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Comment Re:Systemd! (Score 3, Informative) 240

But if it starts becoming a required component for turning up the volume, that is clearly a sign of poor design.

Systemd's integration into more than just init is a fundamental result of a singular problem that has been facing all operating systems for about 15 years now: Hot plugging. Hot plugged devices need to be handled in almost exactly the same way as non-hot swapped devices during boot, so it makes sense to use the same code path for both processes. This effectively means that your init system needs to also handle pretty much every type of device that can be hot plugged. This includes: any and all USB devices, large parts of the audio sub-system, network devices, damn near everything these days. By definition, the software that handles this needs to underly everything except the kernel. Since the kernel does not deal with this (by design), something else has to. Prior to SystemD, the various methods for handling it were a complex jumble of incompatible broken-ness.

Comment Re:Jet engines?? (Score 1) 151

The whole things smells of ass... Perhaps it was pulled out of one? I mean, a Tesla car has trouble driving 300 miles on a single charge, and it doesn't even need to stay afloat in the air. How is the airborne battery able to achieve more with same technology? Other thoughts: are fans really more efficient compared to an electric drive/transmission? Isn't the air resistance (and therefore losses) higher at 300 mph vs 60 mph driving?

Thats simple. On the whole, aircraft actually get better gas mileage than ground vehicles other than trains.

All things considered, the only thing that stinks here is *your* opinion, which clearly came from the nether regions of your hinterlands: The rest of us can google before we post.

Comment Re:Burger King did WHAT??! (Score 2, Insightful) 447

the people who would allow themselves to be exposed to such triggering and the companies that makes the shoddy products are the problem.

Its not even the original failure to create a secure system that is the most damning (although that is a cardinal sin in and of itself). It's the fact that Google crafted a "fix" that was so remarkably easy to exploit a second time that it showed just how little Google actually gives a shit about their customers data security.

I still use Google for search because the alternative is Microsoft or Yahoo, but every day they make me inch closer to something else, anything else.

Comment Re:Burger King did WHAT??! (Score 5, Insightful) 447

If Burger King legitimizes triggering digital assistants, then everybody can do it

Everyone CAN do it. Laws don't stop criminals, so claiming that BK opened some pandoras box is just plain ignorant. The box was opened when Google (and Amazon and presumably many other wannabes) created these products without even the rudiments of a secure design. These products are defective by design, and its just lucky that it was brought to light in an innocuous way instead of some criminal or other making off with millions by way of a less harmless approach.

Comment Re: A lot to chuckle about (Score 1, Flamebait) 606

Next I expect google to blacklist the phrase after processing rather than just the advert sound if bk keep this up. They might also demote burger king search results, they really don't like others subverting their algorithms.

Maybe if their algorithms didn't suck so bad, and security wasn't an afterthought at Google, they wouldn't have these problems.

Comment Re:BK = BLACKLISTED (Score 5, Insightful) 606

BK, your intrusion into my digital devices, has exempted you from EVER receiving my business again. Boundaries guys... Boundaries.

I for one am actually thankful to BK for taking this next step in demonstrating the *inherent* danger of the Google and Amazon products. People are right to compare this behavior to that of a criminal enterprise, because a criminal enterprise would behave exactly the same way if Google reacted by implementing such a half hearted and inept "fix" for the problem. BKs response is very much a good thing because it is exposing Googles complete disinterest in security, and has exposed Google product failings to the light of day.

That having been said, Google is the party that should be shamed here, not BK.

Comment Re:Buy a pen on amazon (Score 4, Informative) 43

https://www.amazon.com/CAIG-La... [amazon.com] this is not new.

These guys apparently think that PCBs are made by sintering powdered metal. That process hasn't been used for manufacturing PCBs in more than three decades, so its not surprising that they still think conductive ink is new as well.

The only people who sinter to make PCBs are those who have not yet realized you can have super complex PCBs manufactured in China For less than the cost of a tube of sintering paste, and get it delivered to your door in a week or less.

Even the amateurs don't hand draw circuits anymore. For anything even moderately interesting, you will spend a week just debugging a hand drawn circuit anyways. Better to just let the professionals build it for you and skip the hassle.

Comment Re: commonly used claim? (Score 2, Informative) 227

Do you arrest Glock cause someone was murdered with one of the pistols they made?

Yes, if Glock ran commercial ads stating their products were most and solely useful for murder and no other uses, they would likely be arrested or at least charged with crimes.

It would be difficult to make the claim that Glocks handgun products have any other purpose than injuring or killing people. Handguns are mostly worthless as a means of hunting either for food or sport. The simple fact is that handguns are made to kill. I think it is a perfect analogy to the tools this person made. Whether Glock advertises it that way or not, they are what they are.

Given that, I have to agree with the original sentiment. The maker of a tool, no matter how evil the perceived usages of the tool are, should not be accountable for how and when the tools are used. Even the most evil of tools can be put to good uses too. For example, if and when the "Armageddon/Deep Impact" scenario actually comes around, we will be very hard put to save ourselves without nuclear weapons, and the development of those tools lead directly to the development of nuclear power production, and it is entirely possible that this will be the only thing that prevents us from cooking our planet to death by way of AGW

Comment Re:Electric jet? (Score 0) 163

and not require refueling? Truly a mystery.

A standard Jet can take as much as an hour to refuel. It takes time to put several tens of thousands of gallons into something, and generally, refueling is not done during boarding, because it represents a theoretically higher risk.

Replenishing depleted batteries is a relatively simple idea. Pop the hatch, take the battery out, put a fresh one in. With a large enough supply of batteries, you can do all of the charging on the ground. Add to that the ability to coat every surface of an airplane with solar cells (planes typically cruise above the cloud layer don't forget), and suddenly its not so crazy. In fact, the basic idea that will probably make these planes competitive instead of merely viable is that the amount of money involved means they can use primary cells and a reprocessing technique instead of secondary rechargeable batteries. That improvement alone can get close to a 10x gravimetric energy density improvement...

I am old enough to remember a time when conventional wisdom held that an electric vehicle would never go faster than 55 mph, and would never have a range more than a few tens of miles between charges. Conventional wisdom in the face of innovation is no different than ignorance...

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 5, Informative) 161

Since I enjoyed StarCraft, can you point me in the direction of one or two that has similar quality? Most RTS I have tried are pretty crap.

Total Annihilation

Its Circa 1996, but It can scale graphics to whatever resolution your hardware supports. I have played it on my 4K system, and its unbelievable what it does for game play. Unlike any Blizzard games, higher resolution gets you more of the map at once. This can be tremendously useful when playing an insane large map. The game can also support far more simultaneous units than anything from Blizzard. It is also true multi-threaded, so it scales up with more processor power available. At 4K resolution, an I7 6950X can handle upwards of a quarter million units in battle before it starts to knuckle under. The game supports up to ten players in virtually any combination of teams. The AI is ridiculously easy to beat, but thats what you would expect from that era. The game defaults to 250 units per player, but you can up that to 500 easily with a config setting. To get more than that you will need one of the myriad of patches available for the game. You can get it on Steam or GOG, or order the Frisbee version off Ebay, I would also recommend getting the commander pack and battle tactics expansions. Many patches will already include these enhancements.

The overall game controls are also vastly superior, with the ability to select an arbitrarily large number of units into a single grouping, and the ability to queue instructions for units or groups to follow, it allows you to automate much of the boring and tedious parts of RTS while giving you more of what you really want: Glorious Battle

Comment Re:Law mandated technology (Score 1) 269

So, what in the Constitution allows the Federal government to do that?

Our Constitution was written at a time before Humanity was fundamentally capable of wiping all life off the face of the planet. There is a whole class of things it was never intended to deal with. They could not possibly have understand what the consequences of free speech would be on something like the Internet, nor what the right to bear arms would mean in a society where any citizen could learn how to build weapons powerful enough to kill thousands of people at a time. Our Constitution is held up as a shining example of enlightenment, but its true genius is that it was supposed to be modified when the times required it. We are long since past due for some serious constitutional changes, but as long as our country is so politically divided, and our citizens are so demonstrably ignorant, we don't dare let anyone near that document.

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