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Comment: Re:Here is the #1 problem with delivery drones (Score 1) 129

by ustolemyname (#49089463) Attached to: Delivery Drones: More Feasible If They Come By Truck

Company spends $50,000 on delivery truck. Company dispatches truck on it's first delivery run. Rogue actor uses $5 worth of wrench to jam the driver's noggin, takes key, and steals it. Company is now out $50,000.

Because they are manned, trucks are simply far too easy to lose and far too easy to steal. They are impractical.

FTFY.

1. This does happen (Google had plenty of examples)
2. Rogue actor ends up with a huge volume of parcels that are easier to fence than a specialized machine

Comment: Re:Good luck getting theaters on board (Score 1) 92

by ustolemyname (#48852295) Attached to: Amazon Plans To Release 12 Movies a Year In Theaters and On Prime

Besides, your screen at home isn't as good

Not remotely true. Most digital theater projectors are 2k, which at this point I'm willing to call crap. I watched a movie with some subtitles at the beginning the other day, seeing the white text split into a grid of pixels was very off-putting. Plus it takes effort to find optimal seating.

As to audio,
  Headphones do it better, if you really care, and
  The total lack of control of other people makes that a pretty moot point.

I generally agree with you in terms of the market, but trying to argue that most movie theaters are providing a "premium" experience requires a fair bit of romantic idealism coupled with selection bias when you actually go.

Comment: Re:Great (Score 2) 44

by ustolemyname (#48682919) Attached to: Phoronix Lauds AMD's Open Source Radeon Driver Progress For 2014

It would seem your baseless assumptions are wrong.

Sure, that was 3 years ago. But you seem to be ignoring the following facts:

  • AMD's proprietary driver shares most of its code between Windows and Linux.
  • NVIDIA's proprietary driver shares code between Windows, Linux, Solaris, OSX and assorted BSDs.
  • The majority of a device driver has to do with the device itself, and all kernels are trying to get the device to do the same thing and so will expect similar hooks. It is annoying to support multiple targets, but certainly not difficult.

Comment: Re:With the right cards it's trivial for video (Score 1) 774

by ustolemyname (#48109189) Attached to: Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

I appreciate the criticism. Did another crack at research, managed to find an xorg.conf that (supposedly) does multiple sessions with one graphics card with the Nvidia driver. I think I'll try to redo the setup this weekend, if I can find the time.

I wish all my side projects were scrutinized by persons as knowledgeable as yourself. Seriously, thanks.

Comment: Re:Ignorant too (Score 1) 774

by ustolemyname (#48101037) Attached to: Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

Then there's the people that were running multiple keyboards, mice and monitors for a couple of people on the same box well over a decade back. What is it with Wayland fanboys not having a clue about the system that they are supposed to be improving on?

I setup such a system a year and a half ago (4 stations off one computer, totaling > 10mpx of desktop space).

Allowing me to be abundantly clear: I wish Wayland was production ready a year ago. Multiseat-X sucks for these reasons:

  • You either need a separate graphics card per session, or use framebuffered Xephyr windows to run your desktop (I chose the latter, as performance wasn't a concern, but adding more graphics cards was)
  • Dynamically assigning keyboards/mice to different screens based on a common USB host... sucks. SystemD manages sessions and integrates with udev so a hotplugged USB devices can be limited to it's associated session. Seriously awesome.
  • The above is doubly a problem as when a usb peripheral disconnects momentarily, an X session forgets about it and never sees it again... Fixed by following what was happening with GDB, putting together an awful hack, and nuking X updates from the package system.
  • All users sessions run on the same virtual terminal. I'd often ssh into the system to maintain it rather than my usual ctrl+alt+F1
  • Documentation is erratic and frequently wrong.
  • What I have works, but I would not deploy it to someone else's work environment

All that badness aside, I do appreciate only having to maintain one machine for software updates etc, not having to setup network shares, or worry about users logging in with NFS + LDAP. It made it quite easy for 4 people to share a powerful machine that they only needed the speed from on occasion, and collaboration was super simple.

I look forward to rebuilding this setup with pure SystemD + Wayland in the next 18-24 months.

Comment: Re:In the spotlight (Score 1) 993

I apologize, I didn't make myself clear enough to justify that paradox, that apparent contradiction. My point about responsibility being a zero sum game was more about how even though A did actions that enabled B to do C does not mean B is not wholly responsible for C (Though A may also be partially, or wholly responsible. Or not).

Let me give you some other examples of non-zero sum responsibility. One can:

  • Prevent theft by being poor.
  • Never be cheated on by always being single.
  • Not die in a plane crash by never flying.
  • Avoid criticism by never doing anything noteworthy.
    • In the first three situations it would be common to blame the thief, the unfaithful, and the airline. But one can't deny the theoretical control the first party has. Just because one can be responsible for an end result (here, rubbing people the wrong way) does not imply one is accountable for the negative consequences of same (reciprocation with hateful, and harmful actions).

      Really I just found how the structure of this conversation parallels conversations I've been involved in recently regarding gender and IT, and was trying to explore the "Maybe sexism would be a step in the right direction," angle, as it at least implies acceptance of an external group of people. I think often people of our ilk tend to be dismissive and derogatory toward those who reach a different conclusion based on values we disagree with, such as the creators of systemd and their opponents who clearly value different things at this point, to the point where they can't even agree on what those different things are).

Comment: Re:In the spotlight (Score 0, Flamebait) 993

So, victim blaming? I see your point, but the abuse he describes experiencing (as a young white male) reminds me of a trendy workplace topic. Maybe women aren't in IT because of sexist assholes, but because of unqualified assholes.

I agree, he has some power to control the response he gets from the community. But responsibility isn't a zero-sum game, and should he have to?

Comment: Re:Let's Regulate Canada (Score 1) 324

by ustolemyname (#47950383) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Actually, I'm Canadian.

My point was that regional blocking of Canadians by .com's predated the updated copyright legislation, they are entirely separate issues. damien_kane below provides a nice explanation why.

As an aside, the updates to the Copyright Act were to satisfy obligations to WIPO treaties more than a decade old. And it beat the hell out of C-60 that the liberals proposed in 2005, which was just "Let's add the bad parts of the DMCA to Canadian copyright law and call it a day." (Don't get me wrong, if I had my druthers I would have put Charlie Angus (NDP) in charge of this bill, but that's not going to happen any time soon. Lazy youth voters, grr).

+ - NASA has chosen Boeing and SpaceX to build manned spacecraft

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The competition heats up: NASA has made a decision and has chosen two companies to ferry astronauts to and from ISS, and those companies are Boeing and SpaceX. Some quick details from NASA here.

This is a reasonable political and economic decision. It confirms that SpaceX is ready to go and gives the company the opportunity to finish the job, while also giving Boeing the chance to show that it can compete while also giving that pork to congressional districts.

Some details: After NASA has certified that each company has successfully built its spacecraft they will have then fly anywhere from four to six missions. The certification process will be step-by-step, similar to the methods used in the cargo contracts, and will involve five milestones. They will be paid incrementally as they meet these milestones.

One milestone will be a manned flight to ISS, with one NASA astronaut on board.

One more detail. Boeing will receive $4.2 billion while SpaceX will get $2.6 billion. These awards were based on what the companies proposed and requested."

Comment: Re:Troll much? (Score 1) 613

by ustolemyname (#47819849) Attached to: You Got Your Windows In My Linux

The line immediately above:

EnvironmentFile=/etc/sysconfig/irqbalance

If you can't figure out that an "Environment FIle" might contain these things known as "Environement Variables," I question your claim to have been using Unix since 1978.

The environment file sets all the environment variables the service sees. It sees no more or less than what is in that file by default, which is both more secure and maintainable.

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