Re: That lightsabre...
Someone has already come out with a parody of that shot where Jesus is standing opposite with a similar lightsabre that's oriented in the other direction so that it's a cross.
2294 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009
Someone has already come out with a parody of that shot where Jesus is standing opposite with a similar lightsabre that's oriented in the other direction so that it's a cross.
> Simple - if eating fat was what made you fat, then sheep and cattle wouldn't be fat.......but they are.
...except sheep are not people. As others have said, they are adapted entirely differently from us. We can't pretend that we are sheep or cows. If you do that then you end up DEAD with a gut full of grass like many of the Irish during the great blight.
You probably couldn't eat enough leafy greens in a day to fuel yourself even if you spent all day at it.
We just aren't that good at digesting leafy greens.
>> "Unless you are a serious athlete, you aren't going to exercise enough to lose weight. "
> That's not true. It's very hard because it needs commitment.
That's very much true. Moving yourself a mile will consume only about 100 calories. That's the energy of an Apple or 1/3rd of a candy bar. It's much easier to just avoid that candy bar. Cutting out the soda and the snacks is a far more easy and effective option.
Exercise is time consuming WORK vs just avoiding something.
> I still average ~500 Cals/day exercise but my Calories intake has risen to match it.
I know serious athletes that average about that much. Normal people, not so much.
Unless you are a serious athlete, you aren't going to exercise enough to lose weight. The numbers simply aren't there. It's much easier to simply eat less in order to achieve a net energy deficit.
The main value of exercise is to help keep your metabolism from crashing due to a significant calorie defecit. Your body is a complex machine and it will try to put itself into quasi-hibernation if it thinks you are in the middle of a famine. THAT will sabotage any kind of numerical advantage you're trying to get.
Some people do this "Stalingrad adaptation" thing very well. Makes weight loss very difficult.
Actually, eating a bag of sugar is very doable. That's the heart of our current problem.
That's why there's this apparent paradox of "good fat". Fat induces satiety in a quick and effective manner that carbs (and especially refined sugars) do not.
The whole "just use the shim" remark only proves his point. If systemd weren't about assimilating the rest of Linux like the borg there would be no need for any "shim". There would just be a sanely designed init system with sanely designed userland services surrounding it.
However we don't have that. What we have is one big entangled mess being pushed on everyone because someone happens to be the fattest lardbutt in the room.
GNOME pushing this mess? No big surprise, they already jumped the shark quite badly and demonstrated their lack of trustworthiness.
"dependency based booting" is easy.
You have an ordered list and the network is higher in that list than X.
On the off chance you have a fatal failure of some kind, do you really want your system crippled or do you want it to at least boot up so you can figure out what went wrong and how to fix it? The "dependency" based approach sounds nice but it's easy to render your system completely unbootable. (been there, done that)
Some things sound cool until you actually try them.
> Why not solve this in the traditional Linux/FOSS way? Meaning: you want a better alternative for component XYZ, because you believe XYZ is broken?
We already have a suitable component. The problem is that the other camp likes to actively sabotage alternatives. This is apparent with the GNOME3 debacle. There should have been no need to fork GNOME2 into MATE but the GNOME devs made it necessary. They specifically sought to make the obvious conservative option impossible.
Before you can have compromise you need 2 sides that are willing to do that.
One of my more complicated desktop machine requires manual intervention in order to boot. It has a combination of RAID devices and NFS shares. This box consistently gets confused and thinks it's RAID and NFS filesystems aren't ready at boot time. Startup HALTS as it requests user input of the typical Windows style (ignore-cancel-continue).
Oddly enough the box manages to sort itself out despite the panic and the error messages.
This is a storage server. HALTING during boot is not good.
> if i had a SSD that was 16 TB i would not need my spindle using HDDs.
...and if I had my own private starship I could leave this loser dirtball.
You really need two. You need to have at least one full backup.
In order for this thing to relevant, it needs to be cheap enough that you could buy TWO of them and not get kicked permanently out of the house.
> The 'normal' UI settings windows don't have an option for it because it's rarely changed by most people
Here is a good example of where Apple does stuff right. They hide the advanced configuration from immediate view but it's easy enough to make them visible if you want them. You don't have to go hunting for some secret handshake or Windows style "power tools".
> Simple things like getting a printer running, scanner or file sharing?
...things that have been sorted for a very long time.
On the other hand, scrambling the basic desktop experience is something that's a little bit more current and relevant and this goes for ALL of the major operating systems and not just Linux. The question of "Have they unf*cked my desktop yet?" will be front an center in any new Windows review.
The thing about fat is that it's deeply satisfying to pretty much everyone regardless of what other differences they have in the way they process food. This is an effect that's not subject to the roller coaster of "rush" and "crash" that you have with carbs and sugar. So it ends up being paradoxically safer and self limiting.
> Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim
...except once you claim goods and services provided by professionals as an "individual right", this is no longer just about "the good of the victim". You're making poor choices and then everyone else is expected to clean up after you both literally and figuratively.
You should be equally eager to sort out your own readily forseeable problems as you are to create them.
I dunno. We read the local message boards for people in our part of suburbia an the level of maintenance and expense all of these lardbutts are consuming seems quite significant. Between back and knee surgeries and monthly lifestyle medications, it seems like no trivial amount when compared to the near ZERO amount consumed by my own fit household.
These people certainly sound damaged.
if you really like the show that much just bite the bullet and get the DVDs.
Sure, it's not cheap but you will always have them and you will never have to worry about ads or any sort of mutilation. Now that the whole run has been published, the prices may even have come down some.
If I were terminated and then stranded, I wouldn't have to ever work anymore. Whatever company that pulled that stunt on me would be paying for my retirement.
> I take it that you haven't heard of "pregnancy"
Revoked access can always be granted again. It's not like this is a one way process. You are only removing them from some database. You aren't actually killing them.
The worst that can happen is that you inconvenience someone that's been away from the office from a long time.
The stupidity of comparing a trained network administrator with a nanny is just mind bogglingly stupid.
That analogy only (maybe) works if the nanny also is the legal guardian of the parents as well. The IT staff may well claim ownership of the IT infastructure because they are the only ones that know how it works and no one else is even capable of supervising them.
Nothing like a "nanny".
More like the nursing home that will wipe your butt when you are old and senile and no longer capable of taking care of yourself.
The problem in San Francisco is that management beyond Childs was incompetent. They should have had an exit strategy for ANY employee and made proactive steps to make sure they would not be in precisely the sort of position they ended up in.
Other professions have standards and licensing to the point where they will tell upper management to "go pound sand" because they have a license to look after.
If it was a database, the obvious question is "was it backed up". If they had a backup of some kind, the hijacking may not have mattered one way or the other.
"Hello? Iron Mountain? How soon can you ship me some tapes?"
> Federal law still considers pot illegal. Local laws does not supersede Federal Laws.
Depending on the subject, that's a point of dispute. The powers of the federal government are theoretically limited with most rights and authority remaining with the states or the people. It's by no means an "obvious and settled" issue.
States can and have given the feds the big middle finger. (even without seceding)
...only the Western hemisphere and Japan.
Similarly, the Stanley Cup could probably be called a "World Cup" because of all of the top talent that gets poached from all over the world. The NHL has to go on hiatus during the Olympics because everyone is off playing for their national teams.
They probably thought that "they could get away with it" and that these filthy hippies wouldn't be able to lob litigation grenades in their general direction.
The Swiss army knife is a great analogy as those things have never displaced the many more specialized knives out there. As soon as your job gets big or important or it's what you do for a living, then you have to use tools dedicated for and designed for the particular purpose.
...or the PCs are just terminals connecting to web applications.
However, they still need to be proper terminals. They still need a proper graphics terminal rather than some tablet. They still need all of the biggest and bulkiest parts of the PC form factor. Even if you could replace their PC with a tablet, the rest of the graphics terminal hardware would still be there.
You could just shrink the PC to the size of a NUC and then you have diminishing reasons to displace the PC.
Although ultimately tablets are only useful as PC replacements if you turn them into proper PCs first.
> Yes but in your example, you need one person with a PC used for such things,
No. In that example, ANY person in the office needs to be able to do those things. Not only that, they may have to do even more interesting things that the OP didn't even get into. He only went into ONE small subset of the given use case. He only touched on the tip of the iceberg.
Flexible powerful systems allow users to do interesting and surprising things.
THAT is the whole point of the PC. You are not stuck dealing with centralized IT management to give you permission to do something. You just fend for yourself individually or collectively.
Mobile devices have to lose the whole mobile device cripple management mindset before they displace genuinely general purpose devices.
> Why does it always have to be a genuine honking workstation actually sitting on your desk?
Ergonomics and efficiency.
The "workstation" isn't so much important as is everything else connected to it. It's the peripherals. Although a lame locked down OS running on some slow CPU like something out of the 90s isn't going to be helpful.
If the most interesting thing you do is powerpoint presentations, I suppose you could get away with either an ARM device or a weak laptop like a MBA. For anything more interesting, you're probably going to be out of luck.
It's nice to have meager expectations. Not everyone does though.
Plus all the tech everywhere has to support you. Not everyone is going to accommodate your Apple device (even in 2014). I suggest always having a contingency plan ready.
The problem with a "cheap" Windows admin is that you will likely get what you paid for. It's a platform that's all about the idea that you don't have to know what you're doing. A lot of people calling themselves Windows admins have no business being anywhere near a server.
The competent ones (Windows admins) will be much more like their Unix counterparts in terms of technical skills, understanding the requirements of managing servers, and price tag.
A cheap warm bodies probably make Windows more of a disaster than it needs to be.
The PI is only up to the task of being a general purpose device if you're really dedicated to the idea. That includes XBMC too. Even with a well optimized build, XBMC just wants too much out of a system.
> If you are relying on HDD soft failure modes preserve your precious snowflake pictures it is you who has hard failed. Redundancy.
...which is much more feasible if you are not paying 4x the price you really need to.
> it became apparent that unless you have a burning desire to record and keep for posterior every single episode of East Enders
Even a machine that's used for light gaming and the occasional bit of web surfing is still going to need a significant amount of drive space. Significant meaning an amount that is EXPENSIVE if you are only considering SSDs. It really doesn't take much in terms of personal media files or just GAMES to fill up a smaller drive.
Going strictly SSD only makes sense if you're made of money or the device is only intended to be a terminal connecting to some other machine with a decent amount of storage.
My kid has been abusing my spinny disk based Archos for years. The thing refuses to die. If anything, it's the battery that's the problem.
Hard drive tech moved beyond the 80s style fragility you are talking about a long time ago.
It's funny you should mention that because enterprise storage vendors have had "tiered storage" for many years now. This is not a new problem. These dynamics exist even within the same disk technology (namely magnetic HDD). There's pretty much always been a cost versus speed tradeoff.
Just add various "grades" of SSD into the mix using the tech that's already there.
...again: not news.
This is old news. I was working with SSD storage back in 2001. The same issues and limitations existed then as they do now. People and companies are not made of money. Some big talking amateurs like to talk about how money doesn't matter but it does. It's a inescapable part of engineering.
Any solution you pose for any problem needs to be worth the cost.
That doesn't change just because it's 2014 and some blogger can get his hands on SSD tech now.
It's the "rare gems" that make the ecosystem. WinDOS has a number of these. MacOS has a couple of these. They're the killer apps that people think they can't live without.
Of course the rest can be total crap.
My kid is also not bothered by the whole idea of using a phone as a remote. This is good because he lost one of the Roku remotes. It's a bit more awkward than a real remote but still usable.
It's interesting that someone dismisses this idea in principle because it's basically the big thing with Apple's streamer.
> It sounds like, at the moment, you are better off getting an old Nintendo Wii off eBay.
Nope. I had the in-laws setup with a Wii. The moment they saw my Roku the were like "why didn't you ever tell me about this. Buy me one of these."
"Hacking a Wii" isn't even an option there.
The Wii is a different tool for a different job.
> I can confirm Amazon doesn't support these at all, in the UK.
Well that's terribly disappointing.
Captions and subtitles in general seem like a neglected part of most streamers.
Exactly. With a "smart" TV you are effectively forced to pay for crap you don't want or need. The built in media features are pants. The thing is likely spying on you too. It's far better to not waste the resources (carbon footprint and whatnot) and just let people buy the STB of their choice.
When I bought my "smart" TV, the price premium was the same as one of my HTPCs.
That TV certainly didn't deliver a comparable level of extra utility.
The more important question is whether or not this thing can handle all formats directly like a PC copy of Plex or XBMC would. Transcoding servers require more power and noise than a respectable GPU.
I'm fine with that as long as the cops are disarmed too.
They are also civilians with insufficient training or discipline to be trusted with "military weapons" if the average citizen isn't. If anything, the cops need to be de-militarized first.
> That "problem" should easily be fixed with 25£, which is the cost of an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Firewire adapter :-)
Did you actually read that page? It's full of one star reviews.
> At some point, I bought two Macs. I could barely stand the usability of their desktop compared to my traditional Linux environments
Same here. I used Macs as Linux based HTPCs back when that made more sense. Tech moved along quickly and those Minis quickly became obsolete. After that, I had some Macs to play with so I could properly put MacOS through it's paces.
Suddenly I wasn't interested in recommending Macs to rubes anymore. I was far less impressed with MacOS and Apple software than I thought I would be.
Although, being stuck using Apple hardware is the single biggest disadvantage of using MacOS. Apple does it's best to ignore sound engineering decisions to favor unmaintainable novelty form factors.
This blast from the past 80s style soldered on RAM is just more of Apple's usual nonsense.
> It's already *nix. Proper Unix, not Lunix.
Only to idiots that have never touched a "proper Unix" ever and only care about this stuff as some kind of lame marketing bullet point.
> They don't market it as a server now but why would that need upgradable RAM,
Even my last Atari didn't have it's RAM soldered onto the main board.
A machine doesn't need to be a server. Maintainability and repairability is useful for ANY kind of machine. This is especially true given the fact that OS upgrades tend to demand more out of existing hardware. Plus tech tends to get cheaper over time making various kinds of upgrades more feasible.
Proud to be X is still just the wrong way to put it.
Perhaps it's a failing of the English language.
> Just because all these people have a different opinion doesn't mean we have to sit back and let them spew all this bullsh*t all over the internet...
Yes. Actually it does. Otherwise it's not free speech.
It's not free speech if it's only the things you personally approve of.
This stupid sh*t is why we had to flee to another continent.