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Comment Re:People agree that Windows 10 has better tech (Score 1) 496

Actually Windows 10 works quite well on tablets with both tablet-style apps and conventional win32 apps. In some respects it is the best of both worlds. Metro apps (aka universal apps) are the most most comfortable on the tablet, but normal win32 desktop apps are actually fairly usable. I was surprised how well it worked. This is coming from a confirmed Linux user.

Comment Re:Thank you Debian maintainers (Score 1) 124

Been using systemd for nearly 5 years now and have never had a boot problem from it yet. I hear scattered reports of the occasional problem but there's nothing like the problems you claim to experience on a regular basis.

Short shell scripts? Have you even looked at an an init script the last 10 years? Init scripts are anything but short and simple. There are good reasons all the commercial Unixes moved away from SysV init long before Linux did. Systemd logging is actually quite good and verbose. I still run a syslogger as well. I'm just happy not to have to write error-prone init scripts anymore.

It sucks that you have so many problems with your systems. I'm not convinced systemd is causing them, but I'm sure there are solutions and wish I knew what they were. Your experience is not the usual experience across the board, though, no matter what the slashdot anti-systemd echo chamber claims.

Comment Re:Edge to edge screen hard for me to use (Score 1) 73

Umm, nope. Not even close. I have been swiping since the beginning. Still don't understand how people use thumbs though. I swipe with my finger.

By the way, Google's keyboard is getting worse and worse at finding the correct word to match my swipe. About ready to switch back to Swype.

Comment Edge to edge screen hard for me to use (Score 5, Insightful) 73

The article talked about their phone have a large screen with no bezel, edge to edge. Am I the only one that thinks that is not desirable? Surely too much of anything is not a good thing. I already have troubles on some phones with small bezels with my fingers activating things on the screen while holding the phone. I'm not a two-thumb person (don't really understand how people can actually use two thumbs at once to type out messages on an onscreen keyboard... I can't do it); I hold the phone in one hand and use my finger of the other hand. The lack of bezel makes this a lot harder!

I just shake my head at where phones are going these days. Super thin and awkward seems to be the destination. No wonder AI is going to be so important in the future to help us use these things!

Comment A bit of scientific background here (Score 5, Interesting) 130

Bumble bees disappearing is alarming, and it could have a number of causes but no one is quite yet sure exactly what is the main cause or if several causes are combining (likely). I've been to several research presentations lately from scientists researching bee health and bee loss. They know that neonics kill bees (they kill lots of insects). But the thing you have to realize is that very few farmers apply neonics as a spray where it kills indiscriminately. Almost all neonic use is in seed treatments that go underground and make the plants toxic to insects that would eat them. Also, bees (but not bumblebees) are doing quite well in areas that have high use of neonic seed treatments, like Alberta.

In other areas the situation is not nearly as good for many bee species. And neonics are suspected to play a role, though neonics are usually not sprayed. What it could be is vacuum planters planting corn and beans are blowing neonic-laced dust into the air which is causing the damage. In Alberta, planting is largely done with air seeders which blow dust into the soil, not the air, where bees are not exposed nearly as much to it.

So things aren't as simple as the comments so far want to make it. Banning of neonic spray does make some sense. But if they were banned outright, to save the food crops farmers will have to spray more insecticides on the plants during the early growth stages, which is ultimately more harmful to everyone. Not only does that kill problem insects, it kills bumble bees and beneficials indiscriminately.

One final comment on habitat loss. This indeed could be contributing. As far as farmland goes, though, very little land is being converted from wild to farming in North America these days. Nearly all habitat loss comes from urban development. So don't go blaming farmers for habitat loss in that regard. As well, the US and Canada has quite large wilderness areas that have never been touched by agriculture, and bumble bees seem to be in decline everywhere. And it could be that climate change is playing as big a role as neonics ever did in this decline.

It's a complicated story. Likely humans play a major role, but how to fix this no on really knows.

Comment Now we can all look through cracked windscreens (Score 3, Informative) 114

Seriously, though, car windscreens are highly regulated in the US for safety reasons. Nearly all alternatives to the present windscreen glasses are banned in the US from what I understand (they certainly ban polycarbonate). Maybe Dow-Corning can get them to change this a bit to allow testing of some good alternatives.

Comment Gonna have to bury it somewhere (Score 2) 197

This is a good start as finding a stable way to store the carbon is always helpful. But we can't use this baking soda for cooking as that would release much/all of this carefully-stored carbon.

But it's good to have a process that can turn CO2 into something useful. Now if we could just make a closed- carbon loop for energy production we'd be golden. CO2 + renewable energy -> fuel -> work -> CO2. Nothing wrong with burning carbon if it's carbon that was already in the atmosphere (ignoring NOx and particulates).

Comment Re:Same Problem (Score 1) 434

Except that you in fact can do what you say, with a Vive. I can assure you it's quite amazing. The technology is still crude (resolution is quite low), but I assure you, things do pop into near-enough to 3d that it doesn't matter. Vive's experience is particularly immersive as you define a "play area" to move around in. Having head tracking that is quite low latency makes all the difference int he world. I'm not a gamer but I've already spent a lot of time viewing sketchup models with my vive. The model appears on a table in front of you and you can look at it any way you want. Then you can place yourself into the model in real scale. Suddenly there's my remodeled kitchen in front of me and I can move around it, look under things look over things, look ins Looking straight ahead with it is best, but ide things. It's really quite something. Head tracking makes it all work.

Another example is the Apollo 11 moon landing documentary on Steam VR. You ride along in the capsule with the astronauts. I can look around the cockpit, look behind and under my seat, even stand up and walk outside the capsule and see the earth and parts of the exterior of the spacecraft.

It truly is full 3d 360 video. If you know someone with a vive, have them show you The Lab, or Google Earth to get you started. It's really quite something.

Comment Re:ARM Processors coming to Desktops? (Score 1) 240

I have my doubts. Like I've said before, I have a drawer full of various ARM devices that all turned out to be less useful in real life than they looked on paper. The main problem is that there is just no standard for ARM socs. Each one requires a custom kernel and distribution. They don't have common hardware trees, and most importantly they lack a common, open boot loader. So you're always fighting with some custom uBoot. Would far rather have a normal EFI bios in there and have the ability to boot off of common devices like usb sticks, optical drives, hard drives, etc.

I was trying to have an ARM board act as a router for me, but in the end I got a lot more utility out of a cheap tiny Intel machine for just 3 times the cost. I could use a standard, stock distro on it, and it had loads of RAM and lots of processing power. Way more utility for me.

That said I have a couple of cool ideas for a Raspbery Pi. But actually I think I'd prefer a tiny x86 board that had a lot of GPIO on it.

So no, I don't expect ARM to replace x86 on the desktop, or even the laptop, any time soon. In fact I just bought a fairly cheap x86 (Atom or something) Windows 10 tablet that is surprisingly useful, and can even run standard desktop x86 Windows apps if you really needed that.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 2, Informative) 280

Linux user here. I have Win10 installed on a tablet and also on a full-time, always-running virtual machine. Seems pretty stable and solid to me. I don't like how settings are dumbed down, and I'm not a fan of constant communication with MS (I have everything turned off that I can). Overall I am much more impressed with Windows 10 than I thought I would be. It's pretty solid, if ugly (hate the flat, white look).

No idea what you are talking about with having to use html formatting. CR twice to start a new paragraph works for me. No formatting here.

Comment Re:Uber driver (Score 1) 219

So what your point? The guy should have done what apparently you would have, and just walked away, leaving her to her fate? Seems to me you're assuming facts that aren't in evidence.

Furthermore, are you arguing that if an action could only have a short-term positive affect on a person then it's not worth doing? What a sad outlook on humanity.

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