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HP reveals bonkers $5k foldable tablet/laptop/desktop

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Most people accuse Carly Fiorina of starting the demise of 'old' H-P with her pivots towards making H-P a 'personal-computer-centric' organization.

This one machine confirms the beginnings of the demise of the 'new' H-P.

Linux Mint Debian Edition 6 hits beta with reassuringly little drama

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The ancient Greeks had THE solution which Mint has adopted for a long time--'kill the messenger'.

For all you fanboys out there who think that Linux Mint--and the motivations of its fan-base and developer-base is as pure as the driven snow--simply read this, here.

This is a first-person account of a seasoned tech writer who has been turning out high-quality tech articles since before most of you even heard of a computer or, most likely, were even walking; and how he was treated by the Linux Mint community for daring to say something less than highly laudatory and complimentary of Linux Mint. He tried to do this anonymously, no less, but was 'dragged to ground' by the gentle, understanding, and totally rational Linux Mint fanboys--and fangirls.

A small sample from

"Linux Mint Turns Cinnamon Experience Bittersweet"

By Jack M. Germain May 24, 2019 5:00 AM PT...

...“Critical of the Critic

"I logged onto the Linux Mint user forum recently to look for helpful hints on solving performance issues. I used my own LM forum user credentials, which are not identifiable with this publication. Of course, I found nothing. What I did find was my name and reference to the Linux Mint-related comments from a few of my LinuxInsider reviews. That is when I discovered the vitriol directed at me...”

“...Other user forum comments included the alleged performance troubles I “claimed” to be having were simply my fault because I was obviously a newbie, didn’t know what I was doing, or was trying to “get more eyeballs” for my LinuxInsider reviews by making “snide, unsubstantiated comments” derogatory to Linux Mint...”

"...The trolls rejected my polite explanation that I was a long-time Linux Mint user who went from having no issues with earlier versions to experiencing the same issues on the same three computers...

"...I tried to explain to the LM forum naysayers that my comments were neither snide nor unsubstantiated, and that I still used Linux Mint 19.1 Cinnamon, in fact. Of course, the flamers once again insisted that I had attacked Linux Mint unfairly and repeatedly. So I stepped out of the conversation.

"Ironically, while the LM forum diatribe was unfolding, I received an email at ECT News Network from a supposed reader who claimed to be interested in my reviews about Linux Mint. She asked me to send her a link of all my published reviews on that topic..She asked me to send her a link of all my published reviews on that topic..."

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Re: Dear Liam,

"...I know from my experience that the forums at Mint (forums.linuxmint.com) are exemplary..."

Define "exemplary", please. Your definition.

I stopped reading and consulting with Mint Linux's forums years ago specifically after Mint moderators (moderators !) jumped in--completely inappropriately--to some objective, polite, and well-thought-out observations and questions. The (several) responses from Mint's moderators were extremely vitriolic, contained ad hominem attacks, and had the tenor of what one would expect when dealing with a cult.

(Just as an FYI--one comment I specifically remember, was asking how Clement Lefebvre intended to counter MX-Linux's overtaking Mint for DistroWatch's number-one position when Mint's numbers were seriously dropping after Mint 18 was released. The reply was something like a very snarky, "...Clem doesn't HAVE to worry about a [here, fill in your favorite worst-case put-down you can think of...from a moderator, remember. Include the words, "third-rate", inconsequential", and the personal suggestion--to me--to "...go somewhere else".] )

A long-term Mint Linux user.

Airbus takes its long, thin, plane on a ten-day test campaign

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Don't tell me; I've already guessed. This plane was really 'designed' by Boeing.

From the title:

"...Those of you happy to spend ten hours in a single-aisle A321, take note."

OK...you nine can now put your hands down.

Linux on the Arm-based Thinkpad X13S: It's getting there

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Lenovo Thinkpad X13S Generation 1: really made by Pine Microcomputer?

From the article--"There are other Arm-based laptops out there, such as Pine64's Pinebook Pro..."

I simply don't understand you, Proven. You obviously have the tech-writer's equivalent of a death-wish. You keep mentioning Pine Microcomputer (twice--at least--in this article; other articles you have written), as if it was not the epitome--the textbook definition--of what a sleazy supplier is and how one acts. Pine has NOT changed its stripes, nor its business model. It continues to churn out hardware with absolutely no reasonable software support: no initial working software, and very most certainly no on-going software support. Its 'customer service' continues to be the dictionary definition of "oxymoron".

Oh, wait...I, like St. Paul, just had an epiphany---

The Lenovo Thinkpad X13S Generation 1--no ethernet port, no numeric pad in the keyboard, VERY, VERY hard to install any Linux operating system, ad nauseum...

What have we just described here folks? Riiight; a laptop designed and offered for sale by--wait for it--Pine Microcomputer ! !

But..to be fair, the Pinebook Pro--which one can't get to work--does have an embedded numeric keypad and a magnesium-alloy case; and the X13S--which one can't get to work, either--does cost a whole lot more; a real improvement over the Pinebook Pro, wouldn't you say?

antiX 23: Anarchic for sure, but 'design by committee' isn't always the best for Linux

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Re: Chose AntiX on my Ancient Acer...

"...I agree with the article's observation that it might actually benefit from being a bit more minimal ..."

The difference between the '-full' (1685 MB) and the '-base' (961 MB) versions is 724 MB. The vast majority of this figure can be accounted for by one application included in the 'full' version--and NOT included in 'base': LibreOffice.

On a 32-bit older machine, simply use the 'base' version, along with the extremely capable, and very much smaller (< 40 MB, total) word-processor and spreadsheet applications Abiword and Gnumeric.

Now, you're back to "...a bit more minimal...".

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"Great. Now I need to download and test yet another distro on my hand-me-down laptop..."

Bearing in mind that antiX and MX Linux work very closely with--and are extremely similar to--each other, you might just find the following article very informative--as well as surprisingly entertaining. It concerns itself with how the installation of MX Linux Continuum (MX, v18.3) on an EeePC 1000 resurrected that device, when the author was certain its life was over. The EeePC 1000, by the way, uses an Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz CPU--which most experts charitably agree can only compare, at best, to a 1.2 GHz Celeron M processor.

You can find the article here.

“I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained”

― Walt Disney

Intel promises next year's Xeons will challenge AMD on memory, IO channels

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So...Joining the ranks of fusion power, quantum computing, and 'Boeing engineering', eh, Intel?

Article title--"Intel promises..."

We see that you have decided to join the "Always Twenty Years Away" club, Intel. Only one teensy problem--you ain't got twenty years. You ain't even got five (and "ain't" is as grammatically correct as what you do passes--you think--for 'engineering expertise'). You learned your lessons well from Boeing, when you decided that the key to a rosy future lay in turning your fate over to the bean-counters, and completely ignoring the fact that science and engineering is what got you to where you USED to be.

Ooohhh...and The Register--it's time for you to start digging out your recent rosy articles on Intel's glorious predictions of the future, written, no doubt, by the same bean counters and hacks who now run all the rest of the company. One that comes immediately to mind is how Intel will most definitely be profitable in 2024; that's right folks: in a mere four more months, Intel will be profitable again!

I believe Warren Buffet who says that investing in the semiconductor business is a fool's errand.

Intel most definitely proves him correct.

Bodhi Linux 7 brings Enlightenment to Ubuntu

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Re: Tell me that Linux is never going to be a mainsteam option without telling me....etc.

...apologize, in advance, for (possibly) high-jacking the intent of your comment, but...do you, and everyone, realize, exactly, how your comment characterizes the mental set and the tactics of the followers of the orange-haired Florida Man--and the man himself----and of demagogues everywhere? [see the definition of 'demagogue' here; it is very scary, and absolutely 100% correct in the case of certain individuals]

Consider what's been said...

“...it is extremely common for people to think that they know stuff, but not actually realise that they don't...”

“...they give bad advice, actively unhelpful info, or sometimes completely backwards and totally wrong or even harmful info.

And when they are called on it they are almost always angry, indignant and deny it...

“...But when someone makes strong claims and their claim contains factual errors, that is I am afraid very damning and it makes me suspect that they may be wrong ..”

With all due respect for your attempts at sensitivity and deference to your subject, Hanlon's Razor does, absolutely, NOT apply in this case. Malice is intended for the most part, by practically all the actors involved.

And, once again, sincerest apologies. Your comment goes very deeply to the general human condition...


"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large crowds."--George Carlin

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This was way too easy...absolutely no sport involved at all.

From the title: "Bodhi Linux 7 brings Enlightenment to Ubuntu".

It has been my experience that, ever since Ubuntu version 10.04, there has been absolutely nothing which has been capable of bringing enlightenment to Ubuntu.

Want tech cred? Learn how to email like a pro

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Perhaps if they had a real degree...

So, to summarize--

A lengthy article (the validity of and need for which is highly suspect), and one hundred fifty-six comments is required to instruct and inform people as to how to do something which they should have learned in grammar-school: HOW TO WRITE A SIMPLE LETTER? ‽ ‽

The need for such an article is nothing short of pathetic.

Florida Man and associates indicted for conspiracy to steal data, software

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"...the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."

"Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."

"I did," said Ford. "It is."

"So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't people get rid of the lizards?"

"It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."

"You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"

"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course..."

..."Some people say that the lizards are the best thing that ever happened to them," he said. "They're completely wrong of course, completely and utterly wrong, but someone's got to say it."...

― Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

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"I can never forget that one of the most gifted, best educated nations in the world, of its own free will, surrendered its fate into the hands of a maniac."--Eric Hoffer

Boeing abandons plans for crewed Starliner flight in 2023

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NASA astronauts Sunita "Suni" Williams and Barry "Butch" Wilmore should categorically refuse to go, and NASA needs to pull the plug...and right now. This fiasco has gone on long enough, and there already exists a large enough body count due to Boeing's total and complete incompetence and lack of anything remotely resembling "engineering".

Any "engineering" which may be happening here has, for far too long, smelled suspiciously like the same type of "engineering" which went into the design of the Boeing 737MAX.

The phrase "Boeing engineering" is the ultimate oxymoron, and an insult to engineers everywhere.

Sparkling fresh updates to Ubuntu, Mint and Zorin on way

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Re: Linux developers do NOT want to acknowledge THEIR *VERY REAL PROBLEM*...

“We notice THINGS THAT DON'T WORK.‭ ‬We don’t notice things that do.‭ ‬We notice computers,‭ ‬we don’t notice pennies.‭ ‬We notice e-book readers,‭ ‬we don’t notice books.‭” ‬--Douglas Adams,‭ ‬The Salmon of Doubt.

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Linux developers do NOT want to acknowledge THEIR *VERY REAL PROBLEM*...



Linux 2017 -- The Road to Hell

July 13, 2016

Read the entire article here.

“...I think the distro world needs to gear down a notch or two. Bi-annual releases contribute nothing to the quality of the end product and detract people from focusing on delivering high-quality, robust products. It’s just noise for the sake of noise — generating activity the likes of the Civil Service in Yes, Prime Minister. No one will get a medal for releasing their distro twice a year. But people may actually appreciate solid products, as infrequently as they come, because at the end of the day, it makes no difference. Most people are happy to replace their software come the end of life of their hardware. And that means once every six years...

"...We don’t need to be so conservative. But let’s trying slowing down to one release a year. That gives everyone twice as much time to focus on fixing problems and creating beautiful, elegant distributions with the passion and love they have, and the passion and love and loyalty that their users deserve...

"..."The Year of Linux is the year that you look at your distribution, compare to the year before, and you have that sense of stability, the knowledge that no matter what you do, you can rely on your operating system. I find the lack of consistency to be the public enemy no. 1 in the open-source world. In the long run, it will be the one deciding factor that will determine the success of Linux. Sure, applications, but if the operating system is not transparent, people will not choose it. They will seek simpler, possibly less glamorous, but ultimately more stable solutions, because no one wants to install a patch and dread what will happen after a reboot. It’s very PTSD. And we know Linux can do better than that. We’ve seen it. Not that long ago..."

Scientists strangely unable to follow recipe for holy grail room-temp superconductor

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..."We've learned from experience that the truth will out. Other experimenters will repeat your experiment and find out whether you were wrong or right. Nature's phenomena will agree or they'll disagree with your theory. And, although you may gain some temporary fame and excitement, you will not gain a good reputation as a scientist if you haven't tried to be very careful in this kind of work. And it's this type of integrity, this kind of care not to fool yourself, that is missing to a large extent in much of the research in cargo cult science...

"...The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool."

--R.P. Feynman, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Florida man accused of hoarding America's secrets faces fresh charges

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There are way too many people who don't wan't to know..or remember.

"I can never forget that one of the most gifted, best educated nations in the world, of its own free will, surrendered its fate into the hands of a maniac."--Eric Hoffer


"Far more crucial than what you know or what you do not know is what you do not want to know."

Aliens crash landed on Earth – and Uncle Sam is covering it up, this guy tells Congress

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Let me see if I've got this straight--

our extraterrestrial visitors are so much more intelligent than we are that they have mastered intergalactic travel, and yet they're too dumb to avoid a crash-landing? Given the current political climate in the USA, it sounds as though they'd fit right in with all the anti-vaxxers and climate-change deniers...

Musk's X tries to win advertisers back with discounts

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"Incandescently stupid..."--Miles Taylor.

Has everyone forgotten that, no more than two weeks ago, Musk stated (not "hinted"; not "averred"; but stated, in no uncertain terms), that he is going to sue Microsoft because Microsoft has cut its advertising on the platform. Anyone heard anything further? You won't. Typical Musk.


The phrase, "incandescently stupid", is credited to Miles Taylor of the Department of Homeland Security, who used it regarding his dealings with Mr. Trump.

An uncommonly strong similarity between Trump and Musk has always been very evident.

Microsoft’s Dublin DC power plant gets the, er, green light

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Looking into time trevel, Microsoft? It's the next big thing, you know.

So, Microsoft has not heard that SMRs from one company--NuScale (https://www.nuscalepower.com/en)--have already received NRC approval, but it IS interested in pursuing the use of fusion reactors?--

"Microsoft's big bet on helium-3 fusion explained"---https://www.theregister.com/2023/05/17/microsoft_bet_on_fusion/

What a real giant when it comes to the understanding of current technology.

Tesla's Dojo supercomputer is a billion-dollar bet to make AI better at driving than humans

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Opening sentence, eh? Making decision to not read any further very easy. Thanks.

"Tesla says..."

RHEL drama, ChromeOS and more ... Our vultures speak freely about the latest in Linux

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offered without comment...

"It is a tale...full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."--Wm Shakespeare; Macbeth

Senator trying to force Uncle Sam to share everything it knows about UFOs

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Re: Give aliens some credit

"Beati hispani quibus bibere vivere est..."

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THE best answer to The Fermi Paradox.

Calvin, talking to Hobbes, on a romp through the woods...

“I was reading about how countless species are being pushed toward extinction by man’s destruction of forests.

"Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has ever contacted us.” © 8/11/1989 Bill Watterson

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Re: Give aliens some credit

Re: our desires to make physical contact with (extraterrestrial) aliens, Carl Sagan observed that perhaps we need to temper those desires somewhat, because...based on what we should have learned from evolution, it is a fact that the life-form which rises to the top of the food-chain is the one which is the most intelligent. (Question: what is the deadliest, most rapacious, species-eliminating predator to have ever inhabited this planet?)

If a life-form is de facto more intelligent than we are by virtue of mastering inter-stellar travel, we are, de facto, lower on the food-chain. And the conclusion is...?

This simple fact was (perhaps unwittingly) understood by HG Wells who, in his famous War of the Worlds, has the invaders consider us only, and use us as, food. Read the book.

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Re: More funding for low probability things

Famous adage: "Nothing is illegal if you can get away with it".

I wouldn't hesitate to use a 'garden gun'. Make sure your neighbors can't get any pictures.

If you're thinking of a weapon you can conceal easier than a rifle, know that you can't use 'ratshot' or 'snakeshot' in just any handgun, though (or just any shotgun / rifle, for that matter); check first.

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Re: Oh really

Rather than carping and whining about the efforts of others, please extend us the incomparable benefits of your offerings.

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” ― Laurence J. Peter, The Peter Principle

"The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about."--Wayne Dyer

Ring any bells?


...and..I almost forgot. Just for you--

"I don't believe it. Prove it to me and I still won't believe it."---Douglas Adams

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Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups. ― George Carlin

"Reader--imagine yourself a US congressman. Now imagine yourself a blithering idiot...but I repeat myself."--Mark Twain

We will find you and we will sue you, Twitter tells 4 mystery alleged data-scrapers

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You have got to be kidding!

What makes you think Melon Mush would even consider getting in one of his own cars and driving it--city; highway, 'at-speed'--with FSD engaged? He is a full-tilt-boogie certifiable idiot, but he's not insane. Wait...

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Re: Four IP Addresses

"The next Howard Hughes?"

No, the present-day Howard Hughes.

And Cybertruck could be considered to be the equivalent of the 'Spruce Goose', if it weren't for the facts that the 'Spruce Goose' was a practical machine, with a practical end use in mind; and was amenable to mass production.

First of Tesla's 'bulletproof' Cybertrucks clunks off production line

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There is no mutual exclusivity here.

"First of Tesla's 'bulletproof' Cybertrucks clunks off production line

Wait, so it wasn't an elaborate joke?"

It most probably did clunk off the production line; and yes, it most definitely IS an elaborate joke.

Musk sues law firm for overcharging Twitter when Twitter was suing Musk

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Cut from the same cloth.

The man is an a**hole. The man is a Trump. The man is a lying, grandstanding, narcissistic sociopath. But I repeat myself. Several times.

From cage fight to page fight: Twitter threatens to sue Meta after Threads app launch

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'English' is a very rich language.

There is a very good word in the English language which economically describes this action of Musk's: "risible". Risible is defined as any action or position taken which is "...so lacking in quality or usefulness that it deserves to be laughed at...". Other definitions include 'absurd', 'stupid', 'silly', 'bird-brained' (how absolutely apt)...

Mr Musk now has a long history of demonstrating that this single word can be applied, a priori, to any course of action he might pursue.

Tesla ordered to cough up data for Autopilot probe or face heavy fines

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Would you be surprised to read, in tomorrow's headlines, that Musk has filed suit against the NHTSA for this action on their part? Didn't think so...

It's 2023 and memory overwrite bugs are not just a thing, they're still number one

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Re: Code cut...

"The required techniques of effective reasoning are pretty formal, but as long as programming is done by people that don't master them, the software crisis will remain with us and will be considered an incurable disease. And you know what incurable diseases do: they invite the quacks and charlatans in, who in this case take the form of Software Engineering gurus."---

Edsger Dijkstra

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Aren't there other options?

"The most dangerous type of software bug is the out-of-bounds write, according to MITRE this week...” “...and using memory-safe languages like Rust can help here..."

Wouldn't the use of 'ADA' also be of some help in mitigating this problem? Isn't healthy, rigorous protection against out-of-bounds writes one of ADA's strong points?


"Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability."-- Edsger Dijkstra

Rocky Linux claims to have found 'path forward' from CentOS source purge

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'Company'? What 'company'?

From the article--

"...We suspect that the company is not going to back down on this..."

It's well-nigh way past time that everyone take a very serious dose of reality medication and therapy, along with a course in "Reading Comprehension 101". This will come as a shock to a lot of people, but,

There IS NO 'COMPANY'! See this week's Comment Section of "Distrowatch", here.

Missing Titan sub likely destroyed in implosion, no survivors

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Re: AP news

It has now been two days since this comment was posted, and there have been not only no enlightening rejoinders or confirming information, but there have been no--as in zero--down-votes; not--obviously--from the individual who informed us all that Mr Musk has a degree in Physics, nor from the seventeen people who up-voted him, thereby agreeing with him.

It is safe to assume that any statement--by anyone, including Mr Musk--to the effect that Mr Musk has an engineering or scientific degree from a reputable institution is a risible position to take, and doing so should not be done lightly...if at all.

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Re: AP news

Every airplane mishap which kills the cockpit crew is due to "Pilot Error".

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"Musk has a degree in physics but he hires the best engineers for his projects. Who else can return a rocket to its launch pad?"

Interesting triple comment in praise of Elon Musk.

All I said was, "This guy Rush obviously got his engineering skills and expertise at the same place as Elon Musk." Please accept my deepest apologies if you misunderstood, as it appears that you may think I was impugning the scholastic accomplishments of Mr Musk.

Since this is your answer (or three; no deflection intended, I'm sure), it has not escaped our attention that you left out--to the detriment of Mr Musk, and quite unintentionally, I'm certain--some very important details (as happens quite often when Musk's personal claims of engineering expertise are questioned); you, obviously, are imminently qualified to rectify this situation, as the rapidity and certainty of your answer indicates that you will have no problem answering these very simple questions:

1. Where, exactly did Mr. Musk receive his degree, or degrees?

2. What degree(s), exactly (BSECE, MSPhys, etc) did Mr Musk receive?

3. When did Mr Musk receive his degree(s)?

Your help in shedding light on Mr Musk's scholarly achievements will be deeply appreciated.

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Re: insensitive

A ship stranded on the beach is a lighthouse to the sea--Old proverb.

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Re: A fitting epitaph

"...and so was the guy too.

This one just pleads to be edited, to wit:

"...and so IS the guy too."

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Re: A fitting epitaph

The time for "sensitivity" is over.

When a corporation or individual's stupidity, cupidity, arrogance, narcissism, and absolute disregard--and total disrespect--of other people's right-to-trust results (or CAN RESULT) in the death or injury to others, the time for "sensitivity" is over.

You obviously don't know--or don't want to know--of the adage, "Your rights end where my nose begins".

Take your wacko demands for 'kumbaya' sensitivity to the vegan restaurant, and the Tesla dealership.They love you there.


"More crucial than what you know, or what you do not know, is what you do not want to know."---Eric Hoffer

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Re: AP news

"...carbon-fiber hull designed to descend 4,000 meters..."

...have read elsewhere that Rush said that. Putting aside all the other questionable aspects of this submersible's design, consider this one statement by Rush, and then consider what is generally accepted as good engineering practice---

The Titanic is >3800 m deep (3810, to be more precise, using the commonly-accepted figure of 12 500 feet.).

Fledgling engineers are taught at University to design non-life-critical systems to 20% over expected maximums; life-critical: 100% over.

"Doesn't Matter" design: 3810 m + 20% = 4572 meters.

"Life-Critical" design: 3810 m + 100% = 7620 meters.

This guy Rush obviously got his engineering skills and expertise at the same place as Elon Musk. Have not heard what Rush's academic achievements were, but no matter; one should always remember what Richard Feynman (somewhat) said about expertise:

"Never confuse education with intelligence. You can have a PhD and still be an idiot."

One person's trash is another's 'trashware' – the art of refurbing old computers

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"...The Year of Linux is the year that you look at your distribution, compare to the year before, and you have that sense of stability, the knowledge that no matter what you do, you can rely on your operating system. Which is definitely not the case today. If anything, the issues are worsening and multiplying. You don’t need a degree in math to see the problem.

I find the lack of consistency to be the public enemy no. 1 in the open-source world. In the long run, it will be the one deciding factor that will determine the success of Linux. Sure, applications, but if the operating system is not transparent, people will not choose it. They will seek simpler, possibly less glamorous, but ultimately more stable solutions, because no one wants to install a patch and dread what will happen after a reboot. It’s very PTSD. And we know Linux can do better than that. We’ve seen it. Not that long ago..."

...the entire article, very entertaining, very 'spot-on', and extremely prescient can be found


Written on my production, working computer, a ten--or more--year-old Lenovo Thinkpad (one of three; "...just in case..."), running a Linux distribution installed in in 2016. BECAUSE THE SYSTEM JUST WORKS.


“We notice things that don't work. We don't notice things that do. We notice computers, we don't notice pennies. We notice e-book readers, we don't notice books.”― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

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How many references would you like?...and a much-needed edit.

"...Perotti called out ...one that we hadn't heard about previously: that Ubuntu's Snap packages perform poorly on a system using a spinning hard disk drive...

should read

"...one that we hadn't heard about previously: that Ubuntu's Snap packages perform poorly."

Intel parts with 20% slice of semiconductor biz crucial to chip production future

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Don't EVER forget what's really behind all this type BS pumped out by the bean-counters...

"No matter what they say the reason is, the real reason is always money."---anon

Red Hat to stop packaging LibreOffice for RHEL

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As one well-respected reviewer has said about LibreOffice: "Still Waiting for a Miracle (?)"

Perhaps, just perhaps, Red Hat is tired of waiting twenty-four years ("...It was forked in 2010 from OpenOffice.org, an open-sourced version of the earlier StarOffice. "Wikipedia") for simple compatibility; for readability and compatibility by everyone and everyone's word processor.

If you're writing a novel, a doctoral dissertation, a legal document, a résumé, an employment application, a general letter to a general (big. or small; doesn't much matter) business which you want read.., you had better use Microsoft's Word or Office.

OK; then don't. You stand an extremely good chance of being completely ignored.

The only thing which LibreOffice has going for it is that is big. No, make that huge. This impresses the Dunning-Kruger types of the world, as well as all those who equate having the latest, greatest, biggest, fastest piece of technology as absolute evidence of "being with it".

There exists a technical venue which has been in business for nineteen years, which used to headline every new release of LO, and garner a lot of clicks and comments. They do NOT do that any more. The comments were getting too embarrassing.

Twenty-four years. TWENTY-FOUR YEARS !

Still waiting for a miracle.

Lawyers who cited fake legal cases generated by ChatGPT blame the software

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...and spoons make me fat...

Pencils make spelling and grammar mistakes; guns don't kill people, people do; and spoons make me fat.