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Comment Re:Telemetry (Score 1) 137

Note how nobody has said how.

Well, I imagine rm -rf libtelemetry.so would do the trick ... :)

Seriously, though, it's pretty clear that Clear Linux is designed for server deploys, in situations where I'd guess the telemetry service might catch issues in order to make an admin's task easier. It's touted by Intel as a feature of the distro, after all, so they obviously think some people will find it useful. They also note that the telemetry service is open source, so I imagine you could vet the code if really wanted to.

Would I want a telemetry service running on my linux box? Hell, no! But I'm also not the target market for this distro.

Comment Re:Oh the Irony..... (Score 1) 735

Additionally, randomly picking France or some other 'Western' country that is the size of Minnesota and has 1/8th the US population is simple cherry-picking. If you take all of Europe from Portugal to Moscow, which is far more equivalent to the size, population, and geographic disparities of the US, as well as income and education variations, the murder rates are far closer despite firearm ownership being so much less so as to be statistically none in comparison.

I'm not sure you want to be using Russia as your benchmark of a civilized society. If you look at homicide rates in the OECD you'll see that the USA has a homicide rate three times or more higher than almost everyone else.

Even if you believe this is solely a "people problem", do you not think there might be a danger in giving a naturally homicidal population free access to weapons that make homicide easy?

Comment Re:Looking forward to anything really great (Score 1) 279

It's wishful thinking, but I personally hope that in 10 years we're writing our "Hello World" with a stack that involves DNA and proteins, customized virii, phages and new-fangled bacteriocides. I'd love for clusters to be microscopic, not covering racks in a data center or virtualized/containerized. It's probably 20 years out not 10. but if I was fresh out of school I'd be hacking in Biotech, not just in tech.

If that's your dream, I hope you're OK with the incredibly low baud speed of DNA-based systems. We're talking ~1-5kb per minute (based on RNA polymerase speeds) and whilst you might possibly tweak that up an order of magnitude you're not going to get much more. Bring in complex structures like phages, and it'll slow to a crawl; and you've got the added issue that a phage can only carry ~40 kb of data.

Electrons are way, way faster.

Comment Re:Hopefully I'm done with Perl (Score 2) 131

It's remarkable that two languages which are fairly semantically similar (you can do most of the same things in about the same way) have such converse philosophies: Perl has "There's More Than One Way to Do It" and Python has "There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it."

Not that remarkable -- there's more than one way to think about code, after all :) I think most people will always fall into one camp or the other, and it's probably a good thing that the choice is available.

Comment Re:Calling out Perl detractors in a release? (Score 1) 131

I recently got hired (july) and found out I was to learn perl to maintain their current infrastructure.

I'm 25% done with rewriting the infrastructure - and should be free of perl and autoit by this time next year.

Hang on ... you were hired to maintain code in a language you didn't know, and have responded by -- instead of learning the language and maintaining a mature code base -- by rewriting everything? And you're doing it all in Windows ...

This all seems ... inefficient.

Comment Re:I've found the Perl 6 community to be dreadful. (Score 1) 131

I gave up on Perl around version 4 but still dabbled with it...and then version 5 came out, and my response was a resounding, "Hell no!"

I watched perl go from a very cool, somewhat terse language to a complete clusterfuck of unimaginable proportions. When carp started crashing in response to a bad bug I realized that perl was only going to cause me more heartaches, headaches, and wasted hours of trying to track the problem to the offending line.

I think you must have had a couple of unusually bad experiences very early on. Perl 5 is in my experience (and god knows how many lines of Perl code I've written by now) a very mature and stable language. I can't recall an experience in which an error wasn't simple and straightforward to debug thanks to a clear error message pointing me to the exact issue in the code.

Comment Re: Hate emojis ... (Score 1) 151

So, I guess the Chinese and Japanese have been wrong all this time, then?

Actually, yes. The amount of time wasted learning Kanji in Japanese schooling is nuts, IMO. And the affect on literacy is similarly appalling -- you can't even read a newspaper without completing secondary school, because of the need to memorise all those characters.

I'm a big fan of Japan switching over completely to hiragana. One simple phonetic alphabet for everything, anyone with a couple of years of primary school ed. can read, what's not to like? Kanji is seriously holding Japan back.

Just my two yen.

Comment Re:Hate emojis ... (Score 1) 151

Android has come with emojis as a system resource since 4.1

My phone has been stuck on 4.0.4 for years and will be stuck there forever, you insensitive so-and-so. Android - ya want a new windshield wiper, ya gotta buy a new model car.


Fixed that for you. Android -- ya want a new windshield wiper, ya gotta install it yourself. But at least it's open and free.

Comment Re:Hate emojis ... (Score 1) 151

The vast majority of this crap is just enabling third parties to track your fucking email and texts as everyone has to download the stupid things.

Android has come with emojis as a system resource since 4.1 (and I assume iOS has had them built-in for similarly as long). You don't download them (and certainly not each time ... that would be incredibly weird). You can be reassured that no bandwidth has been wasted by the world (at least, not as far as emojis are concerned). (And using them as trackers? Seriously? Most apps easily have the permissions to track their users without ever having to resort to emoji-based methods, even if emoji-tracking was even possible ...)

That said, I think that emojis are ugly, stupid and are dumbing down communication. The OED has lost any remaining credibility if it's adding emoji as words (god help us all), and it can get off my lawn.

Comment Re:Exclude hosts from Windows Defender (Score 1) 342

Finally, iOS and Android don't even let the user edit the file at all unless the user wipes and roots the device and voids its warranty.

You say that like it's a bad thing ...

I'd be interested to know if you have any stats on the actual performance hit of using a large hosts file. Personally, I find it an excellent way to block ads (and other odious sites) at the source. It's not my only adblocker, but it's a damn effective one (and there are good online sources for up-to-date lists that you can periodically update from).

Comment Re:Let's just skip right to 1984 (Score 1) 167

Unfortunately, Labour is even more in favour of a police state. Only the Liberal Democrats seem somewhate more reasonable.

Do you mean Labour under Corbyn?? Corbyn's been strongly against any form of police state in his comments to date. I suggest you take a look at


Comment No kidding (Score 4, Insightful) 103

You'd think this might say more about the algorithm than the images themselves, but when noise was used, no human face emerged at all.

Wait, so, when images that looked more like faces were used, the average looked more like a human face? Just crazy.

It's cute, but I'm not sure it's particularly profound.

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