Ah I fondly remember that Onion article
Ah I fondly remember that Onion article
People who actually believe it are in the minority and are simpletons or mentally ill.
Yeah the problem with that, is even if that value is 1% or even 0.1%. That's a lot flipping people who suddenly have a reason to open fire on unsuspecting folks. That's not to say that they weren't already unhinged, it's just, why the heck do some feel the need to toss matches into lakes of gasoline? The lake of gasoline is bad enough as is, and yes most matches just get extinguished because they never hit a vapor before hitting the liquid. Still though, why rock the boat for the simple reason of f'ing with everyone? Where's the fun in it? I obviously will never understand 4chan.
Once you reach a certain threshold of users, common carrier rules should apply.
That sounds like an issue of having clear rules. By all means might I redirect you to the US Congress website? I'm pretty sure that if the people who said they're tired of rules with the clarity of mud actually did something about that issue we might start getting lawmakers that actually thought out legislation rather than the typical knee jerk. But both the issue of people doing something about it and intelligent lawmakers are just wishful thinking.
The laptop I have is a HP Envy 15 with an intel core i7 4700mq processor, a hybrid graphics setup (intel 4600 and nvidia 740m), an Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230, a 1TB HDD and 500GB mSATA SSD and 16GB of RAM.
All the hardware works as intended:
I can switch between graphics cards (using proprietary drivers now but it worked with Bumblebee too),
Dual monitors work like a charm regardless of the graphics driver (using the nvidia card makes text go extremely small on the external monitor unless I fiddle with the DPI settings which makes the text on the internal monitor go way too large, intel card doesn't have this problem though).
Never had a dropped connection over wifi.
Had to fiddle to get the sub-woofer working (the stereo inbuilt speakers and the combined 3.5 mm jack were already working)
Had to change a setting in a config file to get audio recording from the internal mic working (for viber and skype, there was too much noise without the adjustment).
Bluetooth works (paired my android phone and a bluetooth speaker without any problems, the connection is always stable).
Fingerprint sensor worked with GDM (I am using SDDM now and haven't tried getting it to work with the fingerprint scanner)
The modified function keys for volume, screen brightness, dual monitor, wifi and media playback worked out of the box (media keys work with Amarok, Clementine, VLC and dragon player).
I can put the laptop to sleep and it resumes without any problem.
The temperature sensors for the CPU, GPU, RAM and HDD all work.
As you can see everything works without any major hassle, the only thing that refuses to work despite spending a lot of time trying to get it to work is hibernation. Regardless of the hibernation method being used (swsusp, uswsusp, TuxOnIce) it looks like the laptop has gone into hibernation but on trying to resume, it usually loads a fresh session as if it had been restarted with the log files stating that the laptop hibernated successfully. The closest I got after a lot of fiddling was to get it to sometimes hibernate and resume and throw a kernel panic and die at others (the throwing a kernel panic and dieing was completely random and the log files post kernel panic were no help, they just said something about a bug with ACPI and the BIOS). Contacting HP support was an exercise in frustration as they just said Linux is not supported on this particular model and apologised very politely (no point getting mad at them, is there? They can't change the corporate culture).
So no, just looking at the spec sheet (which I did) does not give you the complete picture when things like BIOS and ACPI can make the laptop not hibernate. My next laptop is definitely going to be a DELL XPS 15 or a System76 (if I can somehow manage to import one).
An hour a day or even 2-3 hours a day is not going to cut it when working on something like Cyanogenmod even if someone is maintaining only a couple of devices. It is a time consuming (and pretty expensive) endeavor that will very quickly turn into a full time job. Add to that the fact that there aren't that many people who are doing it and the situation only becomes worse (people are more interested in creating their own ROMs as opposed to working on something like Cyanogen or Paranoid or Omni etc unless there is some incentive involved).
So if working on something like CyanogenMod with a full time job is not really viable, what other options are available to developers? Most people do not want to donate money (I paid for the PHONE, why the fsck do I have to pay for a software upgrade?) so that's not a revenue stream that can be relied upon and a lot of people seem to think they're entitled to support by the devs so there are a lot of pretty rude comments if a device hasn't received an update (just visit the CyanogenMod forums sometime or just look through the comments here and witness someone complaining about how their HTC Desire HD (released 2010) is still on CM 7 (I own that phone, installed a couple Android 4 ROMs on it which resulted in a myriad of problems because of hardware not being upto snuff)) which results in bad publicity. How do developers manage the development and testing of an OS for hundreds of devices and marketing to offset bad publicity without a stable revenue stream?
Not really, I have a HTC Desire HD sitting on my desk, I have tried multiple ROMs and the performance is atrocious on pretty much all of them (frequent hangs, random reboots, especially annoying if it happens during a phone call).
I also have a Samsung Galaxy S4 running Cyanogenmod 13.1 sitting on my desk and while it is still mostly functional, it has started to struggle with some of the latest apps, lacks hardware encryption and doesn't have a fingerprint scanner and I am looking at a replacement (thinking of getting an LG G5 at the moment because it seems to tick all the boxes).
Are there any open source projects you have worked on personally?
You seem to be under the impression that its advisable for someone to code 8-12 hours a day at a day job and then spend another 8-12 hours a day working on an open source project. While I have personally contributed to some open source projects back in the day and know some people who have at some point in their life done something similar, despite being someone who loves to code there is only so much coding you can handle during a 24 hour period what with the need to sleep, socialize and maybe even indulge in a useless hobby like gaming or stamp collecting or watching tv shows (all of which, mind you, are human needs). There is a reason that these days most successful open source projects aren't created/maintained as a hobby but are full time jobs.
Think about the power to weight ratio--with as little as a plastic vehicle with a passenger or two would weigh on Ceres, the ratio would be very high, especially after they found the ferromagnetics in the belt that could be magnetized a hundred times as strong as today's (that story, "The Pirate", is still in edit), replace the magnets in a 100 watt motor with them, and one watt will run that motor as well as 100 did the old.
They already had real moon buggies, they're still up there. They used wheels, but the moon is a LOT heavier than Ceres.
Imagine playing basketball on Ceres? I might add that to a story, there were microgravity sports in "Mars, Ho!".
I don't back up daily, more like weekly, plus whenever I have a rash of new data. I keep the backup drive unplugged except when backing up, and never in s thunderstorm. Losing my non-backed up data would only hurt a little, it isn't like I'll lose a 10,000 customer database or anything.
Before I retired, backups were automatically done daily by software. I had to change the backup tapes weekly.
Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.