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Comment: Re:Chromebook Shmomebook (Score 1) 169

by tlambert (#48921191) Attached to: Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

Why doesn't RedHat, or Oracle, or SUSE, or someone else run Linux through the compliance tests?

Primarily? Because it won't pass the testing without a lot of work. In particular, there are negative assertion tests on header files (some things are not allowed to be dragged into the namespace, and the header are promiscuous). There's also a whole bunch of testing having to do with full and almost-full devices. There are also signal issues and process group membership issues. For example, you can "escape" an exclusion group on Linux by setting your default group to one of your other groups; Linux overwrites the membership in cr_groups[0] as a synonym for cr_gid, and doesn't handle POSIX saved IDs quite right, either (Neither do the BSDs, so this isn't a Linux-only problem).

Last time I attempted to run the test suit on Linux as a lark, there were about 20K failures (mostly tests not compiling because of it bailing out over the header file issues. There are also some parts of the system that have been subsumed by systemd; this isn't intrinsically a problem on its own, so long as the system *also* supports flat config files as an addendum, at least for some aspects of logging.

Also, getting the UUCP to work over USB serial dongles is likely to be something of a bear, unless you make the HDB modifications for handling the "rung indicate" as a notification to take the shared file lock on the callout device so the getty's don't start trying to chat with each other.

Finally, there some considerable legal/licensing issues for the trademark.

Comment: Re:You nerds need to get over yourselves (Score 1) 197

by smallfries (#48912471) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

How much experience do you have, and what is it worth?

I've seen hundreds of students who try to learn to program. Some of them have the right kind of mind for it and most don't. The ratio seems to be about 40:60, which is what has been recorded in the literature as being the norm for most samples.

The right kind of mind is not necessarily that clever. It is not a 'special mind' in any kind of wonderful precocious sense. It is normally people who see through superficial explanations, that have a knack for modelling cause and effect in abstract systems that they cannot manipulate directly. I'm not sure how it relates to other clusters of skills that people may possess, but I have never seen any effective way to teach it to somebody who does not possess it naturally.

I've tried various methods of teaching it directly to students that do not have it. None of them have worked so far. I still hope that it is something that can be taught, although my experience so far suggests otherwise.

Comment: Thank fricking God it requires developer mode. (Score 0) 169

by tlambert (#48890511) Attached to: Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

Thank fricking God it requires developer mode.

That is all. A number of us fricking killed ourselves to make sure the thing would notify you when someone had futzed with your machine, and it'd be a terrible shame if 3 minutes and a screwdriver could trojan your machine.

Comment: Re:Chromebook Shmomebook (Score 4, Informative) 169

by tlambert (#48890479) Attached to: Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

Wake me up when they post a useful article on how to run Unix on my Macbook Pro.

Mac OS X *is* UNIX. It's certified. Wake me up when Linux passes conformance testing.

PS: We even put UUCP on the damn thing to pass the tests; it's definitely UNIX, so feel free to spin up your own NetNews node on your MacBook Air.

Comment: Re:Midrange? (Score 1) 114

I'm using an Asus PB287Q with a GTX970. It sits on the boundary, so Elite Dangerous and Wolfenstein are comfortable in 4k. Far Cry and Metro need to drop to 2560x1440 to hit 50-60fps. Anything under 40fps is unplayable on this combo, not so much to do with looking bad, it feels like the input lag jumps below that rate.

The monitor looks alright at 1440p, a little soft and washed out but still better than my previous monitors in their native modes. In 4k the picture is unbelievable. At this size and sitting about 50cm from the screen it has a cinematic feel, but 1080p is painful to watch.

Comment: And now... 3... 2... 1... (Score 2) 110

by tlambert (#48881301) Attached to: Barrett Brown, Formerly of Anonymous, Sentenced To 63 Months

And now... 3... 2... 1...

(1) Find a journalist you don't like who has linked to a vulnerable site they don't control
(2) Replace the content at the link target with illegally obtained material about someone powerful
(3) Sit back and watch how well the new SWATting works!

Journalistic shield laws anyone? The new first amendment-resistant law enforcement looks like we need something to replace the old antibiotics...

Comment: Re:Bye_bye, Blackberry (Score 1) 307

by tlambert (#48878921) Attached to: Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

No one wants to switch from a Mac/Windows to a Windows/Mac system if their files or programs are not 100% guaranteed to work.

Most businesses use this same example:

"No one wants to switch from a Windows XP system to a Windows [inset non-XP Windows here] if their files or programs are not 100% guaranteed to work."

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