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Some Windows XP users just can't afford to upgrade

WorBlux React OS` (2 comments)

About time to dump some money into it,

about a year ago
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Linux Fatware: Distros That Need To Slim Down

WorBlux Re:"Tuned"? (299 comments)

And does everyone start with Ubuntu-minimal? In that you can get rid of the wireless-tools, wpa-supplicant, and pcmia-utils. Other distros may just want to offer a more vm-friendly version of their standard base. (You can do everything you can with the original, except those things that wouldn't make sense to do in a VM anyways.

about a year ago
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Linux Fatware: Distros That Need To Slim Down

WorBlux Re:"Tuned"? (299 comments)

You should be able to perform some shortucuts in the init process. You can also get rid of anything related to being a host to a virtual machine (who is insane enough to run a VM inside a VM?) You can rip out a lot of hardware support, and some of the really advance network stuff. Who needs lm-sensors on a virtual machine? hdpram? smartctl?

about a year ago
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Build a Secret Compartment, Go To Jail

WorBlux Re:Jury, not DEA. (1111 comments)

Voir Dire is french for jury-rigging.

about a year ago
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Seagate To Stop Making 7200rpm Laptop HDDs

WorBlux Re:SSDs are a fad (261 comments)

I'd bet their using it as Cache, as it's still much cheaper than RAM (1-2 dollars vs 10-20 dollars per GB) and is much better at random access than spinning disks.

about a year ago
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Can Valve's 'Bossless' Company Model Work Elsewhere?

WorBlux Yes (522 comments)

I mean it works for a tomato company in Florida (Morning Star), it can work for just about anything, but it takes a lot of time to cultivate the culture, and you've got to have the right people initially for it to work.

about a year ago
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Supreme Court Disallows FISA Challenges

WorBlux Re:The case was badly constructed (306 comments)

Scalia in Busch v. Gore "One of the principal issues in the appeal we have accepted is precisely whether the votes that have been ordered to be counted are, under a reasonable interpretation of Florida law, "legally cast vote[s]." The counting of votes that are of questionable legality does in my view threaten irreparable harm to petitioner Bush, and to the country, by casting a cloud upon what he claims to be the legitimacy of his election."

With Roe V Wade if you ever read the decision it admits there is none, but proceeds because the issue is widespread but unlikely to be addressed in any other way, though really a poor decisio, increasing it's controversy and setting it up as a decision likely to be overturned.

about a year and a half ago
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Supreme Court Disallows FISA Challenges

WorBlux Re:The case was badly constructed (306 comments)

Dude, the case or controversy clause is black letter law, there is really nothing more fundamental to the legal process. It's not a matter of semantics, it's not a matter a failing to bring up an argument. It's a matter of failing to present sufficient factual basis to establish some loss, harm, or injury suffered by the plantiff. And keep in mind that a judge is required to accept all pleaded facts as true when considering a motion to dismiss for lack of standing. (The standard or proof here is beyond all doubt) And if you don't have standing no amount of assuaging the details and theory of the complaint will do you any good if it's found you don't have standing.

about a year and a half ago
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Supreme Court Disallows FISA Challenges

WorBlux Re:The case was badly constructed (306 comments)

Standing is based on a specific and concrete harm alleged by the plaintiff. Read the actual ruling.

about a year and a half ago
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The U.S. minimum wage should be

WorBlux Re:Fixed (1106 comments)

Actually it's pretty easy to legally work for free. (volunteer positions and internships) . It's the in between that is harder to do. Either you need to be in you first 90 days on the job, or in a special federal program, or be self-employed.

about a year and a half ago
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Tesla Motors Battles the New York Times

WorBlux Re:Fault Irrelevant: Shows Flaw (700 comments)

Fuel cell + CNG, with regenerative braking into a ultracapicitor is going to be cleaner and more efficient that just about any engine. This alone will be pretty sustainable and improve air quality. It will also have all the conveniences of the current fueling infrastructure, plus home or work refueling is possible (albiet at a fairly high cost).

Using a battery won't help unless you generate the electricity from solar, wind, hyrdro, geo-thermal, or nuclear sources. In fact it makes the situation worse as you need to use resources to manufacturer the battery.

For renewable mandates, biogas is a lot easier to do than cellulostic ethanal, though is can use the exact same feedstock.

The only then you give up is the ability to refuel when you run out of gas away from a station. This might be solved with a 5-10 lbs reserve propane tank.

about a year and a half ago
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Tesla Motors Battles the New York Times

WorBlux Re:Fault Irrelevant: Shows Flaw (700 comments)

I think anyone dropiing a bit chunk of change on an electric will but in a 240V, 40 or 50 amp outlet for their car in the grage, so by linear conversion, charge time to full drops to 12 hours.

about a year and a half ago
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What To Do When an Advised BIOS Upgrade Is Bad?

WorBlux Re:Do a public service and let us know (467 comments)

No, I mean the kernel,specificly a linux or BSD kernel. Yes and update would be a pain, but I really only update my kernel every 4-5 months anyways.

As for features, the netwoking stack comes to mind. It's basicly it's own little OS running under your operating system.

As for the log dump, isn't that what is bricking some of those Samsung laptops? And this is far from the only bug that shows up (some will check the string name of the payload before running it and refuse to boot anything that isn't windows or redhat) . Runtime services aren't supposed to call boot services after boot, but this doesn't always happen and this can make it hard to work with. There is a huge amount of code and specification, much of it not well understood by by more than two or three people, but not a lot of tests or formal verification to make. At least if you run UEFI/tianocore on top of coreboot, you're running and open source version that can be updated at any time without worrying about weather your hardware init will keep working.

I have one computer, my laptop which is UEFI, (2.2 i think) the rest are some sort of traditional BIOS.(award, phoenix, whatever). Oh, and I love the kernel EFI kernel stub, the fact that you can flip straight into the kernel within two seconds of turning on the power is awesome. Having it be finished loading in two second would be even awesomer.

about a year and a half ago
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What To Do When an Advised BIOS Upgrade Is Bad?

WorBlux Re:Do a public service and let us know (467 comments)

1. It's unnecessary, just launch the kernel. 2. It's a lot a new code and not well tested. 3. It has too many features, doing thing which firmware really has no business doing.

about a year and a half ago
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What To Do When an Advised BIOS Upgrade Is Bad?

WorBlux Re:Do a public service and let us know (467 comments)

The ASRock E350M1 is supported, which contains an E-350 processor. Not a gaming rig, but still not a bad bit of hardware.

about a year and a half ago
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Economists Argue Patent System Should Be Abolished

WorBlux Re:Childish Weltanschauung (376 comments)

Being the first to market has huge advantages. Reverse engineering isn't really much cheaper than just engineering. Being and inventor of a value product makes you skills and knowledge highly sought after. Even without direct payment an invention can pay off. (double or triple the sort of salary you can demand) Anyways if you read their friendly book, you'll find the example and arguments therein.

about a year and a half ago
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Economists Argue Patent System Should Be Abolished

WorBlux Re:Been saying that... (376 comments)

The Robber Barons, benifited greatly from all sort of intervention, but especially from patronage. THe UP is a great example where executive bought coal mines for the express purpose of selling it the the UP at highly inflated prices. The overall shape of business, especially big business of the time was not what one would expect in a free market. Anyways the rest of it isn't to far off. The overvaluation of stock is going to bite the U.S economy in the Ass, probably sooner rather than later.

about a year and a half ago
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Leaked: Obama's Rules For Assassinating American Citizens

WorBlux Re:Assassinating American Terrorists (800 comments)

What part of the magna carta, don't you understand. "No freeman shall be arrested, or imprisoned, or deprived of his freehold, or his liberties, or free customs, or be outlawed, or exiled, or in any manner destroyed, (harmed,) nor will we (the king) proceed. against him, nor send any one against him, by force or arms, unless according to (that is, in execution. of) the sentence of his peers, and (or or, as the case may require) the Common Law of England," Governments have killed nearly a quarter billion of their own citizens in the twintieth century alone. A tyranical government is far more of a danger than a handful of kooks thousands of miles away. Strict adherence to the rule of law and traditional safeguards are the best defense against tyranny. But back to the issue of lives. The wars and operation to date have cost in the multiple trillions of dollars. How many lives could have been saved had the money been diverted into medical research, or into the revitalization of urban ghettos? And the U.S does not have the moral high ground here. It provided, aid, arms and training to central and south american terrorist groups, for no better reason to advance some political agenda or another.

about a year and a half ago

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