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Comment Re:Great news everyone (Score 1) 149

MOND is dumb anyways. What we call gravity arises from spacetime. When matter is condensed from energy, what is left is spacetime. There is more spacetime near matter which causes a pressure towards matter. This is what we call gravity.

Why is this important? Because there are areas of the universe where the universe has already ended. The concept of time moves faster the further away it is from the matter that it is part of (e=mc^2 simplified).

In summary, galactic rotation curves are flat because time is faster and space is smaller where there is less matter.

Comment Re:A preview of President Trump's upcoming win. (Score 1) 693

the third-worlder isn't all that much better off than before, and may actually be much worse off if they went from an agricultural job they had some control over their destiny to a dismal factory job where they have no control at all

Why did they switch from the former to the latter then? (And if it wasn't their own choice, what forced them to do it? Honest question, not rhetorical).

In England, back in the old days, it was done by kicking the peasants off of the land that the peasant did not own. Either starve or go to work in the new factories.

Comment Re:What CNN didn't say (Score 1) 323

The FBI agents refused to deal with her lawyer, and intimated that they would pick her up off the street to interrogate her without a lawyer present.

That is... scary. Terrifying really. Being forced, by "agents of the law", into a situation with severe legal ramifications without access to a lawyer? Seems like it violates a Constitutional Amendment of some sort...

Comment Re:Famous last words... (Score 1) 231

I used to have a "duster". A long leather coat that goes down below the knees.

So my brother and I were at the beach earlier that day and decided to go to Knotts Berry Farm. I got out of the car but the wind was a bit chilly so I put on my duster. I was still wearing shorts...

My brother and I are innocently walking along when I see a female (maybe 23 years old) walking with what I assume was her boyfriend... and she was staring strangely at me. I realized that with my duster closed, it looked like I might be a flasher, so I whispered to my brother, "stay here and watch this."

I then altered my path to head more towards the female and her boyfriend and when I was about 10 feet away, I ripped open my coat and said, "Bleh!".

The girl turned away and then turned back and we all had a good laugh. I explained that I had just come from the beach and the wind had turned a bit chilly and had not thought of what I looked like until I saw her staring at me.

Good times.

Comment Re:It's all relative (Score 1) 1080

So where is this seemingly wonderful place? What liberties and freedoms will I have to give up to go live there?

I like what the USA is founded on. I also like the wide open spaces of the western states. I dislike the corrupted system.

Essentially, would I have to give up my core values to live a reasonable life? Seriously, what country are you living in?

Comment Re:News for nerds, how? (Score 2) 406

That's not correct. Your money in Social Security is paying for today's retirees. When you retire tomorrow, tomorrow workers will be paying for your benefits. Unfortunately, 20 years from now, there won't be enough workers to pay for retirees.

Funny that you should mention that. In the early 1980s, congress passed a law saying they could "borrow" from the Social Security fund using treasury bonds. So no, you are wrong, even if you are effectively correct since the government has no intent on ever paying back the money they plundered from the Social Security fund.

Comment Re:News for nerds, how? (Score 1) 406

That (sic) don't mind if the government pays for the programs that they care about, say, Social Security benefits

The government does not pay for Social Security. Each citizens pays into the fund and generally gets much less back than they put in. Many die before they can collect what they put in and the people who do collect, collect money that is worth less than the money they put in.

Comment Re:How about something more useful? (Score 1) 156

Erm. I will refrain from my natural reaction right now. You are missing entire classes of error in your thought processes sir.

Unless operating systems are shipping with electrically perfect non-degradable ROMs, it is entirely possible that the software tagged read only memory that you speak of has been modified. An errant DMA controller misbehaving due to an electrical spike for example. Obviously, the RAM itself could have failed. The big one your calculations are missing is the CPU itself could be failing.

No, the original parent poster is exactly correct. BSOD is serious biz. Even the minimal amount that is done is dangerous, but that risk is taken because otherwise you would never have any chance at fixing the issue because you would have no idea of the state of the machine when it died.

Comment Re:How about something more useful? (Score 1) 156

There is absolutely no reason the QR code could not be calculated without additional risk. If the space has been set aside, the kernel thread has it's own "safe" space for the stack (which it must have since also creating a dump in the swap file requires at least some call instructions).

I have mod points but I am going to respond instead: While the parent person may have sounded a bit hyperbolic, what he is saying is absolutely true: When the kernel enters the BSOD/crash routine, nothing is guaranteed to be safe. The stuff that was pre-allocated and set aside? Not safe.

How does a CPU "know" where the QR code routines are at? By a jump table full of pointers to locations in RAM. How does the CPU "know" where that jump table is? Ultimately, it is jump tables all the way down until you get to a "hard coded" memory location. How do YOU know that location has not been compromised or corrupted? You don't.

I have seen computers crash so hard that they could not even spit out their error message and the result of trying was to do some nasty things with the floppy disk controller.

Ok. Is your tinfoil hat a bit tight?

I would take a moment and reconsider your position please.

Comment Re:Crappy Music (Score 1) 207

There's lots of good new music, you just need to find a good way to filter out the crap.

That is what a DJ is for. I remember back in the early 2000s when there were tons of Internet Radio Stations. I found one that I liked and found all sorts of new music that I liked. No garbage.

Now? No DJs. No new music for me. No money for the music industry. The last new music I found was some dubstep by following some guy named SaladUK (2011?) on Youtube... but then they banned his channel. These morons have no idea how to reach me and cut off every avenue that would reach me.

Comment Re:And yet, the Slashdot opinion... (Score 1) 185

Mint. Mint is brilliant. It will change your life because you will stop noticing that the OS is even there. Everything just works. Cinnamon fits me like a glove, does everything the way that I would want it to. And every time I update to a new release I get the feeling of "wow, nice touch. You have really polished that" not "Oh fuck me, what have you done?!?! WHY? WHERE IS THAT TOOL I USED DAILY?!?!?!?!"

I use Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.3. I generally agree with your assessment. I would like to toss out some negatives:

I can not put the taskbar on the side. I have a widescreen monitor. I value my vertical space. To add insult to injury, moving the taskbar to the top shows occasional glitches too. That shows shoddy programming, or at a minimum, short-sighted programming.

I miss xsetroot. Why KDE and GNOME decided to make the background unwritable is beyond me. This has nothing to do with Mint itself but it is mentionable. I used to enjoy running xscreensaver as my wallpaper.

Back on topic, I am running Mint on my Dell XPS 13 laptop with no proprietary drivers. Is Mint based on older technology? I don't care. It works and is stable. I am running Mint on my custom built desktop with an NVIDIA GTX980 with only the NVidia drivers being proprietary... and they were installed through Synaptic. No futzing about.

In short, while Mint is NOT the distribution that I would build, it is the most usable distribution out there for me; furthermore, the installation process offers full disk encryption (which I use for my laptop) and home directory encryption (which I use on all of my computers). Very cool.

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