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Comment: MCP? (Score 1) 452

by Ungrounded Lightning (#49201001) Attached to: Ubuntu To Officially Switch To systemd Next Monday

I don't have a firm opinion yet on the internals and suitability of systemd, or whether its improvements are worth the thrash. Having been burned by a number of changes (including, notably, init -> upstart), I'm likely to be a hard sell on the cost-benefit tradeoff of "fixing'' what it purports to fix.

But the discussion around it makes it remind me of a movie "character":

The Master Control Program in Tron.

Comment: If it goes away if you use it, you didn't have it. (Score 3, Informative) 217

by Ungrounded Lightning (#49200663) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)

For regulation to work... You have to not poke the bear.

If you only have a "right" while nobody exercises it, and it goes away as soon as a few people do, did you actually have it? Hardly!

Rights unused can be silently abrogated. You have to use them occasionally, to test whether this has happened, so you can take corrective action if it has.

(If nothing else, it's easy for law enforcement personnel to start assuming that something that doesn't occur often is actually banned. So important things like carrying guns need to be done occasionally, just to keep them aware that it's really OK.)

Provocation like open carry "just because" is why we don't have open carry in most states.

If you can't do something "just because", it's not a right.

In fact its open carry demonstrations that have eduated police forces in many areas, bringing peace between law enforcement personnel and gun-toting ordinary citizens in many places where open carry was legal but had fallen out of use. It also brings the issue to visibility and educates others, especially those who grew up when it was rare, that they DO have these rights, when they hadn't been taught they did. It is a fine icebreaker for bringing out related facts - like the actual numbers on safety and the effect of gun carry on crime and injury rates.

Yes, "Poking the Bear" can also have bad effects: For instance, California's draconin gun bans got started largely when the Black Panthers carried rifles into the gallery of the State Legislature, back during the period of the Civil Rights riots when it was legal. But black people at the time were de-facto banned from carrying guns (which was much of why they could be oppressed). The legislature just made that unconstitutional infrigemet de-jure.

Comment: Re:But why though? Math time! (Score 1) 214

by ncc74656 (#49199971) Attached to: uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner

I calculated this at 8 MH/s out of my memory and missed a comma but if it's 14MH/s that's only $3,534.62 per day. It's something like a 100:1 loss on electricity at $0.11/KWH by the way. Hurray for efficiency.

Of course, when it's your vict^H^H^H^Husers paying for the electricity and not you, you really don't need to care what it costs.

Google

The Abandoned Google Project Memorial Page 118

Posted by Soulskill
from the Hello!-Wave-Lively,-Reader! dept.
HughPickens.com writes: Quentin Hugon, Benjamin Benoit and Damien Leloup have created a memorial page for projects adandoned by Google over the years including: Google Answers, Lively, Reader, Deskbar, Click-to-Call, Writely, Hello, Send to Phone, Audio Ads, Google Catalogs, Dodgeball, Ride Finder, Shared Stuff, Page Creator, Marratech, Goog-411, Google Labs, Google Buzz, Powermeter, Real Estate, Google Directory, Google Sets, Fast Flip, Image Labeler, Aardvark, Google Gears, Google Bookmarks, Google Notebook, Google Code Search, News Badges, Google Related, Latitude, Flu Vaccine Finder, Google Health, Knol, One Pass, Listen, Slide, Building Maker, Meebo, Talk, SMS, iGoogle, Schemer, Notifier, Orkut, Hotpot, Music Trends, Refine, SearchWiki, US Government Search, Sparrow, Web Accelerator, Google Accelerator, Accessible Search, Google Video, and Helpouts. Missing from the list that we remember are Friend Connect, Google Radio Ads, Jaiku, SideWiki, and Wave.

We knew there were a lot, but who knew there'd be so many. Which abandoned Google project do you wish were still around?

Comment: Re:DOA (Score 1) 425

And yet it does appear that the telcos are throwing money to make it happen. They certainly expect something for their money.

It does appear that it's unlikely that it would be legislation, but I imagine that they're laying the groundwork for something. Perhaps they're trying to shift the Overton window to bring it up again in the 115th Congress, when they may have a Republican President? It's unlikely that it would produce a filibuster-proof Republican Senate, but if the filibuster is the only thing preventing passage, there are often ways to convince individuals to break ranks. One tactic involves making this seem like a reasonable thing to do, and introducing legislation (especially when you give it a misleading name) can help.

Comment: Why cities? (Score 1) 103

by jfengel (#49198147) Attached to: Self-Driving Cars Will Be In 30 US Cities By the End of Next Year

Cities seem to me like the worst place for automated driving. They're not great for any driving, since things are constantly coming at you from all directions. And while computers are great at operating with many simultaneous distractions, these are cases where errors get people hurt or dead. Erring on the side of caution will block traffic, and city streets are often already at capacity.

I would think that the best use for automated cars would be interstates, which have limited access and more predictable situations. Problems turn into crises fast, but that's the kind of thing where a computer could react better than a human, since it's likely to involve less fine discrimination between "human" and "non-human".

Ultimately I'd love to see automation replace all human drivers in cities, since it can break the connection between driver, destination, and necessity to park. They could coordinate more effectively at intersections, which are currently very wasteful. So I'd like to see this work, but right now it feels like begging for trouble.

+ - Windows 93 Is Real, And It's Spectacular

Submitted by rossgneumann
rossgneumann (3901661) writes "It’s 2015, but Windows 93 is finally ready. Your new favorite operating system is here and it’s weird as hell. The browser-based OS makes us thirst for what could’ve been if Microsoft didn’t skip between Windows 3.X and Windows 95. The fully clickable “OS” greets users with the Playstation 1 bootup sound signaling they’re about the trip into an alternate universe. The first version of Windows 93 went up in October, but its creator posted on Reddit last night that it’s finally complete."

Comment: Re:Can scale back fossil fuel based generation ... (Score 1) 189

by LWATCDR (#49197335) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

" They are in use, very small scale now, huge growth is expected as battery tech is dropping in price continuously large percentage every year."
They are not in production yet and they are not improving or dropping in costs at that great of a rate.
Battery/Storage technology has been the problem for around the last 50 years. The limits on them are based on chemistry.
The real issue with batteries replacing peaking plants is a real simple one. A peaking plant can provide peaking for as long as you have fuel. Using Solar or Wind a storm can cause a "peaking" issue lasting days not hours and batteries are practical for those kinds of peaks.
Not to mention that if you are really interesting in reducing CO2 it really is not the peaking plants you want to replace but the coal fired baseload plants.
If you have a cheap enough source of power you could use that power to create methanol or NH4 for storage and use that for fuel cells. The energy density would be much higher than you can get from batteries and pipelines are more efficient than power lines for transporting energy. The problem is that the conversion is less efficient than a battery.

After dealing with decades of battery tech promises it is hard to not sneer at any "replace x with batteries" comment.

Comment: Re:The Elephant Internet (Score 1) 191

Maybe people will actually keep private things private?...
Naw...
It is amazing the differences I see see between my friends in their 30s and up vs some of the young people I know.
A friend of mine got divorced and I know she got divorced and I know she is sad. I do not know the exact details of why. She is someone I know but was not really close to. Her close friends have all the details but they are not posting them online.

The 20 somethings that I know post everything public. I know that one broke up because of cheating and I know who they cheated with and when. I know when another one is super drunk and hates everyone... ... And they say young people "understand" social media and older people don't...

Comment: Re:Ok then... (Score 1) 234

by LWATCDR (#49195703) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

" Seriously, prove them wrong "
And you are a Russian spy that is under deep cover planing the overthrow the US government and enslave all of us.
Seriously prove me wrong...

See the problem. You can not in any way prove me wrong but the idea is very crazy. If you want change Russian for space alien to push it a little farther into crazy.

When you take a violent action and justify with sci-fi movie you are will into the crazy range.

Comment: Re:Kinda like... (Score 2) 174

by rwa2 (#49194297) Attached to: Musician Releases Album of Music To Code By

eh, I find my own favorite music too distracting, then I start thinking about other stuff and skipping forwards and messing with the playlist. So I find it the least effort to just have a good internet radio stream going on in the background.

Most of them I discovered here on Slashdot, even.

Groove Salad on http://somafm.com/ (many other streams there worth trying too, most of my favorite songs are from Lush, but GS is the best coding stream)

Sleepbot on http://sleepbot.com/ for a wide variety of background ambience that's not necessessarily music

Nectarine http://scenemusic.net/ for video game / tracker stuff

Those are my go-to options for keeping my tempo up through the long nights.

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