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Comment Re:Not really about Windows (Score 1) 287

Well official Nvidia drivers are available for Linux and are commonly-used, so that's not a strike against Linux.

What *is* a "strike" against Linux is that you can't get official drivers from various small peripherals. Instead, you have to use community-written drivers for things like USB-to-serial converters, rather than having to load a 100MB "driver package" like you do on Windows which is full of drivers, various crapware applications you don't want, spyware, etc.

Comment Re:In Soviet Ru- aww, screw it. (Score 1) 287

The GPL has no such demand or requirement, that's a myth.

The GPL requires that you make the source code available to anyone you distribute binaries to. If you're making a Linux distro for use in your government, that means you need to make the source code available to your government, which is you. As long as you don't give it to anyone else, there's no problem. There's no reason a government would hand out copies of a government-use-only OS to anyone outside that government (or they could make a special stripped-down version for them if they wanted). Besides, not everything in a Linux distro is GPL.

Comment Re:OSX (Score 1) 287

AFAIC, the only reason every government isn't using their own internal Linux distro is either corruption or incompetence. Windows is well-known to be loaded with spyware now; you'd have to be a complete loon to think that Windows isn't spying on you, considering it's publicly acknowledged that they do. So why would you run your government systems, with critical or classified information, on such an OS, instead of one which you have full control over? That's aside from the issue of how much money you'd save by not sending it to a foreign country, and instead employing your own people to maintain your governmentOS.

Comment Re:What is a gravity wave? (Score 1) 235

Imagine a circle as a gravity wave goes through it then the horizontal direction will get flattened and the vertical (direction of the wave) will get stretched out, and then the reverse.

Does that mean the wave has a zone of negative gravity in the middle? Because it seems to me that any surface doing that series of stretching must be saddle-shaped - have negative curvature - in the middle. And, because mass and geometry of spacetime are connected, does that mean it must have negative mass as well?

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 555

Just sell the slushbox and buy one with a real transmission.

Well, the problem is that there is literally no other car like it in the world... in my price range. :) All the other similar cars differ in some major respect. The successors, besides being orders of magnitude more expensive, are also hundreds of pounds heavier. The cost-viable competition isn't made out of Aluminum, either, with all the corrosion resistance that implies.

Anyway, Audi six-speed swaps are pretty well-solved problems with all-factory parts, and putting one into the D2 A8 is no exception. The only part that's hard to come by, and thus commonly worked around, is the right front axle. I think it's the right, anyway. If you can't find a rare euro axle, you need a spacer. It's a pretty simple thing, though. You can also theoretically get a custom axle shaft made up from the old one, but I don't know if anyone has actually gone that route. I forget if you need a totally new pedal box, or just to add the clutch pedal. You don't need a new ECU, though it can take a reflash. That's a a solved problem for Bosch ME7.

Comment Re:And? (Score 1) 287

What about the lack of productivity due to Windows? I remember wasting at least a whole day at a job a couple years ago trying to get a large network printer (Ricoh I think) to work with Windows, because of various driver and security problems. The corporate IT department had to come out several times to try to get it working, and finally ended up doing some weird backwards method. In Linux, getting a network printer to work is easy.

Comment Re:Sweet (Score 1) 28

Hey, these guys sound real awesome. I know! Let's give them $150 billion dollars in order to pretend they're not building nukes for a little while! And then when they break the agreement, we'll just pretend they didn't. Let's also pay them a nice bribe of another billion to return our soldiers they took hostage. But doing that would make our President look incompetent, so we'll still do it but just have our buddies in the media completely ignore the story.

Lets remember that only one country has ever actually used Nuclear weapons against any target, and was probably not even necessary to end that war.

Let us keep in mind that the US has been killing innocent people by way of drone strikes for more than a decade now. It can easily be argued that the US is the worlds largest exporter of terror weapons. In fact, our terrorist activities dwarf any in the history of mankind. We have become so adept at it that we can detonate bombs from 5000 miles away with accuracy measured in centimeters. We can do that without even risking our own people at all. If the terrorists could do that, The US would be short a few hundred politicians, and the white house would have been target #1.

The thing you have to remember about terrorism is that it takes two sides to fight. As long as we keep bombing them, we keep the cycle of hate going, and they keep bombing us. That sounds suspiciously like the definition of insanity.

Comment Re:The obvious direction... (Score 1) 287

nothing but Vi (no Vi, not Vim)

Linux has never had vi included in any distro to my knowledge. It's always been vim, and/or some other vi clone like elvis. vi has only ever been included with actual UNIXes like Solaris. The copyright to vi was owned by AT&T so it was illegal to include it with Linux, or even with *BSD. This did change in 2002 according to Wikipedia and some guy resurrected it as "Traditional vi", and added a lot of features to it, but no one actually uses that.

Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 469

And Rafael Cruz is not the one on the ticket - his son is.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Has Ted ever publicly disavowed his father's theology? If not, then we can safely assumes he agrees with it.

Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 469

What? That's completely ridiculous. Cruz is a Dominionist; he wants to establish a theocracy of sorts.

Of the current candidates, Bernie's the closest thing to social libertarianism you're going to get.

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