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Comment Re:It could be worse.... (Score 1) 167

Regardless of the politics, they ARE people. We should not dehumanize them. While the actions of North Korea may puzzle us, it would be better understood once one realizes that THEY lost over 500,000 fighting us in the 1950s, which pales in comparison to what is happening in Syria right now.

I would hope there can be peace between US and THEM ... While we ridicule them, they have a deep resentment that can be weighed in human lives.

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Who dehumanized whom? Many Koreans, Americans and people of other nationalities died in the war that paused over six decades ago. It was a terrible war that resulted in a stalemate in which nobody ended up looking good. The Soviets and Chinese supported one brutal dictatorship and the US/UN supported another. However, the South Koreans, Americans and everyone else has moved on. The South Koreans have thrown off their dictators and even tried to build economic ties with the North. What deserves ridicule is the perpetually provocative stance of the North Korean government, calculated to get attention and more appeasement deals. Ridiculing ludicrous claims about targeting the White House does not dehumanize the North Korean people who can't question anything they're told whether they want to or not.

Comment Re:Javascript? lol! (Score 1) 136

Is there anything about Javascript that isn't shitty and broken? Can we please just take this language behind the barn, shoot it and move on with our lives?

As terrible as the language called "Javascript" may be, this isn't an example of that. It's an example of a poor implementation of one standard library function in one implementation of the language. It seems the problem was fairly easily fixed. Javascript code doesn't need to be changed to use the better PRNG so it would be very foolish to abandon Javascript just because of the past poor PRNG.

Comment Re:It's not Linux-based (Score 1) 175

You also seem to be unaware that floppy disks vary hugely in size. Common sizes on PC hardware varied from 360 KiB up to 1.44MiB. Obviously, one would need three of the former to hold as much as one of the latter. Perhaps you're trying to imply that what I said was incorrect.

Oh, you poor, poor pedant. (3*360KiB)!=1.44MiB.

If you can't get your arithmetic right, how are we to believe anything else you have to say?

Yeah, I guess you'd need four, reinforcing my main point further.

Comment Re:It's not Linux-based (Score 1) 175

Even the earliest distributions of Linux-based operating systems in the early 1990s required a couple of floppies.

From one extreme to the other. Even in the late 90s and early 00s it was possible to boot a linux system from a single floppy. Heck there's even a distribution named fd-linux. Not just the kernel either. I remember having a full network routing OS with firewall and the works boot from a single floppy.

I'm not really sure what your point is or what extremes you're referring to. You also seem to be unaware that floppy disks vary hugely in size. Common sizes on PC hardware varied from 360 KiB up to 1.44MiB. Obviously, one would need three of the former to hold as much as one of the latter. Perhaps you're trying to imply that what I said was incorrect.

According to http://www.maketecheasier.com/...:

The earliest known distribution was by HJ Lu in early 1992. It consisted of two floppies: a “boot” disk to boot the system and a “root” disk that contained the filesystem, and from which it actually ran.

All of this is beside the point, which is that every Linux-based operating system has required many times the storage space claimed in the article.

Comment Re:It's not Linux-based (Score 1) 175

I distinctly remember Tom's rootboot, which came on a single 1.44 floppy. I used it often to fix "sick" systems, it came with a number of useful tools. So, it is certainly feasible to strip a Linux system down quite far. Ah, here it is: http://www.toms.net/rb/

You are correct that there have been Linux-based operating systems that fit in a MiB or two. That is more than one hundred times the size claimed in this ridiculous article.

Comment Re:but does it run linux? (Score 1) 175

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

OS image size is 30k, including a bunch of stuff IoT probably doesn't need (pre-emptive multithreading, multiple network support, multiple platform support, etc...)

So, Contiki's pretty small, though not as small as the article claims LiteOS is. Contiki's not based on Linux either, so nothing you've said is relevant.

Comment Re:It's not Linux-based (Score 1) 175

You can call it Linux even without shipping all that GNU bloatware. How large is the compiled v0.01 kernel and a bootloader for embedded systems? Since nobody is going to SSH to it, you can remove all programs, and implement your sensors and protocols as compiled-in kernel drivers.

You've obviously never built Linux. The kernel image size is at least one MiB and usually several. It's never been as small as 10 KiB.

Comment Re:but does it run linux? (Score 1) 175

Depends on how many language tricks they use to get the code size down that small. Ever see RSA implemented in a single line of Perl regex?

And how big is the Perl interpreter? On my system, /usr/bin/perl is 11KiB and that doesn't include shared libraries or a kernel. No Linux kernel image, let alone an entire OS, has ever been as small as 10KiB. The story is completely bogus.

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