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Comment Re:Hey Sunny? (Score 1) 106

Can't we mine the hydrogen from the sun? It's such a waste to fuse that hydrogen, transport the resulting energy to the Earth - an extremely minute proportion of which reaches Earth as visible or infrared light, the rest is wasted by being radiated isotropically to space - then use the light to break up water and make hydrogen again.

Comment Have you read the summary through the end? (Score 1) 106

This is like saying a wind tunnel is useless because a stationary fan attached to the ground and blowing on a plane is a poor way to achieve air travel. But, people still use wind tunnels aplenty, to look at what happens when you blow on a airplane mock up or a wing and assess whether that design will work well in flight.

Comment Re:Doesn't Matter (Score 1) 419

Right, consumer motherboards sold on their own do offer such kind of support (and BIOS updates for future CPUs and critical fixes), are free from OEM crap like always-on Secure Boot, hardware whitelists or incompatibilities, or other nonsense. There might still be the header for PC speaker, I have not checked this yet. Some new mobos have dual PS/2. One of the vendors put single PS/2 + dual USB 2.0 on all their AM4 motherboards, where you usually plug keyb/mouse.
Some not quite old supported Windows XP, I think AM1 socket motherboards did - almost current, the processor is about a cheap low performance version of the PS4 and Xbox One's processor. Prolly useful for legacy non-networked stuff.
You can also run Windows 7/8/10 32bit on all of the motherboards if you so need/want.

I don't know how this will end. MS would like to close down the hardware, but they don't control it. The IBM PS/2 died out long ago, replaced by the beige boxes it tried to replace.
Longer term perhaps we'll use some virtualization/hypervisor thing? Would be nice if the GPU vendors allow to use the "virtual GPU" feature, even if limited to only one guest (multiple guests can use an actual GPU nowadays, on "professional" or "enterprise" versions of the hardware)

Comment Re:MS-DOS? (Score 1) 419

Can't be any other way than the UEFI legacy mode / Compatibility Support Module (CSM) / BIOS emulation? Let's call it the CSM, since they made up that acronym just so we have a name for it.

As for full USB read/write under DOS, this is courtesy of needing of BIOS (emulated or not) needing to read USB drives in the first place ; otherwise you wouldn't be able to boot from USB, or other features. DOS will read/write the USB drive you booted from.

As for CHS, this would give you the old drive limit of slightly less than 8 GiB. LBA took care of this and it might be the BIOS's job, not DOS (I don't know). A version of DOS that supports fat32 will help of course (prior to 98SE, a buggy fdisk was bundled, partition size above 64GB rolls over). You will certainly be able to use any drive up to 128 GiB / 137 GB, quite possibly up to 2 TiB. (don't make a fat32 partition that big if you worry about cluster allocation size)

Sound card support is the only thing really missing to have some fun IMO. I did see that mpxplay (a music player) includes drivers for certain cards and sound chipsets (some Intel, VIA, other in there but no Realtek) ; I never tried it but with supported hardware it might actually be useful.

Comment Re:More object oriented API, for starters. (Score 1) 91

What os is this? Doesn't look like a linux problem, unless you have way too little memory?

Yes it's a problem, although I see it on desktop when running out of swap (a credible user scenario when your browser fills up all remaining ram + swap). Sometimes there's not enough memory left to log in on a text console (after ctrl-alt-F1) to kill the biggest process. Sometimes, if you have a graphical task manager running you can use it (but if it's not running you won't have enough memory left to launch it, and the start menu might have been swapped out). If all fails you have to hit the reset button (if you're lucky to have a reset button) or ctrl-alt-backspace which kills all your stuff anyway so on a desktop it's about as bad as a reboot.

Comment Re: LibreOffice (Score 1) 203

I was describing the common use case for common people, i.e. 90%+ people only use a word processor infrequently to write a curriculum and don't know about the features, that's all. Maybe the Clippy assistant was a good idea but I've never really encountered it.
Anyway blogs, wikis and emails replaced writing word processor document in the 2000s, for common home users. Or the lazier alternative of not writing any documents at all.

In the late 90s/early 00s I might have written letters maybe, but my parents had got an Epson inkjet printer (and eventually another one). It didn't work the one time we needed something important printed. Bad timing of technology. Inkjet printers is garbage technology that doesn't work, with the printer vendor actively fighting you. Black and white laser still cost like a used car back then.
So in my experience, unless you were a professional whose tasks including writing word documents, word processors were never really that important. The general public went from handwritten letters and school homework and essays etc. to Internet stuff. Not everyone had a printer, in my country at least.

Comment Re: LibreOffice (Score 2) 203

Is there a "word processing mode"?, or "content mode"?
When we hit return twice to space out paragraphs, it's because that's easier and in the mean time the paragraphs are spaced out, like we intend to.
If we're not supposed to do that, so much as it's considered harmful, maybe there should be a GUI mode where you're constrained from doing that. You hit enter and it doesn't let you go down one more line unless you do something "right" like introduce a new paragraph, section, page break etc.

If word processors default to being a typewriter, and the proper way of using it (even since the 90s) is an "advanced" feature that requires going into menus and trying to figure out what the hell a "style" is, while a single manual adjustment breaks it all, then maybe the design of word processors is flawed.

Comment Re:You don't need a browser to run downloaded code (Score 1) 235

But the operating systems don't always do a great job. For example, linux distros require software to keep being updated and maintained forever so that it stays compatible with what's reasonably current. So, it seems like we'll be stuck forever with Gimp, Inkscape, Blender, Audacity, Libre Office etc., not that there's necessarily anything wrong with these but there's not much else at all. Little new software (e.g., deadbeef music player) compared to a decade ago, besides new versions of toolkits and libraries and the move to 64bit so that stuff is less buggy and eats a lot more RAM.

There are other platforms, which are spyware and are incompatible with each other, like Steam, Microsoft Store and Google Play. Of course Web Assembly will be all too easily exploited for applications that are spyware (e.g. make some application that requires a log in and store data about every single thing the user did), though it technically doesn't have to.

Comment It will be slow anyway (Score 3, Interesting) 235

Obviously this will allow much faster "apps" but we all know what that means. Tons of "features" i.e. yet more bloat and "innovation" i.e. new version of shit that looks like it's for cell phones and runs 4x slower.
Javascript engines got a lot faster a few years ago and all we got was a ton of garbage and google making their "Maps" excruciatingly slow unless you run brand new hardware. Also, javascript Doom got taken off the internet for copyright infrigement and all the games are on Android Google Play anyway.
Devs, stop masturbating to your i5/i7 laptop and your Samsung S7 and don't forget to also test on sensible specs like 1GHz and unsupported AMD graphics. People aren't interested into upgrading every other year to a computer that can run Crysis just to do the same things we did back in 2005 or so.

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