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Comment: Maybe better dependency management. (Score 1) 148

by MouseTheLuckyDog (#47970041) Attached to: Outlining Thin Linux

My proceedure for weekly security updates for my computer is: download all packages to be upgraded, then reboot into maintenance mode and physically install them. Basically I run LMDE (debian unstable mostly).

I occasionally check the downloads and see a strange package being downloaded. So I look up the dependencies, and see some of the most bizarre dependencies. For example, that KDE requires CUPS ( I don't have a usable printer ).

So instead of worrying about what needs to be installed first clean up all the dependencies so you don't install packages you don't need or want.

Comment: Re:As a matter of fact... (Score 1) 387

by MouseTheLuckyDog (#47957099) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

One prime example is Netscape. Microsoft bought Mosaic, called it IE, and gave it away for free. Bill Gates was renowned for "declaring war" on small companies. He is absolutely ruthless when someone says no to him, and lashes out like Stalin on steroids.

That is wrong. MS couldn't give it away. No one wanted it.
Instead MS merged it with Windows and forced people to take it for free,whether they wanted it or not

Comment: Re:This was one of the most interesting parts of M (Score 1) 108

by MouseTheLuckyDog (#47943411) Attached to: Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research

Bill Gates didn't do that great a job He produced MSBasic, convinced IBM to hand him a monopoly for software that he bought. They managed to write a few pieces of software for the Mac with support from Apple which they then ported to Windows. From there on it was mainly anticompetitive practices, until the internet came along at which point Gates totally ignored it. Until; it became too popular to be dismissed, then to make up for the huge blunder, they had to engage in anticompetitive practices so onerous the government could not ignore it. Which then handcuffed MS so badly they could not compete in new markets.

In the end under Gates they wrote more dog GUI OS's then they wrote good ones.

So really it's just they got a monopoly and sat on it till momentum brought it down.

Comment: Re:Technological Software as Patent Eligible (Score 1) 92

by MouseTheLuckyDog (#47941427) Attached to: Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

My feeling is that SCOTUS has mostly felt that most business methods/software patents should be invalid, but that there are a few which are absolutely justified. They have not wanted to throw the baby out with the bathwater. and were hoping that the CAFC would find some rule that would allow pick out the few worthy patents.
but have given up on this. and are now taking action on their own.

One further thing shaking up the landscape is Rader leaving the CAFC.

Comment: Re:Wait, these are for real? (Score 2) 72

by MouseTheLuckyDog (#47924459) Attached to: Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

Actually if the neutron star is in the center then the added gravity in the layer near it will cause greater fusion, when increases pressure causing the layer to expand outward. As it expands it encounters the next layer, which will absorb the energy and begin the same process on a smaller scale. So forth untill it reaches the photosphere. In the mean time the inner layer has transfer excess momentum, has cooled some from it's expansion, it rate of fusion decreases and it collapses to the point it was before, actually a little less. Then it begins the process again. The result is a slightly variable vibrating star. I wonder is it might be possible to create sympathetic vibrations that way. Probably not, It would be most interesting.

There is however one major flaw in the above model. Supposedly the neutron star was once part of binary system with the red giant. It is not suddenly going to appear in the core. Instead, it is going to slowly absorb material until it's orbit "decays" into one below the photosphere. I don't know if parts of star will be eject when gases impinge. Certainly tides on the star will help. ( Also the neutron star will generate tides on the giant affecting it's weather. )

So the neutron star will act like a giant stirring, slowly stirring up layers of the gas. The romantic in me would like to think this is going to generate some massive and quite interesting effects. The realist though says that any effects will probably be small and hardly noticeable after a few millennium.

The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives. -- Admiral William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Bomb Project