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Comment: Re:disable swap (Score 1) 85

It's much better to adjust the swappiness level way down: https://rudd-o.com/linux-and-f...

As you said, swap isn't needed so much, but there are still good reasons to have some around. Besides the usual graceful degradation argument, it can be particularly handy for portables as a suspend partition. However, Linux has lots of servery defaults, and the swappiness is one where a much lower value gives better response times for "desktop" uses.

Comment: Re:Xylitol to the rescue? (Score 1) 629

by TeknoHog (#49564883) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

The spelling of that chemical alone will prevent its success.

If 'xylitol' is hard for English speakers, it should be doubly so in Finland. We did extensive clinical research on its use against dental caries in the 1970s, and now everyone and, well, not their dog, has been using it in forms like chewing gum for a couple of decades.

However, we are notoriously bad at pronouncing foreign words. For instance, initial 'str' in words like 'strategy' ('strategia' in Finnish) is often reduced to just 'r', at least when spoken by older people with less foreign exposure. This just reflects the lack of such combinations in our native language.

Comment: Re:Local recycling is dependent on a local market (Score 1) 78

by TeknoHog (#49540347) Attached to: Africa E-Waste Dump Continues Hyperbole War
Wait, you Americans still have these weird recycling bins which might as well be labeled "miscellaneous", as they still need someone to do the actual sorting? Here in the old world (.fi) we have different bins for stuff like glass and metal. There is some regional variety depending on the local market, though I've heard some of this still ends up in landfill.

Comment: Re:Requires Line of sight (Score 1) 96

by TeknoHog (#49523619) Attached to: Optical Tech Can Boost Wi-Fi Systems' Capacity With LEDs

It sure is a funny coincidence that television viewers generally have line of sight to the set.

Huh. Growing up, were you one of those kids that never actually played with the remote?

Well of course I'm familiar with the back wall bounce. It probably won't work across too many reflections in weird angles. In fact, it seems that newer remotes have narrower working angles to avoid conflicts with the bazillion other receivers. The point is that light works for remotes for obvious reasons, it's really the bug that turns out a feature. It's also well known physics that higher frequencies are more easily restricted by obstacles.

Comment: Re:Requires Line of sight (Score 1) 96

by TeknoHog (#49523111) Attached to: Optical Tech Can Boost Wi-Fi Systems' Capacity With LEDs

Yeah, that's why television remote controls are always so fussy.

It sure is a funny coincidence that television viewers generally have line of sight to the set. OTOH, you also have these computer users that store every file on their "desktop", because it doesn't exist if you can't see it, so that demographic might also benefit from the existing line of sight to teh internets.

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