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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

staalmannen Re: Hydra... specifically? (185 comments)

That is not how evolution works. We do not decend from any currently living species, we just share common ancestors and if you go far enough back in time we are related to everything living on Earth. Studies of distant relative animals ("basal metazoans") and finding similarities to us indicate that our last common ancestor had those features.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Files Legal Action Against Samsung Over Android Patent Dispute

staalmannen Re: Laugh all the way to the bank (83 comments)

In Samsungs case, switching from FAT or exFAT to F2FS and provide drivers for Windows and OSX would make sense. Windows users are used to having to install specialized drivers for peripherals anyway...

about a month and a half ago

Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

staalmannen Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

I still hope that the plasma desktop from KF5 finally will make KDE a real shell replacement on Windows. There is experimental support for this in the KDE4 builds, but as I have understood it KF5/Qt5 will enhance support significantly. If this is the case I will definitely put KDE on every machine when people want me to "fix" their Windows 8 machines (and refuse a proper OS).

about 2 months ago

First Release of LibreSSL Portable Is Available

staalmannen Re: Other OS's (101 comments)

I want to check if it builds on Plan9 APE. There is an old openssl port, but when I tried a more recent one it choked (lots of symlinks generated during configure, not supported on Plan9)

about 2 months ago

How Predictable Is Evolution?

staalmannen Re: Bah (209 comments)

not imaginative enough. Life in outer space would be less similar to us than bacteria on Earth is (so bird-like and octupus like is too "tellocentric"). Having said that, certain body plans are likely to reoccur like light sensors (eyes have developed several times independently on Earth) likely close to the proccesing unit ("brain", could also be distributed like in an octopus) and feeding organs.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

staalmannen Alpine linux (533 comments)

I am currently playing around with Alpine linux, musl libc + busybox + openrc. I like it a lot - a binary package management similar to Arch linux.

about 4 months ago

Lumina: PC-BSD's Own Desktop Environment

staalmannen Re: Why? (148 comments)

Enlightenment and EFL are bsd licensed and there are several others, like dwm, are permissively licensed

about 5 months ago

Zombie Plants Help To Spread Bacterial Pathogen

staalmannen Re:Zombie plants? (38 comments)

Mother Nature is a serial killer. No one's better. More creative. Like all serial killers, she can't help but the urge to want to get caught. But what good are all those brilliant crimes if no one takes the credit? So she leaves crumbs. Now the hard part, while you spent decades in school, is seeing the crumbs for the clues they are. Sometimes the thing you thought was the most brutal aspect of the virus, turns out to be the chink in its armor. And she loves disguising her weaknesses as strengths. She's a bitch. -Fassbach, World War Z

In this case, she is a Cereal killer

about 5 months ago

Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

staalmannen Re:Different views on a free market (223 comments)

Standards is just one of the regulations in place to ensure a Free market (a market with choice for the consumer). In terms of ISPs it could be that there would be antitrust regulations and requirements that competing companies should be able to sell their services over the exising connections. Ideally the "network providers" and "service providers" are kept sepparate, and the "network providers" only billing the "service providers". This is how stuff works with electricity and gas, at least in the 2 countries where I have lived.

about 5 months ago

Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

staalmannen Different views on a free market (223 comments)

I often see to very different views on the concept of a free market. One is "free from intervention" and is producer-focused, which often leads to one or a few domninant players due to network effects and/or scale advantages. The second one can be interpreted as "optimal competition" and is consumer-focused, where regulations (antitrust, enforced standards, consumer protection etc) try to make sure that the consumer always has a choice and that a market can not stagnate into its stable state of one or a few dominant players. I think the telecom market in the US vs EU (and probably most of the world) is a good example. In most places, the government has mandated a single standard (for example GSM) and rules for roaming on a network. This has led to a big market of small service providers on a few networks (there is for example stiff competition on prepaid SIMs). What I have understood from the US, differing standards between the providers coupled with a subsidized payment plan for the phone effectively causes a lock-in situation for the consumer. I am definitely leaning in favour of the "optimal competition" interpretation of a free market (how can a market be free if the consumer does not have a choice?).

about 5 months ago

GNU C Library Alternative Musl Libc Hits 1.0 Milestone

staalmannen Re:Compared to Bionic (134 comments)

also klibc and newlib could be interesting. Newlib especially since it is used for its portability and to make experimental OSes, klibc for being extremely small and minimal

about 6 months ago

GNU C Library Alternative Musl Libc Hits 1.0 Milestone

staalmannen Re:Either gnu libc is hideously slow and bloated.. (134 comments)

It might be easier to add than to remove, leading to bloat over time and glibc has been around for a while. Also, building on old code might mean that you are limited in what you can change. For example, the modular design of LLVM has been a pretty big success and is considered easier to work with/develop than gcc. For musl, I think they have decided to remove all legacy stuff + non-standard extensions.

about 6 months ago

Sony Announces Game Streaming Service

staalmannen Re: I wonder if... (144 comments)

simply convert to mp4?

about 8 months ago

How One Man Fought His ISP's Bad Behavior and Won

staalmannen P2P DNS (181 comments)

Is any of the P2P DNS solutions (and which one?) a viable alternative to the Google DNS or OpenDNS? Does anyone have experiences that they would like to share?

about 8 months ago

Kernel DBus Now Boots With Systemd On Fedora

staalmannen Re:Start working on HURD (341 comments)

I would rather see it based on Genode OS and the L4 microkernel

about 9 months ago

France's 'Culture Tax' Could Hit YouTube and Facebook

staalmannen Re: Frogs (314 comments)

Both dubbing and re-casting with native actors take away a lot of the experience. I hate the brittish and american recasts of swedish films/series for example. For dubbing, it is quite clear that people in European countries not speaking one of the big languages (German, Spanish, French, Italian, ...) are on average better in English thanks to sub titling of the original movies.

about 9 months ago

Researchers Crack Major HIV Mystery

staalmannen Re: AIDS is God's way of saying homosexuality is w (84 comments)

more like 1600 years old. The christian bible was assembled as a political compromize in the 400s - including the classical prayer clearly stating that Jesus was tortured at the cross (a way to exclude the gnostics from the definition of christians). Apparently there are a lot of texts available that were classified as herretic back then which are the same age as those included in the NT. According to some of the Jesus was a bully in his teens using his super powers.... then again....we could just as well discus our hero-of-preference from the Marvel universe....

about 9 months ago


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