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Comment Re:Oh good, a reason (Score 5, Insightful) 350

I don't think Sanders is that extreme, I might be wrong, but by himself (especially with a republican congress) he won't be effective enough to create the kind of environment you envision.
In that regard as president he would be a good counterbalance to the crap that we have been living with for the last 40 years, that has resulted in massive shifts in wealth in this country. Just reversing or stopping that trend (and no, more tax cut's aren't the answer to our shitty infrastructure, and shrinking middle class) a little would make him massively successful in my book.

Comment Re:Fundamentals (Score 5, Insightful) 350

I was sitting across from a couple guys sitting in the BBQ joint in Texas two weeks ago. And they were badmouthing the iran prisoner exchange, and then they started agreeing with each other they that bringing the "terrorists" to the US for prison was a terrible idea. I basically asked them "So your afraid of a couple unarmed guys guarded 24/7, who for the most part have less than a high school education who grew up in caves?"

The thing that kills me about gitmo is the all the "brave mericans" running around crying about how dangerous it is to bring the remaining guys from gitmo to the US. What happened to "land of the free, home of the brave?" I guess that went out of style when GW Bush told everyone to go shopping.

Comment Does anyone actually use edge? (Score 1) 159

I put in the little effort to setup classic IE on my win10 tablet because edge was basically unusable due to the fact it doesn't have an ad blocker. I really have no idea how people can surf the modern internet without an ad blocker, the auto-playing videos and popups everywhere make it completely insane.

Comment Re:Isn't this what --preserve-root is for? (Score 4, Insightful) 699

The problem is that UEFI missed the KISS principal and is basically an OS itself. In that way, the principals (not necessarily the implementation) of the original PC BIOS are actually a much better target for for an OS bootloader. See uboot (which actually probably goes a little to far the in opposite direction because it lacks the ability to run option rom/support 3rd party plug in devices). You complain about BIOS, but you have to understand that the BIOS design evolved from PCs with 8/16 bit processors and a few KB of ram, all the way to 64-bit computers with hundreds of GB of ram, along the way supported thousands of different peripherals. By comparison UEFI is a tiny slice of the modern computing ecosystem, and most non PC devices abandoned UEFI and instead went for simpler boot mechanisms more reminiscent of BIOS (see cellphones, etc).

BTW; UEFI still does POST (in the generic sense, often with POST codes), its also configures PCIe interrupts and the APIC, which is required for ACPI which remains in UEFI as much as it was in BIOS. Only on ARM64 can you get away from UEFI requiring ACPI to be useful, in the form of UEFI/DT. Which makes one question why run UEFI at all instead of uboot/DT which go together better. (just to be clear ARM64 also "supports" UEFI/ACPI).

Comment I will never purchase a nest/eccobee (Score 1) 432

And possibly others, because they are too cool to use normal relays. Instead they use only solid state components in their thermostats which have been known to fail closed and burn up peoples AC systems (running the compressor without a fan).

Plus the ecobee's SSRs use so much power they get warm to the touch and cannot accurately sense the temp around them without the remote thermostats.

Bad design, but I guess that is what you get from a company that puts all the "smarts" in their cloud servers...

Comment Stupid companies (Score 1) 432

I want a nice Wifi thermostat, but I _DONT_ want it to be cloud centric. AKA I want it to present its own web interface and only _OPTIONALLY_ connect to a cloud service. I want to be able to pull heating/cooling history/etc from it, as well as remotely reprogram it, and have it monitor remote temp sensors.

There isn't a single product like that on the market for less than $1k.

Comment 486. (Score 1) 332

I ran a 486 on a MRBIOS based motherboard from ~1992-1994 as a desktop computer.. At which point it was upgraded to a DX/2-66 where it ran as a fileserver until ~1997, at which point it was turned into a linux firewall. A state it existed in until 2010 when I got an internet connection faster than it could handle.

18 Years of continuous activity is not bad.I have a lot of old computers that still work. The oldest is probably an apple ][+ at this point, as I found a good home for my SWTPC a few years back.Those computers from the 70's and 80's are pretty much bulletproof. The ones from the 90's are susceptible to HD failures and the ones from the 2000's seem to be made out of crap (bad caps, and all kinds of other undiagnosable failures).

Comment Re:Also unblocks the update (Score 1) 720

Before Windows 10 was released I was looking forward to it as Windows 8 done right

Me to, its definitely a step in the right direction for desktop users, but its worse on tablets. I think MS totally has the right idea with the "tablet mode" setting in the charms bar. Its implementation though is 1/2 baked.

The problem is that a whole host of things now suck for tablets. Take the replacement of IE with edge. Edge may be a great web browser for speed/standards etc, but it sucks to use because it lacks an ad blocker. The desktop version of IE had been stupefied so it doesn't understand running as a modern app anymore.

Then there is the fact that modern and desktop apps get mixed, and a desktop app running maximized (a great idea) fails to pull up the keyboard for entry most of the time. So your forced to disable tablet mode to access the manual keyboard icon.

I could write a 10k word article about all the good ideas with shitty implementations in windows, but whats the point.

Frankly, I'm not sure what the advantage 8/10 have over 7 for desktop users, nor the advantage 10 has over 8 for tablet users. 10 is a bunch of half baked crap, maybe 11 will be better.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 121

I'm sort of going to second this too, I have an OpenRD which is using a slightly older version of the Marvell CPU. The docs initially appear open, but I quickly ran into a number of cases where they wanted me to sign an NDA to get the full documentation covering the information I needed.

Basically, all the useful information is not in the public tech docs...

Comment Re:ummmm (Score 1) 389

States rights are good when you want to break federal law. But state rights are shit when the state wants to name something in it.

Sounds like business as usual. I live in TX where the idea of "local control" is translated as "local control as long as you conform to the political ideology of the state government" The state government that caps all forms of local taxes (from sales tax, to property taxes). The same state that mandates everything from the education curriculum to limits on what counties/cities can do with zoning regulations, to whether a city can ban plastic bags (ok the latter didn't pass... yet).

The "conservatives" in TX usually manage to pass a couple hundred new laws restricting things that were previously free or the ordnance of local government every time they go to Austin.

Comment Re:15? (Score 3, Interesting) 354

Besides what the AC said (which I 100% agree with) XP's real feature over windows 2000 was probably the license model change. Before XP the licenses weren't tied to the hardware, and weren't verified by MS. I've always though that the main reason for the change. The UI color style (which could be revered to 2000's look) was to make people thing they were getting something over 2000.

The fact that it was such a small update over 2k is probably most of what made it successful. All the major issues were worked by the users of 2k. That is basically what happened with windows7 too. Vista users dealt with all the bugs, and when it was finally a reasonable product MS just released it with the appropriate service packs as a new product.

Comment Buddy of mine (Score 1) 136

Went to CMU for a month in the summer of '93. He came back with a somewhat professional looking CD that had the source code for linux, the slackware floppy images, and some other junk (maybe it was SLS).

We spent a day or two installing it on my 486sx20 (which actually involved creating a bunch of floppies, and installing from them IIRC).

Not much worked, for sure X didn't. I wasn't very impressed, so I stopped messing with it. Some time passed and I tried again (possibly with another CD). I remember eventually getting X running a few months later. and probably the networking support too. Two things I remember from that time period, was my buddy impressively getting his VGA monitor to run at some resolution far beyond what it was designed for. Which then resulted in trying it on a bunch of different monitors and a number of them strangely dying not long after (the noises they made were quite memorable too). Including my buddies IIRC..

But, I didn't really stick with it other than to show it to people and mess around a bit once in a while. It didn't have any games, the command line wasn't DOS, and the few apps it had pretty much sucked. NT 3.1 which I had at the same time was more useful, but was dog slow booting on the same hardware. Heck it was slow on the screaming fast Pentium 60 we had at work. (which was also installed off floppies... all ~40 of them).

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