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Comment Re:Serious Computer Glitches Can Be Caused By IDIO (Score 1) 250

Good point. Personally I think things like the Diebold voting machines (designed by a convicted fraudster!) fail on many levels. I'm a big fan of very simple paper ballots and big high speed scanners to collate everything. When something is contested (which seems to happen someplace in just about every election anywhere) paper ballots allow a fallback all the way to manual verification if necessary.

Comment Re: Android is Linux (Score 1) 189

What is referred to today as "Linux" is an operating system that has a lot more components than just a kernel.

Yes, yes, and the "computer" is the thing that sits on your desk that displays stuff while the "hard drive" is the beige box on the floor.

Don't mistake a technical term for lazy incorrect usage by people who do not know what they are talking about.

"Linux" is the kernel. "RedHat Linux" is a distro that uses the linux kernel. Lazy people call the entire stack linux. Android is a very different approach that also uses the linux kernel.

Comment No goalposts moved - kernel is kernel (Score 1, Insightful) 189

The kernel is linux. Gnome desktop, redhat distro etc etc are all their own thing.
Just because people are lazy and frequently call the entire stack linux doesn't mean that someone who isn't lazy is wrong when they are talking about the linux kernel specifically.

So yes, android is dominating not redhat, debian or whatever, but the article is about the kernel underneath.

File it with people making noise about Mac versus MS Windows when the topic is really about an x86_64 CPU.

Comment Re: Android is Linux (Score 3, Informative) 189

The linux kernel is linux.
Gnu/linux was the second attempt by Richard Stallman to raise awareness of GNU on the coat-tails of linux after people didn't take his first suggestion of LiGnuX seriously. Linux is not a GNU project. Their OS is called HURD.
So your "fact" does not appear to actually be one despite it coming out of a book.

Comment Serious Computer Glitches Can Be Caused By IDIOTS (Score 1) 250

Why didn't that voting machine have ECC memory? Why didn't the software have bounds checking?
Yes, I know it's common, I use some software (from a very large company that was run by a guy you don't go hunting with) that when it hits a some input data with a negative integer IT ATTEMPTS TO ALLOCATE NEGATIVE MEMORY, and of course, crashes - but things that stupid should never happen (especially since it's supposed to deal with very noisy data). If it's out of range for a bit of code to work on then don't let it in! Don't just check in one place and hope that catches everything, check everywhere that out of bounds data is a problem.

Comment Re:Does this mean... (Score 3, Informative) 86

Same with nvidia's own driver. Every time I've seen a machine where it looked like the nvidia driver was doing something wrong it's been a dead or dying fan on the card.
The nouveau driver is great for what it does, but if someone is going to be using google earth you need the one from nvidia. Both are rock solid for what they do IMHO (and the fans on video cards are frequently shit).

Comment Re:Process already in place for fake Trump tweets (Score 1) 498

The situation in the US in the 1930s was pushing in the way, but no, neither then nor today is it anything like the scale of Mussolini's ideas and practices (which was well and truly the full blown model - don't go easy on him just because he killed a lot less people than Hitler).
Umberto Eco wrote a good piece on how to recognise fascism that gets linked to a lot.
Trump is such a loose cannon that people are speculating we'll see a bit of the real thing soon, but that would be a pretty rough lesson to show you the difference. Hopefully it won't happen and you'll just be able to read about the misfortunes of others to see the difference.



We currently have processes that have shortcuts for cronies and those who flash some cash. While nowhere near ideal that's very different to a system where all but the cronies are locked out.

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