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Comment: I would have said one... (Score 1) 41

...until I recently got a brand new laptop. The internal wifi cannot work properly at the same time than the internal bluetooth (thanks Dell!), so I need to disable one in the BIOS and add a USB wart. Then with all the variants USB2, USB SuperSpeed, USB3, USB Power, to which to add eSata with possible USB, all of those incompatible in mysterious ways, that makes at least 6.

Comment: Talk to us first if you wish to patent the changes (Score 1) 9

by Bruce Perens (#49564231) Attached to: Imagination To Release Open MIPS Design To Academia

It's very common these days for companies to allow universities to use their technology at the cost of tying the company into the university's patent revenue. And of course this is often publicly-funded research, so not only is the taxpayer paying for the development of patents used to sue that same taxpayer, the patents go directly to a company from academia.

The net effect is to feed intellectual property centered companies at the expense of the technology sector in general and small technology companies in particular.

Comment: Re:KDBus - another systemd brick on the wall (Score 1) 196

by squiggleslash (#49563293) Attached to: Linux 4.1 Bringing Many Changes, But No KDBUS

Yes, it absolutely does. It ties functionality together in a way which is designed to be difficult to tease apart specifically because of NIH.

That's not a helpful reply. SystemD does not resemble "The Windows way". It's a long time coming fix to something that's been considered creaky and crappy now for about 20 years. It integrates things that shouldn't have been separate in the first place. Is it really the "Unix way" for instance to handle login shell sessions only if they come in via serial ports or the framebuffer/USB keyboard, but not via TCP sockets?

It's tying functionality together because it's the same functionality, and it shouldn't be replicated in three different places, managed by eleven different daemons, with 871 different security models.

Windows way? No. It doesn't resemble Windows even slightly.

Comment: Re:Of course. (Score 1) 60

by smitty_one_each (#49562889) Attached to: Hillary is still going to be our next president, isn't she?
You sure know how to roll a nightmare scenario. As for the Second Coming, I figure He's en route; just that His watch runs at an extemporal rate. And Mary certainly holds a blessed place in human history, but the Muslim argument about Christians over-achieving has a certain cogency with respect to her.

Comment: Re:Shady Misinformation About Real Name Policy Too (Score 1) 307

by squiggleslash (#49562001) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

Who said he was using Facebook? I also avoided G+, and had avoided FB for much the same reason.

FWIW my "social networking" involved various Blogging networks (such as LJ) and Twitter. Google+ would probably have had me given they made it a super Twitter, but for the real names policy.

Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 423

by squiggleslash (#49561691) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

sugar (is) pretty much the only ingredient that does NOT have a daily % listed. It is due to the sugar lobby fighting reports from years back showing sugar is the real killer and reason for obesity in so many folks.

Based upon the standard label:

Total Carb: 39g 13%
Sugars: 38g

the recommendations are not micromanaging which types of carb you eat - doesn't matter if you're eating potatoes or sugar, the recommendation is of the total - and for those with dietary concerns about sugars specifically (such as people with diabetes) the critical information is right there.

This makes sense. If from a health point of view, outside of specific concerns about diabetes, there's no "right" balance of sugars to non-sugars, then I wouldn't expect the label to suggest you have to eat a certain amount of sugars each day.

Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 423

by squiggleslash (#49561601) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

Sales of diet Pepsi are falling because half of them are buying Pepsi Max instead

I suspect Pepsi Max would be in that bracket of "Diet sodas" whose sales are falling. In any case, could it be that Pepsi Max exists because sales of diet sodas are falling? That is, it was an attempt to remarket a failing product?

Comment: Re:File manager without file, edit, view.. (Score 1) 400

by squiggleslash (#49560319) Attached to: Debian 8 Jessie Released

They did include a "classic mode" from the start. It was originally called "Fallback". Over time they've updated how and why they implemented it, but the classic desktop was never really removed, just hidden behind absurd levels of obfuscation because they really thought you'd like GNOME Shell if only you'd use it.

Comment: Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 2) 358

There's no Nitrogen in the diagram, so I'm guessing not.

Essentially they're reformulating the pollution burning the fuel will put out. In goes CO2 mixed with Hydrogen and Oxygen (at different stages), and out comes the fuel. Fuel burns, out goes CO2 and water. It's in theory a closed cycle, as long as renewable electricity is used to separate the H2O and power the rest of the process.

The major concern I have is that it doesn't look terribly scalable, but I'm not a chemist.

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Journal: Chronicle: New glasses and contacts (2)

Journal by Chacham

I have tried two more brands of contacts, both hydrogel and toric, with little success. The first pair had the right eye not so bad, but the left was blurry. Ultimately, my appointment was for Sunday, and when i was late i received a phone call. Oops! I guess i've been relying on those reminder calls a bit too much.

Comment: Re:KDBus - another systemd brick on the wall (Score 1) 196

by squiggleslash (#49559755) Attached to: Linux 4.1 Bringing Many Changes, But No KDBUS

Maybe you're hearing it a lot because you're participating in a group that keeps quoting stuff out of context in order to try to make something look bad. I'm not trying to be mean, but that's a good sign that you're arguing not in good faith, but because of gut feel about something. If SystemD was bad, you wouldn't need the out-of-context stuff, as it'd be easy to point at things that exist, and say "Look, here, that's a problem."

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.