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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

BadDreamer Re:To be expected (472 comments)

But that isn't the comparison. It's dropping usage by 99% *period*, and increasing the paid portion of the *remaining* use by 10%. Because that is what happens if your game isn't already in a hit series, with very few exceptions.

Plus. games which have a Minecraft model just keep selling. At GoG you can buy games which were made over 20 years ago, and they still sell. Very few games which charge by server use keep selling.

about a week ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

BadDreamer Re: The rest of the country needs to face reality (554 comments)

So you are taking as reference a bad implementation of a mass transit system and from that interpolating that even the mass transit systems which work can not work, because yours doesn't.

You have a future as a GOP representative. Don't try your hand at science though.

about two weeks ago
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There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor

BadDreamer Re:Hyperbolic headlines strike again (181 comments)

This is why we at one time had Lisp Machines with specialized hardware optimized for running Lisp efficiently. Message based machines were tried for Smalltalk.

But people do not use these kinds of languages enough. Operating systems and applications are largely written in C and its derivatives. That is why processors optimized for C won out.

So yes, it is in a way a vicious circle. Most of our software is C, so most of our hardware is optimized for C, so writing software in C makes the most efficient use of it.

about two weeks ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

BadDreamer Re:How about we hackers? (863 comments)

So to answer how systemd KNOWS that apache actually has started and is serving pages you enter into a page long rant about how init will get SIGCHILD when a process dies.

You are not a very clever man.

about a month ago
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Apple A8X IPad Air 2 Processor Packs Triple-Core CPU, Hefty Graphics Punch

BadDreamer Re:I don't really see the point. (130 comments)

Cubasis with a number of software synthesizers and some filters on recorded tracks is heavy number crunching, and something the tablet format is excellent for. More computing power means more filters and synthesizers, meaning less limitations on what can be done right away.

Many synthesizers and trackers can be used for realtime performances, and there the limiting factor is raw CPU power. This move is excellent news for those using iPads to perform.

about a month ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

BadDreamer Re:it solves some unicode issues (774 comments)

And how many of those binaries can you replace with previously existing alternatives to do the same thing? Can you unplug journald and instead run a previous logging daemon? Remove 20-30 of those binaries and instead use the older solutions for the same problems?

Unless you can, it's monolithic.

about a month and a half ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

BadDreamer Re:Every new employee (554 comments)

Mainly because it was touted as an intuitive interface, but it wasn't. It made use of non-obvious gestures and key presses to do everyday tasks. This made it a power user interface, excellent for people who love spending time in the OS instead of in their applications.

Unfortunately that is hardly any people at all. And therefore hardly any people at all liked it.

about 2 months ago
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Hacking USB Firmware

BadDreamer Re:Locking USB... (97 comments)

You can lock the flash memory as much as you like. The PRAM on the Phison chip is unaffected.

What is being reprogrammed is the Phison control chip. There is no write enable pin on the Phison chip. It has a pin to control the write lock of the flash memory, but that has no effect on the Phison PRAM where the firmware resides.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

BadDreamer Re:Fine! (365 comments)

You learn the meaning of the columns by the teacher saying "this is the 1s column, this is the 10s column" etc.. The whole thing with boxes is a run-around, not getting to the point but doing something else.

Or are you saying you don't think kids can understand that? They need it dumbed down to grok it? You're selling humanity way short, if so.

about 2 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

BadDreamer Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (937 comments)

That is not more accurate; it is incorrect. The stance of the agnostic is that we CAN NOT know. We also DO NOT know, of course, because we can not.

There is no contradiction. The agnostic believes it is impossible to KNOW, but the agnostic can still BELIEVE.

You are equating belief and knowledge, a common misconception. They are not the same. I can believe I can not know, yet still believe, or I can believe I can not know and not believe. No contradiction.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

BadDreamer Re:Debian GNOME needs some attention (403 comments)

I am not speaking for the OC, but I have need of software which will not run on the glibc in stable. For example Scrivener, which still has no viable competitor.

about 2 months ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

BadDreamer Re:Me too. (408 comments)

Except they are not "copying". The Braun designs are different in shape and size, and only look similar from specific angles or when cutting out parts of a photo.

They're about as similar as any two brands of sports cars. If you search for just the right angle you'll be able to dupe people who do not know better than sports car manufacturers only copy each other, but anyone actually seeing them next to each other would wonder what the heck you're on about. The same goes for Braun's products and Apple products.

about 2 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

BadDreamer Re:Science vs Faith (795 comments)

Proof is not in the domain of science. You will only find proof in formal systems. Therefore your whole post contains no meaning, and you put nothing at stake even though you clearly feel that you do.

Reality is that which exists whether you believe in it or not. Man is an animal. Life has only the value we place on it. And this life is all you get, then it ends. Belief is a coping mechanism, nothing more.

about 2 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

BadDreamer Re:In lost the will to live ... (795 comments)

And in the US most of them hold belief in god, so that is no incentive to not do it either.

about 2 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

BadDreamer Re:In lost the will to live ... (795 comments)

Causing pain to others is bad because the response I get is likely to cause me discomfort. And because just doing it causes me discomfort. It's called "empathy" and is fairly common in humans, even if it's not as common as one might want it to be.

about 2 months ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

BadDreamer Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (275 comments)

Please, provide a few of those "bizarre factors". Your own listing, and not a link to a time cube site, please. It would be interesting to see what it takes to convince you.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

BadDreamer Re:sort of like Amazon Prime Music (610 comments)

The vast difference compared to Prime Music is that if you do not listen to music, Prime Music does not shove songs onto your phone using your data plan.

By default, Apple does. No clicking on the cloud required. If you have not changed a single setting since you bought your phone, it will download the U2 album for you.

about 2 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

BadDreamer Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (937 comments)

Living in a country where the majority of the population are atheists I find your statement rather incredulous. Sure, there is faith around, but it's on a completely different level than in, say, the US or Syria.

I suspect this has a lot to do with an education system which does not focus on teaching trust in authority, but instead tries (even if it isn't working even near perfectly) to induce critical thinking.

about 2 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

BadDreamer Re:Fallacy (937 comments)

Calculus is not true. It can not be true. GÃdel has shown that to be impossible.

Reality is what exists whether you believe in it or not. If you need faith for something to be true, it does not exist.

about 2 months ago

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