so any of the older chips that didn't have Win 10 drivers? Well they do now. I installed it on my E350 netbook from 2011, runs great and even improved my hardware video acceleration.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1, Interesting) 341

I think its pretty obvious what it is...its SVCHOSTS for Linux, a once simple idea that continued to grow until more and more of the system is running it and won't run without it.

Considering how all Red Hat talks about now is virtualization and the cloud? Mark my words Linux will be nothing but a VM running on SystemD in 5 years, I wonder if Linus will stick around when Linux is a second class citizen running on top of a system he has zero control over or input in?

Comment Re:When to stop? (Score 1) 306

I slowly started to install some Ubuntu (for ease of use) on my parents' computers, and that fits most of the requirements they have: internet, flash games, video, music.

After you have defenestrated a PC in this manner, how do you handle it when someone asks for help getting suspend to work again? "I closed the lid and opened it again, and now it's stuck on a black screen."

Comment Re:anti-business liberal scoring points (Score 1) 242

If they are publicly traded and their principal business is not risk, then they are required to be by law.


I'm fairly certain there is no such law. What publicly-traded businesses are required to do is to do what they say they'll do in their articles of incorporation and their prospectus. For most, these documents state that their focus is to generate a responsible return on investment (language varies, but that's what it boils down to). However, it is perfectly acceptable for them to include other goals, and even to prioritize those goals over making money.

Were SpaceX to go public, they could specify that their primary goal is to get to Mars, for example, rather than to make money. That would probably lower their valuation, but there would be nothing at all illegal about it.

Comment Re:what happened with computers? (Score 1) 242

If rockets were in any way physically analogous to computers, a Saturn V today would be the same height as the width of a human hair and still lift...

And Armstrong's famous footstep speech would be hacked and replaced by a plug for boner-pills.

"If you want a giant leap in your trousers..."

In short*, be careful what you ask for.

* No pun intended

Comment Re:yet more engineer bashing (Score 1) 425

The real question is not are engineers 9 times more likely to be terrorists. The real question is are they 9 times more likely to hold extremist beliefs, or just 9 times more likely to act on them because to engineers the point is to solve problems.

I suspect it's some of both. It seems to me that engineers do tend to be more passionate about their interests (whatever those may be) than the average person. And they think in terms of how to solve problems.

Comment Re:what happened with computers? (Score 1) 242

now the military is buying the same tech as everyone else because it's better than their custom made stuff.

That's not entirely true. Often the difference is simply not enough to justify the huge price difference.

For example, a $500 "battle grade" hammer may be able to survive being run over by a tank during battle, but is that really worth the extra $460, or is it better to live with occasional flattened hammers and spend the $460 elsewhere.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.