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Journal Journal: The other car 1

President Clinton - GWB's fifth term. The continuation of everything from the partisan insanity to the continuation of the post-9/11 war-on-humanity. Rating: *OHMYHELL*.

Comment Re:Who are these people? (Score 2) 285

socialist wealth redistribution

Often they just say 'wealth redistribution', which is the phrase that annoys me more than any other in political discussions. The people who say it are always implicitly in favour of wealth redistribution in one direction and often opposed to things that slow it, not just things that might reverse it. If I have $1m, and I invest it at a return 1% above the rate of inflation (not so hard when you have $1m), then I make $10K/year just from having money. If I have $10m and I make the same investments, then I'm making $100K/year, which is more than most people who work for a living, again just from starting with capital.

The average net worth of US senators in 2011 (I couldn't find newer figures) was $14m, for senators it was $7m (before anyone jumps in with partisan claims, the average for Republicans was higher in the Senate, but lower in the House). These people are earning more from their investments than most of their constituents. They're all - on both sides of the aisle - very much in favour of wealth redistribution, as long as that wealth keeps flowing to them.

Comment Re:Teensy 3.1 (Score 1) 70

If you need to use a radio with IPv6 protocol to communicate then the ARM becomes more attractive. Some of these Cortex-M series SoCs have good power profiles, ranging from 0.1 to 1.0uA sleep currents.

Comment Re:Your laws ignore my rights (Score 4, Insightful) 285

Of course, we theoretically have the option to complain to our elected representatives or vote them out of office, something not possible in the former Soviet Bloc. The snag is that most people don't bother doing this, and most probably never even heard of this issue. Those that do care about the issue may be saying "meh, I'll just pirate things like I always do" which is no help at all.

Comment Re:Teensy 3.1 (Score 1) 70

It's just another story about kids discovering that they could use small chips for the first time and then became excited the same as the day they discovered sex for the first time. Meanwhile old people are saying "slow down and take a shower, you didn't discover anything new".

Comment Re:No. It won't be (Score 1) 146

I think the hold up is that ARM needs to be comparable in terms of computing power to Intel. Right now ARM's great as a low power platform (though Intel is seriously catching up) but Chromebooks are a very conspicuous case where ARMs are used in an environment they're almost never seen in.

I don't think the problem is the ABI. Apple has solved that three times before, 68K to PowerPC, and PowerPC to ix86 and ix86-64. The solutions weren't beautiful, but they worked. And the PowerPC to two different Intel APIs transition occurred with the current generation of operating system.

If ARM makes sense, they'll switch to it. I just don't see why they would - yet.

Comment Re:Why the lack of interest? (Score 2) 193

I'm not sure there's ever been that much interest. It's more of a theoretical standard, useful for people packaging binaries with hard coded paths, but even that isn't particularly useful right now. The LSB lost credibility from the Debian side from the start by picking the rival RPM as the packaging manager, and while I gather that different was papered over in time, the other fundamental issues - differing library versions, different standards for inclusion, etc - that prevent the concept of a "universal" package never got resolved.

It's probably a good thing it's going, a bad mostly ignored "standard" is probably worse than no standard at all, as it leads developers to make assumptions about what's available that they probably shouldn't.

Comment Re:Simpler (Score 1) 155

Put it in the pants pocket, it makes sense. However the phone makers, who are all shouting "you're holding it wrong!", probably disagree.

And everyone is different too. I keep my keys in my pockets all the time. All day, all night, then I swap them to new pants. However my father would always remove all his change and keys from pockets when he got home and put them in a tray in the dining room, and retrieved in the morning. Other people put the phone on the nightstand. Some never put the phone down because they use it all day long.

Smart phones are still new enough that we haven't figured them out yet.

Comment Re: Simple (Score 2) 155

Because the emergency dialler requirement is not intended solely for the person who owns the phone. It's expected that any telephone that you pick up (land line or mobile) will work for emergency calls. This is also why landlines can still make emergency calls even if they are nominally disconnected by the phone company.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 1) 155

It's Samsung, and the home doubling as power button is a Samsung feature. But you used to be able to remap it, until the Lollipop release. So not really Google's fault per se, but a continuing part of the trend to remove control and customization from users.

However, once a phone does get powered on and it's still in your pocket, then all sorts of problems will happen. There must be a way by law to dial an emergency number if if you can't unlock it (ie, you don't know the PIN or can't type it, say you pulled the phone out of someone's pocket who's having a seizure). Since everything is touch screen based now, just light jostling in the pocket is enough to make things start to happen. To emergency dial you just drag the phone symbol up about an inch, then typing a number is just basic tapping. When the phone was new you could also turn on the camera this way.

I never butt/pocket dialed with it, but it did happen on an older HTC phone that was more normal in how you turned it on. I got a call back from the 911 operators asking if I had a problem or not. Embarrassing.

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