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Comment Re:BASH (Score 1) 148

Windows now runs Linux binaries.

Hopefully it works better than last time.

You can run an entire Linux DE now naively under Windows

Well, according to Wikipedia, the new Windows Subsystem for Linux cannot run graphical applications. I guess you can get around this by running a separate X server for Windows. I used Cygwin's X server years ago with good results but it looks like some people have had trouble getting more complicated applications to work.

On the bright side, maybe this means we can finally install systemd on Windows 10! One can only imagine what their combined powers are capable of.

Comment Re:What took them so long? (Score 1) 119

I've been pointing out that a three-dimensional arrangement off components could continue FAR longer than an essentially single-layer arrangements since at least the 1970s.

Sure, but unless you've developed a superconducting substrate, or come up with a reliable, efficient 3D cooling system, or are willing to run the 3D transistors only at very low speed/power, you're going to run into serious heat dissipation problems. Solving those (along with manufacturing a working 3D structure in the first place) is what's taking them so long.

Comment Re:In other words, Moore's law will continue (Score 1) 119

Moore's law has nothing to do with the SIZE of the transitors. It has to do with the number of transistors on the chip and, to a lesser extent, the density of the transistors. Arranging the transistors vertically and horizontally will allow the law to continue.

In the future, the size of each transistor will remain roughly the same, but the size of the chip will double every year, so that by 2030 the average CPU will measure about 50 feet in each dimension. People will use them simultaneously for both computing and as floors, walls, or ceilings for their homes.

Remember, you heard it here first.

Comment Re:What NEEDS to happen... (Score 1) 499

I guar-on-teeee if NOBODY bought these phones and raised a stink with the manufacturer of said phones, you'd get some action..

I agree. Of course, the corollary is that if people keep buying the new phones and don't complain, then the lack of headphone jack is in fact a non-problem. It's entirely possible that headphone backwards-compatibility just isn't something most phone users care about.

Comment Re:Standard Ruling Party shit. (Score 2) 372

So you're voting for Hillary. How does that leave your conscience clear? She's a corrupt, lying, sociopath. And you're doing a little two-step dance as you support her quest for power.

You could replace "Hillary" with "Donald" in the paragraph above and it would be equally valid. Which proves jcr's point.

Comment Re:The Republicans want to make everyone work (Score 2) 1127

If you haven't figured out, the founding mantra of the USA is "equal opportunity, not equal outcome".

But UBI has nothing to do with equal outcome. It's about a minimum outcome, and takes the place of a myriad of support programs we already have in place to give people something to fall back on when they've got nothing else. Social Security, food stamps, unemployment, tax credits, etc -- these programs are already funded via taxes (yes, social security is more like mandated retirement planning) and would be eliminated with a UBI program. The savings in administrative overhead alone would be enormous.

encourages mediocrity and abuse

I think few people would be content with nothing more than the UBI, but if they are, then so be it. As for abuse, how can you abuse something for which everyone is eligible?

Venezuela as the latest example

This is a meaningless comparison. The Venezuelan economy has little in common with that of the US. As a single data point, in 2013 its GDP per capita was about $14,000 while the US was $53,000.

I'm not saying that a UBI is a surefire good idea, but it also shouldn't be dismissed out-of-hand as a replacement to our current welfare systems.

Comment This would be really bad for actual birds (Score 1) 95

In any conflict zone, anyone worried about drone surveillance would have a strong incentive to kill as many actual birds as possible, just in case any of them were drones (and to make any actual drones more easily detectable).

If you wanted a way to (further) incentivize the extinction of actual birds, I can't think of a better way then to disguise surveillance drones as birds.

Comment Re:I want to like Donald. (Score 1) 268

I didn't say I was afraid of anything; what I said was that the Republican Party platform is exactly that: the platform of the Republican Party.

You can be for it or against it, but if the parent poster is going through the document and saying "well this part is real, but this other part is only a meaningless sop to placate a constituency and would never actually be enacted", then I think he is only fooling himself. What you see is what you'll get.

Comment Re:I want to like Donald. (Score 4, Insightful) 268

he understands that this is just something that they had to put in to keep the Religious Right from bolting, along with all of that anti-abortion stuff.

You know what else they'll have to do in order to keep the religious right from bolting? Follow through on the anti-gay and anti-abortion stuff.

When people tell you who they are, believe them. The Republican platform is the document in which the Republican Party tells you who it is. Believe it.

Comment Re:So what is YOUR plan? (Score 4, Insightful) 406

I'm completely fine with investigating ISIS sympathizers

How do you identify ISIS sympathizers without violating people's rights? Or do you just take the route a disturbing number of politicians have and legislate away annoying things like the Fourth Amendment, and put everyone under mass surveillance? And then, even if you do find someone who sympathizes with ISIS (perhaps even through an open confession), what would you do about it?

There's no law against having dangerous or stupid opinions (as evidenced by the "presumptive Republican presidential nominee", a phrase I'm getting all to tired of hearing). As long as someone doesn't take action themselves, or encourage others to do so, they're free to tell the world they think ISIS is just peachy keen and doin' Allah's work.

Regardless, this stale bullshit Newt is spewing is just another step on the road to the Thought Police. Reading something, even batshit religious propaganda, should never be a crime, no matter how long we've been at war with Eurasia.

Comment Re:Because there is no such thing as magic (Score 2) 159

You feel motion but you don't see it and your brain is drawing two different opposing conjectures.

... which is actually kind of amusing when I think about it. There's a watchdog circuit somewhere in your brain dedicated specifically to checking whether or not your sensory inputs match up, and when it detects that they don't, it assumes that you are drunk or high (or otherwise somehow poisoned) and initiates the upchuck routine. How many generations of questionable-quality-alcohol drinkers did it take to evolve that?

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