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Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 94

Desktop Linux is fine. You just have to buy a different brand of graphics card.

Intel and only intel... I just spend the morning try to get nvidia working... What a waste of time... And even if you get it working, it's buggy, crashes and freeze all the time...

Buy laptops with intel and only intel graphics, no dual graphics card that's the worst...

And no it's not good, I can't find a laptop with intel graphics and 16G of ram (well, there is Mac book, some sketchy startup, and recently carbon X1 but I can't get international keyboard on the X1 carbon).

Comment Re:Less service? (Score 1) 480

I'm not sure the average service cost is that much less when you factor in replacing a $4000 battery pack every 8 to 10 years.

Well, that's a single big expense.. It's not a yearly visit to check oil every year...
Granted I don't know much about cars, but don't eletric cars still need winter tires, aren't there still moving parts that needs oil, etc?

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 754

There's no reason a Window Manager should depend on a particular init system. Doing so is a clear sign of bad software architecture.

Modern desktops aren't just window managers... They are increasingly tightly integrated with ever more aspects of your computer, ranging from power management to device discovery, wifi and network. In the future with xdg-app, we'll see package management becoming part of the desktop environment.

A few years ago one of the gnome devs told me that he really wanted gnome to develop an entire distribution, so they could control all the layers of the stack. In his opinion it was the only way to make a proper PC experience. I think there is something to that...
Why should major desktop cater to power users who wants to compose their own desktop, if the linux desktop is to compete with OSX and windows, they need to create a more tightly integrated desktop. And they are working towards this.

Honestly, I think it'll be great! All the ranting against systemd seems unfounded.

Comment Re:Stackoverflow didn't invent buckethead programm (Score 1) 169

buckethead programming. The metaphor is of programming with a bucket over your head so you can't see what you're doing but instead just stagger in random directions until you accidentally bump into something that appears to work... at which point you leave it and stagger your way through the next obstacle that arises.

I love this term and definition... thanks! :)

Also while it is horrible, buckethead programming is sometimes a valid strategy... Need to write some static HTML UI for an internal API and you want to make it look pretty: buckethead programming the HTML, CSS and even some of the JS is a fast cheap and valid approach...

If it's just a quick internal thing, there no reason to spend 2 days learning angular, react.js or some other framework. Just buckethead program that thing and stick your head in the sand.

I agree though that buckethead programming is crazy if you're developing a serious high quality product that needs to be maintained. But many things doesn't have so high standards.

Comment Re:Volvo says it will be liable for any accidents (Score 1) 154

Volvo says it will be liable for any accidents its cars cause.

So will the CEO do hard time if there is a felony car accident? Due to a software fault / sensor error?

If you cause a car accident due to an unforeseen heart attack or medical condition that you had no control over or expectation of, you hopefully won't go to jail :)
Similarly, if one of the wheels fall of the car while driving, and the car is well maintained, regularly serviced, you hopefully won't face criminal charges in the event of a car accident. Nor will your mechanic face charges.

If however, it is proven that your mechanic knowingly didn't do his job and put bad wheels on your car, then yes, maybe there is a criminal charge.
Or if you could be expected to know that wheel was likely to fall off... But you decided to run anyways.

But generally a crime has to have some level of intent or ignorance, to qualify as a crime.

Comment Re:Or the doctors could... (Score 1) 305

Well, if you are shopping around because a doctor won't prescribe a medication you saw on TV, then you have made your own bed.

Is it reasonable to expect ill people to make rational decisions? (I think it's sane to expect people to be a bit emotional sometimes)
And let's not pretend anyone is unaffected by ads, like it or not you are affected.

Comment Re:Marketing costs? Do me a favor (Score 2) 305

R&D costs are 10% and manufacturing is often negligible, so marketing costs (direct and indirect) are nearly 90%.

That's all waste that we are paying for. Marketing doesn't add value to a product. Most countries have figured that out and banned it.

It's not banned because it's a waste of resources, it's banned in most other countries because it's dangerous to manipulate people into thinking drug X, Y and Z will save you.

Comment Re:Virtulize? (Score 2) 406

It's management's fault to not modernize the OS and hardware. They want to save design costs not updating software/hardware, and they get away with it for 25 years or so, but then if something critical fails, this happens... the whole system is shutdown.

If it lives for 25 years with minimal cost, is this really a bad strategy?

When I write software now, I try to aim for it to live 10 years without any maintenance (not always realistic, just an idealistic goal).
Then I deploy it and stick my head in the sand. Most of my systems won't live for 10 years, but if something ends up doing so, is this really a bad strategy?
I think stick your head in the sand and wait 25 years for the system to crash and someone to call you could be a cost efficient strategy :)
(Granted, in the airport industry, you might want to make sure "system crash" != plane falling out of the sky)

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 190

A prisoner who starts ranting about what he did to whom and how bloody it was on those phones against the lawyer's advice, they deserve what they get.

That's easy to say, but the result is people being misrepresented by the things they said in confidence. There is a reason you have a right to silence, and a reason you have a right to confidence.

and the prisoner should be allowed new hearings of whatever kinds that lawyer was involved in with a more competent lawyer at the original lawyer's expense.

Ha, ha... That's funny (in a sad way), the US barely provides poor people with lawyers in the first place:
(at 150+ cases a year it is effectively the same as not having a lawyer at all)

Comment Re:money tree (Score 2) 674

"all citizens would be paid a taxless benefit sum free of charge by the government"

But gee, where does the government get that money from? Of course, the citizens would pay, on average, multiple times that "benefit sum" to the government.

So what... there is many countries that have talked about this... The main arguments here hear for this is about ensuring everybody has some level of income.
To ensure that unemployment doesn't destroy you and that there is less stigma to the issue. It's also about removing bureaucracy and providing people with freedom to try crazy things weather that means spending time doing art work, watching TV, studying, doing a super risky startup (without a VC).

As always there are pros/cons, if can get to society where making money is less of a necessity and more of a hobby maybe that's good...
After all we are moving towards a future where most people won't have to work, machines will do all the actual work for us.

Bla bla bla.. it's risky - so what... I think doing these kinds of pilot projects is a good idea... Total capitalism isn't going to work great, when everything is made by machines.

"Everybody is talking about the weather but nobody does anything about it." -- Mark Twain