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Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 116 116

You only know about the small percentage of startups that succeed. Most fail within a year. The failure rate is 80% within 18 months, by some estimates.

That's over twice as good as restaurants. Let's not forget that anyone running a startup with their own money has already failed. You need at minimum three people for any startup: the techie, the schmooze, and the lawyer.

Comment: Re:They could save space (Score 1) 114 114

More than a few of my [real world] friends use facebook as their archive for photos


Of course, I've told those friends that facebook may not have the same photo-preservation goals as they do, but they seem to be unconcerned.

So what makes you think they would be unhappy if facebook started deleting their photos? Apparently they don't care :p

Comment: Re:linux hard to install and use for desktop users (Score 2, Interesting) 124 124

For people who have run into those sorts of situations, they tend to remember it. The fact that 99.9% of people can install with no problems doesn't counteract the fact that they spent 12 hours banging their head against the wall trying to fix a "simple" issue with their installation.

How is that different from Windows, though? When I got my GA-MA770-UD3P 1.0, trying to install XP produced a black screen with a broad variety of video card options, and two different known-good power supplies. Eventually a BIOS update fixed the problem, which is why I single out the motherboard. My CPU and RAM both might have played parts, oddly. Gigabyte told me they couldn't explain it and they wanted me to pay hourly for them to figure it out, but eventually they must have figured it out because a BIOS update cured the problem.

Meanwhile, Linux installed just fine.

A Windows update is also staggeringly likely to send you back to the store to replace your peripherals. For people who don't have any, whatever, but MFDs and scanners and whatnot often don't work on the new Windows for some dumb reason. Usually they speak the same protocol as still-supported devices... which is handy if you're a Linux user.

I've had Windows just mysteriously refuse to play ball on machines where Linux works great. Just trying to find a driver for my Renesas USB3 card for Windows is ugh, but obviously, the driver comes with the Linux kernel. Blah blah blah. Anecdote, data, whatever.

If you have some sort of edge case, any OS can crap on you.

Comment: Re:kinda dissapointed... (Score 3, Insightful) 124 124

Yep, Linus himself brings up the two actual main issues with systemd itself. one, not a fan of binary logging. two, some of the personalities involved are problematic. The bigger issue, though, is systemd's influence over other projects. But that wasn't raised, so why would he comment?

Comment: Re:Port it away from Java... (Score 1) 52 52

I can't really be expected to customize my Java settings when no one has said that is needed.
So I naturally left everything default.

If someone is producing a modpack with 100+ mods and not giving you instructions on how to make MC use more memory, then they are an asshat. Now go forth and google for how to make MC use more memory with your 64 bit Java.

Comment: Re:No worries (Score 1) 338 338

No worries here. I always disable the WiFi on my routers. I prefer hardwired connections that don't give the router fits trying to perform encryption with their underpowered chips.

If you're worried about that, you can firewall off all non-IPSEC traffic... and still enjoy WiFi

Comment: Re:Self centered morons (Score 1) 295 295

You do realize that no one that was in on that decision is even still alive right?

You do realize that this is completely besides the point, right? The question was whether the US had anything to do with the problem in Iran, and the answer is yes, yes it did. Even if everyone involved in that decision is dead, we still have to live with the consequences today. I should not have to explain this to you.

Comment: How the next DHS Grant might be applied for.... (Score 1, Funny) 93 93

The FUD industry really is scrambling for the money aren't they.

Can you imagine, actually getting paid to sit around jerking off to how disasters could happen for no other reason than to enrich yourself selling the fear, has now been turned into an entire industry.

Comment: Re:Knock it off (Score 1) 186 186

And there are more people who believe (terrestrial) solar energy will become economically viable but think castles in the skies of Venus are just that. Castles in the air.

To be fair, we have solar energy, getting more economical by leaps and bounds, while our rockets are still blowing up at launch.

Comment: Re:Accepting Responsibility (Score 1) 273 273

I wouldn't go as far as to say they are saying that black people aren't smart enough to understand the situation, but I will readily agree that people are trying to work this up into something that it really isn't.

News flash, given their skin color, it is easier for black folks to be mistaken for apes in an image processing algorithm than white people. This just shows the algorithm isn't perfect. Write up a bug and make a test case.

Now that I think of it, I wonder how non-technical folks think that image recognition works. Maybe if you were ignorant on the subject, you might immediately think "OMG, they have racist programmers at Google." Of course, this is where responsible media outlets would point out that computers have zero prejudice and that image recognition is hard work.

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