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Comment Re: What about random read performance? (Score 3, Informative) 48

As bad as their random-read performance is, their random-WRITE performance is usually much, MUCH worse.

You get a massive speed increase if you switch to a better filesystem: btrfs or f2fs.

git reset --hard: 3m45s btrfs, 3m55s f2fs, 12m30s ext4, 16-18m xfs (huge variance)
"./configure && make -j4 && make test" of a shit package with only ~2MB of persistent writes: f2fs 95s, btrfs 97s, xfs 120s, ext4 122s

(class-4 card in a Pine64)

And almost none do their own wear-leveling, so a Linux swapfile can literally max out the lifetime writes of a microSD card in 1-3 months

Not SD but eMMC: Samsung's fancy-schmancy eMMC cards are apparently made by someone no one told about the write endurance problem: I've been running Debian archive rebuilds and other I/O-heavy loads since early 2013 on a 64GB card ($89) in an Odroid-U2, and despite me heavily overcommitting memory (ie, heavy swapping a lot of the time), the card is still going strong.

Comment Re:Why is income equality necessarily good? (Score 1) 484

I don't define achievement as the exertion of power over others.

The Patriots won. It was an achievement. I may not like it; but I'm not oppressed because of that.

Perhaps that's a bad example because they had to exert power over a tiny percentage of the population in order to win. How about a math test? It's not explicitly a competition--getting 100% is an achievement, even if the other students don't know you got it. Many others will not get a perfect score. You did better than them--and it's funny that I have to point this out: there's nothing wrong with that.

Comment Re:Why is income equality necessarily good? (Score 2) 484

Absolute equality is probably just as bad as extreme concentration. I don't think anybody is seriously proposing that we target perfect equality, except Marxist ideologues.

The problem with absolute equality is the enforcement mechanism and the way it tends to crush the spirit of anybody who desires to achieve.

The problem with wealth concentration in the upper tiers is that it leads to *power* concentration in the upper tiers--government by the wealthy, ie, oligarchy.

I think it's often the case that the optimal position is somewhere in the middle. When wealth is concentrated in the upper tiers, a move towards absolute equality seems appealing, but only in the way that moving towards a fire seems appealing when it's freezing.

Comment Re:lack of foresight (Score 2) 193

Make all the rationalizations that you want, SCOTUS has already decided. This is not a matter of opinion or rightness, but fact. Non-citizens do not have constitutional rights. They do have human rights and any rights granted by treaty or specific laws, but constitutional rights are only guaranteed for citizens.

Fact: the consitution, in literal and clear words, say A.
Fact: a branch of the government, because it's more convenient for them, says B.

I demand rights I have, not rights a government wants me to have. That I cannot exercise those rights at present is why I'm complaining. And I'm among people who can, if we got off our asses, fight back: while we can't fight the way the congresscritters prefer, by the Golden Rule, as we don't have the gold, we can research ways and educate people how to get your data unmolested in face of unlawful searches and forced password exposure.

Comment Re:lack of foresight (Score 5, Insightful) 193

Americans should not be subject to unreasonable searches and seizures.

Note the wording: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, [...]. It doesn't say "Americans" anywhere. So while I can't run for US president, if I visit, I am supposed to have thugs keep the [expletive] out of my "papers and effects". Which does include my phone.

Comment Apollo 8 patch (Score 1) 303

I love the Apollo 8 patch. That's a logo designer's dream. It practically designed itself. I almost wonder if they made sure it wasn't 7 or 9 just so they could do that.

Anyway, that mission made sense as a stepping stone to landing on the Moon. Doing it again *sort of* makes sense just to dip our toes back into something other than LEO operations... but if Mars is the next target maybe other missions are more logical steps...

Comment how "rogue"? (Score 5, Insightful) 54

Why would a "rogue" access point that actually delivers your packets be bad? A non-moron already treats all networks more exposed than your cluster's interconnects as untrusted, this goes for granted for any public network you connect to -- especially at a security conference where there will be some attacks (even if not malicious).

Comment Re:Great and all, but I think local email is dying (Score 1) 47

I am the only person I know who uses a local email client, rather than gmail, and I run with a reasonably tech savvy crowd.

Strange, I don't know a single person who uses a shitty webmail client rather than something local (did you know you can use gmail via IMAP?), and I run both with tech savvy and non-savvy crowds. The latter required a family member or a an IT guy (home/work respectively), who installed them something user-friendly like Thunderbird, rather than Windows Live Mail or whatever Outlook is called this week.

Comment Re: Isn't that legislative? (Score 1) 36

Every fucking day with this shit. Don't you have anything better to do?

Yet he succeeded in trolling you, so you and Maritz both responded with Score:2 posts to a no-cost AC.

(I recognize the irony in adding to a troll-initiated thread, but by pointing this out once in a while you might become aware of the problem.)

Comment Re:Isn't that legislative? (Score 1) 36

If the law says these people are included, the President does not have the legal authority to exclude them.

You mean, like your 4th Amendment?

George W. said the constitution is just a goddamn piece of paper. Barrack H. expanded those violations to an enormous level. And your newest Dear Leader apparently wants to drop any remaining lip service to rule of law.

Comment Re:Market Forces Kill Coal (Score 3, Informative) 201

No, coal still receives massive subsidies. It gets to ignore the pollution costs, medical costs, causing up to 1/3 deaths, and so on.

For comparison, nuclear, beside all the regulation coal doesn't have to cope with, is required to store every bit of its waste for hundreds of years. Please tell me when coal plants have to put condoms on their chimneys that collect all the CO2, sulphur, nitrogen oxide and even radioactive isotopes, and instead of dumping them into the air stores them underground. Only then you can talk about a fair competition.

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