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Comment Re:If we're going systemd, we should go full throt (Score 1) 746

I'm referring to classic desktops. Linux failed miserably there. On the other hand, Android is a smashing hit - it's the most widely deployed OS in the world now.

And no, I don't buy the "pre-installed in BestBuy" argument anymore - lots of companies (Dell included) tried to sell pre-installed Linux.

Comment Re:If we're going systemd, we should go full throt (Score 2, Insightful) 746

by taking over and forcing out all other options, it becomes a monoculture. and that, as we know from decades of experience where monoculture OSes have created cartels and monopolies, is incredibly dangerous

And we also have decades of experience with Linux no-culture. It failed to gain more than 1% of the total market. Perhaps it's time to try something else?

Comment Not the first full recovery from space (Score 1) 121

SpaceShip One touched space and all elements were recovered and flew to space again.

BO's demonstration is more publicity than practical rocketry. It doesn't look like the aerodynamic elements of BO's current rocket are suitable for recovery after orbital injection, just after a straight up-down space tourism flight with no potential for orbit, just like SpaceShip One (and Two). They can't put an object in space and have it stay in orbit. They can just take dudes up for a short and expensive view and a little time in zero gee.

It's going to be real history when SpaceX recovers the first stage after an orbital injection, in that it will completely change the economics of getting to space and staying there.

Comment Re:What purpose does registration serve? (Score 1) 192

A "Well-regulated" militia was, by the parlance of the times (the meaning of well-regulated, that is) one which was working properly, i.e. in the defense of the people. It had nothing to do with rules and regulations.

Yes, and it assumed that the militia was ready to be conscripted and properly trained for that. In modern terms it required a military training. If you _insist_ on limiting the meaning to 19-th century, then perhaps gun owners should be allowed to buy only flintlocks?

Comment I have several drones and I support this (Score 2) 192

I have several drones (two quadrocopters and an octocopter) and I definitely support this.

First, the requirement is not onerous. There are no serious licensing requirements.

Second, having drones to be traceable is a good thing - if somebody crashes them into your window then you'd definitely want to find who did it. And never mind that a crashed drone can sometimes catch fire (mine did) from a ruptured battery (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?... as an example).

Third, there is some honey here - FAA plans to review restrictions on flying inside the national parks once the registration system is up and running.

Comment Re:What purpose does registration serve? (Score 1) 192

It's the states that don't have any gun regulation who shit on the Constitution. Particularly on the "well-regulated militia" part.

See, the gun owners were supposed to be a part of militia and be ready to be conscripted into armies to protect their country. Yet what percentage of gun owners has military training?

Comment Re:WTF is with the US utility tie-in? (Score 1) 156

Tartar language is now one of the official state languages of the Crimea. There are now MORE schools teaching in it than before the annexation, Tartars are not repressed in any way. Go visit Crimea yourself and check it. It's not hard, Tartars in Crimea own pretty much all decent restaurants - just go to one of them and ask around.

As for the leaders of Crimean tartars - they are NOT nice people. They supported and encouraged the policy of "land grabs" (or "self-occupation" - "samozakhvat" in Russian and Ukrainian) during the early 2000-s. Groups of Tartars were simply grabbing land (sometimes throwing out everybody who lived there), without regard for any laws or even common decency (like not building on a shared road). Russia is well within its rights to evict more than 100000 Tatars living on self-seized land.

Comment Re:Another in a long series of marketing mistakes (Score 1) 137

You'd need a popular product to pull off obtaining second-clientage from governments, and you'd need not to reveal that your device had legal intercept.

This is just a poorly-directed company continuing to shoot itself in the foot. It's not made its product desirable for government, or for anyone else.

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