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Comment: Re:Pointless (Score 1) 755

by ratboy666 (#49071535) Attached to: Removing Libsystemd0 From a Live-running Debian System

From the post I replied to:

"If you want the Linux eco-system to be accepted start by getting rid of Stallman..."

Stallman doesn't have much to do with Linux anymore. Yes, Redhat had a lot to do with egcs, and gcc is the primary compiler.

But my reply still stands.

I think the post I was replying to was... um... lacking critical arguments.

Comment: Re:Who's arguing that? (Score 1) 257

by ratboy666 (#49071497) Attached to: Tesla Factory Racing To Retool For New Models

Interesting. It doesn't compare, because it has not been released yet...

The Tesla S spanks the competition in luxury sedan market. All the comforts of a full-size sedan and the performance... of a $60k street racer (or a much more expensive car). Tesla seems to build the best car they can.

And why wouldn't the Tesla 3 duplicate this feat? Simply be the best $35k car yet made? You don't know that, and I don't, either.

Comment: Re:I can't imagine the Tesla ever being "affordabl (Score 4, Interesting) 257

by ratboy666 (#49062841) Attached to: Tesla Factory Racing To Retool For New Models

The cost of the car is the combination of the purchase price, and the price of fuel, maintenance over the life of the car.

The "average American" spends $3,000 per year on gas. That is $30,000 over ten years. Tesla supercharger stations are free. And, electricity is cheaper than gas.

That Tesla will never need an oil change.
Interestingly, ignoring the recommended maintenance does NOT void your Tesla warrantee.

Just something to think about.

Comment: Re:It is called good coding. (Score 2) 189

In the Apollo timeframe, a "supercomputer" would be a CDC 6600 (1964).

3 MFLOPS and up to 10 million instructions per second, 60 bit word size, 262144 words of main memory (~3 million 6 bit characters) -- yes, your smartphone is more powerful. This was STILL the most powerful mainframe in 1969.

Comment: Re:Could be good if just for legal mumbo jumbo (Score 3, Informative) 136

by ratboy666 (#48289835) Attached to: A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

What "sneak"?

Electric drive systems are usually rated by power (in Watts). The motor is usually 90% efficient.

Common power limits in various jurisdictions are 250W, 500W and 1000W.

For your reference, 500W is around 1/2 horsepower (0.68). That is enough to propel a rider at 20mph. However, getting to that speed costs power.

Yes, most ebikes are made in China. At the end of 2013, an estimated 181 million ebikes were on in use in China, with sales of 37 million units.

This Copenhagen Wheel? Will be a small blip in the market.

Comment: Re:It freakin' works fine (Score 1) 928

by ratboy666 (#48280247) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

"Learn something new"...

I have a tablet computer. Using Fedora on it. Mostly all right. Some frustrating bits. The dpi setting is dead wrong. Would have been a simple fix in the "old" init system. I would have simply added dpi correction before the X server came up.

Now, I am *just* an old-time Unix user. And, I do have other things to do... So, I posted a question to Fedora support. The response? Um... zero.

Sure, it's in the init.... somewhere. I really don't want to "learn" a new init system. Why should I want to? So, I applied corrections to my most-used applications instead.

Pulseaudio? works fine, sure. Except that the last time I tried it with something other than Gnome, my xbell no longer sounded.

So, use Gnome. Gnome needs systemd.

So, use systemd.

I am sure my dpi issues will be sorted. Hopefully before I retire this tablet - but I doubt it.

The best thing about systemd? It does start processes and reaps. On Fedora, it respects "service" and "chkconfig"

The logs are larger, which concerns me -- this is a SSD based tablet. All of the logging in my programs was broken by it. It only took 2 days to fix.

Comment: Re:CP/M needs to buried ... (Score 1) 71

by ratboy666 (#48265969) Attached to: Check Out the Source Code For the Xerox Alto

You are comparing CP/M-80 with Apple DOS? Remembering that CP/M-80 was available, um, 3 years before the Apple computer?

CP/M-80 was portable, with instructions on how to add a BIOS and relocate the OS -- didn't this take until Apple DOS 3.2? Oh, a separate BIOS was never done so the only computer it would work on was the Apple ][?

And, it was somehow CP/M-80s fault that Microsoft used it as a model?

Comment: Re:$3500 fine? (Score 1) 286

by ratboy666 (#48218165) Attached to: Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

You are, of course, a moron.

I simply cannot charge $1.21 per hour for my time as an employee. Indeed, I would have to contract at that rate. But, of course, I still need credentials. How can I pay for post-secondary at that rate? I can't.

I need to immigrate to India. And, go to college in India to make this work. But, I *still* cannot compete, not being Indian (ref Infosys).

Comment: Re:Article or link - ??? (Score 1) 113

by ratboy666 (#48180639) Attached to: BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

Please describe how "stop words" would do this.

Google would have to detect queries with certain specified characteristics and NOT display certain relevant results

So, the comlaint would have to specify WHAT (the page), and WHY (the search criteria). Of course, that is in context of the search criteria of today.

This would have to work for FUTURE queries as well. And, future query mechanisms. To stay within the spirit of this law, the only reliable solution is to remove the page from the index. After all, this is supposed to allow "forgetting" the information. Google has no control of the source -- in this case, this is the BBC. Google is responding to a "right to forget". And, yes, the page is forgotten. That would be the spirit of this law. If the BBC has an issue with that, they should take it up with the EU.

An association is outdated if the information itself isn't? The association is the result of a search -- Google doesn't store all possible associations!

Comment: Re:If Netflix is in Canada, why isn't Hulu? (Score 1) 259

by ratboy666 (#46845721) Attached to: Hulu Blocks VPN Users


Hulu is a consortium that OWNs the copyright to the material. Are you missing this point for some reason?

If the consortium members have "licensed" away their OWN rights -- would be shortsighted of them.

As to your supposed "GAS" (golden age of streaming). Um. You do realize that broadband is better in a lot of other non-US places, right?

I personally don't care. Hey, I like "Bones" and it is available on Netflix. Happy enough to give them my money. And, it's commercial-free. If Hulu doesn't want my viewership (I live in Canada, and we do have Ford, Apple, and Coke here, too), I'll be happy to give my custom to Netflix. Suck it.

But, tell LG about it, ok (for example)? I mean, it COMES with a HULU app. That is completely useless to me. I don't even know HOW TO REMOVE THAT SUCKER. Even though LG is forced to produce Bilingual packaging for my region, they do not bother to remove features that CANNOT be used. Is this an attempt by a Korean company to somehow make me envy USAians? Or is is this ADVERTISING BY FUCKING HULU. So, it doesn't work. About the only thing ADVERTISING HULU and then not making it available will do is encourage me to use something like a VPS just to sneak a peak at (whatever the hell it is that I'm missing). Again, SUCK IT.


Your truly,
A Canuck.
With an LG TV
And no interest in HULU

Time-sharing is the junk-mail part of the computer business. -- H.R.J. Grosch (attributed)