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Comment: Re:Buying cars based on fuel price... ugh (Score 1) 604

by tomxor (#49531027) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

...or the inability to haul large items.

Do you know this for a fact? I know that not all electric cars are created equal in much the same way that a tractor is not equal to a ferrari is not equal to a ford fiesta (or worse a "hybrid"), but when compared to an electric engine... my understanding was that generally an equivalent 3 phase electric motor should have better and flatter torque curve compared to combustion engine, hence the high potential for performance compared to combustion... it should also make it pretty good for hauling stuff in theory.

Comment: Re:Chrome broke my VPN (Score 1) 70

by tomxor (#49517879) Attached to: Chrome 43 Should Help Batten Down HTTPS Sites

I think Mozilla have more relevance to web standards and technology now. As a web developer i have a slightly conflicted view of FireFox, i think Mozilla are great, because of MDN and the active community developing FireFox and fixing bugs... But unfortunately the browser just sucks in too many ways these days, there are fairly serious bugs that stay open for many years, they keep re-writing large chunks of the browser only to have it still act buggy and perform poorly, i have no idea why because their seem to be enough willing and skilled people working on the project.

IE11 ... while i hate it and want it to die, many parts of it perform significantly better than FireFox and are less buggy, but then it makes up for it by missing support for things that all other main browsers have and having an almost blanket ignore policy for bug reporting which is extremely frustrating...

MS have never once responded to any of my bug submissions. And I do not make vague bug submissions, i always give a detailed isolated examples. here's my experience among the leading browsers, basically reflects how i feel toward them too:

Chromium project responds frighteningly fast to bug reports and fixes fast, however they have a lot of regressions (especially since M39/40), probably a reflection of how fast moving it's development is.

FireFox responds fast to bug submission but usually fixes super slow, it's more likely with FireFox that a bug you discover will have already been submitted but have been open for years, i've discovered far fewer regression than chromium but some have been pretty stupid.

IE11/spartan/whatever MS rebrand their shit as Almost never responds to bug submissions or does and then closes and "will not fix", I've only found regressions between 11/10/9 but 11 feels almost completely stagnant, hardly feels like an evergreen browser at all.

Comment: BoredDevil (Score 1) 214

by tomxor (#49517795) Attached to: Netflix Is Betting On Exclusive Programming

Netflix is awesome for stirring up the system, but I don't get the hype about DareDevil... and i like a bit of action, I just thought it was overall shit, wouldn't watch any more even if it was free.

I can imagine it being popular with children, but then it is a comic book hero, maybe i shouldn't have expected more from a live action comic book hero... Or maybe i just wanted something original, dark and unusual with at least half decent acting like Dexter instead of rehashed shit.

Comment: Re:Chrome broke my VPN (Score 0) 70

by tomxor (#49506419) Attached to: Chrome 43 Should Help Batten Down HTTPS Sites
Your "IT" sold their souls when they brought shitty VPN software that relied on Java... Sure almost all VPN software is sucky most of them completely ignoring issues regarding running TCP over TCP, but adding a steaming pile of shit to a steaming pile of shit is just asking for a massive steaming pile of shit. Almost no one misses that horrid vulnerability that chromium is actively trying to eliminate.... so yeah fuck your stupid "IT"

Comment: It doesn't matter how long (Score 1) 101

by tomxor (#49477689) Attached to: Fifty Years of Moore's Law

At some point it will cease to make sense to update your computer on a regular basis. I have a 10 year old one that is fine for internet browsing and word processing

Regular yes, heirloom no. The space between physical obsoleting to the point of uselessness has and will continue to increase, but it a whole generation through which zero innovation in computers happens? less a post-apocalyptic scenario, that's not going to happen.

...A nail clipper is extremely limited in it's purpose and possible number of designs, it has a very attainable optimal design after which no substantial improvement can be made. The current and most prevalent nail clipper design is extremely elegant, it is made from only three discrete pieces each very simple in shape. It has not changed in design for about 100 years and does not need to.

Not that you'd want to inherit a nail clipper but given that it's so limited we've only just managed to optimise it to the point where there is no substantial innovation to be done to the design for 100 years... Now how complex is computer hardware and what is the scope of it's purpose, it's application, it's potential? The time to fulfil all possible innovations may as well be infinite to us, it is at least of a universal scale.

Comment: Speed isn't all there is... (Score 1) 101

by tomxor (#49474391) Attached to: Fifty Years of Moore's Law

The idea of an "heirloom laptop" may sound preposterous today, but someday we may perceive our computers as cherished and useful looms to hand down to our children, much as some people today regard wristwatches or antique furniture."

It is preposterous... Even if it were impossible to make computers faster in any way in the future (extremely unlikely given the countless avenues there are to explore in terms of speed), even then the inovation in computers i not and would not be limited to speed, so no computer heirlooms wont ever happen, stupid person.

Comment: Re:Why wont this die allready (Score 1) 105

by tomxor (#49462143) Attached to: Microsoft and Miele Team Collaborate To Cook Up an IoT Revolution

Yes there's loads of good stuff about IoT in the correct context. I just don't get these people who are so obsessed with applying a technology to something that it clearly does not benefit enough for anyone to give a flying fuck "because it's cool", it only damages it...

It's like those amateur inventors who are so amazed by themselves actually coming up with a solution that they are blinded and cannot see it's utterly useless for what they are applying it to... it's the "It's such a neat solution it just has to be useful" plague.

Comment: How about solar desalination (also for energy)? (Score 1) 332

by tomxor (#49457207) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water

For desalinating i guess the main energy consumption is in pumping and the desalination itself...

Could a modified steam turbine concept be used that is driven directly by concentrated solar... that way the desalination mostly takes care of itself and the energy generated can be used for pumping... making it pretty much self sufficient.

Comment: Re:Zombie Botnet (Score 1) 81

...it could be that because China has their Internet so locked down for censorship, with their Great Firewall, that the ranges of discoverable IP addresses outside of it are manipulated causing it to look that way...I do find it hard to believe that a nation particularly one as large as China would bother with this kind of low level tomfoolery (i.e. It doesn't seem all that targeted)

Not sure what you mean by manipulated, but i can assure you it's intentional, i don't claim to know what their intention is... but you don't accidentally and repeatedly attempt to login to SSH. If you really want some hard evidence all you have to do is go spin up a standard ubuntu VPS and leave it in it's default configuration for a few days (in particular you leave SSH on the default port), then have a dig through it's logs and plot the SSH login attempt IP locations... you should find a hot spot in China, you will of course get the odd login attempt from other spots around the world but the last time i bothered analysing this before configuring SSH more rigorously i found an overwhelming chunk of attempts stood out in spot in China.

Comment: Re:Zombie Botnet (Score 1) 81

It's probably a combination, however i'm fairly convinced that it's more weighted on their government effort to gather as much low hanging fruit around the world as possible, because every time i've spun up a new server before i've locked it down all access attempts come from a more specific block range in China, not more randomly distributed IPs like you would expect from a normal botnet, a big chunk of their internet is dedicated to this.

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