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Comment: About time (Score 2) 162

by thsths (#47874795) Attached to: Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

In Google Voice it was free to call US numbers, but only while you were in the US. From abroad, you still had to pay for US calls. Google Voice had a lot of potential, but it never quite realised it. I hope this works better .

What I would like to know if there is some "call in" feature, too? Maybe not a phone number, but a way to call and then be connected to Google Hangouts.

Comment: No surprise, but a bad idea (Score 4, Informative) 97

by thsths (#47832783) Attached to: Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

Mushrooms used to be grown on horse manure, and I doubt they are very "selective". So this is no surprise.

However, it is well known to be a bad idea. You do not grow food for human consumption on human feces, because the risk of contamination is too high. Horse manure is ok, as is growing animal fodder on human feces.

And there are better schemes to get rid of old diapers - since they are rich in high quality cellulose that can be used after a good clean.

Comment: Re:ITT... (Score 1) 312

by thsths (#47810493) Attached to: Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Actually in Germany the insurance *will* cover any damages, but it may try to recover the payment from the driver. Which seems perfectly reasonable to me. Of course drivers should pick the right insurance, just like I pay a bit extra to be able to use my car for normal business travel (not transportation).

Comment: Re: microsofties here is your chance to party (Score 1) 98

by thsths (#47763757) Attached to: Project Zero Exploits 'Unexploitable' Glibc Bug

The first part is also pragmatic. Releasing a security fix is a lot of work, not just for the developers, but also for everybody else. So you only do that if you have reasonable suspicion that the bug is a security risk. They were good reasons to believe that it is not the case here, although in the end they did not apply in every situation.

If you treat every bug as a security issue, you end up with the Google situation where only one version, the latest, is ever supported. And for libc that is not an acceptable option.

Comment: Re:Poll idea (Score 1) 106

by thsths (#47754901) Attached to: Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Marks 23 Years of the Linux Kernel

I had some pre-1.0 versions, but no internet connection. The first version I really used was 1.0.8 -nli one via the university 128kBit link. Luckily that got better soon afterwards.

And later I was really excited about KDE 1.0. I think it had many good ideas and was quite nice to use, if a bit RAM hungry. Unfortunately many of those nice ideas got removed in KDE 2.0 :-(

Comment: Re:Yay! I can lose my data cheaply now! (Score 4, Insightful) 183

by thsths (#47663529) Attached to: Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

>All hardware is prone to not coming back up after the power was cut (or turned off in the case of a laptop I have), SSD is not special in this.

But OCZ SSDs were. The failure of OCZ drives doubled the industry average failure rate, that is how bad they were. Returns were in the double digit percents.

And still I hear your statement that this could happen to any company. Which is true. But OCZ ignored the problem and pretended it did not exist, instead of showing a bit of generosity towards the (rightly) disappointed customers. This I will not forget, and like me many others.

Comment: Re:I think this means (Score 1) 255

by thsths (#47626019) Attached to: TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

Consider that we are only realizing this now though, years later. Lack of information was a huge problem at the time.

Yes, but that is a well known problem. In every core meltdown, lack of information has been a serious issue. Guess why? Because the sensors melt, too. An expert may be able to guess what is going on, but it is beyond the skill of a typical operator.

Comment: Re:Is anybody surprised? (Score 1) 255

by thsths (#47625991) Attached to: TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

Non-nuclear power has well known consequences. An important one for coal is the release of mercury, lead and radon (!) into the atmosphere. Of course industry has downplayed it, but it is very easy to verify.

As for state owned power - it depends on whether you trust the system. If it is totalitarian, so is the management of power plants.

Comment: Re:THIS is a potentially "huge score" for Linux (Score 3, Insightful) 143

by thsths (#47288465) Attached to: Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Steps Up Its Game & Runs Much Faster

No, the year of the Linux desktop is over.

We used to have Gnome 2, KDE 2 and 3, OpenOffice, Mozilla, Flash Player and many useful tools against Windows XP. It was superior technology, but the impact was limited (LiMuX?).

OpenOffice is in ruins (and hardly better than 10 years ago), the Gnome community is split, and KDE keeps getting fatter. Meanwhile Windows 7 is a half decent operating system, and Office 2007 has upped the game considerably. Even Google targets Linux only for some of their products.

The battle for the desktop is over and lost.

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