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Comment Re:Why is Windows 10 the benchmark? (Score 1) 201

These boards aren't really *that* type of embedded system. They're more like smaller PCs really. If there's a simple job that would work great on an old/underpowered computer, but which you want to do ideally on low power, and without a huge metal box (perhaps with very minimal I/O usage) then it's a good solution. Especially if it has to display something on a monitor or TV.

If you want lots of advanced peripherals, a lightweight RTOS and such (instead of a more "desktop-like" OS), then you're definitely looking at the wrong thing.

I personally found out I have little use for these things. Most of the "simple computer" tasks I do work better inside VMs (no need for a display mainly), and most of the stuff that involves "serious" I/O and an RTOS is far better suited to ARM Cortex devices.

I don't think too many people will buy it. Sure, it's x86 and fast, but it's much more expensive than a Raspbarry Pi ($157+), to the point where it's not even targeting the same market anymore. It has *zero* GPIO too (so it's really just a small computer), and it just won't have the community around it which is 90% of the Raspberry Pi's value...

I could see in being used in cash registers, gambling casino slot machines, and even elevator controllers. At roughly 6 watts power, the Intel CPU can find it's way into car controls and vehicle management systems.

Comment Re:No one likes (Score 1) 594

Considering how much corporate money is flowing into Hillary's campaign... She's obviously not going to change that.

Hillary... on paper, she's everything Democrats claim to hate.

And for a party that claims to fight hate... There sure is a lot of violence, racisim and hate coming from the party that says they want to bring us together.

Of course... they mean "we want to unite... as long as you vote Democrat and agree with everything we say". It's all about freedom of speech and freedom of expression until you say "Hillary is a POS".

I guess, when the IT people in the government could not provide maintenance for Hillary's server, then the IT person who secured Hillary's server insured that it could not be hacked, And of course ran the typical 60 day ageing default to purge of emails. The server was not hacked, though the Democrat's was

As for Bengazi, I go with the findings. -- Government response was too slow and too late.

Comment Re:When the world comes a callin' (Score 1) 826

outside of the USA, and if you think there was anti-Americanism before, if Trump is elected, it will be an all-out continuous, and well-deserved shitpost on America.

Gasp! The Germans are here!

Allooooo Americans! We love you

Welcome back, Americans!!!

Canadian Immigration is gearing up for new refugees. Americans mostly. Comparison with USA. No Trump, No guns, Medicare, Low low cost education, safety living, happy living, prosperous living, and divorce rates below 54 percent.

Comment Re:Honestly it's not bad (Score 1) 120

I just recently tried the beta for 3.22 though and honestly it's not so bad. The default configuration sucks though, you need to install a bunch of extensions and gnome-tweak-tool for it to be usable.

Exactly!

Similarly, after years of being a hater of Chevrolets, I just bought a new Cruze, and honestly it's not so bad. The default configuration sucks though, so I had to drop in a different engine, put in some new seats (which required some welding), transplant infotainment (nav/radio) system from another car, and to make that work I had to replace the whole dashboard. I also swapped out the ugly-ass wheels and put some new brakes on it while I was at it, and repainted it too because Chevy's available paint schemes were all horrible. But other than those minor modifications, it's not too bad a car!

Actually, Gnome 3.22 is to my liking mostly. Like every Gnome 3.22 user, I like leather seats (not standard Chevy stuff), A self parking option, air conditioning etc.
Tweaks are a way to personalize the Gnome 3.22 interface.
And by the way, slowly, very slowly, what was wrenched from Nautilus (Files), is being restored. I give Gnome a plus++.

Comment Re:Keeping up with the Nadellas (Score 1) 120

I don't care if you like or don't like GNOME or systemd. There's things I like about them and things I don't as well. If you want to boycott them, power to you. Do whatever it takes for you to get your work done.

What I take issue with are the people who smear free software by saying that anything was "forced" on them despite the fact that alternatives exist. What's the point of using free software if you're going to crawl into a fetal position and weep yourself to sleep whenever something you don't like is the default?

I found some Gnome extensions (tweaks) to be the ice-cream on the apple pie. With the tweaks, I have tailored some of Gnome to my liking.
One that is outstanding is Taskbar by Zpydr. Its a true winner. Don't believe me, then try it for yourself.

Comment Re:Why do people continue to believe alarmist crap (Score 1) 156

My previous comment was acidently posted before I finished for some reason. Lets try again.

There is no evidence of a mass extinction occurring. The Earth is not getting warmer, though the temperature record is being doctored by those with financial interests. The unadjusted data proves this. In fact, the sun is dimming, which will likely result in global cooling, just like scientists predicted before those with financial interests in the matter started buying off the researchers. It's like the religious nutjobs claiming the world is ending; when they're wrong, they just push their prediction a few years into the future and people eat that shit up. Scientists have been crying wolf for three decades and they just keep pushing their dire predictions farther into the future.

Yeah damn those scientists and their pesky "facts".
Anyway lets look at all the ways you are wrong

1) Is Mass Extinction happening? Yes. ( Barnosky, Matzki , et al. Nature, 2011)
2) Is the temperature warming? Yes. (IPCC authors, synthesis report, 2014) ..unless you subscribe to conspiracy theories, in which case you've already made your mind up and "facts" wont convince you. I suggest thorazine. HOWEVER! Lets go there.
3) People with financial interests buying off scientists? This IS a strange claim. I've spent a big of time working around climate scientists as a coder. Heres the reality of it;- Its bad for your career to actually follow science because governments are stacked with anti-science people who are absolutely insistent that theres something wrong with science any time science points out that Co2's infra red absorbsion properties is causing climate change, that evolution is real, or that vaccinations actually do save lives.
I've seen a number of collegues over at the CSIRO lose their jobs because the current conservative government has decided it doesnt want to fund climate or oceanographic reseach anymoer. Meanwhile there ARE scientists getting paid off by groups like the Heratige foundation and the Kosh brothers, and we know that because we've looked at the paperwork. As one workmate put it, if she REALLY wanted to get rich of climate change, she'd deny everything the data tells her, and pretend its not happening and make a mint on the right wing talk circuit. Double so if she throws in creationism and get to visit churches too. Unfortunately , she's a scientist, albeit one in a field where she gets death threats from anti-science stalkers, funding threats from conservative policy makers, and a world of disrespect from a media industry that thinks "balance" means matching every truth with a lie.

And just for the records, scientists have not been "crying wolf" for three decades, they've been pointing out the physics of the greenhouse effect for well over a century. And the predictions are not being pushed "farther in the future", they are being observed *right now* in the floods, hurricanes, droughts and rising sea levels that happening right before our eyes.

My previous comment was acidently posted before I finished for some reason. Lets try again.

There is no evidence of a mass extinction occurring. The Earth is not getting warmer, though the temperature record is being doctored by those with financial interests. The unadjusted data proves this. In fact, the sun is dimming, which will likely result in global cooling, just like scientists predicted before those with financial interests in the matter started buying off the researchers. It's like the religious nutjobs claiming the world is ending; when they're wrong, they just push their prediction a few years into the future and people eat that shit up. Scientists have been crying wolf for three decades and they just keep pushing their dire predictions farther into the future.

Yeah damn those scientists and their pesky "facts".
Anyway lets look at all the ways you are wrong

1) Is Mass Extinction happening? Yes. ( Barnosky, Matzki , et al. Nature, 2011)
2) Is the temperature warming? Yes. (IPCC authors, synthesis report, 2014) ..unless you subscribe to conspiracy theories, in which case you've already made your mind up and "facts" wont convince you. I suggest thorazine. HOWEVER! Lets go there.
3) People with financial interests buying off scientists? This IS a strange claim. I've spent a big of time working around climate scientists as a coder. Heres the reality of it;- Its bad for your career to actually follow science because governments are stacked with anti-science people who are absolutely insistent that theres something wrong with science any time science points out that Co2's infra red absorbsion properties is causing climate change, that evolution is real, or that vaccinations actually do save lives.
I've seen a number of collegues over at the CSIRO lose their jobs because the current conservative government has decided it doesnt want to fund climate or oceanographic reseach anymoer. Meanwhile there ARE scientists getting paid off by groups like the Heratige foundation and the Kosh brothers, and we know that because we've looked at the paperwork. As one workmate put it, if she REALLY wanted to get rich of climate change, she'd deny everything the data tells her, and pretend its not happening and make a mint on the right wing talk circuit. Double so if she throws in creationism and get to visit churches too. Unfortunately , she's a scientist, albeit one in a field where she gets death threats from anti-science stalkers, funding threats from conservative policy makers, and a world of disrespect from a media industry that thinks "balance" means matching every truth with a lie.

And just for the records, scientists have not been "crying wolf" for three decades, they've been pointing out the physics of the greenhouse effect for well over a century. And the predictions are not being pushed "farther in the future", they are being observed *right now* in the floods, hurricanes, droughts and rising sea levels that happening right before our eyes.

When our food chain / supply disappears, so will we humans. Why, we may only be left with Himilayians, Eskimos and those who live in very high elevations.
Ei

Comment Re: So? (Score 1) 167

The Samsung Galaxy 7 is even better! It BOOM

I would say that Samsung trusted their battery suppliers to not provide BOOM batteries. A new software update program will limit the charging rate. But the battery provider and Samsung have to decide who did not read the specs and who is wrong.
So, if the phone Booms, all that Samsung's obligation should be "Phone replacement", and if it boomed in a shirt pocket, replace the garment and possibly plastic surgery. No million dollar settlements.

Comment Re: a win for open source (Score 1) 208

The problem with Firefox is that the community has little say in what that browser does. Plenty of excellent proposals were made that all got shot down by the arrogant lead developers who see Firefox as the coded manifestation of their egos. FF is open source only because the source is open, but not because a community is working on it together taking user feedback into account. Maybe they fix the update bug, my tests systems are stuck on version 47 although 48 is available.

Gee, your complaint reminds me of Gnome, and the gradual responding only to itself as to what is implemented. Wayland is a heavy overhead, exactly what is required in a GUI interface -- right?

Further, instead of design changes presented to a user mailing list, it's "Here is the next great thing our designers thought about". But.... that feature was implemented in Gnome 2 about 4 years ago. And what about the missing features that made Gnome a programmer/system users delight? Will we ever see those changes re-implemented?

Comment Re:None of this matters, it has no headphone jack. (Score 1) 324

It's easy enough to explain the whining: the vast majority is from people who never owned a iPhone but want to dump on it to feel better about their choice of phone architecture. Much like "bendgate" which died out once people started doing tests of other phones and discovered that the iPhone was far from the weakest, this too will die out in short order as people either discover that plugging in their existing earphones to the adapter, move to dedicated USB DACs or tryout BT earphones and decide that they are more than good enough and much less hassle.

My grandkids ran through two iPhones each, and their father's wallet before he switched them to Android models. The latter are more durable and customizable and yes, it also had a more robust charging socket. I think that if we can slide a Simcard into the slot in a phone, we should be able to do the same with a battery. I want a phone to not cost me more than $50/year. We will see if the IP7 will be able to do that.

Comment Re:None of this matters, it has no headphone jack. (Score 1) 324

Why doesn't Apple create a non-water resistant iP7 SKU with a headphone jack? Let the users choose what feature is most important.

When sales don't match expectations, then Apple will react. I bet the phone design you mentioned has been done. Its a wait andsee situation, and nothing more.

The Ifone 7 reminds me of the old days when the idea was to provide a car with the biggest and fastest engine We measuted the 0 to 60 MPH in seconds as a quality of the car.

I will measure the Ifone 7 quality as the duration of battery time from full charge to recharge with telephone use only. And I want my Ifone7 to last more than 7 years with the built-in battery. I do not want to spend $600 plus for a phone that is disposable in 2.5 years, because the battery does not hold the charge, and because $200$/yr is a lot for a simple utility. Imagine you forgot the phone on the dash of the car. Would it survive an hour in the sun?

Comment Re:This thought just occured to me (Score 1) 104

That is a great idea. Do you want to be my business partner. I will send you details on how you can get involved. I would just need a small fee up front. Totally not a scam.

Does Uber insure the driver, vehicle and passengers in case of an accident. Suppose the driver's vehicle is hit from behind while on the way to a fare, or while driving a fare. I guess the driver is not insured after he drops off the fare, but insurance starts again when the driver accepts the next fare.

Ohh Ohh, no insurance you say!

Comment Re:Why are you people so worried about this? (Score 1) 116

"If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear".

If you had nothing to hide you would be perfectly willing to wander round naked all the time and have no curtains on your windows. You'd be willing to install microphones in all the rooms in your house and let any passer-by listen in. You'd be willing to give me your online banking details.

I could go on. Yes I have something to hide. We all do.

What I legitimately have to fear is unauthorized access to the notes I keep for my needs, such as bank account numbers, insurance policies, driver permit info, etc. Data that I suppose should not reside within a cellphone.

Here is something I would like to address about security. Since I believe that there is no stopping government invasion of privacy.

We should be able to get an open-source computer bios. A bios that is trimmed down severely, and where the major half of the bios is open source code residing within your USB flash drive, cellphone, tablet or desktop boot partition.

But my major fear is the introduction of the backdoor into the Intel and AMD cpu's. Yes, as each release of a CPU eventually gets a microcode update, that backdoor is required. Currently it is used as a microcode update to correct a faulty instruction that needs a tweak. There is enough space within the CPU to in fact add a few extra instructions -- instructions that are currently NO-OPS but can be revised to work around any data or program security that is normally installed. If the government sends Intel the patch, it gets into your operating system as a kernel microcode update, and voila, your system is contaminated without your finding any extra software software clandestinely.
That is also why foreign countries (China, Russia, India)are justifying the design and marketing of their own cpu chips.
All I can forecast is that in the future, it will be easier to hack your computer chip in each appliance that you own.

Comment Re:Need to do two things (Score 1) 149

1) Declare that no set top box can be rented more than 2 years - automatically converting them "rent to own".

2) Require all cable companies to have an App Market - charging no more than 30% / $1 (which ever is higher) to the app maker selling apps. These apps would be allowed to duplicate/replace any current function of the set top box, including programming DVR's, showing a channel guide, renting/selling movies, or accessing the internet or other provider services.

Why pay for them at all?

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