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Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 429 429

My point was that a very small shell script can detect memory conditions on most Unix systems through typical file access mechanisms. Apple will doubtless have overcomplicated this. I wonder if they have also created dependencies on that daemon. Does it do anything else?

Comment: Re:Very finance specific (Score 1) 145 145

Its a pity people like you don't appreciate the sacrifice others made for you to have your comfortable 21st century existence

The problem with that idea is that these wars are engineered so that certain people can profit, so that's really not what they made a sacrifice for, is it? They were sacrificed on the altar of profit.

Comment: Re:So does this qualify as 'organic'? (Score 1) 227 227

You are co-opting the term organic to mean something extra.

Well, no, no I am not. Here we go:

"In the late 1930s and early 1940s Sir Albert Howard and his wife Gabrielle Howard, both accomplished botanists, developed organic agriculture. [...] In the United States another founder of organic agriculture was J.I. Rodale." OK, so now we have decided who might get to define terms, yes? Let us continue. "Howard observed and came to support traditional Indian farming practices over conventional agricultural science. Though he journeyed to India to teach Western agricultural techniques he found that the Indians could in fact teach him more. One important aspect he took notice of was the connection between healthy soil and the villages' healthy populations, livestock and crop. Patrick Holden, Director of the UK Soil Association quoted Howard as saying "the health of soil, plant, animal and man is one and indivisible." The maintenance of the soil is critical. Guess what they do with poop in India? Anyway, moving on. "To Rodale, agriculture and health were inseparable. Healthy soil required compost and eschewing poisonous pesticides and artificial fertilizers. Eating plants grown in such soil would then help humans stay healthier, he expounded." Now, where you do you think compost comes from?

Anyway, as usual, even a quick scan of Wikipedia would have proved my point. And in fact, that's what I did. But this idea was based on a conversation I had with my lady some years ago. She doesn't remember it at all, and I don't remember it very well, so I don't remember precisely what she stated at the time, so I had to go to WP. I didn't even use google. Why not quickly glance at the readily available materials which cost you nothing, before claiming that someone is wrong? While you're reading WP, you could also look up Biodynamic Agriculture, a sort of spiritually-guided precursor to organic gardening which is gaining traction today. I think some of their rituals are a bit hilarious, but the basic fundamental principles basically cover all the original founding principles of "organic" gardening. Agriculture is a cyclical system.

My understanding is that these days many if not most sewage plants are actually cooking their wastes for maximum methane production, capturing it and selling it or burning it on site for power production, where they used to try to minimize it and then flare off the unwanted product. The sludge is sold on for agricultural use. There's an "organic" version of this process known as Advanced Integrated Wastewater Pond Systems (AIWPS) which also produces algae, which can be used as a fuel feedstock... and clean water, even separating out heavy metals. And all it takes to make it is some piping. If you want to also capture the methane, then you also need some other goodies including a sheet of plastic, and you'll probably want a liner for catching the heavy precipitates, but there's not a whole lot to it. And of course, we could be making a whole lot more use of composting toilets, for example the Bason (sorry for PDF, but it's really the best link I know so far. Someday I will build one, and then I will make a nice page on it... even if it is full of shit)

Comment: Re:My Plans for Firefox (Score 1) 138 138

I should have mentioned that their market share was falling too. Chrome was rising fast, and even IE didn't suck too badly by V10. So they knew that they needed to change to maintain their position, but didn't know how.

No. That's a false assumption. Sometimes there's nothing you can do to preserve market share. You know what they could have done that would have resulted in market share rising again after it dipped? Nothing. That's right, they should have done nothing. I mean, sure, bug fix, keep up with standards, help drive the standards even. But you don't change things that people like in order to make yourself more popular. That's goddamned idiotic at best.

If Firefox had changed nothing, then when Chrome actually got all the same functionality as Firefox used to have and became bloated and slow and memory-hungry just like Firefox then many users would have come back to Firefox naturally. Instead, they added bloat and crap to the point where it became slower than even the new improved Chrome, and users didn't come back.

They should have done nothing.

Comment: Re:Very finance specific (Score 2) 145 145

Well its a good thing that someone is willing to fight wars and undertake spying or we'd all be speaking german and goose stepping to work.

Political skullduggery led to WWI led to WWII. So no, without people willing to fight wars and undertake spying there would never have been a WWI, let alone a WWII.

Yeah I know, Godwin etc, but in this case its a valid counterpoint.

No, because it's not even a valid argument.

Comment: Re:Faulty? Not necessarily for the reasons you thi (Score 1) 188 188

"How many years have you spoken [insert your native tongue here]?"

Not useful information. Some people are better-spoken at 15 than are others at 51.

"How many years have you known how to multiply small numbers in your head?"

Some people never learn this. You tell them how much change they're going to give you and they say "You've got math in your head". Not making this up, even a little bit.

"Who was your President/head of state when you turned 18/reached the age of majority/reached voting age?"

What does that have to do with anything?

"When were you confirmed/bar-mitzvahed/considered an adult congregant in your church/synagog/place of worship?"

Can't ask that in a job interview :p

I know this wasn't all about job interviews, but since most of your questions smelled like interview questions...

Comment: Re:ANTIOXIDANTS! (Score 1) 188 188

The farmers are all perfectly healthy right up into they decide to retire and get a place in town.

I haven't known too many farmers, but none of them have been 'perfectly healthy'. They've all got aches and pains.

To me the ideal is to be active, but also to have time to rest when you're hurt. That's not the life of a farmer.

Comment: Re:My Plans for Firefox (Score 1) 138 138

The reality is that Firefox has been struggling figure out where to go next for years now.

The reality is that Firefox shouldn't be trying to go anywhere. It's a fucking web browser. If I want more bullshit in my browser, I'll open another site. If I want to integrate that site into my browser, I'll go looking for a browser extension. I don't want it done for me. If I did, I'd have opened some site-specific app. I just want the goddamn browser.

Also, the other reality is that Firefox is supposed to be a platform which is highly themeable, so actually changing the GUI shouldn't even be necessary. If it was necessary, then Firefox is nothing it was supposed to be. If it wasn't necessary, then they are big fuckups for forcing the change instead of just making a different theme available to users who wanted to try it. So is Firefox a big piece of shit, or are the devs big fucking idiots? There's no third way.

Comment: Re:I remember... (Score 1) 138 138

If you are a purist and hate them for that, then imagine Firefox not exitsing. Opensource community would end up with Cromium, dependent on Google and a bunch of webkit browsers

Uh, no. You get this wrong above in your comment, too. If Google goes off the rails, then there will be a fork of Chromium.

All in all, you might hate Mozilla's monetization model, but you have to admit, that they spend the money they earn to write the code and give to everyone for free with a libre license to boot.

So does Google, with Chrome -> Chromium.

The problem with Firefox ain't the licensing, it's that they're trying to cram five pounds of shit into a five pound sack which already contains a web browser. That only leaves room for shit, and best case your browser will end up shitty.

Comment: Re:I remember... (Score 1) 138 138

I think the "electrolysis" project for per-tab processes is such a feature to be excited about. Of course Chrome already has this, so maybe the excitement is not all that great. But I think that the unconditional Firefox bashing that is so cool these days is totally counter-productive.

So can you name one more thing that Firefox has done in years that users want, let alone don't hate? Normal bug fix operation doesn't count. The people running Firefox are driving it straight off a cliff. Don't make apologies for them. They have their heads up their arses and aren't interesting in hearing about the fact.

Comment: Re:useless idea person... (Score 3, Insightful) 145 145

And yet, when you look at the stalwarts of today's tech industry, most of them excelled, not because of their technical skills but because of their ideas.

And yet, when you look at the stalwarts of today's tech industry, all of them excelled in part because of their technical skills, which formed their ideas. Sometimes they lacked the technical ability to carry their ideas to completion without assistance, but that's a mark of every great human endeavor.

Bill Gates was a programmer, albeit a mediocre one. Steve Jobs was also a bad programmer, and a worse EE... but he could at least build circuits and write code. These people excelled because of their ideas, but their ideas were founded in reality because they did have skills, even if they weren't exceptional in those areas.

Comment: Re:useless idea person... (Score 3, Insightful) 145 145

But once again we see this too-common meme popping up yet again; that everyone should learn to code.

What makes it too-common? I don't see it that often.

Ultimately (IMHO) it's a waste of time and resources. Any moderately intelligent person can be taught to code "Hello World" in any given language, but that doesn't make him a programmer

Look, we have this concept of an individual who is "well-rounded" not by accident, but because we have seen that people who know more about more stuff have more intelligent things to say. As it turns out, things you learn in one area often have broad applicability. If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If you also have a screwdriver, the world looks like a different place. When you have a whole garage full of tools, it looks different again.

Heinlein had it right when he said that specialization was for insects. Life is too short for anyone to become a master of all trades, but life is too wondrous to restrict one's learning to a single discipline. Live a little. Learn. Experience.

The value in teaching everyone beginning programming is a lot like the value in teaching everyone a foreign language, or a musical instrument. Not everyone is going to become a master. Many will not even develop competence. But at minimum, they will become more aware of how the world works, and be able to make better-informed decisions. They will actually learn to see things differently and approach things in different ways. They will have a different idea of what is possible than people who don't know what they know.

TL;DR: It's a waste to try to make everyone into a programmer, but it's not a waste to teach everyone about programming.

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