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Comment Re:Yeah so (Score 1) 175

If you expected Sanders to be non-compromising, you clearly haven't done your research on him. The man has a solid track record of a pragmatic idealist - he has clear ideals that he strives to fulfill, but at the same time, he is perfectly able and willing to work with people whom he disagrees with, so long as it gets him one step closer to his goals. Look at what he did in Congress - constant scheming to add riders to bills. Go even further back, and look at what he did as a mayor.

And it's exactly what made Sanders such an awesome presidential candidate. Most "revolutionaries" dismiss incremental change outright. This guy realized that it's the only chance that he and his platform has, and mastered it. I actually put more faith in his ability to navigate through the gridlock in Congress as a president, than Hillary's. Alas...

Comment Re:Trump Trolling (Score 1) 1005

I don't think that it is actually a tactic, in a sense that he's not consciously trolling. If that were the case, he would not be doing it when the story-of-the-day is in his favor - but that's not what's happening. Remember that judge thing? Everyone was talking about Clinton's emails then, and it was a good thing for Trump - and if he were the master troll that some claim him to be, he'd be throwing gasoline onto that fire. But instead, he made a bunch of stupid remarks that shifted attention elsewhere.

No, I really think he's just a child emotionally, in a near-constant tantrum mode whenever there's any visibility afforded to him at all.

Comment Re:Basically... (Score 1) 373

and then they have to go and add a full Ubuntu kernel as a subsystem.

There's no Ubuntu kernel there. It's the other way around - the kernel is still NT, with a Linux syscall emulation layer. The userland is full Ubuntu sans the kernel.

All in all, very similar to FreeBSD Linux emulation that has been around for a while in principle, if not in low-level architecture.

Comment Re:Welcome to Libertarianism (Score 2) 270

Welcome to insanity.

When a given company represents 90% of the daily information stream of your average citizen, it is a monopoly. Any attempt to challenge that will have to run against an extremely high barrier to entry established by said monopoly. It doesn't mean that it can't be unseated - but doing so requires immense resources, and even then would take many years.

In the meantime, we need a way to ensure that citizens actually get all information that is relevant to their vote, rather than the one that our monopolist decided to tell them. An idealistic libertarian would say that, by choosing FB, they implicitly give permission for such screening. A pragmatist would acknowledge that vast majority of FB users didn't actually think about it at all, and didn't realize that they're setting themselves up for an information bubble. A pragmatist would also acknowledge that making the public more informed is more important than giving FB freedom to censor whatever they want.

Comment Re:BASH (Score 1) 373

If you're primarily a Linux dev, you're not running Windows anyway, so it doesn't matter to you. Except perhaps in an indirect way, since it expands your potential userbase.

If you're primarily a Windows dev, and want to port your program to Linux, this is immensely useful, especially since VS is also getting some integration with all that stuff (cross-compilation with Clang, and debugging via gdb).

If you're primarily a Windows user, you just get access to some programs that weren't readily available.

Comment Re:Because money (Score 2) 270

The "smoking gun" that you've mentioned is sufficient to see a number of things in a new light. For example, the debate schedule. It was long claimed by Sanders supporters that it was intentional to undermine him, but before the DNC email leak, the party could always (rightly) say "prove it". Now that the leaks have demonstrated general bias, as well as specific desire of at least some of the members to actually translate that to actions, the reasonable default assumption, on the balance of probabilities, is that the schedule was, indeed, intentionally skewed; and DNC has to do something to prove it otherwise.

Comment Re:BASH (Score 1) 373

The problem with SFU was that it implemented some sort of a generic Unix system - it wasn't Linux, or BSD, or anything else specifically, just something POSIX'ish. So it only had source-level compatibility, not binaries - you had to recompile - and then compatibility only extended to those Unix and POSIX APIs that SFU implemented.

SFL, on the other hand, implements Linux kernel ABI (syscalls and device nodes). Which then allows to just put glibc on top of that, and getting full compatibility with userspace Linux APIs for free; your choice of distro (though only Ubuntu is officially supported).

Since it emulates an actual OS, and does so on binary level, this is much, much more useful than SFU ever was.

Comment Re:BASH (Score 3, Informative) 373

It's effectively a Linux syscall emulation layer + ELF loader, and Ubuntu running on top of that.

So kernelspace is entirely Windows (including drivers, filesystem support etc), but it presents Linux kernel ABI to the userspace. So userspace is just regular Linux. So there's no special "knowledge" between the two parts, aside from the ABI.

Filesystem is effectively shared, with a mapping system in place (Linux "partition" is in reality just an NTFS folder, while Windows drive letters are exposed as mount points in Linux).

Because the implementation sits directly on top of the NT kernel, side-by-side with Win32 (and not on top of it, like Cygwin does), it can efficiently provide proper semantics for things like fork().

Comment Re:No one will be ruled by Trump even if he wins (Score 1) 769

Technically speaking, Georgia didn't comply, in a sense that it admitted the decision to be valid. The people affected were pardoned, which is basically saying "you're still guilty, but we'll let you go just because". They did not repeal the law in question.

In any case, the president can push as far as they think they can get away with. In case of Trump, based on his track record and temperament, he might decide to push all the way into a genuine constitutional crisis. And what then? What happens if an executive issues an unconstitutional order, SCOTUS declares it such, but top of executive demands that it be carried out people under him anyway? In theory, that's when Congress is supposed to impeach; but will a Republican Congress actually do so? And even if it does, what if the president refuses to vacate? Push far enough, and this is something that could only be resolved by use of force. If both sides use it, we're talking about a coup, and potentially a civil war.


MIT Developed A Movie Screen That Brings Glasses-Free 3D To All Seats (techcrunch.com) 99

An anonymous reader writes from a report via TechCrunch: MIT has developed a glasses-less 3D display for movie theaters. The Nintendo 3DS is one of a handful of devices to feature glasses-less 3D, but it is designed for a single users where the user is looking at the display head-on at a relatively specific angle. It's not something made for a movie theater with hundreds of seats, each of which would have a different viewing angle. What's neat about MIT's 3D display is that it doesn't require glasses and it lets anyone see the 3D effect in a movie theater, no matter where they are sitting. The MIT Computers Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) created the prototype display called 'Cinema 3D' that uses a complex arrangement of lenses and mirrors to create a set number of parallax barriers that can address every viewing angle in the theater based on seat locations. It works in a movie theater because the seats are in fixed locations, and people don't tend to move around, change seats or alter their viewing angle too much. What's also neat about the Cinema 3D is that is preserves resolution, whereas other glasses-less 3D displays carry cots in terms of image resolution. The prototype is about the size of a letter-sized notepad, and it needs 50 sets of mirrors and lenses. It should be ready for market once researchers scale it up to a commercially viable product.

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