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Comment: Re:Cool (Score 1) 224

by alva_edison (#48867161) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

Instead you'll get atheist or "the wrong religion(tm)" posts being flagged as false. Plus, not all political messages are such that "false will probably do". Which of the following political statements should be marked false?

"The economy was hit hard by the housing crisis"

"Unchecked human industry is negatively impacting the environment"

"Medical expenses are the number 1 cause of bankruptcy in America"

"The US constitution prohibits establishment of religion by congress"

I think all of them are true, but not everyone will agree.

I think as phrased the first statement would not have anyone mark it false. However, people disagree as to the solutions, so once you address those it would be.

The second statement is a widely acknowledged politically decisive issue, so it will be marked false by some.

The third statement is a matter of fact checking, and another response found evidence that it may be false

I don't think people would mark the fourth statement false, but there are always people that want to go into nuances.

Comment: Re: A weakness is a weakness is a weakness (Score 1) 556

by alva_edison (#48850233) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

You're aware of this, right?

The big spike is obvious -- and so is the long decline.

There's a similar trend in the U.S.. I'm not sure it's related to gun legislation.

Comment: Re:Caches, threading, SIMD/GPUs, and floating poin (Score 1) 180

by alva_edison (#48812579) Attached to: The Legacy of CPU Features Since 1980s

And of course, ever since the 80486 (1989), all CPUs support floating point instructions.

486 SX chips had the FPU disabled or absent. So not all CPUs (or even all 80486 CPUs). As far as I'm aware Penitum (586) did not have a model without FPU support (although in the MMX models, you couldn't use MMX and the FPU at the same time).

Comment: Re:As long as it works (Score 1) 928

by alva_edison (#48281929) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

Actually the Mas and Pas is a easy Linux market, just setup a desktop with a functioning copy of firefox or chromium, remote administration via ssh and you're set. Add open office for the random document and that pretty much covers the Mas and Pas requirements.

As long as it has functioning Java and Flash. Unfortunately, Java in Firefox on Linux tends to break a lot and my experience has been Flash only works correctly on 32-bit systems.

Comment: Re:as the birds go (Score 1) 610

by alva_edison (#48141619) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

FYI, that is an example of incorrect behavior. They raped him.

I don't have a bible in front of me to double check. As I remember it they tried to rape him, but he was able to pull out at the last second. He was punished by G*d for pulling out. I've never been able to determine the exact lesson that story was trying to teach. But it could be a case of poor reading comprehension over the years.

Comment: Re:No wonder (Score 1) 243

by alva_edison (#48086921) Attached to: 2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

No wonder microwave radiation is harmful, then. It is even higher energy than blue light.

Microwave energy is lower than blue light.
A blue light photon is about 4.4 x 10**-19 J. Microwaves have photons at about 0.6 x 10**-24 -- 1.6 x 10**-24 J. That's 5 orders of magnitude difference.

Comment: Re:I know! (Score 1) 545

by alva_edison (#47928731) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

And brantondaveperson's comment was that the ease of the Linux install was due to the newness, and had you installed an equivalently new windows (7 or 8.1) you wouldn't have had as many problems. Conversely had you tried to install Debian 3.0 or 3.1, or a similarly aged Linux distro; I would expect you to have similar problems to the XP install.
As to system requirements, most performance tests I've seen indicate that if you meet the minimum requirements 7 is faster than XP and 8.1 is faster still.
However, you appeared to have the constraint of "low cost", and if you had the XP license it's not a surprise that's what you went with. Just be aware you aren't comparing apples to apples.

Comment: Re:Of course we can (Score 2) 140

by alva_edison (#47909411) Attached to: If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

If they found a cure that worked very well, was easy to administer, safe to administer, and cheap to produce - it'd mean they'll be throwing out their billion dollar -treatment- routines that people keep having to come back to otherwise.

That's what patents are supposedly for. No matter how cheap it is to produce, they would have a limited monopoly on it, so they could charge much more than a free market would normally allow.

Not that I normally endorse free markets, I believe from a consumer point of view they break in half once you get two or three large players that shut out other competition.

Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.