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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

noidentity Perfect OS... for x86 (452 comments)

* God said His temple must be perfect. We don't think twice about breaking compatibility.

* One platform. x86_64 PC compatibles.

These two are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

* Ring-0-only. Everything runs in kernel mode, including user applications.

Mac OS Classic must have been more holy than Mac OS X. Makes sense, though, since everything is perfect. No need for protection.

* No networking, so malware is not an issue.

God must not want anyone sharing documents. Oh, right, the OS is perfect, so no exploits possible.

about three weeks ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

noidentity Re:Not sure what is going on here... but... (572 comments)

The information economy has existed from the beginning of time. It's only recently that it's had huge violence-backed walls erected within it.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

noidentity Re:Counterfeiters not competitors (572 comments)

The clones that are then labelled and sold as 'FTDI' are, certainly, in all kinds of violation of trademark law

The point of trademark law is for the buyer to be able to know that the product is genuine. It's for the buyer's sake, not the company's sake. That is, something branded FTDI but not really FTDI is fraud of the buyer. For FTDI to then intentionally modify the device so that it stops working is to further harm the buyer. So FTDI is just pulling a total fail here.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

noidentity Re:LKML response (572 comments)

Wow, those comments from the FTDI engineer who submitted the patch are damning. "This is definitely not targeting end users" except that it does exactly that. No way I will ever buy a possibly-genuine FTDI product in the future, with that kind of company culture.

about 2 months ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

noidentity Re:1024-fold (210 comments)

And when you do have base 2 numbers then multiplication/division gives other nice base 2 numbers like 10 MiB / 2 KiB = 5 KiB.

The units cancel, so you get 5K er... 5*1024 = 5120.

My favorite solution to the issue is to treat GB, MB, and KB as special units whose meanings are 1024MB, 1024KB, and 1024B, respectively. That's what they've meant for decades, and I'm not going fiddle with giving them two incompatible meanings now. IMO if powers of two don't matter in a particular context, it's cleanest to use Gb, Mb, and kb, SI units referring to 1000Mb, 1000kb, and 1000b (bits), respectively. Bits are a fairly fundamental unit.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

noidentity The "cap" is just the switch to metered billing (341 comments)

Other utilities like electricity and water are billed based on usage. Comcast apparently only bills by usage once it goes over a certain amount, otherwise it's a fixed fee each month. A cap to me implies a hard limit, over which they would completely cut off service.

about 4 months ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

noidentity Re:Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

Is it an anti-competition law? In many places they limit the number of licenses, which reduces competition and allows taxis to charge more.

about 4 months ago
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

noidentity Digital Access versus Digital Restriction (165 comments)

Digital public libraries could be OK if they didn't make you use a certain OS and certain software to view the books. PDF downloads for everyone, searchable. The crap our local library has is worse than useless, because I spent lots of time trying to get it to work but it's clear it does not want it to be easy.

about 4 months ago
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Type 225 Words per Minute with a Stenographic Keyboard (Video)

noidentity Misread as steganographic keyboard (109 comments)

Awww, I read this as a SteGanographic keyboard, i.e. one that hides as you type. I thought the 225 WPM was due to all the noise words it added or something.

about 4 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

noidentity Re:Stupid (561 comments)

Taken further, Apple's employee profile in each branch should exactly match that of the population in the area where that branch of the company is. And don't leave out things like age, sexuality, height, hair color, eye color, religion, etc. If the company's distribution doesn't match that of the population, then it's clearly due to discrimination.

about 4 months ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

noidentity Lack of obvious front/back up/down (191 comments)

If the current plugs had an obvious up/down, it would go a long way to knowing which way they go. For a phone, up would be the front. For a PC, up would be marked on the plug by a face and side feeling/looking different. Those go up, depending on whether it's a horizontal or vertical socket. Things are market but it's not very visible and not tactile so you know what to feel for. This would fix the problem well enough without changing the mechanical/electrical specification.

about 4 months ago
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Apple To Unveil Light Peak, New MacBook Pros This Week?

noidentity Re:Not a very high quality article. (311 comments)

Explanation: Light Peak causes the creation of time machines, and this author had already traveled back before 2010, written the article, and mistakenly posted it in 2011. Simple mistake, really.

more than 3 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Reboot Unix Servers

noidentity Re:Uh.. no (705 comments)

I agree it shouldn't be relied upon as a troubleshooting step (you need to know what broke, why, and why it won't happen again). That said, if you go years without rebooting a machine... there is a good chance that if you ever do (to replace hardware for instance) it won't come back up without issue. Verifying that the system still boots correctly is imo a good idea.

This doesn't contradict his advice, as you're suggesting to reboot every few months when the machine is working. His advice is to not use a reboot as the first step in solving a problem. If anything, a periodic reboot when it's working is probably in-line with his advice, as it's a way to uncover more problems that may be lurking, at a time when things seem to be working (and hopefully when the downtime won't be a big issue, like during low load).

more than 3 years ago
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The Death of BCC

noidentity Re:BCC still existed? (366 comments)

Now Stupid Coworker knows that it was me that reported him for sending me porn.

...because your boss is a dork. He should have send a message to Johnny Five (or everyone), "reminder: don't send porn to co-workers".

more than 3 years ago
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The Death of BCC

noidentity Re:So true (366 comments)

On the flip-side, you have to assume that anyone you email is clueless and will share your address, and will get some kind of virus that adds it to spam lists, so you share a forwarding alias that you can kill if it gets misused.

more than 3 years ago
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GeoHot Asks For Donations To Fight Sony

noidentity Re:Pulling out my hair. (470 comments)

Slashdot is very friendly about signatures: you can turn them off so you never have to see their clutter anymore.

more than 3 years ago
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Goodbye, HD Component Video

noidentity Re:Not what they say it is.... (469 comments)

Thanks for the info. I'll have to remember this for the future, since at some point none of the CRTs will work anymore.

more than 3 years ago

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