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Comment Perfect OS... for x86 (Score 1) 452

* God said His temple must be perfect. We don't think twice about breaking compatibility.

* One platform. x86_64 PC compatibles.

These two are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

* Ring-0-only. Everything runs in kernel mode, including user applications.

Mac OS Classic must have been more holy than Mac OS X. Makes sense, though, since everything is perfect. No need for protection.

* No networking, so malware is not an issue.

God must not want anyone sharing documents. Oh, right, the OS is perfect, so no exploits possible.

Comment Re:Counterfeiters not competitors (Score 1) 572

The clones that are then labelled and sold as 'FTDI' are, certainly, in all kinds of violation of trademark law

The point of trademark law is for the buyer to be able to know that the product is genuine. It's for the buyer's sake, not the company's sake. That is, something branded FTDI but not really FTDI is fraud of the buyer. For FTDI to then intentionally modify the device so that it stops working is to further harm the buyer. So FTDI is just pulling a total fail here.

Comment Re:1024-fold (Score 5, Interesting) 210

And when you do have base 2 numbers then multiplication/division gives other nice base 2 numbers like 10 MiB / 2 KiB = 5 KiB.

The units cancel, so you get 5K er... 5*1024 = 5120.

My favorite solution to the issue is to treat GB, MB, and KB as special units whose meanings are 1024MB, 1024KB, and 1024B, respectively. That's what they've meant for decades, and I'm not going fiddle with giving them two incompatible meanings now. IMO if powers of two don't matter in a particular context, it's cleanest to use Gb, Mb, and kb, SI units referring to 1000Mb, 1000kb, and 1000b (bits), respectively. Bits are a fairly fundamental unit.

Comment The "cap" is just the switch to metered billing (Score 1) 341

Other utilities like electricity and water are billed based on usage. Comcast apparently only bills by usage once it goes over a certain amount, otherwise it's a fixed fee each month. A cap to me implies a hard limit, over which they would completely cut off service.

Comment Digital Access versus Digital Restriction (Score 1) 165

Digital public libraries could be OK if they didn't make you use a certain OS and certain software to view the books. PDF downloads for everyone, searchable. The crap our local library has is worse than useless, because I spent lots of time trying to get it to work but it's clear it does not want it to be easy.

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 1) 561

Taken further, Apple's employee profile in each branch should exactly match that of the population in the area where that branch of the company is. And don't leave out things like age, sexuality, height, hair color, eye color, religion, etc. If the company's distribution doesn't match that of the population, then it's clearly due to discrimination.

Comment Lack of obvious front/back up/down (Score 1) 191

If the current plugs had an obvious up/down, it would go a long way to knowing which way they go. For a phone, up would be the front. For a PC, up would be marked on the plug by a face and side feeling/looking different. Those go up, depending on whether it's a horizontal or vertical socket. Things are market but it's not very visible and not tactile so you know what to feel for. This would fix the problem well enough without changing the mechanical/electrical specification.

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