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Comment Re:Thoughts (Score 1) 523

I mean C. A language that, while quite old, people use for stuff like kernels that actually need to be reliable. And somehow, WebAssembly is supposed to replace all that newfangled JavaScript with good plain C (they plan to maybe add garbage collection primitives to allow languages which need that, but it's nowhere near priority).

Comment Re:Thoughts (Score 1) 523

2. So they're losing Esc, but they're keeping the Caps Lock key? Even Google has the design sense to lose that.

Try programming in a real language and the loss of Caps Lock is rather infuriating. And Google replaced Caps with an utterly worthless "Search" key which is an anti-ergonomic marketing gimmick, even more useless than a dedicated search box in a browser.

Comment Re:Oh noes! (Score 1) 523

Open a file with vi and see.

This depends if you still have another working terminal or can spawn one. If you do, no problems, "killall vi" or an equivalent will help. If not, you're probably fucked as no way to spawn terminals implies you're in a rescue shell/over a serial line/etc. The amount of line noise required to exit vi is long enough that the chances of finding it on your own are rather unlikely.

Comment Re:like in the movie? (Score 1) 246

Budweiser is a good beer.

Good: no, drinkable if you're pressed: yes; if you follow the 1516 german beer purity law you'd need to be grossly incompetent to produce unpalatable swill. Thus, no rice additions and, especially, no urine.

I'm talking about actual Budweiser rather than the toxic liquid from AnB InBev, of course.

If you're looking for good beer, though, you need to look elsewhere.

Comment Re:Product placement (Score 1, Interesting) 236

Therefore, no one cares what the end users and support staff think about it.

To the contrary, such a resounding failure shows that at least in some cases, end users' opinions do matter. I personally don't give a flying intercourse about National (ie, USian) Football (ie, handegg) League, nor of any other football (real or american) league, but plenty of people Microsoft would want to market Surface to do care.

Comment Re:There is still a way to get science out of this (Score 1) 112

It's an interesting idea; but even without googling I'm willing to bet the impact zone is too far from any active rover. Why? Because the impact zone is probably close to the planned landing, and they probably didn't plan to land too close to a rover. Why? Because they want to explore diverse areas, and because even a well controlled landing might hit a rover.

I'm willing to wager... uhhh... stupid Internet points that the impact zone is 1000 (one thousand) km or more from any active rover.

AFAIK, the rovers can't get that far in a reasonable time. The zone will be covered with dust again, and/or the rover will fail. They can't "book it", at least not yet. They drive these things like Cameron's father's car. They're orders of magnitude more precious.

Comment Re:No. Vendor. Lockin. (Score 1) 268

I am running native Fedora 24

Check if you're in enforcing mode.

19:22:06 > date
Thu Oct 20 19:22:29 AEDT 2016
19:22:29 > df /boot/efi
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 511720 8480 503240 2% /boot/efi

Contrary to what one would suspect, writing to the EFI partition is not a restricted operation. It can't be -- you could just put your disk into another machine and write anything there. Instead, if you write a kernel/bootloader not signed by a key signed by Microsoft, it simply won't boot.

Comment Re:That's, for better or worse, for a court to dec (Score 1) 219

Copyright law needs a top to bottom reform. Period.

Here's my proposal: sed '/^/d'

Seriously, copyright brings us exactly as much good as patents, and for the same reasons: a king of England got greedy and devised a way to gouge people for even more moolah while enacting censorship -- and then it got worse. The exact law differs (Statute of Anne that gave a monopoly and censorship duties to the Company of Stationers vs random "letters patent" monopolies) but their aim was the same.

Creative writing/art/etc was doing well before anyone thought of copyright.

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