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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

thegarbz Re:Gas not less CO2 on refiring coal plants (141 comments)

From what I understand these are retrofits. They will reuse as much equipment as possible so you can probably forget the combined cycle advantage.

7 hours ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

thegarbz Re:Driver ABI change (157 comments)

The reason they skipped 7, 8, and 9 is rather obvious, that Microsoft wanted to align the kernel version with the product version.

So ever release of windows then on it's new fast release cycle will involve a major kernel change then? Fantastic.

Or rather Microsoft kernel devs where the last holdouts against the marketing team which finally managed to force their way in and kill the last group of people with any sense at all in the company. It was only a matter of time I guess. They had backup in the form of UX designers and accountants who were all stronger than the kernel devs due to the constant exercise involved with raising their arms to touch their screens.

11 hours ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

thegarbz Re:It's the API (157 comments)

Whether intentionally or unintentionally, many programmers have misused the old Windows APIs that check version numbers in a way that breaks compatibility of their apps going forward.

Don't quote me on this but I was under the impression that the Windows versions API never exposed the name of the version, only the kernel number. As someone above noted there was a separate flag for NT kernels vs whatever the other was called.

The only examples I've ever seen for matching windows versions were in Java applications and in theory there should be no compatibility issues there. Even in the last slashdot story about this there was code examples and they were ALL Java.

11 hours ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

thegarbz Re:EU parliament power (249 comments)

Yet another non binding resolution from EU parliament. This is a fake parliament: if cannot start a EU directive and does not decide on the budget.

Never let fact get in the way of a good group naval gazing session.

11 hours ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

thegarbz Re:Sure thing (249 comments)

I don't think you understand what a monopoly is, or how antitrust works. Hint: simply bundling applications is not an antitrust violation.

11 hours ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

thegarbz Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (249 comments)

What part of this is not true?

Fact has nothing to do with trolling. The way you write and speak makes you a troll.
Notice how the one comment that got modded insightful is full of factual information, and your opinion of comparison to Russia (backed by a factual piece of information) that doesn't sound like a 2 year old name calling.

11 hours ago
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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

thegarbz Re:The only thing worse than a lawyer (198 comments)

The only thing worse than a lawyer is a small-minded person who believes himself capable of creating factual generalizations about a diverse group of people.

I'm not single minded or generalizing. Everyone believes lawyers are the scum of the earth. :-)

yesterday
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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

thegarbz The only thing worse than a lawyer (198 comments)

The only thing worse than a lawyer is a law student, they think they can use the courts for anything.

yesterday
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UNSW Has Collected an Estimated $100,000 In Piracy Fines Since 2008

thegarbz Re:does the university retain a magistrate? (91 comments)

Does Video2000?
Does the hotel who's room you just wrecked?
Does the rental car company who's car you returned dirty and without refilling the tank?
What about the cab you threw up in?

You most definitely can issue any fines you want in a legal contract, such as the one I guarantee people were presented with before they got access to the university's network.

2 days ago
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UNSW Has Collected an Estimated $100,000 In Piracy Fines Since 2008

thegarbz Re:Punishment (91 comments)

I thought only Goverments, via the courts, had the power to issue a fine.

I take it you never returned a rental VHS late before?

Any contract can impose fines on either party as long as both parties agree to it. What's the bet that there's a EULA related to using the Uni's WiFi that the students didn't read. There certainly was when I went to Uni.

2 days ago
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BitTorrent Unveils Sync 2.0

thegarbz Re:Sharing vacation photos (59 comments)

lol I didn't realize sharing vacation photos was such a problem that BT had to come up with a solution better than FB, Picasa etc.

Oh it is. But don't worry BitSync has almost made it difficult enough that we no longer need to put up with boring selfies at the Eiffel Tower.

2 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

thegarbz Re:Another Annoying Dependency? (529 comments)

Even a modern system without PulseAudio handled things like the sudden appearance of a USB / Bluetooth headset like ..... like.... actually it didn't handle it at all.

As is usually the case the truth lies half way between your comment and the GP's. Linux audio wasn't as bad with ALSA as the GP claims, but it's certainly not anything remotely what I consider a good audio system for a modern use case.

That said Pulseaudio was rolled out when it was woefully unready to face users. I still have a bad taste in my mouth but then I realise it's like a sour lolly, it's bitter at first, satisfying in the middle, but you always have a bit of an aftertaste.

2 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

thegarbz Re:its all about choice. (529 comments)

They want a process to handle things like shutdown, reboot and hibernate via a UI dialog. Previously, Consolekit was that process. But Consolekit was scuttled in favor of Logind. And Logind is dependent on Systemd running as pid1.

What is not clear is why logind depends on the systemd core. It didn't in the first few iterations from what I can tell on mailing lists.

2 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

thegarbz Re:its all about choice. (529 comments)

SystemD is controversial enough that Debian should give the user the choice to decide whether they want systemd.

They are. They just don't want the option of maintaining both systems. You want systemd go Debian. You don't want it fork it or go for another project. They'll soon find how their user base voted. Anyone who thinks this is unlikely, remember this is fundamental to Linux. Mint wouldn't exist if Ubuntu didn't do what it did with the UI, likewise I'm guessing this Debian issue may lead rise to a new popular distribution which is "true" to Debian's core values.

Fundamentally it's a problem of effort. User choice requires effort to maintain. Not being a giant multinational corporation able to employ 1000s of developers means that at some point you need to decide what to support.

2 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

thegarbz Re:This is the same community (529 comments)

If something inferior is becoming the new standard then oh well.

Them's fighting words right there.

In other news my god is better than yours and therefore you are going to hell. *fingers in ears* lalalalalalalala.

2 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

thegarbz Re:Go back in time 5 years (529 comments)

Or you could go RTFM. There are only 2 core components required to get systemd working, one of them is udev and likely on your system already, the other is the process manager (init system).

EVERYTHING ELSE IS OPTIONAL AND CAN BE OMITTED AT COMPILE TIME.

If you have evidence of dependencies otherwise then you should take that up with the person who compiled your distribution.

2 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

thegarbz Re:Go back in time 5 years (529 comments)

One massive program running at PID 0 doing 100 different jobs from startup scripts to DNS resolution

Don't worry, based on your "understanding" of how systemd works you will still be laughed out of the room if you didn't post Anonymously.

2 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

thegarbz Re:Hindsight is 20:20 (486 comments)

A nuclear powered comet? NIMBY!

2 days ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

thegarbz Re:Murder-suicide? (382 comments)

Most likely the fact is that their money influenced Firefox development enough to make it into a Chrome clone in terms of UI.

Don't provide an excuse for poor GUI design. I doubt it was Google's money as much as the "UX" move that every piece of software seems to be embracing now. If it's not simple enough for a 2 year old then redesign the GUI. Users don't need or want fancy features.

Apparently.

2 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

thegarbz Re:Meet Streisand (302 comments)

In many parts of the world you're not required to read contracts. Items that are not part of a standard contract are not enforceable unless separated and signed on their own.

So: It is expected that a hotel charges me for the minibar and damage to the room. It is unexpected and not even remotely standard practice that they charge me for leaving a bad review. Hence when I sign on the dotted line I agree to standard terms. This is backed by case law in several parts of the world, and I think the UK included.

In Australia it was to do with a postal worker having people sign over the deeds to the house when dropping off a package.

3 days ago

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