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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

coder111 Many VMs is about legacy crap, not Open-source (149 comments)

Ok, so you have several reasonably well maintained open-source (or close) things running with same JVM. Good for you. In your use-case, you only need one VM.

Now try running some legacy enterprise crap from 2003 which hasn't been touched for last 10 years on JDK8. And now imagine it uses JNI.

--Coder

about two weeks ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

coder111 That's the point! (293 comments)

All this hydrogen crap is done for only one reason that I can see- to keep oil and related companies in business. You still need some company to manufacture hydrogen, you still need complex transportation, you still need complex filing stations, and none of that you can do yourself. It's exactly the same business model, very similar infrastructure and process as dealing with gasoline. I.E. business as usual.

Purely battery electrical vehicles give customers control of charging their cars. You only need a charging station if you are on a long range journey. This will make lots of existing businesss obsolete, and it will be fought tooth and nail by the established companies. They will "invent" useless crap like corn alcohol or hydrogent to confuse the market and to slow down proliferation of purely battery electrical vehicles.

Theoretical research behind this- fuel cells and direct chemicals to electricity transformation with water as a byproduct is a cute idea, but it's very inpractical. Total energy efficiency of the whole system is low, transportation of hydrogen is tricky, and fuel cells are expensive. And it doesn't give you home-charging flexibility...

--Coder

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

coder111 Oh, and regading Linux on Desktop (525 comments)

One big problem with Linux on Desktop is lack of proper hardware support out of the box.

Microsoft and its monopolistic practice of strong-arming hardware vendors is directly responsible for a lot of it.

--Coder

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

coder111 Funny enough I'm neither (525 comments)

I've lived under Soviet Union. It wasn't much fun. I'm definitely NOT a communist, even though Soviet union wasn't really communist.

I don't pretend to know the solution. But I'll be the first to say that the current system of corporate demoracy is broken and must be improved.

I also believe that the solution will probably depend heavily on individual freedoms, and keeping computing, communications and the internet free and private. The alternative is a totalitarian regime backed by modern technology and that is the scariest thing I can imagine- and we are rapidly moving in that direction.

--Coder

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

coder111 That's my point (525 comments)

I just love this way of thinking. Oh, they are being dicks and screwing people over to make money. Well that's ok then...

I know businesses and corporations, most of the big ones at least, are being dicks to make money. That is still NOT OK. I know it's the "usual" way to do business. But it's still NOT OK. I know that's the way things have been for a very long time. That still doesn't make it OK.

And I do know Linux has it's share of problems, especially on desktop for newbie users. That still doesn't make it OK for Microsoft or any other organization to be dicks.

--Coder

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

coder111 90% of big corporations ARE evil (525 comments)

Yes it does. And that's the problem with corporations and capitalism in general.

Corporation by design is supposed to do one thing and one thing only- earn money for shareholders. All other concerns basically do not exist. Corporations do not have morals, they cannot have morals, and yet they are legal persons. If you were to do a personality profile on corporate behaviour- you'll find they all act as maniac psychopats. Corporations will hapily pollute, externalize costs, screw up communities, bribe & corrupt as long as they can get away with it- and usually they can. If they cannot do it in the West, they'll find some poorer country and do it there.

While a corporation is small, you could argue that it follows moral standards of the founders. However, as soon as it gets bigger, it inevitably becomes evil. And that is because of the way we reward corporations and define their success. We don't consider a corporation successful because it cleaned something up or improved life, we say a corporation is successful because it earned record profits. Sometimes you can achieve both, but if people can be screwed over to improve profits, that will eventually happen.

--Coder

about a month ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

coder111 Microsoft is not less evil,more companies are Evil (525 comments)

Microsoft still has dominance (monopoly) of desktop OS and office software. They still have incompatible office formats. They still corrupt international standards organizations. They still have the mindset of "Microsoft way or the highway". They still bundle their OS with most computers and vendors that want to sell computers without Windows still get in trouble. They still screw up their mobile phone partners.

They are still as evil as they used to be. They missed the boat with search/internet services and mobile- so they have a weeker position now. And now we have other evil companies like Apple and Google, and other evil organizations like NSA and GCHQ that affect the internet and computing world. But given emergence of new evils and reduction of power of Microsoft does not make them less evil.

--Coder

about a month ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

coder111 Full english breakfast (307 comments)

I want a robot that can cook a delicious full english breakfast. With black pudding!

We should use that for AIs instead of Turing test.

--Coder

about a month ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

coder111 Swearing is not much of a problem (387 comments)

I prefer people who swear and yell at me to people who sit there doing nothing while bad things are happening. Or people who sit there and hate you silently and scheme behind your back. Or people who do the wrong thing just to avoid conflict and it ends up tanking the project. Or people who always quietly do what they are told instead of saying "this is wrong, this idea is stupid, we need to do things differently".

There are much worse things than swearing and being offensive, especially if soneone deserves it.

Getting results is what's critical. Being nice is a nice to have, but ultimately less important. In other words I'll take competent assholes who get things done over impotent nice guys. And competent assholes tend to stop acting like assholes when you earn their respect.

On the other hand, I would be reluctant to work with an asshole who's being an asshole without a good reason just because he likes hurting people. That is wrong. But this is now what we are talking about here- I never heard Linus being like that.

--Coder

about 2 months ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

coder111 Re:Jolla- open and Linux based (132 comments)

I think you can flash Nexus 4 with Jolla and play with it. Not sure how risky or hard it is. And it's half-broken on Nexus4 AFAIK.

http://www.jollausers.com/2014...

If you want a cheap phone with Linux, I wonder how much is a Nokia N900?

--Coder

about 2 months ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

coder111 Jolla- open and Linux based (132 comments)

If you need open, Linux-based and hackable, try getting a Jolla. http://jolla.com/

It is not available in US yet, and it's a bit pricy, but it's being developed at a good pace, and I hope it will get there. I'll get one when I retire my current phone, just because Google is closing up Android more and more with each release.

I wonder how Jolla would cope with low-end hardware like in this 35$ phone. It's supposedly faster than recent Androids on same hardware, not sure how low can you go though.

--Coder

about 2 months ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

coder111 You need to learn how GPS works (132 comments)

GPS is a RECEIVER UNIT ONLY. Unless your phone keeps GPS always on and transmits your GPS location via wireless or mobile connection, GPS is useless for tracking.

And government, your network provider and emergency services can track your phone just fine without GPS by using triangulation and comparing signal strengths from several mobile towers surrounding you.

--Coder

about 2 months ago
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The World's Most Hackable Cars

coder111 These are not HACKABLE, these are INSECURE (53 comments)

Slashdot of all places should know the difference.

Hackable- I can install Debian on it and tweak the engine to play mp3s.

Insecure- Some asshat will ruin your day because the vendor doesn't provide timely patches, or the patches they provide make things worse so you cannot install them, or there is no way to patch things at all, or it's so tedious nobody does it.

--Coder

about 5 months ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

coder111 I switched to kate after this (402 comments)

New gedit is completely unusable. I abandoned GNOME years ago in favour of XFCE, but I kept using gedit when I needed an editor with a GUI.

Now even that is useless, and I've switched to kate. Maybe I should give geany a shot...

--Coder

about 5 months ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

coder111 Right, "defending" "other slavs" with genocide... (417 comments)

Like they "took care" of Latvians, Lithuanians, Estonians, Chechens, Tatars, Hungarians, Germans, Poles, lots of other people who weren't slavs but weren't liked by Stalin. Millions of them ended up dead in Siberia.

Be glad that Russia never reached as far as Western Europe. Not for the lack of trying though... They planned to "bring the communism to Europe on the tips of bayonets" since 1920s, but their hands were too short. Oh, and then there was this guy Hitler who got 20 million of them killed... And then there were nukes.

I agree, do go and read some history books

--Coder

about 7 months ago
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Google Overtakes Apple As the World's Most Valuable Brand

coder111 Government? What government? Corporations FTW! (84 comments)

Yes, in theory government should check the power of corporations. However, in most capitalist democracies sooner or later corporations gain enough power and influence and governments stop serving people and starts serving interests of big business.

That happens especially easily in small countries when huge multinationals come in. Or in places like USA where lobbying (aka bribes for politicians) is fully legal and two party system makes it impossible to get the corrupt politicians out of government.

I used to believe that communism doesn't work. Well, it doesn't. But what they forgot to tell us is that capitalist democracies don't work that well either... They degenerate into corporate oligarchies...

Sorry for the rant :)

--Coder

about 6 months ago
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Google Overtakes Apple As the World's Most Valuable Brand

coder111 Society? What society? Corporations FTW! (84 comments)

Ads are demanded by business, espcially big business. It doesn't matter if society wants ads, if ads are harmful by distorting society's views, creating false demand (see broken window fallacy), or at least wasting everyone's time.

If corporations pay for ads, ads will happen. And corporate money matters much more than society does in today's world.

--Coder

about 7 months ago
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Estimate: Academic Labs 11 Times More Dangerous Than Industrial Counterparts

coder111 Re:No no no not more "Health And Safety" please... (153 comments)

Sorry for late response, but where did I say "blame the worker"?

I did point out that IMO main causes of accidents are stress,fatigue,haste and inexperience/incompetence/lack of training and "gung-ho" attitude.

Stress, fatigue and haste are mostly down to failed project management- workers are pushed to do long hours, and frustrated or stressed because of lack of progress or bad management or low pay. This is all down to management. Lack of training/inexperience/incompetence is also quite often a management failure- either you train your people, or you don't give them tasks they are not ready to cope with. Gung-ho attitude is mainly cultural or youth thing. It's only down to worker if they should have known better, and decided to cut corners themselves without any reason.

And I do believe safety equipment should be available when the occasion calls for it. Although I have done my share of soldering without feeling the need to wear glasses- but there weren't any people around me to bump into me or disturb me.

--Coder

about 9 months ago
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Estimate: Academic Labs 11 Times More Dangerous Than Industrial Counterparts

coder111 No no no not more "Health And Safety" please... (153 comments)

Yes, wrap everything in red tape and "health and safety", wear a helmet and a high visibility jacket all the time inside the university and even going to bed... That's the answer. Oh, and more stupid courses on how not to break your neck sitting at a desk.

Labs are more dangerous, because they are doing non-standard groundbreaking stuff in the labs, not some conveyor repetitive stuff that people have been doing for 100 of years and every move is known. That's why it's a lab and not a factory- you do risky unproven stuff there. Also, you get young hotshot students/postdocs working in labs, not professionals with experience and a mortgage and a family, so they are more accident prone as well.

I'm not working in a lab, but in my experience accidents happen in following circumstances:

* People are too tired or stressed out. * People are being rushed too much. * People don't know what they are doing. * Well, small number of "Hold my beer and watch this" moments. I guess students are somewhat more prone to those.

So if you want less accidents to happen, make working hours reasonable first (I know post-docs and students in universities work insane hours). And train them better. Of course safety equipment should be available when needed. But more red tape is not the answer, and getting higher-ups involved will wrap everything in so much red tape that getting anything done will require even more hours and frustration, probably leading to more accidents.

--Coder

about 9 months ago

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