"than being out there and running an IS unit or similar?"
Or more likely, in the case of one of 'our' more prolific trolls, pretending to.
1990 posts • joined 24 Mar 2010
"than being out there and running an IS unit or similar?"
Or more likely, in the case of one of 'our' more prolific trolls, pretending to.
"Did Marie Curie, just go oh look what's this funny metal, I'll call it Plutomium. No."
Bit pedantic I know, but it's Polonium ( and later Radium)
"f you think it's FUD to point out that bad things can happen when a simple to exploit vulnerability can get you a remote shell"
I don't think that's FUD. But as you gave no evidence about method it's your claim to be able to do it that is the FUD
"Reasonably straight forward, as long as you can find yourself a privilege escalation hole. I've demo'd exploits that allowed me to root boxes, using shellshock as the entry point. There was no misconfiguration on the systems, just other bugs which became exploitable once you were able to run code on the box"
Ooh, let's all believe the AC - no evidence given - trust him after all he's an AC
These were your own boxes I hope or are you going to turn yourself in ? Perhaps that's why you are AC.
If they were your boxes, or indeed any others, how do we know they were correctly configured ? Or is it all the wishful FUDing of an AC ?
"It will be a hassle because I use many, many, many, applications every day that do not appear as yet to have Linux versions"
So it's not a hassle - its an impossibility is what you should have said - if you can't manage without a certain program or programs you're stuffed.
Somehow I seem to have to have missed the need for anything I can't find for Linux, sure I've had to adjust but given all the scientific software I've used was generally written for Unix/Linux and that all my other interests ( photography, still and video, programming, electronics) can be well satisfied by programs available for Linux (plus all the usual requirements of browsers/e-mail clients/spreadsheets etc).
If you have a specific need (Autocad) for example then you have no real option, I guess.
"I think this is the inflection point that makes Linux worth the hassle."
What hassle ? ( i7 laptop, CeleronM laptop, Atom netbook, dual-core Atom fileserver, dual core AMD desktop, dual Core Intel desktop) That's my current line-up in a LONG list back to 1995. All current machines using OpenSUSE 13.1
"Yawn. Lots of assertions...."
You're generous ! Seems more like his usual bowel movements.
"I want one in my basement - to calculate how to win the lottery...."
You have an algorithm ?
"Why would you need an ARM version of Darktable?"
I was covering the general case - anyway someone might already have an ARM-based on
"What an idiotic comment, of course your requirements mean this situation isn't ideal for you."
Who is it ideal for ? . Most people don't edit their photos much anyway- certainly not so as to need Photoshop and its costs. On the other hand many people with a DSLR have big files in huge archives AND do develop from raw images - so an on-line editor is not ideal for them either.
Typically on a 3 week trip I will take 200-600 photos ( ~~15GB) and 5GB of HD video clips. Even the network at home struggles a bit with that during editing.
BTW I'd put a Linux distro on the chromebook and use Darktable for editing (if an ARM version is available)
"(and believe me, I' have tried so many times)"
The considered opinion of an AC and for what good reason ?
"I bought a car and then decided I didn't like the engine, I wouldn't expect to be able to just pull the engine out and ask for some of my money back."
Agreed !. However if you were given the option you could choose. After all PCs are designed not to require 1 particular OS.
I have bought several laptops now without any OS - no probs.
"how would one calculate the velocity needed for a grain of sand to destroy a planet?"
Easy-ish. Any sized grain of sand if it could reach c would have infinite energy. So just crank the speed control back just enough to have sufficient energy to destroy a planet.
"What distro is that?"
I've not had a problem like this for quite a while but from memory OpenSUSE, at least , reserves 5% of free disk space for root to give some working space for correcting any 'disk full' issues
"The Linux fdisk utility is perfectly capable of handling bigger partitions than 2GB"
I think he means 2TB
"as in gigabytes of data or pints of beer."
Would it be a tad greedy to ask for gigapints of beer ? (I'm not driving)
"as if time would behave normally."
Indeed, but normal for a photon - photons don't experience time. You would still arrive at your destination instantly - your watch would not have ticked - that's normal for a photon. But, but you still can only do any of this if your rest mass is 0.
Sounds weird I know but that's the universe for you. As an object approaches c its 'clock' runs slower and slower - at c it stops. This photon if it was sentient would experience its entire trip from emission to absorption as a single composite image
"I try to imagine its "look and feel" while riding on a photon ! :-)"
Sorry to upset you but it'd be beyond a blur as a photon transits instantaneously over any distance from its perspective. It's travelling at light speed so doesn't experience time at all AFAIK.
(Of course hitching a ride on a photon will slow it down unless you too are massless so this isn't anything more than a thought experiment unless you've seriously been dieting )
" I'd wish they'ed lift up for both Linux, and Windows."
I don't know about Windows but Firefox has been 64-bit in the Linux distro I use for quite a while
"same goes for Lightroom."
Well I use Darktable with my Canons (550D & 6D) and I'm very happy with it.
AC - I think you are wanted more urgently on the forum about how crap Word is. Oh - I see you've been there.
"Or have I just been amazingly lucky for the last five years or so..."
~20 years in my case but I agree with your sentiments
"Multi-core is great for parallel tasks"
Bot when it works oh, yes. The quad-core i7 laptop I'm writing this on is bloody great with programs like ffmpeg which will transcode video with all 4(8) cores running at ~85-90% and still is responsive for less demanding jobs. Gets rather hot though !
"You're talking about watching atoms vibrate in a crystal."
Not with light you're not !
"VGA depth images from stereo are around 30fps on a workstation."
A little out of date we were using 45 fps at 1280x1024 in stereo 10 years ago. Mind the graphics card cost the same as the workstation.
"The standard Depository of all Earthly knowledge, and wisdom?"
Sorry that's just a sub-set. The guide entries were likely a homage to Asimov's Encyclopedia Galactica from the Foundation Trilogy ( that ended up as ~6 books too).
I think somewhere in HHGG it even mentions Encyclopedia Galactica - something like " ... in parts of the galaxy the HHGG has even replaced the Encyclopedia Galactica as the main source of knowledge"
What microcode?. ARM ? Have I missed something ?
Or is it GPU microcode ?
"IF München wants a Linux version, than München has to order it and pay for it "
I think they've done that and are happy with it The only unhappy people seem to be Microsoft and their sycophants
"You mean because there is no demand / market"
There's not likely to be a market if people can't be ar*ed to produce the goods. (Google "Chicken & egg" - you seem to have sufficient expertise with computers ). Plenty of commercial software for Android BTW.
The scientific software I was referring to below (closed source for Linux) was VERY, VERY expensive but did the job - no problem spending the money. If some commercial software was actually significantly better than the free and/or open-source alternatives I'd have no problems spending on that. As it is I just donate.
Getting back to Munich, they have it on record that one of the main drivers to go open-source was to have control of their future, saving money was a bonus.They just didn't want to be locked-in to Microsoft's vision of the world. Can't blame them for that. As for mmeier's comment about their spend on support - well, if true, they can certainly afford it with all that they are saving
"We are not talking "mass market" software here"
I've had plenty of experience in specialist scientific software packages with a VERY limited user base. Companies still managed, in many case to produce Linux/Mac/Windows versions although often Linux/Mac versions were only available as Windows wasn't deemed stable enough - this is Win2000 time.
"if my main customer base is "Windows" there is no reason NOT to use the latest versions of C# and .NET"
Then Windows is not your MAIN customer base its your ONLY customer base and by definition you are biased.
As for the nonsense that is your last paragraph
"WINE and other crutches"
As you well know, WINE can be required because many software companies can't be bothered to produce Linux versions.
Strange that Firefox, Thunderbird, Opera, GoogleEarth, Chrome, Skype, Open/Libre Office and others seem to be able to manage that.
"Nobody actually proved it experimentally, for, say, 0,9G where things should get really weird and relativity should really kick in hard and be noticeable"
They did !
"who assure me their ISP has really good spam filters"
I use Plusnet, their filters work very well in my experience. False positives are non-existent, false negatives depend on the type of spam. Attachments with zip files are always spotted, links to dodgy sites not so good.
"Philae will detach from Rosetta and power down towards the surface at one metre per second, and fire harpoons .."
And it's commander Ahab.
"I'm going to Google Google and that will be the end of it !!!"
I recurse you !
"just a comedian"
Then if he/she didn't post as AC he/she would be able to put a "Joke" icon !
@AC "lol, that's utter rubbish "
You've peddled this cr*p for ages and been refuted countless times and still return with the same tired, discredited copy/paste arguments in a manner very like that of Eadon
It's not just Munich & Toulouse it's the entire French gendarmerie as well and lots of other organisations must be looking at on and wondering about at least a pilot project.
"I believe the outage was caused by Samantha rummaging around in the record department with one of the archivists."
I believe the outage was caused by Samantha rummaging around the department archivist whilst going for a record - fixed (although really I Haven't a Clue)
"Microsoft's share price currently at it's highest for the last 14 years or says to me yes"
RBS were doing so well with their share price too until ......
"To legitimately access BBC iplayer without flash, google 'get_iplayer'"
Whilst I agree with you about get_iplayer the poster was asking about BBC news videos, presumably from their web-pages.Those are flash.
I sometimes use my fileserver as a proxy when I'm traveling - it usually worked very well.
"The simple problem is not really the efficiency issues, it is the asset cost "
I can believe that, but are you really suggesting renewable electricity will be so cheap - in spite of demand for it just as electricity - that a large quantity of hydrogen, produced at low-ish efficiency by electrolysis, will be available for a hydrogen economy ( or synthesised methane economy if you like) at a reasonable price ?
Your post also seemed to be at some odds with your earlier post
"You don't produce breakthrough technology by only relying on what's already available, I guess…?"
Indeed you don't - on the other hand wishing doesn't make it so. There needs to be some rationale and evidence that a breakthrough is possible. - you know, is it thermodynamically possible.
Electrochemical cells by their nature are not 100% efficient, hydrogen production has been worked on for years and the efficiency is still rather low. Although I'm not an inorganic chemist/chemical engineer I do have patents for organic electochemistry and know the large-scale kit and it's limitations
"During this phase Japan expects to buy foreign Hydrogen while also boosting domestic production capacity with as-yet-unspecified electrolysis technologies the plan says it will be important to discover."
So that'll be hydrogen produced from methane ( by-product carbon dioxide) and wishful thinking on electrolysis. Good luck to them but it sounds very wooly
"Looks interesting, thank you."
I also use Darktable on Linux and I'm very impressed by it for RAW development. This using Canon 550D & 6D
"I am unsure whether it is as yet mathematically proven that a black hole cannot actually split into two"
I'd bet that'd be a pretty weird bit of space-time gymnastics though
"hat the same dependency hell that any Linux user will know well"
Any, every, all, few ? Which word should you have used
I call FUD. In almost 20 years of Linux use I've had one program (Cinellera) that gave a lot of trouble ( took all afternoon to sort out the compile) That was in a short period when you couldn't obtain it precompiled. Other than that just a little problem with ffmpeg & kdenlive which need some of their libraries to come from the Packman repository
"Firefox is the only program that crashes on either of my systems"
I don't know what your problem is. I have a very similar setup on 6 computers ( although running Linux rather than Windows) and crashes are very few to none. You could try deleting your profile although that can be a bit of a pain
"Would it be possible to design a tablet like this to have the battery slide in and out?"
Well, I've got a consumer bit of kit, LCD screens, removable battery, GPS, WiFi, fast processor, camera - oh, and you can change the lenses too - Canon 6D
"Are you absolutely sure recharging an electric car will at least double your electricity consumption?"
Well our average daily electricity consumption is 18kW.h - so using an electric car even moderately (50 miles/day) would double our consumption. ( a Leaf charging empty-full is supposed to take ~25kW.h)