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Comment: Re:System Hardware. Or yum install hardinfo (Score 1) 62

by hairyfeet (#48675641) Attached to: Linux 3.19 Kernel To Start 2015 With Many New Features

Which leads us to the sadly all too true obligatory XKCD which is why Linux on the desktop is so low its getting its ass handed to it by "other" and has gotten so low its literally below the margin for error.

Considering that every time Linux starts to get stable the devs take a big steaming shit on it, Pulse, KDE 4, Gnome 3, Systemd, not to mention Torvalds constant kernel fiddling, is anybody really surprised by the plummeting numbers? Its a damned shame but as long as devs would rather put out yet another release instead of fixing the bugs in the previous release Linux will always remain in alpha quality.

Comment: Re:My sockets are made of high quality steel (Score 1) 151

by bluefoxlucid (#48675183) Attached to: NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS
Dude, sockets are positive-locking. They're not "the finer part of the tool"; they distribute stress among an entire surface, which is distributed to a round barrel. This is why you can shatter a socket that's slightly wrong (e.g. an 8mm socket on a 5/16 bolt) relatively easily: you have six contact points prying at the weakest part of the socket, instead of a fitted socket providing full contact.

Comment: Re:This is not the problem (Score 1) 678

Again: you are quantifying death such that that lead poisoning is not fatal, cigarettes do not kill people, diabeetus doesn't kill people, lack of access to food doesn't kill people, etc. You are supposing that if someone is getting 70% as much food as they need, becomes chronically ill because of it, and dies after 10-15 years of this due to kidney failure, that it's because of kidney failure and not because of starvation (i.e. malnutrition causing degradation of the health of vital organs until they fail).

That is bullshit.

I know you want to cover your eyes and pretend the plight of the poor doesn't exist, and that people are just greedy and lazy assholes who can't even be bothered to get their EBT set up; but the real world doesn't work that way, it's not all roses and butterflies, and it's not cut and dried into geometrically perfect tessellations. The Just World Hypothesis is a piece of shit: people don't get what they deserve, and karma is as real as Santa Clause. Outcomes are the result of a myriad of factors, and sometimes the root cause of a problem is obscured. VERY obscured. That this conveniently allows you to not see it doesn't mean it isn't there.

Some of us are just far more intelligent than you, and able to see the whole picture.

Comment: "moment" (Score 5, Insightful) 66

by PopeRatzo (#48674879) Attached to: Kodak-Branded Smartphones On the Way

For a while there it looked like Kodak's moment had come and gone

Kodak was a dominant technology corporation for over a century. They were dominant through economic downturns, world wars, cultural changes and across industrial sectors. They were one of a handful of the most recognizable brand names of the entire 20th century (they started in 1888). They did business in three centuries.

I'm pretty sure that qualifies as more than a "moment".

Comment: Re: Lazy farmer (Score 1) 106

by Maxo-Texas (#48674339) Attached to: Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

Selective pressure is pressure if someone fails to breed as a result of the selective pressure.

For example, in the bacteria experiment it took them 3 different mutations in combination and tens of thousands of generations but they still eventually developed new beneficial abilities.

Bottom line, Everyone doesn't have to be constantly subjected to whiplash.

Comment: Re: The Navy sucks at negotiating (Score 1) 105

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48674029) Attached to: US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny
Instability in Arab lands and Russia will affect us as much as the instability in Sierra Leon, Sudan or Rwanda. We try to stabilize Arab lands because they have the oil that is necessary for the world economy. We could not afford let their internecine quarrel crash the world economy. So we are forced to step in. If we don't need their oil, we can simply stand aside and watch them destroy each other, their infrastructure, their oil fields everything. We would not care We would not have to intervene. Let them stew in their own juices.

The day we don't need Arab oil, we can down size our military even more. Almost all the defense factory workers are basically on welfare. Their companies and factories have not produced anything efficiently to compete in real free market.

The solution of problems is the most characteristic and peculiar sort of voluntary thinking. -- William James