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Comment Re: Simplicity (Score 1) 467

Now I have a PC with a bios that tries to do everything, starting a bootloader that tries to do everything, running a desktop manager that tries to do everything to launch a browser that tries to do everything, to visit a site that tries to do everything.
This feels familiar. For all the meddling between the BIOS and web sites, I think that OpenBSD may solve this. Everything in OpenBSD is doing what it is supposed to do; or at least this is my experience, and it is in line with their principles.

Comment Re: Moores Law (Score 2) 269

The authors of the paper don't mention Moore's law. It is one individual who compares this with Moore's law: a journalist. This is just usual bad journalism, combined with typical jumping to conclusions by Slashdotters who never seem to read the paper referred to. Come on, be happy that at least some articles here refer to peer reviewed papers that are often of a much higher quality than most other material here, so why not read it!

Comment security through obscurity (Score 1) 27

all of them had little in the way of protection against reverse-engineering or the insertion of malware into apps.

Finding out the underlying working or source code of an application is not the actual security problem; provided of course that the program is audited, or, preferably, free software.

Comment Re:Stop eating cows... (Score 1) 278

I agree. With the goal of feeding the global human population in the future (as stated in the article) we need to become much more efficient. Automation will happen, but its importance is very small compared to what we gain from stopping or reducing meat consumption.

I grew up on a dairy farm, I'm a vegetarian and a climatologist.

Comment contra-automation (Score 1) 540

While a lot of automation replaces boring, dirty and dangerous tasks, there is a modern type of "automation" that does not automate or solve problems, and appears to be much more present than actual automation. It exists as a purpose of its own. Big consultancy and software corporations misuse the trust of other corporations, governments and people in order to create a world that is worse than what it would be without their bad advice.

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