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Comment: Witch hunt version (Score 1) 490

by Kohath (#49563389) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

At least for me, [witchcraft] gives me really bad migraines. Actually, it does it to my wife and daughters as well. And there are studies that show that it may be related to the rise in Alzheimer's.

The [entity] paying for all those studies saying that it's safe is [Satan], who doesn't have the best track record for being honest about what all their chemicals are doing (see honeybee hive death, different proteins in GMO wheat, pesticides, etc.)

Comment: Re:Oh grow up (Score 2) 208

by Too Much Noise (#49558999) Attached to: Linux 4.1 Bringing Many Changes, But No KDBUS

If some of you stopping look at every thing systemd tinted glasses you might start reacting like rational adults.

Funny you should say that, AC. I'll wait (not holding my breath though) for the rational, adult answer of G H-K to this message and a timeline for addressing the issues it raised:


To quote the last part:

Not that this complaint is not in any sense new you have been ignoring people who try to bring up meaningful issues for a long time. The fact that when people bring up uncomfortable points about the kdbus code they get routingely blown off certainly contributes to the lack of meaningful review as it is not rewarding to work with someone who does not listen to criticism. At this point the strongest possible language and the strongest possible push back are being used because everything else is routinely swept under the rug.

So, feel free to engage in that rational discussion anytime now.

Comment: Recorded, broadcast lessons? No way. (Score 2) 327

by Kohath (#49557335) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

No one will listen to recorded, broadcast lessons. They want a live teacher giving a lecture.

They tried that with sports and no one watches sports broadcasts. Everyone goes to a local game instead, even though the local performances aren't as good as the best athletes in the world.

They tried that with dramatic performances, and no one watches movies. Everyone would rather go to a community theater performance.

They tried that with music, and no one listens to pre-recorded music. Everyone would rather listen to a live performance.

Recorded content and broadcasting are a fad.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately (for them) (Score 1) 301

by tsotha (#49549637) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs

Worse yet, PC's today are barely faster than 5 year old ones at similar price points. Moore's law ran headlong into a thermal brick wall.

That's not really true. Design rules are still shrinking at about the same rate they always did. Moore's law, after all, is about transistors and not speed. Chip makers can certainly use that extra real estate to add cores and dedicated hardware for things like video processing.

But the real problem (from Intel and Microsoft's perspective) is far more pernicious. Five year old hardware is good enough for 99% of people who need a PC. If all I'm doing is commenting on Facebook, watching Netflix movies, and doing my taxes there isn't any reason to replace my old hardware. I'm sure that's a big part of the attraction for the chip makers - they'd love to force everyone to buy new hardware in order to watch videos.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately (for them) (Score 1) 301

by tsotha (#49549629) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs

No, it just means it will get phased in over time as old PCs die and are replaced, and there's nothing new to buy except what supports this scheme.

But then they have a chicken-and-egg problem. Nobody is going to make sure to buy a PC with the DRM hardware if they can get the content without it. Nobody is going to produce content exclusively for DRM'd hardware if market penetration of that hardware isn't more than a tiny blip. And consumers aren't going to wait five years for the industry to get its shit together and produce a system that works transparently for authorized users.

One of three things is going to happen: Tools to strip the stream of DRM will become ubiquitous, the scheme will die from lack of adoption, or Microsoft will succeed in prompting a mass move off of the PC platform, thereby finishing the process (started with Windows 8) of slitting its own throat.

The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.