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Comment Re:As unpopular as it will be to hear... (Score 1) 155

At the end of the day it comes down to being able to use the software. If a product works, whether it's open source or not, you'll use it. When both open source and proprietary products are equally buggy and for the same reasons, we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss either one. Instead, we should carefully investigate what's available and choose what actually works. For most consumer needs, open source will still get the job done, bugs and all. For more specialized needs, proprietary may be the only game in town.

Sometimes fanboys need to be reminded that there's still no silver bullet.

Comment As unpopular as it will be to hear... (Score 5, Interesting) 155

...they're quite right. Open Source is not magic pixie dust. As long as software is made with the same broken techniques, the same broken tools, by the same broken people, it will continue to be just as broken as proprietary software. I think after a decade and a half of pro-FOSS FUD it's finally gotten to the point where people are ready to admit that the promise of FOSS has fallen well short of the mark due primarily to a lack of market incentives to ensure software is produced using best current engineering practices.

Consequently, whatever your particular need, you may find that a FOSS application fits the bill where a proprietary one wouldn't, or vice versa. It just depends on exactly what functionality you want, and there's no hard and fast rule to guide you. You literally are forced to try different packages, see which ones are buggy, and then pick the one that's right for you.

Comment ATTENTION, CITIZEN! (Score 4, Funny) 104

The Computer has identified this thread as containing FAKE NEWS and other ungoodthinkful Hatefacts. This thread is therefore terminated. All readers are ordered to report to Room 101 for re-education. Failure will reuslt in a declaration of being PROBLEMATIC and sentence to six months of hard nagging.


Comment Re:lower your phone bill (Score 1) 615

You know, it's odd, but I can't find any artifacts relating to PC Pursuit online. I figured someone would've preserved a list of dialups, documentation, or something, but a while back when I went looking I found nothing. It's one of those chapters of BBS history that seemingly has been forgotten.

Comment Re:Do the right thing - stand against Trump's bigo (Score 1) 952

If it weren't for German immigrant scientists (many undocumented, some Nazis) in the US during WWII, you'd be writing that in Japanese and you wouldn't be writing it from your iPhone...

Those "German immigrant scientists" you're referring to were largely brought over AFTER the war was over in Operation Paperclip. The Japanese military lost when they failed to destroy the American aircraft carriers that were supposed to be at Pearl Harbor.

TL;DR - You're bigoted and ignorant.

Comment Re:Key Phrase (Score 1) 952 opposed to Imperious Leader Obama whose SCOTUS ruled that they could tax people to implement the so-called Affordable Care Act, despite it being well outside the realm of powers granted to Congress by the Constitution. But please, tell me more about how it's okay when the other side does it... oh, or tell me how it wasn't okay when they did it, but we totes have to obey the law while they don't, because I totally haven't heard that before.

If you want people to respect the Constitution, EVERYONE has to respect the Constitution. Either we are a nation of laws that apply to all or heads are going to roll. This is what you get when one group of people run roughshod over the rest of the country for over a century, so don't act surprised.


'Star In a Jar' Fusion Reactor Works, Promises Infinite Energy ( 431

An anonymous reader quotes a report from For several decades now, scientists from around the world have been pursuing a ridiculously ambitious goal: They hope to develop a nuclear fusion reactor that would generate energy in the same manner as the sun and other stars, but down here on Earth. Incorporated into terrestrial power plants, this "star in a jar" technology would essentially provide Earth with limitless clean energy, forever. And according to new reports out of Europe this week, we just took another big step toward making it happen. In a study published in the latest edition of the journal Nature Communications, researchers confirmed that Germany's Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) fusion energy device is on track and working as planned. The space-age system, known as a stellerator, generated its first batch of hydrogen plasma when it was first fired up earlier this year. The new tests basically give scientists the green light to proceed to the next stage of the process. It works like this: Unlike a traditional fission reactor, which splits atoms of heavy elements to generate energy, a fusion reactor works by fusing the nuclei of lighter atoms into heavier atoms. The process releases massive amounts of energy and produces no radioactive waste. The "fuel" used in a fusion reactor is simple hydrogen, which can be extracted from water. The W7-X device confines the plasma within magnetic fields generated by superconducting coils cooled down to near absolute zero. The plasma -- at temperatures upwards of 80 million degrees Celsius -- never comes into contact with the walls of the containment chamber. Neat trick, that. David Gates, principal research physicist for the advanced projects division of PPPL, leads the agency's collaborative efforts in regard to the W7-X project. In an email exchange from his offices at Princeton, Gates said the latest tests verify that the W7-X magnetic "cage" is working as planned. "This lays the groundwork for the exciting high-performance plasma operations expected in the near future," Gates said.

Alphabet's Nest Wants to Build a 'Citizen-Fueled' Power Plant ( 157

Mark Chediak, reporting for Bloomberg:Alphabet Inc's Nest Labs is looking to enlist enough customers in California to free up as much power as a small natural gas-fired plant produces, helping alleviate potential energy shortages in the region following a massive gas leak that has restricted supplies. Nest, which supplies digital, wireless thermostats, is partnering with Edison International's Southern California Edison utility to get households enrolled in a state-established energy conservation program. The company wants to attract 50,000 customers through next summer that could shrink their total demand by as much as 50 megawatts when needed, Ben Bixby, Nest's director of energy businesses at Nest, said by phone. "We are building a citizen-fueled clean power plant," he said.

Comment Whenever this question comes up.. (Score 1) 876

It reminds me of the one of the finest comments I ever read on here, from joss:

"If the kind of drag and drop stuff you are proposing was a better mechanism for creating complex programs than languages, then we wouldnt use languages to communicate with each other. Instead we would push a bunch of colored blocks around and drag string between them. I don't think we're going to start doing that anytime soon either."

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