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Comment Re:RAM is not cheap (Score 1) 153

Oh man, I wish I could get anything from Newegg. Here in Europe it's not fun seeing the USD prices and then the same amount in Euro + 50% arbitrary addition plus 23% tax plus 15 Euro shipping. :(

Not to speak of the constant announcement of great new products who will be available here only 1 1/2 years later for twice the price ...

Comment Re:Not quite (Score 1) 153

Windows 7 was really, really in demand... most people were on XP, not Vista, and were really due for an upgrade...

Windows 7 was a big noticeable upgrade over XP.

Windows 10 is less of a big noticeable upgrade over 7.

Windows 7 also wasn't hundreds of dollars, I paid something like $100 for 3 copies, or about $33 each.


I don't think people are rejecting Windows 10 for the reasons you're giving, I don't think the average consumer even knows about them, much less cares. The real issue may be "why upgrade, my computer works".

And when it comes to technology, yes, I'm sorry, but the average consumer is a moron.

Comment Re:Just (Score 1) 165

According to that web site, it is over $4 a watt installed for > 10kw, over $5 a wall installed for 10kw.

That is even higher than here in Texas.

Where is this $2 a watt that people keep harping on about? I have seen multiple people say, "oh, solar is already cheaper than fossil fuels". Maybe, if you count just the cost of the panels, not installing them, and the rest of the gear is not counted, I suppose...

Comment Re:We already had one (Score 4, Informative) 33

Yes, they're fictional, but it's a good start, since after all it proves that modern-day researchers weren't the first people to think of classifying planets by their habitability characteristics. Also, the simple "class [letter]" scheme is easy to remember and use; I sure hope they don't come up with some arcane, complicated system instead. Finally, they should definitely use "Class M" to refer to Earth-like planets simply to pay homage to Star Trek. Everyone and his brother knows what a "Class M" planet is, as long as they watched some Star Trek within the last 50 years.

It looks like you got your classes from Star Trek too, as seen here, but with some differences. I'm not sure where you got Class Q or I. The system probably does need a little revision though. Class H's "generally uninhabitable" doesn't tell you why. The Class P (see appendices) for icy planets is a good example. Class N for "sulphuric" really isn't sufficient; Venus is more like the Class Y "demon planet" except there's no dilithium-based biomimetic lifeforms, but the fact that Venus is so hot is important it needs to be classified that way. If a planet is too cold or too hot to live on, that's an important factor for humans. Same if there's no atmosphere. A planet (or moon) that's not too warm or hot but has no atmosphere can still be inhabited using domes or other sealed habitats, so that should be a class by itself. Mercury probably wouldn't fit there however, because it's much too hot. But it's hot in a different way than Venus, so they should have different classifications (hot because it's too close to the star, vs. hot because it has a thick atmosphere and runaway greenhouse effect). Finally, moons and planets should be classified together. The orbital path doesn't really matter (except insofar as it affects the climate/temperature). There could very well be Earth-like moons out there somewhere, so those should be Class M (like the moon in "Avatar").

So here's my proposal which borrows from ST:
Class M - Earth-like, small, rocky, oxygenated atmosphere, right temperature
Class D - small, rocky, little to no atmosphere, right temperature, inhabitable with sealed habitats (e.g. Mars)
Class J - gas giant (any size; this may be expanded later after we explore more star systems and decide we need to classify them further)
Class E - small, rocky, little to no atmosphere, too cold (e.g. Pluto)
Class F - small, rocky, little to no atmosphere, too hot (e.g. Mercury)
Class G - small, thick atmosphere, too hot (e.g. Venus)
Class A - very very small, not spherical (e.g. moons of Mars, captured asteroids)
Class B - very small, spherical but extremely low gravity (e.g. Sedna, Ceres, Pluto, dwarf planets in general)

I'm probably missing something here, perhaps planets with only liquid surfaces. I avoided calling Venus "Class N" because it sounds too much like "Class M".

Comment Re:Documentation is rarely valued as a contributio (Score 1) 434

Unfortunately, this shows why books are kinda obsolete for anything that's still under development. For things like awk, sed, grep, etc., they're great, because those things haven't changed much in ages. For a whole OS, not so much; they're all changing constantly. There is an e-book on git at, but being an e-book it gets updated, plus it seems like git has stabilized now.

I'm not so sure the cathedral model is really necessary for a competent and motivated tech writer however. As long as the tech writer can navigate git (using a GUI program like gitk or TortoiseGit or whatever), they can follow the development of the project and then update the documentation soon after changes are made, having the doc updates ready in time for major releases.

But for anything that's still under active development, the docs are always going to be going out-of-date unless someone keeps them up-to-date. This is true of any software project. You can't use a book about Windows Vista for Windows 10.

Comment Re:Documentation is rarely valued as a contributio (Score 1) 434

I can't speak for other people, but personally I do value documentation. Not that I want to spend all my time documenting someone else's work, but when I need to learn about something, documentation is invaluable. No, it isn't as fun as writing code, but that doesn't make it useless. If someone else wants to contribute to FOSS and isn't a coder, but can do tech writing, I for one would appreciate their contribution to documentation.

Just because a lot of stuff isn't documented well doesn't mean it should be this way. git is a bit of a special case: it does have documentation (there's lots of man pages for it), but the problem is that its UI is organically grown, it wasn't really designed with a consistent interface, and it shows (badly). It's very powerful but the interface isn't the greatest; I usually find myself googling for answers when using git, and winding up reading stuff on stackexchange. Good documentation only helps so much when you have a wacky UI.

Comment Re:Not quite (Score 1) 153

6.5% for a few months isn't bad. How many of those would have been new system sales had Win 10 not been free?

Not all of course, but maybe half?

Supply and demand, it doesn't actually take a lot of demand drop the cut prices by a lot. A 3% demand drop might cut prices 10%.

Then there is the fact that we have had enough memory for awhile now. 8 year old Core2Duo systems with 2 GB of ram actually run Windows 10 just fine.

Comment Re:EXT4 support in Marshmallow (Score 1) 185

Android finally gets EXT4 support in Marshmallow to provide real and wonderful dupport for SDCards, and suddenly Ubuntu goes ZFS. There may be many advantages with ZFS. Matching that of the worlds largest OS doesn't hurt

And when Andriod gets ZFS, we'll be ready for when those 256 zebibyte SD cards come out.

Comment Re:Why Linux does what he does (Score 1) 593

Furthermore, should something like this be omitted simply because Linus doesn't like it? Is his opinion the only one that counts? Among other things, securelevel is used to implement "jails" but the functionality can be completely disabled (securelevel = -1) -- so Linus can turn it off if he wants.

But I can definitely guarantee you that Linus is not someone who makes decisions for random reasons and there is a reason why he doesn't want securelevel in the kernel.

According to TFS it's because (and I'm quoting here) "Linus has an undying hatred of BSD securelevel". So, sure, Linus has a reason. Whether it's actually a good reason, other than "undying hatred" is another matter. I was just commenting on the the summary and referenced articles.

Comment Re:securelevel who? (Score 2) 593

Furthermore, should something like this be omitted simply because Linus doesn't like it? Is his opinion the only one that counts?

Since he is the repo owner, yes, his opinion is the only one that counts in the end.

Ya, I get that, but it doesn't really answer my question of "should". One person can have a great vision, but that doesn't mean it's the only great vision.

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