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Comment: Re:It's not really all that shocking. (Score 1) 72

by donaldm (#49433535) Attached to: The Solar System Is Awash In Water

Billions and billions of galaxies containing billions and billions of stars ... there's probably an an entire Astro Glide Nebula or something, and one made of just chocolate pudding. ;-)

Of course it may be possible to find a pizza shaped world carried on the back of four elephants who in turn are standing on the back of a gigantic star travelling turtle :-) (in memory of Terry Pratchett)

Comment: Re:The modern version of (Score 1) 237

by donaldm (#49305459) Attached to: Every Browser Hacked At Pwn2own 2015, HP Pays Out $557,500 In Awards

The atomic bomb is the destroy anything anywhere no matter what weapon, and one of the few weapons too nasty to actually have much practical use. That said, Isaac Asimov wrote a very interesting short story about atomic bomb shields. Look it up.

Yet that very same weapon was used in a combat situation and was extremely effective although not very nice, but wars are not very nice to begin with.

Comment: Re:IE Fell first. (Score 1) 237

by donaldm (#49305369) Attached to: Every Browser Hacked At Pwn2own 2015, HP Pays Out $557,500 In Awards

From the article I could not find what OS the browsers were running on although it does not take much in the way of brain cells to guess which one. Before anyone points at Safari that browser can be run under Microsoft Windows, Apple OSX and Linux. We also know that the browsers mentioned can also run under Apple OSX, however MS IE does not work on Linux unless you use a virtual machine or do some hacking. It is possible to run MS IE on Android although to be honest I could not find it when I searched the app store and there are quite a few browsers that have the big "e" as their logo.

It is one thing to pawn a browser it is a different thing to pawn the browser and the operating system. The article is not very specific on those details.

Comment: Re:A turd by any other name (Score 0) 317

by donaldm (#49281639) Attached to: Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand

Err lets see!

Google Chrome: Version 41.0.2272.89 (64-bit) - Check

Firefox: Mozilla Firefox 36.0 - Check

Konqueror: 4.14.4 - Check

Microsoft IE: ???? - Nope not there

Hmm better check my system:
- Operating System: GNU/Linux 3.18.9-200.fc21.x86_64 - Err!
- System Release: Fedora 21 - The alarm bells are ringing

Well colour me surprised that's why I couldn't find Microsoft Internet Explorer \(^o^)/

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 75

by donaldm (#49255501) Attached to: UK Police and PRS Shut Down Karaoke Torrent Site

I cannot imagine karaoke being that popular.

Rather than debate this if you have and Android phone or Apple iPhone for that matter go to to the App Store and search for "karaoke", you will find that there are quite a few apps (I counted 250 on Android) dealing with that. Now just for fun why don't you "tap" on an app (don't install unless you want too) and see how many downloads of that app has had.

Basically you are going to see 100's of thousands and even millions of downloads per app so just because you can't see karaoke being that popular I think 10's of millions would disagree with you.

Who would buy/download karaoke for personal use?

If you like watching Japanese Anime you may find the introduction and ending song if there is one set-up with "karaoke" and people do buy the dubbed/subbed anime.

why is this a target for the police when there are plenty of other, and larger, trackers out there? Nothing in this story makes any sense.

It looks like the big corporations want their pound of flesh and they don't care were they get it.

On a side note, do you know it is actually illegal to sing "Happy Birthday" in a public place without paying the copyright owners. Now IMHO that makes no sense but the law is definitely on their side.

Comment: Re:I'm a Member of That 1% (Score 1) 192

by donaldm (#49237221) Attached to: Steam On Linux Now Has Over a Thousand Games Available

Let's just stipulate that the answer to every summary-ending question is "No."

Is this the year of the Linux Desktop?

Been using a Linux Desktop professionally (no dual booting) for over seven years and I have not missed MS Windows.

Is this the year of Wearables?

Who cares it's your choice, but what has this to do with the Linux Desktop?

Will Mars One ever land people on Mars?

I think I will stay on a planet with a breathable atmosphere.

Is this the year of the Linux Game Console?

Over a billion of android users (smart phone and tablet) would like a word with you.

Is this the moment when Ruby on Rails takes over the programming market?

Who cares one way or another.

Comment: Re:And still (Score 1) 196

by donaldm (#49158177) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

The definition of "planet" is a fucked up mess that a small group of astronomers threw together with the intent of classifying Pluto as not-a-planet without really thinking it through.

Like it or not humans have been classifying things from the beginning of our species. Yes sometime we get it wrong or not quite right but we do try and refine our classifications using scientific principles.

Neither does Jupiter. There are about 100,000 trojan asteroids in Jupiter's orbit, so it fails the third criteria; "cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit."

That is just nit picking and is covered by the quote (see below) from your reference anyway. Basically all of that cosmic rubble (call them asteroids or chunks of rock if you will) are orbit crossing and are tiny in respect to the planet which is significantly different. None of the eight planets cross each others orbit however "Pluto" does cross Neptune's orbit which makes Pluto fall under a different criteria than what we classify as "normal planet orbital behaviour". Oh before I forget Pluto's orbital plane is different form the orbital plane of the other planets, read into that what you will.

As per your reference I quote:

In the end stages of planet formation, a planet will have "cleared the neighbourhood" of its own orbital zone (see below), meaning it has become gravitationally dominant, and there are no other bodies of comparable size other than its own satellites or those otherwise under its gravitational influence. A large body which meets the other criteria for a planet but has not cleared its neighbourhood is classified as a dwarf planet. This includes Pluto, which shares its orbital neighbourhood with Kuiper belt objects such as the plutinos.

Oh well maybe in the future Pluto will cross Neptune's orbit and Neptune will be waiting for it then the debate will be solved. Of course in a few billion years none of this will matter anyway.

Comment: Re:Another Reason Businesses prefer BSD (Score 1) 264

by donaldm (#49112369) Attached to: Linux Kernel Switching To Linux v4.0, Coming With Many New Addons

The kernel is shipping in every single one of those android phones. If you guys are basing your decision on whether or not to use Linux vs BSD servers based on whether or not the releases are named, I think Linux can probaly do ok without you.

I concur I did not want to comment any further for what I consider a troll. Personally I don't have any issue with BSD Unix since it actually was the first Unix I ever worked on in 1980 but many business or at least those that want to make money want an OS they know is going to be supported and the track record of the company that is going to support that OS.

Comment: Re:Another Reason Businesses prefer BSD (Score 1) 264

by donaldm (#49112265) Attached to: Linux Kernel Switching To Linux v4.0, Coming With Many New Addons

Ah the troll is strong with this one!

But well, it's just the kernel, so one could just use the number, but damn this sort of stuff is exactly why linux will never be taken that seriously, even if it is free. /rant off

Over one billion android smartphone and tablet users world wide might disagree with you and that is over 65% of the market.

Comment: Re:Linux? Is that still a thing? (Score 1) 264

by donaldm (#49112085) Attached to: Linux Kernel Switching To Linux v4.0, Coming With Many New Addons

Back when I was reading slashdot in the 90s I was assured it was just weeks away from taking over the world. Now I'm looking for any serious answer as to why it's anything more than "work for embedded device manuafcturers without getting paid."

I suggest you look at your smartphone or tablet, over one billion people might disagree with you.

Comment: Re:New version! (Score 1) 264

by donaldm (#49111745) Attached to: Linux Kernel Switching To Linux v4.0, Coming With Many New Addons

Yes, exactly. I'm running Debian Jessie and I'm not really comfortable with binary logs.

Have you ever heard to utmp and wtmp they are binary logs?

How do you think you can read an ASCII file since in reality it is a binary file? Don't believe me well try to open an ASCI file without the appropriate software to open that file. Examples of that software are: cat, more, less, pg, view, vi, vim, gvim, emacs, - I could go on if you like. Like it or not ASCII files are a binary file consisting of ones and zeros.

Reading so called binary logs with the appropriate software is no more different than reading an ASCII file with the appropriate software.

All great discoveries are made by mistake. -- Young