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Comment Re:I've got this machine (Score 1) 477

Given the state of Linux graphics drivers in general I think you're nuts to use anything BUT Intel graphics in a laptop. Intel is the only company that seems to take it serious and ship stable and reliable drives that don't shit their bits when you dock, undock, suspend, resume, or change res. I guess if you absolutely have to have the most bleeding edge graphics performance maybe Intel isn't an option but then maybe a Linux laptop isn't the best choice for you.

Comment Dell Latitude e6430 (Score 1) 477

Dell Latitude e6430 with Intel graphics. Ubuntu certified. I run Linux Mint that works perfectly too. Everything "just works". Highly configurable. Excellent service manual and easily serviceable without voiding your warranty. Standard parts. Docking station that, again, "just works" with Linux. Built like a tank. Available on refurb from Dell outlet. It's not the smallest or lightest or prettiest cheapest but those are not priorities for me. It's the corporate fleet laptop. I've yet to find something to complain about it.

Comment Re:BSD Fragmentation (Score -1) 48

Well, let's think about it.

1. The license and copyright. 2. The legacy. 3. The userland. 4. The overall quality. 5. Not so many prima donna devels (Theo excluded).

Although the userlands have diverged, there's still a great deal of commonality.

1. I'll give you the license but they obviously no longer share much copyright as they have all been largly rewriten since the 386bsd days. If that were not true then they would all be the same.

2. That's like saying nothing differentiates us from monkeys because we share a common ancestor. I call BS. A common origin implies very little of practical value especially considering how much of the code has been rewritten.

3. So first you say they share a user land then you say the userlands have diverged. Which is it?

4. Overall LACK of quality due to not having a critical mass of developers, you mean?

5. I think they're ALL prima donna devs otherwise why are there so many forks? It's because everybody in the BSD camp wants to take their ball and go home instead of working together on a common goal.

I don't hate BSD or wish anybody ill. These are just my perceptions based on what I've seen.

Comment BSD Fragmentation (Score 1) 48

You know, I hear a lot of folks complain about Linux fragmentation, tyrany of choice, etc. But at least we can say that, for the most part, there is one true canonical Linux kernel (Linus' tree) and all the other kernels are for the most part shallow forks tweaking a few things.

Now in BSD land we have NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and DragonflyBSD, each with their own true kernel.

Why?

If the project goals have diverged so widely as to take the kernel off in a completely different direction from all the other BSD's why even call it BSD anymore?

What do the four big BSD distros have in commmon besides the name and a kernel they used to use years (decades?) ago?

I am admitedly ignorant and perhaps I am underestimating the degree of cooperation between these projects.

Comment Re:band pass filters (Score 1) 107

What interference? Why would any engineer add cost and complexity to a design by adding (previously considered) unecessary filtering circuitry? We talking analog filters or digital filters? Passive or active? Skirt shapes? It's not as simple as "add filters. problem solved." Really, if you are security paranoid and you don't need them, remove the speakers and mic. Now the problem really is solved. You can alway plug in a headset.
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CMU AI Learning Common Sense By Watching the Internet 152

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from the Washington Post "Researchers are trying to plant a digital seed for artificial intelligence by letting a massive computer system browse millions of pictures and decide for itself what they all mean. The system at Carnegie Mellon University is called NEIL, short for Never Ending Image Learning. In mid-July, it began searching the Internet for images 24/7 and, in tiny steps, is deciding for itself how those images relate to each other. The goal is to recreate what we call common sense — the ability to learn things without being specifically taught."

Comment Re:Hail to the uninformed (Score 2) 194

What other seed provider would this be and where will you go when they all do the same thing? I don't think you have the slightest clue how this works, do you?

You're clearly not a farmer. And asking "where will you go when they all do the same thing" is just baseless fear-mongering. My local Wendy's closed and now it's a McDonalds. "Oh noes! Where will I go when they all do the same thing! Gah! It's the end of Wendy's!"

Amishland Seeds
Annapolis Valley
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Burpee Seeds
Heritage Seed Company (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Diane’s Flower Seeds
Ed Hume Seeds
Fedco
Garden City Seeds
Heirlooms Evermore Seeds
Heirloom Seeds
Heirloom Organics
Horizon Herbs
Irish-Eyes
J.W.Jungs
Johnny’s Seeds
Landreth Seeds
Lake Valley Seeds
Livingston Seeds
Local Harvest
Mountain Rose Herbs
Organica Seed
Park Seeds
Pinetree
Sand Hill Preservation Center
Seeds of Change (Owned by Mars Inc.) But GMO Free.
Southern Exposure
Sustainable Seed Co
Territorial Seeds
Tiny Seeds
Uprising Seeds
Virtual Farm Seed Co
Wildseed Farms

Comment Re:Hail to the uninformed (Score 1) 194

In what universe can you called suing farmers for cross-contamination and then locking farmers into having to buy seeds from Monsanto an ethical or sustainable business practice?

In what universe has Monsanto ever sued a farmer for cross-contamination that wasn't intentional fraud on the part of the farmer? If you can come up with a single example, the lawyers at the OSGATA would like to have a word with you, because they sure as hell couldn't find any.

http://www.osgata.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/OSGATA-v-Monsanto-MTD-Decision.pdf

Comment Re:That's kind of the idea. (Score 4, Insightful) 409

Ah, but then... here is the very important part: it's open for abuse. The system you mention is a very good system as long as the one doing the checking is wise enough to not push it too far. But it can be very easy to think people should be doing more (the stereotypical boss who wants more productivity and doesn't care about how it works in practice, or looks at the wrong productivity signals [tickets solved vs difficulty/importance of tickets solved]), and/or sanction things that you normally wouldn't even if you knew them.

EVERY system is open to abuse, that's human nature.
Those delivery workers who were goofing off were in fact guilty of abusing the current system., so ... abuse happens. Was this fair to their coworkers-? No.
This rule postulates GPSes be installed in the police cruisers, not the cop's personal vehicles.. they're on the clock, so it'd be a little hard to see how this would be abused. It's accountability.

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