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Comment Re:Reasons for knowing (Score 1) 350

I wonder how well a modern large ship (air craft carrier, or battle ship, or the like) runs without it's main and backup generators? how about after a nuclear blast fires most/all of the electronics on board? If you can still run the main engine, and control the ships direction, you could at the very least then limp to with-in sight of a port, and hopefully within tug distance of the port, and get repaired.

Is it likely that a smaller class of ships could have a similar issue? Can run the main engine, all steering is hydraulic, but the electronics are fried or don't have power? Paper charts and hand calcs generally still work then and again we are talking about getting the boat within visual sight of the nearest port so you can towed in for repairs, not actually trying to hold some sort of precise fixed position for some sort of mission objective.

Anyways, you are correct, the lifeboat situation is a strawman at best.

Comment Re:Attitudes (Score 1) 223

A bit late here, but personally the reason I'm against systemD isn't that i don't like/want a consistent interface, it's that there seems to be no documentation for that interface, or support for swapping out just a single part of it for another. Take logging as an example. Why can't they say we will verify that your logging daemon responds in a certain way, and then just run it? Right now i have to run systemD's logging, but i can forward it to something else as well. Same goes for dhcp for network interfaces. Why can't i be allowed to pick my own dhcp provider? this would allow for specialized dhcp clients if there is a niche where it is needed. Say one that works on AMD64 with uclibc and a static /dev/ because I'm trying to get a full rescue disk or bootstrapping image into something that will fit into an initramfs (because i can and want to).

Can I use systemD on a network rootfs? what about one with a separate /usr/ fs? or in the case of an old laptop I had, allow me to set the network card into 10MB-FD mode before trying to send any traffic as that particular network card would drop 99% of packets in 100MB-FD mode?

what media doesn't work on a fully optioned mplayer or gstreamer install? Well go2meeting's proprietary format they use for screen captures, and DRMed audio/videa, but that is about it

Comment Re:Other than trading (Score 1) 559

to be honest, I'd pay extra to watch the machine make my food. I'd love to be able to see all the moving parts and interesting devices made to dispense things like onion slices, lettuce leaves and other such delicate items.

I think a computer/machine would be able to make fies better than the humans do, and with more consistancancy as well.

Comment Re:What year is this? (Score 1) 559

BTW I would pay extra for a burger made by a robot if i could watch it. BTW I still haven't figured out why a human makes fries at macdonadls? It seems like the computer would know better how many fies it is likely to need based on all sorts of data, how warm it is out, what time of day it is, if there is some sort of event happening, etc.

Comment Re:How is it different than GoPro? (Score 1) 205

Clubs, doctors offices, and the stores can all ban the use of video recording devices. My gym already does in the locker rooms. I'm still confused about the issue you have with it. I can already do everything you are discussing, I just need to wear a backpack while doing it right now. Would you object to anyone walking around with a backpack?

Comment Re: Major source of privacy loss (Score 1) 205

assume they are all the time and you'll be fine.

Wake me up when I can use it for walking or biking directions and fitness tracking for at least 6 hours, and can charge it via solar panels and I'm in. I'd gladly take somethnig like that backpacking with me. Being able to take a panorama shot without getting a camera out or removing hiking poles or taking the bag off would be handy, but it needs to be light weight, and have very long battry life, and be weather proof.

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