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Comment Re:I hate coal (Score 1) 397

Banking on HBO not sticking with Oliver long enough to see it through?!?!? Why on earth would anyone think that? Last Week Tonight is a multiple Primetime Emmy Award winning show. It's only been out for 2 seasons and has already won dozens of awards and has beaten many of HBO's other current events talk-shows like Bill Maher in the ratings.

Assuming that John Oliver keeps his game up, I expect he'll be a staple just like Jon Stewart was for The Daily Show for at least 5-10 years.... unless HBO is foolish enough to lose him to an even better show.

Oliver did his skit knowing this person was going to sue -- because he's a litigious person. HBO likely was well informed in advance this was going to happen. Oliver wasn't just aware of this fact, but told the audience about it... and Oliver isn't stupid enough to open himself up to any serious litigation in such a format when he knows to expect a lawsuit.

The guy has no case. He's a public figure and Oliver is a comedian. The stakes in these cases means he'd have to prove Oliver knowingly lied or knowingly strongly implied something that he knew was false without any hint of humor with intent to defame. Yeah... good luck with that.

We're talking about comedians that get away with saying things like "Trump really wants to bang his daughter" and don't get sued by Trump... because even Trump's lawyers aren't stupid enough to try to win such a case.

Comment Re:An awful lot of assumptions (Score 2) 116

Agreed. This is not an intelligent weed-picker. It doesn't even pick weeds, it merely cuts them and hopes they don't grow back taller than its threshold to detect them as a weed before the next cutting, and even then... it prays that the weed will simply die from lack of energy because its leaves and stalk keep getting snipped.

It also has no concept of where it's going -- relying on a simple logic of move until you hit something tall enough to register as a plant or wall, then turn and move some more. The wheels are tiny and designed for dirt (though they are 4-wheel drive!). They don't look like they'd handle mounded rows well or even a mulched garden. They might even get confused with simple pine straw.

$250 estimated for a solar-powered robot weed-eater that can only handle 100 sq ft and probably won't get the job done on its own. Hmm... I'll pass, thanks.

Comment Re:This is generally, and specifically, incorrect (Score 1) 367

All of that is true, but given that 64 bit x86 compatible processors have been out for over a decade (about 14 years) and that most 32-bit installs of Win10 can't properly use 4 GB of RAM when the smallest RAM stick sizes that are economical are at least 4GB, there's not much use in Microsoft supporting them. Very few systems that could have upgraded from Win7 32-bit to Win10 32-bit aren't capable of also running Win10 64-bit. Anything pre-Win7 would have required a full wipe and install to Win10... which costs time and money that could have gone into a cheap system instead. Most 16-bit programs could have been run in an emulator on Win10 unless there is specific hardware involved that needs certain drivers.

64-bit processors and >4GB RAM is everywhere. I have a 10 year old Core 2 Duo machine w/ 4GB that runs Win10 64-bit just fine. There's really no excuse for MS to bother to support 15 to 20 year old business systems for the rare few that can't work on Win10 64.

My only thoughts are that there are some Win7 atom tablets and such that were 32 bit, and MS decided they'd rather support Win10 than Win7 on them and they'll end of life them at some later date when it becomes more of a hassle to support 32 bit versions of all their apps than it's worth to them. I don't think this is about legacy business PCs so much as it is holding on to their increasingly diminishing market share of tablets, mini-laptops and other portable devices that use stripped down, power-saving 32-bit chips.

Comment Re:Yet another reason AGAINST Linux... (Score 2) 95

The number of distributions isn't the issue as they're all the same OS with minor tweaks or a different display environment and packaging system. Once you factor in the size of the community and the level of support for a distro, they all whittle down to basically debian/ubuntu - based, red-hat based, SUSE-based, or ARCH-based. Most will choose Ubuntu or Fedora/Red Hat. SUSE is still a close third, and Arch is more for those that like to fiddle with everything under the hood.

I advise Ubuntu, though I prefer a Cinnamon desktop (which is the DE that ships with Linux Mint, a derivative of Ubuntu.)

I've tried all the major flavors of Linux... Arch was somewhat lacking in repositories, SUSE was really nice as was Fedora.... but nothing beat Ubuntu in terms of community support -- not just from Canonical, but from linux users and programmers in general -- especially when it came to package management as Ubuntu is debian based, so download .deb files or add PPAs that are compatible. Linux Mint was nice, but it was (and still is) slower to release newer software for the sake of stability (and having fewer people to help maintain the package than Ubuntu has).

Don't let the distros bother you. Everyone and their mother can create their own distro with a simple fork of the code and a repository. If a distro doesn't have great support and maintainers, it may as well not exist, though... and Ubuntu is imho, hands down the best... just pick your favorite interface and run with it. Many prefer Gnome, some like KDE or Mate -- I stick w/ Cinnamon. It's just the GUI interface, though... everything under the hood is pretty much the same.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 1058

I don't disagree that the time frame is impractical, but the logic is sound. I'd say 10 to 15 years would be a more realistic time frame.

Remember that in 2007, the first iPhone was released & now, pretty much everyone is on some sort of multi-touch smartphone. It revolutionized the cell phone industry in only a few short years, and 10 years later, very few people have the old style flip phones or Nokias.

The key for the change will be infrastructure drying up. Gas stations don't make much money off of gas -- and instead on their convenience items with high mark-ups... especially cigarettes, sodas, snacks, and lottery tickets. If enough people switch to electric vehicles, gas stations will lose regular business & have to change their business models or close. Stations near interstates may switch to electric charging only. Many city gas stations might close because the electric cars wouldn't drive far enough to need a recharge while in town, and the city taxes for the lot wouldn't make the stations a good use of the land -- they might convert to fast food restaurants instead. (We already see this happening in big cities anyway -- mostly b/c of high rent and/or taxes or from offers to sell to more profitable industries). Once gas stations become scarce, people will worry about the range of their gas vehicles and finding stations to fuel up like we do now for electric vehicles. Mechanics will start to go out of business as fewer people need oil changes, tune-ups, and part replacements.

As an American, it seems far fetched, but in Europe, the electric car industry is well on its way to replacing fossil fuel burners. The UK is Tesla's biggest market & Norway isn't far behind. All major car manufacturers are developing electric vehicles & some nations have plans already to phase out oil burning cars entirely within only a few years.

Once the cost per unit gets low enough for the average new car consumer (like with the Tesla Model 3), and the total cost of ownership makes economic sense (many say it already is), then you reach a tipping point for conversion. 8 years is a long time in the tech industry, but not very long compared to the average life of a vehicle, so I'm inclined to think 10 to 15 years is a more reasonable number. The average person buys a new car every 2-5 years (I know... it's insane!) But, most will buy a new car within 10 to 15 years, so I think that's how long the switch will take as it'll be a very obvious choice.

As for big rigs, all manner of land based vehicles can easily be switched to electric. Electric vehicles are capable of much higher torque. They just need an adequate transmission in some cases where direct drive doesn't cut it. Planes will likely keep on using jet fuel for the foreseeable future, but land based travel will definitely go electric sooner or later. There's a great case for a domino effect that will throw oil based vehicles into a death spiral and push electric into the limelight within at least the next few decades if not sooner.

Comment Re:Movies are too expensive. (Score 1) 206

If movies were $5 like they were when I was younger, I'd probably go see more movies. Many people probably would. There'd be less risk involved in paying to see a movie you don't like, and it'd also be a decent value for being entertained for a couple hours on a weekend.

There's a point in risk vs reward that's a proper sweet spot, and unfortunately theaters and studios are missing that mark where I live. Movie ticket prices are adjusted for local costs of living, but only slightly. There's a big difference between Southern California's $100K / year lower-middle-class salary and South Carolina's $30K/year lower-middle-class salary... yet the ticket prices here aren't less than 1/3 of what they are in So Cal. Realistically, they should be 1/4 to 1/5 of So Cal pricing because disposable income is a different number than total income. Taking into account expenses and taxes, people here just aren't interested in throwing away money on a movie when they could instead order a nice dinner for the same price and watch something on Netflix or Amazon for which they're already paying less than a single movie ticket price per month.

Comment Re:Fine. (Score 1) 72

The older I get, and the more crap like this that comes up, the closer I get to agreeing with RMS... especially with the windows 10 shenanigans. I've already got a tweaked Ubuntu Linux PC w/ Cinnamon DE that I'm getting accustomed to using for everything but games (Win10 for that, for now)... still... Until gnome/kde/cinnamon all have wayland and vulkan working properly, I'm not going to use Linux as my main machine.

One thing to remember, though is even open source software can be nefarious... and even great open source software can be compiled with trojans and put into what you thought were safe repositories.

The only true way to be safe is to read, understand, and compile all the software you use yourself... which is unrealistic. Any alternative to that, and you're trusting someone. Some for-profit closed-source software corporations can be just as trustworthy as non-profit open-source organizations.... but not many.

Comment Re:Haha (Score 5, Insightful) 520

I disagree. He was looking for a way to depict Trump as sexual partner for Putin -- a way to paint him as literally "in bed together" with the Russians. If either Putin or Trump had been female, it could have been any other sexual act... or possibly one with a strap on or other phallus.

Just because it was a homo or bi sexual act doesn't place the negative on the act -- the negative is on the improper relationship -- especially Trump's desire to please Putin.

Comment Re:I used to use RSS (Score 1) 438

Yeah, I'm seeing a lot of posts saying it's working in Firefox now. I don't know how or when, but at some point, RSS live bookmarks was either removed, broken, or just not updating anymore. Firefox removed the RSS icon from the URL bar that auto-detected RSS way, way back in Firefox 4. So, sometime after that but before now, the live bookmarks feature just quit working.

Glad to see it's back... unfortunately I've moved on to Google Chrome for the most part for other reasons.

Comment I used to use RSS (Score 2) 438

I used to use RSS back when it was integrated into Firefox. I could hover over the RSS link for Slashdot and several other sites and see the headlines for the newest articles which I could click to read. Somehow, somewhere along the way, that functionality went away, and I haven't used it since.

I thought it was awesome, and I didn't really care about these "RSS readers" out there b/c I had what I wanted built into my browser.

Not everyone uses tech the same way, and when this way disappeared, RSS became dead to me at least.

Comment Re:Are there any killer apps for Android? (Score 1) 66

My Charter Spectrum Cable TV app runs on Android, but isn't available on Linux.

Spectrum has live TV available through their app and their web site. Unfortunately, the app only works on Android/iOS, and the site only works on Microsoft OSes because it requires silverlight and flash to be installed. The Linux wrapper for the silverlight plugin (pipelight) has been discontinued, so I'm out of luck. I've tried and failed to get it working under Linux with Firefox, Chrome, Chromium -- natively, under wine, natively with the last pipelight wrapper which only ran the plugin through Wine. No dice. It'd be really nice to have a Linux machine to watch all my cable channels on without needing to use a Windows box or a cable box.

I can watch youtube, twitch, netflix, amazon, and a dozen other streaming services on Linux... but, not my own cable/ISP's digital TV lineup. This isn't Linux's fault, of course -- Spectrum should know that silverlight was deprecated years ago and flash is a dinosaur.... but... being that they're a monopoly, there isn't much I can do about it.

There are a few other mobile-only android apps one can't install on PCs -- and even the web interfaces for some sites which have apps lack features which are only found in their apps. (Instagram doesn't let you "like" things from the website, nor does it give you emoji options for instance).

Comment Re:But is Wayland better? (Score 1) 227

There's no hand-waving. Wayland isn't meant to replace every X11 feature, and the devs explicitly say the reason Wayland doesn't have network transparency is because it's beyond its scope and Wayland can support it over an X11 session on top of Wayland -- or through any current VNC/RDP protocol... or even a new one that bypasses X11 entirely and accesses Wayland at a lower level than an X11 session would (which might be superior to an X session since it would allow less overhead and more optimizations). X isn't going away just because Wayland appears. It's going to take a long time to switch everything over to Wayland, and in the process, we may find some things just stay on X11 or migrate to a newer protocol that runs on top of Wayland.


X's main flaws are serious design flaws -- like the horrendous security issue of not sandboxing data in open windows, and the more severe issue of screen tearing that's holding Linux back from serious gaming, VR, and 3D displays.

Wayland is coming -- and it's designed by members who want it to replace X wherever possible. I trust since they've been the maintainers of X for ages that they know its limitations and created Wayland to resolve those issues.

You're arguing for ancient spaghetti code that's been hacked on for decades and given plugins for everything under the sun... so much cruft that's ridiculously outdated. They're not re-inventing the wheel... they're replacing the old wooden wagon wheel with vulcanized rubber tires on steel rims.

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