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Comment There is no "The Only Way" (Score 1) 414

But it should not be The Only Way to approach a program - unless you are Truly One with the Tao.

Unless you are a total newbie who has only been exposed ot one tool, or a hypothentical/mytical code-master-of-all-code-masters who is "Truly One with the Tao," then you know there is no "Only [one reasonable] Way" to approach a program/problem, at least not one of any reasonable complexity.

Comment Light-induced chemical and biological memory (Score 1) 104

Light-induced chemical memory: photographic films/papers, typically subject to fading but it can be "fixed" to last decades or longer.

Light-induced biological read-only memory, very short-term/fades fast if not refreshed: photoreceptors in the eyes

Light-induced biological read-only memory, fades after a few days or weeks if not refreshed: sunburn/tan-lines

Comment Re:Missed opportunity (Score 1) 191

Google missed an opportunity here. They should have programmed it to respond with something like "something almost but not completely unlike a hamburger" or gone with kickback money from McD's and said something like "a pale imitation of McDonald's quarter pounder" or even "hamburger royale".

Google was just quoting Wikipedia and it was swiftly edited:

Comment Re:Unity (Score 1) 104

That's fine, but it's different to "can't do it" and not different to what I described for Mint from the beginning.

Supported or not, upgrades are not always problem free even in systems that offer a supported path like Ubuntu, which is why Mint and Elementary don't in the first place.

Whenever you upgrade you should know what you are doing, but thanks to the dependency system it would be immediately obvious whether all dependencies are fulfilled, and you should get at prompt for each changed configuration file - regardless of whether upgrades are officially supported or not.

Comment Re:Unity (Score 1) 104

Thanks, but this is the same as I said about Mint: "even though they offered no GUI app for upgrading you could always do it with apt-get full-upgrade and at worst some manual dpkg usage just like any Debian-based system".

And in the mean time I also googled and confirmed that it can be done the same as any Debian system: change the distribution in sources list; apt-get update; apt-get full-upgrade. The danger is just that if they do not test it, the dependencies may be a bit bumpy. This is what dpkg is for. You will want a second machine nearby for the worst case.

Comment Re: commonly used claim? (Score 3, Insightful) 227

Handguns are mostly worthless as a means of hunting either for food or sport. The simple fact is that handguns are made to kill.

Some thoughts on the above:

1. Apparently "hunting" is not "killing" in your lexicon?

2. Some handguns (though none I can think of made by Glock) are indeed used for hunting. This is what cartridges like .500S&W and .454Casull are for. I have friends who take deer or boar with them.

3. There are other shooting sports beside hunting. Glocks appear quite frequently in some of them.

4. Some handguns are made specifically for the purpose of punching holes in paper or knocking over steel plates, rather than for killing things. While they're capable of the latter, it would be akin to using a screwdriver as a hammer.

Just saying.


GM Hooking 30,000 Robots To Internet To Keep Factories Humming (bloomberg.com) 126

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: General Motors has connected about a quarter of its 30,000 factory robots to the internet, and the largest U.S. automaker already is reaping the benefits of less down time. In the last two years, GM has avoided 100 potential failures of vehicle-assembling robots by analyzing data they sent to external servers in the cloud, Mark Franks, director of global automation, said at a conference in Chicago on Monday. Connectivity is preventing assembly line interruptions and robot replacements that can take as long as eight hours. Internet monitoring allows GM to order parts when it detects they're wearing out instead of having to store them at the factory. That reduces inventory and saves money, Franks said. Hooking robots to the internet for preventive maintenance is just the start of a spurt of new robotics technology, Franks said. GM is using robots that can work safely alongside humans in the factory that produces the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, he said.

Comment Demand a "hardware reset switch" (Score 1) 49

Demand that devices come with a "hardware reset switch" that will reset the firmware and other settings to factory condition.

Yes, your data is still screwed if you get firmware ransomware that encrypts your storage, but at least you can get your device back.

I would allow for one exception: Devices like phones and laptops which may NEED to be remotely controlled or even "perma-bricked" if they are stolen or otherwise fall out of your physical control. This kind of theft-protection/deterrent is incompatible with the "factor reset" I'm proposing.

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