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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

Golden_Rider Re:Summary is misleading, you can work around (327 comments)

Also - couldn't you actually just sign the drivers that are needed for trim? What prevents that?

As the author of the popular "trim enabler" software (which patches the original apple drivers and so causes the original drivers to fail the kext signing check) puts it:

"all of Apple’s AHCI SATA drivers are closed source and undocumented, which makes it impossible for me to create my own Trim driver and get it signed."

Which is also the reason why there are no trim drivers available from hardware manufacturers like Samsung, etc. No access to Apple's driver documentation - no signed trim drivers.

about two weeks ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

Golden_Rider Re:ESA's spectacular rash of achieving failures (337 comments)

It is amazing how ESA continues to have spectacular failures project after project. They manage to reach the target just to fail miserably due to lack of testing or by ignoring basic configurations.

I fail to see how "all the experiments on board the lander had a chance to run and return information back to Earth" (from LA times article) makes this mission a failure. Philae did everything they wanted it to do, the "charge battery and stay in contact" was just an optional extra.

Considering the official statement was that just LANDING there had only a 50:50 chance of succeeding, this whole thing was an incredible success.

about two weeks ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Golden_Rider Re:Are renewable energy generators up to task ? (488 comments)

Perhaps there's a Zoology Masters research project in working out ways to keep birds (and bats) away from the turbines.

Dead birds -> biomass -> energy. Sounds like an added bonus to me :-)

More serious reply: According to an article on the website of German magazine "Focus" http://www.focus.de/wissen/kli... the bird observatory Brandenburg has a database of all recorded cases of birds killed by wind turbines in Germany. Since 1989, there have been 681 dead birds on record. Other researchers more critical of wind turbines estimate that by far not all dead birds are found, though, due to other animals eating them, the birds not dying right next to the wind turbine etc. and so they think the real number is more like 10000 to 100000 birds killed by wind turbines per year - which still would mean only about 1-5 dead birds for each of the 20000 wind turbines in Germany, per year. That does not sound TOO horrible to me.

about two weeks ago
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Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

Golden_Rider Re:Gnome3, systemd etc. (450 comments)

In fact, someone on the Phoronix forums posted a bunch of links to Joey's debian-devel posts which seems to bear this out.

Especially the first one is a clanger. If you can't support systemd on technical grounds without getting threats, something is very toxic indeed.

And no, that first post is not directly related to the Debian Constitution. That the idiotic GR trying to override the Technical Committee decision two weeks before the Jessie freeze is inspired by this kind of drivel, and that the Constitution makes these kind of purely political overrides of the technical decisions possible is rather evident though.

From what I read there, stuff like https://lists.debian.org/debia... (trying to make technical decisions via politics when there actually is no disagreement between devs which needs any help with the decision-making) also contributed to his decision to quit.

about three weeks ago
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Australian Post Office Opens Mail Forwarding Warehouse In the USA

Golden_Rider Re: Perhaps someone can explain this (142 comments)

Nope, I actually was surprised about this a couple times, too. For example, on the German amazon website, there are quite a few sellers which offer cheap 1-2 euro stuff (like e.g. USB adapters, ink cartridges for pens, ...) with free shipping, from china or japan. I needed a USB OTG cable for my android tablet, so I bought one from such a seller. And indeed, one week later, I had a padded envelope with that cable, from china, in my hands. 2 euro item with free shipping from china, the profit on that sale cannot be very high, even if the cable itself cost only a couple cents for the seller.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There an Ethical Way Facebook Can Experiment With Their Users?

Golden_Rider Re: Facebook hurts the Internet (141 comments)

Because I don't want to be the weird guy who insists using e-mail for communications. I would just be an endurance to everyone.

Funny. In my circle of friends, anybody who would insist on communicating only via Facebook would be the "weird guy" (actually, as far as I know, most of them do not even have a Facebook account, specifically because of privacy concerns). We communicate via e-mail, or, if we need to talk to someone Right Now, via telephone. It works, try it.

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

Golden_Rider Re:watch this (275 comments)

and also, this https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

We have never put, nor returned, a man, to or from, the moon. And we are not the only ones to have faked space exploration. We did not have the technology to do it then, much like we don't now.

All three videos you posted just regurgigate the same old hoax arguments which have been debunked countless times. For good examples of the debunking, just go to e.g. http://www.clavius.org/index.h... or watch any of the videos (on youtube) by e.g. Phil Plait / astrobrant2 / GreaterSapien (or any of the countless others). Don't even mention Jarrah White, watch the astrobrant2 videos for debunking of his crazy theories.

Also good: Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses (among other stuff) the moon landing hoax with Joe Rogan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

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

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

Whenever people talk about "the fake moon landing", I like to point them to one of the many youtube videos which explain how DIFFICULT it would have been to fake the moon landing, like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... It actually would have been easier to just send people to the moon instead of faking it.

about 2 months ago
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3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

Golden_Rider Re:it's means it is (132 comments)

Looks like it only 40 parts (including engine, electronics, etc). The video of driving car is only 40 parts. Did you see they printed most of the car in one pass as a single part?

So you say a car engine is made out of only 40 parts? Looked like more parts to me last time I looked under the hood of my car.

about 2 months ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Golden_Rider Re:Prevailing winds? (212 comments)

No, 700 miles is pretty close. 850 would be more closer though, it's about 1300 km.

Nope, indeed Dresden IS about 15000 miles or so EAST of Chernobyl. And about 800 miles WEST of it.

about 3 months ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Golden_Rider Re:"they shouldn't email you?" (232 comments)

I really wouldn't want E-mail deleted while I'm out of office. Just the fact that I would have to ask everyone who E-mailed me to resend.

The expectation is that the sender reads the automatic reply, which says something like "X is on vacation and cannot be reached, so your mail will be deleted. If it was about something important, please mail Y". So you should not have to ask people to resend the mail, because they either wait for you to come back, or send a mail to your colleagues who are not on vacation (and if it is was something private like "want to go see a movie tonight?", people surely know your private email/phone number, too).

about 3 months ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Golden_Rider Re:"they shouldn't email you?" (232 comments)

I've never interpreted these auto-replies to mean that I shouldn't send mail to that address. I thought they're just courtesy replies from a robot explaining that it'll be a long time before anyone reads it.

Deleting the email seems like a bad idea. That'll keep the recipient from being able to read it when they return.

And WTF does this have to do with overtime?

In theory you could just let the emails sit there until you are back at work, but in practice sadly it is often expected that you check your email inbox every now and then. Employees often feel that they can't say "no" to the expectation that they have to be available via email even while at home off work hours. To protect employees (because vacations and off work time are to be protected, for health reasons), there are discussions in Europe about introducing new regulations which would make any such "off work work" paid overtime, by law - effectively making it financially interesting for companies to prevent emails from reaching their employees when they are off work. This Daimler story is just one example of that.

about 3 months ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

Golden_Rider Re:3dTV is a flop? (197 comments)

Then why do all the TVs over 50 inches include it?

Included =/= being used. My TV is 3D capable, yet I never use that feature, because I consider it to be a gimmick. If there had been a cheaper version of my TV without 3D capability, I would have bought that one (same for all the "smart TV" Internet features, btw - all I want is a huge display with a couple HDMI inputs...). Sadly, that option did not exist. My totally unscientific research among friends/relatives shows that if they have a 3D TV, at most it has been used for one or two 3D movies like Ice Age "for the kids" to try it out, and that's it.

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Golden_Rider No. (381 comments)

The smart watches, as they are being offered right now, do not interest me at all. They look ridiculous, the battery life is horrible and they are not good at being WATCHES.

A "smart watch" which would interest me would have some or all of these features:

- looks like a normal, elegant watch - i.e. leather or steel wristband (NO plastic!), round, not too heavy, elegant design (either like a standard chronograph or some "bauhaus"-y look). Basically nothing which screams "I am a geek".
- long battery life. By that, I mean AT LEAST a week, better a month or more.
- maybe health monitoring features (pulse, steps, ...)
- shows time without having to be "activated" (i.e. no having to touch the screen or hit a button to show something)
- best "display" option for battery life would be standard hour/minute dials plus a tiny little LCD screen for text (a line or two)
- possibility to link to a smartphone to show notifications (e-mail subject lines, sms), but nothing more, since tft/amoled screens plus touchscreen features plus voice recognition plus apps mean low battery life, so it's simply a no-no. Basically, I just want to have a look at the watch to see if it is worth taking out my smartphone to read the e-mail which just arrived or not. I do not want to actually read the e-mail or type a reply or make a phone call via the watch. Especially NOT make a phone call. Holding your watch up to your face and talking to it might look cool in some old James Bond movie, but in reality it is just stupid.

something which is kind of there, except for the little LCD display for notifications, is the Withings Activité:

http://www.withings.com/activi...

Looks like a standard, expensive watch. Has health monitoring which can send data to an app on your smartphone. Has a battery life of A YEAR with a standard CR2025 battery, despite low energy bluetooth connectivity to the smartphone.

about 4 months ago
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EU's Online Shoppers Get an Extended "Cooling Off Period"

Golden_Rider Re:Buyer's Remorse (140 comments)

That doesn't sound like something that happens a lot. Do you always make decisions based on extreme events?

It happens a lot here in Germany, people ordering e.g. clothing (several trousers, shirt, etc.) and only keeping the ones they like, sending the rest back again. It really is pretty common, people use the right to return merchandise bought online as a replacement for trying out various items at a shop. A big reason for that is that until yesterday, the SELLER had to pay postage for the returns, so there was no penalty for the buyer if he ordered more than he actually needed. Guess we will see soon if the new law (buyer has to pay for the return shipping) servers as a deterrent. For the same reason, it was also not unusual for people to order e.g. a digital camera, use it for a week (e.g. to take photos at a wedding/birthday/...) and then send it back for free. I remember reading reports about Amazon, Zalando (another big online shop in Germany) etc. "throwing out" customers because of a return rate which was too high. E.g. here is a thread (in German) in which customers discuss this, and their general opinion seems to be "I order x items and return half of them, that's normal because I want to try out": http://forum.glamour.de/thread...

Another thin - I always wondered why even items which usually are not returnable for hygienic reasons (e.g. underwear, towels, stuff like that) ARE returnable when bought online. There was a TV documentary a while ago on German TV in which online shops explained why the return rights hurt them a lot - online shops for electronics etc. can just restock the stuff, maybe at a reduced price if it already has been opened, but items like underwear etc. CANNOT be restocked, they (by law) have to be thrown away. So it really makes not much sense for an online shop to sell stuff like that if it is so easy for customers to return the items - the shop has to pay for postage AND loses the money for the items because they cannot be sold again.

about 5 months ago
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Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

Golden_Rider Re:Cherry Pick Stats (411 comments)

My spouses 4S is working just fine with 7.1. Since 8 is not going to have a greater overhead in it's basic operations, there's no reason not to make it available to any phone that can run the current IOS.

I do not understand your problem. The 4S WILL get iOS 8. Like the parent posters wrote, only the 4 (non-S) won't receive the update.

about 6 months ago
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German Intelligence Agency Planning To Follow Big NSA Brother On Shoestring

Golden_Rider Re:The difference with the USA (80 comments)

...is that Germany is much closer to being a true and functioning democracy. I don't see how this would come through the Bundestag, the German parliament, without being at least watered down, viz. being quietly forced into starvation as soon as a left-leaning government comes into power.

Nope, it will be as usual.

"Diplomacy" is absolutely necessary (all governments know that the others are spying, too, which is important for secret behind-the-scenes deals, so nobody can just STOP spying just because the masses are against it). The spying will go on, while the politicians - in public - will claim to be against it. So when the next Snowden shows up and publishes proof that spying indeed DOES happen, the politicians can claim to not have known about it, some heads will roll, the politicians will promise that something like this will never happen again, while secretly handing over more money to fund BETTER spying.

about 6 months ago
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Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

Golden_Rider Re:Game fairness (252 comments)

If I want to play the game with cheats that's my fucking business.

It's not if you cheat in multiplayer games against other Blizzard customers and ruin their fun, because then it causes financial losses for Blizzard (if those other customers decide not to buy another Blizzard product because of their bad playing experience).

If you want to use cheats in single player games, that's perfectly fine (and you do not need to buy a cheat tool for that anyway, Blizzard thoughtfully already provides cheat codes for that).

about 6 months ago
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Can You Tell the Difference? 4K Galaxy Note 3 vs. Canon 5D Mark III Video

Golden_Rider Interesting, but ultimately pointless comparison (201 comments)

Yes, the videos made by the Galaxy Note show more details (in this particular comparison which only included sunny outside scenes). But what does that mean? That under optimal lighting situations the DSLR from 2012 which can only do 1080p video shows less detail than a smartphone from this year which can do 4K? I could have told you that before. He could have also used a GoPro Hero3+ Black, which can also do 4K and costs half as much as the Galaxy Note.

Film makers use DSLR to make movies because of the lenses and the low light performance of the sensors, which are far better than what you will ever find on a smartphone - it is simple physics, nobody would want to carry around a smartphone which weighs 2kg or more to get the same optical performance / depth of field which the DSLR lenses allow. Yes, the DSLR makers are a bit behind when it comes to shooting video (as far as I know, Nikon is so far only considering making 4K video available and from Canon, only the obscenely expensive EOS-1DC can do 4K) - but that is because these cameras are primarily PHOTOGRAPHY devices and not video cameras.

If you'd switch the test around and made a comparison of photos shot with the DSLR and the Galaxy Note (and compared stuff like noise, distortion, sharpness in the corners of the picture, picture quality when using the built-in flash of the phone and a dedicated flash on the DSLR), you'll see that the DSLR is better at what it is designed to do than the smartphone and that there is a reason why it is more expensive.

So yes, under optimal lighting conditions, the 4K video mode of the Galaxy Note has a better resolution than the EOS 5D Mark III. It's just a bit of a pointless comparison, because it only compares one single aspect, like only comparing the acceleration of two vehicles and then declaring the faster one the better car, completely ignoring that some people might be interested in a different aspect, like ride quality, space, top speed or fuel consumption.

about 7 months ago
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SanDisk Announces 4TB SSD, Plans For 8TB Next Year

Golden_Rider Re: Finally the disk drive can die (264 comments)

That is eminently affordable.

Until they fail in less than a month because you exceeded theeeeeeeeeeeeeir write endurance. Thereee's a ressaon no one uses SSDs in seserrvvvvvvvveeeeeeers.

Maybe not IN servers, but definitely FOR servers. Look up 3PAR, Netapp and so on.

about 7 months ago

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