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Comment: Re:Do they have choise but.... (Score 1) 473

by osu-neko (#48409273) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

Single player was part of contract that backer bough...

There is no such contract. When you back any project on Kickstarter, you're agreeing to fund the game and (if it was part of the package) receive a copy when it's done. There's no contract for specific features, things can change in development, and all you're guaranteed to receive is the game when it's done, with whatever feature set it ultimately ends up with. Programs often don't have the exact feature set on completion as they were estimated to have at the start of a project, so they make sure their estimated feature set is not set in stone as part of any contract.

In any case, the game still supports single-player mode. It just requires an internet connection, since it's getting data from the servers as it goes.

Comment: Re:The science is settled, stop doing science! (Score 1) 350

by osu-neko (#48174795) Attached to: The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

Not at all. His message is, if you think it's real, then start doing science! He doubts it's real because the people who claim it is refuse to even try actual science -- you know, that thing where you document experiments and publish with sufficient levels of detail that allow the results to be independently verified.

Even if you think it's real, you have to admit that what they're doing is not science. Or at least, you have to admit that if you're honest and know what "science" is. It might be invention, but it absolutely isn't science.

Comment: Re:"repeatable independently verifiable reproducti (Score 2) 350

by osu-neko (#48174725) Attached to: The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

A patent will just be violated, and completely ignored. Keeping it secret is the way to go, similar to Heinlein's Shipstones. Place a tamper-resistant box at the client's location, set a meter to charge by the watt-hour, and be done with it. Someone tries breaking into the box, it completely obliterates anything inside showing how it works, or just does a big kaboom, Outer Limits, "Final Exam" style.

Ah, yes. One of Heinlein's most unrealistic, least believable premises ever, and that's saying a lot.

Meanwhile, in the real world, your invention will be reverse-engineered in a matter of months if not sooner.

Comment: Re:Remove It (Score 0) 522

by osu-neko (#48169869) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

What if I want a straight text log file that requires no other tools?

Then you write your systemd log in text format. If you can't figure out how to do that, you're not qualified to be reading the log file output.

Why would anyone even have a binary log on a *nix system?

It takes less space, especially if you're archiving them for long periods, causes less I/O in general and less disk fragmentation over time as you compress and delete them every day/week. Note that indeed, you do the same on most classic BSD or SysV init systems by compressing the old logs, requiring you to use a tool to dump them to text if you want to read them later... but that's not as efficient.

If you want binary log files that require tools to dump them to text, use Windows.

Do you turn off the compression of logs on your boxes, or do you admit that having to use a tool to read them isn't so big a deal when you aren't grasping at straws to justify why you hate a particular piece of software?

Comment: Re:So evolution possibly already happened ... (Score 5, Insightful) 120

by osu-neko (#48000751) Attached to: Physicists Find Clue as To Why the DNA Double Helix Twists To the Right
Depending on how you define "life", yes. In fact, almost certainly, regardless of which definition of "life" you choose. Selection can occur in any kind of chemical or physical process in which produces similar but not always identical results. There's nothing special about the particular chemical processes we call "life", nor some magic line in the sand you can draw and say "this is life, and this isn't" -- it gets rather fuzzy on the edges, and the distinction between life and other chemical processes is as arbitrary as the distinction between which celestial bodies we decide to call "planets" and which we decide don't qualify. Nature doesn't care much for our arbitrary distinctions.

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 2) 139

by osu-neko (#47977209) Attached to: Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

Not sure if I follow the real name policy argument. Personally, I understand that people want privacy and there was a huge outcry when Blizzard also required real names as part of their RealID row out. But at the same time I think the issue that both Blizzard and Google wanted to address was cyber-bullying by hiding behind the anonymity of the internet.

You can tell people at a company are speaking from a place of privilege when they assert that using real names will reduce bullying/make people safer/etc. For many of us, using real names pretty much guarantees bullying and danger, and quite possibly even threatens our lives. From Blizzard, it really takes the cake. Like I'm going to put my life in jeopardy for the sake of a video game. And even if the threats aren't serious, many people would just rather avoid the hate and abuse to begin with, even if it's "only" verbal/emotional abuse. Some people use anonymity as a weapon, but most of us use it as a shield. Congrats for those lucky enough to not need it, but understand we're not all so lucky. Removing it just further marginalizes those who aren't privileged enough to be safe without it.

Comment: Re:Spot on (Score 2) 156

by osu-neko (#47943019) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

I buy damn near everything over the internet. I get exactly what I want from a competitive marketplace. Why can't I buy a car to my exact specifications direct from the manufacturer? If Amazon can deliver almost anything to my front door, why can't GM, Ford and Toyota deliver a car to my door?

In your scenario your going to hate it when you need warranty work and the dealers tell you that you need to take it to an authorized warranty repair center for directly purchased cars. BTW that service center is three states over.

You mean like how I can't get warranty repair on my Dell because I'm nowhere near Texas? Oh wait, I can. Hell, I can get the tech to come right out to my office and do it on-site, I don't have to take it anywhere. Funny what happens when there's a competitive marketplace, and the ease or difficulty of getting service and support is something consumers consider. Or were you imagining a scenario where car buyers worry less about server than computer buyers? Cars are so cheap, after all. Oh wait...

Comment: Re:SteamOS compared to OUYA? (Score 1) 294

by osu-neko (#47808227) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

I didn't immediately think shill. The previous fourth console (OUYA) appears to have failed to take away any market share from the big three. What makes Steam Machine different?

Valve/Steam? And are we really comparing a kickstarter project to a powerhouse of the gaming industry? This is a bit like noting a number of minor manufacturers people never heard of failed to gain any marketshare in the early MP3-player market, therefore it was folly to expect Apple to succeed. Of course, Apple had the advantage of pairing their new devices with an online distribution service for content, whereas Valve... oh, wait...

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