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Comment: Re:Infrastructure? (Score 1) 690

by Trogre (#47725297) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Re-install/re-image, effectively the same thing in this context.

An upgrade trashing all of /etc/ is a new one on me though. I'd be keen to hear what upgrade event, if you recall, led to that result.

The newest fun here is that Windows 7, even when sysprepped, will still occasionally barf when cloned to a computer with different hardware. An operation that is trivial in nearly every Linux-based configuration.

Comment: Re:Infrastructure? (Score 1) 690

by Trogre (#47719351) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

You'll have to wait for the next "average Linux user" there, sonny. I have been doing system administration for two decades and have seen Linux systems, yes both rpm and deb based, badly messed up from updates. Some have required several hours work to get back running again. But, repeating myself, nothing that has required a complete reinstall. And it has been several years since I have seen an update require more than a few minutes work post-install.

Comment: Re:Expert?? (Score 1) 436

by Trogre (#47717341) Attached to: Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

It's undeniable that dams have a significant environmental impact. However these are a one-off expense, an overhead. They are not dependent on the amount of energy produced so while it gives *some* argument against building new dams, existing ones should be maintained and upgraded so they can generate as much power as possible with effectively zero environmental impact per GW. or diminishing impact per GW if you factor the overheads over time.

Funnily enough I saw an article yesterday about a fish cannon, purportedly to send fish over dams to spawning areas.

Comment: Re:Infrastructure? (Score 0) 690

by Trogre (#47717309) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

I have never seen a Linux distribution where one botched update has resulted in the need to completely wipe and re-install the operating system from media.

I have seen this with Windows 7 and 8.

I have seen this to a lesser extent with Windows XP, but that at least still has the option to re-install system files without affecting the user/program environment. Not so with Windows 7 or 8.

Windows 8 has some nice recovery tools, but they are buggy as all buggery and just as likely to render your system even less usable.

Comment: Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 1) 297

And, or course, the fact that the phone was bricked for no reason. Also, the video will be recoverable.

If video is recoverable then the bricking process is defective.

I don't think they are talking about putting a button in every police car that bricks phones.

Not yet they're not.

Comment: Way for *any hacker* to brick your phone (Score 1) 297

Who actually wants a kill switch? Anyone on /. at all?

This anti-feature will be used by not just government but any suffiently motivated hackers to kill your communications. The one ostensible benefit mentioned here is anti-theft, but of course that relies on the mechanism working reliably in the first place and secondly not being circumvented by a thief five minutes after they have acquired it.

Just like the idiotic remote car immobilisers that people who should know better are so quick to adopt. Just wait until some hacker gets the code to your car and holds it to ransom or worse, immobilises it on a freeway. What about when overzealous local law enforcement decides to immobilise all cars exceeding the limit by 1%.

Comment: Re:Expert?? (Score 1) 436

by Trogre (#47700679) Attached to: Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Hi Smidge,

Do you object to such claims because you believe them to be incorrect, or just pedantic and unhelpful?

I'm with you on the second point although I do bring it up as a logical conclusion when someone tries to distinguish between generating and storing energy, since most energy generated on Earth in turn comes from the sun.

To be a kind of moral Unix, he touched the hem of Nature's shift. -- Shelley

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