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Comment Re:Missing Info (Score 1) 637

When you DIY that trailer hitch and something goes wrong due to the installation causing injury to others, can you held liable to a further degree because of the unauthorized/non-certified installation?

If you cook a plate of food and someone spills it on themselves and gets burned, can you be held liable because it wasn't made by a certified chef?

John Deere isn't stopping you from fixing your own tractor because they're worried about your well being in case you might be held liable for some accident. They're doing it so that they can rip you off. Any manufacturer of machinery, of any kind, would drool over this kind of captive audience. Dishwasher breaks down? It's not really yours, so you must pay the Maytag guy whatever he asks to fix it. Upgrade that video card? Dell sues you for not paying them to do it. After all, you could electrocute yourself. And now it's time to upgrade that PC to Windows 10, it's not like you have a choice here...

If this you-don't-really-own-it mentality spreads it would lead to some kind of hideous distopia. Luckily most manufacturers can't get away with it without losing their customers. Yet.

Comment Re:Sorry, MIT... (Score 1) 81

MIT and their graduates have shown their true bending over and taking it from the fascists in Quantico and Washington, by using their talents and their education to take freedom _away_ from the world rather than give.

What, every single one? They did launch the One Laptop Per Child program, and released 2,000 courses online for free in their OpenCourseWare project. What about the ones who work in the cancer research building? Do they cackle while plotting the downfall of American freedom? Not to mention alumni Richard Feynman, Buzz Aldrin...

Yes, there are people in MIT who work in security, and yes they find and reveal holes in security solutions. Is that somehow different from other Universities? As I recall, there wasn't even any evidence showing that the FBI had actually paid MIT anything.

How does this ignorant hate speech get modded up?

Comment Re:Are JavaScript and Rust religions? (Score 1) 527

Rustaceans study the absurd and contradictory Rust Code of Conduct [], and base their entire existences around it.

So, I read the "code of conduct", and it's just a listing of standard forum rules - no spamming, avoid sexual nicknames, be considerate, etc. After carefully reading your post twice over, I'm guessing you logged in to the Rust forums as "PussyCrusher87" and posted "Rust is for losers!!1! ...or something similar. Then, it turned out that people on Rust forums are there because they actually like Rust, and they're still there because they abide by the forum rules.

I know this is a lot to ask, but could you supply your real Rust-forum handle from before you were banned? I'd be interested in seeing how close I am to the mark for self-calibration purposes.

Comment Re:fun fact (Score 4, Insightful) 504

C02 monthly mean concentration. Looks like we've gone from about 310 ppm to over 400 ppm.

From the wikipedia: Human activity since the Industrial Revolution has increased the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, leading to increased radiative forcing from CO2, methane, tropospheric ozone, CFCs and nitrous oxide. According to work published in 2007, the concentrations of CO2 and methane have increased by 36% and 148% respectively since 1750.

Of course, the next step is to claim that the Wikipedia + NASA + all scientists are in some kind of conspiracy to distort the truth according to a left-wing agenda. You may now proceed with this phase.

Comment Re:segmentation (Score 1) 59

So you want them to change the GUI for the sake of not letting it stagnate? Reminds me of the old quote: "They call it UX now. It used to be called UI, but after a while everyone knew what that word was and how to use it."

I, for one, would be pretty damned happy if my skills in any given desktop weren't obsolete after 3-5 years. Keeping it the same, now that would be innovation.

Comment Re:I plan on ossifying (Score 1) 279

Agreed. Ten years ago I was programming mostly in C++ and C#. Ten years from now I'll be programming mostly in C++ and C#. While our shop has lots of different user interface platforms for the same product, ranging from PowerScript to XAML to HTML5, I don't see the core code changing in ten years. It just gets to wear different clothes, according to the style at the time.

Comment Battery Specs (Score 2) 209

The most important details: The energy density performance (90Wh/kg) are above the expectations especially considering the excellent cycle life (at least 2.000 charge/discharge cycles). It would also be nice to see voltage drop-off as the battery discharges and expected price, but now I'm getting greedy...

Comment Re:Windows 7 (Score 2) 360

I figured that if I poked around long enough I'd find something. Mostly I searched for "Linux won't boot after Windows 10 boot", and just found descriptions of how you need to install Windows first. But once I got the idea of ditching Windows in my head, I really liked it. It just seems so much more... peaceful. No more fighting for privacy, no more updates I can't roll back, no more of Windows casually deleting my boot loader... And no annual fee either.

Plus, I think it's the right time. It just feels like Microsoft is slowly wrestling control of the machine away from me, a little bit at a time. And while it's just starting to get a little stifling now, I can only imagine it getting worse. UEFI is currently only a hair away from not letting you install other OS's anyways. You can't tell me Microsoft isn't thinking about it. Because they've got to be thinking about it.

It seems that Windows is slowly turning into a console. I mean, why would they want you to install software not in the Windows store? They could act as gatekeepers to your computer, like they tried with RT. In RT it was too soon... but when the whole world uses Windows 10, and modern software won't even run on Windows 8 anymore, what are you going to do? If you want your precious software, you'll do it on Microsoft's terms. You'd have no choice but to use the Windows store. And Microsoft will take a cut on every sale, and gets the final say on which software you can and cannot run.

Depending on where you stand, this might seem to have a small chance of happening, instead of the big chance that I see. But with Linux there's no chance. Heh, that could be their new slogan: "Linux: Not a Chance".

Comment Re:Windows 7 (Score 5, Interesting) 360

It used to be that dual-booting Windows and Linux wasn't much hassle, so I kept Windows around for the odd time I wanted to play a game. But when I upgraded to Windows 10 it wiped out the Linux bootloader. So I grumbled a bit and figured that's par for the course, formatted the hard drive, installed Windows 10 first and Linux second. And that was fine for about a week until I decided I wanted to play a Windows game... after shutting Windows down, my boot loader is toast. Again. I can't even get to the little GRUB repair prompt this time.

It's just not worth it for me anymore, especially now that Steam is on Linux. Plus, I figure it will be good to get out before Microsoft's "subscription-based" model kicks in for Windows 10.

Farewell Windows. You were an awesome gaming platform for 15 years.

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