* Posts by JEDIDIAH

2484 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: "The way that Communism was actually implemented"

Sure. Give the Tories absolute power. Makes perfect sense. What could possibly go wrong?

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JEDIDIAH
Mushroom

Re: fast forward.

That's hilarious. It was the merchant class that got us out of the real dark ages.

They continue to come up with useful things because there's profit in it.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: fast forward.

Beyond pervasive corruption, the problem with communism is that commerce was a capital crime. If you saw that there was a material deficit and tried to remedy it you were KILLED if the state found out about it. The entire economy was badly mismanaged. Anyone that tried to help fix the situation was treated as an enemy of the state.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: fast forward.

> "About the only one left now is Cuba. With no personal incentive to advance there is little advancement."

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> So the nation with well educated children and a good health care system show no advancement?

You are peddling a ridiculous fantasy there.

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Londoners: Ready to swap your GP for an NHS vid doc app?

JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: "I swore I'd never use one of these"

I would be surprised if octogenarians had the strength for that kind of shenanigan. They're more likely to be drooling, deranged, and restricted to wheelchairs.

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JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: Can't come soon enough

This seems like something that might work for dermatology but not much else.

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Look out, Pepe: Martha Lane Fox has a plan

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: All those acronyms...

What makes you think that one random pervert wants to be associated with an entirely random different sort of pervert? This is entirely orthogonal to the question of whether or not pervert #1 approves of or supports the agenda of pervert #2. Tolerating them is quite distinct from supporting their particular agenda du jour.

Even if you identify as pervert #2, you may not buy completely into the agenda du jour.

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Subsidy-guzzling Tesla's Model 3 volumes a huge problem – Wall St man

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Guzzling?

You really want to be squished by cement mixers and tractor trailers on the freeway?

Do you want to be going the same speed as the rest of traffic when you're ready to merge into it?

In some places (Germany, some places in the US) the on-ramps are insanely short.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Electricity always flow toward ground

...assuming there's enough room. Make refueling into an extra high latency experience then you're likely to be stepping on a bunch of extra people waiting around for no good reason.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Musk, the new Jobs?

At least he's doing something versus inventing a new form of financial derivative. You want to whine about wealth transfer from the middle class to the rich, then complain about that kind of shenanigan.

Money thrown at people like Tesla might actually result in something real coming out of the ashes.

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Fresh bit o' Linux to spruce up that ancient Windows Vista box? Why not, we say...

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Such Microsoft centric nonsense.

Windows itself was shit until it started to try and be more like MacOS. Back in the day, some of us even tried to resort to 3rd party products in order to make Windows more civilized.

There are also a host of various other influences that get ignored on the DOS-fixated crowd.

I would not brag about being inspired by CDE.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: If you want to change the default browser from chrome to firefox

On the other hand, the current version of Windows makes you go hunt in the control panel if you want to alter the default browser.

You have actually used the current version of windows right?

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JEDIDIAH
Mushroom

Re: odd

Even PPAs put up by one lone useful power user is still less dodgey than the vast majority of sites that host Windows downloadables.

Forget about malware. These days even the semi-legit stuff has shovelware crammed into it. Unless you are VERY careful you end up getting some adware infested alternate version.

Every time I have to touch Windows in any non-trivial manner it reminds me how spoiled I am by using Linux.

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JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: Not a Noob

Forget about Linux. The rube should be able to handle VMS or CommieDOS without breaking a sweat.

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JEDIDIAH
Mushroom

Re: Not a Noob

> I have never been able to figure out HOW TO INSTALL AN APPLICATION !!!

So modern smart phones must also be a mystery to you then.

I call bullshit on all your nonsense. It really doesn't get any easier. Macs and certainly WinDOS can't compare.

There is no boot manager I've ever had to tinker with on any Linux distribution unless I wanted to do something weird and custom.

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JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: Begs the usual question...

Yeah. Sure. An old cast off PC is just the PERFECT thing to run Steam on.

This reminds me of when I had my old Macs and I heard Civ was coming back to MacOS. Unfortunately, none of my Macs had the juice to run the dang thing.

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JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: nice to see...

> I find anything Ubuntu touches turns to crap after a few months. I've never reliably ran an Ubuntu-based system for longer than 6 months.

You must tell us how you manage that. The rest of us haven't figured it out yet.

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JEDIDIAH
Devil

The usual obvious trollish nonsense...

> And to think it's only taken 20+ years for a Linux distro to acquire that capability.

You mean like using the GUI frontend for the package manager and selecting options from a drop down menu in login manager. That stuff predates Ubuntu.

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JEDIDIAH
Devil

...as if.

Barring the occasional tool that I use the same way under Windows, I haven't used Linux in that way since pretty much forever.

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Sex harassment scandal scoops up Silicon Valley's Slimy Scoble

JEDIDIAH
Mushroom

Re: "no means no" - or DOES it?

Yes, there is "persistence". Some of know married couples that are married because of persistence.

You're lumping a lot of things together and pretending they're all the same. Some have fluid non-definitions. You're part of the problem.

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JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: "no means no" - or DOES it?

For every one of these "me too" posts, there should be bloodshed and a police report.

You really should have to fear getting your balls ripped off. You should expect the same fiery retribution that would occur if you physically accosted a guy. The victim mentality feeds itself.

There's a basic culture problem and members of both genders feed it. "Feminists" feed it too.

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Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Safety-critical updates?

It sounds like a nice idea at first (if you're a Ferengi) but stuff like this would permanently crater the insurance business. Insurance companies can't be TOTALLY untrustworthy. They can only be somewhat untrustworthy. Otherwise the entire business model falls apart.

This sounds a bit like the industry trying to slit it's own throats.

These places quite literally have posters to the effect of "take it but not give it back", but you can't really run the business that way. The product becomes worthless.

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Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: "With the F-35 I'd imagine the flight control system masks any issues from the pilot."

> Let me guess the RAF advice will be "don't get into situations where you fly at prolonged periods at transonic speeds "

Not sure that flying at trans sonic speeds has been a thing ever. Super sonic burns too much fuel and dogfights tend to happen below the trans sonic threshold.

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Toshiba, you can't have 14TB served on a platter. It'll take eight, at least

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Some things are just utterly impractical (like tape)

Seagate seems to be the only real problem here. As long as you avoid them, you won't have much of a problem. Even if you do buy their stuff, it's only just a bit more of an inconvenience really.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Meh

If you're willing to part with the money, 2TB SSDs aren't that bad now. They cost about as much now as my 1TB drive did when I first got it. It hasn't been that long either.

They aren't dirt cheap but they aren't ridiculous either.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

JEDIDIAH

> All these use cases are short term anyway. 16TB SSDs are already here

Sure, and it only costs as much as your house.

I would rather have 2 or 3 of the cheaper drives. I don't really need the extra speed and you can't trust any storage technology not to fail.

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Call the doctor! WDC's new 14TB spinner has shingled write scheme

JEDIDIAH
Devil

Nyuk Nyuk

Singles huh? They make a pill for that now. It's a big blue monster of a pill.

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ISIS and Jack Daniel's: One of these things is not like the other

JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: Ignorance knows no borders

JD is really not bad compared to some of the genuine rot gut they are allowed to bottle here.

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JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: Be afraid...

I drink Armenian brandy, that doesn't make me a Kardashian.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Be afraid...

Nope. Jack Daniels is too upscale for your average Redneck. JD is more of a hipster thing.

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US Senate stamps the gas pedal on law to flood America's streets with self-driving cars

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Chasing the fiance.

Part of this law is to knee cap local regulations. Keep in mind that these are the sorts of entities that show up in Hollywood as abusive cracker sheriffs like Beuford T Justice. Many of them are more than willing to be just be an expensive nuissance on the way from point A to point B.

Who wants 50 different standards? Or 1800? Or more?

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JEDIDIAH
Mushroom

It's those evil lawyers

Nope. They won't. But the fear of multi-million or even billion dollar jury verdicts will help keep them in line. Even with government regulation, such threats are the only reason they even obey the law any ways. In areas where it's strictly a matter of regulation, some companies just choose to pay the daily fines for breaking the law.

Government regulations by themselves won't be sufficient.

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: "Essentially they are reducing home computers to games machines."

They were also remarkably better game machines. They were much better equipped. The games were simply much better. The games were also much more interesting. Didn't matter if they could be pirated or not.

Hell, that's true even now.

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'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie

JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: If they only were trying to solve actual problems...

Some ARE let into elite schools where they can't make the grade. This is true of affirmative action in general.

It's the odd fluke that someone doesn't meet their selection criteria not because they came from some crummy inner city high school but that they majored engineering rather than under water basket weaving.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Diversity mixed with discrimination doesn't work

> But most women want to return to work after having children. Good luck with that in IT.

Some do. Some don't. I know an ex-COBOL programmer that's perfectly happy to stay away permanently. OTOH, I've worked with a number of ex-benchwarmers. Like anything else, they follow Sturgeon's Law. Some make a brilliant come back and others just sit around and take up space.

Then again, it's not the California gold rush here. People should not mistake Silicon Valley for the rest of the industry. In some places, people actually believe in work-life balance and trying to slave drive the work force won't get you very far.

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JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: Diversity mixed with discrimination doesn't work

Yeah. Your entire post pretty much describes why women are far more likely to go into law or medicine or even nursing and teaching.

It's kind of a shit job to begin with and the media decides to shit on us some more. Why would the social justice types think they could attract ANY ONE at that point? They just slandered the entire industry and put up a big fat "stay away" sign.

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JEDIDIAH
Mushroom

Re: is it my fault?

In other words we must FORCE people into fields they have no interest in just to satiate your social justice fetish. Meanwhile, there are plenty of nasty jobs were women are under represented. NOBODY cares about those.

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JEDIDIAH
Mushroom

Re: is it my fault?

None of that is relevant if your "diversity" already reflects the rest of the profession or even the population at large.

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IoT botnet Linux.ProxyM turns its grubby claws to spam rather than DDoS

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: do not ask for whom the monkey masturbates

You don't need a PhD or a fancy title to know to avoid the kind of obviously bad things Microsoft tends to embrace despite being burned repeatedly by them. Even a VMS kernel won't help you if you do obviously stupid things in userland.

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Facebook, Twitter sucked into US Senate's Russian meddling probe

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: ad words?

> there is a difference between Schmidt or the Koch brothers trying to influence their election for their country and foreign governments trying to influence through social media.

Only a slim one. It ultimately doesn't matter what language oligarchs or wannabe Kings speak. It's all ultimately the same problem.

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: "Hazy watercolor memories... Of..."

> Your Amiga had a tiny resolution screen in comparison to people running stuff on 4k monitors that have to scale.

That should actually point to vector based visual elements that actually can scale rather that something that is merely oversized to the point where enlarging it won't pixelate it too much. The former should take up less space rather than more.

Vector based graphics go back to the Amiga days.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: Innovation? We've heard of it

Since it's a single platform, there is plenty of room for optimized assembly. An obvious example of this is in multi-media libraries.

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JEDIDIAH
Trollface

Oh Really?

I think that aspect of the Dock is about the LAST thing I would knock Macs or MacOS for. Also never really heard anyone complain about this either.

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Big Tech slams Trump on plan to deport kids

JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: This is about the DACA; these are some facts

So NOT children then? So everyone can put away their "but think of the children" branded violins.

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JEDIDIAH
Mushroom

Re: Then and now...

You mean that there is no MEDICAID?

Sure. What other tall tales do you want to tell?

Liberals are funny. They whine about socialized medicine and then conveniently forget about the government programs we already have.

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JEDIDIAH
Linux

Re: What will the next president do?

It takes far more than shifting priorities at the Migra to create a condition where undocumented aliens are able to work at Microsoft or are immune from deportation.

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JEDIDIAH
Boffin

Re: Who started this ?

Except illegal labor isn't just about farm workers. I also know people that have done some of that work. To claim that NO ONE would do it otherwise is a little disengenious. The farmers would just have to pay real wages and costs would increase (the same as paying "living wages" to burger flippers).

Although that's not the end of it. Illegals have been pushed in other industries (like meat packing) helping to drive down working conditions. When you lot get hysterical about American chicken over at the Guardian, labor abuse is part of that picture.

I also have relatives that have been meat packers. So you can't say that job wouldn't ever be done by "white as sour cream" Americans. The same goes for construction.

The real problem is that the illegal labor pool creates an underclass ripe for exploitation and helps drive down labor standards for everyone.

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JEDIDIAH
Boffin

Re: anonymous coward

I would imagine that it would suck for any kid anywhere. At least the US has birthright citizenship. Some places don't even allow for that.

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As Hurricane Irma grows, Earth now lashed by SOLAR storms

JEDIDIAH
Devil

Re: People who link global warming to sunspots are wankers

I'm just waiting on someone to blame the solar storms on global warming.

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Climate-change skeptic lined up to run NASA in this Trump timeline

JEDIDIAH
Mushroom

Re: I don't mine a skeptic. I prefer a skeptic in this position

> This isn't an open question and rejecting or misunderstanding an overwhelming body of evidence doesn't make you a skeptic.

You probably have no means to really evaluate that comment. The best you can do is just blindly follow your local priest. He just happens to wear a lab coat or call himself a scientist.

Your entire comment is nothing more than an article of faith from a layman.

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