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Comment Re:Thanks, Trump! (Score 1) 155

Probably the only reason no one's selling these already is because there aren't enough lazy people willing to spend the extra dosh to be marginally lazier than before, and the people who would want one haven't built one themselves because, again, they're lazy.

We aren't talking about "being lazy"; we are talking about having to get up a 3AM in the morning to change out loads in order to optimize energy usage.

At some point, we should just say "screw it", and build another nuclear plant. And then any time it drops below peak utilization, you divert the electricity into active desalination; other wise, you use the waste heat for passive desalination, all the time.

Power problem solve, carbon problem solved, drought problem solved.

Comment Re:Thanks, Trump! (Score 1) 155

I've also wondered if the whole smart device thing could end up being a net bonus -- for example, during the cheap hours, freezers/electric water heaters/dishwashers/etc. could do their thing.

Call me when your washing machine moves the load of colors to be washed in warm water to the dryer by itself, and reloads itself with whites and bleach and switches to hot water afterwards.

Until then, while it's not human intensive while running, washing clothes is pretty human intensive before and after a cycle runs, and in the middle, when the washer->dryer transfer needs to happen.

The "FoldiMate" and "Laundroid" just don't cut it yet (and take power themselves).

Comment Re:Mandate reporting when antibiotics are prescrib (Score 1) 72

Yes. But we need to be aware that man is not the only source of antibiotics. They naturally occur. We get a good lot of them from plants and bacteria, starting of course with penicilin which we got from mold, and which was already present on salted food and damp environments. What we did was to make antibiotics present in organisms other than their natural sources.

Comment Re:How many bits? (Score 2) 100

I work for Dolby Laboratories, and am deeply involved with high-dynamic-range content creation and hardware.

We created the SMPTE 2084 standard HDR EOTF (electro-optical transfer function.) It turns out that human perception is such that by choosing the luminance for code values to be just barely indistinguishable from the adjacent ones, you can get 0 to 10,000 nits (10x as bright as this Panasonic display) with only 12 bits. SMPTE 2084 is what all HDR TVs are using today.

Comment Everything Old is New Again (Score 2) 72

The Andromeda Strain was published in 1969.

The United States has some disease reporting, it started at least 75 years ago before the antibiotic bubble. This CDC Report summarizes the present state of disease reporting, in two pages. We need higher standards of reporting and legal penalties for failure to report.

Comment Re: I'm still waiting for Horse Buggy beta 2 (Score 1) 321

Debian never gave guarantees for anything but their default init. That has always been like that, it is just the init that changed. How could a responsible distribution make claims that init systems it never made am effort to test is supported?

I think users are mostly happy (or blissfully ignorant about init systems) with systemd. If they were not, then users would storm devuan. That distribution has seen lots of press when it started, so people did know about what is happening there, yet interest does seem slow.

I also think that maintainers would not have gone for systemd if they did not think it had benefits for their users. Contrary to what you think maintainers do care for having people use their distribution. The fact that systemd had convinced developers did also factor into the maintainers decisions. So did advantages for the packagers: Getting rid of init scripts was a big part of that. There were lots of factors considered at Debian, check the CTTE discussion you liked to earlier for more.

I do not think it matters whether software depends on an init system. Software depends on other software all the time and will adapt once some better option comes along.

Actually I find it reassuring that things start to depend on systemd: It means that it is reasonably simple to interact with the system and that it provides something worth the effort to talk to it. Never seen that before on Linux.

Comment Apple has the same problem with launchd (Score 1) 321

Apple has the same problem with launchd.

In Apple's case, the trigger messages are not entirely asynchronous, as with systemd, but they may as well be, since the Mac ports being used most frequently do not have peer information available, and are (effectively) just integers.

This leads to what I call the "on behalf of" problem.

Something starts running. And you want to know *why*. Clearly, it;s running because someone requested one or more of the services it provides -- but there's no way to know who it is running "on behalf of" to provide that service.

Say, however, you figure out that service 'C' is running "on behalf of" service 'M'.

Who is service 'M' running "on behalf of"?

In Mac OS X, it's *almost* possible to get the information as to where every thread in everything is pending a response from something else in its stack. But it's not possible to figure out the entity relationship, because you can't trace the other end of a connection.

So I can perhaps figure out that an application is pinwheeling -- that's the cursor that the display server puts up on a Mac OS X application when it's not responding to "are you alive?" chatter from the display server within it's main app loop. It happens when someone does a blocking operation in the main app loop, instead of packaging up the operation that might block, and giving it to a thread delegate instead: it means someone made a coding error, because they expected an operation to never block ...and then it blocked.

So I actually want to see where it's blocked (which I can) and see who it's trying to get work from, that's not responding to the work request -- which I can't, because I can't see "the service on the other end".

Both launchd/Mach ports, and systemd suffer from this problem.

But if I were permitted to ask the question... then I could find the next entity in the chain... and I could ask "what are you waiting on?", and follow the chain down to the actual problem.

Automatically.

The display server puts up the pinwheel, I option-click it (or whatever), and a dialog pops up and says:

MagicDraw is hung waiting for RemoteFilerPro,
which is hung waiting for access to "remote_filter_cache_file.ca",
which is hung in the kernel on a permissions check,
which is hung, waiting on DirectoryServices,
which is hung, waiting on mDNSResponder,
which is hung waiting on a network response from "VPN.bob.net",
which is hung waiting on a response from network interface "Wi-Fi2" ...which would be frigging useful. Because then I could say to myself "Oh. The VPN is down because the Wi-Fi is out. Better reset the router again."

But I can't do that.

Comment Social media companies urge UK government to ... (Score 1) 71

Social media companies urge UK government to issue national ID cards to everyone over the age of 4.

Social media companies also urge the UK government to implement a back end system so that, given the card, they can verify underage status or not in a government database.

Social media companies further urge that the UK government have plans in place, should the ID card be stolen, for issuing a replacement ID with a different number, and repudiation of the stolen ID, such that it's no longer considered valid ID, by maintaining a revocation status bit in the back end verification database.

Social media companies finally state that the plan can not be implemented without these systems being put in place prior to deployments, and if they are unwilling to get the necessary infrastructure built so that it's even possible to comply, the UK government can go stuff themselves.

Comment Re: Init alternatives (Score 1) 321

Let's rephrase that: Linux finally has an init system that does something devleopers find useful enough to make their software use that functionality.

How dare systemd be useful? It should stay as useless as all the rest, so that we can have more useless init systems and switch back and forth between those.

Submission + - How to View the SpaceX Falcon 9 Return to Flight at Vandenberg Air Force Base (perens.com)

Bruce Perens writes: Silicon Valley folks should, sometime, take the opportunity to view a launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Lompoc is 4-5 hours from the Bay, 2.5 hours from LA if there's ever no traffic. An upcoming SpaceX launch is notable because it's their return to flight, months after their last attempt blew up on the pad during a pre-launch test. Read how to view the launch.

Comment Re: Less politics (Score 1) 110

Eich resigned because of external pressure on the Mozilla organization. I hear that one of the lobbying activities against him was when the dating site "OK Cupid" started informing Firefox users who accessed the site of Eich's activities and that they should download a browser made by people who don't nominate someone with gender discrimination issues to be their CEO. At the time, 8% of OK Cupid customers were there to arrange same-gender meetings.

They felt he was the public face of the company.

Russ Nelson published a piece on what he theorized was the economic motivation of Blacks to be lazy, and was booted off of the Open Source Initiative board. He wasn't thinking about how it would be perceived. A modified version of the piece is still online, but not the version that got him in trouble. In general, executives are seen as the public faces of their organizations even in the case of Nelson, who was not the chairman of the board, but was simply a member of the executive board. In Nelson's case, it wasn't that he made publicity appearances and press releases, it was that he was one of the people with the power to direct the company (and thus a more real face of the company than soneone who just does PR), and folks did not trust that someone who wrote what he did would behave as they would like in that position.

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