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Comment Re:Wayland bashing (Score 1) 151

We can sit in the corner happy with BlackBox window manager or similar, and they're functional enough to get the job done. But if you want free software to conquer the world - which I very much do - we're going to have to make something that the other 99.7% of the population wants to use for their desktop. That requires the eyecandy, sorry.

If FVWM was going to conquer the world, it would have done it twenty years ago. Again, no disrespect to fans of BlackBox or FVWM or anything else that uses the X protocol efficiently. But the goal is to make something our colleagues, friends, and family members use without hating and in my experience 1990s Unix desktop graphics don't win any fans.

Comment So are kinds of pain are equivalent to cold hands? (Score 1) 144

I guess the study has some value. But I have two immediate questions:

1. Is immersing a hand in cold water equivalent to all other forms of pain? What if marijuana increases the average man's ability to tolerate cold hands 20% and has an insignificant affect for women in that area, but increases a woman's tolerance for bruises, or stomach cancer pain, more than it does for men?

2. In my experience, women are bothered more by cold than men in general. I realize the study is supposedly double blind, so they tried to account for that. But I think that could be a factor to include. If the average guy in the placebo portion could tolerate 90 seconds and the average woman in the placebo portion could tolerate 60, and then the average guy on pot can tolerate 120 and the average woman on pot can tolerate 63, maybe the difference in baselines is important.

Comment Re:Kind of rigged test (Score 3, Interesting) 188

The Broadwell-E part they benchmarked against is probably a (slightly underclocked) Core i7-6900k, and it's $1100.

I'm taking wild guesses with the numbers here, but "15% slower than a Broadwell-E at a 45% lower cost and a similar TDP" is a valid market strategy. I haven't spent more than $240 for a CPU in over ten years, if in spring 2017 there are Zen parts at the $250 price point that are 15% behind the 2017 spring equivalent of the Intel i7-6700k or i7-6800k I will buy it.

Comment Re:Won't happen (Score 1) 122

Don't mess with the tinfoil hat, man. (Or woman, whatever.)

Our smart phones have software running in the wireless carrier cellular modem that end users can't access or control. Almost all recent x86 laptops and desktops have Intel's TPM which the regular users can't control. Our ISPs track the websites we visit. Our credit card and debit card companies track every purchase we make. Even our grocery stores use loyalty card programs to see what we do. And browser fingerprinting tech like the "Evercookie" mean that even if you run all of the ad-blockers you want and a VPN or Tor, some companies have a detailed profile on your browsing habits on public sites.

So yeah, if free-from-top-to-bottom computing devices and discussion forums and web stores running on top of distributed decentralized platforms like Ethereum become popular, I fully expect governments to throw up roadblocks to maintain surveillance and businesses to throw up roadblocks to maintain their advertising and tracking revenue. Maybe shipments get held up for nonsense reasons in customs, maybe the projects get buried in nonsense patent lawsuits (small companies often fold under those pressures even if the plaintiff is full of shit, because the defendant can't afford the legal fees), maybe Ecmascript 8 becomes a power-hungry monster solely so that users need to buy the latest Intel/AMD 50 watt whatever-it-is to browse a common website and the EOMA68 just can't compete no matter how efficiently it uses its 3 watt power input.

Comment Re:hipster pi zero clone (Score 1) 122

I misunderstood the parent post author and thought he was referring to malicious code in the compiled binaries for the EOMA68. Obviously if there is malicious code compiled into the compiler binaries, the problem is orders of magnitude harder to address. Are you suggesting we just give up on computing?

Comment Re:Won't happen (Score 1) 122

I should have worded my post differently and qualified my statements. My best guess from the sidelines is that you're approaching this from a well-informed, well-planned angle and everything I've read and watched built my trust. I pledged to support the project.

But I still think that those angles are the most likely cause of trouble. Hopefully nothing comes up or you're able to adjust for everything that does come up. I appreciate all of your free software work, by the way - I've used Samba before myself.

Comment Re:Same stupidity from the 90's (Score 1) 122

That's the idea, actually - a whole new computer that slots into the case.

The sacrifice is performance - if you read comments by the project founder, in order to have tiny swappable cards they're targeting something like a 3.5 watt power draw. So the device is a few generations behind the latest ARM chips, and is running at smart phone power levels. So the big wins are modularity and freedom, the big loss is that your modular 2017 mini-computer or laptop has the computing power of a 2013 smart phone.

I think the inclination for most people is to stop reading there and forget about the project. And I understand that. But if a Chromebook and a smart phone is sufficient computing power for more than half the population, then this idea genuinely could have a future. The 2017 EOMA68 with 2GB of RAM and a dual core ARM processor that launched in 2013 might be a novelty for hobbyists and fanatic FSF nerds (I am one of the latter). But the 2021 EOMA68 with maybe 6GB of RAM - which you can get today in the OnePlus Three - and a hexa-core or octo-core ARM processor from 2017? That's probably fine for 90% of the computer users in the country. Software developers, graphic artists, video editors, and PC gamers wouldn't use it. Everyone else could.

Comment Re:Won't happen (Score 1) 122

Agreed. If computing devices running a fully FSF-approved software stack became wildly popular - 3% or more of the computing market - then the major players in proprietary computing and the surveillance industry would move to block them. Until then, we're too small to care about and the bad publicity from actively blocking us would probably help us more than hurting us.

The bigger risk is that the creator mis-estimates some of the financial or technical hurdles in the project and runs out of money before delivering most of the pledge rewards. Up until now, all of my crowd funding pledges have been for games and books.

Comment Re:I'd be excited too, if Comcast lost my address (Score 1) 68

I'm sorry your Mediacom bandwidth and reliability has been horrendous. As I said, our experience with Comcast bandwidth and reliability has been uniformly excellent. It's just the billing and similar that has been awful - and of course their monopoly/cartel tactics.

There is no DSL available at my house, so I can't use the swap tactics to get a better price.

Comment Re:Numbers are easy to manipulate (Score 1) 68

Comcast has a terrible reputation for reliability, but I've had three brief service outages in fifteen years and I live comfortably outside the closest city. So their service - internet, television, phone - has been rock solid when I used them.

Their sales and billing department are pure evil. They have to know they're pure evil. Every piece of junk mail I get from them has both "Existing customers only" and "New customers only" in the same paragraph of fine print, and I have to believe it's an intentional weasel play so that they can argue that any particular deal they offered didn't apply to the person who just got an unexpectedly large bill.

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