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"Once In a Lifetime" Asteroid Sighting Monday Night

Aighearach Re:So you're saying (50 comments)

Yes. If you gaze upon the heavens at the exact right moment... sorry, you still die at some point. This is not any exception to the turning of the wheel.

As for the claim in TFS, this asteroid isn't even visible. I've seen better.

6 hours ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Aighearach Re: a better question (588 comments)

Lie is still a lie, no matter how many times you say it. You say I can't read, and yet you posted a link to support your position, and the link doesn't do any such thing; doesn't even talk about non-Apple OSes. That isn't just a minor comprehension failure, it is a major one.

You actually think that Apple computers get 50% more battery life than Linux computers. You then claim "everyone" has proven that. My advice is do just 1 google search to check out that claim. Just one. That is all it takes. Because it is just not true. You misunderstood a version update increasing a certain type of small efficiency as being in comparison to everybody else, but it was only in comparison to past Apple versions. And it didn't even address the question of how anybody else does it, and how the different ways of doing things compare.

You seem to assume that other OSes just have stupid kernel programmers, and only 1 company made use of the power-saving features of the various CPUs. The funny part, if it was true then data centers and cloud providers would all run Apple computers. Oddly, they don't, even in places where electricity is expensive.

The one thing that is true is that OSX has a lot more battery life than windoze on the same hardware. `doze is more popular than *nix, so it is a more common case. There, yes, OSX gets better battery life... as does linux, BSD, almost everybody. There are conflicting reports as to the reason.

Just one web search, that is all it takes. "OSX linux battery life" Just one search. You'll quickly find what "everyone" actually tested and proved. ;)

6 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Aighearach Re:Modula-3 FTW! (449 comments)

I would generally prefer C, and certainly have more experience with it, and yet it is obvious that Pascal is more "readable." It may be that for any qualitative word, any two programming languages will be more, equally, or less that thing.

C is a lot of things. My own C is very readable to me. Somebody experienced in C knows that somebody else's random few lines of code might be totally impossible to understand. Without additional non-language-required constraints on methods and practices, you would have to read and memorize the entire codebase before even attempting to claim what a particular few lines do. With best practices this is not a problem, and yet with a lot of the code in the wild it actually is a major problem.

Pascal has its own different problems.

As they say in Sanskrit, vibhakta.

yesterday
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Aighearach Re:Perhaps ... (89 comments)

The law never prevents, it only takes action afterwards. Various parties may apply various laws if you engage in deceptive practices that harm the companies receiving these hypothetical bogus and covetous notices.

yesterday
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Aighearach Re:What's unclear? (89 comments)

Their theory seems to rely on "public domain" having been invented by the Copyright Act. Therefore, they can find no provision except copyright expiry for it exist.

I recall that a number of years ago on slashdot there was some lawyer explaining it, but I'd have to find my medicine to go looking for a link.

yesterday
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Aighearach Re:What's unclear? (89 comments)

Since it isn't a contract or a license, the promise gets evaluated using traditional common law analysis. If a reasonable person would believe the promise, and breaking the promise would be unfair to you, then it is unlikely they will be able to sue you over your continued reliance on it, especially if some time has passed where lots of people know about about and make use of the promise. It isn't so much that they are held to their promise as that breaking it makes it hard for them claim to be harmed, to claim to be in need of justice to make them whole. IANAL

yesterday
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Aighearach Re: a better question (588 comments)

Your link doesn't claim that OSX uses 50% of the power that linux uses. Your words are carefully parsed to say Apple is better at the way they do it, but then you want to jump ahead and claim also that the final result is less power usage. But that is simply not true, and the margin of victory you would claim for Apple is laughable.

If my CPU spends 50% less time in low power states, (something you don't and can't know based on what OS I use, especially when it is a highly configurable OS) then why do they use the same amount of power?

You're right at least that the link has graphs. And yet, none of those graphs are of your claim. They're not even talking about linux, they're comparing a past OSX version... to the OSX version before it, and explaining why the older version really sucked.

You seem to have made up the whole comparison to linux out of whole cloth, just extrapolating what you misunderstood from the ars story. If your thesis had been, "OSX used to have worse power performance and made up for it with larger battery capacity, but now they have *nix-average power performance" then it would make more sense in light of your source.

yesterday
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

Aighearach Re:Because it sucks (209 comments)

According to the internet, Google only has ~ $60B in their war chest. But they could always sell stock to raise cash, it wouldn't have to be all stock.

I'm seeing more use of Google+ all the time. Especially for political discussions. 9% of 2.2B is... a lot!

4 days ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Aighearach Re: a better question (588 comments)

You appear to think that cooperation with "cpu outfits" like Intel & AMD has given Linux an advantage in power consumption efficiency.

No, my argument was that there is parity between major OSes.

And yes, my CPU actually does spend time in low power states, and I get the power consumption predicted by the CPU manufacturer.

4 days ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Aighearach Re: a better question (588 comments)

In linux all of those adjustments are accessible by the user, and they can be fine-tuned on a per-system basis using real benchmarks of the actual load. You can have the CPU spend whatever amount of time sleeping you want to, thanks to the fine engineering at the CPU outfits. The efficiency of CPU low-power states is dependent on purchasing hardware that supports the power modes you desire. I personally don't like my CPUs to spin their wheels, so I pay extra for fancy AMD chips that are extra slow. This is the future. You can have the pixels you deserve.

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Aighearach Re:a better question (588 comments)

Right. They used to use more expensive parts... back when they were competing with IBM. ;)

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Aighearach Re: a better question (588 comments)

Most people buying an iMac get the base version, not the 5k display one.

You complain about anecdotes, then pull that out of your ass?

It makes sense, he omitted the anecdote and jumped straight ahead to an unsupported assertion.

Personally I prefer the bare assertion, it takes less time to suffer through and laugh down than the anecdote. I don't know how many times somebody has threatened to stab me for insulting their grandpappy when actually no, I just wasn't interested in weighing the anecdote about him.

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Aighearach Re: a better question (588 comments)

Blender is unusable as a NLE unless you already completely understand the crazy kooky Blender interface.

Software you did learn how to use is easier than software you didn't learn how to use. More at 11.

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Aighearach Re: a better question (588 comments)

Yeah, if you run linux the input impedance is too high, so the CPU runs less efficiently. You need real Monster brand OSX to get the full battery life. /s

Did you imagine that the defaults would be different depending on distro, and that if you adjust everything for maximum battery life and have the same software load, that it would be exactly the same? The technology is not substantially different, there is no excuse for a wide battery life gap. But your claimed reason... it is very funny.

about a week ago
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Feds Operated Yet Another Secret Metadata Database Until 2013

Aighearach Re:Now you know what a boiled frog feels like. (102 comments)

So, you're saying that Americans didn't know that calls to Iran would be monitored, and so having those calls monitored without them knowing somehow creates a creaping sheep-state? That is really daft in 100 ways. You can be for or against the surveillance in the story, and either way that idea is equally stupid; Americans always knew that communications that are really in fact to an overseas person, especially a person in Iran, would be monitored. That is not actually even controversial. So even if you're against it, you're against it knowing that it is popular, not a secret.

I'm assuming the Russians drink a lot because they have no power. It is a lot different to be oppressed by forces you can't control than what we do in America, which is to knowingly and intentionally elect politicians that will institute an information/surveillance state. If the Russians didn't want what they have, they'd still have it. If Americans decide we want something different, it will change in just a few years. Whoever is telling you Americans are just sheep really has you by the credulity-bone.

about a week ago
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Feds Operated Yet Another Secret Metadata Database Until 2013

Aighearach Re:suppose we wanted to do something about it. Goa (102 comments)

If you let them have access in the case of "dire" need, you'll find lots of dire needs just coincidentally popping up. That would be almost exactly the same as now. I agree with your general premise, if it was possible. I just don't see it being so.

Better would be to have it all locked in that basement, and have all the people allowed in the basement closely watched by other agencies without access, and all their non-basement activities to be published and transparent; and the activities of the watcher-watchers, too.

about a week ago
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Feds Operated Yet Another Secret Metadata Database Until 2013

Aighearach Re:Another one? (102 comments)

At this rate we'll need a metadata database metadatabase.

We have that, it is called an "information sharing system."

about a week ago
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Feds Operated Yet Another Secret Metadata Database Until 2013

Aighearach Re:I predict far less outrage (102 comments)

It's the Department of Racial Justice, after all.

Gee, and here I thought it was the department that manages the government lawyers.

So, where do the lawyers get managed in your universe?

about a week ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

Aighearach Re:Fuck Me (552 comments)

Unlike me? Look kid, you can claim your own history and experience, but you have on reason to know anything more than that.

Look at your damn user ID, you're a fresh green sprout not an old-timer. If you aren't smart enough to look at my ID and see I've been here since the 90s, then get off the lawn and don't come back until you're ready to stop lying and claiming to know how long others have been doing this.

Just, assume that sysadmins already know how SysV init works. You don't need to explain it. We know. And you left out all the known problems with it, conveniently.

about two weeks ago

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