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Comment Re:After ripping BSD they deserve it (Score 5, Informative) 238

The BSD license explicitly allows ripping, it's the whole point of it. If you publish source using BSD or MIT or similar licenses you should expect and like to be ripped off. Let's say you're very altruistic or you have some plan for profiting by it. If you don't like that, go for GPL.

Comment Re:who pays? (Score 5, Informative) 180

Tax payers, so the people getting it. I already have 100 Mb/s fiber but it's ok to give it to others. Furthermore with 100 Mb/s everywhere I could start thinking to move into the countryside. What I don't understand is: only 120 M Euro? That's 20 cents per person so it's easy on taxpayers but is it enough to buy and operate the infrastructure?

Comment Streams (Score 1) 427

Streams were the best surprise when I had to work with Java a couple of months ago after years of other languages. They are good but it's still the worst language with that kind of functionality. I could write in 5 lines what would have taken me a page of code, but it's still a one liner in Ruby or Python. Too much boilerplate, as usual for Java. The problem is that it can't be helped given the nature of the language. Faulty original design.

Comment Re:Useful for small projects (Score 1) 274

> , containers, or whatever could be very helpful for small projects that don't have a team of packaging gurus. There are hundreds of useful apps collecting dust on github or on the developer's hard drive because packaging requires too much expertise. Exactly the kind of projects that are likely not to release a new snap for every vulnerable library they are using. Will still have heartbleed versions of openssl in some packages if snap was introduced two years ago. Compare with having the distro updating the only shared library that has to be fixed and every package is fixed as well.

Comment Security risks, filled up disks (Score 1) 274

Great, so when there is the next bug fix for openssl I'll get a 10 GB download with all the updates for the snap packages using the broken version. No wait, I'll get only a 1 GB download because most packages won't be updated and they'll keep using the vulnerable library. It's a black hat/spy's wetdream.

And a disk manufacturer wetdream too, with all that space wasted. I wonder if there will be at least a deduplication system, not to have the same libraries stored again and again in the directories of different packages. But I'm much more worried about the security issues.

Comment Re:Any laptop upgrades other than RAM or SSD? (Score 1) 314

Apparently I can upgrade both the CPU and the graphic card of my laptop (HP ZBook 15 first generation), if there are still CPUs with the same socket when I'll decide to upgrade (I think I'll never want). The manual explains how to do it, even if in the part for Authorized Service Providers and not Customer Self-Repair. A screwdriver is all is needed.
What I did is add 8 extra GB or RAM (I can add another 16 GB and max out at 32 GB) and replace the DVD with a 1 TB SSD. I did the latter recently and I still have the original 750 GB HDD inside. I'll swap them and eventually decide if ejecting the HDD (which is powered off most of the time now) and taking in back the DVD. Not that I used it much, but the model with a DVD burner and the upgrades I did was much cheaper than a custom model with them included.
I don't see me replacing this 2 years old machine anytime soon. It's got enough CPU (i7-4700MQ 2.40GHz), RAM and disk for the time being. Eventually it will run out of service. It's 3 years next business day for less than 100 Euro, I think I can renew for another 2 years then we'll see. It's good enough and my Galaxy Tab S (first generation too) is still fast enough to do everything I don't need a real keyboard for. It's 300 grams and even if it lives mostly at home (8.4" are large) it's a laptop replacement for browsing and viewing videos.
Hardware has got good enough since a long time, the replacement cycles are becoming long.

Comment Re:Does The Paper Account For Regenerative Braking (Score 1) 555

Not the usual home/work car but the weight of today's hybrid Formula 1 cars is 702 kg, driver included, fuel excluded. They must race with at most 100 kg of fuel. Ten years ago (v8 engines) the minimum weight was 595 kg. It's a 18% increase. Most of it is because of the batteries, electric engines and turbo gradually introduced in the last years. The result is the cars are a little slower than they used to be, with the exception of a couple of tracks where the hybrids broke the old lap record. The first thing you usually do to make a car faster is to make it lighter. They're spending more money per year than they did in the past only to be technologically relevant, not to race better. The last two years were a fight between two Mercedes drivers and this year there could be no fight at all.

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