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Comment Re:If it's legal... (Score 1) 448

Taxing your country's economic activity always produces less activity.

In the short term. that's possible true, but I think only in the very short term. For the longer term, it has to be more complicated than that, as it depends on what you do with the tax receipts. If I reduce tax and stop providing all the things the state provides to help people to be productive (sick pay, education, health care, transport infrastructure), could I not reasonably expect less activity? The inverse, where I tax activity, yet provide things that the same activity requires (educated, healthy, productive workers) could I not observe an increase in activity?

Comment Re:Classic over-engineering. (Score 1) 303

Part of me wonders how essential air intercept really is. We play this big cat and mouse game of flying planes up to the edge of another nation state's airspace.

What if we just ignored them? What if we tracked and filmed them violating our airspace and simply resorted to diplomacy and coordinated sanctions when international law was broken?

Comment Re:No Linux support? (Score 1) 243

Quite tidy in the RHEL world. ELrepo's packaging lets you do:

yum install nvidia-detect
yum install $(nvidia-detect)

As you say, nothing to do with nvidia, entirely down the packager. Thing that keeps me using nvidia on linux is that their drivers are actually pretty solid. Dated experience with AMD was that features appeared and disappeared and changed between versions. Off screen rendering was hopeless, and we had far more machine lock ups requiring a visit to the machine. Open source AMD driver wasn't an option due to us needing features from the fglrx version.

Comment Re:Awful article (Score 1) 113

Instead again, TheRegister correctly reports: 8GB SRAM, which is typically used for caching purposes: small size but fast, just like L1 to L3 caches in most/all CPUs which are also for caching.

Neither slashdot nor pcworld senior editor can correctly transcribe a simple news tidbit from another site.

I think you mean 8MB SRAM, and you can't transcribe either ;)

Comment Re:No one hurt . (Score 4, Informative) 596

This isn't something I can imagine doing anywhere near as badly in a manual. You panic, you stomp brake and clutch. Miss the brake and go for the accelerator, and you rev like crap but don't accelerate. You miss the clutch, you stall it. Seems like quite a challenge to miss the clutch and hit the foot rest, whilst simultaneously missing the brake and hitting the accelerator.

http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfil...

Researchers reviewed each crash narrative to determine whether the crash actually resulted
from a pedal application error. Of the 2,930 crashes, 2,411 were caused by a driver applying the
accelerator when he or she intended to apply the brake. Fifty-eight were the result of the driver’s
foot slipping from the brake and pressing the accelerator, 47 were the result of the driver pressing
the wrong pedal in a vehicle with manual transmission (either clutch or accelerator rather than the
brake, or the brake rather than the clutch). Reviewers determined the remaining 414 crashes not to
11 be the resultt of a pedal misapplication; these 519 incidents were therefore excluded from the present
analyses.

Comment Re:ignorant idiots on slashdot (Score 1) 91

Sure that wasn't the kernel that fixed a miscalculated load average? There were some niggles around that for sure, but there's hardly a consistent pattern of Redhat introducing bad kernel updates.

* Due to prematurely decremented calc_load_task, the calculated load
average was off by up to the number of CPUs in the machine. As a
consequence, job scheduling worked improperly causing a drop in the system
performance. This update keeps the delta of the CPU going into NO_HZ idle
separately, and folds the pending idle delta into the global active count
while correctly aging the averages for the idle-duration when leaving NO_HZ
mode. Now, job scheduling works correctly, ensuring balanced CPU load.
(BZ#1300349)

Comment Re:Hardly surprising (Score 3, Informative) 216

Small diesel passenger cars are really an abbreviation, which is why they aren't common in the US or Australia where we never subsidised diesel fuels for passenger cars. Diesel engines are heavier and more complex than petrols, they require turbochargers regardless (if you want to know what a truly gutless car feels like, drive a naturally aspirated diesel). The returns are less than non-turbo petrol engines of the same size, if you turbo a petrol engine, you could easily knock 25% of the capacity off and still have a faster car with the same fuel efficiency and is kinder to the baby foxes.

I'm not clear that's the case. Find me a good turbo petrol match for a BMW 320d, and on the whole I think you'll be slower or less efficient, even with turbos and direct injection.

BMW 320d 72.4mpg 163bhp/400Nm 7.8s 0-62mph
BMW 320i 51.4mpg 184bhp/270Nm 7.3s 0-62mph

The gap's definitely closed between the two since diesel tech has come over to petrol.

Comment Re:more ports, please (Score 1) 179

I agree it was far more common with firewire, although monitors would be another one that often did include a hub. They went and stuck card readers in them, along with extra USB ports. Some even let you control brightness/contrast and other settings via USB.

Chaining also made sense with firewire, as devices were not all slaved to the host like with USB.

Comment Re:Cattle (Score 2) 400

That's tosh. This isn't about executing people, it's about balancing risk, and we do it all the time. When you set safety standards for equipment, you do so accepting a level of risk, not pretending you've made the activity safe and this is no different. In the UK, buses pull off before people have sat down, and indeed traditional London buses allowed you to board and alight at your own risk from the platform at the rear.

You encourage people to make better decisions, but you can't always encourage them to make the perfect decision.

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