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Comment: Re: Hydra... specifically? (Score 1) 185

by staalmannen (#47723697) Attached to: New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells
That is not how evolution works. We do not decend from any currently living species, we just share common ancestors and if you go far enough back in time we are related to everything living on Earth. Studies of distant relative animals ("basal metazoans") and finding similarities to us indicate that our last common ancestor had those features.

Comment: Re:Fuck Tiles! (Score 1) 346

by staalmannen (#47458039) Attached to: Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return
I still hope that the plasma desktop from KF5 finally will make KDE a real shell replacement on Windows. There is experimental support for this in the KDE4 builds, but as I have understood it KF5/Qt5 will enhance support significantly. If this is the case I will definitely put KDE on every machine when people want me to "fix" their Windows 8 machines (and refuse a proper OS).

Comment: Re: Bah (Score 2) 209

by staalmannen (#47015061) Attached to: How Predictable Is Evolution?
not imaginative enough. Life in outer space would be less similar to us than bacteria on Earth is (so bird-like and octupus like is too "tellocentric"). Having said that, certain body plans are likely to reoccur like light sensors (eyes have developed several times independently on Earth) likely close to the proccesing unit ("brain", could also be distributed like in an octopus) and feeding organs.

Comment: Re:Zombie plants? (Score 1) 38

by staalmannen (#46703297) Attached to: Zombie Plants Help To Spread Bacterial Pathogen

Mother Nature is a serial killer. No one's better. More creative. Like all serial killers, she can't help but the urge to want to get caught. But what good are all those brilliant crimes if no one takes the credit? So she leaves crumbs. Now the hard part, while you spent decades in school, is seeing the crumbs for the clues they are. Sometimes the thing you thought was the most brutal aspect of the virus, turns out to be the chink in its armor. And she loves disguising her weaknesses as strengths. She's a bitch. -Fassbach, World War Z

In this case, she is a Cereal killer

Comment: Re:Different views on a free market (Score 1) 223

by staalmannen (#46683329) Attached to: Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.
Standards is just one of the regulations in place to ensure a Free market (a market with choice for the consumer). In terms of ISPs it could be that there would be antitrust regulations and requirements that competing companies should be able to sell their services over the exising connections. Ideally the "network providers" and "service providers" are kept sepparate, and the "network providers" only billing the "service providers". This is how stuff works with electricity and gas, at least in the 2 countries where I have lived.

Comment: Different views on a free market (Score 3, Interesting) 223

by staalmannen (#46682013) Attached to: Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.
I often see to very different views on the concept of a free market. One is "free from intervention" and is producer-focused, which often leads to one or a few domninant players due to network effects and/or scale advantages. The second one can be interpreted as "optimal competition" and is consumer-focused, where regulations (antitrust, enforced standards, consumer protection etc) try to make sure that the consumer always has a choice and that a market can not stagnate into its stable state of one or a few dominant players. I think the telecom market in the US vs EU (and probably most of the world) is a good example. In most places, the government has mandated a single standard (for example GSM) and rules for roaming on a network. This has led to a big market of small service providers on a few networks (there is for example stiff competition on prepaid SIMs). What I have understood from the US, differing standards between the providers coupled with a subsidized payment plan for the phone effectively causes a lock-in situation for the consumer. I am definitely leaning in favour of the "optimal competition" interpretation of a free market (how can a market be free if the consumer does not have a choice?).

Comment: Re:Either gnu libc is hideously slow and bloated.. (Score 3, Insightful) 134

by staalmannen (#46533917) Attached to: GNU C Library Alternative Musl Libc Hits 1.0 Milestone
It might be easier to add than to remove, leading to bloat over time and glibc has been around for a while. Also, building on old code might mean that you are limited in what you can change. For example, the modular design of LLVM has been a pretty big success and is considered easier to work with/develop than gcc. For musl, I think they have decided to remove all legacy stuff + non-standard extensions.

+ - musl libc hits 1.0 milestone 3

Submitted by dalias
dalias (1978986) writes "The musl libc project has released version 1.0, the result of three years of development and testing. Musl is a lightweight, fast, simple, MIT-licensed, correctness-oriented alternative to the GNU C library (glibc), uClibc, or Android's Bionic. At this point musl provides all mandatory C99 and POSIX interfaces (plus a lot of widely-used extensions), and well over 5000 packages are known to build successfully against musl.

Several options are available for trying musl. Compiler toolchains are available from the musl-cross project, and several new musl-based Linux distributions are already available (Sabotage and Snowflake, among others). Some well-established distributions including OpenWRT and Gentoo are in the process of adding musl-based variants, and others (Aboriginal, Alpine, Bedrock, Dragora) are adopting musl as their default libc."

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