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Comment Re:Nexus aren't satisfactory (Score 5, Interesting) 180

I disagree. Nexus devices are satisfactory but not exceptional. They lack essential features like SD Card slots and don't really feature any nifty "bits" to mess with, but are the only devices guaranteed over the long term to receive regular updates, and that alone makes them better. Everything else is, by far, less than satisfactory due to the emphasis of gimmicks or poorly implemented features while often neglecting or actively harming security.

Comment Re:UEFI is TCPA repackaged, nice and shiny. (Score 3, Funny) 699

Nothing quite like someone so prominently showing off their ignorance.

I ran into this UEFI crap about half a year back, when I had to adjust some BIOS settings and couldn't, because I didn't have windows installed.

I know the mode you speak of, it can be utilized effectively from Linux. Amusingly, it requires efivars to be writable as this article discusses.

UEFI is just another machiavellian attempt at controlling our hardware from start to finish.

Just like the BIOS was, right?

How the fuck anyone could install let alone design and build a BIOS whos UI is depedant on what OS is installed on the HDD is totally beyond me.

Fortunately, that's not at all the case. You are right about one thing: it is totally beyond you.

How come no one get's worked up about that?

Because not everyone is as blatantly ignorant about it. Or if they are, they are kindly keeping their mouths shut until they learn more.

Comment Re:Too bad science class drop outs banned incandes (Score 4, Informative) 338

They did legislate efficiencies.

B. Lighting Energy Efficiency

        Requires roughly 25 percent greater efficiency for light bulbs, phased in from 2012 through 2014. This effectively bans the manufacturing and importing of most current incandescent light bulbs, though by 2013 at least one company had introduced a redesigned incandescent bulb for which it claimed 50 percent greater efficiency than conventional incandescents.[18]
        Various specialty bulbs, including appliance bulbs, "rough service" bulbs, colored lights, plant lights, and 3-way bulbs, are exempt from these requirements as well as light bulbs currently less than 40 watts or more than 150 watts. This exempts stage lighting and landscape lighting.
        Requires roughly 200 percent greater efficiency for light bulbs, or similar energy savings, by 2020.

So if they can make an incandescent that meets those requirements, who cares. Now go make another grievously uninformed post.

Comment Re:A psycological issue? (Score 3, Informative) 373

In my opinion such a landing add an unnecessary complexity.

If your goal is reducing launch costs, it's hardly unnecessary.

The Shuttle program showed that it is impractical.

The shuttle program showed that the shuttle was impractical. A large part of that impracticality was due to Congressional meddling.

I think it is just one more attempt to do it differently, not with a parachute, not as it was done originally in 1957 and 1961. Kind of its own, an US way.

A rocket that either burns up or lands in the water is a rocket that is no longer reusable.

Comment Re:Yippie! (Score 4, Insightful) 126

I dunno about that. The most difficult thing about gaming on Linux is that troubleshooting is HARD. For example, imagine running a game and it doesn't even start, it just spits out the message "segmentation fault". Uh yeah...let me just type that into google...and...nope, just a vague description of a memory error. What could be wrong? Well, a lot of fucking things to be honest.

And yet right now, on Windows, the SF5 beta is crashing for me. There's even less I can do because there are no messages at all.

Worse, Ultra Street Fighter 4 randomly crashes out on me. No errors, no messages. Just up and vanishes mid-game. Other games give me, occasionally, random crash dialogs. So I doubt the troubleshooting situation can truly be worse on Linux.

Comment Re:I'm going to sound like a Judas (Score 1) 217

Then again, there's a lot of folks who scoff at the NSA doing it, but hey, if Apple, Google, or FB had done it it'd be some sort of market miracle or some bullshit.

Bullshit yes, 'tis what you spout. If any of those had found a way to break encryption as the NSA had, I would expect a paper on it much like this and a push to deprecate whatever was broken. Particularly given their businesses are built upon secure communications. Instead, the NSA breaks it and uses it to spy on everyone.

Comment Re:Things will sort themselves out (Score 2) 397

In 2-3 decades, hardly anyone will travel on Earth.

I've heard claims that no one needs to travel today, that sound and video today provide all the experience you need. I suspect that your claim, like theirs, will fall on its face and people will be traveling just as much.

Why waste time transporting your body hundreds of miles when you can just rent a drone body at your destination?

Because the real world is very, very different from a pair of screens right up in your eyes and speakers on your ears. Assuming you can hear anything, with the buzzing. And you're even allowed to go somewhere, given how many places outright ban drones.

This is why the whole 'self-driving car' thing is attacking the wrong problem. It's like someone in 1900 trying to figure out how to clean up all the horse crap that will be clogging up our cities by the year 2000, when everyone will be able to afford a horse.

Transportation will change, but I don't foresee it going away in favor of sealing ourselves in our homes and plugging ourselves into VR headsets and acting as if we're "there" via noisy, buzzing drones.

Comment Re:Garrett (Score 1) 688

That's pettiness

What, because he refuses to work on Intel hardware for reasons explicitly stated?

If you can't get your changes past other people, to the point that you have to fork and maintain an entirely separate branch on your own, that's usually the sign of messy code or absolute loss.

No it isn't. It could be pure politics or someone simply being an ass. Ulrich Drepper kept a lot of code out of glibc that was perfectly good, to the point that Debian created eglibc. Eventually he was removed from his position and eglibc was merged with glibc. Why was the code kept out? Because Drepper was an asshole and treated everyone who contributed to the ARM portion like shit.

Ah! All the bits that I *don't* want in the kernel.

So you don't want Linux to be able to boot on modern PCs running UEFI with Secure Boot (damn near everything that ships today?!) Talk about a shortsighted, emotional response to a technical problem!

Comment Re:Who? (Score 4, Insightful) 688

Indeed, people should just take vicious verbal abuse.

but the abuse won't come unless you decide to be a dumbass or get all arrogant about it.

Which is nonsense, and completely non-arrogant, technical arguments have been met with vicious personal attacks and verbal abuse. There's a shockingly large number of emotionally immature and insecure people in the Kernel community, and a great many people meet the wrath of those people for no good reason.

And they abuse because they know they can get away with it and others like you will apologize and defend it.

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