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Comment: Re:How many of you are still using Gnome? (Score 3, Insightful) 394

by Chandon Seldon (#47979989) Attached to: Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

KDE 4.0 was bad, so lots of people switched to Gnome 2.

KDE 4.3 was decent, and Gnome 3 was awful, so lots of people switched to KDE.

Gnome 3.10 and KDE 4.13 are both fine. If they both keep working on polish and extension support for a while rather than trying to reinvent themselves again then everything will be peachy.

Comment: Re:That's nice, but... (Score 1) 419

This is actually really interesting technical problem that the Tor and Debian people have spent some time working on. In practice, with most compilers today, if you compile a program twice you get different binaries. There are a variety of reasons for this, from embedded time stamps to non-deterministic shared library reference ordering to embedding the host name of the build machine.

Here's the Debian project's wiki page on the problem that goes into much more detail:

Comment: Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (Score 1) 152

by OS24Ever (#47547297) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

I wouldn't define a ripped DVD as streaming. To me that's Netflix or Prime or Hulu or whatever.

I *buy* my Movies, and Netflix TV shows I missed mostly. While attempting to lose weight I've watched a lot of TV series on Netflix on the treadmill this last year. So much so that I've made myself bored/tired of watching something. Playing PS3 games on a treadmill is all well and good until you place assassin's creed and inadvertently take a step/lean while climbing on a building.

Comment: Re:I can't buy one (Score 1) 377

by Chandon Seldon (#47250265) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Manual doesn't bother me in the same way. If I'm shifting gears, that's fine - the car does exactly what I expect it to do.

The thing that annoys me is shift pauses in automatic. The only thing I told it to do was go faster, and it takes a break do do something else. On some cars, this can be like a 1.5 second pause.

Comment: Re:Why would I buy a Prius (Score 3, Informative) 377

by Chandon Seldon (#47249815) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

The Matrix is discontinued.

A 4-door Yaris will probably come in at $16.5k new. It'll give you 15.6 cu ft of cargo space and burn a gallon of gas to go 30/36 miles.

A Prius will come in around $25.8 new. It'll give you 21.6 cu ft of cargo space and burn a gallon of gas to go 51/48 miles, while having a much more comfortable interior.

A better comparison would be the Prius C, which will cost about $20.1k new. With that you've got 17.1 cu ft of cargo space and go 53/46 on a gallon of gas.

Toyota doesn't actually sell a car cheaper than the Prius C with more cargo space.

Comment: Re:I can't buy one (Score 2) 377

by Chandon Seldon (#47249689) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

I've got a 2002 Prius which still runs great. It's still using the factory battery pack, which isn't showing any signs of needing replacement.

Admittedly, they're expensive. I recently got a 2013 Prius C as a second car, and the reasonable alternative would have been a Honda Fit for about two thirds of the price. But after driving a car with a no-shift transmission there's no way I'm going back to the stuttery shifts of an automatic. When I hit the gas, I want the car to go - not start going and then pause to think about what gear it should be in.

Comment: Re:I'm afraid you're wrong. (Score 2) 166

The biggest change happened in late 1800's / early 1900's when refined sugar and bleached flour became widely available. There are a bunch of interesting studies when native groups who ate traditional diets transitioned to high refined carb diets.

Comment: Re:It's the contents of the files... (Score 0) 396

by Chandon Seldon (#47236053) Attached to: One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+
It turns out that you can have this problem even with a RAID. I'm running RAID-1 with 3 disks for my long term storage, and I need to move it from ext4 to btrfs at some point to avoid the failure case where it selects a bitrotted copy to read from. It would be nice if the RAID layer were smart enough to use the matching two of three, but that would make reads slower...

Comment: Re:Annoying. (Score 1) 347

Why even have "providers"?

Just give me an IPv4 address and a /64 of IPv6 addresses and charge me a reasonable price for the link and bandwidth. Maybe have an upcharge for 5 static IPv4's and a /48 of IPv6's. Charge local providers for datacenter space and advertising space in the "how do I get email, streaming television, and VoIP phone service" brochure.