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Comment Re:Bias? (Score 1) 128

my costs should not rise based on the decisions of others

Tough, and PS, welcome to sharing a planet with other humans. If you ever interact with another human ever, even indirectly[*] then your costs are going to be affected by decisions other people make. That is completely unavoidable.

[*] I mean REALLY indirectly. If someone comes and cuts down the trees near your cave for firewood, your costs have gone up as you're going to have to travel further to make wood. I say cave because it would be quite hard to live in other kinds of shelter without making use of anything humans have ever produced. I mean if you rely on metal tools to cut down trees for wood, your costs could be increased by a decision someone makes to increase the price of steel.

Comment Re:News for Facebook employees (Score 2) 128

If you can take several months off, it just means the company doesn't really need you. ...

Yes, but your comment is just plain wrong-headed, frankly. Small companies really, really need their employees. Departure of a key employee can sink a small company.

A large company like facebook has people leaving ALL the time. People retire, quit, move, change jobs, get sick, die and so on continuously. Any company over about 10 people is going to have to deal with departing and absent employees on a regular basis. You absolutely cannot have key employees for a large and/or long running organisation.

So yes, they don't "need" you, because they can't afford to need you: if the company is successful you'll probably leave long before it folds.

Or, it means someone else is will have to work harder (with no extra pay) to make up for your absence

Well, there's a sucker born every minute, I guess.

Comment Re:terrorist delivery vehicle (Score 1) 261

Maybe off topic, but I've wondered why some misinformed and mislead idiot hasn't yet used one of these things to fly explosive ordinance into a large crowd of people.

A drone packed with explosives is called a "cruise missile". They've been used to fly into groups of people for many decades. Granted by the armed forces (frequently misinformed and mislead), but it's the morning and I feel like being deeply pedantic. So there.

Comment Re:Apple Desktop Bus (Score 1) 285

I disagree. It was a right bloody pain in the arse. My sister got an iMac to go to uni and the sodding thing came with USB only.

USB sticks didn't exist more or less and besides, USB on PCs was so flakey that had they existed they would have been unusable. The solution of course was to get a USB Floppy drive for exchanging data with people. That more or less worked. It didn't come with a CD recorder of course because those were super expensive back then.

Oh and the scanner. Oh my god. Ever tried running a scanner on USB1? Now that is a good way to learn patience. Scanning needed to be done, but that thing was so slow. Much, much slower than SCSI scanners. Much. The USB port was far slower than the scanner hardware. It would zip along, stop, upload data, zip along etc etc. I swear it took minutes per page, or worse.

Oh yeah and then there was the sodding puck mouse. Wretched thing. Third party USB mice did exist fortunately, but they weren't all that common, weren't all that reliable and were expensive too, compared to the infinite number of quality PS/2 mice around.

Legacy free is fine, but they were about 5 years too early.

Comment Re:It replaced freedom (Score 1) 285

Going to a serial interface also allowed for higher speeds.

Not originally. Usb 1 was about 11mbit/s. You could quite easily clock the parallel port at over 1MHz, often as high as 2, giving a higher data rate. In ECP synchronous mode, there was even a small FIFO and DMA system, so you could do all that with almost no CPU overhead.

Comment Re:Not replaced: serial and parallel ports. (Score 1) 285

You can buy PCIe parallel port cards for about 30 bucks, and a bit more for a what ever the heck the PCIe version of PCMCIA is called.

I bought a PCIe parallel port card when I wanted a small number of logic I/O lines. Much cheaper than a "proper" card and it even works on Linux with the ancient inb/outb instructions that you may remember from systems such as MSDOS.

You can bit bang it pretty fast too. And even without PREEMPT_RT, on a multicore machine, the jitter, latency and precision were remarkable for timing, just using basic sleep functions.

Anyway, you can bit bang them into the MHz happily.

Comment Re:Disposable screens for disposable products? (Score 1) 225

This is likely by intent: Planned obsolescence can simply be implemented a lot better with OLED than with LCD. LCD was designed from the start as a long-lifetime technology. OELD is now correcting that mistake.

You're missing a crucial point. The lifetime of LCDs is more or less indefinite. The lifetime of the backlight however is very much finite, and the backlights (whether LED or cold cathode) fade and dim over time.

The problem is that making light emitting things that don't dim with age is really hard, because there are almost always unpleasant interactions between the various bits. Like gas can slowly leak in/out of gas discharge things. Electromigration occurs, and so on and so forth.

The light source with the best aging properties is sulphur lamps because the sulphur gas is (a) self healing (unlike semiconductor crystals) and (b) has no metal electrodes anywhere near it. Of course, the magnetron used to drive the lamp ages...

But yeah, OLED age and LCDs don't, but LCD backlights do.

Comment Re:Err, petrol is currently cheaper that diesel (Score 1) 184

van thats been thrashed all its life it'll start belching black shit out of its exhaust on acceleration (which is barely tested in the MOT)

I always assumed white van man considered this a feature, not a bug and paid their dodgy mate to tune it up to be just-so when it comes to belching black smoke. It's like the thick yet incredibly uniform layer of grime which is so good for writing witty slogans on. I have a working theory that it's actually impossible to curate that by natural means and there's a small chain of shops operating from grimy railway arches which apply it for a small fee.

It's the only explanation that makes sense.

Comment Re:systemD (Score 3, Interesting) 101

Can someone explain why ALL THE MAJOR DISTROS have switched to systemd, when all I've seen is universal hate for it?

The hate isn't universal.

It's certainly easier for distribution integrators than the old RC scripts. Also, there has been considerable external pressure because some of the major packages like Gnome more or less depended on systemd, so not having it meant no Gnone which was a showstopper. Actually you can now run Gnome without systemd but for a while that wasn't possible.

Another reason for the hate is that there are a lot of awfully obnoxious systemd fanbois out there who make claims like:
* You hate change (literally ad-homenim, attaxking the person not the message)
* Making claims about things that are only possible with systemd that demonstrably are not (I debunked a bunch of these in the last thread)

There's a lot of FUD on both sides, and frankly after the PulseAudio debacle, a lot of people have a deep distrust of Lennart Pottering (well justified IMO), and are incredibly leery of making the core of a Linux system depend on code written by a cowboy coder who doesn't seem to care about stability or quality.

"Everybody is talking about the weather but nobody does anything about it." -- Mark Twain