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Comment Re:Why on Earth? And why in Chile? (Score 4, Informative) 63

1) Google adaptive optics and be amazed.

2) Apparently the topography to windward (west) is important. Chile and Hawaii are favoured locations for telescopes because they have ocean to the west, and ocean is very flat (relative to land). That means the air blowing over your telescope is experiencing pretty laminar flow most of the time. Places like Tibet with lots of mountainous land to the west get more turbulent flow.

Comment Re:planned obsolescence or inflation? (Score 1) 220

You can do all the same things in Apple devices too. Don't believe the anti-hype. Apple has developed an annoying addiction to pentalobe screws, but the screwdrivers for those now seem to be available at many hardware stores. There are excellent tear down guides, step by step instructions for individual part replacements, and replacement part sales.

Comment Re: Will you stop approving submissions by this gu (Score 1) 220

Have to call bullshit. Your own assertion supports the OPs point. I've replaced the battery in my current iPhone twice (and the screen three times). If "battery failure" was really the primary problem with old phones then people wouldn't upgrade for $1000, they'd replace the battery for $30. The primary reason to upgrade is that people want a new phone.

It's a standard feature of emerging technology. The new thing is much better than the old thing, so people use any excuse to upgrade. When the technology becomes mature there's much less impetus to buy a whole new device. Digital cameras and desktop computers are now pretty mature. Smartphones are fast approaching.

Comment Re: Linux is a fragile house of cards (Score 1) 698

I doubt very much he told apt to remove his window manager. The apt system (either apt itself or some Ubuntu package(s)) has some buggy bits that don't do so well keeping track of dependencies. As someone else pointed out, this is probably the code that looks for unneeded libraries. The OP wanted to remove his game, but apt said "by the way, here's some other stuff I found that you don't need anymore, want me to remove it?" and the OP hit yes (sounds like a good idea, no?).

You can't do the same thing in OS X. I don't know about Windows. The app store can't remove or modify system files unless you're explicitly installing an OS upgrade.

In general, programs on the Mac are much more self-contained, at the expense of a bit of replication of libraries. The OS X bundle/framework paradigm is excellent, and well worth copying. I'm not sure what app store Windows does, but in the past this kind of problem in that OS was known as "dll hell." Linux has much of the same problem, and the currently implemented fixes are pretty clunky.

Comment Re: Linux is a fragile house of cards (Score 1) 698

It's a little worse than that. At least on Ubuntu, the package manger is pretty aggressive about removing old stuff. When you install or uninstall a package it mentions that it found all this old cruft, and would you like to remove it (Y/n)? A regular user is pretty likely to just say yes. You don't need to specifically be trying to free up space.

Comment Re: Linux is a fragile house of cards (Score 1) 698

Assuming you mean Ubuntu Snappy, kinda. The transactional updates will let you roll back changes (which is awesome) but it doesn't really fix the fact that package managers shouldn't be doing stupid stuff like that in the first place. The new package managers coming out of the major distros should hopefully fix a lot of the problems with the old ones.

Comment Re: Systemd developers have rejected (Score 1) 698

That seems more than a little black and white. Mounting UEFI vars as read only by default, requiring specifically mounting write to change them would solve a lot of problems. Making writing to UEFI not a file system operation would too. You know, like BIOS used to be.

I remember we used to have to write down our hard drive specs because BIOS settings could be overwritten by bad memory accesses. Thank god someone fixed that (and invented auto detection).

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