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Comment: Re:Why (Score 1) 168

by gbjbaanb (#48482247) Attached to: France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

I'm sure they simply looked at the research of how well their car industry was doing and decided to come up with any reason to persuade people to buy new cars.

Diesel is a great fuel to use, very efficient, and the modern engines are not the oil-burners of the past, coupled with the catalytic converters in the exhaust, its often said the emissions are cleaner than the surrounding air in many cities. Certainly, diesel engines are cleaner than petrol ones, and if you consider the biodiesel that many are part running on (I understand the USA runs B20 diesel anyway - that's 20% biodiesel mix in all diesel fuel), even cleaner.

Comment: Re:Ah, good, progress. (Score 1) 100

by gbjbaanb (#48466093) Attached to: Firefox Will Soon Offer One-Click Buttons For Your Search Engines

for me the search box is essential - sure I can search in the main 'awesome;' bar, but there's a plugin that turns your search terms in the search box into clickable 'find in page' buttons so you can find the relevant part of the pages that were returned as results.

Otherwise, I'd get rid of it of course.

Comment: Re:Subterranean BS. (Score 1) 76

The money simply gets sucked up and will never be returned. That's what we're working for these days. It sickens me.

That's bad enough, but to rub our noses in it, the accounts of the EU are not audited, and will never be - the EU commissariat have said as much. I think its because if it ever were audited, we'd see just where the money does disappear to.

Comment: Re:Yawn ... (Score 1) 167

by gbjbaanb (#48420089) Attached to: Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

it comes down to the accounting lure of a low monthly fee (operational costs) vs high one-time costs when you buy equipment (generally capital costs)

rent the servers then. Most server manufacturers will rent them either directly or on a 3-year rent-until-obsolete-and-replace contracts. It costs more over time (especially if you keep them running for decades) but it does what you want for the beancounters.

I think people want to go cloud because of all the hype and advertising. Your boss will have read lots of material pushed at him saying how wonderful the cloud is. Who's he going to believe - scruffy old you, or some very well presented glossy brochures and case studies?! :-)

Comment: Re:Real investments come with guidance (Score 1) 473

by gbjbaanb (#48412127) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

I agree - and anyone thinking of investing, I'd recommend the "high yield portfolio" approach but that's a bit off-topic. Regardless of investment length, the investor always wants to know information, whether its short-term things that will cause swings in the share price, or the backing or sector the investment is in for the long term. I mean, even if you're a long term investor, you wouldn't invest in a company known for high volatility or less-than-reputable directors. You'd also want to know what kind of support there was for dividends. Then the market can float freely and be as efficient as it can be. The alternative is to encourage a kind of insider-knowledge base where you will not do well unless you know the people who are in the know. That doesn't make a good market at all.

So for all investment, information is key - all these places asking for money need to be fully open and transparent to those putting the money in. It should be mandated by law, if not peer pressure.

Comment: Re:Apparently "backers" don't understand the term (Score 4, Informative) 473

by gbjbaanb (#48409965) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

no, it is a contract - under UK law (and FD are in the UK) once money has changed hands you have some form of implicit contract, though you may have difficulty in court getting your cash back, or it'll cost you more to claim than most backed even in small claims court (£25 filed online)

Plus, the Kickstarter TOS explicitly say that it is a contract between the backer and the producer.

Comment: Re:Real investments come with guidance (Score 4, Informative) 473

by gbjbaanb (#48409905) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

And when grown-ups invest in a company/fund/whatever they normally make sure that the information is available before they put any money into it.

but the information was available - it said there would be an offline mode.

Now they just changed their minds, but its ok, they said there would be offline mode when you invested so obviously that makes it ok not to have offline mode now?

Imagine I buy into an ethical investment fund, and later they decide "well, by ethical we meant drugs, tobacco and defence".. investors would be a bit miffed. We have regulators for this in investments, I think its obvious we need the same with Kickstarter - either privately or socially (ie sue them until they change their practices!)

Comment: Re:Systemd is killing the Debian project. (Score 2) 550

nope, grep can parse other statements too, and you do not need grep to understand the output of ls.

That's the difference, ls and grep are independent tools that can use other tools as you like. Systemd doesn't work so well if you choose to replace any of its subsystems as they tightly depend on each other.

The unix way is to develop a tool that does what you say it will, according to its own rules. It can be more trouble to integrate but the power means you have a lot of reuse potential.

The Windows way (if you like) is to develop a tool that works very well integrated with the other tools, such that it is easy to make them work together but you lose the power to reuse the tools with other systems.

Systemd is going for the 'easy integration' route, but many people think they are over extending themselves into integrating many things that should not be part of an init system (such as logging, process management, console output, and notifications.

Comment: Re:How about no... (Score 1) 554

by gbjbaanb (#48404275) Attached to: The Downside to Low Gas Prices

borrowing money and spending it should improve the economy *in the short term*. Strangely enough, in the long term it usually means you just have a lot of debt and nothing much to show for it.

Here in the UK when the last government left office, they borrowed so much that you'd think the short-term benefits would be massive, our economy should have been the best in the civilised world..... yet.....

Borrow and spend, like many other things is something best done in moderation. As a concept of simply "borrow as much as you can and spend it all" turns out to leave you with massive debts that still need to be paid off, plus so much interest you never really recover.

Comment: Re:Systemd is killing the Debian project. (Score 0) 550

Systemd is monolithic - not built into a single binary blob, but split into several tightly-dependant binary blobs.

This is what people mean when they say monolithic - its not the build process they are concerned with but the architecture. You can have a single monolithic system built into a thousand binaries, its still monolithic.

For example, the Linux kernel is monolithic (famously, its not a microkernel!) even though every driver is a separate binary.

Comment: Re:We all dance in the streets (Score 1) 192

by gbjbaanb (#48396407) Attached to: Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

1. It worked - where are Borland, Lotus, Claris (ro Workperfect) now?

2. It worked - he upgraded so many times you forgot what your old documents were like.

See, in both cases he handed money to Microsoft, both for Office and again for more Office. It may suck to be him, but Ballmer has been wiping his butt on his dollar bills for some time now.

Ps. I doubt the gigantic VBA object model was intended to destroy the competition, it sure looks more like bloated incompetence from the part of all the people working on it.

Comment: Re:Embrace has started (Score 1) 192

by gbjbaanb (#48396389) Attached to: Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

quite the opposite - Windiv used to keep things rolling along, devdiv kept on trying to break the "Windows experience" with all kinds of crap under the pretence that developers were the most important thing to keep happy (ie fuck users).

Now the strategy ha changed for Microsoft, they've embraced the concept that they do not sell Window desktops, now they sell Azure services and a little bit of some mobile platform that's not doing so well.

So, the new direction is to get everyone working with their cloud offerings instead of trying to keep the dead duck of Windows desktop going (though, note you'll still need a Windows desktop to run Visual Studio....) and I think they feel that if the developer gets used to Windows for development, they'll want the same kind of experience when deploying their programs - even if the client is a html5-based webapp that runs on an iPad or
some Android device.

They have got this embrace thing down pat.

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