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Comment Re:HDMI=mostly disadvantages (Score 1) 406

Not to mention the time it takes to "negociate" the link probably when you plug it and leaves you with the feeling that nothing works. I don't count the number of times I've seen people press every button on the laptop to see if it would change anything on the black display.

BTW at home I'm still running on the VGA connector at 1600x1200 on an excellent, very clear display. The secret is to use those 13W3 connector cables from Sun immediately connected after a converter plugged into the DB15. No echo, no color issues, runs fine at 90Hz (250 MHz). They contain 3 independently shielded coax cables for the colors. Yes that's the same number of pixels as full HD, at 90Hz. Unless I'm mistaken, we're not far from the original HDMI limit ?

Comment Re:What's so special... (Score 1) 116

In fact my own usage in my projects as well as at my company has justified to take it over till last summer. And since Moritz and Ben from the debian LTS team have done an incredible job at feeding me with security backports for free, when Ben told me that debian 6 would be maintained till february, I found it the least I could do to pursue its maintenance for a few extra months to return the favor. So the fact that it's been used by debian has indeed justified 6 more months, which is nice already.

Acute observers will also note that in parallel Greg has also pushed 3.10 EOL quite far. It's just an indication that LTS is more of a team than isolated individuals the kernel.org table seems to imply. People talk out of public lists. Some devote more time, some less, but everybody helps all other ones as time permits. This is a fun adventure that will go on after 2.6.32 :-)

Oh BTW, 3.2 is quite close to 2.6.32, it should be an excellent, riskless replacement. Over the last year I've pulled fixes exclusively from it.

Comment Re:Consumables (Score 2) 49

It shouldn't be that surprising to see water and methane everywhere. After all, hydrogen is by far the most common element in the universe, and oxygen and carbon are also relatively common. Simple compounds of heavier elements with hydrogen should be among the most common things to see on planets (and dwarf planets and moons) that don't have strong enough gravity to keep hydrogen in their atmosphere.

Comment Re:Great! (Score 1) 338

If you want an incandescent that lasts really long, you need one sealed with a noble or inert gas (pure nitrogen might work on the cheap)

Not necessarily! Halogen lamps work by enclosing the filament with a reactive gas rather than an inert one. The halogen in the lamp reacts to form tungsten compounds that are stable at the lower temperatures near the glass of the bulb but decompose to tungsten and halogen at the higher temperatures near the filament. That design scavenges tungsten that sublimes from the filament and deposits on the bulb, minimizing filament erosion.

Comment Re:Great! (Score 1) 338

The argument was making them last longer wasted electricity since they would produce more heat and less light, but the real purpose was basically to create planned obsolescence and sell more lightbulbs at an inflated price.

Which is technically correct for the easiest ways of making the lamps last longer, i.e. running them cooler. The main reason incandescent lights are so inefficient is because they put out most of their energy as IR rather than visible light. If you run them hotter, they become much more energy efficient because more of the light is at visible wavelengths, and at wavelengths our eyes are more sensitive to, but that makes the filament material sublime faster, reducing lifespan. The reason halogen lamps are more efficient than conventional incandescent lamps is because the halogen improves filament lifespan enough that it's practical to run them at hotter, more efficient temperatures.

Comment Also unblocks the update (Score 4, Interesting) 720

I uninstalled update KB3035583 and blocked it when MS first sent it out several months ago. Then when I installed the last batch of patches in December it installed KB3035583 anyway. Before Windows 10 was released I was looking forward to it as Windows 8 done right. I was a little concerned about the rolling release approach, but was cautiously optimistic. But given their heavy handed approach on forcing windows 10 on people, and all the spyware included in it, they have destroyed any goodwill and trust they built up in recent years. Trust they need if they expect people to buy into their new software-as-a-service approach. My wife's next laptop will be running Linux or Mac OS X, which is not a big deal as she has used both in the past.

Comment Re: Sounds like an MBA plan! (Score 4, Insightful) 216

It was up to me to make sure my own code was quality enough before releasing it, and that aspect terrified me enough that I did learn to write quality code (which basically means you are testing your own code thoroughly, doing your own QA).

The problem with testing your own code is that you're likely to miss entire classes of bugs. You can be very effective at catching the kinds of bugs you can think of, but those are always the easiest bugs to catch in the first place. The tests you write for yourself will never do a good job of catching errors in your assumptions about what the code should do, what kinds of inputs it needs to handle, etc. Catching those kinds of conceptual bugs really requires adversarial testing from somebody who isn't starting from the same set of assumptions.

Comment Natural result of #4 (Score 1) 166

Number 5 are corollaries to number 4:

At its heart, the agile methodology consists of releasing small changes as often as possible ... It is about defining what is considered "production ready," representing that with a set of automated tests, and trusting that the tests written correctly define what it means for code to be "production ready." ...

For the true devops rock stars, it's also about taking that code and sending it directly to production through continuous deployment. If your company allows developers to check in code that goes through automated pre-check-in tests, gets handed over to another set of tests to ensure that the code is ready for production, then goes live on your production servers if deemed ready automatically, then you know you've achieved devops greatness.

If your organization really believes that automated tests can find all show-stopper bugs, and that absolutely no man-in-the-loop soak testing is needed to find unexpected problems, then you are guaranteed to have these failures in ops rather than dev. At that point, you are either explicitly accept that you are treating your users/customers as alpha testers, or the blame is on whoever adopted that QA policy, not the person who introduced the bug.

Comment Re:Tax cheats should be drawn and quartered!! (Score 1) 63

Seriously, there need to be strict rules against spying

More realistically, there need to be strict rules restricting spying. The government does have a real, if limited, need to spy on people as part of enforcing the law. That's what the 4th Amendment is supposed to be about: keeping the spying within strict limits necessary to enforce the law. I assume what I assume the IRS means when they talk about "carrying out criminal investigations in accordance with all appropriate federal and state judicial procedures"- that they have been scrupulous in following those rules. I don't have a big problem with the IRS's actions, per se, so long as they are following the law. The real discussion, though, is what the law ought to be- what things should require warrants, how much evidence should be required to get one, and what to do to police who lie when asking for them.

Comment Re:For those bitching about the "Special Editions" (Score 1) 424

If you're concerned about legality, just be sure you own the most recent Blu-Rays- much is based on those, and if you have an edit of a product you own (the Blu-Ray), that's totally legal.

No it's not, unfortunately. The edited version is still a derivative work, and it is illegal without the permission of the copyright holder, even if you own the original. It is not considered fair use. People have tried that argument in court in the past, and lost.

Comment Re:Before a human walks on Mars... (Score 1) 285

Mars is fascinating, but any attempts to spend tax-dollars on going there under the pretext of "humanity running out of room" must be rejected as mere pretence.

Who said the desire to go to Mars was about running out of room? For most of the people who are genuinely serious about visiting Mars, it's about exploration and science. We've learned an impressive amount about Mars by sending robots there, but a single trip by a small team of well trained people could learn orders of magnitude more.

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