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Comment Re:Amazing (Score 2) 119

Civilization doesn't turn on one axis. Egypt had decent periods after Amarna, indeed the consequent 19th dynasty that followed included Ramesses the Great. Good periods neither negate nor exculpate bad periods, but it does not follow that negative events necessarily beget more of the same, or no civilization could or would exist. There is always room for reversal of fortune in either direction.

Comment Re:Amazing (Score 5, Interesting) 119

Or perhaps you need to. One of the most disruptive periods socially and economically in ancient Egypt was the pharaoh Akhenaten's foray into monotheism (one of the first, if not the first) with Atenism. Hoards of resources were wasted on mammoth projects which were abandoned almost immediately after Akhenaten's death, and it would take generations to heal the damage of the schism which ultimately unseated the dynasty. Religion in Egypt has catalyzed both its greatest successes and failures, and it would behoove a wise student of history to study both and contrast them.

Comment Re:Giorgio Tsoukalos asks... (Score 1) 119

Occam is a place, not a person, after William of Ockham of which Occam is more 'Latin' variant spelling. And Occam's Razor is an integral component of the logical framework of empiricism that led the way to philosophical naturalism and the scientific method itself. It was people looking for elegant simplicity that came up with some of the most fundamental laws of nature like Newton and Boyle. Newton, indeed, was recorded restating Occam's Razor as one of his own personal axioms for intellectual investigations. So, vicariously, "Occam" came up with *a lot* really.

Comment Re:You're all gonna hate me (Score 1) 800

Obviously there are a bunch of down-sides: low info density, highly GPU intensive, etc.

Actually, it's not very GPU intensive at all. They removed all the transparency, effects, graduations and shadows. This was done to give more battery life on mobile devices where GPU effects can have a tangible impact on battery life.

I'm with you on the information density though. I really wish desktop apps could benefit from the Live Tile features, but that seems to be one area in which the two environments don't overlap. At least 8.1 has the smaller quarter tile App size icon though, which should prove useful.

Comment Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 800

Individual app buttons can be shrunk in 8.1 - there's a new size that's a quarter of the current square tile. Oddly, there's also a huge tile that's twice the size as well...

I'm with you on the Start Screen Search though, it's good to see that working as it should. Long term, I'm happy to see the end of the Start Menu. Sure it looked nice, but pixel perfect mousing when you were four, five levels down and the whole thing reset because you moused onto the desktop was annoying, plus the thing was just a hive of .lnk files under the bonnet that seemed to redraw half the time I was using it. It was archaic and needed to go and I'm surprised so many people were up in arms about it to be honest.

Hopefully they can build on the Start Screen over time. While I don't think 8.1 is there yet - not by a long way - it's certainly a move in the right direction.

Comment Re:Giorgio Tsoukalos asks... (Score 1) 119

That's a misuse. In the first place, Occam's Razor is comparative. It postulates that out of a spectrum of possible explanations, the simplest is more likely to be correct. So unless you have a more simple explanation for the panoply of evidence in physical reality for life, then the consensus on its purported origins is not denied by Occam's Razor.

(Though in truth I doubt you understand what underlies all that, since you characterize life as 'anti-entropic' which is wholly false because you probably have some half-baked philosophical interpretation of entropy that has nothing to do with the reality of entropy as principle in physics. Here's a hint: entropy != chaos and the opposite of entropy is not "order" or "organization". These are just philosophical conceits that human beings have arbitrarily invented to understand their sensory memories.)

Comment Scientists always melt our glaciers to see things (Score 1) 77

Yeah that's the downside- having melted the glacier, just so we can see a plant, was a bad idea. (Well, in the deal we were also able to drive to work and heat our houses and stuff. And minor details obviously deserve a little of our consideration.) But obviously these were just side effects from when we let our cryogenic botany crowd bully our fossil fuel industry around. They said "Dig up all the filth from the Carboniferous Era that you can find, and burn it fast. Then we can melt this glacier and defrost these little bitches within our careers." Of course scientists always think that because of their ideology. But they were lucky this time because it melted anyway for them, didn't it?

Comment Re:wayland (Score 1) 259

Honestly, I do not really see the advantage of things like upstart and systemd. They haven't significantly altered the boot time of systems (well written init based system booted fast anyway) and they've just added layers of complexity.

Please respond to the post I wrote, not the one you think I wrote. I didn't espouse upstart or systemd, both of which are far, far more complex than runit or daemontools (the DJB tool on which it's based).

Also, regarding pidfile based locking: open(..., O_EXCL | O_CREAT) is atomic, which is what you need for a lock.

Sure, it's atomic, but it's not fit-to-purpose.

Okay: You can create a file atomically. Now, what good does that do you if you want to clear the lock when the process holding the lock is dead?

If you're using POSIX advisory locking, you don't do anything: Lock is released the moment the process closes its file handles. Reboot? No locks are held on the way back up. kill -9? No locks held. You don't have to deal with stale locks, because they can't ever happen.

Comment Re: Well now (Score 1) 775

Never mind the concoction that could likely be made with video editing software to help take things out of context!

...which behooves you to have your own, unedited footage with which to set the record straight.

I'm all for a surveillance society, so long as it's equal-opportunity. If only the powerful have access to the footage, that's 1984; if everyone has their own (read: under their ownership, to be released or withheld as they see fit barring court order) record of everything that happens whenever they're in a public space -- ideally a non-repudiable, tamper-evident one (something cryptography makes possible), I'd call that a step towards a utopia.

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