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Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

Chandon Seldon Re:Anyone else not bother with the interm releases (110 comments)

The main reason for a six month release cycle is to provide drivers for new hardware.

Since hardware drivers are integrated with the kernel and window system, supporting new drivers requires upgrading the core system.

If aren't upgrading your hardware constantly, there's no reason to update beyond the latest LTS. If you're buying this week's Nvidia card or a laptop with a new wireless card, then you'll want to use the latest Ubuntu release to get support for it.

about 1 month ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

Chandon Seldon Re:Glad society is stable for that long (218 comments)

Bullshit.

First, radioactive materials aren't that dangerous. You don't want to be near them, but it's only moderately worse than any other common industrial waste. Second, people can read signs even after revolutions. If you put "severe radiation, stay out" on a concrete building, it'll be fine.

about a month ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

Chandon Seldon Re:Fission = bad, but not super-bad (218 comments)

Mining uranium is one of the dirtiest parts of the process. The idea that we should mine out all the easily accessible Uranium is just as foolish as to drill all the oil or mine all the coal.

With breeder reactors, either designs like the LFTR or more established designs like SFRs, we don't need to mine significant amounts of additional fissionables for a century. And with the SFRs there's not much left to develop - we can just deploy the existing designs more widely.

about a month ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

Chandon Seldon Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (204 comments)

As Level 3 already pointed out, requesting traffic settlement is absurd when your customers don't even have symmetric connections. It's just gaming the system, and when people game the system the system changes.

about a month ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Chandon Seldon Re:Biased summary (282 comments)

All of them, if we're serious about this democracy game we claim to be playing.

If you're going to say that the government owns the roads, then the government is separate from and rules over the people. We have a word for that, it's called Feudalism.

about a month and a half ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

Chandon Seldon Re:How many of you are still using Gnome? (403 comments)

KDE 4.0 was bad, so lots of people switched to Gnome 2.

KDE 4.3 was decent, and Gnome 3 was awful, so lots of people switched to KDE.

Gnome 3.10 and KDE 4.13 are both fine. If they both keep working on polish and extension support for a while rather than trying to reinvent themselves again then everything will be peachy.

about a month ago
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New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

Chandon Seldon Re:Drivers as processes? (93 comments)

Sure. So we've upgraded from the system crashing to one write failing.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Chandon Seldon Re:That's nice, but... (419 comments)

This is actually really interesting technical problem that the Tor and Debian people have spent some time working on. In practice, with most compilers today, if you compile a program twice you get different binaries. There are a variety of reasons for this, from embedded time stamps to non-deterministic shared library reference ordering to embedding the host name of the build machine.

Here's the Debian project's wiki page on the problem that goes into much more detail:
https://wiki.debian.org/ReproducibleBuilds

about 3 months ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Chandon Seldon Re:I can't buy one (377 comments)

Manual doesn't bother me in the same way. If I'm shifting gears, that's fine - the car does exactly what I expect it to do.

The thing that annoys me is shift pauses in automatic. The only thing I told it to do was go faster, and it takes a break do do something else. On some cars, this can be like a 1.5 second pause.

about 5 months ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Chandon Seldon Re:Why would I buy a Prius (377 comments)

The Matrix is discontinued.

A 4-door Yaris will probably come in at $16.5k new. It'll give you 15.6 cu ft of cargo space and burn a gallon of gas to go 30/36 miles.

A Prius will come in around $25.8 new. It'll give you 21.6 cu ft of cargo space and burn a gallon of gas to go 51/48 miles, while having a much more comfortable interior.

A better comparison would be the Prius C, which will cost about $20.1k new. With that you've got 17.1 cu ft of cargo space and go 53/46 on a gallon of gas.

Toyota doesn't actually sell a car cheaper than the Prius C with more cargo space.

about 5 months ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Chandon Seldon Re:I can't buy one (377 comments)

I've got a 2002 Prius which still runs great. It's still using the factory battery pack, which isn't showing any signs of needing replacement.

Admittedly, they're expensive. I recently got a 2013 Prius C as a second car, and the reasonable alternative would have been a Honda Fit for about two thirds of the price. But after driving a car with a no-shift transmission there's no way I'm going back to the stuttery shifts of an automatic. When I hit the gas, I want the car to go - not start going and then pause to think about what gear it should be in.

about 5 months ago
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"Eskimo Diet" Lacks Support For Better Cardiovascular Health

Chandon Seldon Re:I'm afraid you're wrong. (166 comments)

The biggest change happened in late 1800's / early 1900's when refined sugar and bleached flour became widely available. There are a bunch of interesting studies when native groups who ate traditional diets transitioned to high refined carb diets. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/cont...

about 5 months ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Chandon Seldon Re:It's the contents of the files... (396 comments)

It turns out that you can have this problem even with a RAID. I'm running RAID-1 with 3 disks for my long term storage, and I need to move it from ext4 to btrfs at some point to avoid the failure case where it selects a bitrotted copy to read from. It would be nice if the RAID layer were smart enough to use the matching two of three, but that would make reads slower...

about 5 months ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Chandon Seldon Re:Legacy file systems should be illegal (396 comments)

Btrfs (at least) can store multiple copies on one disk and use a checksum to identify the good copy to read. Obviously more disks is better, but...

about 5 months ago
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Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

Chandon Seldon Re:Annoying. (347 comments)

Why even have "providers"?

Just give me an IPv4 address and a /64 of IPv6 addresses and charge me a reasonable price for the link and bandwidth. Maybe have an upcharge for 5 static IPv4's and a /48 of IPv6's. Charge local providers for datacenter space and advertising space in the "how do I get email, streaming television, and VoIP phone service" brochure.

about 6 months ago
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Dell Joins Steam Machine Initiative With Alienware System

Chandon Seldon Re:price (110 comments)

That hasn't been a serious thing in years. If you bought a decent gaming PC in 2006 you'd still be playing new games on it today.

about 10 months ago
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Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million

Chandon Seldon Re:Diffie was awesome (324 comments)

You absolutely should have produced a result against the judge in that case. A late jury dismissal can't look good on appeal.

about a year ago
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Of 1000 Americans Polled, Most Would Ban Home Printing of Guns

Chandon Seldon Re:feasibility (578 comments)

Really, any manufacturer who implements that should be liable for the time wasted for people trying to get real work done with their 3D printer.

about a year and a half ago
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FSF Uses Android FUD To Push GPLv3

Chandon Seldon Re:Locked Bootloaders (282 comments)

> While not impossible to get into the radio, the FCC (I could be talking out of my arse here, so someone with more knowledge can confirm or deny this general memory of mine) doesn't want the entire population walking around with fully open phones, even if the companies would supply them. They would fail to get licensing. If you're not sure what you're talking about, why are you making claims that defend bullshit policies? Factually, there are several software controlled radio products that run fully free software and don't have significant problems from the FCC.

more than 3 years ago
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Knuth Got It Wrong

Chandon Seldon Re:Why trust the OS? (298 comments)

Very simply, because the OS developers are usually pretty smart and when you try to outsmart them and fail you look like a tool. And you're going to fail. If I knew that everyone who I posted a response like this would pay up, I'd bet you $1k that you'd fail and make mad cash.

more than 4 years ago

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Shadowrun Online Kickstarter trending on 10% short with 24 hours to go.

Chandon Seldon Chandon Seldon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chandon Seldon (43083) writes "Shadowrun Online is an online multiplayer tactical RPG set in the world of the venerable Shadowrun tabletop RPG. Their kickstarter is asking for $500k, and with 24 hours to go it's looking like it'll come up just short of that goal. They have an awesome concept: A turn-based tactical RPG based around four-player online co-op missions with persistent characters. They're planning to support Linux and that ridiculous Ouya console. They're trying to use Kickstarter to bring an amazing setting to life without publisher interference. Your pledge could make this happen."
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Chandon Seldon Chandon Seldon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chandon Seldon (43083) writes "According to Hot Hardware, Intel has entered negotiations with graphics card manufacturers to make mid-range discrete graphics cards based on Intel graphics chipsets. It looks like AMD has a deadline on actually providing Open Source 3D drivers (or at least programming documentation) — once Intel starts competing they really don't want to be stuck playing catchup like they are on CPUs."
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Chandon Seldon Chandon Seldon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chandon Seldon writes "Contrary to many earlier expectations, it turns out that Dell's prices for its Ubuntu PCs are cheaper than similar Windows Vista PCs for all three Models. With the savings for skipping the Microsoft Tax ranging from $50 to $140, it looks like kickbacks for pre-installed software weren't that big a deal after all."

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