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Comment Re:Say What?! (Score 1) 228

"You find two-stroke engines in poorer countries because they're cheap,"

No, you find two-stroke engines in applications where you need high power but extremely low weight. Their cheapness is simply a byproduct of their simplicity (hence, weight savings). There are plenty of applications where a 4-stroke engine simply wouldn't work because it would weigh too much (leaf blowers, chain saws, etc) or would be too bulky (mopeds, model airplanes, lawnmowers, etc). Sure their efficiency needs some work, or replacement if a viable alternative is created, but at the moment there are several applications where 4-stroke engines or battery power simply wouldn't work.

the power-to-weight ratio gap is very small these days in the 1hp+ market. engines like the honda GX25 have something like 7lbs making 1hp, perfect for a handheld blower. honda even bolts a perfectly good leaf blower to it, but they only sell it in the european market for some reason, i have no idea why they don't bring it into north america:

Comment Re: Well now Patrick will have to make a change (Score 4, Insightful) 135

it's perfectly ok for a really mature peice of software to stay in a distrubution, even in a relatively unmaintained state.

you don't have to 'change' something just because new features aren't being added anymore, until the lack of a new feature prevents it from being installed on more than a few edge cases, or a substantial bug is found that makes its use unsafe.

i doubt either of these will be the case with lilo for many years.

Comment Stupid post, but... (Score 1) 57

even though it's like saying 'attackers with the root password for a unix system have been observed manipulating logs and deleting core system files' deserves security disclosure...

it does also bring up the old double edged sword of requiring signed firmware for devices like this. although a disgruntled admin can certainly cause serious damage, simply being able to hide malicious code at the hardware level via a remote admin interface is bad news.

Comment i really don't get it (Score 1) 212

their profiled "terrorists" are usually from societies that are accustomed to communicating covertly without any electronic means.

i'm not an expert in terrorism or communication, but i was a punk kid once that did bad things. even i was smart enough to know that if you were planning something big and illegal, you didn't go calling people about it, or writing it down.

do they really think that someone is going to send an email or text message saying "hit the big red button 12:30 next tuesday"? or that someone will save a map to a warehouse of deadly weapons in "the cloud" and name it "weaponsmap.jpg"?

of course they don't.

so how is this gaping hole in the intensions of the survaillance plan not being used as leverage to stop this nonsense before america goes from paranoid to total police state at the press of a button one night? are people so weak that all it would take is someone sending an encrypted message about a "serious terrorist act that would kill a lot of people" that's "intercepted" and the plot "stopped" to widen the scope of this stuff?

as someone watching this from outside the USA, it's very confusing to me

Comment Re:But we know the Standard Model is incomplete (Score 0) 73

finding out our ideas are completely wrong isn't "interesting", it's a setback.

considering it's a complex set of ideas that potentially describe how the entire universe and everything in it works, isn't "incomplete" or "unfinished" is about the best we can shoot for at this point

Comment Re:Two things (Score 1) 247

US citizen with government intel that's illegal to spill, travels to russia where there's technically no specific law that says 'no talking about private US government stuff' (just guessing..)

instead of simply spilling the beans to the russians on the down low, they get on a computer and post it all over publically accessable internet forums which state the user's identity.

guy comes back to USA expecting not to be jailed. derp. by USA standards, this guy is an idiot for expecting that, right?

so why is this different?

it is different, of course. very much so. but exactly how it is different is fairly important to understanding the situation

Comment Re:Nobody gets to use the surprise face (Score 0) 131

but they're a machine, which makes them for the most part very easy to reverse engineer or copy by any country with a decent science program.

your analogy is broken, since we aren't talking about a hobbyist toy compared to a real machine, we're talking foreign governments (or companies) funding r&d and research into drone technology.

how about a honda civic compared to a ford mustang? (also a good analogy since the foreign product will be junk, at first, based on inappropriate chunks of existing technology from other projects, but eventually will surpass others in reliability...)

Comment Re:Why wasn't there a systemd fork of Debian? (Score 5, Interesting) 755

debian uses simple release engineering like unstable -> testing -> release. there are other projects that work in a similar way, freebsd is fairly similar. they have commonly done gigantic system-wide break everything for months type changes in freebsd current.

they don't need to fork to test experiental things, they just do it in unstable first. then when they can't find problems, it goes into testing. eventually testing becomes a release.

considering systemd has been in debian in an experimental capacity for nearly 3 years, i think they've done enough testing to consider it stable.

it's nothing like debian/kfreebsd, because changing to a completely different kernel is nothing like changing an init system. not to mention that debian/kfreebsd was expected to have a very long steep development curve with a very small audience, whereas systemd is something that is already proven to be a fairly stable thing. redhat has been using it by default for half a decade.

i'll never use systemd, though. not because i don't trust its stability. the way it works and is configured reminds me of DJB software. makes sense, works well enough, but is wrong on a level that is difficult to explain.

Comment Oh linus... (Score 1) 1

In most situations when someone is a total dick, it's either because their position is sketchy and they're attempting to scare people away from the argument, or because they are socially retarded and lack the necessary skills to form their arguments into something socially acceptable.

I've never met Linus, but I can see how confident he is, so lets assume, like so many great geeks, it's the latter.

If your position is strongly grounded, being nice doesn't weaken your position at all, and can in fact strengthen it. Either your enemy eventually walks away feeling that they were defeated by a person with superior intellect AND manners, or in a moment of weakness they will explode in a desperate fit of rage as they refuse to see your side of things, which will cause most observers to side with you.

I'm not sure why he'd think this is an american thing, since people in his part of the world are MUCH nicer than your average resident of the USA, especially in an argument or debate.

I think he needs to get out more.

Submission + - Linus on Diversity and Niceness in Open Source 1

An anonymous reader writes: Linus Torvalds has sent a lengthy statement to Ars Technica responding to statements he made in a conference in New Zealand. One of his classic comments in NZ was: "I'm not a nice person, and I don't care about you. I care about the technology and the kernel — that's what's important to me." On diversity, he said that "the most important part of open source is that people are allowed to do what they are good at" and "all that stuff is just details and not really important." Now he writes: "What I wanted to say — and clearly must have done very badly — is that one of the great things about open source is exactly the fact that different people are so different", and that "I don't know where you happen to be based, but this 'you have to be nice' seems to be very popular in the US," calling the concept of being nice an "ideology".

Submission + - Are There One Or More Planets Larger Than Earth In Trans-Neptune Orbits?

BarbaraHudson writes: NBC News reports that at least two planets larger than Earth likely lurk far beyond Pluto, just waiting to be discovered, a new analysis of the orbits of "extreme trans-Neptunian objects" (ETNOs) suggests. The potential undiscovered worlds would be more massive than Earth and would lie about 200 AU or more from the sun — so far away that they'd be very difficult, if not impossible, to spot with current instruments. "The exact number is uncertain, given that the data that we have is limited, but our calculations suggest that there are at least two planets, and probably more, within the confines of our solar system," lead author Carlos de la Fuente Marcos, of the Complutense University of Madrid, said.

Submission + - Nintendo Power Glove used to create Robot Chicken (

dotarray writes: Despite its glorious introduction in The Wizard, the Nintendo Power Glove was, from all accounts, a bit of a failure. However, Dillon Markey has given the doomed peripheral a new lease of life — it's a crucial part of making stop-motion animation for Robot Chicken.

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