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Comment: Re:Averages (Score 1) 109

by udippel (#49716135) Attached to: Microsoft Study Finds Technology Hurting Attention Spans

You seem to be a doctor, and not a bad one, and I wouldn't mind you being the doctor to operate on me (god willing, as few operations as possible, better zero needed during my life span),
but I would on the other hand not want you to be one of my co-scientists in a research project. Because 'attention span' in this context is not the notion that you operate for 8 seconds only before you fiddle with the nurse's lower back for 8 seconds, look out of the window for eight seconds, think of your wife for eight seconds, and so forth.
Of course, we all can attend to things for much longer. What is meant is the time you spent looking at the dailies shown in the shop of your clinic, finding out what the headlines were, and decide if you wanted to buy one. 8 seconds. And that blonde nurse in the elevator that you never saw before, could she spontaneously be the object of your desire? 8 seconds. Reading this post of mine:

You seem to be a doctor, and not a bad one, and I wouldn't mind you being the doctor to operate on me (god willing, as few operations as possible, better zero needed during my life span),
but I would on the other hand not want you to be one of my co-scientists in a research project. Because 'attention span' in this context is not the notion that you operate for 8 seconds only before you fiddle with the nurse's lower back for 8 seconds, look out of the window for eight seconds, think of your wife for eight seconds, and so forth.
Of course, we all can attend to things for

8 seconds

Comment: Re:Let's hope that Plasma 4 is kept as an alternat (Score 2) 60

by udippel (#49712307) Attached to: KDE Plasma 5 Becomes the Default Desktop of OpenSUSE Tumbleweed

You are an AC, and sound like like flamebait. You had better used your real screen name to make more of an impression (OMG, now I have to ...)

Because you are generally right. I used to help projects of FOSS with bug reports, but almost all of mine against KDE have gone the path into the drain that you described. Often, with requests for debugs, installs of other, newer software (with missing dependencies), and after some years, the standard comment: 'too old'.

For too long time their governance has shifted into a high 'bleeding edge' gear, and their quality control has closed both eyes to actual quality control, and instead patted the back of rather egotist developers of 'cool stuff'.
My question / request about my preferred desktop of the last 4 or 5 years, and heavily based on activities, remained unanswered. Respectively, I was told behind the scenes, that the 'new thing' was enormously cooler than the old style. I understand, the unified interface is cool. Seriously. But I won't use it on my phone, and rather stick to my customized activities on Plasma 4. Never mind, on Plasma 5, but the term 'backwards compatible' is not exactly known in KDE-land.

Comment: Re:Markets, not people (Score 1) 615

by udippel (#49706933) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks

I wish you were right, but you are not.
The problem that you describe is known in quite another field as 'last mile'. The trucks will be driven by AI, solely by AI, and the human driver will come on board for that fictitious 'last mile'. Like the pilots that enter a ship to steer it through difficult waters. So may take some hundred thousands off the list of fully unemployed, and count them as employed for hourly work on demand.
The difference between the OP and your assumption will be minor, effectively. Consider driving a loaded truck off the warehouse as 'easy', and the need for a human driver is still reduced to one last mile before the destination.

 

Comment: Let's put everything we know on a row and think (Score 1) 65

by udippel (#49658809) Attached to: Samsung's SSD 840 Read Performance Degradation Explained

0. About half a year ago, performance at read of data not read for a long time is observed to degrade.

1. Samsung acknowledges this fact.
The work around is obvious to everyone with a common sense: re-read data with old access data. This would be no fix, but the work-around of choice.

2. Samsung offers a fix some months later. Immediate observation: this fix doesn't fix the problem.
Samsung asks for more time and promises a fix.

3. Some more months later, Samsung provides the 'fix', which isn't, but the almost obvious work-around: regularly re-write (!!) the data.

Conclusions:

4. Samsung has tried to find a fix during 6 months, but in vain. The final solution is a brute-force work-around.

5. Strangely, though, the obvious work-around, that is re-read the data regularly, is not chosen. Instead, the data are re-written. This points to

6. There is more than meets the eye, because the path of no-wear, lower power re-read is not taken, but the one that uses additional power and additional life-cycles. This can't be an oversight on the side of Samsung, but intentional.

7. Why? What is it that we all don't know? There must be additional problems (unknown to me, at least) for Samsung to take this path for the work-around.

Comment: Re:To keep the performance up the advertised value (Score 0) 65

by udippel (#49658401) Attached to: Samsung's SSD 840 Read Performance Degradation Explained

Sorry, my mistake: wrong wording. I didn't mean data loss, but serious slowdown.

'unless' what? Why so apologetic for Samsung? I still think you can't be affected, or you must be rich. If I pay four-fold for SSD, I won't find excuses for the manufacturer when the SSD is slower than a standard disk running on platters. Why would you?
Yes, my movie collection for example: some movies that i didn't watch for years. "Oh, sorry, Samsung 840!" when the movies stutter, or "oh, sorry, Samsung 840!" when copying close to 1 TB takes ... wait ... 100.000 seconds, that is some 30 hours? And this is still generous, assuming 10 MB/s; while some report even lower transfer rates.

Are you by any chance related to Samsung and try to stonewall criticism?

Comment: Re:To keep the performance up the advertised value (Score 2) 65

by udippel (#49657033) Attached to: Samsung's SSD 840 Read Performance Degradation Explained

Wow. I'm surprised how you take a crappy drive like that so easily. I bet you didn't pay the serious money they actually charged for it? And it's no cheapo brand neither; rather the self-declared Mercedes.
And the prescribed maintenance is rewriting all data twice a month because it tends to be forgetful. What a fantastic piece of hardware! That is what we ought to discuss here; rather than if a brute-force workaround ... just works. Sure it does!

Comment: Re:Aren't they called Currents? (Score 1) 61

by udippel (#49653119) Attached to: Subsurface Ocean Waves Can Be More Than 500 Meters High

Hmm. For me as electrical engineer, a wave is not what you found in the dictionary reference, and has nothing to do with liquid bodies, and there is not really a ridge or a swell.
Your second sentence doesn't help much, because the phenomenon 'wave' is not intrinsically linked to water. I for one see it connected with the notion of 'propagation'. Not much of a sense if we try to enforce precise terminology: electromagnetic waves, sound waves, subsurface waves, surface waves ... . Because the context usually specifies what we are talking about.
And here, the title is clearly specifying 'Subsurface ... Waves'. What more do you want?

Comment: Re:"xenophobic fascist" (Score 1) 1097

by udippel (#49612125) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Are you, incidentally, Moslem?
I dare to ask because this is what I have been told by a good number of my Islamic friends (and which has strained our friendships): "A handful of lunatic people".
Maybe it used to be. But when you look at Libya, Syria, Pakistan, IS, Nigeria, Somalia, Kenya, it is rather a very good hand full of millions.
And that is nothing to be taken lying down and lying low.
Your 'few militant Islamists' are a few million, and therefore, I have to be careful with your argument. And so should you be.

Comment: Re:tip of the iceberg (Score 1) 1097

by udippel (#49611955) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Surprised to see you rewarded with 3 virginal Insightful remarks on this.

Firstly, there was no intrusion into a mosque to
Secondly, grill some pork meat there.

Thirdly, I am astonished that you give away your freedom that easily. Are you American citizen, if I may ask?

While I feel that decency is often missing, and I would argue against a caricature of some believe-group being posted on bill-boards, I will insist that they may (if not should) be shown closed-circuit. Because, if I know I'd be offended, I can simply decide not to attend.
But these people can not be satisfied with not attending. They will go, deliberately, to feel offended and use this feeling to cut down on civil liberties.
Think hard, please, before continuing with this chain of arguments of yours!

Comment: Re:Idiots (Score 1) 1097

by udippel (#49611705) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Let them burn in Hell (if such a place/state exists).

I wouldn't be that sure.
According to their believe, dying while defending their religion, Islam, will hand them 144 virgins (altogether).

Not that I believed in this rather crude theory, but since so far nobody has come back, even scientifically it can not be totally excluded.

Comment: Re:Already patched (Score 1) 89

by udippel (#49567225) Attached to: New Zero Day Disclosed In WordPress Core Engine

And being a prime target wouldn't be a problem if it had proper security...

Oh how naive.

Will you please enlighten the unwashed masses (me), how a system with proper security would not pose a problem like the one underlying this topic?
(And please, without resorting to 'shiny', 'easy', 'simple', 'extensible'. I am honestly only interested in security.)

Comment: Word Press? Wow! (Score 1) 89

by udippel (#49566815) Attached to: New Zero Day Disclosed In WordPress Core Engine

I used to offer WordPress as blog engine to my users. Like .... 7 or 8 years ago. And half of my time was spent updating, upgrading, and cleaning up after WordPress. After close to 1 year I had withdrawn this offer.
Is there no way to simply prohibit this piece of malware-spouting horribly bad architectured s**tware that seems to have been lingering about ever since?

Wernher von Braun settled for a V-2 when he coulda had a V-8.

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