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Comment Re:Welcome to Libertarianism (Score 2) 194

Welcome to insanity.

When a given company represents 90% of the daily information stream of your average citizen, it is a monopoly. Any attempt to challenge that will have to run against an extremely high barrier to entry established by said monopoly. It doesn't mean that it can't be unseated - but doing so requires immense resources, and even then would take many years.

In the meantime, we need a way to ensure that citizens actually get all information that is relevant to their vote, rather than the one that our monopolist decided to tell them. An idealistic libertarian would say that, by choosing FB, they implicitly give permission for such screening. A pragmatist would acknowledge that vast majority of FB users didn't actually think about it at all, and didn't realize that they're setting themselves up for an information bubble. A pragmatist would also acknowledge that making the public more informed is more important than giving FB freedom to censor whatever they want.

Comment Re:BASH (Score 1) 280

If you're primarily a Linux dev, you're not running Windows anyway, so it doesn't matter to you. Except perhaps in an indirect way, since it expands your potential userbase.

If you're primarily a Windows dev, and want to port your program to Linux, this is immensely useful, especially since VS is also getting some integration with all that stuff (cross-compilation with Clang, and debugging via gdb).

If you're primarily a Windows user, you just get access to some programs that weren't readily available.

Comment Re:Because money (Score 2) 194

The "smoking gun" that you've mentioned is sufficient to see a number of things in a new light. For example, the debate schedule. It was long claimed by Sanders supporters that it was intentional to undermine him, but before the DNC email leak, the party could always (rightly) say "prove it". Now that the leaks have demonstrated general bias, as well as specific desire of at least some of the members to actually translate that to actions, the reasonable default assumption, on the balance of probabilities, is that the schedule was, indeed, intentionally skewed; and DNC has to do something to prove it otherwise.

Comment Re:BASH (Score 1) 280

The problem with SFU was that it implemented some sort of a generic Unix system - it wasn't Linux, or BSD, or anything else specifically, just something POSIX'ish. So it only had source-level compatibility, not binaries - you had to recompile - and then compatibility only extended to those Unix and POSIX APIs that SFU implemented.

SFL, on the other hand, implements Linux kernel ABI (syscalls and device nodes). Which then allows to just put glibc on top of that, and getting full compatibility with userspace Linux APIs for free; your choice of distro (though only Ubuntu is officially supported).

Since it emulates an actual OS, and does so on binary level, this is much, much more useful than SFU ever was.

Comment Re:BASH (Score 1) 280

It's effectively a Linux syscall emulation layer + ELF loader, and Ubuntu running on top of that.

So kernelspace is entirely Windows (including drivers, filesystem support etc), but it presents Linux kernel ABI to the userspace. So userspace is just regular Linux. So there's no special "knowledge" between the two parts, aside from the ABI.

Filesystem is effectively shared, with a mapping system in place (Linux "partition" is in reality just an NTFS folder, while Windows drive letters are exposed as mount points in Linux).

Because the implementation sits directly on top of the NT kernel, side-by-side with Win32 (and not on top of it, like Cygwin does), it can efficiently provide proper semantics for things like fork().

Comment Re:No one will be ruled by Trump even if he wins (Score 1) 739

Technically speaking, Georgia didn't comply, in a sense that it admitted the decision to be valid. The people affected were pardoned, which is basically saying "you're still guilty, but we'll let you go just because". They did not repeal the law in question.

In any case, the president can push as far as they think they can get away with. In case of Trump, based on his track record and temperament, he might decide to push all the way into a genuine constitutional crisis. And what then? What happens if an executive issues an unconstitutional order, SCOTUS declares it such, but top of executive demands that it be carried out people under him anyway? In theory, that's when Congress is supposed to impeach; but will a Republican Congress actually do so? And even if it does, what if the president refuses to vacate? Push far enough, and this is something that could only be resolved by use of force. If both sides use it, we're talking about a coup, and potentially a civil war.

Comment Re:Who is Kurzweil? Why should I care? (Score 1) 200

I think life is probably fairly common. Intelligent life very likely much less so. Even on Earth, intelligence is a solution to the problem of survival used by only a small fraction of organisms, and even among the organisms that use intelligence as a solution, that intelligence doesn't have to be at the level exhibited by a rather small number of tool-using animals.

But it's going to be a long time before we figure out whether intelligence is rare or not. I don't think SETI is the answer, since incidental transmissions (like TV and radio) only propagate out a few light years before they become indistinguishable from ordinary background radio sources. No, I actually think we'll ultimately identify other civilizations through advancements in optical and radio telescopes which will betray tell-tale signatures like pollution in the atmospheres of Earth-like exoplanets. That's still many years away, but eventually we're going to build large scale space-based interferometer array that will be sensitive enough to image continents and oceans on exoplanets.

Comment Re:Slashvertisements (Score 1) 280

There seems at the moment about a 1 in 3 to 1 in 4 chance of Trump actually being elected. While he's showing better performance than expected in some states, it still seems that Hillary has the advantage. But there's a helluva lot of time until November, and who knows, maybe Trump will finally start acting like someone who wants to be President, as opposed to someone who wants to mount the most expensive comedy routine in history.

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