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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Guspaz Re: May I suggest (283 comments)

Being bolt-action is one of the requirements for the replacement.

2 days ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Guspaz Re:No, no feasible storage, not even close (236 comments)

It's not quite an order of magnitude. In most regions, the cost of the batteries for a given daily power drain are going to be less than the cost of power. In that a kilowatt hour of batteries is $200, and in most places you'd pay a good deal more than $200* for a kilowatt hour a day for five years. Of course, there's also the costs of the panels and all that other equipment, but I'm just saying that your component pricing seems out of whack.

EDIT: This is reportedly what Tesla pays for batteries now, pre-gigafactory. By the time anybody tried to actually build a battery-backed solar datacenter, costs would be lower. They seem to drop at ~6-8% a year

about a week ago
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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

Guspaz The Mac App Store is a failure for me (229 comments)

I've got a MacBook Air. It serves as my secondary PC (as a Windows user on the desktop and a Linux user on the server). Of all the apps that are installed on my Mac that aren't from Apple, I think only a single one of them (MPlayerX) is from the app store. From Dropbox to VLC to Chrome to Creative Suite to DiskInventoryX to SmoothMouse to Steam, almost nothing is available in the app store.

In fact, some things that I run on my mac (like Civ 5) through other "app stores" (like Steam) are available in the Mac app store... but are essentially crippled because they don't support multiplayer with the regular version of the game. And even though I bought the game, I would have to pay for it again to get the App Store version. Which, I wouldn't do, because I like actually being able to play multiplayer games with my friends who bought it like everybody else (through Steam).

about a week ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

Guspaz Re:We did the same in Canada (314 comments)

Sorry, it turned out that *$1000* bills were mostly used for criminal purposes, so they got rid of *those* a decade ago.

about a week ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

Guspaz We did the same in Canada (314 comments)

The largest bill available in Canada is the $100. It turned out that they were primarily used for criminal purposes, so they got rid of them a decade ago.

about a week ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

Guspaz Re:Ok, but (576 comments)

So basically the FBI is only hiring people over the age of 50?

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

Guspaz Re:AMD Pentium 4, now with 8 cores (337 comments)

They're throwing lots of cores at the problem *because* of their very low IPC. The fact that they took chips with poor IPC and then gave them very low clockspeeds just made matters worse.

Sony/Microsoft went with AMD because they were willing to do custom designs, with single-chip solutions, at a good pricepoint. Intel is unwilling to do custom designs, and they would have had to do a custom design with multiple times more graphics EUs to satisfy Sony/Microsoft.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

Guspaz Re:Combine the 2 (279 comments)

802.11ad will easily do well over a gigabit, but it sort of doesn't penetrate walls... or even oxygen molecules. Hence the super-short almost-line-of-site range of it and other 60GHz solutions. Also, I don't think it's actually on the market yet.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

Guspaz Why do people care so much? (763 comments)

I don't get all the hate for systemd, because I don't understand why anybody cares. I turn on the machine, it boots up, stuff runs, web pages get served an files get shared. Who cares what's handling the launching of startup processes?

about two weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Guspaz Re:metric you insensitive clod! (402 comments)

Presumably Europe uses litres per 100 kilometres. At least that's what we use in Canada.

about two weeks ago
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Code.org: Blame Tech Diversity On Education Pipeline, Not Hiring Discrimination

Guspaz I've seen the same thing (227 comments)

In my first year of computer science in CEGEP, we were 60 students. 2 of them were women. They accepted pretty much anybody who applied based purely on your highschool grades. Right off the bat you've got a 97% male program, and there was no bias in that selection either (for what it's worth, the person deciding on applications was female). Women simply did not apply for the program in the first place.

It's always been obvious to me that the reason that there are so few female developers has little to do with hiring practices and a lot to do with the lack of interest in computer science among women. You just have to look threw a stack of CVs when people apply for jobs at your company for it to be obvious: when there are so few CVs from women in the pile, statistically you're not going to hire as many of them.

about two weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

Guspaz Re: Buy a Mac (554 comments)

It's not, but the statement was "Macs before 2009 can't run the current version of OS X".

The reason the earlier Mac Mini isn't supported is apparently due to the lack of a 64-bit driver being available for the Intel GMA 950 used. It's probable that by the time a 64-bit driver was needed (the move to Mountain Lion) in 2012, those mac minis had been out long enough that they didn't consider it worth writing a new driver to get them supported.

There are, however, workarounds to install Mountain Lion and Mavericks on those machines. Unfortunately, while it's possible to get Mountain Lion running relatively stably, Mavericks isn't very stable on them.

Those older Mac Minis aren't entirely useless, though. They run Windows 7 and 8 just fine via BootCamp :)

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

Guspaz Re: Buy a Mac (554 comments)

OS X Mavericks explicitly lists support for the 2007 iMac, the 2007 MacBook Pro, the 2008 or newer MacBook Air, and the 2008 or newer Mac Pro. All older than 2009.

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

Guspaz Re:forgettiing (554 comments)

If memory serves, when Apple's A7 came out, benchmarks showed it as being faster than low-end Atom processors, and there are faster ARM chips on the market than the A7 now (including Apple's own revision of it, the A8). There's a lot of overlap in the performance spectrum between high-end ARM and low-end x86.

about three weeks ago
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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Guspaz Re:And still nothing in the US (111 comments)

They don't have a cubby for large bags on the newer trains (there is literally no storage for larger bags anymore), but we were lucky enough on the various times that we rode it.

about three weeks ago
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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Guspaz Re:Let's put things back into perspective (111 comments)

Yes, how minor an accomplishment for a country still recovering from being destroyed in a devastating world war to produce trains in 1963 that were a mere 31% faster than the GG1. Shattering the speed record for actual passenger service is such an inconsequential accomplishment.

The Shinkansen may not have held that record for long, but it's been on the forefront of high-speed rail ever since. And compared to the average speed of the fastest trains between Montreal and New York City in 2014 (around 50 kilometers per hour), it's blazing fast.

about three weeks ago
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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Guspaz Re:Revisionist History (111 comments)

Uh, no... nobody said that. The Shinkansen first ran in the 1960s. It's not a conspiracy, it was a big deal in the international news back then. The original 1960s cars were given the nickname "bullet train" due to the funny-looking nose of the train.

about three weeks ago
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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Guspaz Re:And still nothing in the US (111 comments)

They also have no luggage area. If you're trying to replace flying with the Shinkansen, you need to hope that you get lucky enough to find a place to fit your non-carryon luggage.

about three weeks ago
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CloudFlare Announces Free SSL Support For All Customers

Guspaz Re:... and other services (67 comments)

Have some irony:

C:\Users\Guspaz>tracert www.spamhaus.org

Tracing route to cdn-cf.spamhaus.eu [190.93.243.93]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

    1 <1 ms <1 ms 1 ms 192.168.1.1
    2 10 ms 39 ms 14 ms 10.245.x.x
    3 11 ms 13 ms 10 ms 10.170.x.x
    4 10 ms 8 ms 17 ms xe-0-1-1_0-bdr01-mtl.teksavvy.com [206.248.155.109]
    5 16 ms 15 ms 16 ms xe-1-1-0_2210-bdr04-tor.teksavvy.com [192.171.63.161]
    6 22 ms 17 ms 23 ms gw-cloudflare.torontointernetxchange.net [206.108.34.208]
    7 17 ms 16 ms 15 ms cf-190-93-243-93.cloudflare.com [190.93.243.93]

Trace complete.

about three weeks ago

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How to report Linux kernel violations?

Guspaz Guspaz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Guspaz (556486) writes "I recently bought an ADSL modem/router (the VersaXpress VER170PR) made by a company called VersaTek (http://www.versatek.com/). When I noticed that the modem ran Linux (2.6.8.1), as many routers do, and that it did not include any mention of the GPL, I sent an email to the company requesting a copy of the source. Their response was that the modem was made by an OEM in China, and that they didn't write any source code, and didn't have any to give.

I've sent them a second message explaining that selling or distributing their modem without a copy of the source or an offer to provide it is copyright infringement. I'd like to report it, but I have no idea how to proceed. Who should I contact to report a violation of the GPL as it pertains to the Linux kernel, and how should I contact them?"

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