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Comment Re:very difficult problems (Score 1) 110

It is based on a mathematical problem very difficult for both conventional and quantum computers to crack.

Ah, that would be my federal tax return.

Or how to correctly answer your wife/girlfriend when she asks, "Do these jeans make me look fat?"

Comment Re:A quite unfortunate choice of a brand (Score 1) 340

Is it for real? Does their product go by the distasteful name of SOYLENT, like that gimmick in a movie that was made of people?

As I posted earlier: According to the FAQ Why is it named Soylent?

Our name was inspired by Harry Harrison's 1966 science fiction novel Make Room! Make Room!, which explores the impact massive population growth could have on world resources. In the book, "soylent" is made of soy and lentils and is a new food source used to accommodate overpopulation.

Comment Re:I don't get it,... five a day? (Score 1) 340

Whereas everyone else who does this just buys protein shakes...

Perhaps, but protein shakes are not nutritionally complete and not intended to be a complete food replacement. Soylent is and you can literally live off it and nothing else - presumably the stuff GP makes based on the Soylent DIY pages is also or close. Granted Soylent is not very satisfying from a food enjoyment standpoint, but to each their own.

Comment Re:Oblicatory (Score 1) 340

Regardless of company name, choosing to name a new oddball food product Soylent (as in Green) ...

Not as in "Green". According to the FAQ Why is it named Soylent?

Our name was inspired by Harry Harrison's 1966 science fiction novel Make Room! Make Room!, which explores the impact massive population growth could have on world resources. In the book, "soylent" is made of soy and lentils and is a new food source used to accommodate overpopulation.

Comment Re: Tiny black holes (Score 1) 139

I like the idea that we're all just part of a simulation created by advanced AI. It explains at least as much as most theology.

Probably written in Perl and/or Emacs LISP, either of which would explain a lot.
[ I'm a big fan of both, so chill. ]

Comment Re:Looks like you guys lost (Score 1) 383

Maturity isn't really about age, but of total development hours. Popularity matters, because it helps to attract contributing developers, and more can be done in a shorter amount of time. Because of it's popularity, I think it's probably fair to say that Linux has matured faster than FreeBSD.

You forget that for the entirety of time from 1977 and 1991, there was no Linux, just BSD (excluding AT&T versions) so all the development time was spent on BSD, from which FreeBSD comes. In addition, FreeBSD supports Linux Binary Compatibility - with exceptions, of course. There is also a lot of cross pollination between Linux and the BSDs now.

In some sense you're comparing apples with somewhat different apples and I think it's fair to leave it as a "to each their own" kind of thing and YMMV.

Comment Re:Looks like you guys lost (Score 1) 383

Sadly, FreeBSD still has a very, very long way to go before it reaches the maturity level of Linux.

I'm sure you mean something other than "maturity". Linux has been around since 1991 and FreeBSD 1993, but BSD (which I've used), on which FreeBSD is based, has been around since 1977. If anything, Linux is less "mature" than FreeBSD. True, many versions of Linux have a simpler installation process (but some don't) and a different installation base. Linux and BSD are designed for different segments -- namely desktop and server -- and that difference is probably what you're experiencing and comparing to your personal usage and experience. In any case, a shinier GUI / process doesn't necessarily mean more mature.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 292

I don't understand when it became a requirement for an operating system to have a working copy of solitaire.

It isn't a requirement, Microsoft has just always shipped one since Windows 3.0 through Windows 8 -- Microsoft Solitaire

If you want a free copy of solitaire sans adverts or a paid upfront copy then get one. No one is forcing anyone to download MS's copy from the Windows Store.

As I understand it, the version available for download, using Windows 8, is the same version packaged with Windows 10, so no download required. MS has shifted from bundling a non-ad/free version to an ad/subscription version along with the OS -- for no apparent good reason with-respect-to the consumer. My guess is that's is a sign of things to come from Microsoft -- ad-supported Windows. We will no longer be their customers, but their product, with our info and screens sold to other vendors. Simply consumers.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 292

You realize that Cortana is completely disabled if location is disabled. While I agree that location is required for some queries, it's certainly not required for all, yet Microsoft has made it so. Why is that?

Ad sponsored / pay for ad-free Solitaire packaged with a free copy of Windows 10 - sure. What about for people that actually *buy* Windows 10 - they have to pay twice for ad-free. Seems like a dick move by Microsoft.

I'll start considering myself a product when I get no benefit in return for what I provide, and not a moment sooner.

Be careful what you give up, you might be able to get it back.

And, personally, I can't stand auto-correct and speech recognition services.

Comment Hmm... (Score 3, Informative) 292

Sure they're giving you Windows 10 for free, but will they still charge people who actually buy a copy of Windows 10 for an ad-free version of Solitaire? My guess is yes - duh.

After reading various articles about the business model for Windows 10, the actual new Privacy statement, and all the information it will collect and Microsoft will share, it seems clear that we are not Microsoft's customer, we're their product. (My niece's Fisher-Price toy notes that "The sheep says 'baaa'".)

Comment Re:Mozilla had better gear up... (Score 1) 367

The fact that Firefox is getting bloated - blame the development of the web, like HTML5 support needed.

Or Pocket....

Or Hello, Social, Apps, WebIDE ... (did I miss anything?)

I dread having to search through about:config for new things to disable with every new Firefox release. Firefox is suppose to be a great *browser*, not kitchen sink (or more appropriately, kitchen junk-drawer). [ That's a job for Emacs :-) ]

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