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Comment I can see it now (Score 1) 34

Mother: "young man just what do you think youre doing with that GNU operating system??"
Son: thinking different.
Mother: "oh i see and i suppose that richard stallman put you up to it did he? well id like to hear what youre going to call this GNU/Linux when your father gets home!"
Son: braveness mom, GNU Linux is just like the new macbook!
mother: "oh? and how is that?"
son: ...no escape.

Comment Re:False premise (Score 1) 457

Right. PC's aren't dying. But the market for new PC's is drying up. Most PC users are well served by the machine they have, and their sexy new purchase is a new smartphone. PC's will still continue to be made and sold - it's just that the market is saturated, and there's nothing new worth buying a new PC for. Windows 10? Not likely.

Comment Re: False premise (Score 1) 457

If PC's actually do morph into a locked-down platform, then maybe stuff like System76 will actually find a market. For now, their stuff is way more expensive than a comparable PC with Windows 'thrown in'. And since it's relatively easy to set up a dual boot on those things, very few people will buy a System76 machine for cost saving reasons. Why those companies don't try to compete on price eludes me. But I guess it's a very hard thing to do to compete with Dell and HP strictly on price with a platform that limits what you can do with it. I essentially never boot Windows on my 4-year old HP box, but it was cheap, and Windows is there if I ever need it. If that box had been $1000, I'd never have bought it. But I paid $400, and it runs Linux great.

Comment Re: Real Stuff (Score 5, Insightful) 156

People run RedHat for the long-term support. Enterprises don't like being forced to upgrade on a vendor's schedule, and RedHat was the first Linux provider to recognize that and cater to it. Timely security upgrades for a consistent platform - over years - is what enterprise users want. And like it or not, that is a technological meaning.

Comment and i say balderdash! (Score 3, Funny) 100

the tech community is a responsible party in the fostering of AI. why, just look at Ruby! we took a perfectly mediocre language and turned it into the cornerstone of everything from configuration management that doesnt scale properly, to code camps that inspire suicide pacts! And virtualization? we circle-jerked that right into orbit with the cloud. I mean sure its still KVM but youll pay 3 times as much for it because michio kaku once said it. Then we took containers and elevated them to the status of a national religion. im pretty sure there are people in the community that pray to a cgroup.

so yah, when it comes to AI we're going to take a talking plastic tube with a microphone and a cheap malaysian speaker and make it into something that is not only sentient and self aware, but that will guide humanity which has up to now been a collection of chain smoking bargain shoppers and shills into a new gilded age. Because if IBM can turn a rack of POWER CPU's into a jeopardy regurgitating cancer curing medical team as a service, you bet your ass people like Satya are going to be just as quick to throw caution to the wind and start treating Cortana like the literal incarnation of jesus christ.

Comment sounds awesome but means nothing. (Score 1, Interesting) 156

this functionality exists for multinationals governed by micromanagement and committee. companies that view changing their break room coffee with the same bureaucratic mentality as changing the mission statement. The ability to run Linux natively in Windows is the compromise insecure managers want to drive their "microsoft only" environment that crosses its T's and dots its I's of formal standards and compliance regulatory navel gazing. While it sounds wildly pointless to the average slashdotter, this "containerized" linux is exactly what the doctor ordered for companies that cant decide whether they want to enable emoji support in the office chat program without four or five rounds of meetings and an agenda signed by a director.

the only comfort you can take if your company does indeed decide to do this, is that while trading in your redhat licenses for whatever under-the-table credits Redmond is going to grease you with you can rest assured that thanks to high leadership turnover at your boat-without-a-sail megacompany youll eventually through the laws of statistical probability be gifted a manager that find Microsoft Linux on Windows to be just as insane as it sounds. the downside is that youll have to spend another year undoing this debacle.

Comment Re:Prior Art? (Score 1) 75

Y'know what the problem really is with this. They're coming up with an arguably new screen technology, getting a patent monopoly on it, and then applying that monopoly to the whole device, so that only Apple can build 'micro-hole OLED' smartphones.

I could see them being granted a patent on the screen manufacturing process - and collecting royalties from anyone who wants to build such a screen. Or even insisting on being the sole source for such screens. But when they then limit the universe of available devices using those screens to themselves, the patent system has started going overboard.

Imagine if Apple had invented fingerprint scanning - or if Samsung had. Then no other device could use a fingerprint scanner - because Apple or Samsung wants to maintain a monopoly on smartphones with that useful feature, not just the fingerprint scanner monopoly the patent office granted them. Whoever invented the fingerprint scanner has come up with a true invention, which they arguably have the right to collect payments on. But when you start letting them dictate who they'll sell that invention to and how that invention may be used, you're limiting innovation instead of encouraging it.

Comment Re:Is this worthy of a patent? (Score 1) 75

- It specifically mentions that it must be an OLED screen.

So they don't own OLED screens. They don't own micro-holes. But they get to patent putting micro-holes in an OLED screen. I see...

They're not really patenting how to make such a screen - they're patenting the idea of having a screen with micro-holes providing access to controls underneath - and then getting a monopoly on the only way to implement such a thing using today's off-the-shelf components, none of which they invented or own. Sounds like a classic 'do A on a B' patent. Rejected (In our dreams).

Comment Re:So they didn't enable cheat mode (Score 1) 246

Disabling the cache seems reasonable for testing the battery life of one PC vs another, but not to produce a real-world battery life statistic. To some extent, all tests of this sort produce 'performance in testing mode' stats that differ from real life performance, but shouldn't some attempt be made to measure the real life values as well. I normally do something like

1. wipe the cache
2. perform the test
3. perform the test again, assuming the cache is now improving the results.

Some mathematical combination of the step 2 and 3 timings would be a more useful stat than either of them alone.

Comment Re:instrumentally homogeneous temperature records (Score 2) 502

Kind of like those assholes that say "there's nothing preventing you from paying more taxes than is asked". Sidesteps the collective moral issue - and doesn't really provide you with anything solid to fall back on. Unless you think the reason you're not doing those things is that they don't need to be done. Having allowed our greed-driven political system to turn this into a political issue - given the idiotic tribalism of our politics - has guaranteed nothing will be done until it's too late, and the Koch Brothers have retreated to their inland estates behind their high security fences.

By the way, plenty of people voluntarily do all the things you mention - and it's not enough. Yes, people sometimes need to be compelled (or at least prodded - or flattered) into doing the right thing. And it doesn't help to have people profiting off of telling them that they don't need to do anything.

Comment Re:Do greenhouses create their own heat? (Score 3, Insightful) 502

Why it's almost as if fossil fuel-funded pols wanted us to reach a tipping point so that they could then say - there's no point attempting to stop it now. Party on and build those big seawalls. I wonder if they're investing in seawall technology now...

Nothing in that tipping point argument says that it's useless to stop throwing fuel on the fire. Yes, the tipping point means that we've got our work cut out for us, and we should be preparing in addition to trying our best not to add to the problem, but based on how well we 'prepared' for preventing getting to this point, I don't see much happening there either.

Comment correction from the article. (Score 4, Funny) 49

The robots became part of the company's workforce when Amazon acquired Kiva Systems in 2012 for $775m.

the specifications for the robots are not correct at all. these machines weigh slightly more than 340 kilograms, can travel at up to 60 miles per hour, do not feel hunger, sorrow, or pain, and are all equipped with a phased plasma rifle typically in the 40 watt range.

A regular human worker employee.

Comment since when has it been a business decision (Score 5, Insightful) 293

It made no sense from a business standpoint to continue to develop these emails as both HTML [and] text, but it made significant strategic sense.

the fact that this rose to the level of a marketing decision shows that as far back as Chuq's tenure, Apple has been on a steady decline. As an email admin, let me spell this out for you. You supply email in text and HTML format because people who do real and meaningful work on desktops and laptops want to see the text, not HTML. these are the same people who still use real F keys, a real escape key, and consider removing the headphones from a cellphone a form of jackassery, not bravery.

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