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Comment Re:uneducated hysteria and panic (Score 2, Informative) 401

Manufacturing of all things, including food, is also becoming increasingly *automated*, and is nothing to be nostalgic about. Even without molecular manufacturing (nanotechnology), this trend of accelerating (in)human productivity will mean that fewer and fewer warm bodies are actually NEEDED to engineer and produce most of the necessities and luxuries of modern life, and yet everybody is still expected to somehow earn their (should-be-easier) living, doing... something... anything else.

The day is fast approaching when we'll *have* to solve the unequal DISTRIBUTION problem, as you mentioned. Either the fruits of increasingly automated production will be fairly redistributed (oh noes: soshulism), or the fortunate few who hoard the resources and means of production will find the "barbarians" at their gates.

An economy of abundance isn't that far off - the next boom after the current recession's bust, in all likelihood. Green energy is part of it.

The solution is *better* socialism, and not more of the old dog eat dog bullshit. What we need is the systemic intelligence and compassion to DISTRIBUTE a sustainable BASIC living to EVERYONE, which still preserves incentives to try to better yourself and society above your baseline by being exceptional. In the U.S., at least, this idea is known as the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG), which quite a few nobel laureates have advocated for in vain thus far...

Comment Hybrid I/O well before before 2020 (Score 3, Interesting) 346

Nobody with a clue has been arguing that SSD's would be cheaper per gigabyte than ye olde spinning-platter HDDs any time soon.

What we're seeing now, and will see much more of, is the hybrid approach of combining a small-ish (80GB) SSD for the most-accessed OS & Apps, with a monsterously huge and relatively slow (array of) HDDs for bulk data archival and backup.

With HDD I/O still the single biggest bottleneck today, it makes sense to start transitioning to SSDs, but it doesn't have to be all at once. The premium for SSDs -- ~$2.50/GB SSD vs ~$0.10/GB HDD -- isn't that much, but it will probably pay for most to wait another year not just for prices to fall more, but for all SSDs to finally support TRIM, and have efficient firmware that competes with indilinx and intel's. SATA3 will also be welcome as current SSDs have already hit the SATA2 xfer limit.

(Oh, and please don't eat the "ZOMG SSDs have limited write-cycles!" FUD. In the vast majority of normal usage patterns, you'll never ever get close to hitting it, and even you did, the failure mode still allows you to READ your data off if you had no backup, as opposed to a HDD crash.)

Comment Re:That's bright! (Score 1) 451

I certainly am not holding any stocks, apart from my short positions.

Hah. Finally full disclosure from you.

Sorry to hear your shorts are bleeding (probably from as far back as S&P 900), but the market can stay irrational (and/or manipulated) longer than you can stay sane wishing for another crash or even just a no-inflation fair value correction.

(btw - the one thing that will save this screwed planet from bigger booms and busts, and also decimate the old scarcity-based markets, is our accelerating technological progress. We're a few short decades away from massively disruptive nano-abundance along with the (A)Intelligence needed to maximize the efficiency and "good" of these increasingly complex systems all around us.)

Comment Re:insanely motivated (Score 2, Interesting) 167

remove the $%*@%&#% cashew from the desktop.

Hah. It just so happens that the only package in Fedora's repos with "hate" in its name, does just that, so install it (and then add the applet) if you prefer an absolutely spotless desktop. Of course, it'd be nice to be able to more simply disable it without using a workaround package.

$ yum info \*hate\*
Loaded plugins: changelog, fastestmirror, presto, refresh-packagekit, security
Installed Packages
Name : kde-plasma-ihatethecashew
Arch : x86_64
Version : 0.3
Release : 2.fc11
Size : 55 k
Repo : installed
Summary : Removes the KDE Plasma Cashew From the Corner of the Display
License : GPLv2
Description: Removes the KDE Plasma Cashew From the Corner of the Display.


Submission + - N800 Linux Internet Tablet gets Skype, Flash 9 (

An anonymous reader writes: After discussion at CES about it, Nokia finally released a new firmware for the N800 Internet Tablet that includes Skype, Flash 9, SDHC support (it has two SD slots, each can take up to 8 GB now,) and other improvements. did a live blog of the upgrade, covered all the new features, and tested Skype on video. It seems until the Intel MID devices start showing their faces, the N800 is the hottest Linux device on the market.
Red Hat Software

Submission + - Over a Million Fedora Core 6 Users in 10.5 Weeks!

An anonymous reader writes: According to their statistics page, Fedora Core 6 has surpassed the million user mark in the first 74 days of it being released. They have a reasonable explanation of the accuracy of their statistics, which are based on unique IP addresses:

We believe it is reasonable to equate a "new IP address checking in" with "a new installation of FC6", with the following caveats:
  • Users who have dynamic IP addresses will likely be counted multiple times, which inflates the number by some amount.
  • However, the anecdotal evidence that we receive about the number of installs that are behind corporate proxies, or people who mirror our repositories within their own firewalls and run their updates locally is quite significant, and more than balances out any "double counting" above.
  • As such, we think it is reasonable to equate a "new IP address checking in" with "a new installation of FC6". It's not an exact science, and we continue to try to improve.
This seems like a major accomplishment in such a short period of time!

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