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Comment Re:The Intel memory management unit (MMU) .. (Score 1) 79 79

Remember this is Slashdot, so if someone cites "design flaws" without any more detail I'm going to assume they don't understand the design space and are unreasonably expecting perfection along an arbitrary line that represents some specific use case of theirs that most people don't even care about.

Remember this is the internets, and if you can't use google, you're gonna have a bad time.

I searched "flaws in intel mmu" and got these results back in the top ten. Perhaps you should learn to internet, coward.

Comment Re:My upgrade strategy (Score 2) 132 132

However OS X and Windows, is less struggling for hardware compatibility. Linux seems to be hit or miss, unless you invest a lot of time trying to determine if it is compatible enough, as many of discussions on such hardware fail to state if it works with a distribution or not.

IME the big stuff is iffy on Linux, the small stuff on Windows. But there's a user in this thread finding that Windows 10 refuses to install on his Core 2 Quad. Maybe Linux actually has better hardware support than Windows? I think it does. I think if you took a windows disc and a Linux disc and tried to install both on every single PC on the planet, that you would have better luck with the Linux disc. In the trial, you are permitted to install only authorized packages, meaning drivers either direct from the OS distributor (from the package archive, from windows update, on the CD) or from the OEM or ODM (e.g. Compaq or Atheros.)

I think you'd have less machines that just outright refuse to install, and you'd also have more working peripherals at the end of the day. For example, all but one of the scanners I have ever owned, I got cheap used because they weren't supported on newer versions of windows even though the same scanner protocol was still in use; the manufacturer simply removes support for the old hardware from the new version of the driver, even though the new driver is perfectly capable of operating it. HP is especially horrible about this, never ever buy a scanner from them and expect to use it through an OS upgrade. Same for all-in-one imaging devices. But everyone does it. Meanwhile, SANE just keeps adding support for more devices...

Comment Re:MenuChoice and HAM (1992) (Score 1) 265 265

.BAT files on DOS / Windows provided that functionality too, but unless you aggressively restrict yourself to a subset of the shell language it's very hard to check a .sh / .bat file and see exactly what command is going to be invoked.

Almost. There's no way to prevent (or cmd.exe) from popping up a window when you run a batch file without using the shortcut settings. Whereas on X, you don't get GUI output unless you explicitly ask for it.

unless you aggressively restrict yourself to a subset of the shell language it's very hard to check a .sh / .bat file and see exactly what command is going to be invoked.

Hence comments

Comment Re:Local CO2 (Score 1) 63 63

I think instead of relying on "data" which are just numbers, you should ask somebody who is an expert in the field, like me.

Oh yeah, I really want to know what "Noah Haders" has to say about... anything. The only identity you've provided is that of a Slashdot troll. No one has any reason to believe anything you say. I certainly don't believe you're an expert at anything but trolling.

Comment Re: Solution: Don't Trust Anyone (within reason) (Score 1) 73 73

Hey, stop the scaremongering. It works very much differently. You don't add value to this discussion.

You add so little you didn't even log in and be counted, because you know you have nothing useful to add. But that didn't stop you from being a hypocrite, did it?

Most people Can be scared to hell by a few ex marines taling them in the local shopping mall. For life!

Yeah, for me it was all the times my not-just-a-dry-drunk alcoholic ex-marine father told me he knew a shitload of ways to kill me, when he was drunk and pissed off. Guess who's anti-military?

Comment Re:Buy a dictionary (Score 1) 73 73

actually...No. "a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful."

You also have to know how to use the dictionary. You don't just pick the meaning you like, and then pretend all the other ones don't exist.

1. the act of conspiring.
2. an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons; plot.
3. a combination of persons for a secret, unlawful, or evil purpose:
4. Law. an agreement by two or more persons to commit a crime, fraud, or other wrongful act.
5. any concurrence in action; combination in bringing about a given result.

You really need to learn what these words mean before using them.

Comment Re:PRESS RELEASE ALERT! (Score 1) 211 211

And who do they think is going to be purchasing all these "autonomous vehicles" and with all the twenty-somethings and millennials moving back home with their parents, how do they think they're going to afford them?

They think that the market is going to shrink considerably, with more and more car-sharing happening. I think that numerous automakers are going away, starting with FCA.

Comment Re:better give China teh Gay, stat! (Score 1) 124 124

Um, marry someone who is not Chinese? It already happens in Vietnam and Thailand. Some even marry white American girls after moving to the US [pauses for the sound of conservative Americans' heads exploding].

What kind of numbers are we talking? Will the world actually absorb 50M excess Chinese men?

Comment Re: Just goes to show you UNIX SUX (Score 1) 50 50

I've never understood why DNS servers bother with zone transfers.

Yes, and many people disable them, and some DNS servers don't even have the functionality.

Heck, with access to platform-specific file system event APIs, you could probably come up with something that worked a lot better, up to and including near-instantaneous updates.

Well, obviously if you have a system of any complexity, you should be stuffing the records into a database and then generating the zone files from that. You can handle your replication at that level. Give your serial numbers meaning (As a timestamp, typically) to avoid issues there.

Comment stfu troll (Score 1) 50 50

Now imagine if Windows had done the same thing. Slashdot would be in an uproar.

Bullshit, stop trolling. When Microsoft releases a patch which doesn't break anything, nobody complains. It's when they release "patches" which alter the behavior of the operating system in undesirable ways that we get our knickers twisted.

UNIX is many things to many people, but it's never been everything to anybody.