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Comment: Re:System Hardware. Or yum install hardinfo (Score 3, Insightful) 62

by hairyfeet (#48675641) Attached to: Linux 3.19 Kernel To Start 2015 With Many New Features

Which leads us to the sadly all too true obligatory XKCD which is why Linux on the desktop is so low its getting its ass handed to it by "other" and has gotten so low its literally below the margin for error.

Considering that every time Linux starts to get stable the devs take a big steaming shit on it, Pulse, KDE 4, Gnome 3, Systemd, not to mention Torvalds constant kernel fiddling, is anybody really surprised by the plummeting numbers? Its a damned shame but as long as devs would rather put out yet another release instead of fixing the bugs in the previous release Linux will always remain in alpha quality.

Comment: Re:Move over USA, it's China's time to shine now.. (Score 1) 261

by cant_get_a_good_nick (#48673821) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

As an economy that is 70% consumer based, I'm not sure how much consumer debt is from China.

China needs to buy our debt more than we need to sell it. They need to convert yuan to dollars to maintain a favorable exchange rate. How's that go? If you borrow $1000 from a bank, the bank owns you. If you borrow, say, several trillion dollars from a bank, you own the bank.

Comment: Re:Patents... ugh (Score 1) 60

by hairyfeet (#48667915) Attached to: De-escalating the Android Patent War

Cut the time in half, simple as that. We had need for such a long length in the old days because of how long it took to make a prototype, build a factory, get a product to market, etc but today with 3D printing and factories for hire,FPGAs and SOCs? Going from finished design to working product in hand in under a year is totally doable. So cut the time in half with the option of being extended to current but with a significant cost in the form of a yearly renewal that doubles every year to discourage patent sitting.

If one were to do this along with returning copyrights to their original 27 years? the world would be a better place and we would all be better off. Sadly with the amount of power these patents give the companies at the top? We have better odds of getting flying cars and sexbots than we do of having sanity restored to patents and copyrights.

Comment: Re:Google's acquisition of Android Inc. Q.E.D. (Score 1) 83

by hairyfeet (#48667795) Attached to: Comcast-TWC Merger Review On Hold

Read the rest of my post drinkypoo, the rumor is that AT&T is gonna bail and rip up the copper to push their insanely overpriced cellular broadband where they don't have any regulation or oversight so you'll have cable or nothing, not even dialup.

I know I personally believe the rumor as I've been told flat footed by a city worker that the only fiber being run is for cellular towers and the city had to pay a good chunk of money to get fiber run to their buildings in the center of town because AT&T simply isn't fixing or upgrading anything that isn't cellular. I was told a similar tale by a lineman, that they are being told to fix only, do NOT upgrade and he said they are catching hell if they do more than the most basic of repair. According to him the entire POTS is falling into disrepair and its been made clear that this is by design, they want out of POTS and DSL and will be pushing the DSL customers towards their expensive as hell cellular broadband.

Comment: Re:Relying on user reviews is stupid (Score 2) 88

by hairyfeet (#48667733) Attached to: TripAdvisor Fined In Italy For Fake Reviews
I still don't get why they haven't been busted for extortion. I mean "Give us money or we wreck the rep of your business by leaving these rotten (and probably fake) reviews up" sounds like a classic case of extortion to me. Replace ad with insurance and its so classic as to be cliche so WTF?

Comment: Re:Does he stand a chance? (Score 1) 161

by hairyfeet (#48665889) Attached to: 'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

Not gonna happen because the third parties won't be allowed to debate, won't be given equal air time, and will be ignored by the MSM. You can stick your head in the sand and pretend it isn't so but there is a reason why most of the EU gets multiple parties to choose from and us only two, its because our current system is designed to give us this outcome.

From the electoral college to the lack of secondary choice the current system is designed to make launching a functional competitive third party all but impossible. If you do not believe this answer me these questions WITHOUT looking them up...what was the name of the Green Party candidate for POTUS in 2012? The Libertarian? You can't because even though those 2 parties have existed for decades as far as the system is concerned they may as well not exist. Even at the state level the number of third party wins historically have been so low as to be nonexistent, so until the system itself is changed a third party vote is just throwing your ballot in the bin...although considering how corrupt both parties are now I'm not sure if that isn't what you end up doing regardless.

Comment: Re:Google's acquisition of Android Inc. Q.E.D. (Score 1) 83

by hairyfeet (#48665869) Attached to: Comcast-TWC Merger Review On Hold

Also Android wasn't a "bad" company before being bought out and whether Google is "bad" is strictly dependent on how you feel about the whole" you are the product" bit.

Compare this to Comcast whose rep is sooo bad they changed the name to Xfinity just to lose some of the negative feelings about the brand. Never had TWC but just the fact that this will make the resulting corp a monopoly for all intents and purposes (as the DSL in most areas is subpar and if the rumor going around is true DSL is being abandoned by AT&T in all but the largest markets so they can push their insanely priced wireless broadband) should frankly give EVERYONE reason to not want this to go through. When you look at how much we pay for honestly what is subpar Internet compared with a lot of the planet (even Romania last I checked had faster speeds and even megacities like NYC and LA have speeds that are a joke compared to most of Asia and parts of Europe) what we need is MORE competition, MORE lines being run, and MORE infrastructure upgraded. As we have seen time and time again monopolies give you less because they are the only game in town, the last thing we need when we've already been robbed out of nationwide broadband once already. Do we REALLY think another supermegacorp is gonna make things BETTER than what we have now?

Comment: Ummmm... About twice in 16 years (Score 1) 112

by Sycraft-fu (#48661265) Attached to: Apple Pushes First Automated OS X Security Update

In my time in IT, that's what I've seen. There was an update to the 3com 905 drivers back in the day that BSOD's systems, since then there have been more rigorous driver testing. After that there was the recent Windows 7 update that had a problem on some systems. We didn't see any issues on any of our some 400 Windows 7 systems, but I did verify it was real. MS rolled it back with another automated patch.

Oh and I suppose XP SP3 though that wasn't automatic, and the only systems it "broke" were ones with Malware infections so I hardly count that.

So... ya... Personally, I'll take an issue ever decade or so in trade for having a system that it up to date. However, if you'd rather not patch your stuff go ahead, just don't do it on my network, I'll block you.

Comment: Re:Why dashcams? (Score 1) 93

by hairyfeet (#48649705) Attached to: Seattle Police Held Hackathon To Redact Footage From Body Cameras

And we have seen the press cannot be trusted, see how the press doxxed witness 40 or 41 that testified for the officer in the Brown case, considering we just had 2 cops in NYC killed by someone wanting to retaliate for Brown and Garner? A reasonable person would have every reason to believe the press put that witnesses life in danger.

So while we should always have the unaltered footage accessible by lawyers and grand juries there are legitimate reasons why some things shouldn't be public.

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