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Comment: Re:DOS version? (Score 1) 81

by Just Some Guy (#48200915) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

The current firmware update ships as a bootable ISO. Burn it to a CD/DVD (or a flash drive if you can work it out), hold down "option" at boot, and you'll be looking at a DOS prompt in no time. I verified this two days ago when I misread the firmware version on the website and downloaded an updater for the version I already had.

Comment: Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (Score 3, Insightful) 509

by PopeRatzo (#48199295) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

A womans contribution requires 9 months, during which time any distraction, disruption or stress can cause the "person creation" process to fail catastrophically.

If that were true, the human race would have become extinct long ago. Pregnant women are actually pretty robust and remain capable of just about anything (except becoming pregnant again) for the great majority of the 9 months.

At the end of the day, the problem is people like you...

That's not the best way to start a sentence in which you care to make a point.

Comment: There are racial differences too - so what? (Score 1) 385

by Medievalist (#48196155) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Supposedly a man of Indian heritage (Asian Indian, from India, not Amerindian) will burn fewer calories than a woman of so-called "white" heritage.

Of course, all this is based on "average" people of particular genders or races, and the variance within those groups is probably far greater than the variance between the averages. And you don't necessarily expect astronauts to be average, now do you?

So you're still probably better off picking people with exceptional caloric efficiency who have the other skills you need and leaving race and gender entirely out of the selection process. Don't pre-bias your results with bigotry based on averages - average people are not what you want!

Comment: Re:Bring back 19.34b (Score 1) 148

by 19thNervousBreakdown (#48192959) Attached to: GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

Yes, how hard can it possibly be to get millions of lines of code written over a span of decades by thousands of authors to interoperate close enough to flawlessly to parse some simple text in hundreds of grammars through the use of a couple dozen basic operations executed billions of times a second? Geez.

Whenever a computer problem arises, the first thing to remember is that it's not strange that it doesn't work.

Comment: Re:If it works, leave it alone. (Score 1) 234

by Just Some Guy (#48190703) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime
The problem is that you're building more and more tooling on top of a painfully decrepit system. Every time you spend more than zero seconds dealing with renaming a file, you've lost money on the deal. Every time you work off HEAD because it's too painful to branch, you're spending developer salaries. I get that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", but CVS it utterly and fundamentally broke. You're throwing good money after bad trying to keep it alive.

Kleeneness is next to Godelness.