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Comment: Re:Broadcast TV viewer here (Score 1) 135

by Overzeetop (#48647379) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

It was probably sarcastic, but from a cost standpoint the GP has a point. Fox gives their signal "for free" OTA and makes money on advertising. Seems like the distributors could reverse the table if they wanted to play hardball. What good is a phone is you are unable to speak?

Comment: Re:A more important issue... (Score 1) 221

Personally, I don't use it. I run Fedora and use the re-packaged blob from the rpmfusion repo. However, I've seen a good number of posts on various support fora saying that nouveau works just fine if you don't need/want 3D. The only time it gives trouble is if you have both nouveau and the blob loaded, and there are several ways to prevent or correct that. If you've had bad luck with it, I'm not going to argue the point, but I do know that there are people out there who are very happy to be using it.

Comment: Re:A more important issue... (Score 1) 221

I started experimenting with Linux back in the mid-90s, but I abandoned Windows completely about a decade ago. I use Linux daily on my home computer, rebooting only for kernel updates. I'm retired, I'm not pushing the OS to the limits or doing bleeding-edge development, so my box Just Works. YMMV, and clearly does.

Comment: Re:A more important issue... (Score 1) 221

The only time you have to play with video drivers under Linux is with ATI or nVidia, and only if your distro doesn't do it automatically for you. I use Fedora and it doesn't; my sister uses Xubuntu and it does. I've changed nVidia cards more than once and had the old driver work just as well, but there are times you have to get the right one. Printers, actually, can be worse because not all companies make Linux drivers available or release the specs so that OSS drivers can be written.

Comment: Re:A more important issue... (Score 2) 221

Nice piece of FUD there. I've been running Linux exclusively for almost a decade now. I've changed video cards, hard drives NICs and mobos, without any trouble. Most of the time, you make the swap, boot and It Just Works. Once in a while, you have to boot into a CLI to get a new video driver, but that's about it. Maybe you should actually learn something about Linux before you come back and slam it again.

Comment: Do you think these are free? (Score 1) 111

by Overzeetop (#48638001) Attached to: Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

These bubble generators aren't free, sweetie! These things cost money (capital) and, even if they have a payback in lower operating costs, the capital cost will be reflected in shipping rates and be added incrementally to shipped goods which are bought by poor people. It's a way to take pennies from the minimum wage worker and aggregate it into hundreds of millions of dollars for the rich.

Comment: ...the biggest polluters *in some compounds* (Score 3, Interesting) 111

by Overzeetop (#48637983) Attached to: Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

"these powerplants are some of the most fuel efficient units in the world"

"the 15 largest ships in the world emit as much nitrogen oxide and sulphur oxide as the world’s 760 million cars"

So it's not really the climate-affecting carbon emissions that make these vessels "polluters" but rather that they use a fuel which contains excess sulfur and inefficiently scrub nitrogen-based compounds from the emissions, things that autos don't contend with or do because of regulation. It turns out that instead of 50 million cars, the biggest ship in the world put as much carbon into the atmosphere as about 15000-18000 cars. (109k HP @ super high efficiency vs 100HP in your typical automobile, factored for 280days@24h/dy vs average car at 400h/yr)

Comment: Re:Copenhagen interpretation != less complicated (Score 1) 191

by sconeu (#48636959) Attached to: Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

Bell showed that Von Neumann's disproof of local hidden variable theories was flat out wrong.

My understanding is that hidden variables theories can be made to work if reality is non-local. And given that quantum entanglement appears to be non-local, hidden variables should be able to work.

Comment: Re:How? (Score 1) 83

by Overzeetop (#48625519) Attached to: Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

"You would never consider taking random things you find on the floor or street and putting them in your mouth"

You clearly don't have kids. Kids don't know better and are curious. Now extend that to every person who doesn't manage computers for a living or as part of their hobby. Interestingly, that includes almost everyone born before 1960 and after about 1995. The younger generation understands computers as little as the elderly - we've simplified the UI to the to the point that they're magic boxes to both age groups.

My 12 yo though her computer was "kind of slow". Turns out, she was out of drive space - filled up the 100GB on the SSD and never even realized it.

Comment: Re:So perhaps /. will finally fix its shit (Score 1) 391

by techno-vampire (#48623535) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites
We are living in a world where the west is increasingly persecuting people for ideas.

There's nothing new about this. If you look at history, you'll see things like this happening over and over. Look at how Rome treated Christians, look at the Spanish Inquisition and their expulsion of Jews, look at the Holocaust, look at Stalin's Great Purge. For that matter, remember that the Pilgrims weren't interested in letting everybody worship they way they wanted, they were interested in creating a colony where everybody had to worship the way the Pilgrims said they should. Up until recently, the US has been an exception to the general trend of mankind to punish anybody who doesn't think the same way as the ruler does, but I'm afraid that this is coming to an end. That doesn't mean that we shouldn't fight the trend, just that we shouldn't fool ourselves by thinking that this is something new in the world, because it isn't.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.