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Comment Re:Google is being dumb (Score 1) 90

No. USB-PD is not a "firehose". That is not how electricity works. USB-PD specifies certain discrete voltage levels, but you can draw as much or as little current as you want. Devices are supposed to have a buck converter to adapt the voltage of the input to the voltage of the battery, and they can do so at a wide range of input voltages.

The only reason to raise the voltage at the USB connector is to reduce resistive losses in the cable by reducing the required current. Once the electricity arrives at the device it can be converted to whatever voltage is appropriate for the battery, and it can deliver exactly as much current as it should. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever why USB-PD would cause more damage to a battery than Qualcomm QC, in a correctly designed device.

Comment Re:Limitations of VR (Score 1) 125

I do view objects and places on the WWW.
I do meet people there and play.
I check out hotel rooms and book them on the web.
I do view images of Mars.
I have configured my car online.
I use the web to communicate with friends and to find real world meetings with people who share my interests.
It has become the greatest resource for me to learn skills from cooking to advanced math.

This "cesspool of porn" has also become the greatest tool for entertainment, education, collaborative work and, to some extent, socializing.
The difference between the web and VR is the difference between viewing something on a screen and visually being there.

Comment Re:Limitations of VR (Score 1) 125

I disagree. VR lets you view objects and visit places whether they exist or don't. It lets you meet people there, allows you to create your own environments and play. You can preview your hotel room, visit Mars, sit in a car with custom configuration or walk in your restyled home. You can draw and animate intuitively or meet a friend for a round of Ping Pong, wherever he lives. The possibilities for entertainment, education, collaborative creative work and socializing are endless.

The technology is only just getting good and affordable enough for a few enthusiasts. Applications like TiltBrush didn't even exist a few years ago. With the massive investments in VR, it will become attractive to more and more people in the coming years.

Comment Re:I don't hate on systemd but this is really bad (Score 1) 508

#define _XOPEN_SOURCE 700
#include <signal.h>
#include <unistd.h>
int main() {
        sigset_t set; int status; if (getpid() != 1) return 1;
        sigfillset(&set); sigprocmask(SIG_BLOCK, &set, 0);
        if (fork()) for (;;) wait(&status);
        sigprocmask(SIG_UNBLOCK, &set, 0); setsid(); setpgid(0, 0);
        return execve("/etc/rc", (char *[]){ "rc", 0 }, (char *[]){ 0 });

Comment Re:It's not that bad. (Score 1) 111

It's not a year-long suspension. It's a permanent suspension of trust in their current roots. They can, however, re-apply after one year - with extra auditing over what is normally required - and if and when they pass that they may be let in again. If they do nothing, they don't get back in for free after a year.

Comment Re:Fabrice Bellard is awesome. (Score 4, Informative) 92

Too bad this isn't his.

Fabian Hemmer (,

I have no idea where the submitter got Fabrice Bellard from. This is hosted on a completely different site and authored by a completely different person. Yes, more than one person is capable of implementing an x86 emulator in Javascript. Bellard wrote his and never released the (editable) source; this guy, OTOH, wrote a more compatible emulator of his own (runs more than Linux) and open sourced it.

This is also old news, I remember seeing it quite some time ago. The site has been up since 2014. Slow news day much?

Comment Re:Spaceflight is risky (Score 3, Informative) 239

AFAIK the launch was insured. This does not include the static fire test.

A lot of satellites are not insured. Buying insurance means that you pay money to reduce financial risk. On average, you pay more than you would without insurance. That's how insurances make money. If you can afford the risk, you'll probably not want to pay for insurance.

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