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Comment: Re: Nobody else seems to want it (Score 1) 690

by guruevi (#47721337) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Win.ini could only offer things if the core was already exposed in config.sys and autoexec.bat; 32-bit drivers could not be loaded by Windows and it was pointless to load drivers for windows only as it was easier and more stable to targe DOS.

win3.11 didn't have it's own drivers besides netbeui and other windows crapola but it required a tcpip and network drivers to be loaded in DOS.

Win95 did also have win.ini but already had 16 bit driver support and a registry. However most things still had to be loaded in DOS. This didn't change for desktop systems until windows XP. So when it came out there was no driver support for anything.

The Linux kernel does have a relatively stable API for drivers, I wrote a USB driver for kernel 2.2 which still works for 2.6. Most drivers do not change, there are several in source that work and haven't changed in a decade. Even old nVidia drivers work with current kernels. If you want a binary driver, you may have to write your own shim but that's trivial if you're really bent on protecting your imaginary property.

Some things change but these days all of the common stuff is stable. Sometimes stuff had to be fixed to conform to standards, that happens in windows too although windows rather breaks the standard to support legacy and expects everyone to follow a broken design.

Comment: Re:Go vertical! (Score 1) 168

by guruevi (#47686765) Attached to: Processors and the Limits of Physics

There have been plenty of concept designs and current chips use 3d technology to an extent. The problem IS cooling. On a flat plane, you can simply put a piece of metal on top and it will cool it. Current chips sometimes stoke away close to 200W. With 3D designs, you need to build-in the heat transfer (taking up space you can't use for chips or communications) in between and both planes will produce equal amounts of heat so either heat transfer needs to be really, really good or you need a heat sink several times larger than the space you'd save in between the planes.

Comment: Buffalo routers (any) (Score 1) 427

by guruevi (#47637041) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Some come with DD-WRT, most of their routers support it. I recommend them to clients looking for a stable business router. They are rock-stable and great support, they may not always have the latest antennae technology whenever one comes along (like 802.11ac right now). The RT-N16 was decent but is unstable even with DD-WRT (it has an under-engineered power supply).

Comment: RTFM (Score 0) 430

by guruevi (#47600549) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

I don't see a lack of documentation anywhere in the FOSS world, it's actually a lot better than most closed source software. I don't know whether you're complaining about your lack of Google-fu or the fact that software is reliant on other things. Off course, very obscure things are not well documented but that is regardless of software you use, that's when you experiment and find out what you need, write a blog post or improve the documentation yourself. But for a regular user and regular sysadmin and developer tasks, there is plenty of help available.

Comment: Re:ATO - GoA 4 (Score 1) 84

by guruevi (#47591243) Attached to: Driverless Buses Ruled Out For London, For Now

There is technology out there that could detect humans/animals even in the darkest portions (in tunnels etc) well in advance, outside human drivers' visual range. However whether or not that would make a difference is a big question, you can't stop a chunk of steel weighing in at 10T in a matter of seconds - well, you could (rocket boosters and whatnot) but then the meat bags inside the train would be omelets.

Comment: Re:I'm officially old I guess (Score 1) 84

by guruevi (#47591233) Attached to: Driverless Buses Ruled Out For London, For Now

Speech recognition has been in computers since OS/2 Warp and MacOS9. It's a 'solved' problem. However we speak much slower than we either think or type/move mouses so it's a bit of a solution looking for a problem (and with mobile there are some practical uses eg. driving a car but it's still weird to talk to a device in public as if it were your butler; heck it's weird to talk to a human butler). What isn't solved very well is understanding natural language and having a 'conversation' with a computer.

Comment: Re:Simple Answers to Simple Questions (Score 1) 246

by guruevi (#47591177) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

If I don't know any further details, I'll take it as if it were the best case scenario and someone found some irregularities and is fixing it. Irregularities doesn't mean something illegal happened, there are plenty of ways to siphon money out of a fund that don't break the law, that's what accountants are supposed to know and fix.

If something is blatantly illegal, follow the corporate policy and report as necessary to superiors and if that fails or is not feasible, authorities. Remain as anonymous as possible, do an anonymous report to HR or at least ask them to keep your identity concealed etc etc. And trust me, authorities don't give a shit about what is and isn't legal within a corporation, you file a report and nothing ever happens unless millions of dollars are going in the wrong (read: not in their) pockets. Even the corporation won't care if an accountant syphoned 100k to their personal bank account; they'll fire the dude/dudette and carry on because the bad press will hurt their stock/client base more than the 100k. For the 'regular' guy, $100k or even $1M is a LOT of money, within the billion dollar corporation this is chump change and well within their calculated losses.

Comment: Re:They should've removed one to make room. (Score 1) 180

by guruevi (#47591141) Attached to: How Many Members of Congress Does It Take To Pass a $400MM CS Bill?

Architecture is an important art with plenty of math worked into it, the human body in art is also a great case for both biology and math; art is important and should be a core academic subject supporting the rest however it should not be "arts and crafts" which is not art but a way of keeping kids busy.

It should be the reasons behind art, what makes a thing aesthetically pleasing, what harmonics are and how colors and light mix but how do you convince a populace that doesn't even understand half of the words in this sentence that that is what art is and why it's important?

Comment: Re:Sorry, but... why? (Score 2) 180

by guruevi (#47591095) Attached to: How Many Members of Congress Does It Take To Pass a $400MM CS Bill?

Math has been in the boring rote memorization exercise for decades in schools. The reason is that most people simply do not grasp the 'mechanics' behind mathematics and teachers have neither the will nor the skill to teach a subject like math. I didn't like math in school simply because they went so slow and required rote memorization of multiplication tables, axioms and rules. I even remember doing tests that were simply asking to write down axioms in text form.

Some people do grasp math and those will be the nerds that eventually become STEM students. However 75% of the population will never enter this field because they're simply not wired to understand it.

Comment: Re:You're welcome to them. (Score 1) 402

by guruevi (#47586917) Attached to: Comparison: Linux Text Editors

vi just works regardless of whether you're local or remote or whether or not you have a windowing environment. It doesn't even need a correctly defined terminal. Also, it has all the features like spell check, indentation, code highlighting, colors and everything you ever need. It also a little over 1MB (smaller for some other platforms) and thus will fit anywhere.

Comment: Re:In the USA people don't pay for phones (Score 1) 544

Look at the T-Mobile fine print for the BYOD plans:
"If you switch plans you may be bound by existing term (including early termination provisions) and/or charged an up to $200 fee."
AT&T (same "no-contract plan" page:
Early termination fee up to $325 may apply.

The pricing for a no-contract is actually similar or more expensive than my current 2 year contracts AND you have to pay for the phone.

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