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Comment Re:WOW! (Score 4, Informative) 88

If you actually watch the video, you will see the machine adds fibreglass rebar already automatically. Also you will see that the exterior walls are printed hollow so you can spray foam inside them afterwards (basically the same concept as ICF except it is 3D printed).

Yes, the framing, siding, and roofing is not the only part of building a house. Obviously you still have interior work to do after the fact. However, it is a very significant portion, and this machine can do all of them in 24 hours (have a bigger house? Use 2 or 3 machines to keep it at 24 hours...). When was the last time you saw a house framed, roofed, and sided in 24 hours? You can't even assemble a factory-built home on site that fast... I know cause I have one.

Comment Re:Uber + Autonomous vehicles = Dumb (Score 2) 151

"Uber getting involved in autonomous cars makes absolutely zero business sense"

Er... if this is truly your thinking, you'd make a very poor CEO.

Self driving technology will make companies like Uber completely obsolete unless they either get on the badnwagon, or find a partner - and there aren't many left. Tesla is already working on building their own autonomous ridesharing fleet to compete with Uber. Ford has also purchased a ridesharing company. BMW is starting their own. Lyft is partnered with GM.

This is all a giant race, and we don't know who will come out on top, but if Uber just sat around and did not invest in this area, they would most assuredly be out of business in under 10 years.

Comment Playing with fire (Score 3, Insightful) 170

Any frequent traveler like myself will tell you you're playing with fire leaving valuables like a laptop in a checked bag. Checked bags are lost ALL THE TIME, stolen from all the time, and damaged even more. If you're lucky, your travel insurance may throw you a bone for the value of the laptop but they won't be able to replace the value of what's on it. I won't even get into how disruptive it will be to your business trip or vacation to have a missing laptop.

Rule #1, avoid checking luggage at all costs. Rule #2, if you are forced to check, don't put anything in there except clothing, sundries, and other things of little value.

Comment Re: I'm still waiting for Horse Buggy beta 2 (Score 1) 338

Debian never gave guarantees for anything but their default init. That has always been like that, it is just the init that changed. How could a responsible distribution make claims that init systems it never made am effort to test is supported?

I think users are mostly happy (or blissfully ignorant about init systems) with systemd. If they were not, then users would storm devuan. That distribution has seen lots of press when it started, so people did know about what is happening there, yet interest does seem slow.

I also think that maintainers would not have gone for systemd if they did not think it had benefits for their users. Contrary to what you think maintainers do care for having people use their distribution. The fact that systemd had convinced developers did also factor into the maintainers decisions. So did advantages for the packagers: Getting rid of init scripts was a big part of that. There were lots of factors considered at Debian, check the CTTE discussion you liked to earlier for more.

I do not think it matters whether software depends on an init system. Software depends on other software all the time and will adapt once some better option comes along.

Actually I find it reassuring that things start to depend on systemd: It means that it is reasonably simple to interact with the system and that it provides something worth the effort to talk to it. Never seen that before on Linux.

Comment Re: Init alternatives (Score 1) 338

Let's rephrase that: Linux finally has an init system that does something devleopers find useful enough to make their software use that functionality.

How dare systemd be useful? It should stay as useless as all the rest, so that we can have more useless init systems and switch back and forth between those.

Comment Re:Only because of the Organians (Score 1) 116

Which companies do you propose we bust?

The last company people around here proposed be "busted" was Microsoft for it's bundling of IE... something which as we now know looking back has turned out to be mostly irrelevant.

A lot of people around here seem to want to "bust up" Google, but fail to provide any evidence of them actually using their position in any given market to influence their position in another unjustly. In fact, quite the opposite since they seem to go out of their way to list direct competitors prominently in their search results... Antitrust law does not allow the government to "bust up" a company just because they turn out to be wildly successful.

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