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Comment Re:systemd (Score 1) 267

But the only way for Linux to get out of its rut (and yes, unless you think it should stay as a 1% niche to only be accessibly by geeks and techheads it really is still stuck in a rut) it needs at least SOME standardization in important areas like a broken init system.

systemd will not magically make major vendors pre-install Linux on inexpensive PCs and laptops. Until that happens, we're stuck at 1%.

Comment Re:Windows 10 = iPhone 6 (Score 1) 644

With ... RDP that does not entirely suck it appears MS is close to catching up with the Enlightenment window manager on X...

Actually, RDP is one of the things I must concede (as much as I hate it) where MS is ahead. Straight X over a WAN with any latency really sucks. (Caveat: I haven't tried xrdp yet.)

Comment Re:It should be dead (Score 1) 283

Nothing forces anybody to write that way. Perl 5 is plenty good and CPAN still rocks. I suppose the Python community has something comparable. I'll admit I haven't checked. I've tried to make myself learn Python twice - the second time I remembered "syntactically significant whitespace - that's why I laughed at this last time". Don't feel like the Lone Ranger though, I hate BEGIN and END almost as much - maybe more.

Flu Models Predict Pandemic, But Flu Chips Ready 216

An anonymous reader writes "Supercomputer software models predict that swine flu will likely go pandemic sometime next week, but flu chips capable of detecting the virus within four hours are already rolling off the assembly line. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which has designated swine flu as the '2009 H1N1 flu virus,' is modeling the spread of the virus using modeling software designed by the Department of Defense back when avian flu was a perceived threat. Now those programs are being run on cluster supercomputers and predict that officials are not implementing enough social distancing--such as closing all schools--to prevent a pandemic. Companies that designed flu-detecting chips for avian flu, are quickly retrofitting them to detect swine flu, with the first flu chips being delivered to labs today." Relatedly, at least one bio-surveillance firm is claiming they detected and warned the CDC and the WHO about the swine flu problem in Mexico over two weeks before the alert was issued.

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