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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 61

Sorry, but I just don't understand what the purpose is, and it isn't stated in the thread linked -- other than a few ... (maybe) benchmarks that don't cover many real-world use cases.

With CFQ, an high disk-IO task will block every other process on the system from getting any time. This can be a big file cp, but I see it most often when writing to slow USB thumb drives... Queue up a copy/rsync/etc. of a few GBytes of data to a slow thumb drive, and after your RAM/buffer cache is filled, your system will be almost completely unresponsive.

Change your scheduler from CFQ to deadline and your system will spring back to life. I don't specifically know that BFQ does any better, but it couldn't possibly be worse... CFQ is crap.

Comment Re:Just 5 billions for 200 MW?? (Score 2) 179

We are going to need portable fusion if we ever want to do serious interstellar travel.

Fission (which we've had for decades) is a perfectly workable and acceptable energy source for "serious interstellar travel".

From battleships to trains to large aircraft to small aircraft: they have a use at many scales where high energy density (production) is required or preferred.

Fission works nicely for aircraft carriers, already. Trains are better accommodated by electrification via overhead power lines.

It's completely crazy to claim "small aircraft" would be a suitable use-case for a fusion power plant... A bit like saying a massive turbine could "have a use" in your leaf-blower.

Comment Re:Prohibited (Score 1) 336

Brilliant, exchange a cheap hard to track device for an expensive device that transmits continuously,

Low-end smart phones are just as cheap as the least expensive unlicensed 2-way radios. You can quite easily and 100% reliably shut-off the cellular radio, while still using WiFi. They are certainly no easier to track than an unencrypted 2-way radio.

Comment Re:Cameras are so, so tiny these days (Score 1) 233

You cannot physically enforce security of code sources you are allowing people to see - unless you are going to have them work entirely naked, under constant physical observation, with full body cavity searches every time they enter or leave the workroom.

Memorize a few lines per-day, then write them down as soon as you leave the office... That's how exam/test prep software gets their questions. You need several people doing this, working together, but it will be possible to smuggle out your secrets, no matter how hard to try to avoid it.

Not to mention that a tiny wireless transmitter could even be hidden in a tooth, or implanted under the skin, somewhere, which would work even if you need to use Morse-code. More realistically, a micro SD card is TINY and unlikely even a cavity search would find it.

Comment Re:Is it really a big issue? (Score 1) 293

So, we have driverless cars. You still buy insurance to protect yourself and liability.

The disruption is that insurance companies will have to dramatically shrink, instead of growing. If there's only 1/10th as many accidents, they can only charge 1/10th as much in premiums. That means they have to reduce their employees, office-space, and more by a factor of 10, and only have 1/10th as much profit to play with.

It's actually worse than that, as they'll try to maintain a higher percentage of the premium as profits, much like oil companies do when oil prices fall, which means your 10X less valuable insurance might still only save you 50% the premium... The slide in their valuation will hit them and the stock market, and they're open to disruption by leaner start-ups who don't have the huge existing liabilities the big insurance companies can't shake-off so easily.

Comment Re:trying to figure out how to survive (Score 1) 293

On average it will always be cheaper to pay for things yourself, however people are NOT any good at saving $50K of oh-sh*t money

I have over $35,000 in insurance. I pay just over $350 each year for the policy. In other words, it would take 100 years of saving my premiums to match the coverage I've got.

I don't expect to live that long. I can't wait 100 years for that balance to accumulate, before I start driving. My insurance will cover multiple accidents in that 100 years, not just one (though my rates would go up after the first one, changing the math somewhat). My premiums also cover related expenses like insurance company lawyers that I'd have to pay for on top of that cash balance.

The your claim looks even more ridiculous if you look at homeowners insurance... Millions of dollars in coverage.

Comment Re:Does it count as "evidence" (Score 1) 258

A computer model that predicts the existence of a ninth planet (of substantial mass, ejected into a distant orbit, early in the solar system) does not, by the usual scientific method, constitute evidence.

You missed the important part:

  "the most planet-y of the planets in the whole solar system."

There you have it...

Comment Re:Please, oh, please . . . (Score 1) 103

Futurama was good, because Groening was only barely involved with it. Simpsons jumped the shark in season 13 because he wanted to go more preachy with it. He knew everybody hated it, and the numbers were dropping, but he liked the new direction and refused to relent.

Haven't you see this before? Groening jumped the shark. Anything he comes-up with will either be: The Simpsons and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, or even worse: Futurama Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.

Comment Re:Free is the Problem (Score 1) 311

You've got it quite backwards. Adblock works far better than a hosts file. For one thing, Adblock can eliminate everything coming from /ads/* on a domain you otherwise want to access. For another, the block lists are automatically updated routinely, without any effort from you. In addition, Adblock can go even deeper, and block lots of in-site analytics, all those embedded facebook/twitter/etc. buttons, and more.

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