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Comment Re:Lack of network connectivity is a deal breaker (Score 2) 122

The problem is that the USB port now requires a special cable which not all of us have lying around in quantity. It doesn't make it impossible, but it does make it more of a hassle.

Micro USB is hardly a "special cable" by any stretch.
It's the same cable and connector all of the raspberry pi models use for power

Pretty much all tablets and smart phones except Apples use them these days.
Also a good number of USB wall chargers typically have a USB-A on them and include a USB-A to Micro USB cable.

I was quite saddened to see most Slashdot posters don't even have a cheap-o $5 USB keyboard or ten laying around, and not including one with the original Pi being labeled "a deal breaker" - but really, no one around these parts has massive piles of both of those parts and more laying around anymore?

Comment Re:Which one is sub-$10? (Score 1) 122

Which one is sub-$10?
Unless you get your hands on the MagPi or live near one of the twenty-five Micro Center locations in the USA

The later being exactly what I did. The Pi Zeros were $5 each, and I now have two of them.
The CHIP isn't being sold anywhere yet, either online nor Microcenter.

So the answer to your question is "The Pi Zero"

Comment Re:The dark matter between their ears (Score 1) 166

I don't have to provide alternative explanation to point out that what I see here is an ungrounded assertion. They're trying to manipulate facts to match the theory, not the other way around like actual scientists do.

No actually you DO have to provide an explanation.
We observe things happening. We are trying to make an explanation why they are happening.

Your claim that "they are not happening" when all observations and evidence and facts show 100% of the time over a few trillions of observations that your claim is WRONG.

It's completely on your head to show why your already-proven-incorrect "thought" is not wrong.

The facts you claim are being manipulated are right there in front of your face with no manipulation by anyone - except yourself of course, who keeps insisting the facts must be ignored because they don't fit your personal crazy "theory"

So get to explaining

Comment Re:That's nothing (Score 1) 258

Computers just aren't good at all at that sort of thing.

It's a simple trivial problem that doesn't need any AI to solve. One variable and a couple IF statements is all that is required.

Have the car reset a counter at midnight to zero. For each person the car runs over and kills, increment the counter by one.
Once that counter reaches 2999, shut down the engine and refuse to start until the next day.

If self driving cars limit themselves to less than 3000 people killed on the road per day, they will already be safer and kill less humans that our current situation with human driven cars, so the self-driving cars empirically win.

Comment Re:First salvo! (Score 1) 438

How about a real story arc?

Wow! I mean sure that would be wonderful and amazing after all, but that's still quite a big demand from most of those involved.

And here I was going to plead and beg just for no Neelix, no warp ten salamander sex, and no stories revolving around any child actors.

Comment Re:Do what? (Score 1) 206

Disclaimer: I'm not arguing GPs point. Or Ps point. Or your point. Oh wait you are P.
Better Disclaimer: I have no point, best not to read further. If you would like your time returned, please send a stamped self addressed envelope to my gmail account, and I'll send you the GNU date source code. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.

When Grandma asks you who makes the best computers, do you answer "Cray", or "HP/Dell/Lenovo"?

Well if MY grandma, passed over 15 years ago now, asked me who makes the best computers, I'd probably answer Cray too.

And then send her off to God for the best tech support ever.

I bet he could get that damn tulip module to compile first try too!

But I'm just that kind of jerk I guess ;}

In all seriousness... well some... or a little at least... well I tried. OK that isn't true. But if someone elses grandma, not passed over 15 years ago now, asked me that I'd actually have no idea what to answer.
I think HP has pissed me off the least lately, but that isn't to be taken as they don't very much suck. Dell sort of sucks the opposite of HP for me.
Lenovo on the low end is just disasterly. And yes I greatly fear for my beloved xSeries future in their hands :{

On the other hand, I say this as someone who has one of those $15k HP-UX machines in my basement, along with an equally expensive SGI o2, a Next cube and two Next slabs, and numerous Sparc desktops.

Come to think of it, I'm significantly less qualified to answer here than you are :P

Comment Re:What is a pre-certificate? (Score 1, Informative) 95

Sorry, but I have no clue what a pre-certificate is. Google search doesn't seem to help me either.

I assumed they meant a premium certificate, aka a class 3 EV (extended validation) certificate or higher.

It's just marketing bullshit pretty much, and the only difference is some flags set in the cert when its signed by the CA.

Comment Re:Wny did they need the certificates? (Score 1) 95

True, but at the time that RFC didn't exist. And a lot of software had a hard-coded rule about TLDs: ccTLDs were 2 characters, the generic TLDs were 3 characters and only a few were valid. Trying to use a TLD with more than 3 characters would make some software reject it as invalid, but it was easy to pick a 3-character TLD that was guaranteed not to exist in the global DNS.

Thankfully we've moved past that stage. Though I would like to see a special-use domain "local" defined for names that aren't for testing but are restricted to the organization's network.

Even those rules are wrong, and were wrong back in the day.

The very first TLD for example is 4 characters, and that TLD exists and is in use to this very day.

(And no matter how wrong it is, it's always fun to stick an A record in your .arpa reverse-zone to an IP pointing back to its own PTR!)

Thankfully I've never run into any program that rejected .arpa as a valid TLD in my 25 years on the network.
Much fun on IRC it was.

But even so, I haven't used anything but .test .invalid and .example since 2000 per the RFC.
Somewhat ironically though, your .ttk test-tld still seems to not exist, where as the .xxx test-tld I used does.

Even more ironic (or just sad) it was right around the time that RFC was published that none other than Microsoft started using .local as a defacto standard for a LAN TLD on Windows networks, a practice that continued right up until CAs begun to refuse signing .local domain names for Exchange servers (In 2012 or so? I can't quite remember)

Of course instead of pushing to make .local a true global standard in the root zones, Microsoft just threw up their hands and said "Fuck it, we don't know, just go get some insanely long .com domain to type in front of all your usernames from now on or something."

Comment Re:Swirls of electricity? (Score 1) 55

I'm not sure how to interpret "swirls of electricity", either in terms of particles or in terms of field theory...

I'm pretty sure they just attached a few arc welders to a novelty sized pinwheel on a stick, mounted to the front of the skateboard.

At least that's what I imagine I would have done just before uttering the phrase "swirls of electricity"

Comment Re:A little different line of thinking.. (Score 1) 193

Actually deep freeze uses copy-on-write files that store all changes post-boot, and that file gets deleted upon booting.

That way a reboot only has the additional time of a file delete (usually an unclean unlink as well, which is much faster) instead of however long an image restore would take.

I've been on the lookout for an open source solution to take the place of deep freeze for almost a decade now, and I've never found anything available for Windows or that is generic for any OS.

If restores-on-demand are OK, then clonezilla works great.
Take an image, and run it through the bootable image maker option. It creates essentially a bootable restore disk.
This can be written to a separate/second hard drive or partition and booted from as needed to restore to your last good state.

But it makes it much more risky to take new images (potentially long after an infection has occurred but not been triggered or discovered yet) to get new applications installed into it or the latest security updates and AV definitions.

It's a give and take sort of thing with both plenty of upsides and downsides as well.

Alternately deep freeze is a much less annoying solution to use, it just isn't open source. But at least the price is pretty reasonable IMHO.

Comment What is art? (Score 1) 153

Looks like video games match every single English definition of the word "art" out there:

art - noun \'art\

* something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings
* works created by artists : paintings, sculptures, etc., that are created to be beautiful or to express important ideas or feelings
* the methods and skills used for painting, sculpting, drawing, etc.

* The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power
* Works produced by human creative skill and imagination
* Creative activity resulting in the production of paintings, drawings, or sculpture

If you can't learn to do it well, learn to enjoy doing it badly.