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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

GodWasAnAlien Still 4:3 aspect ratio (353 comments)

This tablet is still 4:3 aspect ratio, like your parents TV.

If you intend on watching videos, perhaps you should get one of the following:

iphone 6+ tablet/phone
Nexus 6 tablet/phone
Nexus 7 tablet
Nesus 9

5 days ago

What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

GodWasAnAlien Systemd distribution (303 comments)

The Systemd distribution (or GNU/Systemd/Linux as it is now called) deserves the Man of the Year award this year, because it has unified so many stand alone Unix style components into one unified quality program. By unifying everything into one program, we have eliminated redundant code, bugs, and rallied all of the Linux community behind the one user-space kernel. We can continue this trend of streamlining and eliminating waste, by merging in a compositor, a browser engine. We believe that molecularity will only allow the user to be confused with choices and that good incremental development is like making good stew. Throw everything in.

about two weeks ago

If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

GodWasAnAlien Re:Of course we can (140 comments)

> This is the only thing stopping unfettered hoarding of wealth.

Except for corporations, which have no lifespan limit.

about a month ago

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

GodWasAnAlien Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

The distinction between an Agnostic and an Atheist does not serve any real purpose. Except, perhaps that the Agnostic is scared to admit their belief.

Instead of God, consider Bigfoot.

Atheist: Does not believe that Bigfoot exists. (reason: no proof)
Agnostic: Does not know if Bigfoot exists (though has no proof)
Theist: Believes Bigfoot exist (though has no proof)
Gnostic: Knows that Bigfoot exists (though has no proof)

The above list is ordered from most logical to least logical.

If there is actual scientific proof of Bigfoot/God, then perhaps we could reverse the list.

about a month ago

Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

GodWasAnAlien Re:Oh, man, what a mess (151 comments)

"secure commercial product"

I assume you implying that closed source is more secure.

Doe you really believe that? Why?
  - Do you think security by obscurity is real security?
  - Do you believe that closed source has more code audits?
  - Do you believe that there is less change of NSA or other back doors in closed source software.

"IIS was never vulnerable..."

Really? Try a search for "IIS SSL vulnerability".

about 6 months ago

Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

GodWasAnAlien Re:I see a lot of discussion about systemd (379 comments)

"systemd versus sysv init most visibly leads to faster boot".

That was the original marketing. systemd of course is much much more than boot.
Systemd touches every part of the OS.

Upstart was bad. Systemd is worse. Both were born as boot/init systems and are unconstrained in scope.

Any program unconstrained in scope will grow into a monolithic mess.

about 8 months ago

Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

GodWasAnAlien sad. Now what is the alternative? Fork? (379 comments)

Upstart was unnecessary in Ubuntu. Systemd is not necessary in Fedora or Debian.

There are other ways to get fast boots, without create another monolithic do-everything daemon with spaghetti dependencies.
Basic software engineering principles (and Unix principles), should tell you that do-everything daemons, like upstart, systemd, hald are bad ideas.

With such complex, unmodular core Linux systems, Linux based OS's will grow increasingly more unstable and insecure.

Also, systemd and upstart make Linux much less suitable for embedded systems.

The choices, I guess, are:

Fork the pre-systemd Debian.
Start fresh, perhaps even starting with the simple event based init system from the most popular Linux distribution in the world ... Android.

about 8 months ago

Kernel DBus Now Boots With Systemd On Fedora

GodWasAnAlien why not use binder (341 comments)

why not give up on dbus, and just use binder, which is already supported in the kernel?

Personally, I _do not want_ this.

While, we are at it, I do not want do-everything daemons like upstart or systemd. These monolithic programs of undefined scope are poor examples of software engineering, and not needed.

about 10 months ago

Ford Engineers Test 'Predictive Logic' To Improve Cruise Control

GodWasAnAlien "Real engineers" (112 comments)

But real engineers are working behind the scenes every day to make existing auto technologies more efficient. ...
Think of this as a building block to the future.

Did Ford marketing write this?

Real engineers...working behind the behind the scenes every day... creating building blocks of the future.

That could be my wordy, but non-informative job description.

Adding, some "Airplane",

Real engineers bust their buns every day creating building blocks of the future. You tell your old man that.

about 10 months ago

The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

GodWasAnAlien PalmOS? (352 comments)

Perhaps the article was written in 2006?

about a year ago

Linux Kernel Running In JavaScript Emulator With Graphics and Network Support

GodWasAnAlien Re:is javascript faster than java? (177 comments)

> Comparing Java and JavaScript is like comparing a bicycle and a space shuttle.

which one is the space shuttle?

Your comparison comparison is like comparing monkeys with the Eiffel tower.

about a year ago

Imagination Tech Announces MIPS-based 'Warrior P-Class' CPU Core

GodWasAnAlien Re:32 bit? (122 comments)

If MIPS would sell a cubieboard sized SBC, as open as Beagle, Panda or Cubie (more open than the raspberry pi), sign me up.

1 year,7 days

Passenger Lands Plane After Pilot Collapses and Dies At the Controls

GodWasAnAlien youtube video (249 comments)

Looking at the youtube video, that was probably the lousiest landing in the history of the airport. But there are some, particularly me, who would like to buy him a drink.

1 year,12 days

Text Analyzer Reveals Emotional 'Temperature' of Novels and Fairy Tales

GodWasAnAlien The Bible? (65 comments)

> Text Analyzer Reveals Emotional 'Temperature' of Novels and Fairy Tales

How would the Bible be colored?

Per book should be interesting.

1 year,20 days

Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

GodWasAnAlien Re:Redundant keys (665 comments)

Unless the machine is booted from CD or USB running another OS, then ctrl-alt-del can be captured as well.

1 year,26 days

Epic: A Privacy-Focused Web Browser

GodWasAnAlien No source? (223 comments)

Chromium is at least open source.

Can I opt out of slashvertisements?

about a year ago

US States Banned From Exporting Trash To China Are Drowning In Plastic

GodWasAnAlien Re:But what will the container ships do? (427 comments)

> They'll have to dead head back to China with empty ships!


I know, crazy idea.

about a year ago

NVIDIA Launches GeForce 700M Mobile GPUs With Improved Power Management

GodWasAnAlien Re:Whats with the weird garbled text on slashdot? (35 comments)

Every year, The Slashdot editors go on vacation at the beginning of April.
In place of news, scripts search the web for bad jokes, theonion articles or random text, and post them as news.

Most readers take the day off, and hope that by the evening, the editors are sacked and the site is returned to normal.

about a year and a half ago


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