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Comment Re:Libre (Score 1) 265

>Trisquel gives you what you are looking for, but when you can't use your hooble-dooble because the company is a bunch of apes that never made a FOSS driver, you'll be angry at the company, and a little angry that you didn't bend for just that one thing.

I guess. I run a headless server, device drivers aren't much of a concern for me. My main concern is minimizing the amount of work I have to do maintaining the server, including security patches and updates to the latest version of source code. I hate wasting my time.

>The fact that Debian doesn't meet Stallman's standards is a problem with Stallman's standards.

I think there's a certain amount of truth to that, but at the same time he makes some pretty good points and so I try to use free software everywhere in my business efforts. I'm not a purist, but I always choose a free (or freer) alternative over a non-free one.

Hence my question if Devuan makes it easy to install free-only software.

Comment Libre (Score 1) 265

Is there an option to install it with all non-free repositories disabled by default? As my man RMS says, Debian is better than Ubuntu because it at least segregates packages into free and non-free repositories, but still enables both by default. If the non-free repositories were disabled by default, GNU might finally have a modern distribution it could throw its weight behind.

My goal in running a GNU/Linux box is to not run a GNU/Linux box, and Debian and Ubuntu are really nice at that, but I'd like more confidence I'm running only free software than what I have now.

Comment Re:Not Just The Middle (Score 1) 447

>We've reached a point where AI in medical diagnosis is more accurate then human doctors

I've gone to a talk on this subject at UCSF.

For some tests, yes, but not overall. Watson, hype excluded, cannot replace a human doctor.

There's certainly benefit to it, but in the short-mid term, doctors are in no danger of losing their jobs.

Comment Think of the children ... (Score 4, Informative) 252

Seriously think about how kids learn how to use and appreciate money - using an ATM card is just not the same as holding coins, counting them, feeling the weight in your pocket.

And (USA I'm looking at you) start including sales tax in advertised prices - explaining to a 5 year old that yes he has enough for that ice cream, but he has to calculate 6% in his head and add that to the price, is just insane

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 88

>No, it's that it should be something a child is actually drawn to, not an activity forced down their throat to perform in lock-step with thirty other classmates.

Why single out computer science here? Why mandate English, math, science, etc. for students?

Because the sad reality is that a student has to apply for a major in college *prior to taking classes at that college*. So they need to be exposed to every subject they might be interested in in the K-12 system, and maybe they don't know that they'll like or dislike a subject until they actually take it.

Most people who become biology majors like biology in high school. Most physics majors took physics in high school and thought it was something they could do.

Most computer science freshmen go into CS because they like video games.

Comment Re:Clicks are all that matter (Score 1) 158

>You are experiencing false nostalgia. There was never a golden age of "real" journalists.

The media has always been biased in favor of the establishment in America. (Which cuts deeper than the left-wing bias, really.)

That said, in the 80s there was a distinction between News and Opinion on TV. News reporters would make at least a token effort of presenting both sides (equal treatment principle + fairness doctrine), and opinion pieces were often not found at all in news programs. Newspapers separated out the News section from the Editorial section (and would often run pro- or con- columns on whatever was the pressing issue of the day).

Now we have news "personalities" getting choked up on live television when Trump wins, and the New York Times completely taking its mask off and just running "FUCK YOU, AMERICA! I THOUGHT WE WERE BETTER THAN THIS! I HATE YOU TRUMP, WARRRGHGHGHBBLBLBLE" headlines all over the front page. I took screenshots. The schadenfreude was delicious, despite my boy GJ not winning.

Now they're pushing the narrative of "fake news" being the reason Trump won, because, naturally, self-reflection would be too painful.

Comment Re:Nice to see we'll be in better hands (Score 1) 313

>Opinions that all turn out to be true


Did Bush actually turn out to be Hitler in disguise? Because that was their main bit with him.

Democrats only have three possible responses to any Republican in the world:
1) He's Hitler.
2) He's racist.
3) He's a fool.

(Replace He with She for any female Republican, such as Sarah Palin - guess which one they picked for her?)

The American electorate woke up to this fact a while back, and aren't buying it any more. Bill Maher said (about a week before the election) that maybe it was a mistake to call every Republican candidate Hitler, because *now this time he's really Hitler*. Lol.

Comment Re:Nice to see we'll be in better hands (Score 2) 313

> That's great! And now we'll even see the US media bring back investigative journalism after an 8 year hiatus.

Wolf Blitzer is suddenly going to discover what a SCIF is, and all the rules and regulations that go along with it.

Anderson Cooper is going to run a story on why it is important to safeguard classified information, and why network security is paramount.

Rachel Maddow will wax poetic about not allowing unsecured devices anywhere near any form of classified data.

The media will run an uninterrupted series of negative opinion pieces disguised as news for the next 4 years.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 1321

Put me in that corner. I accept the election result, but I'm baffled where all the Trump supporters came from.

About half of the people I know voted for Trump. Excuses I've heard have been: "oh he's just saying that so he can get votes from the Republican base", "well, I just don't know what Hillary is going to do to my guns", "he's going to lower taxes", "he's going to keep jobs in America", "he's going to keep terrorists out of America", "Hillary is corrupt", "Hillary is a murderer", "his past doesn't matter, it's what he'll do as president that matters".

Literally all rhetoric -- the amount of detail they're able to go into on the policies of either candidate is vanishingly small. Granted, most voters are driven by rhetoric regardless of the side they typically vote on.

But it seems to be particularly strong in the Trump crowd. They're more emotionally engaged.

Comment Re:4k on 2560x1440 and 1080p monitors (Score 1) 126

I saw a video blog that said the reason that 4k on a 1080p looks so well, is the 4 pixel blocks downsampled are no longer sharing chroma, but each pixel is independent, so the higher detail. (I'm recalling from memory, so forgive me if I'm wrong).

I saw the video you were referring to, and it was partly true. Yes, of course a higher chroma resolution will look better. But the answer is more complicated than that.

I say partly because over the years many video players have taken shortcuts on quality in the name of performance or ease of implementation. Video has by and large looked worse than it needed to. Things like disabling deblocking, point resampling chroma, and imprecise YCbCr -> RGB conversion were very common and contributed to a dramatic drop in quality. If you've ever seen some red on black that looked absolutely atrocious, this is why it looked like that.

Doubling resolution is an easy way to work around those issues, because you're adding more precision in. The end result is that you'll only see error introduced by the final resampling, which is almost always subjectively good enough even when it's objectively lackluster.

Comment It's a great time to be in graphics hardware (Score 1) 16

The graphics industry is finally out of a decade-long rut. Consoles caused PCs to become second-class, and suddenly games and engines focused less on visual fidelity and more on portability and eeking out as much performance as possible from the relatively uncapable consoles.

144hz, 4K, HDR, VR --- these things are saving the industry, and there's enough headroom to keep growing for probably another decade.

Comment Regardless of the girl's wishes (Score 4, Insightful) 386

Regardless of the girl's wishes or the scientific viability of cryo, it must be absolutely awful to have your parents arguing about what to do with your body after you die. Even worse knowing that one of them is against it, she must have some feeling that her father doesn't want to see her again.

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