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Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 77 77

You only know about the small percentage of startups that succeed. Most fail within a year. The failure rate is 80% within 18 months, by some estimates.

That's over twice as good as restaurants. Let's not forget that anyone running a startup with their own money has already failed. You need at minimum three people for any startup: the techie, the schmooze, and the lawyer.

Comment: Re:They could save space (Score 1) 112 112

More than a few of my [real world] friends use facebook as their archive for photos


Of course, I've told those friends that facebook may not have the same photo-preservation goals as they do, but they seem to be unconcerned.

So what makes you think they would be unhappy if facebook started deleting their photos? Apparently they don't care :p

Comment: Re:linux hard to install and use for desktop users (Score 1) 105 105

For people who have run into those sorts of situations, they tend to remember it. The fact that 99.9% of people can install with no problems doesn't counteract the fact that they spent 12 hours banging their head against the wall trying to fix a "simple" issue with their installation.

How is that different from Windows, though? When I got my GA-MA770-UD3P 1.0, trying to install XP produced a black screen with a broad variety of video card options, and two different known-good power supplies. Eventually a BIOS update fixed the problem, which is why I single out the motherboard. My CPU and RAM both might have played parts, oddly. Gigabyte told me they couldn't explain it and they wanted me to pay hourly for them to figure it out, but eventually they must have figured it out because a BIOS update cured the problem.

Meanwhile, Linux installed just fine.

A Windows update is also staggeringly likely to send you back to the store to replace your peripherals. For people who don't have any, whatever, but MFDs and scanners and whatnot often don't work on the new Windows for some dumb reason. Usually they speak the same protocol as still-supported devices... which is handy if you're a Linux user.

I've had Windows just mysteriously refuse to play ball on machines where Linux works great. Just trying to find a driver for my Renesas USB3 card for Windows is ugh, but obviously, the driver comes with the Linux kernel. Blah blah blah. Anecdote, data, whatever.

If you have some sort of edge case, any OS can crap on you.

Comment: Re:kinda dissapointed... (Score 2) 105 105

Yep, Linus himself brings up the two actual main issues with systemd itself. one, not a fan of binary logging. two, some of the personalities involved are problematic. The bigger issue, though, is systemd's influence over other projects. But that wasn't raised, so why would he comment?

Comment: Re:Port it away from Java... (Score 1) 48 48

I can't really be expected to customize my Java settings when no one has said that is needed.
So I naturally left everything default.

If someone is producing a modpack with 100+ mods and not giving you instructions on how to make MC use more memory, then they are an asshat. Now go forth and google for how to make MC use more memory with your 64 bit Java.

Comment: Re:No worries (Score 1) 256 256

No worries here. I always disable the WiFi on my routers. I prefer hardwired connections that don't give the router fits trying to perform encryption with their underpowered chips.

If you're worried about that, you can firewall off all non-IPSEC traffic... and still enjoy WiFi

Comment: Re:Self centered morons (Score 1) 280 280

You do realize that no one that was in on that decision is even still alive right?

You do realize that this is completely besides the point, right? The question was whether the US had anything to do with the problem in Iran, and the answer is yes, yes it did. Even if everyone involved in that decision is dead, we still have to live with the consequences today. I should not have to explain this to you.

Comment: Re:Self centered morons (Score 2) 280 280

The hard-line Islamic movement was already well underway.

It was petering out in both Iran and Iraq before we fueled Saddam to deal with the Shah, and then went into Iraq and deliberately separated peacefully coexisting Sunnis and Shiites into segregated neighborhoods. The USA is behind the success of the hard-line Islamic movement, which probably would be limping and gasping now if not for our deliberate actions to support it.

Comment: Re:Think business, not technology (Score 1) 75 75

Then somebody hacks into a thermostat, uses it to burn somebody's house down for luls.

How do you propose it will even do this? The thermostat just asks the heater for heat, the heater typically has an overheat switch and will shut itself off if somehow it approaches starting a fire.

Comment: Re:Dumb as a Rock (Score 1) 75 75

I've seen a fair bit of amateur wiring, and I can assure you that most people are not capable of safely wiring up a house.

Isn't this slashdot? Don't we assume that regulars here arw capable of learning this?

In any case, without certification the electricity company won't let you connect to the grid, so you are reliant on what you can produce.

Not only is that not a big problem any more, but all a contractor has to do is sign his name to a piece of paper and you're allowed to connect to the grid. And all he has to do before he does that is look over some of what you've done and see that you know what you're doing.

Not long after I moved into this rental I live in now, I corrected a neutral fault to ground, probably created by a prior resident. So yeah, people can screw up badly. But they can also fix things, and get it right. I put in a branch 220 circuit in my last house, and I did it correctly down to wire gauges.

Comment: Re:You can still buy Windows 7? (Score 1) 149 149

I bought mine on eBay from someone who is part of the Registered Refurbisher program. Since my PC was cobbled together from parts of other older PCs, it seems to apply. I'm about to upgrade the motherboard under it, I'll probably have to get on the phone to Microsoft for that one. I already have to call them for my lady's machine, I upgraded it to 64-bit and it validated, but later it popped a validation failure.

Comment: Re:Article conclusion is quite a stretch (Score 1) 149 149

Wow, this article really pulls a conclusion out of its butt. They look at some vague web statistics, notice that Windows 7 has gone up a tad - likely due to seasonal usage differences or many other things - and then draw a wild conclusion that people are using it to get Windows 10?!

I can only speak for myself, but I bought a Windows 7 license at least partly because I would be able to upgrade it to a Windows 10 license... and partly because I feared that Microsoft would raise the prices or make them unavailable when Windows 10 came out. So a little from column A, a little from column B. Why are you surprised?

Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.