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Comment: Re: Why ext4 (Score 1) 221

It was great... until the other filesystems caught up while it was not under development.

It was great... until it went on a rampage and murdered your data. I kid, but I'm also serious. When it was in current development, no other fs was as efficient with small files, and there's a lot of those on the average Unix system so that's of great interest. But it also was the least reliable filesystem in common use. So it was really never worth using.

Comment: Re:How about ... (Score 1) 477

by drinkypoo (#49754419) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

I can't opt out of paying the advertising tax (through everyday higher prices of every single damn object I purchase).

You can't opt out completely, not if you want to be a functioning member of society, but you can mitigate the issue by choosing to buy as many products as possible which are not advertised. One of the nifty things about the web is that you can actually find those products now...

Comment: Re:I want the same question answered clearly (Score 1) 251

by drinkypoo (#49754355) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

Motorola made an e-Ink candybar phone for India at one point, is that still around? Would it be useful in any other countries, given the frequencies? It was supposed to have more or less best-ever battery life, like a month of standby or something nutty like that, and days of talk time.

Comment: Re:Pretty stupid politicians (Score 1) 34

by drinkypoo (#49749487) Attached to: Security Researchers Wary of Wassenaar Rules

You probably can't even list the apps installed on your laptop, let alone want to uninstall and reinstall them later. You're not 'pretty stupid' for that, its normal.

Uh, what? I most certainly can list the apps installed on my laptop, in a variety of ways. What kind of moron are you that you can't?

Comment: What does that even mean (Score 3, Insightful) 92

Less mass beneath my feet? That depends very much on how you measure "beneath", right? I'd argue that if your load is being distributed into something, it's beneath you. If I'm standing on a mountain which is sufficiently sharply pointed, then almost the entire mountain might be engaged in supporting my weight — cue fat jokes. But anything it's standing on is going to be the same thing, so wouldn't that make it more mass "beneath" my feet?

Anyway, I RTFA (my geek card is in the mail, it should be back at the processing facility shortly) and the article is all gushily excited that "thereâ(TM)s far more crust underneath the mountains than there is in the oceans!" Wait, was this a surprise to anyone? Mountains happen when earth gets shoved up into the air. They're not pimples.

So in short, the article comes to completely the opposite conclusion of the truth: they say that "if you wanted the least amount of mass beneath your feet, youâ(TM)d climb up to the peak of the highest mountain" when in fact, there is more mass beneath your feet if you stand on a mountain than if you stand on the seabed or in a valley, because of all the mass that by definition can't be beneath your feet if you're standing at a lower altitude.

Comment: Re: This would be a first post... (Score 1) 164

if you had any sense at all for the most part you wouldn't have even needed an antivirus especially back then even though it was the wild west and all...

You're a nutter, you are. AVP was actually catching virii for me, so I know it was valuable. Haven't had a valid detection in years, but I still run antivirus... because now I have multicore and SSD and the penalty is low.

Comment: Re:This would be a first post... (Score 1) 164

I remember when AVP came out, it was both the fastest and best NT antivirus around.

Then they made a few "updates" and we started calling it "a v poo" (IT nerds are known for their maturity) because it would choke your system like a punk.

It's sad that they're still not capable of making an antivirus product that doesn't turn your awesomesauce PC into a turd.

Comment: Re:Fourth power rule of thumb (Score 1) 822

by drinkypoo (#49738973) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

A 200 pound* bicycle causes one ten-thousandth of the wear that a 2000 pound car causes, which means cyclists' contribution to road wear would likely be too small to collect.

But that's almost the same conversion factor as between commercial trucks and cars. By the same token, shouldn't the road taxes be divided up by who is actually doing the damage, with the commercial trucks paying vastly more?

Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson