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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

AC-x Re:ExFAT (229 comments)

Logically it's a bit of a grey area though, because while cameras have tightly integrated hardware and firmware laptops almost entirely have general purpose, easily replaceable OSs and peripherals like card readers are internally attached via general buses like USB so are more like standalone card readers.

If putting an SDXC logo on a laptop depended on having a specific OS installed, not just SDXC hardware, then selling that laptop without an OS installed or with a different OS would need a different production line for a different case without the SDXC logo.

about two weeks ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

AC-x Re:ExFAT (229 comments)

But in order to carry the SDXC logo, the device must be capable of reading and writing the patented file system.

That makes sense for self-contained devices like cameras, but for card readers (especially add-on readers) there must be an exception because the reader itself can't read ExFAT (or any other filesystem for that matter), it's the host OS that does.

about two weeks ago
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PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

AC-x Apart from all the other languages (245 comments)

But then some clever kid discovered he could get JavaScript running on the server. Suddenly, there was no need to use PHP to build the next generation of server stacks.

What is this blogspam shit doing here? There's no "need" to use either of them, there have been loads of alternatives to PHP for years and there are still plenty of alternatives for both. The individual points make no sense either, it's like they've just quickly Googled for "PHP advantages" and "Node.JS advantages", bullet-pointed them on a page and stuffed the rest full of ad links.

about three weeks ago
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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

AC-x Re:people still watch that crap? (106 comments)

TNG a bunch of technobabble and reengineering the ship to solve the problem of the week

Don't forget all that poncing around space so they can talk down to aliens with their self-righteous moralizing!

about a month and a half ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

AC-x Now wait for South Park to cover it (230 comments)

Matt and Trey are going to have a field day over all this.

about a month and a half ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

AC-x It only destroys jobs if you don't share profits (688 comments)

Here's the thing, there's no less money because of AI, if AIs are willing to work for "free" then instead of putting people out of jobs everyone could still be paid the same amount as before for, and just work less hours.

The reason wages are stagnant is because instead of sharing the profits of technology with everyone all that money has gone straight to the top instead.

about a month and a half ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

AC-x Re:Great... (377 comments)

Alpha channel is big advantage (worth it in its own IMHO), but even a small size decrease adds up to a lot of bandwidth for high traffic sites, especially any with a lot of image content.

about 2 months ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

AC-x Re:Great... (377 comments)

But it does negate the suggestion that we shouldn't replace JPEGs with something smaller just because JPEGs are already "small"...

about 2 months ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

AC-x Re:Great... (377 comments)

...because jpegs are so huge to begin with :|

The BBC news site gets 40 million unique users per week and their homepage contains around 400k worth of JPEGs.

If BPG reduces the size of those images by 100k and If each of those users loads the homepage just once, that would save them 570 gigs of bandwidth per week.

Not to mention the saving for users with bandwidth caps on their connection...

about 2 months ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

AC-x Re:Transparency is supported. Pronounciation? (377 comments)

.png has an alpha channel, has broad support, and uses *lossless* compression. What's not to like?

Lossless compression works terribly on photographic images, which limits the kind of images you can practically use with an alpha channel in web browsers today.

about 2 months ago
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Who Needs NASA? Exoplanet Detected Using a DSLR

AC-x Sensitivity is still an issue (108 comments)

A DSLR has managed to detect a large planet in a fast orbit around a small, close star. Kepler is sensitive enough to detect earth-sized planets orbiting G-type stars at 1AU, A DSLR (or even conventional telescope) can't replicate that.

I suspect most (all?) of the transiting planets that today's DSLRs could detect have probably already been detected by sky surveys anyway.

about 2 months ago
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New Analysis Pushes Back Possible Origin For Antikythera Mechanism

AC-x Re: A lesson about History- and the liar narrative (62 comments)

But also of observation (that bacteria were killed by mold) and methodical experimentation (isolating the mold, extracting the antibiotic chemical and performing control trials on animals). Use of Penicillin wouldn't have happened without those further steps.

about 2 months ago
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New Analysis Pushes Back Possible Origin For Antikythera Mechanism

AC-x Re: A lesson about History- and the liar narrative (62 comments)

But your example is about fitting various pieces of evidence together to come up with a theory that challenges previously held beliefs, our AC friend at the top there seems to have missed that bit out. It doesn't matter how true something is, if there's no evidence for it then it's not scientific.

about 2 months ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

AC-x Re:What's it good for? (236 comments)

But if you're going to talk about worthwhile spending then maybe not spending ~$700 million per day ($100 billion every 140 days) in Iraq on a war that increased global terrorism is a better place to start?

about 2 months ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

AC-x Re:Renewable energy doomed the mission (337 comments)

What about shielding? The missions that used SNAP-19 power sources kept them on 3m booms to prevent their radiation from interfering with the scientific equipment.

about 2 months ago

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Famous Judge calls U.S. patent system "dysfunctional"

AC-x AC-x writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AC-x (735297) writes "Famous U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner calls patent system "dysfunctional", wants to have the trial between Apple and Google-owned Motorola Mobility over smartphone patents dismissed with prejudice because "it was apparent that neither side could show they had been harmed by the other’s patent infringement".

His involvement and his anti-patent blog posts could prove to be a watershed moment for a U.S. patent system that is regarded as spiralling out of control."

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