* Posts by Semanticist

4 posts • joined 10 Mar 2010

Little warning: Deleting the wrong files may brick your Linux PC

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Re: Sounds Really Clever?

This has nothing to do with the actual hard drive filesystem on the machine. Linux/unix presents non-file data as if it were a filesystem, like /proc, which is a list of running processes and information on them, or /dev which contains 'files' which represent devices. (So what a Windows person might think of as 'COM1' is '/dev/ttys0' or similar.)

The problem here is that the driver that presents these firmware details takes a 'delete' action to remove data *from the computer's firmware* that it needs to boot. Allowing that by default is probably a mistake.

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Elon Musk says he's planning a 'supersonic, electric hover jetplane'

Semanticist
Facepalm

Re: Its just you

I'm sure your experience with model planes gives you far more insight into cutting edge technology research than a man who owns two tech research companies and has successfully designed built and launched space rockets.

I know exactly how you feel, too - I had an RC car when I was a kid and now I'm fully qualified to tell Lewis Hamilton how to drive. Sadly, he won't return my phone calls, the fool.

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Another investor pulls out of Habbo Hotel after grooming claims

Semanticist
WTF?

'Pulling out'

So 3i and Balderton give up their seats on the board, fair enough, but how do they 'pull out' their ownership of the company? Do they write off the investment and just give up their stock, or can they force Sulake to somehow buy back their shares?

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Mozilla Jetpack flies out of laboratory into loving arms of Firefox

Semanticist
FAIL

Ripped off design.

They apparently ripped off the design from MetaLab, after deciding not to hire them for it:

http://blog.metalabdesign.com/post/437932602/metalab-goes-open-source

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